Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Facebook Phone?

Business Insider, Henry Blodget: “Although Facebook might want to be a mobile platform, there’s no obvious need for a Facebook phone.”

I can’t imagine how crappy this could turn out. If you’ve ever used the Facebook iOS application you know what a steaming pile of poo that is. An entire phone, dedicated to Facebook? I’d imagine it will appeal to the narcissistic, reality show, types. Think Kim Kardashian, perfect target for The Facebook Phone.

Good luck Zuck, I think you’ll need it.

Old Man Coder

Nick Bradbury: “And because of the years we’ve spent creating software, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, regardless of the language or the platform. Operating systems rise and fall, development tools come and go, but through it all, old farts know how to write solid code.”

Great piece.

Us old guys gotta stick together.

Responsive Developer

Red Sweater Blog: “In this case, I discovered a bug in MarsEdit 3.5.2 (and 3.5.1, as it happens) that would cause the blog settings editing panel in MarsEdit to fill up all of a blog’s settings with default values when you opened it to tweak a blog. Then, if you innocently click “OK”, wham, all your blog settings are updated with default settings. Not good.”

I use MarsEdit to manage this weblog as well as the Apple Core Labs weblog. It’s a great piece of software and I have a lot of respect for its creator: Daniel Jalkut. Every developer makes mistakes. It comes with the territory. Daniel made a mistake and fixed that mistake as soon as he discovered it. It’s nice to see a developer be so responsive. Hats off.

Thanks for the great software, Daniel.

Cell Phone use in Theaters?

CriticWire: “At CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, several movie exhibitors exhibited a willingness to relax their restrictions on cell phone use in their theaters. The kids today, you see, with their iPhones and iPads and IDon’tCareIfIRuinTheMovieForYous, want to be allowed to text and tweet and talk everywhere. Exhibitors worried about the loss of their core audience, are considering caving to their demands.”

Allowing phone calls and text messaging during a movie would be a really bad idea.

Stephen King on Taxes

Pennywise the ClownThe Daily Beast: “What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility—America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny. That kind of salvation does not come from Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer saying, “OK, I’ll write a $2 million bonus check to the IRS.” That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry.”

I think I need to move to Bangor and work with this guy.

Pop! Goes the Bubble

New York Times: “When this next bubble pops — and it will pop — the idea to make no money can finally pop, too. Then investors can start working with companies to build businesses that have long-term financial goals, instead of just building a short-term mystery.”

We’re trying to build our little “mom and pop” shop into a real business. It will be an uphill battle, I have no doubt, but, as long as we’re able to pay the bills and have a good time doing it, we’ll be just fine.

I love my job.