Dear Linux, Please Go Back to School

You have a big problem dear Linux. You’re not discoverable. And that’s holding back an entire industry. In fact, it’s holding back our entire planet. Dear Linux, I am sick and can’t take it anymore. The five most common problems of Linux are drivers, interoperability, talent, fragmentation and legal issues. However theres another elephant in the room. Linux lacks intelligence. Spotlight, Siri, Google and Google Now are offering a natural language layer that simplifies usage…

Clash of Giants: Apple vs Google

Google and Apple are chasing the same customers from seemingly orthogonal angles. Apple wants a design conscious, privacy guarding customer with a refined taste and a fat credit card. However, Google is content with just about everybody as long as they open up their lives to the borg. Free vs paid, open vs closed, client vs cloud, is there a clear winner? In the article, Google on Apple: The end is near, Mike Elgan argues…

Deep Learning Means Computers Have Mastered Basic Perception

Deep learning and big data are real revolutions shaping our world and increasing our world’s automation. But academics and engineers disagree on what deep learning actually is (or could be). Deep Learning is Basic Perception Computers can now, given some guidance, form opinions about fuzzy things. They are very good at spotting credit card fraud, similar images and security breaches. This is because the simulated neural patterns of machine deep learning correlate with our basic…

The Hyperlocal Graveyard

Civic networks have eluded the imagination of every major consumer Internet company. Secret has thrown the towel and recently announced they will close their doors and return the remaining money to its investors. It’s a major loss for the hyperlocal ecosystem and a major win for Yik Yak. However hyperlocal remains a painful graveyard filled with broken dreams and shattered hearts of dozens of remarkable entrepreneurs. Let’s go over some stories: Sonar They folded operations…

The Translator is Live!

Image by Great Kayak Gear At the very top of the sidebar you can find the interactive Google Translator so you can read jordhy.com’s content in your native language. Your feedback is highly appreciated! The Translator is Live! May 10th, 2015Jordhy Ledesma…

Optimize your Pages to Gain Readers

Web page optimization can be hard sometimes Web page optimization is as hard as marathons. Thankfully, in today’s world of dynamic systems you only have to optimize a handful of templates and keep some guidelines in check. There are two main evangelical movements to make the web faster. Slow (backed by Yahoo) and PageSpeed (a son of Google). According to Yslow you need to keep the following in check: Making fewer HTTP requests Using a …

International Search Engine Marketing

Selling in India and other Asian countries is a completely different game Core Issues International SEM is more complex than ever before. We must now take into account a myriad of factors to get your pages ranking across the globe. Here are the main factors you should take into account: 1. Google is not the only game in town. Yandex and Baidu are huge in their respective markets. Bing’s market share is bigger in Latin…

The Case for Mobile Only Themes

Mobile only themes provide multiple unexpected benefits to mobile surfers. If you’re struggling to meet Google’s Mobilegeddon deadline, I suggest you try a different theme for your mobile website, perhaps using WPTouch or something similar. This will allow you to quickly cater to a multiplicity of mobile development issues like: – Manage data issues. Some web users will have browsing limitations and will prefer faster loading pages. The bar is really low here. – User…

Mobilegedon: The Google Mobile Update

IP’s Site is Mobile Friendly If your site is not responsive and mobile friendly get ready for a drop in search traffic next week when Google will use its dominance in the SE market to pressure developers to go “mobile first” or be “mobile conscious”. Let me express my disagreement: – Ranking websites based on technical factors introduces an unfair discount in rankings for ONGs and universities that lack the budget for these costly updates.…

Microsoft Bing Hits 20% Search Share

Long-time Google competitor, Microsoft Bing has just crossed the 20% threshold. This is great news for the industry. Traffic from Bing and Yahoo now amount to 32.8% of all web searches or slightly over 4 billion searches per month. Business models focusing on traffic from Bing and Yahoo not only get a decent amount of traffic but they also face less competition. Please take them into consideration for your next project. Microsoft Bing Hits 20%…

The Lost Art of Information Architecture

Some wireframes It used to be that everybody was into information architecture. We used to quote the gospel of Nathan Shedroff, the teachings of Jakob Nielsen and the books of Steve Krug. However, I have news for you: new web developers aren’t buying the IA gospel. Websites that mimic applications, one page responsive sites and super-simple apps have rendered the IA practice a second rate passenger in the tours of web development. This is such…

SEO 2015: Dawn of a New Age

Marketing and SEO Books – A great book selection for doing SEO in 2015 SEO 2015 is the keyword of choice for new SEOs looking for tips and tricks in this new era. Almost everything has changed in the SEO arena since the inception of the field. The biggest change in 2015 is the promotion of reputation as a key ranking signal. Ranking algorithms are getting more and more complex and now they include a…

Why Should Your Site Have a Spanish Subdomain?

Before you even consider expensive localization projects or international expansions, ask yourself this question: Can I grow my audience without expanding internationally? Of course you can. You can sell to the same zip codes and dramatically increase your customer base. Indeed that’s why companies like Sprint have fully translated their websites to Spanish while serving the same zip codes. But why would a national brand do such  a thing? It’s all about network effects.  …

Common Mistakes in Website Performance Optimization

Enterprises make a lot of mistakes when testing the performance of their websites. High-speed Internet access and ever more powerful servers, have given a good excuse to many IT managers and web producers to become a little bit lazy when testing and optimizing their websites. Nevertheless, the benefits of performance testing are unparalleled: speedier website loads, lower hosting costs, more sales, increased equipment durability, happier customers and faster backups are but a few of the…

Why the Bitcoin Revolution Will be Bigger than the Internet

The social media revolution is mostly over. The mayor players have matured, innovation is very stagnant in this area and most social networking ideas are “pretty much out there”. With the exception of a civic network all the potentially mainstream social networking innovations have been created. The next revolution is something far greater in scope and potential gains for humanity. A large group of programmers, activists, venture capitalists, investors and technical leaders are now seeking…