By now you have heard that Microsoft and Yahoo have entered into a partnership for their search functionality. People are obviously making a big deal about this, but it is not as big as it seems. First, Yahoo is still a separate company, and did not completely sell to Microsoft. An outright acquisition was what… Read More Was The Search Battle Already Over?
For what seems like forever, people have complained about vendor lock-in. This is normally talked about with regards to major system software like an RDBMS, but it extends to various other packages as well. We are now seeing lock-in cause problems in other arenas as well, specifically in the mobile industry. The interesting thing is… Read More Proof That Vendor And Platform Lock-In Suck
As a software engineer, you need to keep your skills sharp and current. This is a general requirement of the job. In addition to this, in the current economy you do not want to be without a job. Obviously, this means learning more about what your current company uses for all of its development. What… Read More [UPDATED] What Programming Languages Do Jobs Require?
I know I have been quiet this week, but me and the family were moving again (don’t ask). Obviously, it has been an interesting week on the internet. Twittergate got tons of coverage for better or worse, but I am not really going to talk about that. What I am going to talk about is… Read More FriendFeed Is Getting Ripped Off
Yesterday, I was helping a coworker understand part of an application I had worked on previously. When we had finished going through his issue, he asked whether he needed to write unit test. Obviously, I recommended that he write new unit tests and ensure the old unit tests did not break. He then asked me… Read More What Does Your Development Environment Look Like?
I have to admit that the Google Chrome OS announcement bothered me a bit. I was not concerned about the level of coverage it received, but it just felt that there was something missing. An OS announcement with limited details, and everyone wondering where Android fit with it, just felt wrong. Google is hiding something.… Read More Google Putting Together A Cash Cow
Yes, this is yet another “OMG! GOOGLE MADE AN OS!” post. However, I am going to start very simply by pointing to something someone said shortly after Chrome was first released: One thing I did realize is that it is not in competition with Firefox or any other browser. This is competition directly aimed at… Read More (Not So) Shocking News, Google Announces Chrome OS
Oh, the irony! On the day that Chris Anderson’s Free is released, Google decides to take a bite out of free. TechCrunch reported earlier today that the Standard Edition of Google Apps had disappeared. Based on the image in their post, you can see the comparison of the Standard Edition and the Premium Edition. This… Read More Irony Is Still Free
Ever since FriendFeed added their subscriber counts to FeedBurner (with my complaints), I have been wondering how we should really deal with the different audiences that consume the content that we create. As I sat down to write some thoughts, Chris Brogan posted a similar idea. Thankfully, he took his post in a different direction,… Read More Who Is Your Audience And Are Audiences Different?
Yes, that is correct, even reliable infrastructure fails. This has never been more obvious than the past two weeks. The recent celebrity deaths caused massive spikes in traffic to several sites, so of course, some of the sites could not handle the load. However, this is only a small part of what I am talking… Read More What Should You Do When Reliable Infrastructure Fails