Dear reader, in this edition we'll take look at Bitcoin, the hardest race in the world and some typical Swiss things. Enjoy!
This summer we followed the Red Bull X-Alps race from Salzburg to Monaco. Here's a short clip of the winning team, Christian Maurer and Thomas Theurillat. Amazee Labs sponsored their epic race with a digital landing pad for all groupies.
Washington Post: 12 questions about Bitcoin you were too embarrassed to ask
Not sure what to make of the digital currency Bitcoin? Here are 12 answers that might help. Alternatively the video featured in Issue 62 can be recommended to you.
We absolutely love the Knock app at Amazee Labs. However there was one tiny thing we missed in it: Motivation enough for our Interaction Designer Sascha to write an Alfred workflow to resolve the issue.
BuzzFeed: 18 Signs You Grew Up In Switzerland
We are quite a diverse team. Nevertheless, one could observe a few nodding heads in the office while this list was read.
Tweets that cut through the noise
Can't actually believe Microsoft went ahead and did this. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - http://t.co/fXTsX7nnFe
— Keith Mason (@iamkeithmason) November 21, 2013
The memories of BADCamp and DrupalCon Prague are still fresh in my mind, however the Drupal event calendar allowed me to head east again. The destination of this trip was the DrupalCamp Vienna, which attracted around 300 people from all over the world.
Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire kicked off this camp with a keynote, inspired by the slogan of the event, about connecting open minds.
Drupal Austria did a great job organizing this event.
The FH Technikum Wien is a really nice venue. It offers a lot of daylight regardless of the weather. Also from an architectural point of view it is very interesting. Here are some impressions which I took this morning.
Update: My presentation was recorded and is already available on YouTube
After an eventful DrupalCon in Prague the Drupal calendar has another another workout lined-up for us. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday 300 Drupalistas will meet up in Vienna. Among them are our Michael (schnitzel), Dagmar (dagmita) and Boris (borisbaldinger). If you're heading there too, make sure to attend their sessions.
Friday, 22 November
Saturday, 23 November
- 11:00 Translation Management by schnitzel - Room Webshapers
- 12:00 There are no bad clients, just bad project managers by dagmita - Room Zensations
There won't be any Swiss chocolate available at our sessions. Come for the content and not for the bribes. ;)
The last seven days the following five stories managed to get our attention. Enjoy!
Food for tought
Medium: Is autocomplete evil
Google's autocomplete function an amazing helper, isn't it? Not according to Tom Chatfield, who raises some concerns regarding the feature.
The halfway point of the Movember team's quest of manliness has been reached and it can confirm the effects mentioned in the video above.
How much money do the top technology companies make per second?
It’s easy to be impressed by big numbers. However if you combine it with a calculation it can boggle your mind.
DrupalCamp Vienna 2013 - Connecting Open Minds
Next weekend some Amazee’s will be attending and speaking at DrupalCamp Vienna. If you are planning on attending too, make sure to secure your ticket. Time is running...
Forbes: Here's Where Teens Are Going Instead Of Facebook
Is your social media strategy getting down with the kids? If Facebook features heavy in it, it might be time to consider a refresher.
We proudly present our latest release: SRF Die Schweizer!
During the month of November all eyes are set on Switzerland and its history - at least at SRF, the Swiss national broadcasting company. They entrusted us with building the website for their series about major events in the nation's history.
We designed and implemented the platform and made the Swiss national heroes look good on desktop, tablet and mobile by making the platform fully responsive. Furthermore we implemented a video upload portal to host user generated content.
Get into some Swiss history right here.
By the amount of facial hair growing in the office you may be excused for thinking that we are in the progress of branching out into the timber industry.
Fortunately the motivation behind cultivating a moustache stems from a different source. During the month of November a bunch of men of the lab are participating in Movember. The annual, month-long event targets to raise awareness for male specific illnesses such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer and raise funds for related research by men cultivating a moustache.
If you laughed out loudly, while looking at our efforts, you have support our quest of manliness by making a small donation on our Movember team page. Otherwise feel free do so anyway. More photos will follow.
This week, dear reader, the essence highlights a Responsive Web Design issue, compares Drupal 7 to Symfony 2 and allows the laws of physics to answer the most important iOS 7 question. Enjoy!
Pixeljets: Drupal 7 vs Symfony 2: overview after 1 year of Symfony development
The integration of Symfony in Drupal 8 will be a major landmark. Anton Sidashin, a Drupal and Symfony Developer at Pixeljets, shares his experience of working with both technologies.
Paul Johnson's Blog: Your part in improving Drupal's Social Media
In order to do justice with the way Drupal's project scaled on the social media channels a Drupal social media request form was introduced. In his blog post Paul Johnson shares some information about it.
Responsive Web Design
LukeW: Responsive Web Design: Relying Too Much on Screen Size
Luke Wroblewski makes the point that screen-size is not the only important design decision you have to consider in responsive design.
Tweets that cut through the noise
— Julien Maupetit (@julienmaupetit) November 2, 2013
Amazee Labs' server infrastructure is built with availability, operating efficiency and security in mind. As with all IT systems, the threat of failure is omnipresent. When the worst occurs we run through emergency scenarios with pre-defined responsibilities, just as pilots do when things turn nasty. This is our side of the story.
Reaching out to the client is the other one. Customer satisfaction is based on trust and transparent communication. Something Buffer accomplished last week. The customer has the right to know what is going on at any given time. For this purpose we've just introduced the status page for all our clients running on the Drupal cluster. It is your first port of call should any of the Amazee hosted apps hit a rough patch.
This week an old category makes a comeback, you can learn how to build a WordPress blog with Drupal and there is good news for gadget geeks who like to travel. Enjoy!
Food for thought
what if?: Facebook of the Dead
A look into the simple question: "When, if ever, will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than of living ones?".
OSTraining: How to Build a WordPress Blog in Drupal
Within the Drupal community there is a saying that: "If you want to build a blog, use WordPress. If you want to build WordPress, use Drupal.” Here’s the tutorial how to rebuild a Wordpress blog in Drupal.
The Verge: FAA officially approves using electronics during all phases of flight
The the final frontier for gadget geeks on the road has finally been crossed. If that news isn't worth of an inclusion of the success kid meme, in this blog post, then nothing is.
Mashable: 38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says
Even the current generation of digital natives look like digital immigrants in comparison.
Tweets that cut through the noise
— Tumblr Edits (@TumblrEdits) October 29, 2013
Please welcome our latest release, Exped.