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Sunday, November 2, 2014

What Firefox OS Can Do Better


While Spider-Man's words of wisdom is true that "with great powers come great responsibility," it's also undeniable that "with great challenges come great opportunity." Having to create a new platform from scratch, Mozilla FirefoxOS is definitely facing competition from incumbents iOS and Android, with Windows Phone slowly squeezing its way through. The opportunity presented to Mozilla FirefoxOS is that they started with a clean slate, much like BeOS had the chance back in the mid-1990s.

If history is to teach you anything, the blunder BeOS made was that they kept playing on the hardware field dominated by the then incumbents, Microsoft and the Apple before the return of Steve Jobs. BeOS shifted too late to the internet appliance market, and slowly dissolved in obscurity when sold to Palm. FirefoxOS in contrast has successfully defined a hardware reference implementation, though it's not positioned to compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Come to think of it, FirefoxOS is not even aiming at Blackberry's fractional market share. What does FirefoxOS bring to the table then? What does FirefoxOS stand for? Is FirefoxOS a mere hobbyist mobile platform? Most importantly: what can FirefoxOS do better?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC: A Book Review

If you're cooking up modern, responsive web applications using C# and .NET on the Windows platform, there are three main ingredients to the recipe: (1) the new improved, vitamin-enriched ASP.NET MVC (version 5 as of this writing), (2) Visual Studio 2013 (the latest and the greatest right now), and last but definitely never the least, (3) Twitter Bootstrap (at version 3.x as of the moment).



Having been fans of Bootstrap for responsive web application development and having reviewed books on using Bootstrap and on extending it, we're very honoured to review Pieter van der Westhuizen's "Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC." It's just hot off the press last August 2014, published by Packt, available in paperback and e-book version, and best of all, reasonably priced with code samples.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDGEKIT Supports Software Freedom Day 2014 and Will Talk on OpenBSD

In its continuous commitment to free and open source technology, EDGEKIT Computer Systems will provide presentation on OpenBSD in the Software Freedom Day 2014 celebration at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa campus on 20 September 2014.

This Software Freedom Day (SFD) event is proudly organized by Computer Professionals' Union, they have successfully organized SFDs since 2008.

UPDATE:
The planned SFD celebration last 20 September has been cancelled due to flood and severe weather condition in Metro Manila and neighboring towns and cities, Software Freedom Day 2014 has been re-scheduled to be held on 8 November 2014, still at the same venue. See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Agrikathon: The Agriculture-Oriented Hackathon of Northern Luzon

EDGEKIT Computer Systems is very proud to sponsor the upcoming Agri Hackathon, or more endearingly called Agrikathon since it's conception early May this year, to be held at PhilRice in Nueva Ecija from 29th to 30th of August this year. This was organized by PhilRice with the major participation of Mobility or Mobile IT for Youth.


Based on the sold out tickets, this is already a success. On our part, this is more of a sequel to the Bigas2Hack event we attended last year. We sincerely will miss Smart Communication's absence on this event, the presence of Microsoft Philippines and Eqela would be very welcome co-sponsors of the event.

Check out the rules of the hackathon here and hope to see you all there.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jimini the Ticket Managing and Monitoring System

We have again been on blog hiatus like in numerous times for the past few years. The focus recently, or excuse if you will, is a mobile-centric ticket managing and monitoring system we named Jimini.

It's still in early stages of development as of this writing and currently can be found in the cloud. This is currently focused on the user interface and experience design first, with concern for quick access to creating tickets, that is to author issue reports.

We plan to make a product around this project and if you want to help make this more suitable to your needs or should you be interested to avail of this service, please contact us.