Wednesday Aug 25 '10We're excited to be working with Souktel

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Souktel designs and delivers mobile phone software services that link young people with jobs and connect aid agencies with people who need help. They're almost ready to launch a new website and we're proud to be working on streamlining the user interface of that site to make it more accessible and engaging to potential Souktel customers and anyone interested in this innovative organization.

We really believe that Souktel is an excellent example of how SMS can provide very powerful means of communication through its simplicity. You can learn more about what they do in the video attached to this post.

(Written by Qasim - Principal/Founder @ Design Guru)

Thursday Aug 19 '10Moshi Moshi Handsets revive tactile telephony

I just came across a very interesting handset manufacturer by the name of Native Union - the firm is Hong Kong based and makes handsets with a combined audio jack, which can interface with USB, for mobile phone use. You can also use their handsets with a laptop and whats specifically of note is that they've worked with credible product designers (such as UK-born Michael Young and France's David Turpin) to improve the usability and styling of their handsets.

Currently marketing under the 'Moshi Moshi' brand ("Hello" in Japanese) they've obviously get sales targets on the Asian Market and are leveraging japano-kitsch to help sell their products. In addition to 3 current models of plug-in handsets, there is also a Moshi Moshi speakerphone which looks very interesting.

(Written by Qasim - Principal/Founder @ Design Guru)

Thursday Aug 12 '10How to install APC on Media Temple's Gridserver accounts

I freaked out a little this morning when I noticed that a key resource I had bookmarked was missing from the web well almost!  Thanks to Google's cache I dug up the instructions originally posted on urbanmainframe.com on how to install APC (for displaying realtime upload progress details next to the field uploading a file in Drupal for example) on a Mediatemple account. Et voila: Installing APC on Media Temple Grid Server

1. Telnet or SSH onto your GS server

2. mkdir /home/#####/data/lib (where “#####” is your Media Temple account number)

3. mkdir /home/#####/data/lib/php

4. wget http://pecl.php.net/... (at the time of writing this is the latest stable version - adjust as necessary)

5. tar zxvf APC-3.0.19.tgz (again adjust as necessary)

6. cd APC-3.0.19

7. phpize5

8. ./configure --enable-apc --enable-apc-mmap --with-apxs2=/usr/sbin/apxs --with-php-config=/usr/local/php-5.2.6-1/bin/php-config

9. make clean

10. make && cp modules/*.so /home/#####/data/lib/php

11. Finally add the following code to your php.ini file: extension_dir = /home/#####/data/lib/php/ extension = apc.so

That’s it. APC should now be installed and you should be able to measure a significant improvement in your PHP script performance.  

(Written by Qasim - Principal/Founder @ Design Guru)