Top Five: Go-To Websites

by Yody Castro (@yodycastro)
1. IMDb: The Internet Movie Database, trailers, actor’s bios, etc. If you enjoy watching movies, for sure you’ll find this site interesting.
2. LOOKBOOK: good site to get inspiration about fashion trends and people around the world. For me is quite useful to create characters for illustrations or own design projects.
3.  RADIO BAZOFIA: bring a daily smile on to my face. Funny, bizarre and crappy stuff about Latin American Popular TV culture, most of them just do not need any kind of translation to make you laugh.
4. BOARD-GAME GEEK: I simply love board-games and I know this next one is a poorly designed website, (probably UX leads at Zemoga could get a heart-attack because of it), but is plenty of useful info for game lovers.
5. BRANDS OF THE WORLD: probably any logo you need for your comps, you can download it here. Incredibly useful site for people involved in business with some ingredient of design.

When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.

For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.

 

FIVE FOR PHONING: First impressions of Apple’s New iOS


By Sven Larsen (@zemoga)

What could tear your intrepid Canadian correspondent’s attention away from the start of the new NHL season (apart from the stunning mediocrity of the 2011-2012 Ottawa Senators)? Only the release of iOS5 of course!

Like millions of Mac faithful, I dutifully downloaded Apple’s latest operating system the minute it became available. And I’ve been playing with it pretty much non-stop in the twenty four hours since I installed it

Like the NHL season, it’s a little early to be making definitive proclamations about anything (except for the general suckitude of the aforementioned Senators). But I can give you my first impressions, the stuff I immediately liked and disliked. Let’s start with …

THE INSTALLATION PROCESS

Unlike a lot of other users, my download and installation was relatively painless. Granted, I was doing this over the fairly robust connection we have here in the Zemoga NYC headquarters but after an initial encounter with the “Error 3002” page (solved by a quick refresh), my installation was underway. I will agree with some of the critics that it’s a pain in the butt to have to upgrade iTunes first and then download the iOS but the whole process took me under an hour. I would have liked a little more guidance from Apple about how to set up the new features though. In the end, this Mashable post was much more helpful in quickly educating me about the new features (and how to configure them properly) than anything the folks at One Infinite Loop provided.

Once I finished setting everything up, playtime could begin!

By the way, for the purposes of evaluation, I’ve been using my iPhone 3GS (still waiting for the iPhone 5 release!) so I won’t be touching on Siri or anything like that here.

So what do I love so far?

1)   NOTIFICATIONS – They look great, tell me so much more than the little red circle ever did, and I love how customizable they are. I also like that I have the option to push e-mail and other notifications to the home screen. It makes me feel like I got back all of the functionality I gave up when I originally made the switch from a Blackberry to the iPhone. I also love being able to pull down the notifications screen with a simple gesture.

2)   iMESSAGE – It’s easy to set up, has a completely seamless user experience and anyone who has ever sent a text message already knows how to use it. And, since 90% of the people I know are on iPhones, it definitely has the potential to save me some money,

3)   CAMERA BUTTON ON LOCK SCREEN – After I figured out how to pull this up, I liked it a lot. There are a lot of young kids and animals in my social circle so quick and easy access to the camera function is awesome. Especially if I can do it one handed.

4)   TWITTER INTEGRATION – I’m not a big tweeter but I will probably increase my posting thanks to the seamless integration of Twitter in to iOS5. If Briana ever moves off of her crippled Android phone onto the iOS system, I could see this being a feature she would use heavily.

What left me with that “meh” feeling?

1)   CAMERA EDITING FEATURES – Nice to have but I really don’t do a lot of editing on a three inch screen. Do you? Probably much more effective on an iPad.

2)   CARDS – A great idea but in my initial exploration, I couldn’t find a blank card (and the greetings inside were lame). I’ll explore further but if I can’t put in my own greeting I can’t see using this a lot.

3)   FIND MY PHONE – I had this app installed already so this didn’t really register with me.

4)    NEWSSTAND – Again, I don’t tend to read magazines on my iPhone. Another one that is more iPad focused. Finally (and most importantly) …

5)   ALL THE iCLOUD FEATURES – Not because they’re not great. But because I don’t have any way to use them yet. iCloud functionality is not up and running for anyone who hasn’t installed Lion. This is actually a pretty big deal because Apple has always supported backwards compatibility in the past. I’m disappointed that I can’t take advantage of these features right away (hopefully we’ll upgrade to Lion on our work computers, soon). But even if I was running Lion, the iTunes matching service that is the sexiest part of this feature set is still a few weeks away from launch. I understand Apple’s desire to launch iOS5 before the iPhone 4S on sale date but I really wish they had gotten everything ready for rollout at the same time.

Was my first day iOS5 experience positive? For the most part, yes. Unlike the Senators season opener, I definitely felt like the product has been upgraded from the previous version and I’m enjoying the new additions. But like a fantasy league player who hasn’t been able to see all his draft picks play yet (man up, Sidney Crosby!) I’m excited to unleash the full power of iOS5 and see what this baby can really do.

How was your first day with the new system, gentle readers?

 

 

image via Apple 

 

The Z-Team Takes Social Media Week

Well, Bogotá anyway…

Here are a few photos, by Zemoga’s own Rodrigo Bernal, of the Z-team enjoying the week.

Ferro, DJ, Alejo and Pardo enjoy Miller Beer O'Clock at SMWBOG

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Top Five: Go-To Websites

by Sven Larsen
So I’ve been reading through my colleagues posts about their 5 favorite websites and you’ve probably had the same reaction that I’ve had. What a bunch of geeks!

Just kidding guys. I love you.

But there’s no question that working in a specific discipline like Design or IT focuses your digital consumption patterns.

As Chief Marketing Officer for Zemoga my main job is to tell the story of who we are and what we do here. To do that effectively, I need to have some grasp of almost every part of our operation (while not being an expert in any). As a result, I look for sites that can keep me on top of things without necessarily taking me on that “deep dive” that makes some of my colleagues dance with glee.

What do I look at on a day to day basis? here are some of the digital resources that help me sound like I know what I’m talking about:

1) SMASHING MAGAZINE – Ostensibly a site for web designers, Smashing magazine is written in a simple and accessible language that reaches out to people who don’t know their SQL from their GUI. In addition to technical articles on things like CSS or HTML5, Smashing takes a more general look at usability and function with articles on consumer purchase behavior or typography or how to create an e-book. While i may not always be the target audience for their daily posts, I definitely learn something from their site every day.

2) WARREN ELLIS – As part of my misspent youth at Marvel Comics, I got to befriend cutting edge author Warren Ellis before he went all Hollywood and started writing movies for Bruce Willis (ya know I love ya too, Warren). Warren’s site is an eclectic slice of cutting edge culture, people riding the bleeding edge of cool, and delightfully obscure and entertaining stuff like “Water supersaturation in the Martian atmosphere discovered”. Warren is probably one of the smartest folks I know and if you want to see an incredibly well curated yet deeply personal take on all things new and interesting you should give his site a look.

3) LYNDA.COM – Life at Zemoga can be pretty crazy sometimes. When my boss comes in and says “I just fired the video editor for that shoot. You need to learn Final Cut Pro in the next 48 hours”, Lynda.com is the site I turn too. They’ve got a full range of video courses on almost every piece of creative software out there. As we all become producers and broadcasters in the new connected era, lynda.com helps me continually add to my skill set and tackle whatever strange challenges life or my job throws at me.

4) DARING FIREBALL – Unrepentant Apple supporter John Gruber’s intensely personal take on technology is one of my favorite reads of the day. Not only does he provide cogent tech analysis that helps me make sense of the latest Facebook announcements or iOS updates, he also isn’t afraid to stake out a position in the digital world. His hilarious examples of claim chowder and calling out of senior tech execs always entertain. In some ways he’s the bitchy Partis Hilton of the tech world.

5) TSN.CA – You didn’t expect me to get through a whole post without mentioning hockey did you? TSN is still the best in the business when it comes to reporting on the NHL and all the hockey stuff i care about (Spengler Cup anyone?) and most Americans don’t. It also lets me keep up on the Rugby World Cup in a way that ESPN never would.

Hope this post gives you a little insight on where some of our weird ideas and fun factoids come from. Feel free to call me out the next time I insert some of this info into our next blog or presentation!

When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.

For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.

 

Coffee – With a Twist

Ronald Valero, who is a fantastic barista (training for the World Barista Championship!) at Juan Valdez, made me this amazing Teddy Bear in the foam of my Cappuccino.

 

Top Five: Go-To Websites

By Dennis Portello
What are the top 5 sites Zemoga’s Chief Nerd checks on frequently?

stackexchange.com This is my favorite goto network of Q&A sites for technical issues. The sites I use the most are stackoverflow.com and serverfault.com. The first is a general programming and development site, and the former is focused around servers, networking and infrastructure. I can usually find answers to my questions by searching the existing knowledge base. Often you can find a few solutions that are equally correct without posing the question yourself.

codinghorror.com Is the personal blog of Jeff Atwood, one of the founders of Stack Exchange. Jeff often ruminates on various positive and negative technology patterns in a entertaining way. As the name of the blog implies there are often some serious WTF type posts.

highscalability.com Cal Henderson, the author of “Building Scalable Web Sites” and engineer responsible for Flickr’s success, recommended this blog, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve gleamed crucial knowledge from this blog that has helped me in some very tricky moments, scaling applications while servers are being pounded. It’s also helped me design applications to be scalable ahead of time as well.

hackaday.com Hardware hacking is one of personal hobbies, I often visit this site to see some of the amazing things people have done with microcontrollers, or how they’ve bent various other consumer electronics to their will.

fuckyeahdementia.com This site is my palette cleanser. If I need a few moments to reset my brain, this is the best source of absurd and amusing web minutia. Unless you haven’t been to the site in a while, there’s never enough to distract you for long.

When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.

For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.

 

Top Five: Go-To Websites

by J. Vegerano 

As a IT professional, it is imperative I keep up with the latest in technology. I have a few fav sites on my Smartphone as well, but we will touch that topic on the next round. Here are some of my daily sites that refresh my mental cache with the latest data…

  • arstechnica.com  My #1 site! I frequent this site as it provides a vast array of technical updates. It ranges from unbiased multiplatform HW/SW reviews to pure Science topics. For me this is my one stop shop for the latest in general technology news. It also has a great gaming review section to catch up on the fun stuff.
  • macrumors.com As a “somewhat” newbie to the Mac world, Macrumors.com gives me insight on all new Mac prospective and authentic releases and updates. It’s basically a blog site for the big Macs. Overall a great Mac forum.
  • networkworld.com Spending loads of time in server rooms, Networkworld.com is great for a news for the backend “nuts and bolts” of a great networking information and reviews. I can appreciate the in-depth delivery. A true wealth of network knowledge.
  • macworld.com Keeping informative with “up to the minute” feeds, this is one of my fav Mac sites! With latest stories fed every 15 minutes, Macworld is a great site to follow Apple breaking news. It holds true to its name.
  • techrepublic.com Lastly, techrepublic.com is more of an IT administrator’s site. Full of informative information on a wide prospective of IT pro topics and updates. The great thing about this site is that it reaches into the business management side of IT as well. Good site for IT management.

So, that sums up my daily Tech site visits. Hope you can enjoy the wealth of information out there just as much as I do!

 

When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.

For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.