I’m often asked for advice on how to improve a company’s development process. Almost without exception, the advice I provide is the same:
Yesterday, I encountered an analysis issue that appeared to be resolvable with a simple pattern replacement technique.
Every sys admin needs to quickly free up disk space from time to time, and here are two well-tested scripts I use for exactly this purpose.
Freepository is 10 years old in May & a new site design has been released to correspond with the anniversary. Perhaps the biggest change in this release is that of no more new CVS accounts. While this saddens me a bit (we were the first to offer hosted CVS accounts way back in our alpha in May 1999), weâ€™re confident weâ€™re offering what the majority of our visitors want – hosted Subversion.
Almost two years ago, I wrote a log file viewer that asynchronously tails a log file & updates a inside a a page.Â As a courtesy to other engineers, I posted about it. The funny thing about that is, although it is one of my most widely viewed posts, there are only a few comments.Â This leads me to conclude that the highly technical software engineers who’ve arrived at the post via a search are very interested in learning how I’ve done it (check here for the post & you’ll see an explanation, the source code & a working example), but they aren’t interested in having a conversation.Â Someone else1 pointed out that Google searches dropped off dramatically during Obama’s Inauguration, while both Twitter & Facebook usage skyrocketed.Â This elicits the position that search is not a social application; it is performed as & when needed purely for information.Â I’m fascinated by the very real anecdotal evidence of this in my own server logs.
I travel a lot.Â On the road, I depend upon wireless connectivity everywhere I go.Â 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.Â If you are only interested in the fix, skip down to that part.
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.
I originally posted this as a comment to John P.’s Digital Daily post on this topic.
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’.Â 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.