Analytics Conferences in 2010

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 23 Feb 2010 at 02:41

To be honest, we have always been too busy to attend analytics conferences. For example, in my case, I have been developing in SAS for more than twenty years, but I have never been to a SAS conference. But this year, I am at least going to compile a list of some of the ones that look relevant to us. I will update this blog entry over time.

April 11-14, Seattle. SAS Global Forum. $995 onsite.

Superior Voice Quality

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 31 Jan 2010 at 17:38

If you would like your calls to have absolutely the best sound possible, you should use a SIP provider like onsip.com (we use them) then use HD voice phones from Polycom (the HDTV of phones such as the Polycom 335, $115or Polycom 550). HD Voice is starting to come out from other manufacturers and is supported by many SIP gateways. The difference between a conversation between two HD Voice phones versus two regular phones is similar to the difference between talking in person versus talking on the phone. Onsip.com provides the following comparison:

To give you an idea of what the difference is, this is what an HD call with a Polycom 650 sounds like, and this is what the standard phone call sounds like.

If you...

Uniquely East Agile

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 11 Jan 2010 at 04:58

One thing that seems to be very unique about us is that we really do paired programming. This practice is not for everyone by far. A lot of people don't get it and won't get it. But for those that get it, we are one of the few deep practitioners. Pivotal Labs, of course, is another one. Just from talking to people from other leading development shops it seems like 90% or more of Ruby on Rails agile companies do not practice it to the extent that we do. Paired = higher quality & lower risk of project interruption.

Learn more about Paired Programming on Wikipedia, including information about research on its effectiveness.

Ruby and Agile Conferences in 2010

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 11 Jan 2010 at 04:46

These look like the most interesting Ruby and Agile related conferenceevents in 2010:

  • April 9-10, Reston, Virgina.Ruby NationRuby conference. SOLD OUT.
  • April 14-15, San Francisco, California. Chirp Twitter Developer Conference ($469).
  • April 20-21, New York, NY. #140Conf ($140).
  • May 22-23, Krakow, Poland.EuRuKoRuby conference. For reference, see EuRuKo 2009.
  • May 22-23, Gothenberg, Sweden. Nordic Ruby conference ($809 -600).
  • June 7-10, Baltimore, Maryland. RailsConf O'Reilly Ruby on Rails conference ($695).
  • August 4-6, (near) Jacksonville, Florida. BizConf. A Hashrocket founded conference ($1,570).

I will come back and update this post over time to keep it fresh.

Here are a few I'm keeping my eye on but haven't really decided if they are interesting yet or not, or they have yet to...

Announcing the Google Nexus One

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 06 Jan 2010 at 14:39

Google's Nexus One Android smartphone may be the turning point for Android in its battle for respect from the otherwise iPhone-carrying set of consumers. Or maybe not (see this New York Times article). Released to Google employees about a week ago, the Nexus One was released to the general public on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. We took this opportunity to take some photos.

I was particularly impressed by the camera on the Nexus One and its vivid colour. The image of red lips below is completely unenhanced (colour was removed from the rest of the image to ensure our attention was not distracted).

Android Phones are getting quite Sexy

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 31 Dec 2009 at 07:56

I did an Android phone photo shoot today. In a few days we will publish some shots of the very latest models. We develop for this platform.

Wreath Thief Captured by Sensr.net

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 27 Dec 2009 at 14:04

I'm pleased to see Senr.net making a difference. Over the holidays, it helped one user capture video of someone stealing a wreath from their door. We hope the guy gets caught because that is such a lowlife thing to do.

We spent many hundreds of hours helping Adam Beguelin create Sensr.net from its inception early this year. We think it is very cool, and love to see it at work. Adam writes about this more on his blog.

East Agile VN Holidays

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 25 Dec 2009 at 04:17

Hours of Operation

With the exception of the these holidays, East Agile Vietnam (EAVN) is open from 9 am until 6 pm, Monday through Friday (IST, Indochina Standard Time, UTC+7).

Holidays

Our office in Vietnam haslimitedstaff during the following holidays in 2010 (11 days).

1. New Year's Day (Tết dương lịch)
Friday January 1st.

2.
Tet (Tết Nguyên Đán) [Sunday February 14]
Friday February 12th, (office holiday)
Monday February 15th,
Tuesday February 16th,
Wednesday February 17th,
Thursday February 18th,
Friday February 19th (office holiday).

3.
Hung Kings' Commemoration. (Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương),
Friday April 23.

4.
Reunification Day (Ngày Thống nhất)
Friday April 30th.

5.
May Day (Ngày Quốc tế Lao động) [Saturday May 1st]
Monday May 3rd.

6.
Vietnam National Day (Quốc khánh)
Thursday September 2nd...

Not the best screen hygiene, but a sign of good develpment

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 24 Dec 2009 at 06:11

If your screens don't look like this then (a) you have better screen hygiene than these developers, but perhaps (b) you're not doing eXtreme Programming right, and in particular, you're not doing paired programming. Having fingerprints all over the screens is an artifact of active collaborative development.

Learn more about Paired Programming on Wikipedia, including references to research on its effectiveness.

Advertising Intelligence

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 22 Dec 2009 at 12:24

It's fun to spy on the advertising strategies and expenditures of other companies. Keywordspy.com lets you do just that. It was introduced to me today by Semantic Web authority, David Siegel.

For example, I noticed that unlike most Ruby on Rails development shops, which spend nothing to attract new business, the old-school development shop, Art & Logic (artlogic.com, founded 1991) is spending more than $1400 every day, mostly on keywords designed to attract new customers. That means they are spending something like $400,000 per year just on search engine marketing (SEM). This suggests to me that they are somewhat desperate and/or passing a lot of advertising expenses on to their clients.

On a similar note, keywordspy.com suggests that Ruby on Rails developer, Pivotal Labs, stopped...