- ESPN Dev Blog
ESPN guys have a dev blog, rails though? Where?
(categories: blogs programming rails espn )
- Tell Us: Why does working at Google suck?
Google’s 20% time is known internally as 120% time. Fun idea while it lasted.
(categories: innovation google idea )
- This is why you’re fat.
Also, things I need to try: fried guacamole, deep fried cupcakes, bacon wrapped meatloaf stuff with mac ‘n cheese.
(categories: funny food america cooking health )
- Streams, affordances, Facebook, and rounding errors – Laughing Meme
Quote: "Don’t let your design make promises you can’t keep." Takeaway: we’re severely underestimating the scope of doing activity stream right, we need to put a lot more thought into how we design it and more specifically, what we’re *not* going to do.
(categories: messaging architecture flickr facebook design twitter scalability activity activitystreams )
Firefox only right now but the examples are really amazing.
- Enjoymentland » Locavore 1.0 is now available!
Cool idea: a powerful yet simple application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows users to find the freshest, most sustainable fruits and vegetables no matter where they are in the United States.
(categories: iphone food location gps shopping locationenabled )
- Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Building Fast Client-side Searches
Couple interesting things about this post: a) they store your contacts in a blob, b) the client-side autocomplete / search algorithm could probably be used on Clearspace.
- Painless Functional Specifications – Part 4: Tips – Joel on Software
Rule 1: Be Funny, Rule 2: Writing a spec is like writing code for a brain to execute, Rule 3: Write as simply as possible, Rule 4: Review and reread several times, Rule 5: Templates considered harmful
(categories: writing programming documentation specification functionalspec functionaldesign requirements )
- Painless Functional Specifications – Part 3: But… How? – Joel on Software
- Joel on Software: Sample Functional Specification: WhatTimeIsIt
- Painless Functional Specifications – Part 2: What’s a Spec? – Joel on Software
- Painless Functional Specifications – Part 1: Why Bother? – Joel on Software
- Blogging Roller: OAuth everywhere!
This post explains, at a very high level, how [he] got a Roller Gadget working, one that uses OAuth to call Roller and enables Roller to use OAuth to call back to the social network.
(categories: blogs oauth roller apache wiki shindig opensocial )
- Design Fiction: A short slideshow on design, science, fact and fiction
ETech presentation: slide 24, quote: "Stories Matter More Than Features, Specs and Engineering."
(categories: design etech functionaldesign stories designfiction minorityreport )
- 7 Essential Guidelines For Functional Design | How-To | Smashing Magazine
Consider the screwdriver. The goal of a screwdriver is pretty straight-forward: to drive screws. Although there’s certainly a lot of room for innovation in screwdriver design — there are screwdrivers with more ergonomic handles, ratchet-assemblies, magnetic tips, and exchangeable heads — ultimately everything in a screwdriver’s design is aimed towards the accomplishment of that single goal: driving screws.
(categories: ux ui usability functionaldesign usermodel userfocus )
- Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke.
With the old economics destroyed, organizational forms perfected for industrial production have to be replaced with structures optimized for digital data. It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.
(categories: culture news publishing journalism media newspapers )
- rc3.org — Discomfort is a necessary side effect
People are too unwilling to face discomfort. Journalists don’t want to make the people they interact with on a daily basis squirm. People want to read that the politicians they support are fighting the good fight. And this reaches far beyond politics as well. Java programmers didn’t want to read that C# had a lot of nice language features that improved on weaknesses in Java. People in general seem to prefer to remain ignorant of the practices of industrial agriculture in the modern world.
- activity strea.ms
An effort to develop an Activity Stream protocol for syndicating activities taken in social web applications and services, similar to those in Facebook’s Newsfeed, FriendFeed, the Movable Type Action Streams plugin and elsewhere.
(categories: social atom standards web2.0 activity opensocial diso )
- » Gravatar in Gmail » Jon Fox
When is someone going to join email and social software in an OOTB application? Seems silly that I have to download a greasemonkey script or a FireFox plugin to get this behavior.
(categories: social socialsoftware greasemonkey gmail )
- How to be a program manager – Joel on Software
The exact form the functional specification takes may vary. All a functional specification has to do is explain how the program will behave. It doesn’t say anything about how the code will work internally. You start at the highest level: a vision statement, no more than one page explaining the gist of the new feature. Once that’s nailed down, you can develop storyboards… mockups of the screens showing the user’s progression through the application, with detailed notes showing how they work. For many types of functionality, especially UI-heavy functionality, once you have these storyboards, you’re done.
(categories: programming design process development management engineering functionalspec )
- Entrepreneurs – Don’t Be Afraid of GDP Growth Rate
The list of companies started during periods of negative GDP Growth include Wang, TI, DEC, Fairchild, EDS, Compuserve, Intel, Atari, CA, Apple, Microsoft, Amdahl, Autodesk, Sun, Compaq, Cisco, 3Com, Genzyme, EMC, Amgen, Lotus, EA, Adobe, AOL, Dell, Cisco, and Network Appliance. I know the startup story of many of them and it includes single-mindedness of purpose, frugality/capital efficiency, and more sweat than equity.
(categories: startups entrepreneurship economy motivation )
- Google Friend Connect: Add social features to your site
Rating widget, friend widget, create account widgets… Nice stuff.
(categories: google openid opensocial widgets friendconnect )