Posted tagged ‘technology’

Calling all .Net Devs

October 14, 2008

Orlando friend just emailed. She’s needing .net, asp.net and VB.net Devs. Some are remote-friendly opportunities. Some require existing Secret clearance. email me at GeraldB28 at me dot com

If you know of any good dot net devs about to be out of work… shoot me the best of the lot… I’ll try like the dickens to refer them on to a soft landing.

Need a Rails dev PRONTO!

October 11, 2008

If you know of a hot shot Rails developer have them give me a shout. Need them on a project yesterday or sooner.

Gerald Buckley
(918) 813-9745 or geraldb28@me.com

Pre-Registration Opens at Grocio.com

September 10, 2008

For those of you who haven’t heard, I launched a little startup today called “Grocio” (pronounced Grow-See-Oh). Registration is free!

We’re a comparison shopping engine for groceries. Starting with your zip code and shopping list, we’ll identify the least expensive local grocer. At the same time we MATCH coupons to the EXACT items you’re shopping for. So two things are happening here:

  • You’re saving a TON of money at the checkout counter by picking the right grocer.
  • You’re adding to the savings with coupons you didn’t spend an hour trying to find in the newspaper.

We’re in a local business plan competition (kind of like TechCrunch50) and could use all the registrants possible. If you like the concept, drop in and give us a vote of confidence by registering please.

List of Web 2.0 Startups & Their Servers of Choice

July 26, 2008

Saw a question  on LinkedIn a couple of days ago asking what server a web startup should saddle up with. The answers, of course, were “it depends”. Lots of things help determine “which server”. There are lots of choices to make. What’s interesting is the decision other startups have settled on. Anticipate some people are going to ask, “How’d you assemble this list?” I’ll preempt that by directing you to NetCraft.

[EDIT: Have begun adding a few new sites here and there. Check back semi-sort-of, but-not-too often.]

For instance (and this is by no means comprehensive. So… feel free to comment with your site of choice to help round out the list):

Web 2.0 Server Choices

Site

Digg.com

Mint

TechCrunch

TechMeme

SmugMug

Seesmic

WordPress

Twitter

FriendFeed

Facebook

Myspace

Loopt

Kaboodle

last.fm

GigaOm

Vidoop

Twitpic

Ning

Tapulous

Zivity

vsnax

topix

flickr

tokbox

Snap

Wesabe

pandora

kosmix

EngineYard

BrightKite

BlogHer

TypePad

Blogger

Seagate

Flypaper.com

Empressr.com

SlideRocket.com

Meebo.com

Server

Apache

F5 Big-IP

Lighttpd

Apache

Apache

nginx

nginx

hi

FFServer

Apache

IIS

IIS

Apache-Coyote

Apache

nginx

Apache

Apache

Jetty

Apache

Mongrel

Apache

Apache

Apache

Apache

Apache

Wesabe

Jetty

Mongrel

nginx

LiteSpeed

Apache

Apache

GFE

Sun One

IIS

IIS

IIS

lighttpd

OS

Linux

Big IP

Linux

Linux

f5 Big-IP

F5 Big-IP

Linux

Linux

Linux

f5 Big-IP

Wind Svr 2003

f5 Big-IP

Linux

Linux

Linux

Linux

FreeBSD

f5 Big-IP

Linux

Linux

Linux

Linux

Linux

Linux

f5 Big-IP

Linu

f5 Big-IP

Linux

Linux

?

Linux

f5 Big-IP

Linux

f5 Big-IP

Windows

Windows

Windows

Linux

REVIEW: “XCode 3 Unleashed” by Fritz Anderson

July 23, 2008

It was a good week for interviews and reviews. This book by Fritz Anderson is something I’ve been waiting to come along. As a publisher in the science, technical and medical space… I want to first say a big “Thank you” to Mr. Anderson. Anyone who undertakes the mountainous task of publishing a book, a REALLY GOOD book has my immediate respect and in a case such as this my deep appreciation. Fritz, I’m looking forward to interviewing you and picking your noggin.

On to the book. Application development is an arcane art to me. Some people LOVE great food. I LOVE great software. There are some apps I just can’t get enough of. As with some people who love food… they naturally turn to perfecting the art of preparing what they love. I’ve tried that (over and over) with NewtonScript, AppleScript, Automator, XCode, the iPhone SDK. I suck. I suck BAD at development. Worse than I suck at Calculus and we know how THAT story ended (hint: change of college plans and an entire career dream abandoned). It is better for all of you out there to not have had to suffer my applications (and for those of you who did… ehem, Adam Engst, ehem… I’m eternally grateful you let me believe my shoddy efforts to port TidBits to the Newton all those many months were anything but).

As with a lot of people these days… I have a renewed interest in developing in Cocoa and WebObjects. iPhone is driving a lot of that interest and so when the opportunity came to review this book I jumped on it like a rat on a cheeto. I’m dying for a good XCode 3 primer. Something that will take me from tooth to tail on building an app I can appreciate for all that it is.

So, over the course of the next several days, weeks, months (however long it takes) I’ll be perpetually reviewing this book and I’ll be taking you along with me. Hope it’s as beneficial to you as I’m hoping it will be for me.

FYI, anyone can be an Apple Developer free of charge. Simply go to http://developer.apple.com/ and download XCode 3 (which only runs on Leopard). There are tiers of Apple Developer and I happen to be a Select member which means we have access to early release versions of this and that as it comes along. Select was $499 I think. And, Premier is a bit more expensive and comes with WWDC ticket(s) and some access to a few more trouble tickets. If you’re hardcore Premier is probably the way to go. I will be eventually…

Proof My iPhone Multitasks!

July 17, 2008

Alexander Wolfe at Information Week has it mostly right when he says,

“the iPhone won’t run more than one app at a time, so when users switch applications, whatever is running in the background will get killed.”

Actually, my iPhone (AND your’s) multitasks all the time. Do this, launch iTunes on your iPhone. Play a song. Now press the home button and launch any other app you like: Calendar; Mail, anything. Is your music still playing? Now, go to your desktop computer and send your iPhone an email or SMS message. You may have interuppted your song for a second but the fact is your iPhone is polling for those messages while other stuff is going on. Ergo, multitasking IS happening. Multiple threads are running simultaneously. Or so it appears. Apple has the ability to allow biasing of apps. It’s evident in our phones right now. It’s subtle and is easy to miss. But, it is happening.

So, when Scott Forstall gets up on the keynote and says something like, “No multitasking because of…” yada, yada… it’s more of their Jedi Mind Trick stuff. “These aren’t the apps your looking for.”

Make an SMS Link for iPhones

July 15, 2008

First it was creating an ichat link. Now it’s creating an SMS link for iPhone users. This from the iPhone WebDev Mail list.

iPhone App: Daylite

July 9, 2008

First in our series of iPhone developer interviews is AJ, CEO of MarketCircle about their approach to developing DayliteTouch for the iPhone. Transcript follows:

Getting really busy for you this week I suppose?
Always busy. We have a lot going on in addition to the iPhone announcement.

How and when did you decide Daylite for the iPhone made sense for MarketCircle to build?
It goes back to our methods in the early days really. We built Daylite for ourselves. With some encouragement from Apple we commercialized it and began selling it. The sales overtook our original line of business and the rest is history. So it was with the iPhone version of Daylite. We have a need ourselves to have this app in mobile form. Apple conveniently brought us the iPhone and very soon we’ll have another amazing extension to our product line. With each build we are more and more excited and encouraged by what we’re seeing come out of our engineering group.

Speaking of that, will Daylite for the iPhone be available “day 1″ on the App store?
No, there are business model issues and testing issues we want to perfect before getting too far ahead of ourselves. The mobile app is really a companion app to Daylite.

Have you settled on pricing yet? Or, will it be free?
We know it won’t be free. What the final pricing is will be a wait and see matter.

Sure. That makes sense. As this is a mobile companion what other mobile platforms were considered.
This is our first commercial mobile app for Daylite. Developing for iPhone made a lot of sense as XCode makes it so easy to do what we do. Blackberry and Windows Mobile… not so much. The platform decision was easy.

What else would you like to offer application wise?
Let’s get this one out first and see what unfolds. Our hands are full as it is.

On an aside… iPhoney, your iPhone emulator, remains REALLY popular. What’s the story there?
As you know the Aspen emulator is available in the iPhone SDK (free to registered developers). But, for some reason iPhoney still draws a lot of traffic despite Apple’s more feature rich emulator. It’s fun and it’s novel and we’ll keep it around. But, there’s no real rationale for the healthy stream of traffic as far as we can tell.

Any parting comments?
The iPhone architecture is proving out OSX as “the new way” and I’m certain we’ll begin seeing heightened business productivity. Besides, there are becoming less and less reasons to buy a Windows Mobile device. We’re enjoying the innovations and it’s just an exciting time to be developing for Apple products.

iCal invites to v 1.x iPhone = NO joy

July 8, 2008

Push calendaring won’t come fast enough. I just hope in the iPhone 2.0 future when someone sends me an .ics invite via iCal that I can accept it from my iPhone. This is getting to be a drag.

SalesGenie? Good? Bad?

June 23, 2008

I’m in the process of needing to augment a direct mail list and want to be able to tailor the list very specifically with some of the extended demographics I’ve seen made available via SalesGenie.

What I’m wondering is if any of you out there have good or bad stories to relate. Even to the point you give me some tips on how to get the most out of SalesGenie.

Thanks in advance!


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