Wrap magazine: Illustrator of the week - Karolin... →
wrapmagazine: Having developed a style that is as bold and powerful as it is feminine and folksy, with unusual colour combinations and simple touches of pattern - Karolin Schnoor’s illustrations have thoroughly captivated us all here at Wrap. So we’re delighted to make the London-based artist…
Kara Rota is Director of Editorial & Partnerships for Cookstr, a technology company dedicated to recipes and nutrition and co-founded by Tipping Point Partners, a New York City-based “institutional entrepreneur.” She is also a freelance food writer who studied writing and food politics at Sarah Lawrence College, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on technoethics, posthumanism,...
Progressive enhancement is the practice of making websites fancier if your computer or phone can handle it, and making ‘em less fancy if it can’t! We techies take for granted that we update our browsers, computers, and phones almost as frequently as we change our underwear. But for many people in the world, a computer they bought three years ago and a web browser they updated two years ago feel...
In honor of Sally Ride: Never limit yourself!
“Never limit yourself because of othersâ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” - Mae Jemison, Astronaut Today we celebrate two people: Astronaut Sally Ride and you. Yesterday we were saddened to learn that Sally Ride had died after a long fight with cancer. In 1983, Sally Ride broke a major barrier in becoming the first American...
daniel sinker: OpenNews: Why Develop in the... →
sinker: As the deadline to apply to become a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow approaches, there’s one question often comes up: Why would I want to work as a developer in the newsroom? There are all sorts of reasons—from being in the room when news breaks, to working with a community of people creating…
Tracking pixels are little 1x1 pixel images that allow you to keep track of how many users visit your website or see your advertisement. Look, here is a tracking pixel for you to see: Ooooh! Isn’t she just the cutest little tracking pixel you have ever seen?! When you open this email and read about tracking pixels, one of the ways that we will know that you did so is that you will ask our...
Marissa Mayer for President
We, at Skillcrush, salute the inimitable Marissa Mayer as she takes on her new role as CEO of Yahoo! We canât think of a better, more fierce, and overall awesome lady to take hold of the reins. She not only has some serious experience in engineering and operations; but also excels at design and product, and has deep domain expertise in location based services and mobile. All skills that make her...
FTP & SFTP
FTP & SFTP are two common ways to put your website files on a web server so that they can be accessed via the internet. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol. The only difference is that the secure one encrypts your files, username and password for greater security. If possible, we recommend that you use SFTP. You can use FTP & SFTP for...
Today we are debuting a new series we are calling Anatomy of an App. In this column, we plan to highlight sites that we love andÂ interview the makers, hackers, and designers of these sites about their process. The goal is to help people more easily make the connection between a site’s functionality and the technology that was used to create that functionality. Got any apps you would love...
REST, which stands for Representational State Transfer, is a set of guidelines for how to transmit information on the web in a way that can handle all of the trillions of variations in a clean, organized way. By clearly defining what each piece of information on the web is, establishing a limited set of actions that can be taken, and dictating what technology can be used, REST creates a...
Money, Money, Honey
The past few years have seen seismic shifts in the world’s economic system. Banks who presided over Wall Street for decades crumbled and blew away in the wind, economies known for decades of year-over-year growth ground to a halt, and the unemployment rate skyrocketed. Turns out that there is nothing like economic upheaval to spur a bunch of money-savvy entrepreneurs into action. Everyone knows...
CPM, CPC, and CPA
CPM stands for cost-per-mille, mille being Latin for one thousand. In the land of online media, media companies charge advertisers for impressions, which are counted in 1000s. Let’s say you want to charge $10 per 1000 impressions on your blog, that means that you will charge $10 for every 1000 people who see an advertisement. The way that online advertisers count impressions is by page views, so...
Can women in tech have it all?
There has been a great deal of discussion around women and work in the aftermath of Anne Marie Slaughterâs piece for the Atlantic, Why Women Still Canât Have It All. The article ignited a firestorm of discussion about the status of women in the workplace and given our focus on women and tech, we thought that it was time to weigh in on the idea of women in tech having it all. Do women in tech...
To create a “Hello, World!” app using Python, all you need to write is: print “Hello, World!” Quite a bit more straightforward than some of these other examples, we think! Web applications like YouTube, Reddit, Dropbox, and Yelp are all powered by Python. Pythoners, like Rubyists, believe in writing code that is simple, direct, and easy to understand, meaning that even people new to...
When you visit a friend’s Facebook profile, it’s designed for a person to look at. Nice fonts, pretty images, plenty of links, lots of eye candy. Computers are pretty bad at clicking around on websites and looking at images, though. As a result, they get a special way to interact with the site: an API. An API lets computers and web sites talk to each other without all those links and...
To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic...– Grace Hopper via About
Admiral Grace Hopper visits David Letterman
Loving this vintage video of Admiral Grace Hopper, the feisty grandmama of ALL women in tech, AKA Queen of Software, giving it to David Lettermen. “A nanosecond is a billionth of a second. That didn’t make any sense to me! So I called up Engineering and I said, I need you to cut me off one of those nanoseconds and send it on over here.” Who said women in tech aren’t...
When you visit Amazon.com or do a Google search, 3 things happen: Your browser sends out a request for a web page A web server receives your request and puts together the right parts The web server sends you back a web page It’s a lot like ordering a pizza. You call in, they make it, and then deliver it right back to you. Most any computer can be a web server - even your own computer....
Every time you visit a site on the internet, your computer is asking another computer for the web page. How does that other computer get the web page back to you? It sends it right to your IP address. We’ve all seen those WARNING YOU ARE BROADCASTING YOUR IP popups. They’re pretty goofy scams; of course you’re giving out your IP address, you need those web pages to get sent back...
If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?– Rumi Rumi was a 13th Century Sufi Mystic, via The Daily Love
If I tell you my name is Sammy and that I like to write about technology, you’ll understand. But when a computer stumbles onto “My name is Sammy, and I like to write about technology” it doesn’t know what to think. Most of the Web, according to computers, is a bunch of indistinguishable gibberish. All they can do is present us with some files and text and leave us to make...
Great video on fundraising from NASDAQ & NY Tech...
I love how this video talks directly about the pluses and minuses of fundraising and gives a much more reasoned perspective on the choices entrepreneurs need to make than the normal ‘raise, raise, raise!’ tech hype machine. Also, what beautiful photographs those are behind John Borthwick by his brother Mark Borthwick. Great inspiration for future Skillcrush videos! Original Article
Today’s the day YOU start coding!
This week has been HTML Week at Skillcrush. We have introduced you to your new friends HTML and HTML5, and sent you two handcrafted HTML Tag Cheatsheets to get you familiar with all the HTML tags you need to know. Now it’s time for you to dive into some code, because coding is totally awesome! Don’t believe us? Well, that’s why we asked Audrey here to tell you: I think it’s...
Audrey Tan is CEO and co-founder of Waggit. The site allows dog owners to find kindred spirits in New York City and swap dog-favors with them. I’ll rub your belly, if you’ll rub mine! Audrey blogs at Read Audrey and tweets @audreyhtan. How did you discover and first become engaged in technology? When I was in college, I worked in the computer labs helping people with really basic...
The Broad Experience: Getting Ahead at Work →
Mrs. Moneypenny says women get in their own way when it comes to getting ahead at work. Are you making any of these mistakes? On the other hand, Joanna Brash says women are promoted based on what they have done, while men are promoted based on potential. What do you think?
What are your favorite work apps?
We want to hear from you! What work apps (mobile or web) do you love? Do you use Basecamp to communicate with your team? Do you save all your to dos in Evernote? Is Instagram your secret marketing super weapon? If you use it at work, we want to know about it! Tell us & read what others are saying!
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Meebo CTO and Co-founder Sandy Jen talks about when she started programming and the process of iterating towards product-market fit. On Monday, Meebo announced that it was being acquired by Google. via Women 2.0
Cocktail Party Fact - The First Email
While the first telephone call will live on forever - Alexander Graham Bell’s “Mr. Watson, come here I want you.” - email’s birth is not nearly so memorable. The first email was a test sent by Ray Tomlinson, who says it was something like “QWERTYUIOP”. Not one for the history books!
Fix your LinkedIn Password, now!
Reports are spreading that 6.46 million LinkedIn passwords have been leaked online. The hacker who has them seems to have released the passwords but not the associated email addresses. That said, you should definitely change your LinkedIn password ASAP, as well as change your password on any other service where you are using that same one. Why the urgency to change your password? It turns out...
Ask Ada: I want to code! Where do I start?
Dear Ada, I’ve never done anything whatsoever related to coding or web development. I’m basically totally clueless. But I am interested in learning it, so…where do I start? Can you recommend the best sites/books/etc for a beginner that would be relatively easy to understand? And how long would you guess it would take for me to go from clueless to intermediate or even expert? ...
Link Love: Designer Tools
Design is a quick, collaborative and iterative process. Today, we are sharing some of our favorite tools of the trade, the apps and websites we use everyday to make our workflow a little bit easier. We believe that these apps will help you communicate better, work faster and add some oomph to your design! App Skitch Gone are the days of printing out designs and marking them up with red...
We’ve featured a # of female entrepreneurs/makers and I thought it was time to give a little Skillcrush luv to the guys! Also, it helps that this guy, @edscanlan, happens to be my cousin ;) Look forward to seeing what they do in their next phase of growth.