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Google, Alphabet and the domain extension .xyz

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Google, Alphabet and the domain extension .xyz

Following the announcement made in August by Google founder’s partners Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google will be part of a new holding company called Alphabet.

As Larry Page wrote in a post on Google Official Blog:

“Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google.”

The new structure will separate Google’s Internet products and services from Google Life Sciences, a department of Google X (Google X definition from Wikipedia is: “A semi-secret facility run by Google dedicated to making major technological advancements”) and various other departments, studies and projects to become also all part of Alphabet.

Alphabet new one page website only content for now is a letter from Larry Page and a link… to Investors at https://abc.xyz.

It seems that the domain name alphabet.com belong to the BMW group, which will bring you to a Business Mobility provider website.

With Google use of the new domain extension .xyz (introduced last year) for Alphabet website, xyz may well become the one extension to have…

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Is Windows 10 for you…?

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Is Windows 10 for you…?

The latest operating system from Microsoft Windows 10 will be launched in a week 29th July 2015, but security patches for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 and even Vista will be provided by Microsoft for few years to come.

Rumours from all different sources seem to point at Windows 10 to be the last major launch version realise, followed in the future with continuous updates in line with the updating system used by major browsers.

Expectations on Microsoft are high and reviews on Windows 10 are a bit controversial with some expert IT editors warning on possible compatibility issues with the software that you are running on your computer/s.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for 1 year period to all users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on their computers, with precedence given to the 4.4 million users who signed up for the Windows Insider program, followed by reservations and then everyone else and so it may take some time before being able to download it.

And even with the Windows Insider program extensive testing on Windows 10 running in beta for several months it may be a good idea to wait longer, as time will give more detailed information, reviews and feedback on it to help you decide if Windows 10 is for you.

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Free online cloud apps and virtualisation tool

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Free online cloud apps and virtualisation tool

Run software and apps without the need to install them straight from your web browser on Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, iOS and Android systems as long as the browser you are using supports HTML5, which all modern browsers do to different extents.
 
You can check HTML5 support on your browser/s for desktops, tablets, mobiles and others on www.html5test.com.
 
Cameyo at www.cameyo.com is the cloud apps and virtualisation tool for the job.
 
You don’t have even to register on their website to start using the apps on their cloud server, but a simple free registration with only email and a password is required to use the virtualisation tool.
 
The virtualisation tool will allow you to change a program into a virtual package through a packaging procedure, see Cameyo Presentation video on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/43912737 and more details and explanations on the Cameyo website.
 
The majority of apps work out of the box and they are fully compatible with different systems and devices, but not everything is.
 
To start using Cameyo just go to their website address scroll down and click either the Cloud server button TranslationsInterpreting Cameyo Cloud server button or the Library apps link (see Image 1).

TranslationsInterpreting Cameyo Library apps link

Image 1

 
Clicking on any of them will bring you straight to the Cameyo Public apps – Most popular (https secure connection encrypted) where the apps are shown in clickable boxes with icons, but more apps can be chosen from categories in the side drop down menu by clicking on App Library.
 
Hovering with your computer mouse on any app box will display icons, with a play icon only available in the apps that run straight on a browser by clicking it (Image 2).

TranslationsInterpreting Cameyo apps

Image 2

 
Clicking on any of the app’s boxes will bring you to the app description and details from where you can again download or run the app if the play button is there.
 
Once you launch the app by clicking the play button, the app will start loading (Image 3)…

TranslationsInterpreting Cameyo app loading

Image 3

… and ready to use on your browser (Image 4).

TranslationsInterpreting Cameyo 7-Zip app

 Image 4

 
“Free software and Open Source software are great services offered freely to all Internet users and are made and maintained by voluntary developers and communities of developers. It should not be taken for granted.”
 
Lorenzo Cubeddu
 
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Portable Software

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Portable Software

Portable Software for a Portable Office with or without Internet

More and more professionals, business owners, managers, freelancers etc…, find themselves working on the move and from all different locations where sometimes Internet connection is problematic, poor or others, and switching from office computers to home computers and laptops.

PortableApps

PortableApps can be a great solution as the apps can be downloaded and run from any type of external portable memory device like memory sticks and SD cards, external and/or internal hard drives etc. In addition they can also be run from cloud storage services like DropBox and Google Drive.

This way you can carry your working software and files with you and work and keep working from anywhere regardless of been connected to the Internet or not, without having to download and install various software on different computers and with no need to be moving/copying and synchronising files to and from cloud services and storage devices.

About

Portable Apps IconPortable software has been around for a while and it is worth a look at. PortableApps.com, as the website name suggest is a collection of portable software with more than 300 apps.

All the apps are free open source software (Definition from Wikipedia: Open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. Open-source code is meant to be a collaborative effort, where programmers improve upon the source code and share the changes within the community).

The apps available for download from PortableApps website are organised in a categorised list covering software ranging from Office to Internet and Utilities to Skype etc. They are all free of adware, spyware and malware, but as the downloads are made from an external website SourceForge you may want to scan the software installer with your antivirus for extra security.

The apps are maintained and kept updated by a team of developers, designers and other professionals.

Some portable apps will only work on Windows and Mac users will have to use special software like Docker (technical for developers), Windows Emulators, or other workarounds.

Download & Installation

Downloading and running PortableApps is very straightforward, just go to www.portableapps.com, click on Download and follow the instruction.

Run the Software

Once the installation is completed, you will be redirected to the Apps page for selecting and choosing your portable software and can always add or remove Apps, organize folders etc.

To run PortableApps attach the removable storage device to your computer, locate the drive (see screenshot below)…

PortableApps Drive

Double click to open the drive…

PortableApps Directory

And to launch it double clicking on Start.exe. A quick launch icon will appear and clicking on it will open a menu window from where you can manage all your apps and files.

Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Tools for Digital Eye Strain prevention or reduction

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Tools for Digital Eye Strain prevention or reduction

Your eyes are one of your most important assets as a human being

Translators, web designers, programmers, and a huge great number of other professions will involve your eyes staring at screens of computers and various devices like tablets, smartphones etc…, all working day and beyond.

Also socialising and communicating with friends and families can involve extra working time for your eyes between watching movies, videos and social medias like Facebook, playing video games etc.

It looks like we will have no option but to look after your eyes now, or anytime in the near future.

Computer tools for help and prevention

There are a number of great articles on ergonomics and the right distance between your eyes and screens online, but less so on readily available online and computer tools for help and prevention.

Protect your vision robotTwo of these tools that I personally use on my working desktop and laptop computers are Protect Your Vision at www.protectyourvision.org, a free online application for the prevention or reduction of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain symptoms, that works by notifying and remanding you to take regular previously set breaks and it includes eyes gymnastic exercises.

Protect Your Vision does not work on tablets and smartphones, but there are similar apps available both for Androids and Apple devices.

The other tool I use is f.lux at https://justgetflux.com, a computer program that adjusts the screen display colour according to the time of day, location, ZIP/postal code or city name.

f.lux logof.lux works with Mac, Linux and other Apple devices, and for Androids you can use the Twilight app, which I personally use on my Android devices.

So remember look after your eyes and they will look out for you!

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Google on non mobile-friendly websites

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Google on non mobile-friendly websites

After April 21 2015 Google will start to penalize the ranking of websites that are not mobile friendly or responsive when viewed on mobile devices, like phones and tablets.

A mobile friendly website will deliver a copy of your site from your server (web host) according to the device used to view it.

A responsive website will adjusts according to a device’s screen size it displays on, like small on mobile phones, large on tablets and larger on laptops and/or desktops.

A responsive website design will perform best on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as it is easier and faster for search engines like Google, Bing etc…, to index a responsive website that will serve the same HTML code regardless of the device.

A few years ago in June 2012, Google took a clear position on building SEO friendly mobile websites and using best SEO mobile practices with official news and recommendations on crawling and indexing websites for the Google index. Read more on Google Webmaster Central Blog at http://bit.ly/1O9ridF and at http://bit.ly/190msS7.

As the loading speed of a website has all ready been affecting negatively its rankings, soon the non mobile-friendly websites will add extra penalization in their indexing and ranking on search engines for their owners.

Google has a Mobile Guide with Get Started, Documentation and a Mobile-Friendly Test at http://bit.ly/1Br48vV.

You can test your website for mobile friendliness or responsiveness directly at http://bit.ly/1EVi9R3 by entering the web address URL of your website in the provided testing field, and the result will be shown at the end of the test (see screenshot image below).

TranslationsInterpreting mobile friendly test

Also an image of a mobile phone showing your website look on it will be displayed with the result (see other screenshot image below).

TranslationsInterpreting website responsive design

A website can always be resubmitted to search engines, even though they will continue to revisit your site periodically.

Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Windows 10

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Windows 10

Windows 10 to launch this summer, according to official news. To sign in the new Operating system will be using Windows Hello biometric authentication, which is Microsoft’s new system to allow their users to sign with their eyes, face and fingerprint… read more on http://bit.ly/1EZu7ho.

A new web browser called Spartan will replace IE (Internet Explorer), and there will be a free upgrade offer to new or existing (qualified) users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1… read more on http://bit.ly/1DT0NIb

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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HTTP2 but when…?

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HTTP2 but when…?

The biggest update in years from HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTP2 was recently finalized and approved in February 2015.

HTTP is the system used by browsers to request information from servers and to display web pages and different files like images, videos, and other multimedia files from the Internet on your screen.

The major changes with HTTP2 is to use a single connection from the browsers to request files from websites, as opposite to HTTP several requests.

But it may take a while to be fully implemented and used on the web, even though the major browsers have announced to adpot HTTP2 as soon as they can. More details on https://http2.github.io/faq

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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Press release video

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Press release video

As a sailor I “launch” my windsurf as well as my business…

Press release video launching my Translation and Web Design business redesigned websites.

 

Press release video launching my Translation business redesigned website.

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

Websites redesign

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Websites redesign

After planning for quite a while to redesign my two bilingual English – Italian business websites, TranslationsInterpreting.com and LorenzoWebSiteDesign.ie eventually I was able to find the extra spare time to get started.

Apart from the front-end developing, design, customisation, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), written content, images editing, testing locally on my computer and then on my Web Host before going live on the Internet, a good chunk of my time was also taken by the legal aspect of it.

By the legal aspect I mean all the search, research, professional consultation for adding and implementing legal documentation on the websites, such as Terms & Conditions, website’s disclaimer, and especially the Privacy Policy to comply with the EU legislation on cookies.

As you can probably guess I am not a solicitor…!

And the cherry on the cake was the translation and localisation of all the content including the legal staff, of which I still have to finish a bit of the Italian translation…!

But at the end of any project there is always that satisfying feeling of achievement that fill you with contentment…

– Lorenzo Cubeddu

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