I found this one sometime ago, and there are times where you don't want to use any retrospective exercise you already know, or you simply want a different approach. Retromat is pretty cool because it randomises a set of retrospective activities for you.
You don't need to follow them by hard, by all means, create your own retrospective plan according to the objectives you set and what you want the team to get from it. But it is still nice to find different combinations of those things and find out about activities you probably never tried that can do the trick and be fun!
Compile and Execute Programs Online - You can compile and run, execute your source code related to Java, JSP, Cold Fusion, C, C++, Pascal, Fortran, PHP, Perl, Ruby and Python programs onnline using your browsers, iPhone, iPad or any other online...
Wanna try something out, just to get a feeling of what it looks like?
Or maybe you want to test a small example without having to setup more complex stuff?
This is what I found the tool useful for. In my particular case to try out some of angular.js functionality :)
Get the weather forecast. Access hourly, 10 day and 15 day forecasts along with up to the minute reports and videos from AccuWeather.com
You can get it for any mobile platform, for free and as far as I tried this is the most accurate service available.
Just pick the location you want, select your measurement system (metric or imperial) and depending on the phone on which you want to use it you may have different features available.
For example, the windows version which I am using has the possibility of adding an active tile or even changing the image and information in the screen saver so that it shows how is the weather at your selected location right now.
Like other similar applications you can add other locations from which you may want to know something about the weather in a quicker way.
The available forecasts comprise the whole day and are shown per hour. Plus, you can also check them for the next 5 or 7 days, so you have an overview of the whole week.
In the iOS version you get to be able to share a picture with the current weather status to twitter or facebook with your own text message associated, which is also cool.
Know about other apps for weather forecast? The kind that does not tell you it is a happy sunny day when indeed it is cloudy or rainy? If so, please share them with me :)
With Duolingo you learn a language for free, while helping to translate the web.
I am currently trying to learn the German language and somehow stumbled upon this tool via a recommendation from a friend.
It makes learning fun because it is built like a game. It also allows you to compete with friends in a healthy way. And it has quite interesting algorithms to determine the strength with which you have built your vocabulary so far.
If you feel bored in a waiting room, just use the mobile version to entertain yourself while learning.
Last but not the least, you can also practice vocalization if you have a microfone.
I wish the phone version was not iphone only. And that an ipad version was available.
It does seem to have some errors although together with my German teacher I found out that it is not the case. Some sentences or phrasing approaches that seem wrong are actually correct, it depends on the context in which they should be used. So, what happens is that occasionally there is some context missing. But it is not at all disturbing. Not so far.
Just a stopwatch? No. It can be an egg stopwatch, a bomb stopwatch, a chess stopwatch... even a metronome. Or just a simple countdown timer.
So, be creative. Use it to help you prepare your presentation timings, keep up with some specific rythm, use it as if it were your pomodoro... and why not using one of the chess stopwatches in some pair work you may have to do? Tick each other to achieve something :)
Oh, by the way, you can also download specific stopwatches/timers in case you don't want to use the online version. Works for Mac and PC.
Plus, you can actually stylize and create your own stopwatch or timer, there are mechanisms to do that in the download page ;)
"A free YouTube downloader for Mac users to download YouTube videos and the built-in FLV player lets you watch downloaded YouTube videos conveniently."
I'm trying this one now. Usually I just watch the videos online, but I came across a few I want to keep. I'm trying to learn a new language and found pretty cool lessons, but I want to be able to watch them when and where I want, which means online is not always suitable.
So, I decided to look for a downloader. This one looks pretty nice and it is very well rated, hope you enjoy as well!
You can download in batches, directly from the browser or just drag the URL into the app and do some magic. For free!
lomogram is an online photo editing tool. Upload photo, apply cool retro filters, vintage borders and light leaks to give your photo unique style!
Yep, it is true. First, I had no instagram for my phone.
So I tried streamzoo if you remember.
And now I turned to the dark side and got a Nokia Lumia, so I ended up going for a windows phone. Which means no instagram and also no streamzoo.
But to be honest I think lomogram is even better. I do not have to register at all and I share pictures only where I want to.
I can send them to twitter, facebook, or even post them to a tumblr blog, which is my case.
There are several other options and I find this a bit more interesting than the need to have an account with followers somewhere else. This new lomogram alternative allows me to leverage the social networks I already have and I like that. Either way I do not want to manage too many accounts for different things.
Yeah, right... well, I didn't believe in stuff like this either. Calculating my wakeup time? Calculating when should I go to bed?
Ok, I still don't believe this. But the fact is we do have sleeping cycles and if we wake up at the wrong time (ie, before a sleeping cycle finishes), we feel tired and not so motivated to do something afterwards.
I even tried out an app in my iPad to check out how this works (it uses some sort of motion detection to figure out if we are sleeping or not and then the alarm is triggered not exactly at the time we set it up but somewhere around it when a sleeping cycle finishes).
Believe it or not, this app works in a very cool way!
But if you don't want to sleep with your phone or tablet under your pillow, why not doing some educated "guesstimate" and use sleepyti.me ?
:) I found it to be fun, thought I should share with you.
"When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket."
I still do use some other bookmarking tools (like Diigo) and techniques (like an empty bookmark circle in G+) for stuff I may want to come back to later.
But, I do recognize that pocket has an interesting feature: being able to read stuff offline when you just stumble on it but don't have the time to read it immediately. And you can always share it later and still add it to your other bookmarking tools anyway :)
Ah, plus the fact that it integrates neatly with google reader and has support for pretty much every OS.
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