This summer GuestSort is joining a startup incubator located in Bristol. Along with investment we’ll be provided office space in the heart of the city centre with expert mentoring ending in a presentation in front of some of the UK’s most successful Venture Capitalists.
Our plan is to rebuild the entire service based on the feedback gathered from our existing clients creating the worlds first “Attendee Relationship Management” service. This means starting from scratch; our API, web & iOS app will all be redesigned and rewritten. We’re looking for 2 or 3 enthusiastic, hard working, and dedicated individuals to join the team and help accomplish this vision, together.
8th June to 7th August
A great working environment
Your very own 27” iMac
Opportunity to be part of an early stage startup in an incubator
Experience in developing for the web or iOS
A serious attention to detail
The ability to think independently
Prepared to drop everything and switch focus
Obsessional code formatting and standardisation practice
Fearless and thorough when things get big
Objective-C and Cocoa framework experience
Expertise in NodeJS, MongoDB, BackboneJS, SASS, Redis, CoffeeScript, Gulp/Grunt
Familiarity with OS X operating system
Concepts surrounding OAuth implementation
RESTful API usage
Git SVN experience
GitHub profile with active contribution to open source projects
StackOverflow with evidence of problem solving
Located in the South West of England
If you’re interested or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of why you think you’re perfect for the role along with a contact number.
Don’t worry if you don’t meet all of the requirements, we’d still love to hear from you.
I’m currently sitting in front of a TouchSmart PC from a half decade ago. Back then this was on the bleeding edge, pioneering desktop touch innovation. It was bold, daring, and in the most part, completely useless. Despite this it still managed to become HP’s poster child, a product they could be proud of. A huge segment quickly emerged for kitchen worktop computing devices which nicely coincided with Microsoft’s push into their Windows Media Centre for digital TV watching.
Despite its many flaws – awful boot time, bulky design, poor screen resolution, terrible viewing angles, and resistive touch technology – I still love this thing. It was different, and different takes guts. For the most part, it worked. I could quickly watch a DVD before school (assuming it wasn’t from a cold start up), catch up with the news on BBC breakfast via digital, and even stream digital content straight from a flash enabled web browser.
A few days back the very same company that pushed for such invention announced this, a product that has a remarkable resemblance to another Cupertino based company’s work:
But was this demise into ubiquity inevitable? Did Apple, in true troll fashion, get to glass and aluminium first and the rest were just late to the game? It’s hard to say. The materials lend themselves brilliantly to such devices but Nokia have shown that there are real alternatives in industrial design. The near identical touchpad and chiclet keyboard seem a step too far.
Apple pushed the mantra of controlling both the hardware and software, with others like Microsoft with Surface, Amazon with Kindle, and Google with Nexus now following suit. Over the next half decade I think we’ll see a continuation of this shift. Fewer companies will be able to compete through a lack of in-house software excellence and a rich media ecosystem. Microsoft’s once one-OS-for-every-PC strategy will shortly be over.
As a side note, Apples new spaceship themed campus is being built atop the remnants of the former home of Hewlett Packard, the very same company that gave Apples co-founder his first job in the industry. Despite recent failed efforts with WebOS, another once great consumer electronics company has slipped into the hands of the enterprise sector.
We don’t do printers, monitors, Windows installs or anything to do with IT for that matter. Mostly, we work as Developers writing software. You probably live in a bliss, ignorant bubble where software, native or web based, just works. You might imagine that building software is much the same as designing a PowerPoint slideshow, drag and drop and all that, but it isn’t.
All computers - your iPad, iPhone, that ATM machine on the High Street, and even your dishwasher - at the lowest hardware level only interpret binary commands; 1’s and 0’s.
Writing such code, known as machine code, would make our lives very difficult. We have drastic layers of abstraction from this basic language to a more human readable, friendly and accessible development environment. Some languages are more abstracted than others depending on their purpose and when they were designed.
In a Computer Science degree, the primary focus is to ensure graduates think in a logical, efficient manner. We’re taught dozens of programming and scripting languages, but fashion and rapid innovation mean most are irrelevant by the time we graduate. This taught mentality of problem based thinking therefore ensures we can adapt to new languages with little friction.
It’s an extensive field. Some spend their time writing the back end of web applications, like Facebook or Google, some design AI algorithms for use in the aerospace industry, and others work for Banks ensuring the safe transactions of billions of pounds. These things have little relation to what many people think of as IT.
If you want help with your printer, ask tech support.
As a side note, I’m not your typical Computer Science student or programmer. I don’t say this in a vain or arrogant way, but in a matter-of-fact way. I love developing software but am also extremely passionate about the design, the usability and the core concept of a product. I enjoy programming because it’s extremely empowering. I have ideas and I can build them.
Some people delude hope and trust and love and happiness. You run and leap and jump for some people, but it’s no use. They’ll never change.
They’re all the same, these people. When realised you’ll be free to bound over them. And bound I will.
When the iPad was unveiled back in January 2010, the media were underwhelmed, but consumers still queued in line. It’s success has been unprecedented, but for me it’ll always be an evolution next to the iPhone. As I sit here in a station waiting for a train, everyone around me is using their phone. Not T9 dumb phones, but touchscreen smart phones. People are playing Angry Birds, reading Tweets, and checking the news.
5 years ago browsing the internet on your phone was so intolerable that even the most savvy of users didn’t go near it. In 2012, Americans spend more time browsing Facebook from their phone than from their desktop PC. Despite what the media say, the successor for the PC won’t be the tablet.
It’s already been superseded by the smartphone.