he AppRefactory Inc. launches its first service offering today with the debut of a partnership with Google Inc. through Google Helpouts. This further enhances the company’s service offerings in the application maintenance and support space; but also extends its services to more generalized support of the tools and technologies it uses throughout its service delivery process. Support is being offered through Google Helpouts for technologies and platforms like:
- Microsoft Visual Studio (all ediitions, 2005-2013)
- Programming Language Support / Tutorials:
- Visual C#
- Visual Basic / VB.NET
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft Team Foundation Server
- Microsoft Windows / Microsoft Windows Server
- Microsoft Office / MS Office VBA
- Linux (Ubuntu)
- Apache WebServer
- Microsoft Internet Information Server
- Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
- Microsoft Windows Workflow (WF)
- Microsoft .NET Framework
- Web Services
…and much, much more!
Google Helpouts also offers payment features that allows either the business or individual user to use services on a demand basis easily. And with this launch, the service is being offered, for a limited time, with a free support instance — giving potential customers an opportunity to “try-and-buy” for a fixed 20-minute session, without charges or fees applied. (See Google Helpouts terms & conditions for more info.)
ecently, I announced the release of a personal project on my blog – the delivery of ongoing Curiosity Rover data to Windows desktops using Google Earth (in Mars data mode, sometimes referred to as ‘Google Mars’). Now, it’s possible to deliver this same information to the Apple iPhone and Android smart phone audiences using the Google Earth app for those platoforms. Insturctions on how to setup the Google Earth app to do that, step-by-step follow below:
How to view Curiosity Rover (MSL) Mars geodata using the Google Earth app on a SmartPhone:
- Load the Google Earth app
- Select menu icon, top right-hand corner of Google Earth UI
- Select ‘Settings’ from pop-up
- Scroll down & select ‘Databases’ from Settings menu
- Databases menu appears, with “Default” radio button selected. Select menu icon, top-right-hand corner of UI.
- Select ‘Add’ from pop-up
- Enter Database URL dialogue box appears. Enter http://khmdb.google.com/?db=mars into the dialogue’s textbox and click ‘OK’.
- The database address now appears beneath “Default” in the databases menu with its radio button selected (make sure).
- Click the ‘back/return’ button from the phone’s UI (at the bottom, in the Android version).
- Google Mars should now be visible.
- Return to the smartphone’s browser & visit the Curiosity Rover data page: http://ross613.apprefactory.ca/mars-curiosity-rover-msl-in-google-earth/.
- Click the entry for the current Sol & select the Google Earth app if/when prompted to select a smart phone app to load the data with.
The Google Earth app should automatically centre Google Mars on the location of the latest data summary.
Step-by-step video: here.
r perhaps “The Pork Strikes Back” would be a better title. But whatever you call it, what self-(dis)respecting parody to Star Wars could you have without a sequel even more hilarious than the one before it? In that spirit, here’s hoping the following brings a bit of Christmas cheer thanks to folks at Rovio:
n celebration of the Christmas shopping season, might I share with you fine folks something I found especially entertaining this year under the heading of “game software” for the Android, iPhone and PC (which still seems to have some of the gaming audience despite devices taking over everything last year): Angry Birds.
Reminds one of the forthcoming epic movies finishing off the 9-movie Star Wars saga, now projected to open in last 2015. But next year promises to be another blockbuster for the Star Wars franchise leading up to this next watershed event (simply titled “Episode VII” at the moment. Stay tuned for more info about all that and more here!