Some big news leads the day. First, LinkedIn announced they are being acquired by Microsoft. According to reports, the purchase price is over $26 Billion in all cash. I have no idea why Microsoft wants this deal, so we will have to wait and see what happens. Google announced Tango, with the first enable phone,… Read More Geek Reading June 14, 2016 #1127
The first bit of interesting news came on Friday when Google announced it was shutting down Helpouts. This is interesting because the idea of expert video chat is gaining some traction in some places, but possibly not good enough for google-scale. LinkedIn talks about real-time distributed tracing. Ayende @ Rahien continues to look at the… Read More Geek Reading February 16, 2015
I can’t believe I made it to 5 years and there are a few thousand people that read this blog. The whole journey has been a bit surreal at times, but it has definitely been interesting. I know that the original content has slowed a lot, but now you see a lot of what I… Read More Happy 5th Birthday To Regular Geek
Lately, more services have appeared with the hope of showing who has experience with various technologies. The idea is meant to solve two problems. First, influence is a hot topic right now, with people focusing more on general influence and sites like Klout or PeerIndex. How do you find people that know about things like… Read More Can Badges Fix Developer Recruitment?
This is a guest post from David Murton, a professional writer and blogger. The old days of marketing were pretty simple: the business put up a billboard and tracked the increase in foot traffic and the upswing in sales. Modern day entrepreneurs have to be a lot more finicky. Billboards are no longer the end-all-be-all… Read More What Social Media Marketing Metrics Should You Pay Attention To?
When developing applications, most teams are focused on the features that the application must have. This is fairly normal given that many applications only manage data created by the application itself. However, more web applications or more similar to mashups than the client-server applications of the 1990s. That means that more data may be coming… Read More The Often Forgotten Task Of Data Integration
For whatever reason, more business and product design concepts have been bothering me. As is typical, Seth Godin writes a timely post that gets my brain moving. Things are different this time, this time he wrote two. His posts and my recent rant on communications guided my thoughts further. How you design your product influences… Read More On Product Design And Expectations
One of the issues that startups always seem to have is communication with its user base and developers. Over the past several weeks we have seen some really interesting examples in the different styles of communication from some popular startups. In particular, Twitter and LinkedIn have been communicating a lot with their users to much… Read More How Is Your Startup Communicating?
In this rare double-post weekend, it is time to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this blog. For a short time this year, I wondered whether the blog could continue as work continued to demand my time. There were periods of blogging funk, typically every late summer, when there is little news to talk about and… Read More Happy 3rd Birthday To Regular Geek
As a blogger about everything software development related, I write a good amount about career advice. Most people probably think that these posts are just summaries of information from other sites regurgitated for my own pageviews. That is far from the truth. In addition, when people write advice about certain things they may not follow… Read More Your Life Online Could Affect Your Job Search Redux