Month: May 2009

Google gets set to wave goodbye to Twitter

By Dave Haygarth   May 29, 2009  
With lots of inevtbable talk of Google's interest in buying Twitter recently, the recent announcement of Google Wave somehow caught me by surprise.  Google have for some time needed to get their hands on the likes of Facebook and Twitter and other such platforms, but Wave seems to be just the unique approach you'd expect from Google.A very thorough guide can be found here on the Mashable site.In Google's own words: A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.Here's how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved. If you have 1 hr 20 mins, you can find out much, much more by watching the video belowSo sign up to be alerted when it is launched here

New Buschbeck Online Shop on Magento E-commerce Platform

By Dave Haygarth   May 12, 2009  
We recently launched a new online shop for Buschbeck Masonry Barbecues. It is the first time we have used the Magento open source e-commerce system. Both we and the customer are very impressed with the system so far.We have previous experience of using osCommerce and CubeCart for developing e-commerce sites and both have their strengths and weaknesses. osCommerce suffers from having too many developers working for "free" and we often find we have to finish developing part-written code, which can be annoying when you are working on a fixed price quote! CubeCart is a great, sensibly priced and properly supported system but can be a little too basic for some sites, although we do recommend it for small sites with basic needs for its ease of set up and use.We feel Magento has a lot to offer online retailers and certainly helps create a feature-rich online shop with very sophisticated back-office functionality. Some of it can look a little daunting at first, but once you get to grips with it, you can see how the advanced functionality can help you run your site. Magento is commercially-backed for those looking for support, as well as being open source, thereby allowing developers to download and develop for free. There is a community of plug-in developers selling add-on functionality for various functions.Definitely one to watch...