You may have noticed a bit of radio silence around here lately, which has certainly not happened without good reason; namely, these two:
The Galapagos Islands are/were/will be stunning, and I’m only just now (some 4 days after arriving back on the mainland) coming to terms with what I saw out there. “Speechless” is only the beginning. We’ll be back to our regular programming schedule soon, first I need to hike to the top of Machu Picchu - see you on the other side!
Marco Arment, on the new Twitter client developer rules of the road, announced on the twitter developer blog:
While I applaud Twitter-client developers for making Twitter awesome for me and a lot of others, I’m glad I’m not in that business right now.
“making twitter awesome”.
I’m with Brent Simmons on this one, who’s up for creating a better twitter-like service, one that doesn’t require Twitter itself?
But all contemporary publications tend toward the condition of blogs, and soon, if not yet already, it will seem pretentious, elitist, and old-fashioned to write anything, anywhere, with patience and care.
N+1 Magazine, on the state of contemporary writing, and well, you know, tweets and stuff.
A nice and concise set of lessons learnt pointers, by iOS and Mac developer, Collin Donnell:
- Price what the market will bear for the kind of [thing] you’re releasing, not what you’d like to sell for.
- Pick ideas that don’t need to be explained and that solve a problem you know others are having.
- Break up your ideas into smaller [things], rather than going a long time between updates.
These things Collin discovered, whilst selling his app Closeby on the app store, yet I think these ideas could be applied to almost any business type. I’ve replaced two software specific words with [things], to help with the translation to whatever it is you do (or would like to do. You’re welcome).
Wow, what an amazing story, the history behind graphing calculator. A lot of this calls to mind the mammoth achievements made possible by the open source software community, over the last 30 years - and yet this all happened within the bloated, bureaucratic monster that was Apple in the 90’s.
Next, we needed help writing software to draw the three-dimensional images that our software produced. A friend with expertise in this area took a weekend off from his startup company to write all of this software. He did in two days what would have taken me a month.
My skunkworks project was beginning to look real with help from these professionals as well as others in graphic design, documentation, programming, mathematics, and user interface. The secret to programming is not intelligence, though of course that helps. It is not hard work or experience, though they help, too. The secret to programming is having smart friends.
Apple at that time had a strong tradition of skunkworks projects, in which engineers continued to work on canceled projects in hopes of producing demos that would inspire management to revive them. On occasion, they succeeded. One project, appropriately code-named Spectre, was canceled and restarted no fewer than five times. Engineers worked after hours on their skunkworks, in addition to working full time on their assigned projects. Greg and I, as nonemployees who had no daytime responsibilities, were merely extending this tradition to the next level.
We wanted to release a Windows version as part of Windows 98, but sadly, Microsoft has effective building security.
The whole story is so good, worthy of any young software hacker underdog. Check it out here.
Maybe think twice before bragging about your vacation on Facebook, complete with sun-and-sand photos, lest your shadier friends or members of the general public decide to burgle your house. Two Facebook users in Anderson County, South Carolina were arrested Sunday for using Facebook to find out which of their friends were out of town so they could rob “several” of the empty houses over the course of two months, according to WFMY News.
With friends like these, eh?
This article gave me cause to reconsider all the online travel bragging I’ve been doing so far, then I remembered that I don’t actually have a home to burgle. You win some, you lose some.