Remember I made a game 2 years ago just to get the feel of what Android platform was? Well, the game didn’t really take off back then but it seems to be creating (a very little) buzz right now. And why not, after all it did get featured at YourStory. :D
I have no image to show so here is the video on how to play the game!
Finally, I have completely ported my workspace for PollDaal from Windows to Ubuntu. Windows is great, I have nothing against it, it just does not adjust well with Rails and the community is mostly on Unix based Operating System, thus making me search for any sort of errors for hours and hours because the first solution (and the continuing copy cat articles) assume you to be on Linux or Mac. So, after my 6th wubi installation, here I am, taming the might lion in the form of Ubuntu (12.04, Precise Pangolin).
Now, there are many ways to install Ruby on Ubuntu but the easiest and most efficient one which I found was to use RVM. Trust me, you’ll love it! (Otherwise, trust me, I am an engineer, I know my shit, well, sorta..)
So, in past few days, I got requests from people to offer a Quiz type question at PollDaal. Being a nice fellow as I am (Modesty at its best!), I listened to them and started looking for ways to do it elegantly in Rails 3. After searching for a bit here and there, I got to know about polymorphic associations could be my saviour. I had learned earlier what they were but that was that. I quickly forgot them and thus they never came in my mind. So, someone said, teaching stuff makes you remember it. Thus, here I present, Polymorphic Associations 101 (kinda).
If you’re based in Jaipur, you’d know how difficult it is to find people in the Web industry. I personally know at most 10 people who could make a website or design a website or have even a little knowledge about the internet industry. For most of the people, internet is pretty much restricted to Facebook. Thus, in a city dominated by jewelers, how do you wish to network and connect with people of the – buzzword alert – startup ecosystem? Thus, to sustain and improve whatever ecosystem we have, I am trying to make a group of people who are trying or wish to create successful online products.
Finally, I was able to put online my long awaiting Ruby on Rails application. It’s currently in very primitive stage. What it does is allows you to create public polls for people to answer on. Very simple idea, nothing universe denting about it. The site is currently live at atulyalabs.com. Go ahead, make a account and give it try. Don’t forget to share your experience or feedback with me!
Up till now, facebook monetized by showing ads beside feed, timeline, photos, messages and the troll posts present on the website. The click through rate was just a little less than spam mails (which cost nothing!). They also offered to highlight users post but they targeted wrong people and thus their share price kept falling even more. After a lot of pressure from wall street, they might have finally hit the right chords. Introducing, Facebook Gifts!
When you’re starting up, you rarely have enough money to blow it off on a crappy Adsense campaign. You might even not have enough to get newspaper ads, which might not be effective either. So how does one solve the problem of marketing without having millions to burn down? First answer in my mind, blogging!