Cutting Azure Costs 💰
- Realistically the DDD Sydney web presence is a static experience, nothing really changes on the website for a long time, we have session submissions for a few weeks (which we used Sessionize for this year) and then voting.
- I know that I can push all these files up to Azure Blob Storage, turn on anonymous authentication and voila, you've got a static website...
- So you've got your site running in Azure Blob Storage but the URL isn't great, it's definitely not dddsydney.com.au, so now we need to do something to fix that up.
- Over the last two months, since we've moved to running the 3 websites and blog as static websites in blob storage using Azure CDN in front it's cost a total of $3.26.
YellowHeart allows musicians and concert organizers to take more control of resold tickets
- YellowHeart is trying to solve a problem that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to buy a ticket for a popular concert: Those tickets will often get snatched up by scalpers, who then resell them at a much higher price.
- In fact, the startup’s CEO, Josh Katz, said he founded the company because he’s a music “megafan” himself, and he was “just tired of getting ripped off by scalpers.” At the same time, he said this isn’t just a problem for concertgoers.
- So YellowHeart can allow a musician, concert venue or other “event initiator” to set up rules for how their tickets are resold.
- Katz said he’s hoping that some brave artists will simply say their tickets can’t be sold at a marked-up price, but he predicted that many more will set price ceilings and dictate that any resale profits are then split between the seller, the artist and/or a charity of the artist’s choosing.
CSS-only horizontally-scrolling cards with snapping
- It's implemented with CSS, and doesn't require any scripting for the layout or interactions.
- Lozad is used for lazy-loading.
- There's some nice hover effects in place, CSS custom properties, and I use a simple CSS mask gradient on the edge to indicate there are more cards.
- To-do: Enable tabindex for accessibilty.
- I experimented with more robust CSS grid layout for the cards, but I found after playing with it on mobile it was overkill.
3 ways the Pentagon wants to make it easier for other countries to buy US weapons
- WASHINGTON — America sold more than $55 billion in weapons abroad in fiscal 2019, but the man in charge of those efforts hopes to increase sales as he continues to tinker with the security cooperation system.
- In June, DSCA dropped a surcharge on American defense goods sold abroad from 3.5% to 3.2%; later that year, the agency also cut a transportation administration fee.
- Both those charges are used to support DSCA operations, but some in the security cooperation process had argued the increased prices for customers would lead potential buyers to look to cheaper Russian or Chinese goods in the future.
- Hooper hopes 2020 will see industry better inform DSCA of potential offsets early in the process so that last minute hangups can be avoided.
5 Useful VSCode Extensions for Live Coding
- Here's a list of 5 extensions I've found extremely useful for overcoming those challenges.
- This awesome extension (made during Live Coding streams by a fellow Live Coders teammate Clarkio) lets viewers help you debug your code by highlighting lines with a simple chat command.
- In a perfect world, your viewers could give 100% of their attention 100% of the time to whatever you're streaming.
- Keep track of current tasks, ideas, bugs you find, and more with this extremely useful but little-known extension.
- The extension also supports custom symbols for check boxes and custom-defined tags.
- It's an excellent collaboration tool and a must have for every Live Coder's toolkit.
- This is another useful (but little-known) tool to help viewers follow along and stay engaged.
- Comment Anchors supports custom tags and colors as well, so you can use them to label any sort of comment!
Popular jewelry startup AUrate used its customers' feedback to create a stunning new collection — here's your first look
- Without the bulky machinery of a bloated chain of command, lean teams can gather and interpret data from customers and then translate it into one-on-one conversations and feedback-driven products in real time.
- Co-founder Bouchra Ezzahraoui called the Crowdsource Capsule "the epitome of what we can achieve by being direct to consumer." The line spans necklaces, rings, and earrings and ranges in price from $100 for a bezel ring with your birthstone to $760 for a single Diamond Quadricolor Hoop.
- Like most of AUrate's jewelry, it comes in rose, yellow, and white gold, in either 14-karat or 18-karat (at $350) compositions.
- AUrate's delicate diamond hoops were designed to coordinate with the company's beautiful Quadricolor Ring ($920), a classic cornerstone ring made of gold and inset with diamonds.
- It has rows of SI Clarity diamonds set in solid gold, and you can order it in 14-karat or 18-karat (at $590) yellow, rose, or white.
The best places to buy holiday cards online
- We also looked at desirable criteria like designs, customization options, print quality, paper quality, cost, ease of ordering, speed, and extra services.
- Yes, you can order personalized photo card packages that will be similar in style and quality to some of the other major retailers on this list, but I think the real strength of Etsy is that you can basically hire your own personal artist to create something special for your family that is likely to become a treasured memento for your family, and a conversation piece with your friends, instead of more paper for the recycling pile after the holidays are over.
- Artifact Uprising's 2018 holiday card selection includes more than "100 designs and five foil colors," including some hand-lettered options, all printed on 100% recycled paper.
Read the pitch deck that business travel startup Lola used to secure $37 million in funding
- Employees then use the custom Lola experience to book work-related trips.
- The Boston-based company is competing in an increasingly crowded space, but Volpe thinks Lola has another edge over rivals: its deal with American Express Global Business Travel, one of the largest players in the corporate travel market.
- And through that relationship, Lola gets access to special deals on airfare and hotels that are only available to American Express that it can offer its customers.
- Corporate travel systems have traditionally been clunky, slow, and difficult to use for both employees and administrators alike, Volpe told Business Insider.
- Companies can get set up on Lola in less than an hour, according to Volpe, and once they're on the system, their employees can book a trip in minutes.
- To fully understand Lola’s strategy, Business Insider Prime has published the pitch deck the company used to raise its latest funding round.
How Amazon Has Transformed the Hasidic Economy
- Amazon has become a lucrative place to do business for many Hasidic Jews, offering anonymity to a largely insular community and allowing women to work from home.
- Amazon also provides men who at certain ages spend a good deal of their day studying the Talmud and praying and women who tend to the seven or eight children common in Hasidic families the flexibility to become full-time and successful merchants.
- Samuel Heilman, a distinguished professor of sociology at the City University of New York and an expert on Hasidic life, said that Amazon allows Hasidic men and women to avoid face-to-face transactions, liberating them from the strict rules of gender separation that govern their community: A man does not have to worry about spending too much time selling to a woman and vice versa.
&Open helps businesses distribute gifts to reward customer loyalty
- Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Legge says the Dublin-based startup fits most easily in the corporate gift-giving category, but he sees the company handling much more than that.
- In fact, the company developed out of a business Legge had prior to launching &Open, producing high-end gifts.
- As part of that business, he was finding that he would get requests from CMOs of big companies like Google, Airbnb and Jameson’s to develop gifts for their events.
- From that, Legge saw the potential for a full-fledged business based on that idea and he launched &Open.
- The way it works for most customers is that the customer service team or the social media team will see situations where they think a gift is warranted, and they will log into the &Open system and choose a gift based on whatever the circumstances are — such as an apology for bad service or a reward for loyalty.