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iPhone Voicemail Badness – why-oh-why AT&T #fb

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Noticing that I haven’t received any new voicemails in over a week – and hearing rumors about problems with voicemail on the iPhone… I reset my iPhone and after a reboot – ta-da! Over a weeks worth of voicemails suddenly appear. Grrr. Never seen this before and I’ve had my 1st generation iPhone for a couple of years

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kanban development oversimplified + shiny bits on couchdb

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Lots of buzz lately about kanban / lean in software development. While  watching this from the sidelines, I’ve also been looking at my current team and previous teams and gauging applicability.

With my current team (at FiveRuns), we hit a point a while ago where the team began to reject the extra formality and overhead in some of our scrum practices (e.g. sprint planning, release planning) and began to smooth our rhythm out until we ended up, more or less, as continuous-flow.

The great thing is, I’ve looked back on earlier teams and seen similar trends – but different results. This time (for me) reality & results were stronger than dogma & fear – so we went with what made us better.

Then, I stumbled across Kanban Development Oversimplified and passed it out – it’s a great quick & simple overview.

It’s not good enough to be doing something… I’ve got to build something related. So, combine this with the desire to get some more experience with some new shiny bits (standalone apps on couchdb) and ta da: a simple board with cards + columns to represent our worfklow (surely a cliched application, along with blogs); the board will be a centralized service and a de-centralized service (ref: git) so that people can take their own copy of the board with them – keep using it – and sync up with either the centralized service or another instance, as needed. More later: I’ll post some cucumber scenarios and then a link to the project on github.

FiveRuns at RailsConf/CabooseConf and taking folks to see Penn & Teller

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Attending RailsConf and/or CabooseConf? Join FiveRuns to see Penn & Teller perform at the Rio on Tuesday night.

We’ve got transportation and 40 tickets to catch Penn & Teller at the Rio on Tuesday night. Want to join us? Drop your name in the… hat. Okay, it’s not a hat, but you get the idea.

Enter your name before 8am Tuesday morning; winners will be notified by 10am via email.

See you in Las Vegas!

Clarity in the cloud & congratulations to whurley

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

Open source “evil genius” whurley has announced he will be writing a column for InfoWorld on cloud computing, and it appears that his initial focus will be to help bring clarity to ‘just what cloud computing means’. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Twitter Updates for 2008-12-03

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2008 at 11:59 pm

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@juliegomoll – more of a tweak…

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2008 at 9:22 am

@juliegomoll – more of a tweak at those who ‘left behind’ long-form-blogs and now only do short-form-tweets

housekeeping on my blog. remem…

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2008 at 9:11 am

housekeeping on my blog. remember blogs? so last … decade? years?

not sleeping. the day is still…

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2008 at 12:11 am

not sleeping. the day is still running through my head.

“Finding Paths Through the Worlds Photos”, Blade Runner & Pseudo-Ghosts?

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Finding Paths Through the Worlds Photos (via webware.com) is a stunning example of stitching together collections of 2d photos and navigating them in 3d.I can’t help but be reminded of the scene from Blade Runner where the main character takes what appears to be a 2d photo, enhances and looks around a corner (or similar). I always thought that special effect failed – how would we ever pull that off… But, this demo is creeping up on that idea.Separately, because the demo stitches together lots of different photos from different sources, there are several examples of people quickly appearing & disappearing as the narrator navigates the 3d space. This is another example of an effect I’ve seen where you can visit a place and find traces of who was there before – there are some iPhone applications that let you do this with notes and photos. Are we assembling technology stacks to make our own pseudo-ghosts?

An interesting pattern to make a brief pitch

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2007 at 10:17 pm

I had an interesting discussion with Kelly Looney today regarding positioning. Based on his experience, (as I interpret it )positioning starts with identifying and sharing a world-view and then describing what you do (of benefit), in the context of that world-view.

For me, it seems an interesting pattern to use to compose a simple pitch of an idea (e.g. for a startup). So, here’s some attempts to try that pattern out:


(worldview) Desktop apps and Web-based apps will co-exist for the foreseeable future. The web-based application market is strong + beyond conventional desktop browser access, access continues to improve (e.g. iPhone and other mobile web devices). At the same time, there is a resurgence in elegant desktop applications for the Mac – and their ease of use and aesthetics are unbeatable. Right now, it’s a frequent forced commitment to choose (for a particular function) between working on the desktop or in the clouds. The longer this goes on, the more important it will be to banish that artificial choice – and allow both transparently.

(benefit) We build productivity applications that transparently offer the best for your use regardless of whether your are on a Mac or via the web – we take care of making everything work together.


(worldview) There are often repeated patterns (e.g of activity, thought, etc.) that occur across many disciplines. Recognition and sharing of those patterns will have some unknown and unexpected benefits.

(benefit) We have developed an open community system where patterns are documented, explained, discussed, organized and connected to actual uses in the real world.

Nice.