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» Plan, build, ship, and scale.

So don’t let all the news of the day slow you down. Don’t let your competitors press releases and launch parties get inside your head. Plan, build, ship, and scale. Assess. Repeat again and again. Win.

November 09, 2010, 1:36pm  Comments

Initial thoughts on the Blackberry “Playbook”

Blackberry just unveiled their response to Apple’s iPad, the playbook.

Gut reactions:

  • Why 7”?  Does their research run counter to Apple’s? Or is their a constraint on display availability?
  • The pixel density on the screen is better than iPad.
  • The ad didn’t really show me anything uniquely blackberry.  Why not show off something that only I can do on a blackberry?  It seems like they are banking on the strength of the blackberry brand.
  • Why a 3 megapixel front facing camera?  Why a rear camera?  I’m not sure either of these justify their cost.
  • Looks identical to iPad.
  • What kind of battery life?

Most importantly, what will it cost?

September 27, 2010, 5:41pm   Comments

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Ayn Rand (via heyamberrae)

I’ll add:

"If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing."

again from Mrs. Rand

Reblogged from Amber Rae.

September 03, 2010, 1:55pm  Comments

» The strange case of virtual machines on telephones

    "Look, theory says that a JIT can run as fast as, or maybe faster than, a statically compiled language. It might be slow right now, but it’ll be much better when we get a real/better JIT. Plus, the new version is already a lot faster, and I’m looking forward to the next version, which they promise will have huge speed improvements."

    — Every Java user since 1996

So true.

August 26, 2010, 4:55pm  Comments

» Flood Lite: Apple's Attention to Detail

In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2). They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”

The average…

What a great find.

Reblogged from Flood Lite.

August 25, 2010, 10:18pm  Comments

Oracle v. Google

So, we now have a more detailed answer to the question “Why  did Oracle buy Sun?”:

So now we know that Jonathan shopped Sun with a big “Sue Google” sign. So much for his visionary patent defense against Apple and of course this jewel

and, from James Gosling (“The father of the Java programming language”):

Oracle finally filed a patent lawsuit against Google. Not a big surprise. During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer’s eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun’s genetic code. Alas….

still plenty more here:

August 13, 2010, 1:46pm   Comments

In the first quarter of 2010, net sales at Zappos were up almost 50 percent, and we’ve added several hundred new employees. The growth has made Amazon very happy, but it’s also creating new challenges. I’ve noticed that at company happy hours, you don’t see as many employees from different departments hanging out with one another.

To address that, we’ve begun tracking employee relationships. When employees log in to their computers, we ask them to look at a picture of a random employee and then ask them how well they know that person — the options include “say hi in the halls,” “hang out outside of work,” and “we’re going to be longtime friends.” We’re starting to keep track of the number and strength of cross-departmental relationships — and we’re planning a class on the topic. My hope is that we can have more employees who plan to be close friends.

Tony Hseih, “Why I Sold Zappos”

June 07, 2010, 11:05am  Comments

MacPorts/ImageMagick Installation and Missing Index(es)

For the google archives…

After installing MacPorts, I ran into a problem when I tried to get ImageMagick running (as per these instructions):

Warning: No index(es) found! Have you synced your source indexes?

The MacPorts installation page mentions that you must do a system update right after installation, as such:

sudo port selfupdate

Unfortunately, this resulted in the same error.  A little too much googling led me to discover that PeerGuardian 2 is blocking the rsync ports used by the installation.  So…if you are seeing these errors, and you have installed PeerGuardian, simply disable PeerGuardian while you run “sudo port selfupdate”, and all should be fine.

(Side note, also helpful: “sudo port -d sync” updates the port list and provides some debug information)

May 27, 2010, 8:24pm   Comments

» People don't like change

Not even kids.

March 11, 2010, 5:39pm  Comments

“Yes, these frictionless tools make it so anyone can say anything about any topic, but these tools are built with you in mind and I do mean you. Imagine if Twitter forced you to follow certain people. What if Facebook randomly added folks to your friends list? You know what you’d have? The evening news. Random stories from folks you don’t know and probably don’t trust.”


February 17, 2010, 3:44pm  Comments