I have moved to my own blog host…

This will stay up as long as WordPress will allow it, but you can now find me here at http://blog.devlpr.net.  All the content from this blog has been imported, but this will be the last post here.  So long hosted WordPress!


An open letter to micromanagers – Scott Berkun

I love the truth, it hurts sometimes, but this blog post is nothing but the truth.

Owners of thoroughbreds never stop their horses during a race, every ten seconds, to remind  the horse and jockey how to run, where the finish line is, or that it’d be a good idea to finish first. Why? It would slow them down. Only an idiot would do this.

If you’re a manager, you must assume you have thoroughbreds working for you. Your job is to give them what they need to win their respective races, agreeing with them on the goal  and rewards, but then getting the hell out of the way. Until they start jumping fences or attacking other horses, you have to let them run their race.

The self governed community wiki is the next killer app

With the success of Stack Overflow we also now have Stack Exchange.   The technology driving these sites is nothing ground breaking.  Lots of people make nice usable websites on the same platform.

These guys have revolutionized the Wiki.  The community concepts that drive this technology is indeed the next killer app in information technology.    Its the first of its kind, and will be mimic for years to follow.  The list of sites using this technology is growing daily and has no limits.

As you see in this post, I am linking to the most popular Wiki, Wikipedia.

Adobe crash report

Wow, I thought it was just my PC. I have had these same issues with CS4.

Some lessons to be learned here, maybe you shouldn’t forget how you became what you are.

This level of awesome doesn’t happen by accident or iteration or lucky lottery ticket. Each app’s a joy to use precisely because it’s built from scratch to solve certain problems real people have in a certain context — not to do everything for everyone and certainly not to fit into a “Suite” that was invented by some white-toothed Stanford grad who knows each app’s “Features & Benefits” bullets better than the needs of its battlefield users.

View the rest here.

IE has one good purpose…

It allows me to install Firefox on a new Windows machine!  Ha ha chuckle chuckle, yes I am rebuilding a laptop today. 🙂

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If you haven’t used stackoverflow.com, your missing out!

There was no way to paraphrase what this site is about.  Read below and check them out, its great!

Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away. You can register if you want to collect karma and win valuable flair that will appear next to your name, but otherwise, it’s just free. And fast. Very, very fast.

We don’t run Stack Overflow. You do. Stack Overflow is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow programmers. Once the system learns to trust you, you’ll be able to edit anything, much like Wikipedia. With your help, we can build good answers to every imaginable programming question together. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home — better programming is our goal.

Stack Overflow is as frictionless and painless to use as we could make it. We believe finding the right answer to your programming questions should be as easy as falling into the pit of success. And maybe even a little fun along the way.

So What? Who cares? Isn’t this just like a dozen other websites?

What’s so special about this? Well, nothing, really. It’s a programming Q&A website. The only unusual thing we do is synthesize aspects of Wikis, Blogs, Forums, and Digg/Reddit in a way that is somewhat original. Or at least we think so.