At the suggestion of my friend Scott McWhirter, I decided to go to Ideas On Tap and keep an eye on the pulse of the Vancouver technology community. And after spending an evening drinking beer and talking with various people from companies around Vancouver, I began to feel like the only married guy in the … Continue reading Ideas On Tap, or “Speed Dating for Entrepreneurs”
My interactions with marketing has been very spotty throughout my career. I know and accept that marketing plays a huge role in business, both online and offline, but I just can't seem to wrap my head around it. I'm one of the types of people that create. Those that sell, and those in the middle … Continue reading Marketing, are you stupid or enlightened stupid?
I'm a big fan of all things Apple, and as you can tell from my past blog posts I'm a big fan of iPhone development. I've even dusted off my aging C skills, and have learned to love Objective-C. The one thing I haven't learned to love, like all other iPhone app developers, is their … Continue reading Open letter to Apple iPhone Developer Support
Like many people before me, and I'm sure many more after, I've had an ungodly amount of difficulty with Apple's iPhone certificate provisioning system. I personally think it's a brilliant solution to a difficult problem, but unfortunately for us they made it a pain in the ass to deal with. I've only run up against … Continue reading iPhone Certificate Woes
I've said it many times before, but as programmers we tend to spendthe bulk of our time working with broken software, and we try to endeavor to make it less broken. When it's not broken enough to keep people from using it on a day-to-day basis, you release your software. Some places do this better … Continue reading When to refactor, and when to slash and burn it
I'm now a registered iPhone App Developer! After the usual waiting, emailing, phoning, and faxing that I won't bore you with because blogs all over the world are full of people ranting about Apple's registration process, I now have my developer key. (Personally, I don't see what people are complaining about...it wasn't all that painful.)So … Continue reading Second impressions with PhoneGap
On the train ride to work today I was listening to "Daft Punk" on my iPhone while reading my blogs, my usual morning activity. And as my mind wandered, the song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" came on; it's one of my favourites, as I'm an avid electronic music fan. But since I was reading Ajaxian … Continue reading Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Yesterday at the Elephant & Castle Pub I was talking with a friend who's decided to finally take the leap and move into doing business as a free agent. He's filing all the business applications, getting consulting jobs (he already has 2 long-term gigs lined up), and is going through the motions of becoming his … Continue reading How do you name your business?