Business and Software
The End of Physical Line-ups
Thursday, July 04, 2013, by Sebastian Dwornik|
So there I was last summer (2012), waiting at a walk-in clinic near my house for almost 2 frickin hours. Miserable, cold, and frustrated. With my only feedback for service being the people sitting there before me.
As I looked around the depressing room, everyone was tinkering on their mobile phones.
Then it hit me!
"Why can't this work like a deli counter?” where you get your number and can guesstimate when you'll be served watching the 'serving now' sign.
BETTER YET, why can't we use our mobile phones to get an SMS with an estimated wait time and another SMS to summon us back for service!? Like those restaurant coasters.
*BOOM*. The idea was born. All of a sudden I noticed line-ups everywhere I went. From restaurants, government offices, theme parks, and busy retail spots.
And the common tool among them all is their paper pad on a clipboard.
It seems like a perfect area for disruption and automation.
It took longer then expected to build but finally a stable and working Beta has emerged.
Qriffic is a SaaS based web app that manages a queue to better service waiting customers by using their mobile phone and SMS technology. Being that it's a web app, all you need is a device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection.
It is fully functional and very usable, and FREE for now.
My goal with it is to abolish physical line-ups forever, because our lives are too busy and short to have to wait in lines for service.
So if you run a business that deals with line-ups then sign-up now for a FREE account @Qriffic and greatly improve your customer's experience.
You’re only as good as your tools
Saturday, February 02, 2013, by Sebastian Dwornik|
I love modern IDE’s and to go back using a basic text editor is painful and grossly inefficient compared to the advanced workflow automation that modern tools provide.
The same goes for successful companies. Because the tools they utilize need to magnify the skills of their own employees. And often that requires a custom tool chain, which could include everything from the management side to the software development details.
While your skills matter a great lot, the tools of technology that you get proficient at to express those skills and multiply their effect are just as important. Perhaps even more so in some respects.
A hammer is quite useful. But given the choice, I’d prefer a nail gun.
Is The ‘CV’ (aka. Resume) Antiquated?
Sunday, January 06, 2013, by Sebastian Dwornik|
All these things help to communicate your identity, your persona, and showcase more about yourself and aid to form a brand about you more than any CV (curriculum vitea, aka. resume) I’ve seen.
Because your first impression has already been made, … online. And it’s also that same transparency that humans begin to depend on to build trust.
The resume for all its talk, seems obsolete in comparison.
Happy New Year 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013, by Sebastian Dwornik|
I hope great prosperity finds you healthy and opportunistic for further growth towards ever more wisdom.
And remember to keep on dancing!
App Success on Launch Day
Saturday, December 22, 2012, by Sebastian Dwornik|
When you finally release your app for sale in the app store (aka. Launch day!), it is usually expected to spike in sales due to it appearing on probably a few lists on the internet, before it quickly gets shifted down the list by other apps that arrive.
I would guess that most apps don’t get a worthy spike on launch day. Because most developers don’t have the clout to get the type of hype and promotion required for a profitable launch day.
And that’s ok because app discovery happens over time, and not necessarily on launch day.
Success rarely occurs that quickly. What usually happens, is that after a few good app releases, your brand starts to build. And it’s that brand identity that eventually leads to one of your later apps being “discovered”. And hopefully then, the sales ‘spike’. As your other previous apps then get attention too.
At least that’s the way I think of it. Because with so many apps now in circulation, your chances might feel like a lottery.
What does the "PDA" in 'Applied PDA' stand for?
Saturday, November 24, 2012, by Sebastian Dwornik|
Recently I’ve been asked this question often enough that I decided it deserves its own explanation to satisfy the curious minds.
The popular branding of this acronym from decades ago referred to it as Personal Digital Assistant. The abbreviation (PDA) became synonymous with handheld devices that back then (early 1990's) were dominated by Palm Inc.
Today, most any mobile computer device (phone, tablet, tiny netbooks, etc.) can be considered a "Personal Digital Assistant".
More accurately though, with regards to function, today’s PDA is essentially a Personal Data Acquisition device. After all, it acquires and stores a multitude of personal information and data about you and the world you live and interact with.
The goal with our company is to then help expand the mobile device’s range of data acquisition and control, so as to help amplify human capabilities and provide you with more intelligent information to guide and aid your life in all fields.
Applied "Personal Data Acquisition" Software.
It's the new PDA.
Anti-Snooze 1.0 Released!
Saturday, October 06, 2012, by Sebastian Dwornik|
Do you have trouble staying awake during boring meetings?
The Anti-Snooze app will gently vibrate you back into an alert state so that you can stay focused.
Dear Windows Mobile, It's been fun ...
Sunday, September 02, 2012, by Sebastian Dwornik|
... but I've moved on. My efforts instead have pivoted to develop more for the iOS platform. (iPhone, iPad)
Free support for my Windows Mobile line of products has now officially ended this past month (August, 2012).
The WM apps will still be available on my site for sale, but if you require any special support for PocketDAQ Pro or LocateMe, than I am willing to work with you in creating custom versions of those apps for your specific needs.
Otherwise if you have any custom app requirements and are looking for design or development of your ideas to work with an iPhone or iPad, by all means please contact me to discuss the potential.
Onwards and upwards.
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