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Joel on Software

2000/12/05

by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Flat Screens

If you're a flat-screen fetishist like me, you'll be glad to know that SGI's excellent 1600x1024 flatscreen is now on sale - at $1500, it's ridiculously cheap (used to be $2995). This is it, the ne plus ultra. Once you have one of these, you can just drop dead on the spot, because it can only go downhill from there. (Another great monitor is the widely available Samsung SyncMaster 770TFT).

Click Clack

Babak found a really old Smith-Corona typewriter in the closet here (circa 1940) and he's typing away. Click click clack. Not only doesn't this thing have Windows, but there's not even a decent web browser that runs on it.

Moving

We're in the process of moving Fog Creek into a new office. It's especially a nuisance because there is a two week period when we won't have any office and will be working from home. (It coincides with the holidays, and we'll all be on vacation most of the time anyway, so it's not worth getting temporary office space). Meanwhile I'm figuring out all the tricks you need to do to move a "live" web server, mail server, and (this is the hard part) Mailman installation to a new machine with a different IP address without downtime.


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, insanely simple project management, FogBugz, an enlightened bug tracker designed to help great teams develop brilliant software, and Kiln, which simplifies source control. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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