Here we go (& will not come)

Here Maps will no longer be available on Windows 10 mobile phones. Starting from 30 June 2016 the mapping & navigation software from Nokia will be discontinued on Windows 10 mobile devices. If you happen to have updated here maps app on windowsphone 8.1 you would receive this message.
Thank me, hopefully it wont affect as I would still have WP8.1 since earlier Lumia Phones are not eligible for Windows 10 upgrade.

Sliders don’t convert

Sliders, image rotator, slideshow, carasoule (spell check: carousel 😉 ) or whatever you’re calling it, all look cool & make some fancy magic using JavaScript but sadly don’t convert.

Yes, sad but true. It’s bit tough to absorb but you can a/b test to draw your own conclusions; I’m sure numbers would convince you better. Or take a look at reliable source. Microsoft, Windows, Abode and many large/popular websites used to keep sliders on front page. Now they don’t.
Not only it’s bad for SEO, it’s not good for UX as well. Adds extra js files for ‘animation/lively effects’. Sliders are big distraction. Takes 75% of front page real estate. Confuses users as to where to go next (to choose user flow).

Now I know that our front page (of the business site ) has a slider; and that is why I’m writing this post. I’m in process of building new site for biz & it was tough decision to discard sliders, but yes, most likely I’m not going to have it for new site.

The last straw #Facebook

Facebook feed algorithm is driving people to extremism. It’s making their beliefs even stronger, cementing it further by watching likeable content repetitively. While Facebook notoriously, has been working on some or the other secret social experiments at large scale, this is the last straw. I have been tempted to stop using Facebook since many years but had hold back the thought because of the business clients on social media.
I don’t know how Mahesh Murthy manages to take a stand and use fb the same time… something to learn?
But I think they are not prepared for the negative consequences, the negative sentiments and extremism causing on the society at large. This may look bit vague, but this is a very serious concern.

This should be the movement, to stop Facebook from manipulating peoples mind. I think a mentor would help! Do you feel the same? Are you game for this? RT below tweet, or better yet, comment below (using your facebook credentials 😐 )


DrupalCon Asia here I come

DrupalCon 2016 -IIT BombayDrupalCon is happening in Asia for the first time. Lucky for me it’s happening in India, Mumbai near I live (at IIT Bombay to be precise). I’ve been following Drupal Events and news since the launch of D8; and thinking of attending the conference. Today is the last day to pay for the tickets and register for the event. I delayed my decision to max and paid more than double the super-early bird price. ₹ 8,000 is still considered an costly conference in India even if you bill it as business expense. I know it’ll payback. Drupal is a whole new level, compared to other obvious choices for website development (read WordPress & Joomla). I was blown away by the built-in features & the possibilities with Drupal 8. D8 took forever to launch since the last version (released in 2011) and it changed everything. I hope the wait is well worth, especially now, when I’ve decided to work on the project using Drupal platform. Currently I’m building it on D7 due to lack of mature modules. But, eventually more mods will be available to D8. Sooner the better. Better even before the launch of our app. My plan is to start working on Drupal 8 as soon as I am satisfied with MVP (minimum viable product/ prototype) on D7, and built it on HHVM instead of currently available version of PHP.  HHVM, the hacked PHP by Facebook team, is surely faster than PHP.

DrupalCon is multi-track (parallel lectures) event with loads of informative sessions and non-stop flow of the tips, lessons & knowledge. They have very unique session (or should I call it un-session?) called BoF.

Birds of a Feather sessions (or BOFs) are informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who wish to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. BOFs allow groups to meet and discuss issues relating to regular conference sessions and talk out common problems facing the community.

Isn’t it cool? A space for like minded people with informal settings and no-agenda. I’m really excited to attend this conference. I never attended DrupalCamps (the smaller version) nor DrupalCons before. And I’m sure there’s going to be loads of take-away. I’ll write post-event blog about my experience.

If you happened to be coming to DrupalCon Asia next week feel free to ping me on twitter.