May 31, 2007
I crapped a brick the first time I saw the iPhone, and another when I heard that it wasn’t going to be open to third party developers or applications. I understand their reluctance to let other people’s software near their proprietary media platform, but come on — for the iPhone to be a “revolution,” they need the support of the businesses and individuals who are chomping at the bit to write widgets that solve problems Apple hasn’t even dreamed of.
Anyhow, I guess the clamor over the last few months has been loud enough to be heard at Apple:
For Jobs, the question of third-party software was now a question of “when” rather than “if:” the main issues now were to protect the phone against crashes and security holes, which he said have frequently ruined the experience for smartphones in the past. Pressure on the firm to change its current, closed-off approach was evident in Jobs’ reactionary tone.
“We would like to solve this problem,” he said. “And if you could just be a little more patient with us, we’ll do it.”
May 23, 2007
I still think the basic premise of Kozmo is valid — satisfying the instant gratification urge by delivering stuff to you in under an hour. It’s just finding the right group of people who are willing and able to pay a premium for commodity items, and who reflexively turn to their computer when they want something.
Hmm. Sound like anyone you know?
May 22, 2007
This is the first time I’ve run across something like this — Sun has stated in legalese that it will not to use any of it’s patents against OpenID. It’s an interesting idea, but how binding is such a statement? Is this a common occurrence?
May 20, 2007
May 20, 2007
Good times were had on Saturday — I stuffed my Wii in my bag and took it to the RailsConf parties. We hit Joyent‘s APPyhour first, but the Doubletree‘s hotel TVs didn’t have external inputs. WTF is up with that? When someone’s staying in a “presidential” suite, there better be an opportunity to plug in a game console. Regardless, I did connect with three guys I’ve been talking with for a long time, but hadn’t met in person — Chris Abad and Matt Browne (Integral Impressions), and Tim Trautman (Foorama).
Finally, the Pivotal Labs party at the Rock Bottom proved fruitful — our kind hosts even went as far as to get us an extension cord for the big screen. Four person drunken bowling and tennis worked out pretty well until 1:00, when everything wrapped up.
Anyhoo. Good times. If you’re throwing a party at a nerd conference in Portland, drop me a line and I’ll bring over some hot Wii action.
May 20, 2007
We’re selling our old house — if you’re looking for an opportunity to move to Portland and you’re looking for a cozy house in a friendly neighborhood, check it out.
What the listing doesn’t mention is that it takes 5 minutes to get downtown, has great public transportation (4 bus lines and the Max nearby), is within walking distance to good Mexican, Thai, pizza, cafes, and generally kicks ass. I guess “ass kicking” isn’t something realtors typically like to promote, but this house has it in buckets.
May 17, 2007
Specifically, we’re looking for an organized Rails guru who enjoys coaching others, and can step up to a leadership role in our development group. We want a well rounded individual with at least ten years of software development behind them — bonus points for experience with e-commerce, scalable architecture, interface design, testing, and application deployment.
This is a salaried position, with aggressive bonuses, perks, and full health + dental coverage. Our office is located in a trendy neighborhood in north Portland, with easy access to downtown, great accessibility via public transit, and within walking distance of a variety of good restaurants and coffee shops. Although we don’t pay for relocation costs, we’re more than happy to talk with developers from other parts of the country!
Blue Hill Solutions is a start-up with a variety of web-based products, including intranet communication tools and an evolving e-commerce platform.
Sound appealing? Send an e-mail to email@example.com with your resume and a description about why you think you might be a good fit.
May 16, 2007
You know you’re having a good time when:
- Pitchers of beer outnumber the glasses on the tables.
- It’s standing room only.
- The accordion player covers Billy Idol and Guns n’ Roses.
- It’s nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!
Joyent came to town for RailsConf and put together a “little” get together at the Lucky Lab tonight. It’s a good time reconnecting with friends, meeting new people from around the country, drinking beer, and getting our geek on. So, cheers to Joyent for sponsoring the copious consumption and bringing people together.
A couple unrelated tidbits: Joyent has some pretty exciting news to be announced at RailsConf … and Grabb.it (“the MP3 eating rabbit”) has made a lot of progress in the last few months — it’s a pretty kick ass way to find and listen to new music. Check it out.
May 10, 2007
Well, we raised a lot of interest and met some great people this week at the Corporate Communicators Conference in Chicago. The event ended this afternoon, so Nova and I hopped on the L and headed to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game. My first game at Wrigley — it’s a great place. The Cubs lost, but it was a beautiful day, and we had a good time.
I also learned that it was a polish sausage that lured The Wife out of her vegetarian lifestyle a few years back, on her first visit to Wrigley Field. She’s a purist, and couldn’t stand the idea of going to Cubs game without having one.
Baseball does weird things to people.