I can’t stay up too late tonight, I need to wake up by 7:00, so I can be at work by 8:00. That probably doesn’t seem like a very significant statement. Most of the world will have to be at work by 8:00, but starting a year and a few weeks ago I transitioned to the startup life.
For me this meant a workday that started around 10 and usually went until 11 or so at night. Of course a lot has changed in a year. Where there were originally two, there are now four. More people requires better organization and a little process. Without it, coordination becomes difficult. Where previously working odd hours around the clock was good for productivity, it is now a hindrance to the team building. Especially when all the members are either married or seriously involved.
Megan has of course been on board with me on this venture from the very beginning. I would could not have done this without her support. It isn’t fair to her for me to sleep when she is at work, and then for me to work when she is at home. While that sort of schedule can work for the short term, it increasingly becomes a problem as time passes.
Tomorrow begins a new era for our company. It is day one of having standard office hours. They are longer hours than most companies; but hey, we are a four person internet startup company. It is a shame in some respects. Sleeping in was one of the greatest perks of being self employed, but if this company is going to grow up into something great, then I will have to grow up as well.
Well, that’s all I have time for now. I’m off to bed. I have to get up early tomorrow.
This is for everyone who has asked me what I do for a living, and politely nodded while I failed to adequately explain.
Why JS2 Does Not Matter:
Although Mozilla acts as if they inherited Netscape’s mid 90s status as keeper of the web platform, this is not the case. They say that it doesn’t matter is Microsoft adopts JS2 or not, they’ll just write an IE plugin. This may work to increase JS2 adoption, but it doesn’t actually solve any real problems. JS2 is a solution looking for a problem.
When building TileStack, my main problem with JS isn’t some language feature (native classes, typed variables, etc.) it’s the lack of consistency between browsers. Granted this isn’t something the Mozilla Foundation can fix, but a new version of the JS language does more harm than good in this context.
Why JS2 is Harmful to Mozilla:
I guess the point is that language syntax is one of the least important features of a platform. Do developers use .Net for C#’s syntax? Is Objective-C’s syntax the reason for Apple’s recent successes? Will the declarative structure of JavaFX Script save the Java platform? I could go on with more examples, but I wont. The answer is a resounding NO! There are much more important things to ensuring the success of a platform than language syntax.
I suppose this doesn’t really need to concern me. The web as a platform will continue to exist and grow and mature. It’s just frustrating to observe this waste of time and energy.
This is for all those people who are trying to run a web business that need to send bulk email messages and don’t want them to go directly into their recipients’ spam folders.
Yesterday, I (and several others) dedicated several hours to the task of determining why every email we sent went directly into the spam folders of those we were trying to reach. When you search Google for information about spam filters, you find plenty of information about blocking unwanted email, but hardly anything about making sure your legitimate bulk email is not discarded with the trash. We were able to solve our issues, and so I thought I’d share our findings with the community.
I’ve been a subscriber of Blockbuster Online for over two years now. At the start of this year, they raised their rate by $2 a month and limited the number of in store exchanges to 2 per month. What pushed me over the edge was the fact that they automatically published the movies I requested to my Facebook feed. I never authorized this, I never linked the accounts. In fact, I use different email addresses for those services, so they had to do some browser magic or something to accomplish this. To me, this is a violation.
So, the question is, do I switch to Netflix. Their plan for one at a time is $8.99, but there is obviously no in store rental. Instead they offer a selection of films that I can watch online. The problem is, that service is Windows only, and I’m on a Mac. (I’ve heard it does work in Parallels). Blockbuser offers a no store exchange plan at $8.99 as well.
Any thoughts? Any positive/negative experiences with either service?