2009-01-29

iPhone Developers Roundtable

Dave and I attended the iPhone Developers Roundtable last night. Giuseppe Taibi chaired the meet-up and provided Upper Crust pizza. Public Radio Exchange hosted us in their Harvard Square office.

There were about ten attendees. About half of us were already building iPhone or other mobile apps, half want to build iPhone apps, and one was a marketing executive for a large consumer brand. The discussion ranged from ideas for future meet-ups to the rationale for building native iPhone apps. Future meet-ups are likely to feature technical presentations and group coding sessions.

2009-01-26

Certified ScrumMaster

I spent two days last week at Jeff Sutherland's Certified ScrumMaster class. Jeff is one of the creators of Scrum. He is an excellent teacher with high caliber experience, not just applying Scrum, but applying Scrum well. I highly recommend Jeff's class to everyone interested in doing software development well.

2009-01-07

Boston is hot

Boston is hot, even when it's cold outside, even when it's too icy to ride your bike. Just before winter break, Xconomy Boston published an excellent guide to the cluster of mobile technology companies in the Boston area. Give it a read.

2009-01-05

I can't use Google Chrome

I want to use Chrome. All the cool kids use it. It has some great features. Unfortunately, it is missing good plugin support, and its Gears just don't work well.

The lack of good plugins is an annoyance. Without Adblock Plus and Noscript, I feel like I'm stepping back into the dark ages of web browsing. (Well, not really the dark ages, but the early advertising age, anyway.) I've grown used to Google Toolbar, and I love having my bookmarks available everywhere via Google Bookmarks, yet Chrome lacks solid support for these plugins. Chrome should make it easy to use the good plugins that already exist for Firefox.

Google Gears doesn't play well with Google Docs. Gears is one of the reasons I use Docs: Docs still works when my network connection breaks. This is important when I'm giving a presentation or collaborating with coworkers--I can't expect my colleagues to wait for the idiot using the cloud office tools to get his network connection back. When I enable Gears on the Docs home page, Gears always complains:
Status: Errors have been found
Settings

An error occurred while updating software. Failed to update software for the applications: Docs Home page, Google Spreadsheets
Why can't Google's web browser be better integrated with its own products?

I'll try Chrome again in another month or so. Until then, I'll stick with Firefox.

2009-01-02

Try Mozy, get a free beverage

A while back, I stopped using Carbonite .  My PC was misbehaving--its performance was terrible--and it was easy to blame Carbonite for at least part of the problem.  Carbonite's style is that it constantly monitors your Windows file system and makes backups almost immediately when a file changes.  That's good if you want excellent backup protection, but it sucks CPU, file system performance, and bandwidth from your PC.  Most people won't notice the performance drap, but on my old PC, it was intolerable.

I switched to Mozy, and I've been happy with it.  Mozy's style is less obtrusive.  It runs once a day, waits for your PC to be relatively idle, scans the file system for modified files, and backs them up.  It's not quite as safe as Carbonite, but it's good enough for me.

I strongly recommend Mozy. Sign up for a free account and get up to 2 GB of backup at no charge.  Or sign up for Mozy Unlimited Backup for, yes, unlimited backups. Yes, those are affiliate links.   If you sign up for Pro, I'll buy you a beverage at my local pub.

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