Redditech Blog 2.0

Thanks to all those who have and who continue to read and leave comments that help me make the content of this blog more professional and useful.

This blog has now moved to Blogger as a hosted site.
Blogger is the Google Apps alternative to Wordpress.

This was done as I wished to focus more on building my skills as a writer and actually producing higher quality content, and less on the administrative tasks of running blogging software myself.

Please check out The Redditech Blog 2.0 to see updated content from Redditech.

SMS Meggies go viral in Trinidad

My friend at Teleios told me about a new application his company had launched Friday called “Meggie Wars”, a system where you could send different “meggies” to friends via SMS.
What was interesting is that in the first half hour of launch my friend indicated they had already experienced 300 unique cell number signatures in use on the service.
When I met with friends later at least 10 of us spent a good 20 minutes playing with the service. Together my small band of friends probably generated over 500 messages on the system. To get started all you had to do was send “help” to 3643 from any BMobile mobile phone. It would then give you back a list of instructions on how to use the service which were quite easy to follow.

For now the service is free, but imagine such a system with similar volume and viral adoption and growth and which could have been generating revenue between 10c to $1.00 per message, either through caller costs or through text advertisements included with each message sent.

Now that they have started this fad and introduced a noticeable cross section of the local mobile community to the concept of SMS Application services, I would love to see if my friends at Teleios can take the concept mainstream and “Cross The Chasm” between early adopters and the mainstream users to take this from a “nice to have” to a “need to have” segment of the mobile market.

This, to me, is key to defining the great companies of the future from the good ones.

YouTube.com – Very cool alternative to metacafe

YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.

I heard about this on the weekly TWiT podcast, and decided to try it out. It’s actually reminded me of another program, called Metacafe, but unlike Metacafe which pushes content directly to your PC, YouTube is a pulled content system in that the user must first choose which videos one wishes to download before they are downloaded and viewed. The YouTube.com website also provides a rating system for registered users to rank various videos and the website provides links to the top rated as well as most recent and most viewed. It also has a Random video feature if you can’t quite decide what type of video you’re in the mood for.

Windows Live Ideas – Homepage

Windows Live Ideas – Homepage
I came across this link quite by accident, an invitational Hotmail e-mail which asked if I wanted to beta-test the new Windows Live! E-mail replacement for Hotmail. I signed up, and I must say it is pretty impressive, alot like Google’s Gmail in that alot of Javascript and Dynamic HTML is used in its implementation. It’s like having a web based Outlook without having an Outlook web server, and with a much prettier interface :-)

Permalink Structure Implemented

Implemented a “permalink” structure for archiving posts. This should make finding archived records a tonne easier, as was the purpose of Permalinks. So now entries will be accessible by going to blog.redditech.com/category/title-with-dashes-between-words, e.g. this post is http://blog.redditech.com/professional/permalink-structure-implemented or http://blog.redditech.com/cooldude/permalink-structure-implemented. Wow, this feature is really cool!

“Connections” Theme implemented

I just updated the site with the “Connections” theme for Wordpress…I must say, it does look more pleasant than the default theme I had in place before. Now that I have a little more time on my hands I’ll be able to make more posts about Wordpress blogging software as I experiment with the features of this software.

Open Source Software for Windows- Suggested Applications

Open Source Software for Windows- Suggested Applications
There’s always the table of equivalent software for a reference of what free Linux apps are comparable to Windows commercial applications, however this page does a good job of providing a listing of open source software for Windows as alternatives to their commercial counterparts. Nice job, seems like the site itself will soon be moved to OpenSourceList.org,
a name which definitely does reflect its content better.

MAF – The Mozilla Archive Format extension

mozdev.org – maf: index
The Maf project is an archive extension that allows complete web
pages to be saved in a single archive file. MAF stands for Mozilla
Archive Format and the extension uses RDF to save page meta-data such
as the original URL of the page and the date/time the page was put in
the archive.

Not only is this program extremely useful, it was also written by a local programmer, Christopher Ottley, who happens to be a very good friend of mine. Congrats on a good app Chris!!

Plasma: KDE4 Desktop Shell: Plasma for KDE

Plasma: KDE4 Desktop Shell: Plasma for KDE
Whether you’re a graphic artist, a programmer or simply a desktop user, this is your choice to be on the cutting edge of KDE development (and perhaps contribute and get listed in the credits). It looks VERY promising especially things they’re doing with tools like SuperKaramba (a very cool widget tool similar to Konfabulator).

Wikispaces – A Place To Grow Communities

Wikispaces – A Place To Grow Communities
Wikispaces is great for any kind of group website. It’s for families,
classrooms, sports teams, community groups, book clubs, fan clubs,
party organizers, wedding planners, and more. Check out some examples >>

Wikispaces is a place where you can easily build web pages with other people.
Seems like something cool to do with a group of friends. The TTLUG created its website using the wiki process and I must say it was quite a good result. If you have a cool idea for a website and have a group of people each willing to contribute a little, I recommend at the very least “sandboxing” the project with this site’s resources before deciding if you want to go to a live server with it.