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Anchor for this item  posted Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 1:52 PM MST

Do yourself a favor: subscribe to NetVibes
This is a totally mature system for integrating different functions.
I have ?what? 5 different tabs, with 4 of them carrying different collections of blogs, and one for general stuff ... it even monitors my POP3 mail server!

This morning I went into their dev blog and WOWWW ... added a FaceBook widget, so I can keep an eye on that account without going there, and a really slick WebRadio player.

NV really shows what can be done with Web2.0 ... you owe it to yourself.


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... well, they're productive and sane.

Chatting with a fellow about innovation and providing solutions, he pointed me to ''Implementing Scrum'', an "agile development" blog that included a comic strip, and right away I found an illustration of what I was getting at.

I had written

My old .sig read "When you look to see how the system works | Likely you'll find that it doesn't."
Folk sometimes thinks it's pretty funny.
Not many realize that it's actually true.

[...]

Tell a fool that he's being foolish and he'll call you a fool.
In my experience unless an individual is actually concerned with the progress of his work it's very likely that personality politics will result in some version of "Not invented here", or some other neurotic reaction.
Folk who are secure welcome solutions ... those who aren't don't, cuz they think solutions will reveal the fact that they're faking it.
Is what obstructs innovation, IMNSHO.
and here's the cartoon I found ... the first panel makes my point:



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CogHead folk roll up their sleeves

Anchor for this item  posted Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 9:31 PM MST

Earlier today I visited Twitter and tweeted this:

"80/20 rule? Wicked. Evil. Corrupt. I won't fly on a plane designed by techs who wanted 80% pay for doing 20% of the heavy lifting."

In contrast to lame / slack / suck-ups, the CogBlog talks about some seriously legit heavy-lifing:

"You've probably noticed we've been pretty quiet with respect to product announcements over the last several months, and it was for good reason. The entire engineering and product management team has been heads down implementing a set of significant improvements to the Coghead service that will provide both short and long term benefits [...]
We decided to make two significant upgrades to the service:
  • - Change the underlying client-side technology infrastructure from OpenLaszlo to Adobe's Flex [...] The challenge was that switching to Flex basically meant rewriting the entire UI implementation.
  • Move our server-side hosting infrastructure to a service-based grid deployment using Amazon's EC2 and S3 services [...]
After several months and many late nights, we completed the Flex rewrite of our UI implementation. [...]
The move to EC2/S3 was executed through a series of steps dating back to February. [...]"

"Good on yuh!" is all I can say.

Well, no. Not really. There I commented thusly:

"Interesting how this has become an OL discussion ... front of mind with a lotta folk! It's been a sentimental favorite of mine for a long time ... that said, it'll be real good to see how your Flex implementation pans out; the folk at OL strike me as the sort who'll make best use of substantial feedback."

I guess I have to add "Zounds!" and "Gadzooks!"


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