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The future is HTML5…

May 31st, 2011 by Shane Maloney 7 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Hope this finds you well and on the path to achieving your 2011 goals. We thought it would be an opportune time to write a little bit about where Lifetick is heading in the coming months. You may have noticed we haven’t released many features this year and the simple reason is that we are working on one very big feature. Let me tell you a little bit about it.

Some of you may have already guessed from the blog post title, but we are currently rewriting our entire front end in HTML5. Presently it is written in Flex (Flash) and the time has come for us to move away from this technology. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, as many of you may already know, the iPad does not support Flash. This means that the only way to use Lifetick on the iPad is to log in to the iPhone version. Obviously, this is not ideal and we believe the iPad offers a perfect platform for tweaking one’s goals. Therefore, getting the full version available for iPad users is a growing priority. Secondly, HTML5 offers some significant performance improvements. In layman terms, this means Lifetick will load more quickly, ideal for users with slower Internet connections. Thirdly and perhaps with less certainty is the enormous cloud that looms over Flash. Apple set a precedent by not supporting it on the iPad. Ten years ago this might not have mattered. However, in the current market, this may have sounded the death knell for Flash. Many observers have suggested as much.

So what can you expect to see? Well, initially, we are keen to get a limited feature version available, followed by the all singing, all dancing full version. Keep an eye on the blog for updates, but we’ve already done considerable work and you should expect to see something in the next couple of months. We greatly appreciate your patience and support and will from time to time update some features in between HTML5 releases, but for now it is our number one priority. Beyond that we have a number of exciting things to release, but we’d rather keep them under wraps for now.

As a final note, you may be wondering why we went for Flex when we launched Lifetick? The answer is pretty simple. Nothing else really could deliver the smooth animation and style that Flex offered. In fact, even now we are pushing HTML5 to its limits in order to reproduce the stunning visuals that you’ve come to know and love such as pie charts, widgets and expanding goals. So, in short, times have changed and so must we.

Until next time, good luck with your goal setting and thanks for your support.

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The worthiest of goals… introducing The Halo Trust

March 13th, 2011 by Shane Maloney 2 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

I’m sure if each of us were to look back at some of the goals we’ve achieved throughout our lives there would be some surprises. Things that perhaps now seem insignificant, things that we may have forgotten about and things that we still smile about because of what it meant to us when we achieved them. Equally, looking forward it is easy to imagine that each of us has at least one big goal that seems so far away and almost daunting to think about. The kind of goal that in many ways we might wish one day will define us. The kind of goal we want to achieve more than any other. The kind of goal that is epic, all encompassing, invigorating and above all – worthy.

Today, I want to share with you a goal that is all of these things and more. It is not just a goal like yours or mine, but one that resonates around the world and touches millions of lives. It is a goal encapsulated by a single organisation’s mission and that is:

“Getting mines out of the ground, now.”

In 2006 I travelled to Cambodia as a tourist. There were many things that struck me about this country. First and foremost the people were genuinely happy and very friendly. Furthermore, they were incredibly hospitable. This of course, I have not found to be uncommon in my travels. However, there is a striking difference about Cambodia that is hard to ignore. Little more than a generation ago it experienced auto-genocide on a scale that is virtually unrivaled in the history of human conflict. The devastation was and is horrible. There are many reminders to this very day of what happened during that period including the museum that is Tuol Sleng (the school that became a prison of torture) and of course the Killing Fields where the graves of the victims are so shallow, the clothes they were buried in extrude from the ground. But of course, the greatest reminder is the people themselves because despite the warmth of their smiles, they continue to suffer the physical and emotional burden of landmines and other unexploded ordinances. And this suffering is impossible to ignore because many men, women and children whom I passed in the street visibly bore the suffering in their very bodies due to the fact they were without a leg or an arm and in one rare case without legs or arms as a result of stepping on a landmine often very near to their homes. This of course does not speak of the dead. During the conflict in Cambodia in the 1970s and beyond landmines were used to great effect by both sides of the conflict and as most of us know with landmines, the effect lasts long after the war is over.

During my time there I travelled to several remote places. On the way to one such place I met a young Cambodian man whose job it was to clear landmines and he worked for an organisation that I have since come to know is very widespread – The Halo Trust. Some of you may be familiar with the work of The Halo Trust, but for those of you who aren’t, The Halo Trust is an NGO (UK)/Not-for-Profit organisation (US) that “specialises in the removal of the hazardous debris of war”. In the 22 years since it commenced operations it has achieved the following milestones:

  • over 1.3 million landmines destroyed
  • over twelve million items of larger calibre ordnance destroyed
  • over fifty million bullets destroyed
  • over 2,800 heavy weapon systems immobilized
  • over 129,000 assault rifles destroyed
  • over 7,400 minefields cleared
  • 27,367 hectares (67,625 acres) made safe from landmines
  • 128,785 hectares (318,235 acres) made safe from unexploded and abandoned ordnance
  • 12,409 kilometers (7,710 miles) of roads cleared

Despite these amazing statistics, there is yet much to do. Whilst progress has been phenomenal, many mines remain putting the lives of men, women and most often, children at risk. That is why we have decided to donate $1 from every sale (and subsequent payment) of Lifetick and Lifetick Coach to The Halo Trust to support them in the work they do in the many war torn places around the world such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Angola, Somaliland, Georgia, Nagorno Karabakh, Kosovo and Colombia. We encourage you to visit their website for more information about how they do what they do and if you are in a position to do so, then by all means contribute in any way you can or spread the word. It is very easy to get caught up in our own goals in life, but it is also not out of reach to become a part of the worthiest of goals, even if it is in some small way.

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Motivate. Mentor. Empower. Lifetick Coach is here!

May 22nd, 2010 by Shane Maloney 3 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Well today is a big day for us here at Meridian 86 because after much anticipation we are finally proud to announce the arrival of Lifetick Coach! We believe it will offer a whole new opportunity for mentors to engage proteges. If you are a Life Coach, Manager, College Professor or Sporting Coach then Lifetick Coach is for you. In fact, Lifetick Coach can be applied in a host of situations. Here’s why:

  • Coaches get a complete overview of proteges’ goal setting and progress.
  • Coaches can interact with their proteges through the system. Whether it be encouragement, inspiration, advice or links to resources, the Coach can be in touch 24/7.
  • Proteges can feel empowered to set ambitious targets for themselves under the guidance and mentoring of their coach.
  • Coaches can access full reporting from the journaling that proteges enter. You can track, report and graph everything from Sales to Sprints, Gym visits to Grades achieved, Hours of study to Hours of training or even Courses completed to Calories consumed.

You can access more information from our newly revamped website. Furthermore, our FAQs have also been updated to reflect the addition of Lifetick Coach. In the meantime though, here are a couple of answers to questions you may have:

  1. All Lifetick Coach plans come with a free 30 day trial. You can cancel anytime within that period and you won’t be charged.
  2. If you already have a Lifetick account you can sign up for the Lifetick Coach product with the same email address. You will then be prompted to merge the accounts. Lifetick is given free to all Lifetick Coach account holders so they can manage their own goals through the existing Lifetick portal.
  3. Users (proteges) you add to your account do not need to buy their own Lifetick account. These are included in your Lifetick Coach plan.
  4. Users can also create private goals and journal entries that only they see giving them the freedom to record absolutely anything and everything.

We hope you enjoy everything Lifetick Coach has to offer and, as usual look, forward to your feedback.

Finally, a thank you to all the support we’ve received along the way. The launch of Lifetick Coach represents the second major milestone in our journey and we are greatly appreciative for the words of support you’ve given along the way.

Lifetick Coach. Motivate. Mentor. Empower. Need we say more?

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Coming soon… Lifetick Coach!

February 28th, 2010 by Shane Maloney 1 Comment

Hi Lifetickers,

You are probably wondering why we’ve been quiet as of late. Well, I’m here to say that it has been with good reason. Over the last few months, we’ve been working away on a brand new product that extends Lifetick into a whole new market. It’s called Lifetick Coach and as you may have guessed is targeted toward Life Coaches, managers, personal trainers, sporting coaches and anyone who assists others in achieving their goals. Here’s a simple breakdown:

  • Coach creates accounts for clients
  • Clients use Lifetick to create and manage goals
  • Coach gets to monitor his/her clients’ progress
  • Clients and coach can communicate through Lifetick

For clients, this tool captures the full functionality currently available in Lifetick with the added advantage of communicating directly with the Coach. Goals and journal entries can also be marked private for information that isn’t to be shared with the coach.

For the coach, a whole new way of managing clients is presented. Through its monitoring capabilities, Lifetick Coach ensures the relationship is able to be a proactive one with endless opportunities for the Coach to motivate and support his/her clients no matter what their pursuits.

If you’d like to be notified as soon as Lifetick Coach becomes available, simply go to http://lifetick.com/notify.html and complete your details. An email will be sent to you on launch day.

You may be asking when Lifetick Coach will be released. Rest assured it is not too far away. In the meantime, as always, good luck with your goal setting and thank you for your ongoing support!

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Goal #19: Launch blog

August 19th, 2008 by Shane Maloney 2 Comments

Hi Lifetickers and welcome to our newly launched blog!

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for your ongoing and prodigious support. We are most appreciative of the feedback we’ve received along the way. After months of development, it is an enormous relief and source of satisfaction for us to know that people are genuinely excited about Lifetick.

Like most web 2.0 companies, we see the blog as a way for us to communicate new features, news items, advice on goal setting, tips on using Lifetick and any philosophical ramblings we feel the need to express at that point in time. We also welcome the opportunity the blog presents for users to respond to our posts and engage each other with their own tips and experiences.

Since launching Lifetick three months ago, we’ve seen our usage stats slowly climb. With a total of 9,706 tasks created for 2,883 goals, we are hopeful there will be many wonderful success stories you can share with us. In a world driven by instant gratification and short attention spans, it is our hope that the art of goal setting (and achieving) will add just that little bit more meaning to our lives.

Stay tuned for more posts in the near future and as always, good luck with your goal setting! 

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