Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Million dollar sales from home

This is directed to both coders and graphic designers.

I'm sure you thought about selling your work on a market place on the web.
If not, how does it sound like to have your code snippets, or wordpress themes sold multiple times on the web?

envato has multiple sites specialized just for that.
(envato has a number of interesting sites that are great technical  resources, we did review some of envato sites, check the one we posted about mobiletuts+).


An example of these sites is ThemeForest.


The interesting news that I read today was there was an author who was selling his themes on ThemeForest for three years now, actually became the first to complete a million dollar worth of sales!

He's the guy in the picture below (his name is Kriesi):
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Check the full interview here:


http://notes.envato.com/milestones/kriesi-first-to-1000000-on-the-marketplaces/?WT.mc_id=kriesi_Mobiletuts

Pretty inspiring.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Angry Birds Dress

This is not  a technical resource, but since gaming is  a technical subject, there's nothing wrong with sharing some fun news related to it.


This was posted on my "Have A Break !" blog, check it out here:
http://sikibiki.blogspot.com/2011/12/angry-birds-dress.html

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Make Use Of

Love the title?
You might ask: "Make Use of what?".
Well, make use of the technology of course! (this is a technical blog, remember?).


One of the coolest resources on the web!


I came across it when I was looking for gaming resources.


MakeUseOf is more of a resource that contains ways and guides to how to use technology, not how to build it.


For example, the article that I came across on MakeUseOf introduced platforms for building games that I didn't hear of, but I didn't find an article that contains programming or developing tips.


It also contains news, tips, some Geeky fun stuff, and the best part in my opinion, the "Guides".
They have now 50 guides that can be downloaded for free! (download them here: http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/download ).


So check it out ( http://www.makeuseof.com/ ), I'm sure you'll find it's a very useful tech resource for you.


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Free Graphics for Game Developers

Hello to every body interested in game development! (Soon I'll be one of you).


A generous blogger (who was a game developer apparently) decided to give back to the game development community.

He's offering free graphics!


Check the blog here: http://focgraphix.blogspot.com/


The blog is still at its beginning for now, but it is being updated regularly with more free graphics.


So pay it a visit, if you are interested. I suggest you also bookmark it, and keep following it up for future updates.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mentioned!

We were so lucky to be mentioned by Lisha Yost, one of the greatest bloggers that I've ever known.

I'm not gonna say any more.


Check what she said about us:

http://onlinemoneytrip.blogspot.com/2011/11/favorite-blogs-monday-part-3-best-blogs.html

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Clever Logos

Hello everybody!

Just wanted to share this link to an article talking about 50 logo designs that are considered "Clever".

I liked the idea behind each one of them, and actually it is quite inspiring for those working as logo designers.

Check it out here:


http://designshack.net/articles/graphics/50-fantastically-clever-logos


Hope you love it, and share it!

Friday, November 25, 2011

HTML Goodies



This is probably one of the oldest sites on the web that is still live online.
HTML Goodies started on 1992 (I remember I first logged in online in 1997!)

At that time, the internet was just in its beginning, and HTML Goodies wanted to teach people HTML and how to build websites.

Despite the simplicity of the web site and its subject, HTML Goodies has evolved to include subjects beyond HTML.

It now includes subjects such as CSS, ASP, JavaScript, you name it!
Any thing that is connected to web building, and it is mostly targeted towards beginners.

So pay it a visit ( http://www.htmlgoodies.com/ ), and start with the "getting started" link on the left block of the web site. (this is where the index of the tutorials is).

Or you can go to the "New to HTML Goodies" button on the top.
Hope it will benefit you.


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The Site Wizard

Remember one the first sites that I reviewed was W3SCHOOLS.COM (check out the following post: http://techfountains.blogspot.com/2009/09/web-building-for-beginners.html )
I called it web building for beginners.

W3SCHOOLS is still is a very good place to start learning how to build websites.
Yet, you might just need more than that.
To explain what I mean check out: http://www.thesitewizard.com/



Here, not only do you start learning how to build a website, you also learn how to choose a domain, register it, find a host, publish your website on a host, and even how to make revenue from your website.

I came across The Site Wizard when I was searching for a tutorial for Dreamweaver (a powerful web design software from Adobe).

They are flooded with tutorials, and as they say, these articles and tutorials that they have are intended  for "people just starting out as webmasters".

So I guess this site is a step up from W3SCHOOLS.
Check it out, and don't get fooled by their old style interface and lack of animation or graphics.
After all, as someone seeking knowledge, it is the content that matters :-)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Infinite USB memory

Sounds like a dream?

Let's say that you are a Torrent maniac, you just can't stop downloading all these movies, songs, TV shows etc.
You end up with Giga, if not Tera, bytes of data that you just don't know where to store!

You might try burning DVD's, but then you shall have to buy special furniture to keep stored and unscratched.
You might buy multiple external hard drives, and fill them up one by one.

Sounds crazy? or may be it sounds like a bad dream?

Actually, this is a reality that I witness with many of my friends.
So what to do?

one of my favorite TV shows introduced an interesting gadget, the "infinite USB memory".

Looks much like a USB flash memory stick, but actually doesn't have any memory on it.
It has a full computer hardware (it has its own CPU, RAM, WiFi..etc.).

What you do with it is first pair it with your laptop (a one time set up procedure), then plug it into your DVD player, TV, or just any device that has a USB port.

The infinite USB memory then uses every storage device that can be accessed from your lap top as its storage capacity (this includes your laptop's hard drive, external hard disks, or any other computer or server that can be accessed by your computer).

You can of course control the capacity, and the files that want to share with this memory.

To learn more, you can check infinitech (the company who invented this product) website:


or jump to the "how it works" section:


or check out this video where infinitech's CEO explains a lot about this product (the hosts starts by speaking a little arabic, but then they have the interview done in english):


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Useful Google tips and tricks

This was published on the Google fan page on Facebook.
It reminds me with the old "Google Cheat Sheet", where certain words, if mentioned in the search box, can bring you targeted results.
These words were listed in the cheat sheet.
I remember, for example, the inurl word, if you enter inurl:techfountains it will list the websites/pages that have techfountains in their URL. (try it out).


Now through the following link:

http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features.html#unit

which I want to share with you real quick, there are some additional features, tips tricks ...etc. that are listed in a simple, animated way.
Check it out, click around and explore how useful the Google search can get :-)


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Ultimate Corona SDK Resouce

Ever heard of the Corona SDK?
Well I came across it after reading an article on the mobiletuts+ 

Previously, whenever I read about people (especially young 14 year olds) creating iPhone Apps, those people keep saying that it took them like two weeks to learn how to create an iPhone app, and that it takes them a few days to create the app, and if they needed to add a stage to a game that they made for the iPhone, it will only take them a weekend!


I got intrigued, and decided to use my Apple hardware (including a Mac and two iPhones) to start creating my own apps.

The obvious way was to use Apple's XCode.
But as I went down that road, it became kind of obvious that it will take me monthes to learn how to write an app, and it will take a much longer time to build an application!


I felt both jealous and frustrated! how can 14 year olds do it in a few days, and an electronics engineer like my self can not!


So I kept digging for resources, and when I came across the Corona SDK, it all became clear to me!


Using the Corona SDK you can build an application for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) and for Android at the same time in a matter of days!

You build your apps using a scripting language called Lua (which is a scripting language that is much easier to learn and use than Apple's Objective C).

I was shocked to know that some of the top selling applications for iPhone and Android were built using the Corona SDK!

Take for example the famous Fruit Ninja game, it was actually a template on the Corona SDK site, and it only took Half Brick studios 14 hours to build it!!


I can tell you, this SDK made me so obsessed with building my own applications!


Now, even though the Corona SDK is easy to learn, you still need a reliable source of tutorials and documents to take your hand through the learning process.


No place is better than Techority.com 

( UPDATE [13-JAN-2013]:
 The owner of Techority.com, Peach Pellen, left Corona Labs, and thus she removed all the Corona SDK tutorials. She is not providing any support to Corona users.
So For now, we recommend LearningCorona.com , as an alternative, till we right some more reviews).

It is even recommended by the Corona SDK people!
The web site is run by an Australian lady who goes by the name "Peach Pellen".

She has an amazing tutorial for newbies, that helped me real good to get into the game! a well prepared introduction indeed.

She also has a number of other useful tutorials for basic and advanced topics of the Corona SDK.
And she is even offering her services as a private tutor!


Techority.com is a must if you want to start learning Lua, and the Corona SDK.
I urge you to Check it out!



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Monday, October 3, 2011

DesignModo

Ok, if you are a web or graphic designer, then DesignModo is a must  for you!

Even if you're new to the design world, DesignModo can help you a lot with learning what you need.

From tutorials, to random tips, to free stuff, and even free samples and examples, the chances are, you will spend more time on DesignModo than on any other site teaching graphics and design.

I will not say any more. visit DesignModo and explore it for your self, it's so easy to navigate.

You can also visit their facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/designmodo
or follow them up on twitter : http://twitter.com/designmodo


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mobile Development Tutorials

This is an amazing resource for you if you are, or planning to be, a mobile apps developer.

I've been following it on facebook and twitter, and I not only found extremely useful tutorials, but I also got acquainted with new platforms and technologies that made developing mobile apps for me much easier!

I am on my way to adding "Mobile App Developer"  to my range of business, and without doubt, visiting mobile.tutsplus.com is a daily habit for me.




One last thing to mention; mobile.tutsplus.com is part of the tutsplus network (I think this is short for "tutorials plus").

It is a network of eleven websites covering a wide range of popular technical subjects.
So pay them a visit, I'm sure you'll find some useful information for you.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We're Back!

Yes, we've been away for a long time I guess?

But We're back, with a new lay out, and a new Facebook fan page (Check it out here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tech-Fountains-Technical-Resources-on-the-Web-Fan-Page/157293204361868
)
Hope we'll do a better Job this time.
We are planning on adding tutorials, news, and more stuff than just reviewing technical pages.
We'll be happy to receive your feedback and requests as comments to our posts or as posts on our group or fan page or even twitter.
Hope you enjoy and make use of our Blog.



Here are the links for our pages just as a reminder:

Our Fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tech-Fountains-Technical-Resources-on-the-Web-Fan-Page/157293204361868

Our Group on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=195764177048

My Twitter:
http://twitter.com/husamsarris