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

Be a good dictator

Rowan Simpson – Be a good dictator:

“So, ask yourself: What do you care about? What do you have authority over? What will you take responsibility for?

[…] Whether you’re a designer, developer or business person, the more your satisfaction is derived from shipping something, the more your success will be correlated with the success of your venture.”

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:40:52 +0000

Michael Lopp: The Second Test

Michael Lopp – The Second Test:

“Engineers are meritocratic, which means we don’t really care about your resume or your title. While your resume might be an interesting story that eventually led to your hiring, we want to see what you can build. Right now, that alien sitting across the table is wondering about your power. You passed the First Test, so the question now is, what power do you have and how are you going to use it for good? What you see in their eyes is not hate, it’s a deep skepticism.”

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:57:39 +0000

Anniversary: Tim’s Weblog turns 10

Ten years ago, in the September of 2002, I started publishing work notes and links on this page: Here’s the first post from the archives…

I’m keeping this blog strictly work related (as I do with my Twitter account). So the main topics are Digital Asset Management, the web development technology stack (e.g. PHP, JavaScript, XML, Solr), and the crafts of writing good software and managing that process well.

Because I’m a very slow writer and so many people already write excellent stuff, this place has mostly become a link blog: Pointing to articles that had an impact on my work, or at least got me thinking. (Still, I believe narrating your work is the right thing to do and I hope to get around to doing this.) If you want to know what I value, in programming and beyond, you’ll get a pretty good impression from the quotes I’m collecting here.

Unlike a typical link blog, I filter out quite heavily: I have accumulated 1,500 entries over 10 years, about three per week. Which is only 2% of the 140 articles I bookmark per week. (I’m spending half an hour per day reading work related stuff; I’m subscribed to more than 170 RSS feeds and currently follow 158 Twitter accounts.) So this really is my “recommended reading” list…

This Web site started out on my own experimental blog software, but it is now powered by DC-X, our company’s commercial Digital Asset Management system. I wouldn’t want to miss its capability to archive a web page through a Firefox extension, generating screen shots (which you are seeing in this blog), extracting the text and putting all this into a fulltext-searchable archive. When the pages I link to go away or URLs are broken, I have a copy of the full text and layout. This has become an important part of my personal digital knowledge base.

Update: I switched the blog backend to my Topic Maps engine, it no longer runs on DC-X.

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:18:07 +0000

S3 Now Supports CORS – Does The Separation Of DAM Client And Server Applications Start Here?

Naresh Sarwan at Digital Asset Management News – S3 Now Supports CORS – Does The Separation Of DAM Client And Server Applications Start Here?:

“What it means is that multiple hosted front-ends can now work on the same asset file. Therefore, it is feasible for a separate class of ‘client side application’ to be mixed and matched with other products. In short, given a few years, it might be possible to stitch together your own custom DAM system from a patchwork of various client-side applications that can all interact with a central asset file stored with one or more Cloud storage providers.”

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:40:13 +0000

What Killed the Linux Desktop

Miguel de Icaza – What Killed the Linux Desktop:

“Back in February I attended FOSDEM and two of my very dear friends were giggling out of excitement at their plans to roll out a new system that will force many apps to be modified to continue running. They have a beautiful vision to solve a problem that I never knew we had, and that no end user probably cares about, but every Linux desktop user will pay the price.

That day I stopped feeling guilty about my new found love for OSX.”

(Via Jakob Westhoff.)

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:51:03 +0000