Nov 28 2011

Retweet October 2011

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe.

Software Development

  • To checkin or not to checkin a large changelist five minutes before you go home, that is the question?
  • A test like a good movie, has three parts: the setup, the car chase, and the test of the results.
  • Testing is like a tax, you have to pay 5-10% to have a good running infrastructure or system.
  • Testing takes time, make sure you make the time, because it will save you time in the long run.
  • All programmers have a black belt in hubris.
  • One bytecode to rule them all.

Thought Leadership

  • Your miles may vary, but it often depends on your attitude.
  • Passion + Perseverance = Possibilities
  • Sometimes you can’t afford to lose a client, but there are other times you can’t afford keep your client.
  • Just like there should be no hard coded strings there should be no unwritten rules, or assumptions, or specifications.
  • The dumbest people I’ve ever encountered are those that think that the rest of the 99.99% of people are a bunch of idiots.
  • If you are unique no one can compete with you.
  • Team meetings should not feel like an AA meeting, “Hi, I’m bob and I work here.”

Product Placement

  • I’ve used the iPhone apps for Google Voice and G+ and I have to say, Google does not know how to make a good iOS app.
  • I’m not liking the new Google Reader look. I would not be surprised if the next version of Google design has ribbons.
  • Leave no smart phone behind. Google won’t upgrade the Nexus One to Android 4.0.
  • Google is set to update its motto to “Do no evil if you ain’t getting paid for such evil.”
  • Android is to Google what Internet Explorer was to Microsoft in the Browser Wars. MS gave IE for free just to take out Netscape.
  • Siri is to Apple what Kinect is to XBox what Facebook Connect is to Facebook what Circles are to Google Plus…
  • Every time I upgrade a MS product an angel loses his wings.
  • Is Amazon also adopting social networking features? I just noticed that Amazon has a like button on its product pages.
  • Facebook should update its mission “to trick people to over share and make the world more open, connected, and trackable.”
  • Google should update its mission “to organize the world’s information about our users and make it accessible and useful to our advertisers.”
  • @att has two options in terms of text messages. Pay as you use for $0.20 or unlimited for $20. What about a third option, disable texting altogether?
  • Why does it cost half of the price of a stamp to send or receive a text? It’s endemic of an industry that has no competition or innovation.
  • The Kindle Fire tablet is a modern day physical shopping cart for Amazon’s virtual online store.
  • History is being made every day, yet @historychannel airs reruns of Ancient Alien.

Quotes

  • OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. – Steve Jobs’ Last Words
  • I’m so embarrassed. I wish everybody else was dead. – Bender Bending Rodriguez
  • Goodbye monobrains – Bender Bending Rodriguez
  • There is no recession for great companies… – Jason Calacanis
  • Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free. – Linus Torvalds
  • Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success. – Henry Ford
  • When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. – Walter Lippmann

Randumb

  • On Monday mornings we are all zombies.
  • Why am I listening to old school British punk rock? #GodSpankTheQueen
  • The truth is that truth is absolutely relative.
  • And then God said, “Let there be bacon,” and there was bacon. God saw that the bacon was delicious.
  • You’re so vain, you probably think this tweet is about you.
  • Fist pump for peace.
  • Anybody that gets lost in a corn maze is an absolute moron.
  • I hate Lifetime movies!
  • Business is legitimate thievery.
  • Some of the most common elements on earth idiotum and dumbtonium.
  • meta-disrupt: Disrupt those disrupting disruption.
  • I am, therefore I meme.

Thought Equations

  • Meaning > money
  • problem = opportunity
  • means != ends
  • Success > Perfection
  • Experience != Information
  • Thinking > Knowing
  • Do > try
  • Platform > product
  • Creation > criticism
  • Passion + Perseverance = Possibilities

Million Dollar Ideas

  • Million Dollar Idea: Online Speed Dating Site
  • Million dollar idea: a news channel with nothing but news tickers…
  • Million Dollar Idea: self cleaning floors.

Nov 22 2010

The Ultimate Geek Gift Guide 2010

This geek gift guide is not so much for geeks and techies but for those that have geeks and techies in their life and need a little help in finding the right geek gift this holiday season. If you want to wow the geek in your life with the latest technology gadget you need to look no further.

The hottest piece of technology this year has been the Apple iPad. The iPad is great for geeks no matter their passion, music, photography, gaming, social media, etc. A geek that travels a lot would enjoy the 3G iPad so that they can always be connected no mater where they are. Whether you give the geek in your life an iPad or if they already have one, there are a ton of great accessories such as the iPad cases. I have been happy with the standard Apple iPad Case but for something more eye catching then consider the DODOcase. I also enjoy this leather portfolio iPad slipcase.

Targus Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase

Targus Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase

To get the most out of an iPad you need apps, for stocking stuffers you can consider getting a few iTunes gift cards which can be used to purchase apps, music, books, and movies from the iTunes store. I’ve already written regarding my favorite iPad apps.

Not every geek is into Apple products. Fortunately, there are other viable touch-based tablets such as the Google Android powered Archos 9 PC Tablet or the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

For the avid reader in your life, nothing beats the Amazon Kindle. There are other electronic book readers but the Kindle is the most wished-for and most gifted ebook reader. The latest generation of the Kindle is smaller than previous versions and Amazon provides just about every top book in the Kindle format. What I love best about the Amazon Kindle is that your digital library is available to you in just about every device, iPhone, iPad, desktop, Android mobile device, and more.

This holiday season the most sought after family oriented game will not be on the Wii, it will be on the XBox 360. The XBox 360 has a set of games that do no require a controller to play, instead you play them by controlling the game play with your body. The Kinect Sensor has a series of camera’s that capture your body movements and uses that information to control the character in the game. The best game on for the Kinect Sensor has to be Dance Central. Dance Central doesn’t require any controller or pad for you to get down with your dance moves, you just dance in front of you television set.. The other games to look forward to is DJ Hero 2 and Rock Band 3.

Xbox 360 250 GB Kinect Bundle

Xbox 360 250 GB Kinect Bundle

As everyone already knows, the standard geek uniform is jeans and a t-shirt. Any self respecting geek needs to have some ThinkGeek shirts in his wardrobe. ThinkGeek gear is like Armani Exchange for geeks, binary fashionable and geek chic.

If you need more suggestions, take a look at previous years geek gift guides: The Ultimate Geek Gift Guide 2009, 2008


Oct 27 2010

Random Thoughts October 2010

No explanation required, here are some random thoughts that occurred to me during the past month. These ideas were either to long to force into 140 character limit of Twitter but not fully develop to belong on their own post.

In the computer world, Bill Gates will always be remembered for Windows and the blue screen of death. Now that he has moved his attention to education and health care such as vaccines, a blue screen of death in these fields will can really cause someone dying.

If your enemies enemies are your friends, then it is to Microsoft’s interest to see Facebook get into the search space. It makes sense that Microsoft would pay a ridiculous amount of money for the tiniest fraction of Facebook just to see Facebook’s value go through the roof and branch into search, ads, mobile, etc.

I just started noticing people I follow on Twitter start using a new service to take and share their pictures taken from a mobile device. There are already a ton of other services such as Twitpic, Facebook, Flickr, Mobile Me, etc. I consider myself an early adopter, but I think there is a new category of adopter, the “I’ll try everything adopter.” There is a bunch of folks that suffer from the New and Shiny Syndrome where they must try every single new product or service they hear about. They all rave how much better that new product is on Facebook and Twitter for a week and then the herd moves on to the next new and shiny thing.

Every year there are a few companies that everybody wants to work for. It has been reported in many news outlet that there is a micro-brain drain at Google as engineers are migrating to Facebook. Zynga has also seen a tremendous growth and has been attracting talented developers, designers, and engineers. Both Facebook and Zynga are already large establish companies. If you are looking for the next breakout company I think you should look into Second Market. Second Market is building a marketplace for employee stock to private companies, Second Market is building a new market and perhaps a new industry. Second Market is has the potential to eventual be at a level to create or move markets.

Microsoft is anywhere between 5-10 years behind current market leaders in social, search, mobile, internet television, digital music, etc. They only consumer technology that they have a leg up on the competition is gaming with its XBox console system. As Microsoft keeps missing each industry boat in the consumer space, Microsoft more and more starts to resemble a company that only sells to large companies. For example, it took Microsoft a long time to get the security in Windows OS right (from XP to Vista to Windows 7) and all along the missed the mobile as a platform.

Twitter and Facebook need to come out with a year-end zeitgist for 2010. Google has been releasing zeitgists for each year since 2001, see the Google Zeitgist Archives. From Twitter I want to know what event was the most tweeted about, what was the hottest trending topic for the year, and a graph of the number of tweets throughout the year. From Facebook I want to know how many likes does it take to reach the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, who do they sell private personal data to the most, if they fixed the broken fence that let out all those sad malnourished cows.