April 28, 2011
Hello Site Architect, Security Officers, CTO, and other potentially suspicious characters at Metacafe -
I landed at your site today as result of searching for a video showing the best music making applications for tablet computers. I was shocked and dismayed when I noticed that underneath the first video I clicked on was a comment box awaiting my input displaying my Facebook profile picture. You might wonder why I thought this was a serious problem. Well, for starters, I’ve not enabled Facebook Connect with your site. Actually, I’ve never even registered at Metacafe. Geez, I wasn’t even logged into Facebook on any computer and hadn’t been for days.
So my question is this: why is my %)*&^ Facebook identity showing up on your site? I know this probably isn’t all your doing and I ought to be pestering the alpha geeks over at Facebook as well, but, honestly, I am just a little bit sick of Facebook detritus following me everywhere, and the less time I spend there, the better I feel. Besides, I’ve no patience for another ”oh my gosh .. we’d never do anything like that” response.
I understand that Facebook is not going away any time soon. And there’s little chance of me erasing my Facebook account as my elders unfortunately have irrevocably and mistakenly substituted it for the telephone. But I really think there is room in the universe for healthy population of Things Not Connected To Facebook. So is there any chance you could not line up like the millions of other lemmings and just say no to auto-magic, opt-in by default, creepy stalking technology?
So, in closing: I now hate your web property. How do I delete any and all association with my information from your site?
April 15, 2011
There are two of pieces of media I consider essential in understanding what informs me both as an employee and as an entrepreneur. One piece is a video of David Heinemeier Hanson (a.k.a. DHH – inventor of Ruby on Rails), a partner in 37signals, the maker of Basecamp. First, a little background on that business.
Quoted by 37signals on April 13 2011:
Basecamp was done almost entirely without risk. It was completely self-funded. We treated it as a side-product and a side-project until it could pay the bills. And only then did we make it the main focus of the company.
I absolutely hate risk. I think it’s a misnomer that entrepreneurs somehow are in love with risk and making big gambles and taking big bets. I think that’s probably true for some. It’s certainly not true for me. And I think it’s certainly not true for a large constituency of other successful entrepreneurs.
I think the act of putting yourself in a position where you’re not forced to take on all this risk and bet everything is the hallmark of running things well.
— David on “The 8BIT Podcast.” He talks business philosophy, 37signals, and REWORK (interview starts at six minutes in).
The video I find inspirational is a talk DHH gave entitled A Secret To Making Money Online at Startup School in 2008 (on Youtube and on dotsub with subtitles). Unfortunately the slides he’s speaking to aren’t available. But I think the talk is brilliant, even with his bombastic style.
The second piece is a slide show deck Netflix has shared explaining their corporate culture. It is inspiring, fascinating and transformative. (on Slideshare).
I hope you find them as informative as I do.
March 31, 2011
Go to Google Finance and follow these steps:
- Select the stock screener with default criteria (wide open ranges).
- Sort results by market capitalization.
- Note that AAPL, whose market cap is around $321B does not appear at #2 after XOM (about $417B) as expected.
- Change criteria to show stocks whose market cap is between $200B and $400B . It still doesn’t show up.
Is this part of a forthcoming April fools joke – a world without Apple? If Apple didn’t exist, Google would have had to invent it, right?
February 2, 2011
The world really needs one of these. It would make Linux based services so much nicer when brought over to Mac OS X.
The problem seems to be that no one has the time to understand the completely different approach to agent and daemon management in OS X when adapting their Linux service to the Mac. And unfortunately it is not a simple case of wrapping existing service scripts: *nix
init/rc scripts implement the starting and stopping whereas
launchd performs this uniformly for a programs as specified by a configuration file. Furthermore, launchd decides when to start, stop or re-start programs and requires that the program not actually do things that some classic daemons do, like run in the background and direct standard output to
So unless somebody takes the time to extract the intent in the service scripts, we get open-source services [Hello JBoss!] on OS X that just don’t fit well.
launchd on Wikipedia
launchd source code – Apple re-released the source code under Apache license in hopes open-source crowd might adopt it as a replacement for init, rc, init.d, rc.d, inetd, xinetd, atd, and crond.
launchctl(1) – Manual page for launchctl, the user interface for launchd,
launchd.plist(5) - Manual page for the data specifying a job to be managed by launchd,
September 2, 2010
dude, where's my Lala?
I’ve just taken a test drive of Apple’s Ping and I am totally underwhelmed. As a user of Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.FM, MOG, and most significantly, Lala, I am completely befuddled. Why in the world would only iTunes purchase history be considered in user profile creation and not the wealth of data contained in the user’s iTunes library? There are play counts, ratings, playlists, genre tags, BPM annotations and so forth. No, really, can someone explain this to me? As it stands, Ping is utterly worthless to the musically driven social net citizen and is not likely to perform a meaningful social networking function in Apple’s marquee media store. Surely Apple must realize how scale-free social networks are formed. Without well-connected nodes capable of generating quality content, and without those nodes’ mass of preference data there is nothing going on here. Had my library and playlists been pulled in I just might have cared enough to write some reviews, invite my tribe and hang around long enough for a little more Lala DNA to show up. Not a chance now.
In summary, dear Apple, compare and contrast how hard Last.FM works to import and export user music preferences.