Best tech skills to have globally

Photoshop, javascript and php seem to be leading the way with the most demanded teh skills globally according  to California based tech staffing agency Odesk..

10 free awesome applications you should know about..

1. Logmein

Access and back up your home or work computer from anywhere with an Internet connection. Even access your desktop from your iPhone or the dash of your Ford truck.

2. Mesh

With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file

3. PhotoStory 3

Yet another non-marketed gem from Microsoft. Photostory 3 is one of the easiest ways to create a very professional photo slideshow complete with background music (MP3 or you can create your own with the built-in music generator) and narration. The application is super easy to use and the results are far superior that some softwares that I’ve paid to use.

4. Orb

When you have Orb on your PC:

  • You can stream music to your laptop
  • Select songs, make playlists, right from the laptop
  • ALL your music is available (and internet radio, podcasts, and videos), and its free…

5. Dropbox

Drop box is a great free program that gives you cloud storage on the go. Changes are synchronize with  your desk and phone apps. Dropbox works like another program that i use very frequently called “evernote”. Everynote is also free and very useful.

6. MWSnap
If you need to do lots of screenshots for websites or manuals, this is a great tool. It has a nice zoom tool to enlarging parts of the screen to draw focus to it, a ruler for measuring the size of items in the shot, and can export in BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF.

7. Camstudio
A great free tool to great screencast. Comparable to Camtasia or Adobe’s Captivate, it’s not as feature-rich as those, but it will get the job done. It will record whatever you do on your screen and produce and AVI or SWF output. Plus you can narrate as you go through a microphone. This is the easiest way to convey complex techniques or just a way of communicating step by step instructions.

8. DimDim
A tool similar to WebEx, DimDim allows you to create free webinar-style sessions where you can share screens, whiteboards, presentation, web pages and even voice and video. I have been super impressed with DimDim in that it supports up to 20 people, it doesn’t require any installation and it handles the voice and video, unlike some other pay-for softwares. Sure, it isn’t as ubiquitious as WebEx (I’m certainly not going to tell someone to DimDim me, but for free, this is a wonderful offering.

9. Ning

If you’ve ever wanted a web site for your church group, scouting group, or maybe even class reunion, then Ning is the place to go. It’s a DYI social networking site that allows you to roll your own blog/forum/event feed/calendar/whatever. I’ve used Ning for several side projects to collaborate with large and small groups of people. I also use Ning for a special interest web site-BisManPhoto.com, which is a site devoted to camera lovers in the Bismarck/Mandan North Dakota area. The sites scale wonderfully and gives me the freedom to worry about content rather than functionality.

10. Qik

Everyone carries their cellphones with them all the time. Ever wanted to stream live video from your phone? That’s what Qik ds and it ds it beautifully. Great for budding independent journalists wanting to stream live to the web (and post an alert on twitter simultaneously) and it’s equally great to share part of your vacation with people at home. The stream is recorded from your phone and saved for posterity so people who couldn’t see the live stream can watch it archived on the Qik site.

The biggest technology stories of the decade

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to an end, i find myself  reflecting on the last decade of technology and its impact on every fabric of our daily lives. In no particular order of preference or importance, I believe that the following ground breaking technologies of the last ten years defined and set the stage for the future. The coming  of age of the  smartphone with its ubiquitous apps and massive ability to customize and in most cases deliver.  Mobile computing did more than the personal computer was ever able to accomplished in terms of customization, and has open the gate to a new frontier.

It hard to overlook the visionary leadership of Steve Job of Apple for establishing his well received iPhone and its 100,00 apps and counting in the iTunes store, despite his increasingly closed platform in a world where open source and user-generated platform seem to be defining the space, he gets kudos for being a visionary for delivering products that the consumers have tremendous affinity for despite his sometimes deplorable tactics

In the next five years, feature phones will arguably be “a thing” of the past as it is estimated that 300 millions  smart phones are expected to be in circulation, in the United States alone.

Another development  that is worth noting is the all too conspicuous fragmentation of the media, forcing iconic corporations with previously full-fledged blue chip status to adapt to a new disruptive environment of information management and distribution, rapidly shrinking product life cycles and a customer centric environment that has  challenge  some of the most “sacred cow” in the  business tradition since the invention of the railroad and the steam engine. I was having a conversation with a friend about the future of broadcast television the other day. I noted that very soon, network television will have to find a sustainable business model or else it wiil be history…these companies traditionally make revenue from the “century old” advertising model using outbound marketing which is not viable any longer.  Inbound marketing is the new “purple cow’. Oprah is smart for seeing the writing on the wall and  jumping off a sinking ship…

Another disruptive innovation that came of age in the last 10 years is the revolution of the social media,  the blogosphere, the full throttle assault of the meritocracy which is the internet. The gatekeepers are falling by the way as an interactive revolution replace the old top-down hierarchy that, in my opinion, stunts growth and discourage leadership. Facebook’s last valuation was more than 11 billion dollars despite that fact the it has not been able to monetize its reputation currency. So is Twitter. But so what…? Facebook has 350 million unique users including you and me…people are the new currency.

The  emergence of “GOOGLE” in the last ten years was a  watershed moment. We now relate to Google today like our parents did with Coke in the mid twentieth century. This company, I believe has helped  shape the last ten years and will define the future in ways that we can only imagine….nuff said.

Haji Sillah Seesay

Introduction, plus some useful tools……..

My name is Haji S.Seesay. Welcome aborad….

  • I believe in helping and also getting helped
  • I believe in  curiosity of the spirit-it’s more important than intelligence
  • I believe the world is flat, ask me if you need more details
  • I believe in the power of community-people matters
  • I believe that this is the best time to be heard, but a better time to listen

to be continue…

This  platform is to share information, news, useful tools and things of interest. I will appreciate inputs from  all stake-holders in this global community.

Below are some useful links:
Free classes online from fancy schools..
Get real people to answer your phone calls
GetHelp!!
Resume Maker Professional Ultimate deal (great buy @ $7)
WOOT is big time savings
Skype = free international calls
Still tasty is a fun site…
Free radio streaming online and on iphones and palm pres etc...