Archive for December, 2010

Random Tech Thoughts and Reading

Some random tech thoughts from recent reading:
iAd Producer
iAd Producer is a really interesting approach at getting people off of Flash for creating ads with open web technologies. We need something like this for Dojo users.
Lego Photo
Lego Photo is a fun free app. Smashing apps has a recent article about 12 awesome yet free photography apps [...]

On Being Less Absent-Minded

I was going to write a blog post on being absent-minded, but I forgot what I wanted to write about. Kind of like when I joined the procrastinator’s meetup group, only to find out they hadn’t gotten around to meeting up yet.
Seriously though, I’m an extremely absent-minded person because I’m very in the moment. I [...]

On Charity and Billionaires

It’s nearly impossible to go a day without hearing about how Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are giving away half or more of their amassed fortune to charity.
The skeptic in me asks “why is this such a great story”? I’d argue that it’s not.
I look back at the thousands of lives and companies that were [...]

Some random thoughts from 2010 for 2011 based on articles I’ve read or seen in the past 10 days:
Mobile Apps and the Open Web
It’s really great to see books like Building iPhone Apps that teach people how to use web app techniques instead of just another book on using Objective C for iPhone, Java for [...]

2010 Highlights

2010 was a year packed with many things… random highlights that come to mind include:

London Calling & Green Park: After years of enjoying and visiting London, I got a business visa and a flat with Maria and spent about 5 months here working, meeting with clients, traveling to other places in Europe, etc. My flat [...]

One Year Without a Car!

For the first time since I was 16, I’ve had the very liberating yet un-American experience of living without a car. Sure, I’ve had to rent/hire a few cars in various places, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time in taxis (or in Thailand, tuk tuks (never again) and red buses), but most of [...]

December 14th was the 9th and final London Ajax User Group event for 2010. The topic was widgets, with talks about YUI and Dojo’s Dijit.
A quick aside: I started this group earlier this year with Piotr Zalewa of MooTools and JSFiddle fame as I wanted to meet more people in London given the amount of [...]

Bad Ass Squares Part 3

I had a great time recently being part of the filming of Bad Ass Squares Part 3. Compuware’s Uniface has created the Bad Ass Squares videos as a really fun way to promote their product for developing enterprise applications.

The company is Dutch, so all filming has been done in Amsterdam. The movies are inspired by [...]

Cliff Lee to the…. Phillies!

I had a hunch the Phillies would sneak in and sign Cliff Lee, which they did yesterday. They seemed to realize last season that letting him go when they acquired Halladay was a big mistake. They were afraid they couldn’t resign him, but it seems that letting him spend 2010 in Seattle and Texas made [...]

Blackberry vs. the iPhone

Michael Mace recently authored a particularly poignant piece on what he feels is really wrong with Blackberry. I found the article interesting because it did a fairly solid job analyzing both technical and business issues faced by RIM.
(Full disclosure: RIM makes contributions to the Dojo Foundation, and this article is strictly my opinion, as unbiased [...]

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