Fuck WordPress

I can never believe how complex something can become in WordPress framework, something that is super simple to write in code. Fuck WordPress, and fuck shity devs who try to make everything WYSIWG!

Code Igniter vs Zend Framework 2

No in depth analysis here of two very popular MVC frameworks, Code Igniter vs Zend Framework. If you wan’t in depth analysis, you can go to one of the thousands of other blogs, all with the same content, pros and cons, split down the middle on which framework is better. I’m only going to give you my opinion and experience.

The down right better MVC is code igniter, and here’s why.

It’s way easier and quicker to pickup. I spent about less then a day and with in a couple of days I had written CRUD models for a complex database, and some content scrapers all with in CI. I spent a day going through Zend’s two tutorials, and then a few days trying to recreate them to create and read something from a database. My guess this is by design, Zend want’s you to pay in the thousands of dollars for their training.

You don’t have to use Composer. I’m not sure why it bugs me but it does, I can clone a git repo with out need to install additional tools.

Code Igniter has better documentation and their is more support online. Good luck trying to find even an outline of the complex module architecture in the documentation, not to mention there UI sucks.

Code Igniter is light weight. Bloat sucks.

So my advice is choose code igniter, you’ll be developing quicker, and can bring new team members up to speed quicker.

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Google’s self driving car get’s pulled over

To be honest I’m not a fan of Google’s or anyone’s self driving car. They’re boring and let’s be honest driving is fun, and it is one of the first times a teenager has a sense of freedom. So I found it all to funny that Google’s driverless car was pulled over for going to slow.

Head over to TheNextWeb for the original article.

Auto Inspiration: The Donkervoort D8 GTO

I love lightweight sports cars, the Lotus 7, the Ac Shelby Cobra, and the Lotus Exige among other. I also love modern retro cars, like the newest Dodge Charger and Challenger. But check this out a modern take on the Lotus 7, the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

Challenges of non Technical Managers

This popped up on a friends facebook feed, and it perfectly summed up my past few weeks to months.
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Check out the original source at, http://xkcd.com/1425/, browser through and check out some great comics.

An Alarming Commercial – that won’t keep kids in school

Stay in school PSA’s have probably been around since schools started or at least until the first kid skipped. Do you think corporal punishment counts as a PSA? And is this ad really to convince people to stay in school, or would it work? Here’s here’s how it breaks down:

This commercial, if you haven’t seen it(watch it) try’s to make a case for staying in school. Some Kids head to the beach in their classic VW for some surfing and fun. There having a blast until they start exploding. Basically they stumbled on a beautiful secluded beach that’s actually some sort of military testing zone. The message seems to be stay in school or you will miss a sign that says explosive testing.

The alarming part, and the troubling part in this scenario is why would such a beautiful piece of landscape be some sort of crazy explosive testing range that make people spontaneously combust. You could into read into it deeper and pretend the message was if you don’t stay in school and become an environmental lawyer natural landscape will get over taken by crazy government experiments. Some how I doubt this last scenario. They’re also saying hey if you drop out of school you’ll head to the beach and surf all day, sound pretty sweet to me.

The marketing lesson here is keep in simple, that’s why I follow the K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid) principle for marketing and UX web technologies, at least for direct marketing.

When you do learn what the ad is really for it makes sense and was very effective. It received over 4 million views on youtube in 24 hours and is close to 11 million at the time of writing this article. The ad was created by Henry Inglis to generate publicity for his production company, saying “It’s got a lot of attention because advertising can’t be this provocative or extreme.”

What’s the real message? Get people talking.

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Amazing Tech – Google Developing a contact lens for Diabetics

Diabetes is a growing concern around the World, and something very personal to me as I developed Type 1 diabetes in my early 20s.

Now in a normal day most diabetics check blood sugars between 4 and 8 times by pricking there finger and using a glucose meter. Google’s new technology would allow diabetics to have blood sugars continuously monitored. There are several advantages to this, and will change many diabetics life making it that much easier. One huge advantage of this is greatly reducing the risk of dangerously low blood sugars during exercise. It has the potential to provide immediate warnings when ever blood sugars fall out of the normal range.

Read the full article from the Google Blog – Introducing our smart contact lens project.

WTF Innovation – Christmas Tree Snowboards

This is really cool. Signal snowboards makes a board out of recycled Christmas trees and hits the slopes to test it out.

Billabong Loses Half of Market Value as Takeover Talks End

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What’s happened to Billabong? The 40 year old Australian Surf wear giant has recently lost half of it’s stock market value. Is the reason for the dip due to economy, a consumer willingness to buy ‘Poser’ brands such as Hollister, or other reasons? In the article below Bloomberg takes a look at the stock price of the surf wear giant.

Check out the article here.

Status: Hard at Work

Working hard on projects and custom themes. Writing mad code and waiting for wind again!