Monthly Archives: November 2005

Here in Cork!

Tom Raftery just took us out for a great dinner. We’ve arrived safely in Cork. How did I recognize Tom? He was the only one with white headphones in the airport. 

Hey, I’m on Channel 9. You can see how we make Channel 9 videos. Ken Levy was the one who filmed that interview and talks more about that filming on his blog.

I gotta go to sleep. Tom has a full day arranged for us tomorrow. Martin Fowler reports that John Vlissides died over the weekend (wrote a great book on software design, Martin says).

Speaking of Tom, he was raving about his podcast interview he just did with Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch. It’s a bizarre world I live in. I visit with Micahel often, and now fly around the world to meet Tom who interviewed Michael over the phone. Wacky.

Speaking of podcasts, Jeff Clavier, Silicon Valley VC, says that IT Conversations’ PopTech podcasts are worth a listen.

A quick tour through my feed reading (I read all my feeds on the trip today):

Bilal Haidar says he found a great Website for resources and tools for Internet Information Services (IIS): IISToolshed.com.

Ben Rockwood has a First Person Shooter Roundup.

Phil Wolff, over on Skype Journal, has an excellent Monday reading list, which includes a profile of Niklas, founder of Skype. I saw that in the local papers yesterday.

Performancing takes a look at Firefox Extensions for Bloggers. Kam VedBrat (works at Microsoft) reports that using Firefox on a Tablet PC just got easier.

ActiveWin reports that Paint.NET v 2.5 final release is now available.

Claire Giordano says she’s leaving Sun Microsystems to work for Amazon’s A9 search engine. I hope she keeps her blog going, I always enjoyed it.

Dan Bricklin is on NerdTV.

How did I miss Tabletology? That site is awesome. JKOnTheRun has the details.

Gary Price links to NetLibrary: Over 100,000 digitized and searchable books are available online.

Evan Williams Ten Rules for Web Startups was linked all over the place. It’s most excellent.

Happy Birthday to Renee Blodgett, Silicon Valley’s star PR’er.

USNews writes about customer evangelists

I was just over at the Church of the Customer blog and saw that USNews and World Report wrote about corporate evangelists. I like Ben’s analysis:

“Have some soul. Tell reporters that your evangelists are the greatest customers in the world (and that you’ve restructured the public relations department). After all, what true evangelists crave more than anything is recognition.”

For the record, I appreciate everyone who builds technology to improve our lives, whether it’s as simplistic as adding an RSS feed to your Web sites, to something a lot more complex like making a game for the Xbox 360. If you use Microsoft stuff, even better! If you build stuff on Microsoft’s platforms, better yet!

And never hesitate to let me know how I, or Microsoft, can help you do any of the above.

Gary Short boogles at my ego

In the ‘better mail than jail’ department, Gary Short writes about me: “At the end of the day though, he’s not actually done anything useful, in short he’s a celeb. Famous only for being famous.”

Usually when I get posts like this it’s like an early warning system. So, I need to look back over my posts to see whether I’m getting off track. Indeed I am. Looking back I see my posting has been condescending, too challenging, and sometimes just mean sounding. Heck, even Dave Winer told me off.

Sorry, blame it on the jet lag.

Clone the Memeorandum API, Paul says

Paul Montgomery’s post “Clone the Memeorandum API” is sure to get onto Memeorandum in a few hours. The thing is he thinks the algorithm that Gabe Rivera developed for Memeorandum is fairly simplistic.

Oh, Paul, you sound a bit like Tim Bray tonight!

If only developing quality software was so simplistic. You might not know Gabe, but I do. He’s a former compiler writer. Used to work for Intel. He’s one smart cookie. His algorithms might be simple to explain, but they aren’t so simple to implement. For instance, do you know how he filters out noise? What happens if I link to a political blog? Why doesn’t that show up on Memeorandum? Ever consider that one? I’ve talked with Gabe about it. The algorithm he wrote takes care of it.

Doing Memeorandum took him more than a year. Are you a former compiler writer? Expect it to take longer then and not work as well.

I want to see a “personal Memeorandum” too, though, just to be clear. But thinking that it’s a simple problem just denigrates Gabe who took more than a year off of work — without pay — to implement Memeorandum.

The other thing you need to know is that opening API’s increases a systems’ POTENTIAL insecurity quite a bit. So doing so must be done with great thought. Lots of threat modeling. Lots of testing. Not easy stuff. I bet that turning on an API will require Gabe to do even more work than he’s already done.