Non-Electronic Document Management System

ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. Russia's State Courier Service officials deliver documents for draft federal budgets for 2015, 2016, and 2017 which are to be delivered in the State Duma. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Sergei Fadeichev) Россия. Москва. 30 сентября. Сотрудники Государственной фельдъегерской службы России во время доставки документов проекта закона "О федеральном бюджете на 2015 год и на плановый период 2016 и 2017 годов" в Государственную Думу РФ. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Сергей Фадеичев
ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. Russia’s State Courier Service officials deliver documents for draft federal budgets for 2015, 2016, and 2017 which are to be delivered in the State Duma. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Sergei Fadeichev)
Россия. Москва. 30 сентября. Сотрудники Государственной фельдъегерской службы России во время доставки документов проекта закона “О федеральном бюджете на 2015 год и на плановый период 2016 и 2017 годов” в Государственную Думу РФ. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Сергей Фадеичев

With all the hype around Electronic (or Digital) Document Management Systems, I thought I’d share this photo, from this article (in Russian).  Nanotechnology…

 

11 Highly Underrated Plugins for WordPress

I came across this list of 11 highly underrated plugins for WordPress.  I wouldn’t go as far as call of them highly underrated, as some of them are rather highly rated.  But that’s not the point.  I wanted to share the list especially for these three:

gitfs – version controlled file system

This was only a matter of time … gitfs – version controlled file system:

gitfs was designed to bring the full powers of git to everyone, no matter how little they know about versioning. A user can mount any repository and all the his changes will be automatically converted into commits. gitfs will also expose the history of the branch you’re currently working on by simulating snapshots of every commit.

Here is a brief feature list:

  • Automatically commits changes: create, delete, update files and their metadata
  • Browse through working index and commit history
  • Merges with upstream by automatically accepting local changes
  • Caching commits reduces the memory footprint and speeds up navigation
  • Reduces the number of pushes by batching commits

One billion people …

.. visited Facebook in a single day! I have a hard time wrapping my head around that.  I remember the Web before Facebook existed.  I remember when Facebook reached a total of billion accounts.  And now, we have a billion active daily users. Wow!

Apart from everything else, the amount of engineering that went into creating the platform, growing the features, and keeping it up and running is beyond comprehension.

0 to about 11,000 employees in 11 years.  Wow!

YouTube Gaming Launch

 

YouTube Gaming

YouTube launched YouTube Gaming – a YouTube built for gamers.  The blog post describes:

On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.

It’s a good thing they mentioned these different genres, because they way I saw it was mostly kids watching other kids playing games.  Apparently, that’s a thing these days (see Twitch, for example).  That’s something I can’t understand with my son – instead of actually playing the games, he is watching other people playing.  What’s that all about?

Alex King Rememberances

I’ve just discovered some sad sad news.  Alex King, one of the bigger people in the WordPress community for years, is fighting a stage 4 cancer battle.  Alex is well known for a few things, most notably for his design of the Share icon, his contributions to WordPress core, and his work as a founder of Crowd Favorite.

I’ve never met Alex or spoke to him directly, but his work is a constant inspiration.  From the early days, when I was promoting WordPress as a flexible platform for web application development, I used his work for powerful examples.  I’ve also built projects using Carrington Core framework.  This blog ran both Carrington Blog and FavePersonal themes for quite some time.  I’ve used Capsule for a while to manage my code snippets and project notes, and I’m sure I’ll use it again.  I’ve used (and still using) quite a few plugins that he was involved with – Social, Twitter Tools, Old Post Alert, Delink Comment Author, and others.  I’ve been an occasional reader of his blog.  And, of course, like anyone else using WordPress, I’ve benefited from his work.

The time has come to return a favor.  Alex is compiling some information about his work and career for his 6 year old daughter to learn more about him.  So if you met Alex, communicated with him, or benefited from his work – take a couple of minutes to share your experience.  He well deserves that.

To Alex: thank you for all your work.  It’s inspirational and educational.  Stay strong!