If you read my last post, you would know i was looking for a website which provides inspiration without any distraction and when i couldn’t find one i made one (check it out). Since then i have found an amazing website which foes this much better.
GetInspired365 creates a inspirational videos everyday. The videos are really motivational and truly inspiring, especially when you realise each video has been made by Getinspired365 with love.
Revision is never fun and a little inspiration can go a long way. I was mid way through some revision when i needed some inspiration especially inspirational quotes. I found a couple of great websites but all were cluttered and dull. I was looking for something with one big quote. When i couldn’t find one i decided to make one.
Here it is. I discovered earlier BraineryQuotes have an RSS feed for their quote of the day. So i used this and a simple PHP script to get the newest element in the feed. Luckily this also counts towards my revision for PHP.
I made a portfolio site at the end of 2011. It had a simple and clean layout but i felt it needed to be updated as it was not responsive to different screen sizes (take a look). Therefore it was hard to use on mobile devices. I did not want to make a specific page for mobile and tablet devices and as Google recommend to use responsive design to develop web pages for mobiles, I thought i would do the same. The newly designed website has a simple and clean layout like before but it is fully responsive.(take a look).
I recently discovered a pretty cool site with a nice idea. Its called Selfless Portraits. The aim of the site is pretty simple, you log in with Facebook and select one of your profile pictures. The site will then provide you with some one else’s. all you have to do is to come up with your artistic impression of their picture in any style you like. once you have submitted their picture, yours will be sent to a different ‘artist’ to be drawn. Although there are some stickmen here and there most of the pictures are actually amazing. Check out their gallery. The only problem with this site is that the process of you drawing a picture and a different person drawing you picture can be very slow and up to a week.
This is my attempt at drawing a nice lady from the USA
Here is mine drawn by someone else. Looking at the gallery really shows the class of some of the artists.
If you wanted to write something in Tamil or any other Asian and Indian languages it is not easy. You would either have to learn a completely new keyboard layout with over 200+ letters or copy and past from Google translate.
Now there is an easy option through the form of Google input tools found here. It uses google transcribe not to be mistaken with translate to transcribe each word after the space key is pressed. Transcribe means if you type mum it will not give you the Tamil translation but if you type amma the pronunciation of the Tamil word for amma, it will produce the Tamil word.
you can switch between both by using changing the keyboard by changing the keyboard in task bar.
Its so easy even my mum uses it. Only if Google added European languages with translation
Update: There is a chrome extension which supports all languages offered by Google translate
I think E-ink on phones is genius and soon all phones will have it.
This has great battery life but the only disadvantage is the if you want to watch high quality videos or play a game E-ink is useless. That is where the Yota phone comes in.
It uses a regular HD touch screen and has an E-ink screen on the back as a secondary. If the user notices the batter going low they can set what ever is on the main screen like a webpage or the directions to a restaurant to save battery.
I personally think Yota phone is looking at it the wrong way round. When i use my phone 60% of the time i am browsing the web, looking at Facebook, twitter, listening to music and other simple tasks that do not require an HD screen. So my suggestion would be to use an E-ink display as a main screen and only use the HD screen if i launch a video or a game or want to see a picture in high definition. There is a bonus advantage to this, if i were to receive a text while i was watching a video or playing a game. I could pause the game or video or even let it continue playing, flip the phone around replay to the text and get back to my game.