| Posted: June 29th, 2009 | admin
Tags: applications, CSIRO, e-commerce, freeware programs, Windows
In the previous post we briefly reviewed the simplest software applications that help people to solve the problem of hair loss. This software will be effective when alopecia was caused by nutrition, invalid food, stresses and other subjective factors. So facing with hair loss people can act under the direction of these programs: change their eating behavior, take care of hair and skin, get rid of stress and add some more relaxing factors in their life. For example, freeware Hair Loss 1.0 for Windows gives fast and easy access to the information hair loss products (special shampoos and conditioners). The application based e-commerce platform and works only with the Internet connection.
But as regards the objective factors of alopecia here is the other situation. Such software won’t work. Medical intervention is necessary. But software can control the results of medical treatment.
Programmers from CSIRO have developed impressive technology that can show how well hair loss treatment methods are working. New software can measure hair on different parts of the (also it can be used to assess the results of depilation).
“Our software uses images captured by a small flatbed scanner pressed onto the skin. It the numbers to analyse the image of skin and hairs…Then, almost instantly, it reports information about the length and number of hairs in the picture…”, explain Leader of Biotech Imaging at CSIRO, Dr Pascal Valloton.
| Posted: June 23rd, 2009 | admin
Tags: applications, freeware programs, MacOS, software development companies, Windows
Nowadays software development companies offer us PC applications for all cases: tax calculation, make up and food selection and, of course, healthcare. And among the most unusual programs for health recovering stands software for hair loss treatment.
According to statistics about 30% of people suffer from hair loss (alopecia) by age 30 years, and about 50% – by age 50 years. This problem became so common that most of us consider it as a normal variation, but not a disease. But healthcare professionals and programmers are trying to make us change our mind.
The most popular (and the most simple software products) focused on hair loss treatment are eBooks for Windows and MacOS. They have small differences from usual books. For example, developers of the first version of Natural Hair Loss Treatment published in their software generally known causes of hair loss (alopecia): malnutrition or wrong nourishment; life under stress; different diseases and general problems with health; insufficient hair care and other factors. The central idea of the software is herbal hair loss treatment. The same approach was popularized in the other freeware program Natural Hair Loss Tips v1.0. It is possible that, such applications for hair loss treatment can help to take the disease under control or even solve the problem, making a complete recovery from alopecia.
But what if people have a strain of alopecia (hair loss) in the family? Inheritance and hormones are much more serious problems; they require quite different approaches and more advanced software, that will be reviewed in the next post.
Project management in IT
| Posted: June 19th, 2009 | admin
If you want to have your IT project done perfectly and in the shortest terms, you have to think twice before taking a final decision on the company who will develop software for you. Not a company, but, in fact, a partner who will not let you down and will guard your reputation in the business world.
There are no special rules or certain algorithms of how to choose the best partner. Just try to comply with the following steps and you are likely to be successful.
• Make a list of companies providing services of software development. Find as many potential suppliers as possible.
• Specify a number of criteria for selecting the best variants. Such criteria can be various. It depends on what you consider the most important issues while choosing a partner: professional background of IT specialists, company’s financial health, correspondence with your quality processes and applied methods, cost of the project, or previous successful and failed projects. Note: you should take into account not only the employees’ knowledge in modern information technologies but also their knowledge in the certain domain that you are interested in (medicine, banking, accounting, etc.)
• Choose 2-3 companies from the list that suit your criteria.
• Carry out a detailed analysis of these companies. If possible, visit their headquarters, talk to the employees and managers, get feedbacks from their customers, etc. It isn’t necessary to choose one at this stage.
• Negotiate the terms of the contract: legal and financial issues, confidentiality, proprietary rights, liabilities, termination, penalties.
• Order a pilot project with the chosen companies.
• And, finally, make a final decision on your future partner for the software development project.
We make no pretense to consider the above-mentioned sequence of steps to be the algorithm of success. But one thing is definite – if you take into account our ideas, you’ll make fewer costly mistakes.
Software development methodologies
| Posted: June 11th, 2009 | admin
Tags: mobile applications, newsletter, RIA, web applications
#11 Software development for mobile devices
In the late 1990’s, Web development became mainstream in programming and obtained universal recognition, standing apart traditional desktop applications in many areas. In the year 2008 year the development of mobile applications has left the launching pad. The development of this type of programming will become extremely important over the next 5 years. Of course, there are many approaches to develop software for mobile devices: web applications, RIA, and also the applications that can run on the device itself. It doesn’t matter which of these directions you choose. What is really important is that adding skills of development for mobile devices in your resume you can be definitely sure that your experience will be great demand in the labor market in the future.
#12 Newsletter subscriptions and self-education
Nowadays it’s not enough to get the diploma of any profession in IT. Some years without experience and self-education and you will become a retrograde. Of course it’s a sad tendency, sword of Damocles for all the programmers, but fortunately it’s not so difficult to change the situation. Reading news and studying articles about new technologies and the last tendencies in software development will allow you to be always sitting pretty.
to be continued…