Archive for January 2002

2002/01/02 02 Jan

Happy new year!

Petter Hesselberg reviews my book.

2002/01/06 06 Jan

Many of my days go like this: (1) get into work (2) check email, read the web, etc. (3) decide that I might as well have lunch before getting to work (4) get back from lunch (5) check email, read the web, etc. (6) finally decide that I've got to get started (7) check email, read the web, etc. (8) decide again that I really have to get started (9) launch the damn editor and (10) write code nonstop until I don't realize that it's already 7:30 pm.

Somewhere between step 8 and step 9 there seems to be a bug, because I can't always make it across that chasm.

Fire And Motion

2002/01/08 08 Jan

New on the Fog Creek web site: CityDesk for Geeks.

Dave Thomas 1932-2002
Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's, passed away today. Appearing in hundreds of commercials, he gave his hamburger chain a friendly, down-home feel. "Mr. Thomas came to stand for the products he peddled because he was perceived as standing behind them, as if a curious customer could peek inside the kitchen at a Wendy's restaurant and perhaps find Mr. Thomas keeping a watchful eye on the cook at the grill," wrote Stuart Elliot in the New York Times. He taught us that nobody, given the choice, prefers to buy from a faceless megacorporation.

2002/01/10 10 Jan

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2002/01/11 11 Jan

Darren: CityDesk First Impressions

Dave: Blogger of The Year

Software Market Solution: Content Management Software for the Rest of Us

2002/01/24 24 Jan

Rub-a-dub-dub

One reason people are tempted to rewrite their entire code base from scratch is that the original code base wasn't designed for what it's doing. It was designed as a prototype, an experiment, a learning exercise, a way to go from zero to IPO in nine months, or a one-off demo. And now it has grown into a big mess that's fragile and impossible to add code to, and everybody's whiny, and the old programmers quit in despair and the new ones that are brought in can't make head or tail of the code so they somehow convince management to give up and start over while Microsoft takes over their business. Today let me tell you a story about what they could have done instead.

New Web Shop for Fog Creek Software

Fog Creek StoreWe got sick of paying the 13.9% transaction charge that Digibuy is charging us for every software download, and we needed more control over our commerce server so that we could run a proper affiliate program. So we got our own merchant account and rolled our own software for it. It's been fun, and the transaction cost should be down to about 2.5%.

Patching Code?

I wanted to use .RTPatch for the upcoming CityDesk service pack, but it costs $5000 for one license. Yipes. That's a lot to pay for what computer scientists call [Aho75]. Can anybody suggest an alternative?

2002/01/31 31 Jan

This is one of those days where I could write a comment that says:

maybe it's easier to do this at eval time.
We could tag the foreach onto the malkovitch.

and it would actually make sense.

What is Six Degrees?

When software companies say that "their capital assets go home every night," they are serious. Dead serious. And when Quark goes down in flames because the bean-counters pushed out the experienced developers and hired new, cheaper ones 10 time zones away, there will be a great case study in Harvard Business Review to prove it.

There are not a lot of software companies to work for in Denver. So when the key designers of QuarkXPress 5.0 got sick of being treated like interchangable code slaves, they started their own shop and quickly sold it to a smart Vancouver-based company that wrote them a blank check and let them stay in their hometown.

What they came up with is nothing short of a breakthrough in the field of personal knowledge management, an effervescent field that has not quite made it onto the radar of the buzzword maniacs. Six Degrees is gonna be Google for the desktop.  Everywhere I look I see people blabbing about how they're going to crack the knowledge management nut. It's like 7 years ago when everybody was making a search engine. But only Larry and Sergey figured out the formula to make search actually work, and only Mark, David, Cameron and Zach figured out the formula for to make knowledge management actually work. This is cool stuff. Ship it already, dammit, I need it yesterday!

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