Feb 7 2010

Retweet January 2010

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 and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • If your code works not because of your programming intentions but because of bug side effects and your client doesn’t care, it is not done.
  • I need a software development bug repellent.
  • Design fail if you fix a log message and you break some functionality.
  • If a carpenter’s rule of thumb is to “measure twice, cut once” then a programmer’s rule of thumb should be “design twice, code once, refactor a few times, and optimize only if you have to.”
  • Saying you know programming is like saying you know how to read, a first grader knows how to read!!
  • Requirements gathering is not creative writing.
  • I love requirements: The initial instruction should completely initialize the initial value.

Team Leadership

  • The only two requirements for a manager is that he is breathing and that he can communicate with his team in their language.
  • What happens to you is not other people’s fault, it is your opportunity.
  • There is nothing worse than a perfectionist that doesn’t know what he wants.
  • The worst thing you can so when you make a mistake is lie about it.
  • Every once in a while you have to recalculate, reshuffle, and/or remix your priorities.
  • Embrace the edge.

Product Placement

  • In Google We Trust.
  • Google claims their motto is to ‘do no evil’, put I suggest they change it to ‘do no customer support.’
  • If you use Google search to find Google Mail customer support and still can’t find it, is that a fail in their customer support or search?
  • There should be Freedom of Information Act for corporations. I want to know everything that Google knows about me and how that info is used
  • Can’t believe the AT&T website is not iPhone/mobile friendly.
  • Apple should develop a dual screen iPhone, iPhone GS3 DS.
  • I imagine a time when Zynga will have in-game ads for Monsanto genetic modified seeds on FarmVille or Foster Farm turkeys for Cafe World.
  • Facebook saves everything you create/post/save/click/delete, it can reverse engineer what you where thinking.
  • Doing four square drive-by check-ins.
  • Does Craigslist have an iPhone app?
  • Do you have multiple twitter personality disorder?

Quote

  • If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. – Seneca
  • If I could make the same amount of money but wake up until when I can’t hold in my pee any longer, I will be a success. – Phil Kaplan
  • The answer to the question “where do good ideas come from” is always the same, the come from bad ideas. – Seth Godin
  • Only the mediocre are always at their best. – Jean Giraudoux
  • From pitch perspective, the more you wear your idea, the more it fits you… – Brad Feld
  • Nothing fails like success. – Arnold Toynbee
  • I totally question the conventional wisdom of the American dream. – Anil Dash
  • If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. – Iva Turgenev

Feb 6 2010

Retweet December 2009

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 and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • Are we that good that some features work because of an unintentional side effect of a bug?
  • I’ve heard of cloud computing, even ground computing, but I can’t wait until I can do intergalactic-interdimensional computing.
  • Maintenance is a real full time job and it should be planned, scheduled, and budgeted accordingly.
  • Maintainability is a feature.
  • Team meetings should not feel like AA meetings.
  • The debugger don’t lie, but the test might.
  • Old legacy systems don’t die, they just complicate your architecture.
  • Mashup data with dreams, feeds, and feelings…

Team Leadership

  • Guilt is not the optimal way to inspire people to do what is right.
  • Knowledge is like an fractal iceberg, and what you know is the tip of a snowflake in the tip of an iceberg in an ice planet.
  • Usually there is only one way to win at a given time, but many ways to lose most of the time.
  • When people don’t listen to the truth they are lying to themselves.
  • Not all great ideas make for a good business.
  • Thinking Asymmetrically!

Product Placement

  • Should I get a Droid or wait for the new Google phone?
  • Does Zuckerborg eat his own dog food when it comes to privacy, his real profile is not public, just his fan page in which he doesn’t post much.
  • The only way Zuckerborg would appreciate privacy is if TMZ deployed their paparazzi on him.
  • @zynga I would love to give points/credits as a gift in non-spammy and non-recurring way without signing up to services I don’t need.
  • @zynga can I buy Cafe World gift card?
  • I just got a subscription of Mobile Me. I like how I can track, lock down, and erase the data of my iPhone from the web.
  • Got crack? There’s an app for that!
  • Twitter should increase to 256 characters…
  • Money don’t grow on trees, but with these prices for xmas trees you would think it does.

Quote

  • What came first, chicken nuggets or the egg mcmuffin? – Little Jackie
  • If I ask no questions I hear no lies. – Little Jackie.
  • The Three Es of Good Work: Excellent, Engaging, and Ethical. – Howard Gardner
  • The United States has been dominated by the three Ms: Money, Markets, and Me. – Howard Gardner
  • If you can’t cover it up, turn it up. – Adam Curry/NA-152 #noagenda
  • We have privatized our foreign policy – Philip Brenner
  • The more complex an economy is, the more fragile it is, and the more cataclysmic its disintegration can be. – Bryan Ward-Perkins

Dec 19 2009

Juixe TechKnow Predictions 2010

Just like opinions, at the end of the year everyone has their own predictions for the new year. I came to these predictions by reading the back of caps of green tea bottles. If you like to see my accuracy with past predictions see the predictions of 2009.

  • In the future everybody will have their 15 minutes of fame and their own iPhone app on the App Store.
  • The App Store app review process will be even more stringent, opaque, and occult. the App Store will require a vial of blood from each iPhone developer.
  • Steve Jobs has himself cloned and a disk image of his memories will be implanted in the clone.
  • The Apple Tablet shall come with Steve Jobs’ iCommandments.
  • The Google Android platform will explode with hundreds of Android phones on the market, and no app review process for apps. Also the first Android trojan horse virus will affect Android users.
  • Google will release a Google Phone and become a true telephony company with Google Voice.
  • The Google Twins will have a falling out over an argument as to who does less evil.
  • Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Product and User Experience at Google, will leave Google for her own startup where she will develop the next killer web app which consists of a single search field and no buttons or text.
  • Twitter will be hacked, Fail Whale, and Jump the Shark all in the same day.
  • Facebook will buy Foursquare only to let it bit rot like Google did with Dodgeball.
  • Facebook will allow advertisers to impersonate you and post in your friends wall.
  • Zynga will but Facebook and rename it to FarmBook.
  • News Corp will buy Digg for $500 Million only to have all the users migrate over to Reddit.
  • Paul Graham will be deified by entrepreneurs around the world and will be given a mandatory 3% for $10 of all new startups.
  • The US government will award $10 million contract for an installation of WordPress for a government site.

Dec 13 2009

Retweet November 2009

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 and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • If bad artists copy and great artists steal then bad programmers copy and great programmers cut and paste.
  • You have to think outside our current requirements and think about solutions that fit the platform and which we can build product features.
  • Can programmer mood/happiness be deciphered based on rate of check-ins, changelist, source code diff size, amount of refactoring?
  • Software is alchemy. The magic of software is that it can turn complexity to simplicity.
  • One man’s feature is another’s complexity.

Team Leadership

  • A 10:00 PM design leads to 1:00 AM release leads to 8:00 AM FAIL.
  • There are sore losers and sour winners!
  • You may know your competitors, but do you know your complementor? Complementors are businesses and services that complement yours.
  • Know thy competitor, and get to know thy complementor.
  • The biggest risk is not taking risks.
  • Don’t be afraid of someone stealing your idea, be afraid that someone is actually going to follow through with it
  • Taking startup advice is like taking dating advice.

Product Placement

  • Google Wave does not feel like a wave, it is more like a creek and I am without a paddle.
  • I’m riding the Google Wave, but not drinking the Google Kool-Aid.
  • It’s great that Apple invest in design and multi-touch tech, but they need to invest in water proof tech too. I’ve lost two ipods to water.
  • I want to tether an iPod Touch with an iPhone.
  • The iPhone is the PC.
  • I have a growing collection of ebooks on my Kindle, in fact I have not bought a hard cover book since I got my Kindle over a year ago.
  • Recharging my Kindle. It used to be that a book recharged my creativity and imagination now I have to recharge my ebook.
  • FaceBook should just rename itself to FarmBook! All I see on FaceBook when I sign in are updates from FarmVille, Cafe World, etc…
  • Will Microsoft port Google Go to the .NET platform? Why will they call it? G++? Iron Google Go? Google Go 2010 Business Edition?
  • What will people abbreviate Google Go down to? GooGo? GoGo? Goo? Goog++? Golang? Pogo?
  • ‘Python 300’ + ‘C++’ + Googleplex + $$$ + WTF = Google Go

Self Development

  • Creditability is worth more than money in the bank.
  • It is better to work on your own ideas than on someone else’s assumptions.
  • To think outside the box it helps to first master the box.
  • Don’t do what stops you from doing what you want to do unless that is what you want to do.
  • You are damned if you do, damned if you don’t, and damned if you hesitate.
  • If you don’t have the key to success, call on a locksmith.

Quotes

  • The biggest motivation is not the money but the impact. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • You can’t build everything and there is no more a killer feature. Everyone has a different killer feature. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • I am the unhappiest WordPress user in the world, I think it sucks. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • Having a virtual assistant is one of the greatest training for managers. – Matt Coffin/#TWiST 27
  • I only believe rumors that I start – Mike Elgan
  • Wait a second, … you’ll waiting for me to take a risk, and then you’ll take a risk, that is not risk at all – @jason/#TWiST
  • We spend more time worrying and planning for the downside than we do spend worrying and planning for the upside. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • A lot of what you have to do as CEO is convince the employees that you are not a normal company. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • If you don’t have control of your company, you are an employee. – Mark Pincus
  • The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer