2008 is dead. Finished. It's over. Good year after all. A few old loves slightly disappeared and created some space for new ideas and insights. I couldn't be more happy with the choices I made. My head is idea-floating-pool for 24/7 and a few ideas are coming close to realisations but more about that in 2009 for sure. Happy new year to all of you - may it be the start of an adventureous journey! I really got inspired by more then a few people, twits, talks and books, but here is my 2008 top 3:
1. Gary Vaynerchuk (link)
No BS, just do it!
2. Eckhart Tolle - The power of now (book)
Leave your ego behind.
Professionally 2008 wasn't easy, we got the company split up (indiegroup-televic education), the moving to Marke and the merging with Televic and it took quite a while before some pieces started to fall into the right places. I am now settled at our new office - I have a large desk which I love :p and a 5 minute drive to work (it used to be 8 so one more step and my office will be my home :p).
We created some cool interactive white board/smartboard projects in 2008 with the first digital atlas application (http://www.algemenewereldatlas.be) and an online creator/offline player for digital books which will be released somewhere around the end of January. There are certainly needs for more interactive whiteboard software as the schools/universities are really buying the boards now and starting experimenting with it. 2009 looks promising with some new technologies to explore (eg mobile) and a new version of our online Edumatic authoring tool. Hopefully we can stay together as a team in 2009 and continue to develop some kick ass educational software for everyone who needs it. Let's rock!
(On a personal note I moved in with my g/f and we are now enjoying the benefits of our own space and time. I started taking cooking lessons with a few friends and tested my skills on colleagues and family with success. 2009 is going to be a big family-year cause my sister is getting married in April and my older brother's and g/f are having their first baby -if everything goes the way it's planned- in May and me - yes I am already saving - gets to be the godfather! woohoow!)
I made a screencast of a new project we've done at Televic Education (together with Indie Group). It's built with flash and written in AS3, we also used AMF remoting for communication. It's an online project where you can load maps that consist of different themes and layers that you can hide/show. It's built to use on smartboards and interactive whiteboards, but you can just use it online as well. It's built for 2 educational publishers Plantyn Belgium and Wolters Noordhoff (The Netherlands).
-This is my first screencast (after 23 attempts, I got one that I think is pretty much ok, still need to work on my articulation though -
Hi, I've been busy lately. Went to Brighton, UK for flash on the beach and we moved with Televic Education from the Pottelberg to Marke. I'll get to the KISS principles one day, I promise!!
Just about a week ago our manager set up a meeting on our new Televic Education location in Kortrijk (Marke). We all expected an informal meeting but it turned out he left us with an assignment. He went shopping and bought some paint and some framed canvasses to paint on. In two weeks everyone should have painted something to brighten up the empty walls of the new office.
Today I finished mine:
The painting consists of 2 chinese characters who make the line "teach and learn" which is our product slogan. I guess it turned out ok.
With over 2 years of developing software for both Indie Group and Televic Education one of the biggest problems we've always encountered was keeping a product/project simple. First of maybe you are familiar with the term KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid! I always say: Keep It Super Simple! I picked up this term up for the first time when a basketball coach said to me I had to keep everything I did on the court Super Simple when he thought I forced things too much. In the next few posts I’m going to explain a few KISS principles that can help with developing and maintaining an online software product/project. Anyway these posts are meant to open up the discussion, I don't want to state the perfect way to optimize an online software product, I'm just saying there _is_ a cure for the "complexitis" disease like I like to call it.
“Simplicity is a prerequisite for reliability" -Dijkstra
This is for everyone who's involved with Indie Group, it's written in dutch, I'm leaving my company Indie Group, the Bussiness Unit for Education is bought by Televic and is now called Televic Education. It's a letter to Indie to thank them for the given opportunities.
Open brief aan Indie Group
Eerst en vooral is alles hieronder beschreven vanuit mijn persoonlijk perspectief. Dit is wat Indie Group voor mij betekende, het kan goed zijn dat niet iedereen die met of bij Indie Group werkt, dezelfde ervaringen meemaakte, kan ook bijna niet. Ik heb het over mijn 2 jaar, dat is kort maar toch lang genoeg om mijn indrukken te bundelen in een gedacht en zelfs een idee. Iedereen mag dit lezen, er is niks aan verbloemd of verkracht.