Monday, 21 December 2015

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

LastPass - The last password you have to remember

Security and automation are imperative if you want to succeed in today’s online world. Needing access from any device on any place can make life a bit confusing. Everyday at Azorvida we’re working on different projects. But our workload is more manageable and smoother because all of our admin passwords are tightly held inside LastPass. So long are the days of writing every password down, or saving them on a file.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Art of Project Management and how to do it



Which is the best To Do List / Task Management application that also has Project Management features ?

Each of the different system we tried had many awesome features, but none of them seemed perfect to us. After a short time, we'd abandon one in lieu of another and felt like we repeated the cycle endlessly. We tried others and spent much time simply updating an Google Spreadsheet. We've often been frustrated with the lack of a "perfect" application (for us, of course - We know this is a decision of needs).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Happy 11th Birthday, Ubuntu!



It's hard to believe that 11 years have passed since the launch of Ubuntu 4.10 "The Warty Warthog". Yes, it’s now been eleven years, and some twenty-two releases of Ubuntu, since Mark Shuttleworth sat down to type up the first ever Ubuntu release announcement.

This first Ubuntu OS, was a rough and ready stab at bringing Linux to the masses.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Browser Update

Browser-Update.org

An initiative by web designers to inform users about browser-updates


This service is an opportunity to inform your visitors unobtrusively to switch to a newer browser. Many internet users are still using very old, out-dated browsers – most of them for no actual reason. Switching to an newer browser is better for them and for you as a web designer.

How it works

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Azorvida IT Services - NOW also in DE



Finally, Azorvida IT Services is also available in German. But, it was not ONLY the language, which inspired me to this job. While the English version is based on Bootstrap I played a little bit around and created the German version on materialize.css which is a Framework using Google's Material Design.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Creative Commons - what about?

Many People know that there is something called "creative commons licenses". But what does it mean? Is it a license? No, basically is Creative Commons a non-profit organization that has drafted a set of free and voluntary copyright licenses that may be used by any creator for any of their content. 

With Creative Commons licenses, creators have the choice to give up certain exclusive rights normally associated with copyright, while retaining others. There are currently six different licenses that provide users with different levels of freedom.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Link Building Strategies

For search engines that crawl the vast metropolis of the web, links are the streets between pages. Using sophisticated link analysis, the engines can discover how pages are related to each other and in what ways.

Links are an important part of internet, they help in smooth browsing. Link-building is automatic and a natural phenomena, resulting in natural links. Therefore natural link-building is becoming essential these days.

But, Google doesn’t care about the link-building you do. It cares about the implementation on which the future of link building is based.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Windows 10: is it finally time to migrate to Ubuntu?


Public and private enterprises across the world have been using Microsoft Windows for years, but it calls into question whether this is in fact the best choice or simply force of habit?

With recent security and performance issues coming to the fore, an increasing number of companies are exploring the benefits of using alternative Operating Systems, and harvesting the benefits of ultra secure, robust, high performance options. Plus, the cherry on the top is that royalty, maintenance and training costs for users can be reduced by as much as 70 percent!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Introduction to Google Chrome - get the Google Chrome Cheat Sheet

You have a lot of options when it comes to which web browser you would like to use, and Google's Chrome web browser is becoming one of the more popular browsers out there. Working on Linux, Windows and Apple computers, the Chrome browser is both lightweight and powerful.

It has lived up to most people’s expectations with its speed, security, innovative navigations, ease of usage and very cool extensions.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Announcing UbuContest 2015

Have you read the news already?

Canonical, the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the first UbuContest! Contestants from all over the world have until September 18, 2015 to build and publish their apps and scopes using the Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu platform. The competion has already started, so register your competition entry today! You don’t have to create a new project, submit what you have and improve it over the next two months.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Theme Translations and Language Packs are Coming to WordPress.org

Theme Translations and Language Packs are Coming to WordPress.org
WordPress.org will soon support translations and language packs for themes hosted in the official directory. In Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A at WordCamp Europe 2015, he emphasized the importance of having better language support for themes and plugins and identified this as a high priority for continued improvements to WordPress.org.

Today the WordPress meta team announced that theme translations will soon be available on WordPress.org at translate.wordpress.org. Within the next few days or weeks, all active themes (those updated within the last two years) will have their strings imported.

“This will involve importing ~1500 themes, which, combined, have about 315,000 total strings,” Sam Sidler said in the announcement. “After duplicates, the number drops to only 80,000 unique strings.”

The most exciting change is that themes hosted on WordPress.org will soon be able to take advantage of language packs. Theme authors will have the option to remove translations from their zip file in favor of allowing WordPress.org to deliver the language packs, resulting in smaller download sizes.

“Eventually, we also plan to give priority to localized themes in localized directories; e.g., someone searching the Romanian theme directory will see Romanian themes prioritized over English-only themes,” Sidler said.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. - Domain Registration Scam

Unfortunately, there are still people out there, like Domain SEO Service Registration Corp., who feel that they can get away with offering “search engine submission and registration” services. 

Because this mail is NOT send from my Service Provider, this email is not wanted and therefore considered as unsolicited SPAM!

Take a look at what this “Domain SEO Service Registration Corp.” company is sending out, via email:

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Intel Compute Stick now comes with Ubuntu

The Intel® Compute Stick now comes in more flavours, with the announcement that an Ubuntu version (Intel product number STCK1A8LFC) will be available globally via major online and retail stockists. This new Ubuntu-based version of the Intel Compute Stick is expected to be priced at around $110 USD and will go on sale next week.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Project Honey Pot

Stop Spam Harvesters, Join Project Honey Pot
Project Honey Pot will not end spam, but it has lots of potential. It could put many spammers out of business by providing the data necessary to catch them. It could raise the barrier of entry and lower the profits of the spam business, persuading would-be spammers that it's not worth the trouble. And it could prod legitimate marketers to act more responsibly and send e-mail only to those who verifiably have agreed to receive their pitches.

Project Honey Pot is the first and only distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape addresses from your website. Using the Project Honey Pot system you can install addresses that are custom-tagged to the time and IP address of a visitor to your site. If one of these addresses begins receiving email we not only can tell that the messages are spam, but also the exact moment when the address was harvested and the IP address that gathered it.
At its core, Project Honey Pot is a collection of people from around the world working together to track email harvesters and help stop spam.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Flipmailer - Flipora and more ....

It started with an email from I guy I know and have worked with from time to time but never been particularly close to. Let’s call him Bob.



Not visible in the image above – the From line in the message indicated Bob’s email address where the sender’s name usually goes, followed by an email address – <info@flipmailer.com>, suggesting this wasn’t really from Bob at all. And it claimed that Bob “would like to add me as a friend”. What sort of friend? It’s not a Facebook message. A “Flipmailer” friend? What’s that?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

How BIG is Google?

Google plays an enormous role in our everyday lives – from checking our email, to navigating a city – it infiltrates our existence even when we don’t realize it. A new short film titled “How BIG Is Google?” takes a look at just how big the company is and what exactly it is doing. Presenting just the hard facts – from its history, to recent acquisitions – it gives an idea of how Google works and what its future holds. The question cannot be answered directly, however, realizing the sheer scale of the Internet giant offers us only a taste of what’s to come.



Monday, 22 June 2015

What do Europeans do when they go online? 

Can all Europeans access fast internet? Check our new Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2015 for further insights!




Source: European Commission

Saturday, 20 June 2015

New Google Drive Cheat Sheet

A cheat sheet  guides you through a development processes. Each cheat sheet is designed to help you complete some task, and it lists the sequence of steps required to help you achieve the goal.

Here is a new excellent Google Drive cheat sheet. This cheat sheet is created after the latest updates to Google Drive and as such it is the most recent visual guide to the new Google Drive.

From time to time you will find more great Cheat Sheets on Azorvida IT Services.







Sunday, 14 June 2015

Is Material Design the Death Blow for Apple?



This is a subject that has been argued across multiple blogs. Apple was the long-reigning champ of usable designs and clean lines. The ease of use, the consistency across devices, the distinct look—all of these things made it possible for Apple products to stay the “go to” products for people who valued convenience over cost. The Apple team understood that people would rather have simpler products with less functionality if they were fail proof, easy to use, attractive and clean, and packaged correctly. This model presented and alternative to the buggy, overly eclectic world of Microsoft and Android. When someone purchased an Apple product or download it from the Apple store they had faith in what they were getting and knew intrinsically that whatever it was they were purchasing it would be easy to use, would look like other Apple products so they wouldn’t have to relearn the functionality, and it would be bug free. This was how Apple stayed on top in spite of costs that were sometimes triple that of other products. For years Google has been the most popular search engine, without any of its products having a large fan base. People used Gmail, but were more often to use their MAC mail if they had it because it was easier to use. That all changed recently. Google’s Material Design push has created an opening in the market and has given Apple a real competitor for the first time in years.
apple-material-design
©Image by Prithviraj Singh Hada
Meticulous detail, clean lines, and consistency used to be the Apple wheelhouse, but not so much anymore. Google has entered the picture. Material Design is Google’s new design language that they have pushed hard to have applied across every type of hardware outlet from laptops and desktops to phones and tablets. Material Design like Apple before it has created a consistency for non iOS ware that rivals that of Apple. The applications look better, are easier to use, have consistent functionality and usability, and people who use the applications, whether they realize why or not where the changes have come from, are impressed by the changes. Compare the 2012 Android to that of 2015 and you can see right away the value of the changes to the over all look and feel. Android 5.0 Lollipop utilize the “flat” graphical interface so popular with users, incorporating bold, bright colors with only the most subtle of shading which, on screen, looks like it is a physical entity rather than just a bunch of code and pixels. Users love this look. Even more than the users,designers and developers like the new rules and language thus ensuring that this trend will overtake that of the new incremental changes coming out of Apple. This year’s Apple design conference doesn’t seem to promise any radical changes to the iOS 9, so it is hard to believe that the company has realized or has caught up enough to overtake the Google engine anytime soon.
Material-design-Apple-iOS
©Image by Prithviraj Singh Hada
While the Material Design trend is a welcome change, many at Google felt it was long overdue. For years, Google’s emphasis was on speed and data over look and feel. Usability had more to do with what colors the human eye responded to than a real user-experience methodology. Over the years Google lost many excellent designers, and it wasn’t until Larry Page was brought on as Google’s CEO that things really began happening. Page understood that if Google didn’t make its mark and soon, it would lose the war with Apple as being the single most valuable tech company in history. While many would argue that Microsoft had that distinction, they were arguing it from a 2000 perspective. The advent of Smart Phone and Tablets blew away the PC generation, and to stay at the top Google needed to make a radical “Crazy Ivan.”
google-io15-material-design
Developers were given the power to lead and make necessary changes. They drove the language and the design with the user and his or her experience in mind. It is safe to say that “Apple” was probably the subject of many design meetings and reverse engineering discussions based only on the earliest changes to the Google apps. However, what their design teams created goes far beyond copying Apple and pushes towards reinventing the dialogue.

Google’s Material Design team was given free reign to explore and place the end user’s experience over that of speed. They were allowed to play with ideas like drawing emojis to create a “different”, more organic user experience of expression. These types of things would have been off Google’s radar five years ago, but today they understand that it make a difference to the new tech user. The modern user is already jaded. They have speed, so they don’t worry about the extra millisecond. They aren’t dazzled by a million options that their eyes can’t focus on. They want white space, colors, and ease of use. The modern tablets users want “Ikea” not “Baroque”.

android-io15-material-design-blog
Already, those apps using Material Design are trending and Android is winning the war against the iOS with Google at it’s side. Companies like Samsung are coming out with better and faster phones with more bling and with the new Material Design apps they are making the Apple loyalists rethink their brand. This will not happen overnight. Apple won the culture war as being the “hipster” brand, the San Francisco -Silicon Valley darling. Not only did they do what they do best for long enough to establish reliability and trust, their product placement certainly helped to brand them as the chic product to have. The switch, therefore, will not happen overnight. However, as more and more people move to the Android and share their phones and gadgets Google may just peck away at the core Apple loyalists—especially if Apple continues on the same path of attempting to sell a new phone every seven months with limited changes and lack of dazzle.
Only time will tell with Apple if it has any tricks left up its sleeve. The new CEO is popular for being a social advocate but he doesn’t seem to have Jobs’ leadership skills or charisma when it comes to technology and innovation. It could be that Apple has had closed doors and has been developing something really radical, but based on past trends and “word on the street” this doesn’t seem to be the case. They have a brand and are sticking with it. Google, on the other hand, seems to be re-energized and on an upward tilt of brand management. Innovation has come to Google and designers are now as respected as engineers. This could be the beginning of a rebranding of Google beyond being “The Search Engine” to becoming the company that brought AI to handhelds.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Manage Multiple WordPress Sites Using InfiniteWP

Today we want to introduce you to an really awesome tool we are using to maintain our WordPress Websites as well as the WordPress sites of our Clients.


Is it really that important to keep your WordPress website up to date? The answer to that questions isn’t always “yes”, but in almost all cases, it is important to keep it as up to date as possible. WordPress is an outstanding system for creating a website or blog. And every site needs regular maintenance. The key to maintaining a WordPress website or blog is have a system to make it easy.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ownCloud

Access, Sync and Share your data, under your control!



ownCloud 

provides access to your data through a web interface or WebDAV while providing a platform to view, sync and share across devices easily—all under your control. ownCloud’s open architecture is extensible via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins and works with any storage.

Access Your Data: 

Store your files, folders, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more on a server of your choosing. Access them from your mobile device, your desktop, or a web browser. Access your data wherever you are, whenever you need it.

Sync Your Data:

Keep your files, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more synchronized amongst your devices. One folder, two folders or more – get the most recent version of your files with the desktop and web client or mobile app of your choosing, at any time.

Share Your Data: 

Share your data with others, and give them access to your latest photo galleries, your calendar, your music, or anything else you want them to see. With or without password or time limit. Share it publicly, or privately. It is your data, do what you want with it.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Not Internet but Splinternet. Facebook's new Internet.Org is just as evil


Why is Mark Zuckerberg so concerned about his 'charity' initiative that he had to re-jig it in the face of opposition, star in another breathless video about it, and start a misleading campaign about it among users in India? Bear with me, it's an interesting story
Facebook is in a bit of a jam, and opposition to this one pet project in India is probably pointing to the seams of a larger story worldwide. But it all starts with a simple pair of numbers.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Ubuntu coming to Russia on HP Devices

  • HP to launch a number of laptops and desktop PCs preinstalled with Ubuntu in Russia
  • Devices to be sold through major Russian resellers/distributors
May 2015, London: Canonical is pleased to announce that HP is launching a number of devices, preloaded with Ubuntu, in Russia. The devices, including notebooks and All-In-One PCs, will be available for purchase from selected resellers and distributors throughout the region by mid-May, 2015.

Monday, 11 May 2015

How much do I have to pay for my website?


How much do I have to pay for my website?


If you’re thinking about starting a Landing Page, a Blog, a Support Site, a eCommerce site or a Media/Content site based on static HTML or on a CMS like WordPress, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself is “how much does this website cost?”. It’s an important question! Figuring out the best way to start a website early on can save you a ton of money in the long run.
One of the biggest issues with figuring out the price is that web design is a service, but most clients see a website as a ‘product’. Many of them believe that they can walk into a ‘virtual store’ and order a 5 page website for fixed fee. However a website is something that should be created according to your needs!


So, the first question I want to ask you is:

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Tool - Google Web Designer

Google Web Designer is a professional-quality design tool that empowers creative professionals to develop cutting-edge HTML5 content for free. As an added benefit to ad designers, Google Web Designer is seamlessly integrated with DoubleClick Studio and Mobile Apps Reserve, greatly simplifying the process of building HTML5 creative that can be served through Google platforms.


Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux (Ubuntu) that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads. Since its launch, Web Designer got a couple of minor updates, but the last release is the first major update in a long time and brings quite a few new features to the software.

Given Google’s propensity for abandoning projects like this, it’s nice to see that the company continues to invest in Web Designer. It’s a surprisingly easy tool to work with and thanks to its integrated code editor, you can always get your hands dirty and fine-tune the result to your liking by manually editing the CSS and JavaScript.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Share and Sync your Google Task List with Others


Google Tasks is one handy tool which I use often to create a quick to-do list. It’s simple, efficient and easy to use. What makes it even more powerful is that they are integrated with other Google services like Gmail, Calendar and iGoogle.

It certainly does help me a lot in keeping things organized and with features like directly adding your Gmail emails to task list for follow ups (Press Shift + T) makes it one indispensable tool. If you had not yet explored this tool,launch it by clicking on Gmail(Top left corner) ->Tasks.

The tool currently supports to share your task list via emails. But in most case it’s not sufficient, wouldn’t it be great if there is a way to allow others to update your Task List so that the list always remains fresh and updated. If you are working in team or if there are more than one person managing the list then it becomes a must have feature.

Consider these situations:
  • Your project manager has created a to-do list in his account and requires the list to be updated by team members as and when they complete the tasks.
  • You are a homemaker and have created a list of things to be bought for this week. Your husband has promised to get some of the things while he is back from office and your maiden has gone out to get few others. So how would you ensure that the list is synced up and is up-to-date?
So, I have come up with an app to address this problem and it will help you in getting this missing feature.


Introducing Shared Google Tasks:

This app will help you share and sync your Google task list with others. You can even share your list with anonymous users who don’t have Google account who can update the tasks and the data will instantly be reflected in your account.

Features:

1. The sync up takes place instantly. There is no polling.
2. Any user with or without Google account can update the list.
3. You can add, edit, mark as completed or pending and delete any tasks.
4. Lesser the chance

It works fine for us!

Interested? Then visit the Website of Shunmugha Sundaram to learn How to Create a Shared Google Task List?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

WordPress 4.2.2 Security Release and Genericons vulnerability

WordPress 4.2.2 has just been released which contains several important security fixes. We recommend you update immediately if you haven't already been automatically upgraded.
  • The Genericons icon font package, which is used in a number of popular themes and plugins, contained an HTML file vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack. All affected themes and plugins hosted on WordPress.org (including the Twenty Fifteen default theme) have been updated today by the WordPress security team to address this issue by removing this non-essential file. To help protect other Genericons usage, WordPress 4.2.2 pro-actively scans the wp-content directory for this HTML file and removes it. This was reported by Robert Abela of Netsparker.
  • WordPress versions 4.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. WordPress 4.2.2 includes a comprehensive fix for this issue. Reported separately by Rice Adu and Tong Shi.
  • The release also includes hardening for a potential cross-site scripting vulnerability when using the visual editor. This issue was reported by Mahadev Subedi.

The release also fixes 13 other bugs which you can learn more about on the release notes page for 4.2.2.

Welcome to Azorvida IT-Services redesigned website!

We have redesigned our visual appearance and structure of our website. We hope that you will find all needed information easily and conveniently on our new site.




Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sind Sie bereit für Googles Mobile-Update?


Google ändert wieder einmal seinen Such-Algorithmus! Zum 21.04.2015 kommt das Mobile Update. Mobile-friendly-content (der Bedienungskomfort von Webseiten für mobile Nutzer) wird damit zu einem (wichtigen) Ranking-Faktor. Die Auswirkungen werden aller Voraussicht nach erheblich sein („…a significant impact in our search results …“). Überraschend ist das nicht, denn die Anzahl mobiler Zugriff auf das Web wächst von Monat zu Monat rasant. Das Mobile Update von Google trägt dieser Entwicklung jetzt Rechnung. Wir zeigen Ihnen, wie Sie sich auf das kommende Google Mobile Update vorbereiten können.

Aktuell entfällt durchschnittlich bereits mehr als 30% des gesamten organischen Internet-Traffics auf die Nutzung über mobile Geräte. Wir kaufen über Smartphone oder Tablet, besuchen mit diesen Geräten Newsseiten, schauen Filme und Videos auf Streaming-Portalen, bewegen uns damit in sozialen Netzwerken und, und, und. Das deutet umgekehrt: Betreiber von Webseiten, die aktuell noch nicht mobile-optimiert sind, verlieren unter Umständen einen Großteil ihres Traffics. Denn solche Seiten wirken für mobile Besucher wie eine Barriere. Schriften können nicht gelesen werden, Bilder werden z.T. nicht angezeigt, die Navigationselemente sind unbrauchbar … Google hat daher bereits im Februar 2015 angedeutet, dass die Punkte Benutzerfreundlichkeit und Mobile-Optimierung von Webseiten eine immer wichtigere Rolle für das Ranking generischer Suchergebnisse spielen werden.

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