The new Gowalla approach

Sep/25/2011 5 min read by Marco Monteiro

This week Gowalla released a new mobile app both for Android and IOS. When I heard this I was so excited. I'm not using gowalla for that long, I used foursquare when I started checkin into places. But lately I noticed that I had much more real friends on Gowalla than foursquare. So I changed to Gowalla and I love it.

I loved Gowala, it's was fun, fast and most of all it worked. Well not anymore, not after that last version. For what I've been reading they changed the business strategy, trying to difference their product from foursquare. I can relate to that, since there's no space in the market for both. But I never thought they would go down this path.

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Why Disqus?

Sep/13/2011 8 min read by Marco Monteiro

You may noticed that a few weeks ago I removed the normal comment system from my blog and added Disqus to it. Mainly I did this because of this tweet. I was getting too much spam on my comments.

So, I was getting a lot of spam. And when I say a lot I'm not talking about a few tens of comments. No! I'm talking about more than 1000 comments a week. Those damn Russian dudes work hard on their titles ...Giving a free ipad“ or even ...Enlarge your penis right now!“.

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Vacation check-list

Sep/09/2011 2 min read by Marco Monteiro

Looks like I’m on a two week vacation. Nothing better than do a simple check-list for the next two weeks so I don’t end up playing xbox all the time and nothing productive will come out of it.

Since I’m not going away on actual vacation time this year, this is what I’ll try to do.

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Codeigniter? Damn right Codeigniter!

Sep/05/2011 6 min read by Marco Monteiro

I’m a CodeIgniter lover, user and abuser. This is how I normally describe myself when I have to tell someone something about one of the greatest tools I’ve worked so far in webdevelopment and what I do with it. By now, if you worked with me at some point you know that I use CodeIgniter almost every day and I never get bored with it. And I hope to make you at the very least try it, if not, at least try to insight you in why I’m using it.

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The Semantic Grid System

Aug/29/2011 2 min read by Marco Monteiro

A lot has been going on this year about responsive webdesign. Personally I think this is a great thing that finally webdesigners are awaken for the reality that webdesign can no longer be produced for one platform but for many.

Web have tablets, smartphones, small screen laptops. This verity of platforms makes the job a bit difficult for a webdesigner, but a lot more interesting.

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