Automated website screenshots with ShrinkTheWeb
If you publish content which has screenshots of webpages and websites then ShrinkTheWeb is the service for you.
ShrinkTheWeb has developed a reliable and accurate way for businesses— in particular, developers, webmasters, designers, and programmers—to capture large quantities of website screenshots with just a single line of code.
There is a free plan available which, according to the website, is used by most of the users.
Pricing plans for ShrinkTheWeb
A comparison of the plans offered by ShrinkTheWebis available here.
ShrinkTheWeb pro features
The pro features are what makes the ShrinkTheWeb a niche service as it allows you to customize the way the screenshots are shown giving you the ability to adjust, crop and edit the screenshots. With any plan Pro features of ShrinkTheWeb can be ordered at $9.95 per month for each feature. A bundle of all the features costs $34.95. Check out this page for pro features to get more details.
Open-plan office make people less productive
Though 70% of American offices follow the open-plan office layout, research has shown that there are disadvantages of having an open-office layout the biggest being decrease in employee productivity. Some of the findings are
- Workers who share an office take more sick days than those who work in their own closed spaces.
- Research indicates that that sound and temperature changes were most irritating for employees. The occurrence of both is more likely in open-plan offices. Ringing phones, conversations and noise made by machines were the most annoying.
Privacy is important
Another research shows that reduced motivation, decreased job satisfaction and lower perceived privacy as factors negatively affecting productivity in open-plan environments.
It was also found that customized workstations that were ergonomically designed and space savers were not an instant hit with the employees unless they were trained on how to use them.
Working conditions do have an impact on productivity. Experiments have shown that offices having working conditions which are not liked by employees leads to loss of productivity which equaled to many days of work whereas conducive working conditions lead to increase in productivity to the extent of 5 to 15%.
Distributed Workforce does work
Distributed workforce concept does work if the right workforce is chosen for the job and management of work is done properly. Research indicates employees greatly value autonomy.
No one else has done it better than the WordPress team. However, it is not easy. Matt Wullenweg who is the CEO spends one third of his time interviewing and hiring people. 40% of the employees at Automattic, the company who is behind WordPress, come through tryouts.
Communication between the team at Automattic is done through P2.
Advantages of distributed workforce
- Setting up an office is a huge cost which can be saved by having a distributed workforce
- Opportunity to hire the best talent from geographically diverse places.
- No office politics to distract the employees
That said, the most important spoke in the wheel is to hire the right kind of people for a team to run well and be self motivated.
Ezetap - Small ATM (Chota ATM)
SBI (State Bank of India) in partnership with Ezetap has launched Chota ATM, which is also a PoS (Point of Sale) terminal operating from neighborhood Kirana shop. The Chota ATM’s Point of Sale terminal will be used for collecting electronic payments from any Debit or Credit card.
How small ATM (Chota ATM) works
The solution is being offered at Rs.500 ($8) setup fee and thereafter a fee of Rs.150 ($3) per month. Commission on each transaction would be Rs.5 ($0.08). If someone wants to start accepting payments through the Ezetap solution they would need to open a zero balance current account with State Bank of India.
Cardholders will not only be able to make payments but also withdraw cash from the Ezetap merchants. The daily limit of Rs.1000 ($16.17) is there for cash withdrawals.
The solution is similar to that of square. If the users adopt the solution it would be a game changer as far as usage of debit and credit cards in India.
rgba in CSS3
For color setting in CSS3 you can use a new color setting which consists of rgba.
While most of us would know that
r = Red
g = Green
b = Blue
but what does a stand for? Well
a = alpha
Alpha means opacity. This gives web designers and web developers lots of options for using color in their design. What’s more rgba color specifications are supported by major browsers.
Caveat for using rgba
There is one thing web designers and web developers need to be aware of and that is that in case of any element which is the child of the element that has color defined in rgba does not inherit the opacity property of the parent element. Confused? Please read this nice explanation on css3.info
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Businesses killed by the Internet
The list includes
- Travel agents
- Fax Machines
- Stock Brokers
- Video Rental Stores
- The Phone Book or Telephone Directory
- Maps and Atlases
- The Music Store or The Record Store - Expected to decline to 75% by 2016
- The Newspapers and Magazines
- The Mail or Snail Mail
Businesses under threat due to Internet
There are some businesses which have recently started suffering because of the services or products being available online which are more convenient to use and they are
- The Book Stores
- Television Networks
- Radio - specially music radio and programming being available on demand.
- Yellow Pages