Glip – Project Management, Replace Your Inbox

As I work on more and more projects with larger teams, I’ve been looking for some good project management solutions. Basecamp is an option, but I’m interested in something else. Glip just might fit the bill:

Glip is your team’s conversation platform to plan, share & organize work. We designed Glip so that teams can jump right in, with zero learning curve, and do better work together. No technical skills are required to use Glip, and it boosts your productivity from the very first user. Glip removes communication barriers with built-in text and video chat and includes file sharing, tasks management, shared calendars and more, all seamlessly integrated.

With Glip, every user can easily see the context of work activities and related conversation. Gone is the frustration with email and other software that wastes your time when you are looking for that important file, or that buried message.

Glip helps you organize your work around your conversations. All the basic tools you need to get your work done are right there in the stream, and you don’t have to worry about where or with whom to share because it all happens naturally, as a bi-product of your communication.

For those still attached to their email, Glip is seamlessly integrated with their inbox. Co-workers and vendors can interact with you right from their inbox, blending right into the conversation, and you still get all the benefits of Glip’s powerful and easy-to-use tools.

With Glip, teams can take advantage of their natural workflow from concept to completion, improving performance and keeping everyone in sync. And that is what Glipping is all about.

Glip – About

ActionAlly – Get Started on Work You Care About

Do you suffer from ADD every time you sit down at your computer? ActionAlly looks to help by helping you focus on your most important tasks.

Every time you get to your computer, ActionAlly will be there, ready to channel you into your most important work.

No more sitting blankly trying to figure out what to work on. No more drifting to Facebook.

Now you have an ally that makes sure your attention is being used effectively. ~ ActionAlly

Series: Create a License Controlled Theme and Plugin Update System – Tuts+ Code Tutorial

If you’re looking to sell and license your own WordPress themes and plugins, this tutorial series from Tuts+ Code will show you how build a license and update manager plugin:

In this first tutorial in the series, we will start by creating a WordPress plugin to turn your website into a license management server. In part two, we will continue building the plugin by adding an API to it. In part three, we will use the API to make a WordPress plugin or theme talk back to the license manager for updates. ~ Tuts+ Code Tutorial

Muut – Commenting and forums for your site.

Muut is really hard for me to type. Putting this post together I accidentally typed “mutt” three or four times. But, it looks to be a really slick embeddable forum solution.

Muut is the only embeddable community platform in the market that’s not based on iframes. It becomes a seamless part of your website, brand, and overall experience. Since it’s a collection of HTML elements sitting right on your page, it can be styled normally with CSS. A separate static site is generated for search engines to get the full benefits of SEO. ~ muut – Commenting and forums for your site.

Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity –

I check in on Vine maybe two or three times a year. I start scrolling through my timeline, and I find I’ve spent fifteen minutes watching hundreds of clips. The medium makes my life feel as ephemeral as a six-second looping video.

This NYTimes piece on Vine sensation, Jerome Jarre, had me checking my timeline once again. He has over eight million followers, but started out by moving to New York with only $400.

Mention “that French Guy” to typical teenagers today, and they will know exactly which French guy you are talking about.

Jerome Jarre, they will tell you, is a 24-year-old from France who has become famous for making comical six-second videos on Vine, where he has eight million followers. The Vines include Mr. Jarre walking up to strangers in the street and hugging them, or hanging out with his best friend, a squirrel — though he pronounces it “sqiw-well” with his French accent.

Clips of his stunts have been viewed more than one billion times on Vine. He is so famous, that when he recently organized a meet-up in São Paulo, Brazil, the riot police were called in to quell the crowd of thousands.

What few teenagers know about Mr. Jarre, however, is that while his stardom took off in 2013, until last summer, he was essentially homeless in New York, surreptitiously sleeping on an office floor and using a promotional onesie from a start-up as a blanket. He showered in a nearby gym, gaining free access only because the young woman behind the counter recognized him from his videos, and scrounged for other people’s leftovers.

Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity –

HT: Dave Pell

Luna – Smart Mattress Cover

Connected technologies offer so many opportunities for innovation in traditional markets. Consider the Luna mattress cover. It offers dual temperature zones, sleep tracking, a smart alarm, it’s auto learning, and it’s mobile controlled.

Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep, so you can say goodbye to groggy mornings. Luna’s sensing technology identifies the correct moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up at your highest energy level. ~ Luna

About – IKEA Hackers – IKEA Hackers

Are you familiar with IKEAHacks? These involve taking IKEA products and hacking them into all sorts of new modifications which go above and beyond the instructions that come with the kits. In case you haven’t heard of them, I thought I’d share a link to is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. ~ About – IKEA Hackers

For even more fun, you should check out episode 128 of the 99% Invisible podcast: Hacking IKEA.

I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.

The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit