Jabberings #11

by john on August 11, 2004

“Frequently updated” is the second item in D. Keith Robinson’s list of what makes A Successful Blog. OK, I’m out of the running. Working 12+ hour days has taken its toll. His “followup”:http://www.dkeithrobinson.com/asterisk/archive/2004/08/successful-blog-2 discusses what he gets out of blogging.

Ran across a great ad for a “Cold Fusion/SQL Server programmer”:http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=871452 via Anil Dash’s daily links. Some choice bits:

bq(quote).. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND IF:

4. More than 2 projects at a time puts you over the edge with stress about getting them done; whereas less than 2 projects at a time also puts you over the edge with financial worries. We have many projects and we need a person who can multi-task. If you can’t, don’t respond.

10. If we have a tense moment or we say that we don’t like the way you did some work and that it’s not absolutely perfect and you’re not the greatest programmer God ever put upon the earth and/or, we don’t constantly stroke your ego and reassure you that you’re wonderful every 5 minutes, you go off and sulk like a baby and when we try to call you to discuss it, you let the answering machine get it, listen to our message and then respond seconds later with a nasty mean email. Be a grown up, pick up the phone and talk about it.

11. You’re incapable of doing preliminary testing. If an element of a project contains a link to add an item, a link to modify an item and a link to delete an item, then all 3 of those should work BEFORE you say it’s done. If there is an image to be uploaded in one of those links, test it. Don’t say later that it works as long as the image isn’t modified! That’s one of the features of the project! It’s not done until it works!

We’re evaluating the “Treo 600”:http://www.palmone.com/us/products/smartphones/treo600/ and the “Blackberry 7230”:http://www.blackberry.net/products/blackberry7200/blackberry7230.shtml at work. I was an original Blackberry user and used to say that if I could put it up to my ear (meaning it had an integrated cell phone) it would be the perfect device. These days they have that and more. But the Treo, especially with GoodLink, is pretty darned intriguing. What’s cool about GoodLink is I can deploy a Treo with their corporate Exchange account with full sync of email, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes and I don’t have to install any software on the user’s desk. I just give them their Treo and a charger and away they go. Of course if you choose that deployment model the user couldn’t install any 3rd party applications which for “some people”:http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/stories/2003/12/04/whatsOnMyTreo600.html would be a problem. For others it would be a good thing.

When I do get around to finishing that redesign that I’ve had in the works for a year I’ll borrow Neil’s idea of “highlighting the trackback”:http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2004/Aug/11/restyled_comments.html entries. I already use “SimpleComments”:http://kalsey.com/2003/02/simplecomments/ so it’s just a simple style change, but I like the idea.

Still haven’t broken down and bought a “Tivo”:http://www.tivo.com/0.0.asp (or tried hacking together a Freevo) but if they managed some of the ideas from engadget’s “Ten things that Microsoft and TiVo must each do to win the living room”:http://features.engadget.com/entry/1882345133499767/ then I just might.

It’s August 11th, it’s Minnesota, and the low tonight is going to be 47 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s insane. No question it’s my fault for putting in a “pool”:http://www.johnsjottings.com/archives/2003/09/26/34000_gallons_of_water_in_my_backyard.html last fall.

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Joe Grossberg August 12, 2004 at 3:40 pm

Yeah, I liked my dating analogy (comments): http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=871452

I mean, seriously … if this is how the boss talks to you before you even set foot in the office … can you imagine the treatment you’d face as an employee?

Greg Keene's iPAQ h6315/h6300 Tracker October 10, 2004 at 1:14 pm

GoodLink Enterprise Software

The Mobile Enterprise software solution known GoodLink Wireless Email is developed by Good Technology, Inc. I had previously used GoodLink on my T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition. Since the September 29th release of 3.7 (which supports the HP h6315 as

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