This site showcases the (mostly) digital work of Andrew DiFiore from both Virtual Arts Studios and answerYES Interactive as well as random thoughts and experimental projects too volatile to be contained anywhere else.

 
  • Pages

  • Categories

  • Blogroll

  • Archives

     

  • SHOW / HIDE NAVIGATION

    2012 Inc. 5000

    Inc’s 2012 list of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the US  is now online. The top 3 spots go to:

    United Payments – a financial service company that provides traditional and next-generation payment processing services to merchants, did $59.9 million in revenue, a 23,646% growth in 3 years.

    Astrum Solar – a solar provider to homeowners and small businesses, did $26.9 million in revenue, growing 23,577% in 3 years.

    Edge Solutions - an IT provider of storage, server, and networking services (which includes data center management and cloud computing), did $21.8 million in revenue, growing 21,036% in 3 years.

    CommentsComments Off

    BrowserShots is a free browser emulator that generates screenshots of your website under hundreds of browser versions in a matter of minutes (faster if you’re willing to pay $29.95 a month for priority processing).

    So, if you need to know how your website design renders under an ancient release of Internet Explorer or the latest Iceweasel for Linux, BrowserShots is your saving grace, especially with BrowserPool defunct and BrowserCam closing down its service on February 1, 2013.

    If you’re looking for something more comprehensive for website testing, Cross Browser Testing is a paid service that lets you specify live testing combinations of browsers, operating systems, platforms, and plugins. Pricing is based on number of users as well as minutes per month.

    CommentsComments Off

    Digital Music Downloads Surpasses CD Sales

    According to Bloomberg News today, US digital music sales will rise to $3.4 billion this year, exceeding the $3.38 billion in revenue from physical purchases, driven largely by streaming music sites like Spotify and Pandora. Well, yeah. It is about time.

    CommentsComments Off

    If you ever wanted to include images during your real-time Facebook chats, now you can!

    Facebook Smiley Chat Codes gives you a way to convert an image to “text” (special numerical strings that Facebook knows to interpret as an image) that you can easily copy and paste directly into your chat box.

    Facebook Smiley Chat Codes hosts your images for free but the site is supported by advertising so you may want to be discreet in your subject matter. This is not Snapchat for Facebook.

    Happy photo chatting!

    CommentsComments Off

    Digg: From $164 Million to $500,000

    While most of us are still slack-jawed over Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, the Wall Street Journal reports Betaworks buys Digg for just $500,000. Once valued at over $160 million four short years ago (when Kevin Rose ruled the world), it is a reminder how fickle the Internet can be. Don’t blink, you might miss the next bubble burst.

    CommentsComments Off