jbminn

7 minute read

 

Executive Summary

To support increased responsiveness to business needs, an enterprise is considering a move to monthly site releases. 

Increased frequency of releases places additional demands upon the engineering, QA and release teams with regard to developing, maintaining, testing, and tracking multiple lines of development.  The challenge to the enterprise is how to balance the engineering team’s need for ongoing development, which is often experimental in nature and uncertain in outcome (the “what”), with those of the business whose focus is more schedule-driven, and thus highly dependent upon calendar time (the “when”).

jbminn

4 minute read

I travel a lot.  On the road, I depend upon wireless connectivity everywhere I go.  Recently, I got fed up with the lack of dependable Wifi service (it is horrible at ATL for example), so I purchased a Laptop Connect card. EVDO, 2xG, 3G… if there’s service, this card will pick it up.

This story has four parts: The Card Problem, The Apple Store Experience, the Analysis and The Latch Fix.  If you are only interested in the fix, skip down to that part.

jbminn

2 minute read

I saw a 3G iPhone on the plane last week (carried by an insider). Here’s what I can repeat: The Enterprise apps will seriously threaten RIM. IT departments will be able to remotely enable/disable the handset just like a Blackberry. Exchange integration is tight & will be true push. The App Store [may] also be integrated into an enterprise portal. That may not be available day 1, but sounds like it is coming.

jbminn

2 minute read

I originally posted this as a comment to John P.’s Digital Daily post on this topic.

 

http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20080324/lilly/

 

Summary: Mozilla CEO John Lilly is calling foul on Apple for both placing Safari into the update service as well as making the default action ‘Install’.  Lots of folks have jumped on Apple for the default setting; Lilly says it violates trust.

What does this have to do with trust?

 

I’ll answer myself: nothing.

 

jbminn

1 minute read

I came across this video when Jon Gruber posted something he’d read about giving a presentation, and how that differed from giving a speech. The post he linked to itself contained a link to this video, which I found incredibly interesting.  Steve is not terribly entertaining here, but it is clear he’s being incredibly honest. And it has nothing to do with Apple, really. Just Steve reading some notes,

jbminn

1 minute read

And I’m not riffing on the Romantics. Just a little while ago, my two sons (who are on day 1 of a nearly four week school break) began arguing with each other over the amount of clay each one had, and I overheard the argument turn ugly.

 

jbminn

1 minute read

I really hope he gets the nomination. As I live in Denver, I’m going to try to get involved in the convention. I was IM’ing with a close friend today when he asked me who I supported for President. I replied ‘Obama’. Turns out he does do, and he immediately turned me on to this video. When I watched it, I got goose-bumps.  This guy – when I hear him speak in a context like this – simply blows me away. I can’t recall ever having that reaction to any living politician.

jbminn

2 minute read

Dear Ev, Frankly I’m baffled. As I type this, Twitter is throwing a 503 error back to twitterific and is showing the newly idiotic “Something is technically wrong” web page at the home URL. This is the morning after yet another period of system maintenance or upgrades. Your goodwill is rapidly deteriorating. The service is notoriously unstable, and in fact just yesterday I saw someone begin advocating against depending upon Twitter for emergency communication. Why? Too undependable. This is quite a turn-around from the period during & after the San Diego fires, where Twitter was embraced by fire dept folks for use in just this type of situation.