Prior to Candy Crush, I had never seen a game capture such a wide audience so quickly. But that’s because this game managed to hit all the right buttons and create the perfect combination of viral and retention-enhancing elements. Let’s take a look at what these elements are and why why they’re so effective. While none of the elements might seem original on their own, like in any in great game, the use of ideas in perfect combination and balance is what makes it stand out.
Earlier this week we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their best geeky Valentine’s Day one-liners for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. You can see our winning submissions, as well as a staff generated card below. Share them with the techies in your life today!
With Bill Gates stepping down as Microsoft’s chairman, we thought it’d be fun to celebrate his time with Microsoft in our own fun way. Pluralsight started out providing training that was largely focused on Microsoft technologies, and because of that, Microsoft developers make up a big part of our community. We know you’re all as thankful as we are for the contributions Mr. Gates has made, so let’s celebrate together! Bill Gates, here’s to you.
When I first heard about 3D printing, the concept seemed paradoxical. To me, “printing” means ink on paper. The slight texture of that ink aside, “printing” seems inherently 2D. So what in the world was “3D printing”? What did that term even mean? What would it replace? And how in the hell would it work?
The tech community is in crisis and action needs to be taken immediately. Watch this video to see how you help bridge the technology skills gap.
The Internet has certainly grown over the last 20 years. Whether it’s used to casually tweet friends while watching a favorite TV show, or to deliver breaking news to people across the globe, the Internet has become a vital part of our lives. So much so, in fact, that connectivity is no longer considered an amenity, but an expected requirement instead.
Ah, holiday shopping. Like many techies, I detest crowded malls. The mobs of bag-toting shoppers in rabid hunter-gathering mode, their broods of shrieking kids in tow, are totally enervating. Online shopping is much easier on the nervous system.
Holiday shopping is no longer the challenge it used to be, thanks to an endless sea of online deals and access to basically every product ever in existence (thanks, internet). The biggest challenge now is sorting through the clutter to find out which items are actually worth buying.
Ernst and Young recently talked to Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard about how Pluralsight is impacting the world and democratizing professional technology training, then created a cool illustration inspired by his words. Check out this video for Skonnard’s full comments and to see how the illustration turned out.
While we were at DevBeat in San Francisco this week, we got the chance to take a tour of GitHub HQ 3.0, and boy were we impressed! Between the design, the amenities and the cool, creative culture and vibe, those that work out of GitHub’s office truly are fortunate. They even have a speakeasy and a room modeled after the Oval Office! Check out some of the photos we took while we were there.
When the spacecraft Voyager 1 lifted off in September 1977, the first Star Wars movie had only been out for four months. Radio Shack had released its first personal computer and the Apple II computer was newly minted. The IBM PC was still four years away. Voyager’s computer doesn’t even have the muscle of today’s average smartphone. Its memory is measured in bytes, not gigabytes, and its storage is 8-track tape. Remember 8-track tape?
With recent structural changes and new product announcements on the horizon, it has become clear that Microsoft is moving in the direction of becoming a devices and services company. But what exactly does that mean? It was all about the software Looking back on the past, Microsoft has always been a software-oriented company, ever since [...]
Need a quick and easy way to brighten up your workspace? These seven plants can help do the trick. No green thumb required. Pothos – This leafy vine is the perfect match for serial plant killers. It can grow to near infinity in the right conditions, but don’t worry; it probably won’t reach more than [...]
Microsoft’s new network capture tool, Message Analyzer, has been officially released. Since first announcing Message Analyzer’s development roughly one year ago, three beta versions have been released, which has allowed Microsoft to test and refine the software that would eventually replace its previous capture tool, Network Monitor. Replacing Network Monitor is a welcome move from Microsoft. [...]
What do Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Santana, REO Speedwagon and Barry Manilow have in common? They all recorded at Sound City in Southern California. Recently I watched a great flick about this shop that was directed by Dave Grohl, leader of one of my favorite [...]
So you think you’re ready to step out of full-time employment into the lucrative world of consulting? There’s no question that with the right skills you can make very good money as a guru for hire. But is it as simple as it seems? After more than 17 years of owning my own consulting firm, [...]
Microsoft’s relationship with developers and IT professionals has started to resemble an Eminem and Rihanna song, with both sides taking shots at each other then falling back into a warm embrace. A few weeks ago, Microsoft enraged developers with a decision to not provide early access to Windows 8.1 RTM. The company reversed its decision [...]
After yesterday’s big news that Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s devices business in a $7+ billion merger, speculation has run rampant on what this will mean to the newly formed company as well as those seemingly left out in the cold, namely other Windows Phone OEMs. Although Microsoft has tried to assure partners and stockholders that [...]
Several weeks ago, Microsoft announced their new Windows Azure SDK 2.1, an announcement which although you may have missed it (I did) includes some very nice new features. Along with relatively minor improvements like a new Emulator Express option and support for stopping and suspending VMs directly within Visual Studio Microsoft also cut loose with a Windows Azure [...]
Looking to throw caution to the wind and upgrade to Team Foundation Server 2013 before it’s officially released? Want to help Microsoft improve their product at the same time? On September 13-15 you’ll be able to get free help from Microsoft experts for issues installing, configuring, and upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013. You’ll need [...]