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  • ga

    ga 1:53 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink  

    Tetrabytes proudly presents patrasdailytip.gr 

    We are proudly presenting patrasdailytip.gr, a daily e-mailing service with tips for going out in Patras.

    http://www.patrasdailytip.gr/ – Sign up now and enjoy!

     
  • jz

    jz 4:07 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink  

    Symfony2 launch party in Patras!! 

    Symfony, that is one of the most promising open-source php frameworks, is going to release the stable 2.0 version at Thursday 28 July. Launch parties for the product are organized all over the world.

    Tetrabytes organizes a launch party on Thursday at 7:00PM. The party will take place at Catamaran in Patras.

    Join us!!

     
  • jz

    jz 12:41 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink  

    Android apps on blackberry devices!! 

    RIM is allegedly prepping the QNX-based operating system running their forthcoming PlayBook tablet to run Android applications, according to a Bloomberg article. As RIM has stated that the QNX platform will run at least some of its upcoming smartphones as well, this could cinch Android’s status as the lingua franca of smartphone application environments, especially with BlackBerry’s current market leadership and Android’s explosive marketshare growth.

    Source: Slashdot.com

     
  • tetrabytes

    tetrabytes 9:42 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Complexity Kills 

    Don Ferguson, the “father” of IBM WebSphere was recently interviewed by the BBC:

    What’s the biggest technology mistake you ever made – either at work or in your own life?
    When I was at IBM, I started a product called Websphere [which helps companies to operate and integrate business applications across multiple computing platforms]. Because I had come from working on big mission-critical systems, I thought it needs to be scalable, reliable, have a single point of control

    I tried to build something like a mainframe, a system that was capable of doing anything, that would be able to do what might be needed in five years. I call it the endgame fallacy. It was too complex for people to master. I overdesigned it. Because we were IBM, we survived it, but if we’d been a start-up, we’d have gone to the wall.

    Too complex and overdesigned. Check. We at Tetrabytes, give great weight to how complex and user friendly our projects are. Of course and we design user customized products but our goal is to maintain simplicity and usability. In our opinion it’s really bad for a client to reject an implementation because he/she found it difficult to use and get trained to it.

     
  • ga

    ga 5:06 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: css, ie, png, transparency   

    PNG transparency on IE 

    PNG is a very popular image format in websites, especially used to offer image transparency. In combination with JQuery fade effects, it can generate very pretty animations. However, Internet Explorer doesn’t render transparent PNGs as expected leading to a really bad looking result.

    While searching for a solution to make IE to properly support the transparency effects, I came across this nice CSS fix:

    img{
    background: transparent;
    -ms-filter: “progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#00FFFFFF,endColorstr=#00FFFFFF)”; /* IE8 */
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#00FFFFFF,endColorstr=#00FFFFFF);   /* IE6 & 7 */
    zoom: 1;
    }

    Source link: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/InternetExplorer/thread/10354468-0d88-4689-8d2a-c534f77f4779

     
  • jz

    jz 5:31 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: , kinect, xbox   

    This is how a computer is watching us? 

    A little imagination, some software and an innovative product are enough to impress us …

     
  • vacilos

    vacilos 11:21 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Seeking the world’s best post-docs 

    Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship is unique anywhere in the world, since it provides young researchers with a generous personal grant that gives them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose for a maximum duration of five years.

    The program is coordinated by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH); however, the financing can be used at any institution worldwide.

    The fellowship is geared primarily to natural scientists and engineers at an early stage of their post-doctoral studies; however, representatives of other disciplines may also apply if they are able to present an appropriate project.

    Source: europa.eu

     
  • jz

    jz 10:50 am on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Open source robotics will rock your world 

    The next version of the RoboCup-famous DARwIn bot is about ready to give the Nao a run for its money. The new DARwIn-OP from Robotis and Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa is just about to land, and the first pictures of the finished thing have started to circulate. While the bot is designed to perform, with sensors and servos suitable for higher-end robotics, the main thrust of the design is the open source and modular nature of the hardware and software. The bot can be purchased as a product from Robotis, but the CAD files are publicly available, and its plastic parts can be fabricated by the end user to save money. Rumor has it the robot will retail for around $8,000, around half the cost of its closed source Nao competition. The full unveil of the robot is due at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots a couple weeks from now.

    Source: Engadget

     
  • tetrabytes

    tetrabytes 9:49 pm on November 27, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: Google, , project 10to100   

    Project 10to100 

    A few days ago, Google announced the results of its innovation contest called Project 10to100. The contest was open to the public and anyone could submit his or her idea. The number of participants reached the amazing number of 150.000, which shows the trend of the times for new and innovative ideas while searching for a channel to promote them. After reviewing the proposals, Google narrowed them down to the number of 16 which gave them to the public for voting.

    The results can be found at the official blog of the project. The 5 winners shared a significant amount of 10 million U.S. dollars! The general public’s preference was to choose ideas that had to do with the grand total and ways of improving the quality of life, from the field of public transport to sharing knowledge and information (educational, scientific etc.).

    Very good effort and I hope this investment to catch site and show results. Such ideas are very welcome and as a company, we also we want to innovate through our work because this is ultimately what makes it special and takes us forward.

    ak.

     
  • tetrabytes

    tetrabytes 9:19 pm on November 25, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: brimelow adobe, flash, flex, tutorials,   

    GoToAndLearn.com 

    For those involved or interested in learning techniques and tips for the technologies implemented by Adobe, I strongly suggest visiting gotoandlearn.com, a collection of tutorials created by Lee Brimelow, who is one of the most well known Adobe Evangelists.

    What makes his own tutorials to stand out is the fact that they are distinguished by directness and simplicity, they don’t confuse the average user and explains everything from how to setup the coding environment to how to implement difficult tasks. Also one more characteristic is the imagination that he has in combining different technologies from Android and iOS up to the use of .net framework.

    If you intend to address any of the above then it is worth adding this site to the bookmarks of your favorite browser.

    ak.

     
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