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10 Windows Phone Tricks and Settings You Should Know

hongkiat.com - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:01

You feel so excited as you have just received a brand new Windows Phone. You start exploring the phone in almost all the corners. You have already installed many apps which appear on the start screen. You’ve get used to the gestures, and eventually also find some hidden features.

Yet, with all the features that ship in Windows Phone, there’s a chance that you have missed a couple of handy tricks and useful settings to configure and tune up your Windows Phone. So, here are 10 tricks and settings that you should know to get the most out of Windows Phone. Let’s check them out.

Capitalize and All-Caps Words Quickly

Typing in Windows Phone can be so much faster, if you know this little trick. For example: while typing, you may highlight a word and tap the Shift key to capitalize the first letter. Tap it a second time and it will capitalize the whole word. Holding down the Shift key will turn on the caps-lock mode.

Turn Off Navigation Key Vibration

Windows Phone handhelds ship with 3 physically sensitive buttons – namely the back button, the home button (which is depicted with the Windows new logo) and the search button. These buttons will vibrate as you tap. If you feel that the vibration is kind of annoying or you simply want to switch it off for whatever reason, go to Settings > Touch and turn off the Navigation Bar.

Action Center Half-view

Windows Phone has finally come with an Action Center that stores app notifications as well as a couple of shortcut settings for quick access. To view the Action Center, swipe your finger from the top edge of the screen down to the bottom. Alternatively, halt your finger at the middle to only view the shortcuts.

Configuring the Action Center Shortcut

There are 4 shortcuts present in the Action Center, but a Windows Phone with a wider screen will have 5. Configure the shortcuts with ones that you frequently need most with Settings > Notification+action menu. Tap one of the current shortcuts, and select another on the list as the substitute.

Remove All Your notifications In One Swipe

You can remove a notification in the Action Center by swiping your finger from the left to the right of each notification item. But, sometimes you can have heaps of notifications that will tire your fingers out. In that case, use 2 fingers to swipe all of them away in one swift motion.

Move and Install Apps to SD Card

One of the best things about a Windows Phone is that the storage capability is upgradable with an SD Card for up to 64GB. You can store files, images, videos, and even apps in the SD Card instead of within the internal storage.

So, if you have an app that takes up a lot of internal storage, it’s better to move it into the SD Card. To do so, go to Settings > Storage Sense. Tap the app+games and select the game. You will find the button to transfer it to the SD Card.

Note: This button will only appear if you have your SD Card installed.

Mute the Shutter Sound

When taking a picture or taking a screenshot of the phone, you will hear the shutter sound that is similar to the sound a real camera makes . Did you know that you can turn this sound off? If you don’t want people around you to notice that you are taking pictures, go to the Settings > ringtones+sound and untick the Camera shutter.

Assign Nick Name for Cortana

Cortana, though in Beta, is very capable and and up to par with its competitors. Cortana can help you call or text a specific person by calling his/her name. Alternatively, you can also call the nickname. So, instead of call “John Doe”, you may simply tell Cortana to call “Driver” (if he really is so).

Go to the Cortana’s Notebook. Then, select the Inner Circle option and select the the person from the contact list to be assigned for a nickname – you can assign up to 3 nicknames. Cortana’s Notebook is where Cortana learns about you. Therein, aside from the Inner Circle, you can specify your Interest and Favourites as well.

Projecting Screen

You can project Windows Screen to a TV or to your PC screen. This can be very useful for creating screencast tutorial and demonstrating Windows Phone in a presentation. To do this, you will have to install Project My Screen. Connect Windows Phone to PC with USB, and start projecting the screen through the Settings > Project My Screen.

Additionally, turn on the Show touch option to show your finger position on the PC screen with a dot.

Note: This is only applicabale in Windows Phone 8.1.

Disable Narrator Text

Windows Phone is built with accessibility in mind. People with vision disabilities can use Windows Phone through the Narrator function. The Narrator will read aloud the text on the phone. I myself once enabled the Narrator, and it honestly freaked me out.

Once this feature is enabled, some features are disabled, like Swiping, and I could not find my way back to turn it off in the Settings. At the end, I was able to sort it out. You can do it by holding the Volume button and tap the Windows icon at the same time.

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How to Download and Install Older Version iOS Apps

hongkiat.com - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:01

iOS 8 comes with many improvements and plenty of new features such as Continuity, Apple Pay and SMS Relay. Sadly, many of these features will not work on older Apple devices, like the iPhone 4, due to limitations. Worse still, many apps now will require at least iOS 7 to run smoothly. Trying to install an app will probably prompt a notification like this:

However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get a compatible version of the app installed. Here’s how to do it. First of all, you will need to login to the App Store through iTunes in Mac. Search for the app you would like to install. In this case, I am trying to install the 9Gag app.

Once the app is installed, the app will be added to your Purchased history but it won’t turn up on your iPhone if you don’t have it connected to your Macbook (which is fine because keep in mind that although the app has been "installed", it needs iOS 7 to run and thus can’t function on your iPhone 4).

Now, to get the latest compatible version of the app on your phone.

On your iPhone, launch the App Store and go to the Purchased page via the Updates tab. Try installing the app. Your device will notify you that the current version of the app requires iOS 7 or later. Then, it will offer you the option to install a previous version that is compatible with the iPhone you are holding.

Here’s what you will see:

At this point, tap Download to proceed.

And you should now have the compatible version of the app installed and functioning.

You can try installing other apps this way too but note that this only works with apps that have been around since iOS 6. Only then would there be a version built for iOS 6 aka the "compatible version" you can fall back on.

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Why Your Company Should Embrace The Four-Day Workweek

hongkiat.com - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:01

The talk about a four-day workweek has been around for awhile, but lately more and more companies are adopting it and bloggers worldwide are talking about it. Working just 4 days and having 3 days off is heaven for employees but not so much for employers who aren’t (yet) well acquainted with the benefits.

Efficiency should not be equated with number of hours or days worked, they are not the same, but in today’s trend almost everyone believes this to be true.

In this article, we will talk about how a four-day workweek is the best schedule for creative and knowledge-centric firms. The standard work hours is 8 hours daily or 40 hours per week for a full-time job. With a four-day workweek, the setup can be either a 32-hour workweek or 10-hour daily for 4 days. We’ll take a look at just what this means.

Less Time to Work Means Less Time to Waste

The more hours there are for work, the more people find ways to distract themselves because they desire change from their routine. It doesn’t necessarily mean more time for efficient work. In fact, forcing more working hours onto creative and knowledge workers has a detrimental effect.

You see, creativity and critical thinking can’t be forced. They both thrive in freedom. Freedom in the sense that they are not robots meant to work 8-12 hours a day for 5 days. It might sound counterintuitive to say that in order to have quality work and in order to squeeze every second of every working moment for maximum efficiency, employees should spend less time at work.

In fact, this is what Jason Fried did on 37Signals, now known as Basecamp. According to him, “Better work gets done in four days than in five.” He said that during our school days, we were given a summer vacation from school and that time off from school was tremendously helpful in breaking the monotony. But as we grow older and life becomes more serious, these breaks shorten. Some even go for years without having a real vacation.

When people have more time to work, they inadvertently try to fill every possible hour. In between they are looking for ways to distract themselves from the desolation of a monotonous work environment. Having a shorter workweek might just do the trick of increasing productivity, since there’s less time to fool around.

Here’s the kicker, officials in Sweden have been working on a 6-hour work day in the hopes of helping workers increase their happiness, productivity, and ultimately be more healthy.

More Personal Time Means a Happier Work Environment

Suppose you are a web designer and your employer told you to design five unique landing pages within the week. Sounds like an easy job especially if you enjoy designing. If you are skilled and experienced enough, you can definitely pull this off. You might even work overtime just to please your employer.

But no matter how skilled and experienced you are, if this goes on for several weeks to months, you’ll just feel all spent and be mentally exhausted, right? People don’t want to spend the majority of their lives at work.

The current setup of many companies is to give their employees both one or two days off and a lot of overtime during workweeks. This leaves employees to just spend their free time at home, catching up on their sleep. In western culture, this is seen as a positive thing, being a workaholic. However, in many South-East Asian countries, working overtime suggests employees aren’t efficient enough to finish their work on time.

Can you imagine employees being happy under this setup, where they only have one or two days to rest and not enough time for family, friends, and for themselves?

Let’s take a peek at how happiness and more free time work in a grander scale. Countries who work shorter hours are the happiest and their economies are doing just fine. Take for example; Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden. According to the World Happiness Report 2013, these countries were the top 5 in terms of highest levels of happiness.

The report shows that one major benefit of being happy is that people become more productive. Other major benefits include people living longer lives and low crime rates due to people being generally good.

Coincidentally, these countries have the shortest work hours per week in a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2013. The Netherlands’ average hours per week is 29, the shortest in the world for full-time salaried workers. This is followed closely by Denmark (33), Norway (33) Switzerland (35), and Sweden (36). The Swedes work 143 hours less than Americans per year.

Great Work Satisfaction Means Longer Work and Talent Retention

Why do you think people change companies or careers? It’s not because they just feel like doing so. It’s because they’re not satisfied with their work. Most of us have been there. Why did you leave your previous job? Probably because the salary is too low or the work setting is terrible, but often times for most people it’s because a better opportunity presented itself elsewhere.

The World Happiness Report 2013 published a study that strengthens the idea that the happier people are at their workplace, the more they tend to cooperate and help improve the entirety of their work.

If you own a company with a high turnover rate of employees, you might want to consider investigating your employees’ key motivators. Usually these motivators are: security, recognition, purpose, and freedom. If you want to seriously understand what motivates others, a great starting point is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Give people these four key motivators and they will be happy, and in turn they will work with you for as long as you satisfy them.

A four-day workweek also solves the issue of a high turnover rate too. Happy employees usually find their purpose easily and will do their best to perform well. In turn, they might just get recognized for their outstanding work which leads to job security. And finally, they will have more time for themselves.

Another thing is that great talent will gravitate towards you. Adding an extra day of freedom can go a long way for many people. And if your goal is to attract great talent, a four-day workweek is probably one of the best deals out there (especially now that it’s popularity is still rising).

Conclusion

If you are thinking of starting your own company or doing freelance work, don’t forget to consider the benefits of having a four-day workweek. I know that 5 days is the most popular, followed by 6 working days, but don’t forget about what motivates you as well as your employees.

Most people’s motivation boils down to freedom. Some people work in order to have money whilst others want to save enough money to live a particular lifestyle. Regardless of what it is, the appeal of a four-day workweek is something that can act as a big motivator.

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Understanding WordPress Custom Meta Box

hongkiat.com - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:01

In the previous post, we have talked about the WordPress custom field, which allows you to add and output a new entry in a post using the Custom Field box that WordPress provides in the post editing screen. If however you are not comfortable using the custom field box (we all have our individual preferences), here’s an alternative: you can create a meta box.

A meta box is a customized box that we create on our own, which may contain input or other interactive UI to add new entries of posts or pages. You can use the meta box instead of the Custom Field box to do the same thing. Let’s see how to create one.

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Creating a Meta Box

WordPress providse an API function, called add_meta_box, which lets us create a meta box straight away. This is it in its utmost basic form.

function add_post_reference() { add_meta_box('post-reference', 'Reference', 'referenceCallBack', 'post'); } add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'add_post_reference'); function referenceCallBack() { echo 'Hello World' }

The add_meta_box takes four parameters: the ID, the meta box title, a callback function that will call out ‘Hello World’, and the post type we want to display. In this case we assign a new meta box in a post editing page (this also works with pages).

In the post editing section, you will find a new box, as follows.

The new meta box, as you can see above, would appear below the WYSIWYG editor. If you want to add it in the sidebar you can add ‘side’ after the post parameter, and along with ‘high’ if you want to put it at the very top of the sidebar.

function add_post_reference() { add_meta_box('post-reference', 'Reference', 'referenceCallBack', 'post', 'side', 'high'); } add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'add_post_reference');

You will now find it above the Publish box..

Now to replace the ‘Hello World’ text in there. Let’s add elements like an input field for a new entry.

In this example, we will add two input fields that consist of one for adding the Reference Name and another for Reference Link:

function referenceCallBack($post) { wp_nonce_field( 'reference_meta_box', 'reference_nonce' ); $name_value = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_post_reference_name', true ); $link_value = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_post_reference_link', true ); echo '<label for="reference-name">'. 'Reference Name' .'</label>'; echo '<input type="text" id="reference-name" name="post_reference_name" placeholder="Example" value="'.$name_value.'" size="25"/>'; echo '<p class="howto">'. 'Add the name of the reference' .'</p>'; echo '<label for="reference-link">'. 'Reference Link' .'</label>'; echo '<input type="text" id="reference-link" name="post_reference_link" placeholder="http://www.example.com/" value="'.$link_value.'" size="25"/>'; echo '<p class="howto">'. 'Add the link of the reference' .'</p>'; }

Refresh the post editing page, and you should see these two inputs added.

 

The $name_value and $link_value variable will retrieve the entries from the database and populate them into the input fields. To get the entries into the database, we will need to create a function for that.

We need to add a few lines of code that will populate the entries added through these input into the database safely. “Safely” here means a legitimate and authorized entry (not the one coming from hackers or other unauthorized personnel). To save the entry, we will have to create a new function. Let’s name the function: save_post_reference, like so.

function save_post_reference( $post_id ) { } add_action( 'save_post', 'save_post_reference' );

As we have mentioned, we need to verify a few things for security purposes:

(1) We will need to check whether the user has the ability to edit a post.

if ( ! current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ) ) { return; }

(2) We also need to check if the Nonce is set.

if ( ! isset( $_POST['reference_nonce'] ) ) { return; } if ( ! wp_verify_nonce( $_POST['reference_nonce'], 'reference_meta_box' ) ) { return; }

(3) Then, we need to prevent the data from being auto-saved. Saving can only be done once the “Save” or “Update” button has been clicked.

if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) { return; }

(4) We will also have to ensure that our two inputs, post_reference_name and post_reference_link, are set and ready before we submit the entries.

if ( ! isset( $_POST['post_reference_name'] ) || ! isset( $_POST['post_reference_link'] ) ) { return; }

(5) And the entry should be free from any unexpected characters that may compromise website security. To check this you can use the WordPress built-in function sanitize_text_field.

$reference_name = sanitize_text_field( $_POST['post_reference_name'] ); $reference_link = sanitize_text_field( $_POST['post_reference_link'] );

Alright, now we are ready to save the entries into the database:

update_post_meta( $post_id, '_post_reference_name', $reference_name ); update_post_meta( $post_id, '_post_reference_link', $reference_link );

Now you can try it out: input some content into the input fields, and click the “Update” button to save them.

Conclusion

We have just created a meta box that comprises of two inputs. You can further extend the box with other types of inputs such as the radio button or select box. This example may be very basic but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to use this meta box for much more complicated uses. Let us know if you will be using this and what you will be using it for.

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Nieuwjaarsreceptie Voka Kortrijk-Roeselare-Tielt

Carl decaluwé - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:51

Op de nieuwjaarsreceptie van Voka, die doorging in Roeselare werd dieper ingegaan op What’s next? Er werd geschetst welke hippe producten er op ons afkomen en welke opportuniteiten deze bieden. Er werd ook ingegaan op hoe West-Vlaanderen en het ondernemerschap er in 2050 zullen uitzien. (22/10/2015)

Ontvangst van het consulair corps

Carl decaluwé - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:51

De gouverneur ontving het consulair corps in zijn Ambtswoning. De gouverneur benadrukte dat er een grote uitdaging ligt op het vlak van samenwerking. Een West-Vlaming is van nature een noeste werker. Ons hard werken, onze wil tot vooruitgang en de competitieve sfeer zijn een belangrijke drive. Teamspirit is hier echter niet ingebakken. Wel is er een verregaande bereidheid om als het nodig is, samen aan de kar te trekken. Dat samen aan de kar trekken, is een duidelijke noodzaak geworden met de huidige uitdagingen. Er is werk aan de winkel inzake innovatie, de vergrijzing, lokale werkloosheid en het kleiner aandeel hoger opgeleiden. (23/01/2015)

Useful Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

hongkiat.com - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:01

It’s ironic that there are so many WordPress themes at large, yet we have such a hard time finding the right one. This article aims to shed some light on questions that plague most web designers, like "what should I look for when choosing a WordPress Theme?"

Well, this is the guide you need for identifying top-grade WordPress themes. We’re going to look into the areas that you need to pay attention to, as well as tips on how to spot the WordPress themes that are worth your money and time.

Look for Versatility

Different clients have different demands that you must adapt to. You may have to create portfolios, business websites, or blogs and magazines. It would be counterproductive to use a different theme every time. First, you spend a lot of time searching for it, and then you have to invest energy learning how to make the best of it.

Each new theme means you have to adjust to a new coding style. Wouldn’t you be better off with a single theme that is powerful and versatile enough to deliver on your requirements and needs across various projects?

If you manage to secure a truly flexible theme, then that theme will not only lay the foundation for many types of websites, but it will also help you come up with unique results again and again.

You also need to keep your options open. While some clients are easy to please, others don’t really have a good sense of what they want. Those are the ones that ask you to make all kinds of changes. So you must ask yourself, does your theme help you please your clients? Would it allow you to modify the website layout from boxed to sidebar/content, or full width? Does it give you the option to modify navigation and go from fixed top to fixed right or left?

Great Support is fundamental

Web designers have to stick to a time schedule. The more projects we undertake, the less time we have – and we need to manage whatever is left on the clock to the best of our ability. Therefore, a WordPress theme is not helpful if it demands too much of our most precious resource: time.

We need to make sure that the themes we’re using are backed by a support team with strong communication skills who can and will help us solve all issues that crop up. There are themes with a team that has lousy response times, and themes with what you might call "decent" standard of customer support. But you don’t want decent, you want excellent support, and on your own terms.

A great support team answers calls of distress in less than 2 hours, and always gives you practical advice that you can work with. You shouldn’t settle for a service that makes you wait up to 48 hours, or directs you to their knowledgebase for answers. When in doubt, check the testimonials because that’s where you can spot great support, if it is provided.

"Everything works perfectly and customer support is second to none."

"Hands down, the best theme and support I’ve experienced. The developers respond quickly in the support forum and resolve any issues in a timely manner. Well done!"

If your theme doesn’t score points on customer support, let it go and move on to another one that helps you stay on schedule.

Clean code and good Shortcodes

The whole point of using WordPress themes is to eliminate web designers’ dependence on programmers and developers. A good theme has solid code and provides plenty of shortcuts – it’s not a matter of shying away from the repetitive nature of manual programming, although admittedly not everyone is a big fan. The goal is to optimize our working process, so we can launch wonderful websites faster.

There is also the issue of transitioning from handwritten code to themes that can keep up with the latest developments and core WordPress features.

In short, clean code is a must-have for any respectable WordPress theme. Improperly written or deprecated code will damage your website with broken-up layouts, data-corrupting shenanigans or worse. A fine theme will make these worries disappear.

Also, it will save you from having to test your website for cross-platform responsiveness and compatibility with the latest browsers (don’t get us started on those). Aside from clean-code, good WordPress themes unlock a series of shortcodes that can be used even if you have minimum to zero programming skills.

You Will Need Plugins

We’ve come to expect plugins with every WordPress theme. You will find that extended functionality is an important aspect – it is here that some themes outshine others. Take a closer look at your themes, assess their utility, and try to see whether the theme developers had gone the extra mile to create custom-made extensions.

Variety Of Plugins

The first checkpoint is a rich variety in plugins. Some themes throw in one or two essential ones which are compatible with others, but you have to purchase them separately and install the plugins yourself. Thankfully, there is a flip side to this practice – you can tell which themes are most considerate of your needs, by the number of plugins they volunteer from the start.

Usability Of Plugins

Then again, on closer inspection, some plugins may turn out to be more useful than others. Some plugins could be useful on a visual level for instance; many web designers prefer to build pages with a visual editor or composer. A gallery-type plugin would also be most welcome, because you never know when you’ll have to showcase a few slides for your portfolio or web store.

Then, there are plugins that help you administrate your website. You could benefit from an analytics plugin, and perhaps an easy-to-manage plugin for the comment system.

Customized Plugins

Last but not least, if the theme you’re looking at took the trouble to customize some plugins, you should check them out. In determining what exactly these extra plugins help you achieve, you might be able to come across a theme that is catered to your very needs. For instance, if you’re crafting an e-Commerce website a terms of use plugin or marketing-oriented plugins like content dock or a video marketing tool may come in handy.

Custom plugins are optimized for fast website loading time. Useful custom-made plugins both load fast and bring huge UX benefits.

Wrap Up

There you have it! Your tips to first-rate themes. As you can see, choosing the right theme is not such a big deal, as long as you stay faithful to four principles: versatility, reliable customer support, clean code and good shortcodes, and lastly plugins, customized or otherwise.

Editor’s note: This post is written by Kate Dagli for Hongkiat.com. Kate enjoys writing roundups for web dev and technology websites. She is currently a staff member of the-webdesigner.co.

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How to Retrieve Your Gravatar Image URL

hongkiat.com - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:01

Having a profile picture also known as “avatar image” is pretty essential online. We upload our best profile picture on websites and social sites for legitimacy, credibility and for people to better recognize our online presence.

WordPress has its own service to deliver user profile pictures, and it is called Gravatar. We can also incorporate this into our own customized themes. This post will walk you through a couple of approaches on how you can retrieve the profile image from Gravatar.

Using Gravatar

Let’s start from the basics. WordPress has a special integrated function, get_avatar, which allows us to retrieve the gravatar image. This function requires two parameters: the user ID or email, and the size of the image to display. Here is an example.

$user_id = get_the_author_meta('ID'); echo get_avatar($user_id, 80);

If you prefer using a user email, fill the get_the_author_meta() function with user_email:

$user_id = get_the_author_meta('user_email'); echo get_avatar($user_id, 80);

Both examples will output the same result: a user avatar image with the size of 80px. In my case, I will see my picture.

Yet, the problem that I once encounter with this function is that the function generates the whole image; a full <img> tag. Inspect the code source, and you should find it as follows:

This makes things a little bit tricky for us, for example, to insert additional classes or an ID into the <img>.

Alternatively, we can retrieve only the image URL, instead of the <img> element in full. Once we got the URL, we can add it to the <img> with the custom classes or ID added.

How To Retrieve The Image URL

First, we will need to create a new PHP function in functions.php of the WordPress theme you are using. Let’s name the function as follows:

function get_avatar_img_url { }

Retrieving the Gravatar image requires the user email; make sure that the email has been registered in Gravatar in order to see the output. Call the author user email, like so.

function get_avatar_img_url { $user_email = get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ); }

The Gravatar image URL is specified with http://gravatar.com/avatar/ and followed by md5 hash (encoded value) of the email address. To return the email addrress into an “md5 hash” value, we can use the PHP built-in function, md5(). Hence we set out the Gravatar image URL this way:

function get_avatar_img_url { $user_email = get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ); $url = 'http://gravatar.com/avatar/' . md5( $user_email ); }

Next we need to include a couple of required parameters into the URL which are the image size and the default fallback image if the image is not registered in Gravatar. To do so, we will use a WordPress function called add_query_arg.

function get_avatar_img_url() { $user_email = get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ); $url = 'http://gravatar.com/avatar/' . md5( $user_email ); $url = add_query_arg( array( 's' => 80, 'd' => 'mm', ), $url ); return esc_url_raw( $url ); }

This add_query_arg function will add parameters at the end of the URL. In our case, it will output ?s=80&d=mm which sets the image size to 80pixels and sets the default avatar to mm (Mystery Man).

Now just use the PHP echo to output the URL within the <img> element, like so:

$avatar_url = get_avatar_img_url(); echo '<img src=" ' . $avatar_url . ' ">';

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14 Brilliant Video CVs That Will Get The Job

hongkiat.com - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:01

The competitive nature of the job market these day requires that your resume be as creative and unique as possible to catch the attention of your future potential employer. Creating a video resume to accompany your traditional CV would be a great way to stand out from the crowd. They can provide potential employers with more insight into what an individual has to offer.

In this day and age, a video resume is a must-have tool in any job-seekers toolbox. Here I’ve collected 15 real-life examples of creative and funny job application videos from job-hunters from all over the globe to get you inspired. If you’re wondering how much humour, wit and creativity to include in your own job application videos, just take a look here.

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About me by Miguel Durao

What’s a copywriter to do when they’re moving to a new place and looking for a job? Send out an eye-catching CV video of course. Using his writing skills, he tells us all about his “gorgeous girlfriend”.

C.V.I.V – Intro by Graeme Anthony

This self-promotional video is just an intro that links to other videos featured in this series: about me, skills, portfolio, timeline and contact. It demonstrates just how creative you can get with a video resume.

CV by Dai Duong Tran

This creative video CV comes with eye-catching animation and light background music. It showcases the job seeker’s creative skills, personalities and experiences in a way that will appeal to future employers.

My Creative СV by Adam Clowery

Adam Clowery employs digital drawing in his video CV to tell his story. This is an effective way to show off one’s skills and education at the same time.

Video CV by Cristina Castro

Writing on a chalkboard is another creative way to tell your story on video. Cristina is a translator and interpreter with experience in aviation. The great background music also lends a hand in the video.

Animation Resume by Riikka Uhmavaara

This short animated resume is made with AfterEffect and Adobe Illustrator. It depicts all the important form in an entertaining animated video.

Video resume by James Corne

Created back in 2011, this is a light and funny CV video although the setting suggests otherwise. It tells the sad story of a man who has been a workaholic since childhood.

”The Interview Thingy” – VIDEO CV by Alex There

Alex made this video CV while she was looking for a job when she realized that a traditional paper resume wouldn’t work out. The concept behind the video is that it emulates what it would actually be like for her in an interview and how she would answer questions.

A Dream Job Would Be Nice by Mark Leruste

The brief description accompanying this video on YouTube says that thansk to it Mark finally has managed to find his dream job at a global men’s health charity! Mark tells about his education, working experience and hobbies in a fun and fresh way.

Video Resume: Google Please Hire Me by Matthew Epstein

It’s pretty clear to see from the title of the video which company Matthew wants to hire him. He even created a site for his resume called Googlepleasehire.me.

Video Resume by Eric Purdue

I’m not sure for what kind of job this kind of resume would work for, but this epic video is really funny. For this video, Eric even used clever editing to make his hair grow faster.

My Creative Video Resume by Patrice Co

A crumpled piece of paper and a pair of hands can make for a fairly effective resume. What’s even better is that this presentation can be made with After Effects and Photoshop.

Video Resume by Lauren Goodman

If you’re someone who prefers a more simple route, how about something with typograghy and icons like Lauren Goodman’s video?

Video Resume: Social Media Specialist by Mary Patterson

I love that video resume. It’s a digital graphic resume which convinces that you need a social media specialist and yes, Mary is the person to call. It’s done in a very informative and engaging manner with some nice music too.

Bonus: Barney Stinson’s video CV

If you’re a fan of the TV show "How I Met Your Mother", you’re probably quite familiar with the character of Barney Stinson. Take a look at just how "awesome" your video can potentially be.

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10 Linux Desktop Environments You Probably Don&#8217;t Know

hongkiat.com - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:01

Unlike Windows and Mac OS, Linux offers a variety of desktop environments for its users. Each desktop environment (interface) has its own appearance, style and features and a user can install any one of these desktop environments on the basis of his/her requirements. Some of these desktop environments are also suited for machines with low hardware configurations.

If you’re not sure which Linux desktop environment is the most suitable for you then don’t worry, we’ve put together 10 Linux desktop environments along with their features to assist you in selecting the best one for your needs.

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1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is based on Gnome library files and designed for Linux Mint. It is an easy to use powerful desktop environment which is flexible and combines the traditional layout with advanced features.

Cinnamon consists of 3 main things: a single panel located at bottom, a clock and system tray and various other things located on the right, and the application menu on the left side of the screen. You can also customize the application menu by adding applications of your choice. To ensure that this runs smoothly, your machine should have a powerful graphics card and updated drivers. [Get it here]

2. GNOME 3.x

A few years back, GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) was the most popular and widely used Linux desktop environment. The transition of GNOME to GNOME 2.x series brought simplicity and ease of use that attracted a large number of Linux users to move to the GNOME 2.x series.

GNOME 3.x was introduced to provide easy access to all of your data by integrating it with online accounts. Some other important features offered by GNOME 3.x are Activities Overview, side-by-side windows to view several documents, and an easy way to deal with notifications comfortably. [Get it here]

3. KDE

KDE (K Desktop Environment) is one of most popular Linux Desktop environments and also a contender for GNOME. It resembles the Windows Desktop so if you want to experience a desktop similar to Windows OS, this is the option for you. While KDE comes with a visually intriguing GUI and a bunch of powerful features, the combo makes it a resource-hungry desktop environment.

This means you may not be able to run it smoothly on older desktop/laptop computers with low hardware configurations. [Get it here]

4. MATE

Despite its popularity with earlier versions, the simplistic design of GNOME 3 didn’t sit too well with many GNOME users. The Linux community decided to continue development of GNOME 2 and designers came up with MATE. MATE offers a GNOME 2 environment with new features and improvements to assure users of an improved computing experience. [Get it here]

5. LXDE

LXDE (Lighweight X11 Desktop Environment) is a fast-performing desktop environment. It’s designed for cloud systems that usually have low hardware configurations (less CPU power and less RAM) and older desktop/laptop systems.

Although it is a lightweight desktop environment, it still has a simple and attractive user interface. It also provides multi-language support and on top of that it supports standard keyboard shortcuts and allows tabbed file browsing among other things. [Get it here]

6. Xfce

Fact: the abbreviation for Xfce doesn’t really stand for anything. It’s a traditional desktop environment which is very lightweight but in terms of functions, it is similar to GNOME 2. Xfce has its own lightweight programs as well as some GNOME programs to provide a balance in between performance and functions. [Get it here]

7. Unity

Currently, Unity is the native desktop environment for Ubuntu, replacing GNOME. It comes with an application dock which can be scrolled if the number of applications exceeds the screen view area. You can also search a particular file or application by typing its name in the searchbar. Unity works smoothly on a system with good hardware configuration. [Get it here]

8. Openbox

Openbox is a desktop environment which is lighter than LXDE and Xfce due to its minimalistic design and appearance. It is a highly configurable desktop environment and has a completely bare desktop which makes the loading process really fast. Right clicking anywhere on the desktop to open the application menu.

You can also combine the functionality of GNOME or KDE with the speed of Openbox to make your desktop faster and cleaner. Openbox is ideal for Linux users with low power systems. [Get it here]

9. Razor – Qt

Razor – qt is a fairly easy and lightweight desktop environment for Linux users. It bears similarities with KDE but it is designed to offer simplicity with speed. It comes with minimal built-in applications; you can install the applications you need yourself (find the list of third-party apps youc an get on Razor-qt here. It should work smoothly with older systems with low hardware configurations. [Get it here]

10. Xmonad

Xmonad is actually a tiling window manager which means instead of overlapping windows on your desktop, it will automatically arrange them in a non-overlapping order, leaving behind an organized desktop. It does not come with too much of a decorated user interface but that makes it a fast, user-friendly and stable desktop environment. [Get it here]

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Materialize &#8211; A Material Design CSS Framework

hongkiat.com - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:01

Google’s Material Design is aimed to work well on the Web and also on mobile apps. It’s gaining popularity with developers and if you want to adopt it too, there are many ways to implement Material Design on your site. You can use Polymer or Angular, or you can use Materialize.

Materialize is a CSS framework based on Material Design principles with Sass support for better development. It carries default styling for easy use, and has detailed documentation.

You can find a lot of useful components within: dialog, modal, date picker, material buttons, parallax, cards and more. It also has many navigation options you can choose from, such as drop down, slide in menu and tabs. Materialize also uses a 12-grid system with 3 default screen size media queries: a max width of 600px is a mobile device, 992px tablet device and anymore than 992px is considered a desktop device.

Getting Started

There are two ways to get started with Materialize: use standard CSS or Sass. Both sources can be downloaded here. You can also get them with bower using the following command:

bower install materialize

After you get the sources, make sure to properly link them on your project file or compile the source if you are using the Sass version.

Features

In this section, I will explain some features that Materialize offers.

1. Sass Mixins

This framework carries Sass Mixins which automatically adds all browser prefixes when you write certain CSS properties. It’s a great feature to have to ensure compatibility across all browsers, with as little fuss, and code, as possible.

Take a look at the following animation properties:

-webkit-animation: 0.5s; -moz-animation: 0.5s; -o-animation: 0.5s; -ms-animation: 0.5s; animation: 0.5s;

Those lines of code can be rewritten with a single line of Sass mixin like so:

@include animation(.5s);

There are about 19 main mixins available. To see the full list, head over to the Sass category in the MIXINS tab.

2. Flow Text

While other frontend frameworks use fixed text, Materialize implements truly responsive text. Text size and line height are also scaled responsively to maintain readability. When it comes to smaller screens, the line height is scaled larger.

To use Flow Text, you can simply add the flow-text class on your desired text. For instance:

<p class="flow-text">This is Flow Text.</p>

Checkout the demo here on the Flow Text section.

3. Ripple effect with Waves

Material Design also comes with interactive feedback, one notable example is the ripple effect. In Materialize, this effect is called Waves. Basically when users click or tap/touch a button, card or any other element, the effect appears. Waves can be easily created by adding waves-effect class onto your elements.

This snippet gives you the waves effect.

<a href="#" class="btn waves-effect">Submit</a>

The ripples are grey by default. But in a situation where you have a dark color background, you may want to change the color. To add a different color, just add waves-(color) to the element. Replace the "(color)" with a name of a color.

<a href="#" class="btn waves-effect waves-light">Submit</a>

You can choose from 7 colors: light, red, yellow, orange, purple, green and teal. You can always create or customize your own colors if those colors don’t fit your needs.

4. Shadow

To deliver relationships between elements, Material Design recommend using elevation on the surfaces. Materialize delivers on this principle with its z-depth-(number) class. You can determine the shadow depth by changing the (number) from 1 to 5:

<div class="card"> <p>Shadow depth 3</p> <p class="z-depth-3"></p> </div>

All shadow depths are demonstrate with the image below.

5. Buttons and Icons

In Material Design there are three main button types: raised button, fab (floating action button) and flat button.

(1) Raised button

The raised button is the default button. To create this button, just add a btn class to your elements. If you want to give it the wave effect when clicked or pressed, go with this:

<a href="#" class="btn waves-effect waves-light">Button</a>

Alternatively, you can also give the button an icon to the left or the right of the text. For the icon, you will need to add custom <i> tag with the icon class name and position. For instance:

<a href="#" class="btn waves-effect waves-light"><i class="mdi-file-file-download left"></i>Download</a>

In the above snippet we use mdi-file-file-download class for the download icon. There are about 740 different icons you can use. To see them head over to the Sass page in the Icons tab.

(2) Floating Button

A floating button can be created by appending btn-floating class and your desired icon. For instance:

<a href="#" class="btn-floating waves-effect waves-light"><i class="mdi-content-send"></i></a>

In Material Design, the flat button is often used within the dialog box. To create it, just add btn-flat to your element like so:

<a href="#" class="btn-flat waves-effect waves-red">Decline</a>

Additionally, buttons can be disabled with the disabled class and made larger using btn-large class.

6. Grid

Materialize uses a standard 12-column responsive grid system. The responsiveness is divided into three parts: small (s) for mobile, medium (m) for tablet and large (l) for desktop.

To create columns, use s, m or l to indicate the size, followed by the grid number. For example, when you want to create a half sized layout for mobile device then you should include an s6 class into your layout. s6 stands for small-6 which means 6 column on small device.

You must also include a col class in the layout you create and put it inside an element which has the row class. This is so the layout could be put into columns properly. Here’s an example:

<div class="row"> <div class="col s12">I have 12-columns or full width here</div> <div class="col s4">4-columns (one-third) here</div> <div class="col s4">4-columns (one-third) here</div> <div class="col s4">4-columns (one-third) here</div> </div>

Here’s the results:

By default, col s12 is fixed-size and optimized for all screen size, basically the same as col s12 m12 l12. But if you want to specify the size fo the columns for different devices. All you need to do is to list the additional sizes like so:

<div class="row"> <div class="col s12">My width always has 12 columns everywhere</div> <div class="col s12 m6 l9">I have 12 columns on mobile, 6 on tablet and 9 on desktop</div> </div>

Here’s what this looks like:

Those are just a few features of Materialize. To learn more about their other features, head over to the documentation page.

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10 Lightweight Alternatives To Bootstrap &#38; Foundation

hongkiat.com - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:01

Choosing the right framework that is the perfect fit for your projects could be a little bit overwhelming – there are a lot to choose from. Perhaps, you want to go with popular choices like Bootstrap or Foundation, but if your website is going to be a fairly simple one, you won’t be needing most of the building blocks and materials included in the default package.

The good news is that there are a handful of alternatives that are much leaner than Bootstrap or Foundation. Most of these frameworks ship with just the right amount of styles and components to help you get started, while allowing you to be able to extend them in the direction you want for your project.

Here are 10 lightweight alternatives to Bootstrap and Foundation that you should use for building smaller-scale websites.

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1. Skeleton

Skeleton has finally gotten a facelift. It’s a total revamp from the ground up, and yet it is still as light as it used to be. The new Skeleton grid system now adopts mobile-first philosphy, which ensures that the layout takes center stage regardless of how small the device screen is.

All components that were included in the earlier version – buttons, forms and input elements – are still present but basic typography styles are now set in rem unit.

2. CardinalCSS

CardinalCSS is a CSS framework built with a focus on performance, readability and most importantly maintainability. CardinalCSS adopts some modern approaches such as mobile-first for shaping up the grid; and CSS Box Model that allows you to easily determine element width and height.

CardinalCSS also comes with a handful of helper classes that allow you to quickly apply styles upon an element, for example, the drop-cap which applies the drop-cap effect for the first character in the paragraph.

3. ConciseCSS

ConciseCSS is a CSS framework – without the bloat. It is a lean framework built on top of Sass, LESS, and Stylus which paves its golden path to CSS maintainability. But, if you prefer plain simple vanilla CSS, you can have that as well.

Similarly, ConciseCSS also comes with base styles for essential elements such as the headings, paragraphs, tables, forms, and a set of helpers class to create button UI.

4. PowertoCSS

PowertoCSS is lightweight and a solid frontend framework. Class names that are used to build the grid and apply styles are simple and easy to remember e.g. .button. You can also add your own theme. Head over to their StarterKit to get started.

5. Furtive

Furtive is a mobile-first CSS framework built around the cutting-edge web standards like the use of Flexbox for the grid and rem unit for sizing elements (including font size). Furtive retains a small CSS footprint by not supporting older browsers (*cough* Internet Explorer) since they require some CSS hacking. Hence Furtive is a perfect framework if you are designing a website for the future.

6. BassCSS

BassCSS offers a lightweight set of base element styles, utilities, layout and color styles, in modular form for buildilng a responsive web application. The SCSS files are included to customize the style easily. You can play with typography, white space, breakpoints, and UI elements.

7. Mueller

Mueller is a modular responsive grid system built on top of Sass and Compass. With Mueller, you can build the grid either by adding classes straight to the HTML elements, or if you prefer your HTML elements to be neat and clean, using the grid() function. Mueller grid can be used in tandem with the Masonry Javascript library to create a Pinterest-like layout.

8. Tuktuk

Tuktuk is a very unique name for a framework. Compared to Bootstrap or Foundation, Tuktuk is much lighter as it only comes with just the proper amount of components to build a presentable website including for the grid system, basic styling for typography, tables, and a couple of UI like navbar and modals.

9. Base

Base is built on top of LESS and Sass, and it includes only the most essential of components to build websites: the grid and the basic styling of HTML elements. Base does not come with Javascript components, yet it provides great browser compatibility so much so that it works even with IE7.

10. Toast

The last of our list is Toast. Through the SCSS stylesheet is included in the package, Toast allows you to easily configure the grid class names, the gutter, and even the column-base. For example, if you want the grid to be a 9-base column instead of 12, you can do that. Toast is a minimal CSS framework with very flexible configurations catered to meet your requirements.

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Happiness Can Be The Best Strategy For Increasing Productivity: Here’s How

hongkiat.com - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:01

You can call it a secret, “life hack” or just common sense but happiness is the key to productivity. Being positive and satisfied can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve productivity in the workplace. Various studies have shown that you’re going to feel significantly less stress in day-to-day activities – in and outside of the workplace – from a positive change in attitude

via BreakingPic

Unfortunately for a lot of members of the workforce who spend their week behind a desk or counter, feeling happy and working productively don’t sound like they go hand in hand (even if they should). Take a look at the most stressed out person in your office, likely wasting time staring out the window, grumbling at the computer, or floating from desk to desk.

They can have an effect on the entire office’s productivity. The sooner he or she can destress, the faster you can get those productivity rates higher.

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Removing stress from the office follows a simple formula: people who are not spending time stressed out and worrying have more time to be productive. Stress leads to wasted time and wasted energy, meaning an attitude adjustment can directly affect how work time is spent.

Choosing to Be Happier

While working towards a positive attitude is a simple idea in theory, anyone who has tried to adjust their personality knows that simply flipping a mental switch isn’t possible most of the time. A Mayo Clinic study shows that a person’s level of happiness originates from his or her personality and the people with whom he or she spends time.

This means that not only does spending time around happy people make you happier, but your own happy attitude can influence others.

Of course, the inverse is also true. Anyone who has experience in the workplace probably has seen this play out. Picking out the “slackers” in the building is often as easy as finding the table in the break room where the sarcastic complainers spend their time.

Their negative attitudes feed off each other, and can carry over well beyond break time, leading to unproductive hours spent at the desk. If you’ve ever had a job at which you were unhappy, chances are you – like me, at one point in my life – were spending time at the slacker table.

Make The Change

On the flip side, when you’re satisfied with your work situation, chances are that you’re going to spend time with others who share a similar outlook. The positive vibes shared at that new and improved break room table carry over when you return to the desk the exact same way.

Some other lifestyle changes that can help you become happier at work include:

Gratefulness

People who are happier tend to be grateful for the things and opportunities they have. This affects productivity by making tasks inherently more satisfying. The grateful feeling that accompanies success will help build a positive experience, making you feel good about investing more time in your work to achieve even more success.

Optimism

One way you can generate a better outlook on life is to maintain a positive attitude. Seeking the silver linings on even the tedious tasks that everyone has to do in the office will help you finish those tasks more quickly. Sometimes a positive attitude can lead to finding a new method for completing a monotonous task. For example, locating a new tool online or designing new workflow strategies can be the results of looking for a new outlook on old, repetitive tasks.

Finding A Purpose

To improve your level of productivity in the workplace, find work that is satisfying, which will naturally lead to a happier attitude in the office. Speaking from first-hand experience, it may take a few tries to find work that satisfies you. But don’t give up on yourself! Once you find a job where you’re able to see how your skills and tasks fit into the big picture though, you’ll be amazed at how the work day flies by!

Improving Relationships

Increasing productivity through a positive attitude also relies heavily on how well you interact with co-workers. Many studies show that employees who work together in teams will have greater success in their tasks and a greater ownership in the final product… as long as the teammates’ attitudes match, that is.

One of the biggest challenges a manager faces is creating the best possible teams within the workplace. Placing employees together who have no chance of working together successfully leads to unproductive workers. Pairing folks from the slacker table in the break room with one person from the positivity at the next table over is almost always a disaster, for example.

Taking the time to create teams where the personalities mesh well will almost certainly lead to more success and better workflow among all the team members.

Laughter Leads to Success

One way managers can see whether teammates are working well together is measuring whether meetings involve a certain amount laughter. People who laugh together create stronger bonds, allowing them to work together more closely and with better productivity.

Laughter can diffuse stressful situations, leading to a better flow of work throughout the office. Laughter counteracts problems created when you’re feeling an increase in your stress level, too.

Many of the same workflow benefits that happy people enjoy will apply to those who laugh on a regular basis, too. Of course, you should be careful: you don’t want your office turning into The Office.

Better Listeners Are Happy

Those who work together on a team also experience higher levels of success when they learn how to listen to each other. Good listeners will maintain eye contact with the speaker, avoiding glancing at cell phones or computer screens.

If you’ve ever felt like taking the cell phone of someone you’re speaking with and tossing it under the tire of the nearest truck, you likely understand the frustration of dealing with someone who’s a poor listener. Such distractions lead to mistakes and poor productivity levels.

When you use clues to show someone that you’re listening on a regular basis, they’ll be confident they’re not going to have to repeat themselves, which is sure to make everyone more efficient in the office. If you have to constantly fix problems caused by poor listening skills, productivity is going to crash to a halt.

Path To Productivity Paved With Happiness

All that stands between your workplace and new heights of productivity is you. Adjust your attitude now, and not only will you be a happier and more effective employee, but those around you – save maybe the most jaded and cynical – will follow suit.

Fortunately, by the time you’re flaunting your newfound aura of positivity, those who still stubbornly hold onto a deep-seated cynicism won’t feel like wasted potential. By then, you’ll know that they’re just missing out.

Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Owen Andrew, a writer and multimedia enthusiast based in Southern California. He is versed in social media, mobile platforms and work productivity and on his free time enjoys attending EDM concerts and spending time with his children. You can reach him on Twitter and Google+.

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Afscheidsviering Noël Devisch

Carl decaluwé - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:25

Naar aanleiding van het afscheid van Noël Devisch als voorzitter van de raad van bestuur organiseerde de Vlaamse Visveiling een receptie, waarop de gouverneur aanwezig was. Er waren toespraken van o.m. MarieJeanne Becaus-Pieters, gedelegeerd bestuurder van de Vlaamse Visveiling, Urbain Wintein, voorzitter Rederscentrale en de vertegenwoordiger van minister Joke Schauvliege. (22/1/2015)

Overleg Noord-Frankrijk

Carl decaluwé - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:25

Maandagavond 19 januari 2015 had de gouverneur een onderhoud met het Kabinet van Minister-President van de Vlaamse regering en  Vlaams minister van Buitenlands Beleid en Onroerend Erfgoed Geert Bourgeois. De gouverneur had een gesprek met Kabinetschef Marc Andries en raadgever Buitenlands Beleid Cindy Verbrugge.  Ook Secretaris-generaal van het Departement Internationaal Vlaanderen Koen Verlaeckt woonde dit overleg bij. Onderwerp van het gesprek was de werking van de twee Europese Groeperingen voor Territoriale Samenwerking (EGTS’en) die in West-Vlaanderen actief zijn, namelijk de EGTS Eurometropool Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai en de EGTS West-Vlaanderen/Flandre-Dunkerque-Côte d’Opale. Een belangrijk onderdeel in het takenpakket van de  gouverneur als Vlaamse coördinator van de grensoverschrijdende samenwerking tussen Vlaanderen en Noord-Frankrijk is de coördinatie en afstemming van de Vlaamse vertegenwoordiging in beide EGTS’en. De gouverneur/Vlaamse coördinator zetelt in de bestuursorganen (Bureau en Algemene Vergadering) van beide structuren. Diverse aspecten van de werking van de EGTS’en kwamen in het gesprek aan bod: organisatiestructuur, personeel, financiën, realisaties,…  Op vrijdagmiddag 23 januari 2015 had de gouverneur een onderhoud met Algemeen Afgevaardigde van de Vlaamse regering in Frankrijk Filip D’havé.  Ook bij dit overleg was het functioneren van de twee EGTS’en het gespreksonderwerp.

Provincieraad

Carl decaluwé - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:25

Tijdens de provincieraad beantwoordde de gouverneur een mondelinge vraag van provincieraadslid Carine Dejonghe inzake de brandweerkosten. Meer bepaald werd gevraagd naar de gevolgen van het vonnis van de rechtbank van eerste aanleg van Kortrijk inzake de omslag van de brandweerkosten voor de betrokken gemeenten in onze provincie. De gouverneur vroeg hierover onderrichtingen aan de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en zal alle betrokken gemeenten inlichten van zodra er duidelijkheid bestaat. (volledig antwoord hierbij: antwoord op de vraag van Carine Dejonghe van 20 januari 2015

Nieuwjaarsreceptie Zeebrugse Havengemeenschap

Carl decaluwé - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:25

Op uitnodiging van APZI, De Kring en het Havenbestuur Zeebrugge woonde de gouverneur de nieuwjaarsreceptie van de Zeebrugse Havengemeenschap in de Vives Campus Brugge bij. De receptie werd opgeluisterd door toespraken van Marc Adriansens, voorzitter APZI, Joachim Coens, gedelegeerd bestuurder MBZ, Renaat Landuyt, burgemeester en Ben Weyts, Vlaams minister van Openbare Werken en Mobiliteit. (21/1/2015)

7 Free eBooks To Learn AngularJS

hongkiat.com - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:01

So you’ve been following this Angular series (if you haven’t, start from the top here) and have come to a point where you are somewhat comfortable with playing with Angular or even building an app with it. For a more complete guideline when studying a project, we can always go to ebooks.

Ebooks give you a structural and organized way to learn a new topic, and it is no different with AngularJS. The best thing about ebooks these days however is that it can be heavily supplemented with practical exercises that can help you strengthen your grasp and understanding of certain aspects.

Let’s explore AngularJS with these 7 ebooks – some comprehensive, some fun, but all educational and won’t cause you a dime when read online.

1. AngularJS In 60 Minutes

If you have already gone through the video tutorial by Dan Wahlin, titled AngularJS-ish in 60 Minutes, AngularJS in 60 Minutes is a great help. The ebook carries the transcription of the video (done by Ian Smith) with relevant screenshots and the timestamp of when a topic comes up. If you prefer some text to go along with the video, then this is the ebook to get.

2. Recipes With AngularJS

Recipes With AngularJS is written by Frederik Dietz and is available to read online and as an ebook on Leanpub and Amazon. A cookbook of sorts, Recipes is a highly comprehensive book that deals with learning Anuglar in an organized and easy to understand way. Each section carries problems, solutions and discussions that will help guide you through Angular effectively. The code examples shown in the book are available in GitHub.

3. Practical AngularJS

Using real-life scenarios and examples, you will be introduced to building simple applications with AngularJS and Firebase in Eclipse IDE. You’ll also learn how to add control, wire up and create components, inside Eclipse. There are also sections on how to use KarmaJS to test your applications, how to use Firebase, miscellaneous tricks and troubelshooting you can use. Practical AngularJS by Dinis Cruz is available to read for free and to buy on Leanpub.

4. AngularJS Succinctly

Here is another AngularJS book written by Frederik Dietz. AngularJS Succinctly contains 10 chapters of problems, solutions and in-depth discussion to help you grasp the idea of Angular quickly. Learn the basics on using controllers, directives and filters all the way to integrated platforms like Ruby and Node. All code examples are hosted on Github; you can grab them there to practice on your own.

5. A Better Way to Learn AngularJS

A Better Way to Learn AngularJS is a 12-part course that provides insight into AngularJS. It carries plenty of learning materials from multiple sources, from official documentations, videos, other books and plenty of screencast by Egghead. Adopting a gradual easy to advanced way of building simple applications with Angular, this book contains plenty of checklists for you to keep track of what you have learned.

6. Henriquat.re (AngularJS for .NET Developers)

henriquat.re is a continuously updated ebook that contains learning materials about AngularJS from a .NET developer’s point of view. So far, there are 7 topics covered, including Modularizing AngularJS Applications and AngularJS and IE 8. You can follow the writers, Ingo Rammer and Christian Meyer for more updates on the book on Twitter.

7. AngularJS with Ruby

AngularJS with Ruby on Rails is a book by David Bryant Copeland which will help you build a Rails application with AngularJS – in less than 10,000 words. You will need to create a skeleton app, build, test the run features, and before you know it, you have an Angular app powered by Rails. The book contains an introduction, four chapters and a concluding chapter.

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Simplify Your Freelance Tasks With Motiv

hongkiat.com - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:01

As a freelancer, you have a lot of things to take care of. Not only do you have to work on meeting your deadline and communicating with your clients, there are also various other tasks that you need to complete to ensure that your business runs smoothly.

If you’re tired of those tedious tasks that comes with freelancing such as contracts, invoicing, timesheets, and proposals, then why not give Motiv a try? Motiv is a revolutionary app that simplifies all of those tasks and will re-invent how you work. Let’s take a look at what Motiv can bring to the table.

Starting Out With Motiv

When you start out creating with Motiv, it comes with a 5 step process. You begin by choosing of a template from the dashboard: a contract, invoice, project, proposal, form or quote.

I have chosen the invoice template and I can now create an invoice by filling out simple fields like the client name, price, project, and date on the Motiv invoice creator.

After we are finished filling out the necessary information for an invoice, we now have the choice to either download the invoice PDF, send it to an email, or print the invoice. This page also has a discussion section and invoice creation history section which displays the changes and additions you make on the invoice.

Motiv invoices can be set up for payment to be made via Paypal. One of my favorite features is that Motiv will display stats showing you whether the invoice was viewed, how many times it was viewed, and whether or not the payment has been sent.

Building Contracts

When creating a contract with Motiv, there are 4 simple steps:

  1. Basic Information
  2. Contract Sections
  3. Fee Schedules
  4. Contract Design.

With these 4 steps, the developers of Motiv have made contract building a simple and organized task. You can also add your own custom sections to the individual steps to create a contract that would suit you best.

After we have created our contract, we can then send out the contract to a new client and have them sign it electronically. Similarly with invoices, the contracts have stats that show when and how many times they viewed it or if it has been signed by the client.

Time-Tracking

You can set up a timesheet to log hours and generate invoices instantly. The Motiv time-tracking function is available on the web app and you can also install it for Windows and Mac. This feature saves a lot of time and you never have to log your hours outside your invoicing app again!

Extra Features Client Dashboard

Clients can often forget or lose documents you send them, but with Motiv, clients can easily log into their own dashboard and access any documents without the need of having you re-send it back to them or the hassle of sending documents back to you via scanning and emailing.

Custom Domains

Along with the client dashboard, you may want to use a custom domain name with your business document solution. With Motiv, you can easily setup a custom domain to go along with your account thus helping to improve your overall branding strategy and company reputation.

Pricing

If you’re interested, you can try it out for 30 days for free. After that, you can sign up for the $15 plan which applies to all users.

What I Liked
  • Time-tracking feature to make invoicing a breeze.
  • Pay invoices via Paypal.
  • Integrate your own website domain with your Motiv account.
  • Ability to see if a client has opened your documents.
  • Clients can create their own accounts and login to view documents which require immediate action.
  • Brand your Motiv site and documents with your own logo.
  • Contracts include important terms and clauses to protect freelancers.
  • What I Didn’t Like
    • No Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or SkyDrive support.
    • No messaging between freelancer and clients (Other than using e-mail contact forms).
    • No Stripe payment support.
    Conclusion

    Motiv truly re-invents keeping your invoices, contracts, proposals, and quotes in line with its various features. It allows you to easily build professional and relevant contracts that will keep businesses protected all for a reasonable flat price. I recommend Motiv for any freelancer or business (small or large) to centralize your invoicing and business document management.

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