May 2011

When Sales Rules the Roost

May 28, 2011

[Update: Cloud9 have promised to look at a clearer pricing model. See comments.] Cloud9 IDE is a service with a good idea — provide an online IDE, and they seem to have several great features implemented. On the other hand, this is remarkably stupid: It makes it seem that having a single workspace is 100 […]

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Regrets from College Days

May 26, 2011

Catherine Rampell posts the following chart at the New York Times: [Image Credit: “Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy,” Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University.] Like she says, very few people wish they hadn’t gone to college and most regret that they had not done more work in college. I suppose […]

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What the Lack of Outrage Over Chrome Automatic Updates Means

May 25, 2011

Coding Horror had a post two days ago on the frequent updates of Google Chrome. What I find amusing is that it refers to Version 11 as the most recent version. I just checked my version and I am using Version 12 (albeit on the beta channel), so it won’t be long before that changes. […]

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The Convergence of the Tablet and e-Reader

May 24, 2011

In a previous post, I wrote a lot about e-readers and failed to realize that I was talking about having the e-reader implement features of tablets like iPad. Well, no more! e-readers and tablets are in direct competition with each other. But it is an asymmetrical competition. Tablets can run potentially any application, including e-book […]

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Stops, Not Speed, Determine Programming Velocity

May 23, 2011

Have you had the experience where you estimated the travel time from A to B, in say, 30 minutes, traveled all but one mile in 25 minutes, felt pleased about it and then got stuck in multiple red lights in that last mile and reached your destination 10 minutes late? You might shave a few […]

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Better Technology for e-book Readers

May 20, 2011

Nicholas Carr has a detailed critique about the drawbacks of electronic book readers: E-books are much more rigid. Refreshing discrete pages of text on a fixed screen is a far different, and far less flexible, process than flipping through pliant pages of fixed text. By necessity, a screen-based, software-powered reading device imposes navigational protocols and […]

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Programmers Putting Other Software Personnel Out of Work

May 13, 2011

One software development trend that seems to picking up more steam year after year is the mainstreaming of technologies that aid the software programmer, but also encroaches on the territory of other software personnel. I view this as a good trend because it allows programmers to be more productive and deliver more quality out of […]

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The Personal Cloud

May 10, 2011

Cédric Beust talks about moving his music to the Amazon cloud: This move got me to step back and look at the bigger picture, and I realized the the Cloud had been slowly but steadily sneaking up on me these past years. I never really noticed it and I never made the conscious decision to […]

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Entrepreneurship is High Risk, Deserves High Reward

May 9, 2011

Via Jason Cohen, I landed upon this article by Jason Fried about the sale of Mint to Intuit: We need new blood, new companies, new methods, new ideas, new applications, and new leaders to regenerate stale industries. The old must be plowed under by the new. But today it seems like the old is doing […]

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No Management Myth

May 4, 2011

The Atlantic has an interesting article by Matthew Stewart where he posits that most management theory is useless and you don’t need an MBA to succeed in business. Some of the major points that he makes are He worked seven years as a successful management consultant despite having no MBA, but only a doctorate in philosophy. […]

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