I tend to talk about failure a bit on this blog. Failure is a good topic for discussion, whether it is project failure or failures by people. Why is it such a good topic to talk about? Because people fail every day and so do companies. However, in our world, people like to talk about… Read More Failures Are Really Mini Successes
Much to my delight, Binpress is having a programming contest! The main page for the contest has some basic information and a teaser on the prizes. The prizes are fairly significant, with the grand prize being worth $17,000 and a total of $40,000 in prizes, mostly free services from various providers but there is a… Read More Binpress Is Having A Programming Contest!
So, it looks like real-time search has died. The two leaders in this space, OneRiot and Collecta, have decided to focus on other things. OneRiot announced their change in focus last fall as they launched their advertising network. Now we hear that Collecta is closing their search as they change their focus as well. In… Read More Real-Time Search Is Dead, Sort Of
There has been some interesting reading recently which may not seem to be related but definitely has some commonalities. The common threads in these posts may not seem obvious at first, but after some discussion I think you will see what I am talking about. First, we have seen the whirlwind marketing tour that is… Read More Blazing A Trail Or Sitting In Comfort
In the past few days, mobile credit card payments have been making news. First, Intuit announced a free version of its mobile payments service called GoPayment. Next, we hear that Square raised a very nice funding round: Square’s general manager Keith Rabois tells us that the company has officially closed its largest round of funding to… Read More Mobile Payments Could Fundamentally Change Small Business
Data, context and analysis has come up a lot lately. I talked about data and context about a month ago when people were arguing about JSON vs. XML. The problem at that time was that people were comparing data formats instead of potential usage: As with any programming problem, different requirements and different contexts may… Read More Data, Context, Analysis And Meaning