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Posted on28 March 2017 10:22 AM GMT

Prepaid Development vs Custom Projects vs Agile Sprints

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Prepaid Development vs Custom Projects vs Agile Sprints

At Affino we work to a number of parallel schedules - these cover Affino Core Development, Projects, Custom Functionality, Bug Fixes and Incidentals as the key ones. The working day is mostly divided into 3, with the first third typically dedicated to solving customer support issues and bugs, while the latter part of the day allows the developers to focus wholly on their more complex tasks - without distractions. Of course the algorithm is slightly more complex than this as each developer has

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Posted on27 March 2017 10:00 AM GMT

16 Weird and Wonderful Guitar Noise Pedals

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16 Weird and Wonderful Guitar Noise Pedals

I’m getting really close to finalising the first proper sweep of my pedal chain - just getting to adding the final 2. Of course the Tone Quest never ends, but it can be broken down into distinct phases, and I’m at a point in the first phase - where I have acquired sufficient numbers and sufficient quality to be able to render any type of conventional guitar sound superbly - using all the different levels of overdrive, fuzz and distortion and all the relevant key modulations, delay,

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Posted on25 March 2017 1:57 AM GMT

Musical Alphabetti Spaghetti

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Musical Alphabetti Spaghetti

This article was partly triggered by all the new material Pitchfork has been recently sharing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer - an album which has long featured in my All Time Top 10 [*T10] favourite albums. Out of this, I started thinking about which artists I spent the most time listening to and were the most influential in my life. I then considered that it may be fun to come up with a preferred / favourite band for each of the letters of the alphabet and

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Posted on25 March 2017 1:09 AM GMT

Successful Re/Solutions Require Precise and Detailed Communications

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Successful Re/Solutions Require Precise and Detailed Communications

My brother and I were recently discussing how we personally dealt with customer services issues from the customer perspective - i.e. as a result of something going wrong during an online / digital retail purchase. In his case a payment gateway had taken his money, but the actual checkout status was simply that the purchase had been cancelled (i.e. 0 transaction value), in my case - something had been ordered but not shown up for delivery for an unusually long period.

 

Both of us are

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Posted on21 March 2017 6:05 PM GMT

Google's Advertising Model and other similar Programmatic Advertising is Now Seriously Under Threat

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Google's Advertising Model and other similar Programmatic Advertising is Now Seriously Under Threat

Most of you will be very aware how in recent days Google and YouTube have come into significant criticism for enabling branded advertising to appear on extreme / extremist sites, as well as extreme/ist advertising to appear in turn against branded content. This includes having your ads show up on politically extremist sites like Breitbart, or otherwise having extremist and insensitive advertising show up alongside your own carefully curated branded content - for instance as a pre-roll ad on one

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Posted on17 March 2017 10:56 PM GMT

10 Singlecut LP Style Guitars for Your Consideration

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10 Singlecut LP Style Guitars for Your Consideration

So I am increasingly thinking my next guitar will be a singlecut style one - the usual mahogany body + mahogany neck, Rosewood or Ebony Board, usually 4 control dials and (at least) two humbuckers etc. - for some deep and rich rock sounds. Up until now my preference has been for doublecut S-style guitars, and the PRS CE and Holcombe SE I already have quite adequately represent that genre for now.

 

You may recall I was considering a Gibson Les Paul Standard HP for a while - but on

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Posted on15 March 2017 1:22 AM GMT

How to Buy Better

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How to Buy Better

Those that know me are aware that I’m a fairly keen shopper. And when I say keen - I really mean detail-oriented and precision- applied. Of all the different applied sciences, shopping is one of the lesser formulised ones, yet with the many inherent complexities of contemporary retail - in particular borderless digital retail / Internet. you really need some sort of checklist to ensure you avoid the multifarious and nefarious pitfalls.

 

I myself shop very largely online - probably

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Posted on10 March 2017 12:41 AM GMT

Drive your Business Forward with the Most Powerful Digital Business Engine

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Drive your Business Forward with the Most Powerful Digital Business Engine

Formula 1 cars are the wonder of the automotive engineering world. Precision-tuned every season and constantly adapted to meet new rules and regulations. Utilising thousands of components working together in perfect harmony under some of the most extreme conditions encountered beyond the surface of the Sun. The engine needs to withstand the most incredible fluctuations, heat and pressure, while maintaining perfect operating conditions over an extended period of duress.

 

The very best

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Posted on25 February 2017 11:47 PM GMT

The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next

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The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next

So I’ve had the Strymon Riverside since early December last year, and although it is a fine 4-gain-stage distortion pedal which I love and use daily, it’s not without its flaws. I’ve relatively recently also acquired the Elektron Analog Drive, which targets some of the weaknesses of the Riverside, but still does not satisfactorily offer the complete overdrive and distortion solution which I am actively seeking.

 

In truth, what I’m really looking for is an all-in-

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Posted on22 February 2017 1:49 PM GMT

The Key Requirements and Roles for a Digital Manager

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The Key Requirements and Roles for a Digital Manager

We’ve mentioned this several times before, that it is essential for every digital presence and site instance to have a singular authority responsible for the core daily functions. In times past this used to be called a Webmaster or Web Manager, nowadays this is more commonly referred to as a Digital Manager.

 

Every Site Instance really has to have a single person client-side responsible for the core critical functions - most of the key ones of which I have listed below. The smooth

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