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July 18, 20134 years ago

Refactoring code?

Refactoring is a law of nature for any Agile project as changing requirements are a fundamental assumption of Scrum (and other Agile processes).
For example for Scrum teams, in the early Sprints (iteration), there will not be time to build the entire robust infrastructure that the final product will require. However, the full product will almost certainly require a larger, more powerful, more robust infrastructure. Read more

June 25, 20134 years ago

Wearable Activity Trackers: Jawbone UP vs Fitbit Flex

  Get physical with two of the most popular wearable activity trackers. This Jawbone UP vs Fitbit Flex review offers useful information on the structure and functionality of these two hip products. Wear these tech accessories on your wrist to monitor how active you are during the day. Read more

June 22, 20134 years ago

Tips for PHP Developers

Highly-acclaimed sites like Facebook and Wikipedia use PHP as the best web development language. Those who are at the beginning of their PHP developer career should definitely skim through these time- and energy-saving tips and tricks offered by professionals.
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March 14, 20134 years ago

Now Trending: Consumers Hungry for New Brands

    It's the perfect time for ambitious startups to enter the business sphere with a unique brand! According to statistics and consumer trend polls, people are hungry for new brands and are ready to embrace an innovative shopping experience. Established companies need to compete with the new wave of entrepreneurs who take advantage of the globalization of innovative ideas, the concept of PRETAIL shopping and the need of consumers for unique products. Read more

March 12, 20134 years ago

Using Google, Bing and Flickr API to search for images

Need to show some pictures for searches, products or names and you don't have them?

I came across this problem once and I will like to share an easy solution. The solution is strickly technical, you should check the terms and conditions before using the images. Focusing just on Creative Commons-licensed photos is the safest approach. Read more

March 8, 20134 years ago

UK Affiliates System API Comparison

Amazon is one of the first affiliate programs, they started in 1994 with books, since then they have expanded their selection of products to almost anything that you can buy. Amazon is a great affiliate program for you to join, at the same time there are a few things which you may want to consider before joining. Read more

February 22, 20134 years ago

Conversion rate optimization (CRO)

Read the orginal post here:  http://blog.flubit.com/flubit-life-victor-spinei-development-manager-2/

   Attending a fascinating seminar named Website conversion optimization Master class at the Google Campus made me think of the fact that it is really difficult to learn how to turn visitors of a website into actual customers, who'll come back for the same experience over and over again. Experts in web analytics and digital marketing decided to open the eyes of website owners to a few frequent and fortunately fixable problems. Read more

February 6, 20134 years ago

Sphinx Vs Lucile

In the past few weeks I've been researching how to improve db queries for scaling purposes and having in mind the MySQL sharding approach.

So, we are looking for a stand-alone full-text search server with the following properties:
.Must operate as a stand-alone server that can serve search requests from multiple clients 
.Must be able to do "bulk indexing" by indexing the result of an SQL query: say "SELECT id, text_to_index FROM dbtable;" 
.Must be free software and must run on Linux with MySQL as the database 
.Must be fast (rules out MySQL's internal full-text search)

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December 17, 20124 years ago

Design a Site Structure That Search Engines and Visitors will Notice

Creators of the most popular websites had in mind not only the latest tech trends but also the special needs of visitors. What makes a site structure noticeable for search engines and people in general? The visually appealing design, easy-navigation and the overall organization of information are only some of the most important factors every web designer should have in mind before starting to build a webpage. Read more

Posted in: Ideas, Trends
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Tags: pretail, trends, trendwatching
November 16, 20125 years ago

PRETAIL Experience: Shopping for products at concept stage

    It's good for manufacturers, it's amazing for customers! Discover the PRETAIL experience, a new concept that allows people to shop for products or even service at concept stage. According to the developers of PRETAIL this consumption pattern offers the chance for clients to share their intention for purchasing products that had not yet been launched on the mass-market. Read more

October 25, 20125 years ago

Book review: The Innovator’s Dilemma:When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen decided to write a book about the reason why established and prestigious companies fail when it comes to using new and innovative technologies. This study proves to be a textbook for all managers who want to take full advantage of technological inventions in order to guarantee the success and growth of a firm. According to the expert, numerous companies from different industries (e.g. the disk drive industry) decided to rely on the efficiency of sustaining technology, used to improve the performance of already released and manufactured products instead of exploring the benefits of disruptive technologies that bring a major innovation. Read more

September 11, 20125 years ago

Book review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a highly acclaimed staff writer for the New Yorker, who decided to change our perspective on snap judgments and first impressions.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking offers numerous lessons to people interested in psychology and in the way our mind works in different situations. This fun and fascinating study aims to convince the public that split-second decisions can be just as good and relevant as the ones made cautiously and consciously. Read more

August 26, 20125 years ago

Book review: The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

    Eric Ries decided that it was time to change the complete system of entrepreneurship with the help of brand new business strategies. This book, however, offers a set of new and simple methods that can be used to improve government programs too.

In an era when established companies struggle with innovation this study proves to be a lifeboat. Moreover, Ries proposes a method that can be learned by everyone regardless of age and profession. This book offers useful tips for active and future entrepreneurs as well as people who are interested in this field of activity. Read more

August 12, 20125 years ago

My Flubit Journey Part II

Read the original post here: http://blog.flubit.com/flubit-life-victor-spinei-development-manager/

Still at Flubit, still working really hard to keep the pace with the speed-of-light changes in the e-commerce market! On the verge of launching the new flubit 3.0., the team is ready to use to launch a brand new and improved interface design, development approach and an innovative business model. Our experts are using database technologies, new frameworks, servers and APIs as well as sub-versioning systems to guarantee the success of Flubit 3.0 among e-commerce fans. Read more

July 23, 20125 years ago

Now Trending: Online Payments and Banking

Is it already time to say goodbye to the traditional banking and shopping experience? No doubt, online payments and banking are concepts people should definitely get familiarized with. Bitcoin and Paypal won the support of millions of fans from all over the world. However, we must also be aware of the huge risks of engaging into online transactions. Read more

July 18, 20125 years ago

About myself & the Flubit adventure

Read the full post here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104841726341266575793/posts/1zXjuAzb4bF

Fact:  You can change the mentality of people only with few improvements in their standard of living. Societies under Communist rule definitely teach you that! Read more

June 4, 20125 years ago

Short photo stock websites comparison

As I needed some images for my projects, one question started to popup: Where should I make a subscription?

With this in mind, we’ve selected 6 great stock photo sites, comparing and contrasting their relative strengths and weaknesses, cost and number of results at my very particular search: BOBCAT. Read more

Posted in: Projects, Trends
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June 2, 20125 years ago

PGP generator

This is a little test on how to use PGP keys.

Enjoy...

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Posted in: Social Media, Trends
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Tags: Facebook, Friendster, marketing niche, MySpace
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May 9, 20125 years ago

Social networking goes niche

The next big thing in social networks might just be small. A demand for more specific social networks could be a natural outgrowth of MySpace and Friendster's popularity.

Niche social networks organized around a particular hobby, like pets, or interests such as traveling or shopping are gaining traction with consumers and advertisers alike.  Read more

April 18, 20125 years ago

Now Trending: Consumers in South and Central America ready to solve social issues

   It's not a secret that countries from South and Central America struggle with poverty and serious social problems. Nowadays, consumers from the growing middle-class decided to initiate a few life-saving projects. Joining the MI CASA ES TU CASA movement or trend is the decision of consumers who feel politically and socially empowered. In the future, hundreds of people from this region will support brands that offer them the possibility to contribute to the solution of serious social issues. Read more

March 21, 20125 years ago

What are the Startup Buzzwords Every Entrepreneur Should Know?

Angel, Bandwidth, crowdsource, virality, User Experience - just some of the keywords any entrepreneur should know, understand and use. Check the "The Founder’s Dictionary" infographic for a short, funny version of the Entrepreneur Dictionary or the guide to business terminology, an infographic prepared by Udemy. Read more

February 23, 20125 years ago

How to convince a client to use a web development framework?

Take a piece of functionality, preferably not very complicated, yet not very simple. Ask him how much time did it take to implement it - and create same functionality with your preferate framework, at least twice faster. That should be enough. Read more

February 23, 20125 years ago

Why Yii?

Last time I was talking about how great CodeIngniter is. Still if you've tried both CI and Yii you might find few notable advantages over against CI:

- enough module-based architecture - much better work with views/layouts/partials/widgets - more advanced ORM/ActiveRecord/ActiveForm - more necessary core-in functionality: commands, migrations & etc

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February 23, 20125 years ago

CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is one of best frameworks available, as long as you are not building a big, really big project.

It will easily introduce you to the MVC paradigm, has a small footprint and great documentation. Moreover, it is backed-by an active company, a large community and just a couple of days ago released a brand new community-driven fork. Read more

Posted in: Frameworks & Tools, mobile, Trends
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February 22, 20125 years ago

What is Twitter Bootstrap?

Bootstrap provides a modern framework that you can hand over to a designer and say "make this look fancy!" without them hacking their way through the code.

The shortcodes make sense, and are simple enough for contributors to use properly. Most importantly, it allow you to develop structure first, and address fonts, colours and fancy styles later. Read more

February 7, 20125 years ago

Trends in screen resolution and color depth

Screen Resolution

Today, most visitors are using a screen resolution higher than 1024x768 pixels: Read more

January 31, 20125 years ago

Before you buy it, Flubit!

Currently I am working in a very cool environment for a company called Flubit Limited, an eCommerce start up based in East London.

As senior developer and project manager, my role here is to develop, plan, manage, test and launch various features:

- from enabling the Java Script front end interface to programming the various functions of the website in PHP OOP
- from research solutions to the implementations of the technologies that will enable the scaling of the applications (like using Sphinx for better, faster MySQL usage)
- from innovating and planning of new functions for the Flubit platform to developing to implementation...

Posted in: Facts and figures, General, Trends
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Tags: Hoxton, london, Shoreditch
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January 31, 20125 years ago

East London is the new cool

As now I'm working in the cool area of Hoxton Street, Borough of Hackney, close to the Shoreditch and Brick Lane Market, now I have discovered another (cool) part of London.

East London seems to be a world of its own. How come this area is so cool?
This it isn’t really all that surprising, given East London has been on the up with artists, actors, musicians and TV personalities for the past few years.

Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on. If you go to Brick Lane Market, though, it doesn’t look that way. The weird and wonderfully dressed hordes keep coming to the rough triangle made up by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street, packing into ramshackle bars and independent shops. Despite the spread of affluence, much of the area maintains its original gritty, urban edge; many of the walls and shop fronts are plastered with graffiti. Read more

August 15, 20116 years ago

Infographic: The rise of online deal seeking and couponing

The impact of the social Web is growing day after day, one deal after another. Now we’re moving from the online window shopping to finding awesome daily deals without leaving the comfort of home.

Many of us might not see it (fortunately, I live it) because we’re not exposed to it – it’s not necessary in our everyday lives (yet). But there’s a whole lot going on out there in the social world – group buying and daily deals being one area – that’s slowly expanded beyond general sites, into niche interests. Read more

Posted in: General
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Tags: ealing, london
August 1, 20116 years ago

Ealing - why I love it

Why I love London is so obvious, it is just an astonishing experience. It is a city of colour and contrast, of ancient history and 21st century modernity, a melting pot of the world’s cultures and nationalities and there is absolutely no better option than London to work, learn and live. Read more

August 1, 20116 years ago

Trends: Social Shopping

Yesterday ways of shopping seems to be replaced by the social shopping services of today. This services rely heavily on web technologies like social networking, crowdsourcing and smart phones functions like scanners and GPS localization.

Looking at the rising market of the web shopping, few trends are leading, already approaching to their tipping point: Daily Deals Websites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Dealster, SocialBuy, DealOn, BuyWithMe (and more, a lot more) leverage the power of collective bargaining to provide incredible local deals that offer huge savings for consumers while also promising spectacular sales numbers to participating merchants. As a result, these group deal sites have become immensely popular and successful for all parties involved. Read more

July 6, 20116 years ago

Infographic: The truth about the virtual gaming economy

The online gaming industry has grown the last years significantly because more and more sites are offering games to the public at large. Not only you will find these games on specific games portals like Miniclip, GamesGames, and Pogo, but you will find more of these games in social communities like for example Facebook.com.
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July 4, 20116 years ago

Google+ and Facebook soap opera?

The new social networking service coming this time from Google is called Google+. Even if is in invite-only testing phase the rumors, debates and jokes started. Read more

June 28, 20116 years ago

Infographic: Social media & the business communication strategies

Social Media is fundamentally transformative and it's rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence.
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June 20, 20116 years ago

Infographic: The Ascent of E-Commerce

Online shopping doesn’t match shopping at brick-and-mortar stores — yet. Read more

June 9, 20116 years ago

Trends: Mobile Apps Market

  • Mobile fragmentation problem will continue with the help of Android OS (did I mention the 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.01, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0 versions?) and across operating systems and device (Apple OS, BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, Windows Mobile..)
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  • The number of Smartphone and tablet "rookies" users will increase, also the need for better user experience, better design and more mobile application and media.  Read more
Posted in: Facts and figures, marketing, Social Media, Trends
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Tags: ignite, statistics
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June 2, 20116 years ago

Social Networks: Winners and Losers

Yes, Facebook is the champion of the social media, still check this informative infographic from Ignite Social Media that offers some interesting statistics. Different networks for example are more popular in specific geographic areas, with certain genders or age groups and even among various social classes. Read more

April 9, 20116 years ago

Brands Pursue the Social Consumer

"Marketing is too important to be left to marketers..."  
The same goes for social media. The best way to destroy or to build trust through social media participation is to treat it as just another marketing exercise.

A recent study showed that social media marketing accounts for 64% of the roles of employees at ad agencies.   Read more

March 9, 20116 years ago

How healthy is social networking?

Social Media has become an integral part of our lives, and like any situation, has two sides. On the one side it could represent time consumption, distraction, overwhelm, gossip, obligation, unrealistic expectations, false assumptions, social masking, repression and on the other side it could provide an opportunity for growth, advancement and new relations.

No group feels its impact more than students. Facebook started on college campuses and it continues to thrive there with 96% of students using Facebook. Read more

Posted in: marketing, Trends
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Tags: affiliate, links, skimlinks
February 21, 20116 years ago

Just links

This is a test for my affiliate marketing research.

Affiliate marketing is the marketing practice in which a business (this case online providers of products and services) rewards the affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's (this can be you) own marketing efforts.  Read more