The Blockchain: the new foundation of economics
First in a new series of articles from expert and guest blogger, Steve Tendon, read on for “The Chain Observer – Episode 1, The Blockchain: the new foundation of economics”. In 1494, the mathematician Luca Pacioli first described double-entry bookkeeping in his monumental work, “Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalita.” By documenting the bookkeeping techniques used by the innovative businesses of his time to keep track of their trades, his work became a milestone […]
Being on the Cutting Edge
It’s hard to remain on the cutting edge. You get into technology because it excites you, because it’s fun and because, well, you look cool to many people if you know about new tech. You work hard keeping up to date, you learn new languages, new platforms, apps and frameworks, you pride yourself on knowing all those complex IT terms and practices that techy people know. You stand apart, you’re the go-to person for any […]
Scoping a hybrid app
I’ve had cause recently to look into developing a hybrid app. I’ve got a few technical requirements – especially connecting to social network APIs and use GPS, both not uncommon to many apps that might be developed these days. It’s been interesting to look into what’s required, and how I can source a good team to design and develop what I need. I also need to estimate how much this thing is going to cost […]
How long could you last if the oxygen ran out?
Business Continuity – how long could you last if the oxygen ran out? A free event at the prestigious Malta Life Sciences Park seminar location Date 1/6/16 | Time: 15.30-17.30 | Place: Life Sciences Park (map) STOP PRESS, LAST FEW PLACES AVAILABLE: REGISTER NOW – Email us now to book your place. More on the event “Every year companies put their budgets together, define their production targets, prepare their sales and marketing campaigns and yet so many do not […]
Learning to be a Team Player
One of the most difficult things you encounter in your working life is working as part of a team. It’s probably the number one reason you might a) leave your job or b) not get it in the first place. It is terrifically difficult to be good at working in a team. It’s nothing personal, we all loathe it. But it can certainly be effective and it can even be fun. Really. The secret is balance, regular […]
Working with WordPress
Most people know that WordPress runs up to 25% of the internet, (some say 18%, some say 25%). A lot of it, in other words. This can mean anything from a blog some kid set up last week and never wrote on again, all the way through to large well known sites like Disney or BBC America. In fact, if you Google it you’ll find quite a few surprises when it comes to who runs their […]
Full stack or specialist?
I’ve had many conversations about the dilemma of full stack or specialist technical workers and teams. Is it better that everyone can do everything to a fairly good level or is it preferable to specialise and really excel at one thing only? At the last Wordcamp I attended I asked the closing WordPress Developer stream discussion panel (all lead senior developers) what they most wanted or needed in their teams. From three panelists I got […]
So what the heck is Machine Learning anyway?
Good question. “Machine learning is a hot area because there’s a lot of information out there. How do we make sense out of it? How do we find the needle in the haystack?” So asks Walter Sun, an expert who’s job it is to make Microsoft’s Bing great by giving users ‘the most up-to-the-minute information about current events’. He came up with Bing Predicts, the idea being that large amounts of real time data can […]