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Archive for January, 2007

Context switching… it’s harmful. How can we “get things done”?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

We’ve got a problem. These days, there are no shortages of interruptions. Cell phones, pagers, email, IM, RSS feeds, blogs, and now twitter. As a developer in a rather small team, at any given time I’ve got several projects I’m working on. Each with a relatively significant duration. In other words, I’m busy, and I [...]

Color of the bike shed

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Color of the bikeshed I’ve experienced this so many times it’s something I come to expect when I work on any upcoming project. The bigger – and more abstract – problem related to this is quite simply that a requirements grow, deliverables are behind and deadlines get missed. People stay quiet on technical issues, but [...]

The iPhone

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Old news… I know. But I had to chime in. First thought. wow. Second thought… wow. Third thought…… I wish I hadn’t caved so early. You had to know it was coming. I know I did. I just didn’t expect it quite yet. I don’t know why, but I was starting to think it was [...]

Web Developer 1.1

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Chris has just announced it, he’s released version 1.1 of the Web Developer Extension. Go get it while it’s still hot!

Verizon Math

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Let’s start by asking: do you recognize there is a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents? It’s painful, but quite funny. Poor guy had to sit through several Verizon operators and managers and they still couldn’t agree that there is a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents. Oh man… A semi-happy ending