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Joining Intuit (the next gen PaaS)
Firstly - thanks to everyone who has reached out to me in the last three weeks via email, phone calls and comments since I shared the news of my leaving Bungee Labs - I have really appreciated everyone's support and interest in my next steps. The gr
The Great Bungee Jump
Well, the great Bungee Jump has come. Martin Plaehn, CEO of Bungee Labs has shared the news of the company the letting go of 15 regular employees and contractors. Unfortunately, I am among this set of affected Bungee Labs employees. Yup, it's a blow
How ADO.NET Data Services came to be (formerly known as Project Astoria)
Pablo Castro has recounted some of his timelined memories about how "Project Astoria" evolved from a lunch time conversation to bits in .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 now known as ADO.NET Data Services Framework). Nice write up. Three memor
I Am a Strange Loop
About 10 years ago a friend gave to me a book as gift. We were sitting on the deck of a canal boat on a Friday late afternoon set for a weekend of lazy meandering with friends and family along the Thames, when he handed me his own copy of Godel, Esch
Join me at Web 2.0 Expo New York - Building in the Clouds: Scaling Web 2.0
I'll be taking part in one of the Cloud computing panels at Web 2.0 Expo New York this September, details below. If you want to meet up, let me know. Building in the Clouds: Scaling Web 2.0 Jason Hoffman (Joyent, Inc.), Alistair Croll (Bitcurren
Project Management as SaaS, Programmable Wikis and more
Two new interview podcasts to share (recorded by me and Ted) for the Bungee Line: Nate Bowler, CTO of @Task @task (or AtTask) is a Utah-based tech company providing a comprehensive, web-based project and portfolio-management package delivered
Project Management as SaaS, Programmable Wikis and more
Two new interview podcasts to share (recorded by me and Ted) for the Bungee Line: Nate Bowler, CTO of @Task @task (or AtTask) is a Utah-based tech company providing a comprehensive, web-based project and portfolio-management package delivered
Stroke UX, Synthetic Life and BMW: Geometry and Functions In N Adaptions
Three videos that made me think: How it feels to have a stroke (TED Talks) Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as
Stroke UX, Synthetic Life and BMW: Geometry and Functions In N Adaptions
Three videos that made me think: How it feels to have a stroke (TED Talks) Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as
Open Source in a SaaS World
About a year ago, I took part in a meeting where the question: "What does open source "mean" in a SaaS world?" came up in conversation. A year later, that same question is becoming increasingly pertinent as the IT industry's move to Software-as-a-Se