The Duct Tape Programmer

Sometimes, you’re on a team, and you’re busy banging out the code, and somebody comes up to your desk, coffee mug in hand, and starts rattling on about how if you use multi-threaded COM apartments, your app will be 34% sparklier, and it’s not even that hard, because he’s written a bunch of templates, and all you have to do is multiply-inherit from 17 of his templates, each taking an average of 4 arguments, and you barely even have to write the body of the function. It’s just a gigantic list of multiple-inheritence from different classes and hey, presto, multi-apartment threaded COM.

via The Duct Tape Programmer – Joel on Software.

Mobile Usability

Mobile use is one of the biggest challenges now facing many websites. Its also important for some intranets, particularly in companies with many traveling employees.

via Mobile Usability Jakob Nielsens Alertbox.

The challenge has been around since the PalmPilot + application specific tools.

I suspect the success rate for doing “phone” tasks or “address book” tasks is much higher than the “web” tasks.

A custom application (which is all that a “Mobile Site” is, really) is going to provide a better experience.

Simple example? Google Maps – can’t use it on a “mobile” browser. The custom application for my phone works quite well.


I got tired of trying to choose between UDAP and Rdb Notes for keeping track of work-related things.

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Livescribe :: Pulse smartpen

What if the scoring sheets for a squash match used this technology? You could record the progress of the game along with all of the interaction between referee and players. This could be cool!.

The Pulse smartpen captures handwriting and simultaneously records audio and synchronizes it to the writing, so users never miss a word. Pulse is available in two models. Priced at $149, the 1GB model provides storage for over 100 hours of recorded audio. At $199, the 2GB model doubles the storage capacity and provides more flexibility for downloading future applications. In addition to the Pulse smartpen, consumers may also buy Livescribe dot paper and the latest accessories, such as the Premium Leather Case $24.95, 2-Pack of Journals $24.95, 4-Pack of College-Ruled Notebooks $19.95 or 5-Pack of Ink Cartridges $5.95.

The Pulse smartpen, dot paper and accessories are also available for purchase at

Livescribe :: Press Center.