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For Writing Software, a Buddy System

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I did a fair bit of this during one of my internships in college.  Coding in pairs, along with effective use of the “Pomodoro” technique (to avoid overload) allowed me to learn more from the people I worked with.  It requires patience, but if you can take the time to try pair programming, you’ll soon wonder how you ever worked without it.

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September 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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Things GTD

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After trying to find a way to make up for not being able to sync To-Do’s natively (It’s already been done for Notes, To-Do’s seems like a logical next step…) and not being satisfied with the choices, I came across Things by Cultured Code. At first, everything worked well, basic functionality and even some advanced sorting features – Project support and Tags – were there. Thinking about the problem a bit more, there’s one place where the app still can’t compete with the heavyweights of the category: support for the Getting Things Done productivity method. I looked at OmniFocus – the heavyweight of iPhone To-Do apps and evangelized by one Merlin Mann – but it’s probably more than I need at this point. Instead I would really like to see something like an advanced ‘GTD Mode’ with support for Contexts (Use tags in ‘Basic’ mode and ‘Contexts’ for GTD). Cultured Code has a solid base to build on, I just hope they keep listening to the feedback and find ways to improve the app to serve those who can’t make use of (or don’t need) all the features of a full GTD solution.

Written by @chrisfinazzo

September 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

AP Mobile News comes up short

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The only words I have to describe this are:

 

1. Buggy (Still feels like a beta most of the time)

2. Incomplete (NYT or WSJ offer more features, Bloomberg is more focused)

3. Slow (MAJOR work is needed in this area)

 

Overall, I’m disappointed as the app does nothing to show off the Push Notification Service and is well below the level of quality that is expected of the AP.  Until major improvements are made, it no longer has (or deserves) a place on my iPhone.

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August 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Pricing, Upgrade Program

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Not a huge improvement, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Written by @chrisfinazzo

June 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Snow Leopard hitting shelves in September for $29

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Considering that Microsoft now admits the purpose of Windows 7 is to improve on the Vista codebase, instead it’s Apple who gets upgrade pricing right.  If only I could pay $50 now to upgrade our 2 Macs…

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June 9, 2009 at 12:33 am

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Myst for iPhone

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I first played this (and the follow-up, Riven) on a Gateway 2000 some 15 years ago.  After all that time, I’m still hooked.  Cyan has a great opportunity now to bring the other 2 titles in the series to the iPhone platform.  $6 on the App Store.

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May 25, 2009 at 3:07 am

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How to Hide Your Twitter Habit From the Boss

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Good idea, but I still don’t get the point of a desktop Twitter client if: 

  1. The website is 1 click away. 
  2. People in corporate environments or otherwise that have to operate with limited user accounts still can’t install software.  A mobile app or website are really the only choices they have for getting a Twitter fix.  

As far  as #2 is concerned, this helps, but I still think the mobile website or a standalone mobile app is the way to go.

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April 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

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