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Why Your Applications Should Look "Cute"

Why your applications should look cuteSince computers first entered the workforce, business applications (that is to say, all applications which weren't games) have been boring and to-the-point. 

This seems to be a holdover from the stark green-on-black mainframe screens, which themselves were holdovers from printed paper forms. 

Read on to see why having a "cute" UI needs to be featured in all your applications-- and not just the ones for kids or millennials.

Do We Still Need Mobile Apps?

Between around 2009 and 2019, it seemed like every business, every web site, every university, etc, had a mobile app on both the Android and iOS app stores.  If you didn't have a mobile app, you weren't cool, plain and simple. You were behind the times. 

But these days, with so many junk apps out there, and with the mobile web being easier than ever to develop, do we really still need mobile apps at all?

Lightsail: Amazon AWS, Made Simple

When shopping for server space, especially for a client, you need the name recognition and trust of a company like Amazon.  But Amazon AWS can be a daunting ecosystem to navigate, especially for those that just need the basics:  a server and a database.

That's where Amazon Lightsail comes in.  Still hosted on the framework of Amazon AWS, the UI for setting up a new server, database, adding storage, etc, is greatly simplified and much easier to manage, and while still costing a similar rate as other VPS vendors.

Long Live LibreOffice!

I've been using OpenOffice for years-- it's a free (mostly compatible) alternative to Microsoft Office.  With no license fee to pay, it's a simple solution when setting up a new computer for a friend who needs an occasional word processor, powerpoint creator, etc.

But I recently have jumped ship on OpenOffice, and switched to an even better (and still free) office suite:  LibreOffice.

Silk Icon Set Made Easy

If you are anything like me, you find yourself using the Silk icon set (from famfamfam) all the time.  The icons are very smooth and modern-- in fact, you will find a few on this site.

But, they are often difficult to pick what you want, because you have to load the index in one screen, then find the file you want in the zip file.

SSH Key Authentication in Eclipse

I love Aptana as a PHP IDE which lets me edit remote files, through an SSH/SFTP connection.  However, at the time of this writing, it does not support every kind of SSH exchange algorithm.  When it hits a snag, the exact error message it gives is "No suitable key exchange algorithm could be agreed."  I found this was the case on Acquia servers.

While this can be fixed at the server level, if you are working for a client who does not have access at that level (For example, on an Acquia server), you just can't use Aptana.

Which is where regular old Eclipse comes back into play.