Forget Feature Requests

For those that don’t know me, I used to work at a major Macintosh software developer. I was a Quality Assurance Specialist. Part of the position left me in charge of receiving, cataloging, prioritizing and, in part, implementing feature requests. Let me tell you, this alone could have been my full time job. Now was all of this management of these requests really needed? I mean, after all, any of us QA folks could have rattled off any of the most frequent requests at the drop of a hat. Therefore, it is a really bold move to submit the argument that Jason Fried does. He argues that developers should read feature requests and then throw them away. You read that right – Throw them away!

Pencil Revolution

I have always admired those that use pencils. I have never really liked them, not even as a kid. Unless a pencil is very sharp, I can’t stand the way it feels when I am writing. Not sure if I can describe it any better than that. Pencils do have several advantages over pens though. They don’t run out, they don’t leak, they are erasable, they are waterproof, I could go on. Don’t just take my word for it. After all, I don’t use pencils. Instead, listen to the folks at Pencil Revolution. They love pencils and have a lovely blog all about them. If you are a pencil freak, this is pr0n of the highest order.

Iconize Me

OK, I have had several folks ask me where I got that little cartoon of me that is on the Contact page. To answer this question, I will quote from a previous entry I had on this which I have not had time to get back up yet:
Iconize Me! is a very unique service offered by DV Graphics. Basically, it works like this. You send them a picture and for $20.00, for the basic package, they will send you a digital caricature of the picture you send as a computer icon! You can then copy and paste that icon to any file or folder.
The entire process could not be easier and it only takes about two weeks from the time you place your order until the icon is delivered via e-mail to your inbox. That is amazingly fast considering that each icon is custom “drawn” to order. The icons are compatible with both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. You can also order up a Windows version for an additional cost. ”
For additional charges they will not only send you the icon but also the original Photoshop file they used to draw your caricature. This is what we used to make the version you see on the Contact page.
I should also mention that they do get very busy (I believe it is just one guy doing them all himself). Therefore, sometimes they stop accepting orders. If they are not currently doing so check back in a few days and they may be again.

Neal Stephenson Interview

My friend Dawn sent me a link to a great interview with one of my favorite authors, Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle). Stephenson provides his always witty, insightful and sometimes flip answers to a iety of topics surrounding and including the themes set forth in his books. A great read even for non-fans.