CakeFest 2014 wrap-up

CakeFest 2014

Wow, that was a long summer blogging break… but I’m finally back, well rested from a one week holiday and very inspired to talk about the fantastic conference I have visited this weekend…

After skipping CakeFest 2013 in San Francisco, the annual conference for CakePHP which I had already visited in 2011 and 2012 took place in Madrid this year, a place which was in easy reach for me and couldn’t be missed therefore.
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A lazy man’s guide to task automation

Lazy man sitting in front of his computer

Ever since the industrial revolution human beings have been trying to make their daily processes faster, more efficient, and to spend less time producing greater output.
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Alfred workflows you cannot live without

Rocket in the skies

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you should already be well aware of the launcher app Alfred and the incredible power it offers to boost your productivity. It not only saves you a lot of time when quickly firing up any kind of program, but also contains a lot of other nifty features for speeding up your daily processes.
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3 simple tricks to improve your attention span

Hand holding a stop watch

As most of us are well aware of, we are living in a world of instant gratification and quick fixes. Usually we are not able to spend even a minute of focused effort without a notification popping up somewhere.

For how long can you actually focus? 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour?
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Burning down your past troubles

Burning flames

Every year an event called Las Fallas turns the city of Valencia into a madhouse. Despite being a rather local happening, as a stranger you would probably assume that the city is in a state of emergency during these days from the 15th until the 19th of March. It’s hard to count until ten without hearing a fire-cracker go up somewhere, while traditional ceremonies and brass band marches disrupt even the slightest attempt of having a short siesta during the day.
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The human factor

Energetic person vs. tired person

If you have been working in the IT industry for a while, it is probably not entirely new to you that projects don’t always go as expected. They get delayed, people get fired, companies go bankrupt…

Ok, let’s imagine a slightly less pessimistic scenario, one that each of us has probably gone through: A product launch has to be postponed, because one of the key features couldn’t be delivered on time.
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The story of The Book Project

Logo of The Book Project

Hi everyone, today I’m going to tell you a bit about a side project I’ve been working on lately. It is called “The Book Project” and is about collaborative storytelling.

(IMPORTANT: Right now, the project is targeted to Spain and Latin/South America which is why the website is only available in Spanish)

Everything started on the morning of Sunday, the 29th of April, after a long celebration of my friend’s 30th birthday. On our way home, Javier and I started talking about project ideas, and among other things: A cloud platform to create a story written by different people.
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