June, 2007

  1. Enjoyed My Last Day at the Hive

    I had a great last day down at the Hive. Had lunch with Brian, Sean, Elliot and Mike and thoroughly enjoying hanging out and talking about the iPhone. The Hive is a great concept and I’m very pleased to see it doing well, and see great people working in it. I’m sure Andrew is thrilled…

  2. The iPhone Is a Breakthrough Handheld Computer →

    Keyboard: The virtual keys are large and get larger as you touch them. Software tries to guess what you’re typing, and fix errors. Overall, it works. But the error-correction system didn’t seem as clever as the one on the BlackBerry, and you have to switch to a different keyboard view to insert a period or comma, which is annoying.

    Exactly. This initial iPhone isn’t trying to be a BlackBerry or a primary e-mail device (which, along with the AT&T service, is the reason I don’t plan to get one). Ever since Jobs took over again, Apple has eschewed input in favor browsing on their mobile devices. Think of the iPhone as a phone, music player, video player and digital photo display that can also browse the web and allow you to read e-mail and view your calendar. If you need to do a lot of data entry on your mobile device, get something with a physical keyboard.

    Now if they make a slider iPhone with a physical keyboard a few years down the road…

  3. Managing Humans →

    If you’ve followed this site for any period of time, you probably know I’m a huge fan of Rands. I link to just about everything he writes and consider myself lucky to have spent time with him in person.

    This book should be required reading for anyone in the software industry. Rand’s insights help managers better work with their engineers and gives engineers a good glimpse into the world of management. Buy it at Amazon (referral link).

    UPDATE: The quasi-official announcement.

  4. An Open Letter to Adobe

    Dear Adobe– I have finally received my Adobe CS3 upgrade package, thank you. Since the upgrade process has not been a particularly smooth one, I thought I might share a few thoughts and suggestion with you that I think could help avoid problems like this in the future. A quick recap of my situation: I…

  5. Around the web

    WildCharger wireless charger poised for pre-order Thanks Dow Jones, Hello Automattic ! at raanan.com – congratulations to Raanan and Automattic! Tzi Software: AutoRate – looks useful. (thanks Chris) This application automatically sets the rating for all tracks in your iTunes library according to how often each track is played, and how often each track is…

  6. Broken E-mail Forms

    In the transition from the King Design web site to the Crowd Favorite web site, it seems that the tiniest of typos broke the e-mail forms on the Crowd Favorite web site. Very sorry about this. If by chance you tried to contact us through one of those forms over the last 10 days, your…

  7. Twitter Tools Date Issue

    There is currently an issue with Twitter Tools due to a change in the data format for the date being sent from Twitter. I expect the date format to be fixed on the Twitter end and Twitter Tools to begin working properly again soon. If Twitter decides to change the date format permanently, I’ll get…

  8. Tasks Pro™ 1.7.1 and Tasks 2.7.1

    I’ve released new versions of Tasks Pro™ (1.7.1) and Tasks™ (2.7.1). These fix a variety of minor bugs in versions 1.7 and 2.7 respectively and are the first versions released under the Crowd Favorite name. I think I’ve caught all the links/name changes but let me know if any have slipped through the cracks. Here…

  9. Around the web

    Review: MacBook Pro (15″ LED) The new Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro shows only modest improvements over its immediate predecessor — anyone who bought a MacBook Pro last month needn’t run to buy the new one — but it is a substantial improvement over the first MacBook Pro models, and very competitive with current Core 2…

  10. Stickers and T-Shirts?

    Does anyone have recommendations for vendors that do relatively low volume runs of stickers and t-shirts? customink.com looks decent for t-shirts – I may get the minimum 6 printed and see how they turn out. I haven’t found any sticker places that look worthwhile yet.

  11. GPS support in Beyond411 (beta) →

    One of the must have BlackBerry applications just got a whole lot better. This is working for me on my 8703e (Sprint). Now we just need GPS support for the 8703e in Google Maps and I’ll be all set.

  12. Bouncing my Web Sites

    I moved to a new SVN server yesterday so I’ll be bouncing my web sites a bit today as I get them all set on SVN checkouts from the new server. If one of my sites isn’t available, please check back in a few minutes. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience. UPDATE 4:25pm MDT: alexking.org…

  13. Favicon Poll – Fun or Boring?

    I launched the Crowd Favorite site with a somewhat boring “CF” favicon1. I’m not terribly keen on it, so I put up a more fun icon using a hand from the crowd lower down on the page. I think I like the hand better, but it has some drawbacks too. What do you think? Have…

  14. “Bottom Section” Footers

    One of the elements I added to the Crowd Favorite web site is a bottom section footer. This is part of my mullet design of the site: business in front, party in the back (or at the bottom in this case). The top of the site is a little more corporate and traditional, the bottom…