Month: August 2018

Current Favs

I always install different apps on my phone much to its demur. When it complains of little space, I ignore that annoying notification and go on pressing “install” on whatever app I have in mind at that moment. It could be a recommendation from a friend, one that had good reviews, or a completely unnecessary one I found in my aimless wander through play store. Some of, actually most of them I never even open, let alone use. Those are the ones I uninstall to create room for the new exciting ones. However, there are some that I am so happy I came across. Here’s a list of my current favorite apps.

Wunderlist

I have to admit, there is nothing I find more satisfying that crossing stuff off my to-do list. Looking at a list of tasks that are completed makes me so happy! My inner child does a little dance.I started using Wunderlist while in school and I was able to stay on-top of things the whole time. I would list my assignments, projects, presentations, set deadlines and reminders then just relax and not panic last minute.

My favorite part is that it has categories or folders, so I don’t have to mix personal tasks, work tasks and errands together in one long and very unappealing list. Every task has it’s own little folder.

 

Pinterest  

Sigh of satisfaction. Pinterest is just an endless pool of ideas. I think I go to pinterest more times than to actual people for ideas. Saying that out loud makes me realize I need to reevaluate some aspects of my life. But it literally has everything: Color schemes, jokes, art, recipes, poetry… anything. I think it’s a really nice platform to share your ideas with the world. If you have not tried it, I think you really really should.

 

Google Podcasts  

 

 

Sometimes I get bored of listening to music on my commutes but I would still want to escape to my own world with my earphones on. I discovered google podcasts just recently and have I loved every minute of it. It has a collection of different podcasts on so many different topics. It even has audio books for any book lovers out there.

Currently listening to the case book of Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaaand…. I can download some episodes and have them offline so I don’t have to be connected to the internet whenever I want to listen to anything.

 

Infinity Loop

I love puzzle games. I try having one puzzle game at a time on my phone so I can finish it without being distracted by a different one. The one I am currently playing is Infinity Loop.

 

 

The challenge is to either disconnect an infinite shape made up of many tiny individual pieces until each piece is independent or to connect the same tiny individual pieces to make an infinite shape. Stuck on the latter’s level 11. It’s a good game to keep your brain’s juices flowing.

 

Pomodoro

This is actually a technique. It does have an app which I uninstalled but still use the same theory with my timer. The Pomodoro technique is a time management method, where you break down your work into intervals of 25 minutes (called pomodoros), separated by short breaks of like 3-5 minutes. This has been life-changing because I have the attention span of a goldfish. I could be in the middle of writing code, then a few seconds later I find myself scrolling through my pinterest feed or looking for online shops with sales. It can get quite frustrating. Anyone going through the same would appreciate being able to stay focused for a whole 25 minutes without wandering off to Narnia. Plus it has made me so productive.

 

Which are your favorite or worst apps?

Ciao:)

IT IS AS EASY AS MAKING POTATOES

We are in the century when websites are the new posters. Hospitals have them, chefs have them, law-firms have them, schools have them, even some butcheries have them, literally every industry uses them. When anyone needs any information about something, they don’t even ask somebody, they go to the web and hope to find a website about whatever it is they want.

 

Building a website may or may not have a lot to it. Depends on what you really want at the end. Whether it is that first very simple website you built while you were learning web development or the super complex yet amazing netflix website. It mainly just depends on what you use in terms of the languages and frameworks.

Think of it this way, from potatoes, you can make over twenty dishes. Some exquisite, some boring, and some just alright. What you come up in the end depends on the ingredients you have, and to know which ingredients to use, you must have a vision (know what you want your end goal to be).

 

To Fry or not to Fry

You have with you a bowl of raw unpeeled potatoes and not exactly sure what to do with them. Will you make chips. mashed potatoes, home fries or something fancy like a potato salad?

 

Once you know what you want to create, (I like to make rough sketches), you need to figure out who your audience is. What are they like? What is their age group? What would they want to see…etc.This may actually affect your initial idea and take you back to the drawing board. No point in giving people what they would not like or want to use. That would be a waste of time, energy and a lot of investment. Besides, it beats the point of having one in the first place. Create with your audience in mind, just like you would cook with whoever is eating in mind.

Ingredients

Once you have a grounded (pun intended) idea, identify what you will need to bring it to life. A database to store all the data it will hold, the basic languages of web development like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and/or PHP, a domain name and a hosting service. You may not always know immediately what you’d need, that’s why it is advisable to research a bit before coming up with a final list. Find out from forums, people who are experienced, the internet. Exhaust your options and you’ll have a final list that you have full confidence in.

With salt, pepper, onions, cheese, sour cream, bacon, potatoes of course and recipe from a cookbook you have yourself a delicious creamy potato salad, in your head.

 

Do I really need to?

After you know what you need and what to do, you may either get motivated by the challenge or discouraged by the tediousness of the process that awaits you, like the say, sometimes it is easier said than done.

This is the part where you decide whether you’re in our out. Will you challenge yourself to build the website from scratch / make that potato dish you have never made before?

If you choose to take the road to conquering Goliath and do it from the ground up, then pat yourself on the back. If you choose to go down the breezy road, then be grateful we are in the 21st Century where you do not have to be a chef to eat or serve an exquisite meal and you do not have to be a developer to build a top notch website.

You can always go to a restaurant or order take-out, and use website builders like wix and wordpress where what you may mainly do is just drag and drop elements however you like them to appear with the guidelines right in front of you.

 

Don’t be shy

There is this common notion many people tend to have that building websites is super complicated, and learning how to build one is rocket science. My few years in this field have taught me that this belief is all in the head.

Add to your skills by learning a few web development languages, test your eye for design by designing a website using a website builder.

You may just enjoy it and discover there is nothing much to it and not shudder whenever you hear about building one.

Happy New Month Everyone xxx

(PS Potatoes are my favorite food)