26 Jun

Wikicook – the open cookbook

wikicook-open Wiki or not? 🙂 I have been always wondering where is the push behind people that create wikis and at the same time I am a big fan of cooking as art.

Even being an Italian (we’re kind of obsessed with our cooking style) doesn’t stop me to believe that cooking, in all his ways, it’s an art!

So I decided to invest time, resources and all it takes to develop a wiki dedicated to cooking called Wikicook (Original, he?).

I invite all of you to give feedback on the idea and to share your favorite receipts.

Now it’s time to cook!! 😉

01 Jun

Web Analytics Opensource & free

I have been working with Web Apiwiknalytics platform professionally for few years now. I have used many from free (Google Analytics) and paid (Omniture Site Catalyst) and all of the offer a great service but with questionable policies.

For example Google Analytics is free but we are providing tp the once “don’t do evil” a huge amount of strategic information that most of the business will not even share if the government will force them to share. (For example the sales you make everyday…) and who knows what Big G. is doing with this info…

From the other site we have extremely expensive software that for most of the business will be simply financially not affordable.

But, as often happen, somebody decided to create an open source software that could keep our privacy and wallet save: piwik.org

I have not used the software much but it seems to provide a great set of information and services.

 

Share your idea and experience with us commenting this article…

 

 

 

 

 

 

03 Nov

Services to ship products from USA to the world

I do travel a lot and I do not shop much but often traveling and living in other countries give me a bit of knowledge of “local the market”.

Very often I am confronted with huge differences in prices. For example now I am trying to buy a coat for the incoming winter and I found, for the same product, difference in price of 40% / 50% in between Russia and USA.

So I am trying to buy in USA and get shipped in here. The problem is that many shops do not ship outside US so you need a service that do this for you. I am still investigating but following you will find a list of services that I found so far. Once I decided and used one I will update you with the results:

If you know any other service, something more about this or just you would like to contribute in any way please comment!

18 Oct

Wikipronto.com

I have been always interested in Small Business and Point of Interests. In my opinion they are the one that can benefit the most from the internet but very often they have no knowledge, funding or simply time to take care of the internet channel.

So I decided to give my input on a project called Wikipronto that is a online business directory like many others (Yelp, YP, etc..) but the main difference is that you can edit the place, adopt it (you may take care of your favourite cafè or fountain) and in doing so you can enrich the set of data, the images and videos.

Basically you can create, edit and promote your favorite place. Check it out the example I made for the Colosseum in Rome.

26 Mar

Ecoparcel.net (Ecoparcel.eu) scam or not? Reliable??

I have been searching to send a parcel online and I looked on many many many website of courier companies. I found all sort of prices, offers, time for deliveries but the cheapest one I found was Ecoparcel.net.

The site isn’t the best (it get stuck with Firefox), information about the company are poor and I had seriously doubt that was a proper company and I definitely suspected a scam.

But they updated the site and accepted Google Checkout that will provide a decent fraud protection so I decided to try my luck and use it. I paid for my parcel and today a big courier company (Under another name) has just collected my box…I will soon update you if the box will get to destination! But at the moment it seems everything all right!!

### Update ###

After a bit of waiting the delivery has finally arrived safely at destination! I have also add some funding trough bank transfer (I still not understanding why they don’t add the credit card payment!!!) and my money were successfully added to my account. Now I have ordered another delivery after the first test was successful.

I would definitely state that, even tough the site isn’t properly designed or functioning,  Ecoparcel is a real company that offer reliable deliveries at a very convenient price. (The cheapest that I know so far)

If you work for Ecoparcel and you’re reading me PLEASE do this as soon as you can:

  • Fix cross browser compatibility (Your site doesn’t work in Firefox)
  • Add other method to pay (Like Credit Card, Paypal or whatever system) You’re an ONLINE business.
  • Answer to the mail people send to you.

If you have any comment please post it!

23 Mar

Flexible Shopping Cart

In my past years as developer I have looked at many solution for a flexible shopping cart. Many claimed to be extremely easy to use and with tons of features but none was as flexible as Ecwid an easy to customize shopping cart plugin that can be used with many CMS (WordPress, Joomla to mention few)

Definitely worth to check them out before setting up your store.

22 Jan

Italianalbums.com – Online photo album shop

In the last year I have been very productive in terms of websites. I have done a multitude of sites from e-commerce to web 2.0.

My last creation is a shop that sells online photo albums called Italianalbums.com for a company based in Italy that organize few artisans that make this products unique.

My favourite is this wedding album that I will probably choose if one day I will decide to have a wedding!

Enjoy my sites and let me know if you have any suggestion.

05 Oct

Atelier81.com, my project for 2010

Hello there!

As you well know I am a web developer with a passion for new things so I usually get all kind of tasks and jobs related to the web and web develompent.

Last work I have done is an e-commerce website for designers greeting cards called Atelier81.com, they have exclusive products designed just for them so you can not find them anywhere else.

Have a look at their site and let me know if you like the job!

04 Sep

Google Chrome Logo vs Pokemon Ball

I friend of mine is appassionate of Internet and Pokemo so when he saw the Google Chrome logo it flashed: “It reminds me something…” and here we are:Google Logo VS Pokemon

As I told you in the previous Italian post it seems that Mr. G is following the step of his archienemy, Microsoft that have made is success on “improving” other people work…

29 May

It’s confirmed, for my boss I was a monkey!

I have been working for an IT company for about 18 months. I have often complaint with my manager that my job was a monkey job even if they have sold me as a “great opportunity to develop”. Today, posting a video I have realized that they are aware that we are doing a monkey job!

Enjoy the screenshot!Monkey Job in Youtube Server Error