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Tim Strehle’s links and thoughts on Web apps, managing software development and Digital Asset Management, since 2002.

Beyond celebrity obsession

Doc Searls – Beyond celebrity obsession:

"The Net maximizes the endlessness of choice about how we spend our time. It also maximizes many kinds of productiveness. Nearly all the code we are using, right now, to do stuff on the Net, was written by many collaborators across many distances. Some were obsessing about what they were producing. Others were just working away. Either way, they chose to be productive. To contribute. To work on what works."

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:25:35 +0000

Nine Essential Truths for Entrepreneurial Success

Mark Sigal – Nine Essential Truths for Entrepreneurial Success:

"Make sure that your product planning process is defined in a way that codifies specific use cases supported by clear workflows (in terms of click steps), backed by wireframes that express same. This is the ultimate 'rubber meets the road' moment when you realize that you are either talking the same language with your constituency of co-workers, customers, partners and investors, or not.

[…] In thinking about your product or service, always know what jobs you are focusing on, how they enable the outcome you are pledging to deliver and how they stick within the constraints your customer faces. "

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:13:06 +0000

The Internet’s Payload

Tim Bray – The Internet’s Payload:

"Social networking gives me the warm-and-fuzzies and YouTube shows me what happened today in Iran, but action only comes from understanding and understanding only comes from explanation and explanation only happens in words.

[…] And by the way, I’d rather have the text of Clay’s speech than the video. For things that matter, written words are unambiguously better than speech. To start with, anything that matters isn’t just written, it’s usually rewritten repeatedly (and more important, condensed). Plus, it has hyperlinks."

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:08:28 +0000

Eric Evans: Why do efforts to replace legacy systems fail?

Gojko Adzic – Eric Evans: Why do efforts to replace legacy systems fail?:

"Starting from a proposition that “not all of a large system will be well designed”, Evans suggested identifying and focusing on the core domain – a very small piece of software that actually makes the system really worth writing, something that brings direct competitive advantage to the business. These are most likely those new and really exciting features that people plan to do after the functionality of the legacy system was fully replaced."

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 20:24:51 +0000

Vignette bets big on beta-SaaS

Kas Thomas at CMS Watch – Vignette bets big on beta-SaaS:

"For getting a handle on major new functionalities -- and for finding out quickly whether your content contributors, admins, power users, and developers are going to run into any showstoppers -- the VVE approach will likely prove useful.

Meanwhile, it's a potential cost- and time-saver for customers. There are, after all, significant hardware and software implementation costs involved in standing up even a relatively modest beta test environment. With a hosted beta, the vendor eats the setup and operational costs. The customer comes in with guns blazing. Everyone gets where they need to go a little bit faster."

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 07:34:35 +0000

Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web Since 2002

Jeff Atwood – Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web Since 2002:

"The web is little more than a maze of hyperlinks, and if you can insert yourself as an intermediary in that maze, you can transform or undermine the experience in fundamental ways. […] Every tiny URL is another baby step towards destroying the web as we know it."

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:05:28 +0000

Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference

Tim O'Reilly quotes Jeff Bezos – Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference:

"You've got to be willing to learn new skills if your customers need you to have those skills."

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 08:57:45 +0000

jQuery TOOLS

jQuery TOOLS – The missing UI library for the Web:

"What you really need are tabs, tooltips, accordions, overlays, high usability, striking visual effects and all those "web 2.0" goodies that you have seen on your favourite websites.

This library contains six of the most useful JavaScript tools available for today's website."

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 05:32:07 +0000

Why Google Bothered to Appeal a $761 Small Claims Case (and Won)

Aaron Greenspan – Why Google Bothered to Appeal a $761 Small Claims Case (and Won):

"Google has more access to information about people than virtually any company on the planet, yet despite its vast resources, it found it more prudent to fabricate disparaging innuendo about me before a judge. The sole purpose was to damage my credibility."

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 05:23:07 +0000

Enterprise search doesn't mean mortgaging the farm

Enterprise Search – Enterprise search doesn't mean mortgaging the farm:

"So before you decide you need to budget a half million dollars or more for search, consider what Walter Underwood, chief architect of Ultraseek and now search evangelist at Netflix once told me. Paraphrasing: “You can download Solr then spend a ton of money customizing it; or you can spend a ton of money licensing enterprise search software, then spend a ton of money installing and customizing it. Your call.”"

Tue, 09 Jun 2009 18:23:47 +0000

Rebooting my 2002-2006 archive

Jon Udell – Rebooting my 2002-2006 archive:

"I’m glad I’m not in publishing anymore. It turns out to be a lousy way to keep your stuff published."

Tue, 09 Jun 2009 08:51:08 +0000