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Olivier Travers

Internet publishing entrepreneur and long-term expat. Rants on software + content, self-ownership, eclectic music and more.

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SaaS Integration: Multi-Step Workflows & The Category’s Future

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:28 +0000

Retrieving and remixing data from web APIs and SaaS through two or more steps is a decade-old idea, starting with Yahoo Pipes in 2007 if not earlier (screenshot above from Derek Banas). While the concept is promising, the execution has often fallen short because of a variety of hurdles: The broader the targeted user base, the […]

Saas Integration Trends & Players

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:19:22 +0000

Note: entry originally published in November 2014, maintained regularly since then. By definition Software as a Service is easier to roll out than on-premises software because you don’t have to install it on your own servers, let alone desktops or mobile devices. This favors a best-of-breed approach rather than picking monolithic suites from the same vendor. […]

Mount, Backup, Sync: Flexible Cloud Storage Options for Windows (Personal) Users

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:53:56 +0000

Cloud storage for consumers and small businesses (i.e. not enterprise) has “traditionally” been associated with the concept of syncing a dedicated local folder with the cloud, because it’s the way desktop apps from DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive and the likes work. You pretty much have to adapt your file organization to their way of thinking […]

Combine PhpStorm with Browser Dev Tools on Windows For Top Productivity

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:07:07 +0000

Following my entries on PhpStorm and Docker, here are my notes on the state of browser dev tools. When working on a website, especially if you’re doing full-stack work that spans design, backend and frontend code, the browser and its development addons become an integral part of your toolset. Browsers provide a lot of functionality that […]

Robots Everywhere: Orchard Edition

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:19:12 +0000

You may think apple picking is the sort of task whose labor is inexpensive yet complex enough that it’s not worth automating. You’d be wrong. Abundant Robotics’ prototype is still slow but you can see where it’s headed:

How to Find & Open Any File In a Jiffy with Launchy + Everything + Dopus

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:51 +0000

Here’s a quick animated gif showing how I use Launchy to send scoped searches to Everything, leading to opening folders in Directory Opus or files in their associated app. To do this I have created a Runner command in Launchy: name: f Program: C:/Program Files/Everything/Everything.exe Arguments: -s ” $$” -filter $$ -sort Path Notice the two sets of […]

Interesting Design Pattern: Content Organized by Date

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:24:37 +0000

I’ve noticed in several apps and sites lately that the way they organize content based on date metadata ends up being pretty convenient. What these apps have in common is that you can interact with any given type of content said apps are specialized in based on when that interaction happened, not other common properties such as file name or […]

Using Docker Instead of Vagrant for Web Dev on a Windows PC

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:25:24 +0000

I started using Vagrant to develop Linux-based websites on my Windows desktop in 2014, as an upgrade from running XAMPP. At the time there were significant practical differences between Vagrant and Docker, but since then they’ve been moving towards each other – functionally if not in strict architectural terms – as Docker Inc. has been gobbling components with the […]

PhpStorm Integration & Productivity Tips for Windows-Hosted PHP Dev [Visual Guide]

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:46:17 +0000

Along with my recent move from Vagrant to Docker I decided to revisit a number of tooling choices that I hadn’t second-guessed in a couple of years. The best new mousetrap I adopted after that review is PhpStorm, an IDE that manages to include a huge amount of features and integration capabilities without feeling bloated. […]

Microsoft Outlook As A Platform – Take 2: From the Desktop to the Web

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:53:37 +0000

This 2004 entry was updated from the 2016 vantage point. Keep reading to the bottom for entertaining archaeology and to see how Microsoft is now making a real effort at integrating with modern web apps. Updates 09/27/16 – New Outlook partner integrations help you extend your email capabilities. This makes desktop Outlook both a web-enabled app and […]