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Programmers you dont want..

Poisonous Programmers :- A nice read on the kind of programmers you DONT want on your project. Its also a nice one for people who want to earn themselves a reputation for being positive contributors to a project.

A nice snippet for people who dont have the time..

"No, wait...it's actually time to debug, rewrite, or redesign your system, and your priorities should be to proceed in that order - not the reverse, as so many cowboy programmers prefer. "Oh, the program froze again. Can we take two years, with a team of 10, to do this right?" No! Too often people decide that a bug is unfixable without a rewrite just because they enjoy writing new code more than they do fixing old code. Unfortunately, these are just the types of people who should not be writing code at all. "


Hello L.J, Welcome to Third Life.

Its been a while .. about close to 18 months of 18 hrs a day, 7 days a week of sheer rush, excitement, energy, toil ,sweat and blood, living life bit by bit on the edge , working on one of the coolest stuff that has a chance of making history. With my dwindling role in my current project moving forward ,Its time to emerge out of the adventurous trance which kept me blinded to the world and kept me away from myself.

Hello L.J, I missed ya. It feels nice to be back. Being back to L.J is like being back to myself. This blog gets a third Life. More posts coming up.

VOIP is now 'Voice'

...Need I say more.
"And programmers, as I quote Larry Constantine in my book, programmers are programmers because they like to code — given a choice between learning someone else’s code and just sitting down and writing their own, they will always do the latter"

Programmers Dont Like To Code - As misleading as it may sound, Jonathan Rentzsch tries to explain what he means by the statement.

I posted this link at my work place to see what my colleagues thought and Raj Madhuram a colleague , a frequent contributor to Eclipse, flamed Rentzsch's view.

Makes up for an interesting read. ...And my opinion thus...

Coding is a form of problem solving. There are people who get gratification out of problem solving; the mode and means of doing it may be different. If a code did not solve a problem, I doubt if any body would want to code. Any piece of code is supposed to solve a problem.

Write assembly code if only need be or else use Python if it gets yours or someone else’s job faster. After all, software is for making people’s lives easier. The faster the better.

Programmers don’t value a language by means of its libraries. Programmers choose languages based on their capability to solve a particular problem faster, a lot of it depends upon the libraries it supports in most number of cases if not in all the cases.

A programmer’s valuation is important to another. Software is a team effort and with out respecting the valuation of another programmer the Open Source would not have been able to harness the power of hundred’s of talented programmers. No SIP, no Firefox, maybe no Eclipse

Programmers do code for the heck of it and will rewrite code for the fun of it. As long as it is not at the expense of somebody that’s great. The ACM for instance. This is important bring out great programmers and nurture talent

The P990i

I have been pondering over a lot over the next phone I should buy. My last phone a Blackberry was a company given perk that I had to leave with the company since I switched to a new job.
Loved the blackberry , great value for money.

I acquired the p990i. Have it for over a month now and love it. The wifi works, the push and pop email works , great pictures , good sound , nice video capabilities. No complaints so far and yes I the like QWERTY keyboard and think its a plus. A slightly old model now, but still the best Smart phone , I could find.

SyncML comes of age

Goosyc is a service that lets you sync your mobile with Google calendar. They have a long list of supporting devices.

TalkPlus Walks Its Talk !

Talkplus walks its talk with a kewl demo. Way Cool
TalkPlus Demo : Call to echo123 from a mobile without a Skype client

TalkPlus demo : Call to echo123 from a mobile without a Skype client
"TalkPlus demo : Call to echo123 from a mobile without a Skype client" on Google Video

"The video is uncut, no editing at all, including about five seconds in the beginning of Jeff Black, TalkPlus CEO and founder, warming up. The call is from an unaltered mobile phone. You will see the Jeff send a text message and automatically download a Java program. That app shows his Skype address book, and he clicks on Skype's echo123 acount. For those who don't know it, echo123 is one of Skype's first test accounts. It doesn't have a SkypeIn number, so you couldn't fake access by dialing a PSTN number that forwards to echo123. TalkPlus doesn't have any access to Skype's private SIP gateways. So this demo shows that TalkPlus customers can dial any Skype user by their Skype name. It also shows that TalkPlus has engineered a server without Skype components that talks to the Skype network as if it were a Skype client using Skype's own language. It will scale to thousands of simultaneous sessions. TalkPlus has no plans to license this technology or turn it into a product. They built it to solve their customers' need to talk with millions of Skype users. Jeff demonstrates that Skype's protocols have been reverse engineered, and proven demand for a "headless" or "naked" Skype server."

AltME ! Secure your chat

If you fear that your network is being spooked , here is an secure alternative to yahoo and MSN . AltME offers secure, persistent, private chat and a colloboration suite of applications to go along with it. All encrypted and 100% secure.

Flickr Vs Zooomr Vs Bubbleshare

There are many many more photosharing web sites, but these three seem to be the most prominent ones. Flickr has the lions share of users and oh yes, it was acquired by yahoo. Ofcourse, We all know Flickr, dont we ?

Bubbleshare is rumored to be in phase of getting acquired. Bubbleshare provides the same fucntionaility as Flickr but it states 'simplicity' and 'ease of use' as the compelling reasons to its users. I happen to skim through their blog and found this one such feature that has simple usage:

"Easy upload your pictures via your Camera Phone :
1) Login to your account and go to the ‘My Account’ tab.

2) Scroll right to the bottom and click the button to generate your mobile access code. Note the email address you will use to send photos from your phone.

3) Take a snappy picture with your Camera Phone and send it to the email address you wrote down in step 2). Sorry each phone is slightly different so this step will be different on each phone.

That’s it! Email as many photos to the email address as you wish and they will be stored in your ‘My Albums’ list in an Album called ‘Mobile’

Zooomr has an interesting background.Zooomr is a powerhouse when compared to both the above photosharing applications. It was written by 17 year old kristopher Tate and was termed 'Flickr on Steroids' when it came out. Zooomr also claims to be faster than Flickr. Here is a result of a speed test between the both.

Of course there is a fourth one , Riya which was supposed to be acquired by Google for 40 Million but did not happen as Google pulled out of the deal.Riya is not mainstream yet as they're still figuring what they are doing among so many other photo sharing sites, along with Google's Picasa.Both Picasa and Riya are in to photo recognition.

Though Bubbleshare is easier to use and Zooomr has some kick-ass features , Flickr would still be my choice. Simply because of its wide adoption. Its more likely that I will bump in to the pictures of my old ones,loved ones and lost ones at Flickr that at any other site; for now atleast.
VC's are complaining about the 'lack of details' in startup pitches or rather the presentations startups put up in front of them are not convincing enough. Again usually what the VC's expect is your ability to convince people about a product people dont need. You as a startup founder and the VC's both know that the world does not need another web2.0 app. Venturewoods, has put two such case studies , that says the what-tos and what-not-tos about starup pitches.

#Case Study 1-TracBac
#Case Study 2-MirrorZen