WordPress has become a de facto standard when it comes to creating a web site. A web site, not only a blog. Part of this wide use is the ability to customize the WordPress platform down to your very specific needs. Numerous plug-ins are available to help in this task.
Use of CMS in now widely spread and we do not need to dig into low level coding to write web pages any more. This said, we still some times have to be able to tweak performance when it comes to some specific developments. With attention to minor details, performance of PHP scripts can be optimized and help to match Google’s attention to speed. Numerous articles deal with improving performance of PHP scripts, here is a collection of some easy to implement tweaks. Continue reading »»
Crowdsourcing is everywhere. Now, it’s Centrance’s turn. The manufacturer of professional audio equipment launches a crowdsourcing project for its future Mixerface, a compact two channel USB audio interface.
The Centrance Mixerface is a 24-bit/192kHz professional recording USB interface for Mac, PC and iDevices. It features two discrete, studio-grade mic preamps with 48V Phantom, Pan/Mixer/Monitor and a rechargeable battery. Continue reading »»
Who ever was in the music industry in the eighties has bumped into Tascam’s Portastudio.
Believe it or not, modern times see the introduction of Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad. Reproducing the look and feel of the Porta One cassette based multitrack recorder that revolutionized recording in 1984, the Portastudio app records up to four tracks.
The application allows to record one track at a time using the built-in mic or a headset microphone. A simulated cassette transport with position counter tracks your position while you mix with level, pan and EQ controls. When you’re ready to mix, the built-in mixdown function saves your song as a CD-quality WAV file. Your mix appears in iTunes when you’re finished, ready to share with friends and bandmates.
Idealistics will hope some hardware extension will soon allow for higher quality standard than the built-in microphone. Others will think this is a gadget lacking numerous features at times of powerful multitrack recording software…
HP already bought Compaq a couple of years ago to become a major player in the PC market.
Although I’ve never tried it, I love the concept of the Palm Pre. A sound alternative to Apple’s iPhone. But it seems to have been a too big project for Palm. Will this purchase be enough for HP to become a major player in the handheld computer market? Or will it allow HP to become a player on the handheld tablet matket?
In any case, this will need HP to fight on the operating systems market. Apple on one side, Google on the other side (not to mention Microsoft who will probably try not to be left behind), not an easy task…
Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue “soft” power – India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor, not just through trade and politics, but through “soft” power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it’s not the size of the army that matters as much as a country’s ability to influence the world’s hearts and minds.
Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise – how and when – Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world’s dominant economic force. At TEDIndia in November 2009, Hans, managing to coment statistics as a horse race, graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US with a nice comment about the health care system in the US.
Some eye-opening talks about the so called sub-continent (what a dreadful word)…