Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Boston Startup Weekend 2007 - Saturday afternoon
Over the course of this weekend, a group of people of varied talents and experience are attempting to build the first version of a for-profit website. It's called Startup Weekend Boston.
They started Friday and are still working as I upload this on Sunday morning. I know a few of the people involved, so I drove up Saturday afternoon and spent a little time getting some video tastes of what's going on. It's impressive what you can do in a few hours when you really put your mind to it, and most importantly forget about all the organizational and political bullshit that goes on in most corporate development. When everyone is most concerned and personally committed to getting things done rather than polishing their own apple, things happen quickly.
The first job was to come up with the product idea and give it name. They chose DeskHappy and have the site up and running now at DeskHappy.com It will remind people to take periodic stretching breaks and lead them, using video and text, through a short yoga routine at each break. Startup Weekends take place in different cities. Check it out at StartupWeekend.com
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Why can't Twitter get its act together?
There are still stupid little bugs that would take almost no time to fix; for instance, the long-tweet-with-no-spaces-bug. When someone posts a Tweet that is long and contains no spaces (or possibly other delimiters) it causes the page to extend tweet text under the sidebar on the right.
And how about the long-festering no-update-on-follow bug? That happens when you follow someone, but the page never updates. You get the perpetual busy-cycling icon on the top right of the page. Refreshing the page fixes it. That seems to me to be a simple Ajax bug.
C'mon guys, that's like a couple lines of code to fix. Why are you monkeying around with format, font and style sheet changes when there are real problems to fix?
Why can't you get the performance and reliability stabilized? This is not rocket science, guys. Sites like google mail, amazon, and facebook are much more complex in data structure and demanding in functionality, yet they perform with virtually no downtime or lost inputs.
I've analyzed and modeled your information structure. It's not that complicated. You seem to have engineering cycles to redesign your UI and add new functionality. Why in the world can't you just do some simple performance optimization instead of futzing around with surface appearance?
You've got a great concept here, Twitter, just please make it work.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
They say a restaurant doesn't sell steak, it sells the sizzle, so I included a little bit of video of the kielbasa and scallions cooking. Enjoy!
In go the eggs!
The finished product. Yum!!
Friday, October 05, 2007
Social Media Breakfast 2
I got up really early in the morning to drive up to Boston (Waltham, actually) to go to Social Media Breakfast 2. Here's a little video I took of the crowd mingling at the start, and some of Larry Weber's talk. Larry is CEO of Digital Influence Group, who sponsored the event and made their very nice office available for us. Thanks DIG!
Also here are some stills I shot that are posted over on Flickr.
Julia Roy livestreamed the breakout session with Dave Cutler in the adjoining conference room.
Bryan Person has a real talent for thinking up great meetup ideas. Social Media Breakfast is one of them. Good on ya, Bryan! Can't wait for the next one.