Billable is a free invoice creation app

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Billable is a super easy web app that allows you to create professional looking invoices from inside your web browser. It’s great for someone like me, who very occasionally needs to produce an invoice, but not often enough to bother setting up traditional billing/invoicing software. It was created by @Appfactory and is completely free with no strings attached.

There’s dummy data in all of the text fields, which can be edited by double clicking on the fields and adding your own text. Billable is clever enough to add up the prices of all the items on your invoice to generate the subtotal, then automatically determines the total price while taking tax into account. Once your invoice is done, you can either print it immediately or export it to a PDF file.

Billable works in all major browsers and also supports mobile devices.

Post contains 143 words and has no comments. Posted May 11, 2015 in Technology. 0

Promotee

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Promotee is a Mac app that makes it super easy to create promotional images for websites and products using Apple (and some non-Apple) devices as a template.

Promotee is a Mac application to create pixel-perfect and professional looking artwork for iOS, Mac, Apple Watch and Android apps.

Just drop a screenshot from your app onto a template in Promotee and our graphics engine will blend it into the template to generate a gorgeous looking result.

Promotee could save a ton of time when creating promo images for apps, software and even websites. Pretty useful and, at only $5; pretty cost effective too. Props to John Saddington for bringing this app to my attention

Post contains 112 words and has no comments. Posted May 10, 2015 in Technology. 0

Windows 10 will be ‘the last version of Windows’

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Microsoft’s Jerry Nixon has confirmed that Windows 10 will be the final version of Windows. Microsoft will instead be focusing on smaller, incremental updates in the future; moving to a Windows-As-A-Service approach.

With Windows 10, it’s time to start thinking of Windows as something that won’t see a big launch or major upgrade every few years anymore. Much like how Google’s Chrome browser gets updated regularly with version numbers nobody really pays attention to, Microsoft’s approach will likely result in a similar outcome.

The $150 I spent on Windows 7 has now lasted for six years. If Microsoft do chose a subscription model for Windows, I’d be more than happy to pay $25 per year.

Post contains 114 words and has no comments. Posted May 9, 2015 in Technology. 0

Aviculture Wiki

I finally unveiled the bird keeping/breeding information website I’ve been working on for quite some time.

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Aviculture Wiki is a collaboratively edited resource for serious bird keepers. Our carefully curated articles include thorough, concise and accurate information covering dozens of species. We demand that our authors only write articles on species they have personally kept, ensuring the highest quality standards are maintained.

I know people only read this blog for the free software, so I’ll stop talking about birds now.

Post contains 81 words and has no comments. Posted April 23, 2015 in Projects. 0

The Amazon Rainforest Is Dying

A recently published journal has described the long-term impacts of increased atmospheric carbon on the Amazon Rainforest. Unfortunately the paper itself is behind a paywall, but the good folks over at Science Magazine have translated it into more human-readable terms.

The Amazon rainforest, which covers a staggering 550 million hectares, is losing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide from the air, according to the results of a huge long-running study. Over the past 2 decades, trees in the Amazon have been dying at an increasing rate, rendering the massive jungle a weaker absorber, or “sink,” of CO2, which plants take up during photosynthesis, forest ecologists report.

Another research paper added to the top of a mountain of scientific evidence the world’s politicians seem adamant to ignore.

Post contains 134 words and has no comments. Posted March 30, 2015 in Interesting. 0

What happens when the queen dies?

Royal visit to HertfordshireBusiness Insider provides a surprisingly interesting look at the political and economic impact of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s inevitable death.

Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live forever. Since ascending to the throne in 1952, the monarch has seen 12 Prime Ministers serve Britain, and lived through another 12 US Presidents. She’s now 88. At some point — not for many years yet, we hope — Queen Elizabeth II’s reign will come to an end. But what happens then?

For at least 12 days — between her passing, the funeral and beyond — Britain will grind to a halt. It’ll cost the British economy billions in lost earnings. The stock markets and banks will close for an indefinite period. And both the funeral and the subsequent coronation will become formal national holidays, each with an estimated economic hit to GDP of between £1.2 and £6 billion, to say nothing of organisational costs.

But to focus on the financial disruption doesn’t begin to describe the sheer magnitude of it. It will be an event unlike anything Britain has ever seen before. There will be trivial disruptions — the BBC will cancel all comedy shows, for example — and jarring cultural changes. Prince Charles may change his name, for instance, and the words of the national anthem will be changed, too.

Post contains 232 words and has no comments. Posted March 16, 2015 in Interesting. 0