Category Archives: Technology

Small is Beautiful: working with short URLs

Today’s world limits our expressions lenght to 140 character. No matter you text SMS or Tweet, you have to fit your sentences based on this restriction. Further to that, nobody has toleration for longer statements. That’s why, text material should be picked and chosen. Herein, some subsdiary materials such as long links would cause to go waste. To sum up, small is beautiful.

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Blowfish Represents Long Urls in Bitly Icon

URL shortening services redirect long urls to shorter one. This kind of urls are friendly for messaging technologies requiring limited number of characters such as sms. Thus, you can append a link into your message and message quota would not be exceeded. Moreover, short urls are memorable. That’s why, referencig short urls are common in hard copied paragraphs such as newspapers or magazines.

Formely, Twitter automatically shortens links with Bitly service, this makes Bitly popular. Today, The Blue Bird consumes their own t.co service.

What’s more, Bitly and Google are the most common url shortening service providers for end users. Although, web inteface of these service providers are easy to consume, urls should be shorten manuelly. In this post, we will focus on how to consume these services in our programs.

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Image is everything

You might remember the advertisements of Sprite in 90’s. The brand has a motto; image is nothing, thirst is everything, obey your thirst!. Actually, reality is much more complex. First impressions are one the most important things in many fields in daily life. Logo designs affect your first impression for brands and applications. So, image would be everything!

For instance, the following illustration is revealed when the logos of the top 200 iOS applications are analyzed and plotted on the color wheel. Black, white and gray colors are ignored in this study. Moreover, a logo could appear several times on the wheel if it contains more than one colors. Finally, the size of the logo represents the color percentage.

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Netflix law

Nowadays, Netflix almost takes the place of traditional cable cast especially in United States. The company has 46M subscribers in US, and 79M subscribers worldwide in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Surprisingly, behind Netflix coming to these days is Moore’s law.

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Netflix was in the physical DVD by mail business when the company was established. They predict that they need 8 more years to have satisfactory technology for both providers and consumers when the streaming idea comes to their mind. Thus, they form their strategy based on trustworthiness. They spend these 8 years to be a trustworthy company whereas they started to work on streaming. They worked with US Post Office instead of innovative ones for posting movies to prevent mis-routing. In the meanwhile, Blockbusters was the dominant player in the market but they ignore the streaming technology.

Today, Netflix is one of the most prestigious companies whereas Blockbusters has announced the bankruptcy and 1.46 billion dollars dept.

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Education Technologies

Even though the content of the course disciplines are advanced, the teaching technology is not advanced as Peter Norvig metioned on his TED Talk.

We got stuck in classrooms. As illustrated the following figure, there still are textbook, the sage on the stage and sleeping guy in the back – just like today. However, the most prestigious universities (e.g. Stanford, MIT) offer their course contents online nowadays on MOOC (e.g. Coursera, edX, Udemy) and these courses are mostly free. The only you need is to enroll.

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How Printers Change Our Lifes: The Past and The Future

Most of people remind printers when they hear about the Xerox. Actually, that would not be incorrect to say a well known printer company triggered the most of developments in  the information age.

Although, Steve Jobs said “Since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.” in his Stanford Speech, graphical user interface was first developed at Xerox PARC in 1975. Windowing, icons, pop-up menus and pointing device (mouse) exist also opening and moving files are supported in Xerox Alto.

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