Posts Tagged 'Usability'


I was mildly amused to see that open source analyst James Governor has put an SLA on his blogging activity.

In retrospect it is not such a bad thing. So here goes mine:

I will write at least one post a month on anything that mildly relates to SAP, PHP, Eclipse, Usability, Web Applications, HR, CRM, Cycling, Cricket or anything else under the banner of Life the Universe and Everything.

I am also over on twitter.

Thinking about Life, The Universe and Everything – this week is week 42 of the year.

Changes at Enso

I have written about Enso before and have even played around with their API a little to create my own little application and had a go at integrating it with SAP GUI but suffice it to say Thomas isn’t going  to get a ‘perf mary’ command just yet.

There are changes afoot over in Chicago. First of all a Mac port is on the way to becoming a reality. Check out the teasing screenshot.

Secondly it is now free – as in no charge and they are thinking about opening the source code.

Thirdly, the main brains behind the outfit have been hired by Mozilla.

These are all great developments and congratulations to the guys involved.

Enso Release Developer API Prototype

More exciting than news of an investment in a social networking site, Enso have released an API to interact with their humanising software. I reviewed the softwarea little while ago and it is really great. Since that time I have also found Launchy and StrokeIT which both do similar things but slightly different ways.

I definitely don’t have the bandwidth to look into this, as fun as it may seem, but it is a great step forward for them. It is also great to see that you are not limited to python (the language not the British comedians) but anything that can drive an XML-RPC interface.

Good work guys and it is great to note that you have grown the team from 4 to 6.

Enso Beta Products

They also have a great set of beta products: Search, Mapping, TeX markup, Translation, Media Remote…

PhpLondon Meetup October

PHPLondon last night went off.

We had a great talk from Toby Beresford about creating facebook apps with codeigniter. The slides are here if you are interested.

Later Matt Mullenweg turned up and I had the great pleasure of having a chat to him for over an hour about all sorts of things not least of which was the plans for WordPress, having thick skin, having blocked in China and Turkey, free speach, presentation tips, open source, lol cats … it was a great time.

One thing he does care about is the user experience. For all the stuff that people say about WordPress it is so easy to install and so easy to use. But Matt wants to make it easier. The Automattic team are working really hard on the UI so that it is so initutive to use for people who have no idea what blogging is about.

I also dropped into the conversation that I would be doing a ‘WordPress meets SAP’ talk in Munich. He was interested and whether that was just polite or genuine I couldn’t really say.

I will say this though, it was an absolute pleasure to chat with him and he is a very genuine bloke and that just makes me a bigger wordpress fan.

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