31 Mar

Bits, Features, and Truth – Rands In Repose

Now, a name belongs inside each of these circles and it’s the name of a specific role on your team. The traditional titles for these roles are engineering manager, product manager, and program manager, but I don’t want you get to get hung up on titles. I want to you to think about the person who is best qualified to make a decision regarding the bits, the features, and the truth.

via Rands In Repose: Bits, Features, and Truth. Rands on redefining the common argument between time, quality and features with what really needs to be considered, the bits, features and the truth.

31 Mar

HOWTO: Maintain a Rock Star Culture – stu.mp

The above is just a small list of things I’m actively doing in an attempt to maintain a team solely built of great engineers that are producing great products at a very rapid rate. The usual caveat being that your mileage may vary when you attempt to do this yourself.

via HOWTO: Maintain a Rock Star Culture – stu.mp. I have to agree with it all.

30 Mar

When Using Open Source Makes You an Enemy of the State – guardian.co.uk

Let's forget that the statement ignores the fact that there are plenty of businesses built on the OSS model (RedHat, WordPress, Canonical for starters). But beyond that, it seems astonishing to me that anyone should imply that simply recommending open source products – products that can be more easily tailored without infringing licensing rules – “undermines” anything.

via When using open source makes you an enemy of the state | Technology | guardian.co.uk. Cory Doctorow tries to make sense of a loss in logic by the IIPA.

28 Mar

Honest Interfaces – 52 Weeks of UX

And so we return to the point of this article: build honest interfaces. Build trust into the very fabric of your product. Evaluate your design choices by asking yourself, “does this element mislead the user in any way?” If it does, take steps to align the interface with the expected behavior/action.

via Honest Interfaces – 52 Weeks of UX. One of the major things to build in any design is honestly.

28 Mar

Reputation Is Dead: It’s Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions – Techcrunch

We’re going to be forced to adjust as a society. I firmly believe that we will simply become much more accepting of indiscretions over time. Employers just won’t care that ridiculous drunk college pictures pop up about you when they do a HR background search on you.

via Reputation Is Dead: It’s Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions. The future of information leads to two things either we all stop caring about minor indiscretions or we hide everything. Arrington’s hope for the future of information on people is my hope as well.

28 Mar

The Rage Is Not About Health Care – NYTimes.com

But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered Republican ideas.

But the explanation is plain: the health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It’s merely a handy excuse. The real source of the over-the-top rage of 2010 is the same kind of national existential reordering that roiled America in 1964.

via Op-Ed Columnist – The Rage Is Not About Health Care – NYTimes.com. Frank Rich on the recent health care bill passage and the similarity between that and other bills that changed society.

28 Mar

Generals’ War – Daring Fireball

The other thing I neglected to mention, and I think it’s important, is that this is all taking place at the executive and upper-management levels. The engineers — at both companies — are neither prepared nor relishing this. I have sources at both companies (more at Apple than Google, unsurprisingly, but more at Google than just about any company other than Apple), almost all of whom are engineers and none are “executives”, and the word that keeps popping up regarding this situation is “weird”. That there’s a meeting at Apple where Google comes up, or vice versa, and the managers are talking about waging war — vicious, angry talk.

via Daring Fireball: Generals’ War. That jives with my intuition of those companies.

28 Mar

IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own – Ars Technica

The first day of the annual Pwn2Own contest in which security researchers can win cash and hardware if they successfully compromise machines using zero-day exploits is finished. Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, Firefox 3 on Windows 7, Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPhone OS 3 were all compromised during the competition. Google's Chrome was the only browser left standing—and in fact, was completely untested. None of the researchers at the competition even tried to attack Chrome.

via IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own. If you are making browser decisions based purely upon security, Chrome looks like the way to go at the moment.