Saying Goodbye to Bob

Bob Montgomery was a coworker, friend, and cherished family member to so many of us. But for me, he was also a mentor. He and Janie were responsible for the success of my internship at AMD in the Summer and Fall of 1998 and, as a result, much of my career in software that followed. I don't … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Bob

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Go Forth and Deploy

For many of us in software of a certain age, making changes to and releasing software has traditionally been a perilous activity. Customers had to be hand-held, release sequences carefully orchestrated, and contingencies planned in case of failure. And so, the best releases were done by the best release engineers (remember that title?)--typically release engineers … Continue reading Go Forth and Deploy

Breaking Down Git Activity of the Swift Programming Language

A Review of Activity on the Swift Github Repo The following is a review of the Swift Programming Language recently open sourced by Apple using the gitstats utility and the freely available Github Activity charts. The Vitals Generated: 2015–12–14 21:34:08 (in 225 seconds)Report Period: 2010–07–17 16:50:59 to 2015–12–14 21:12:49Age: 1,978 days, 1,438 active days (72.70%)Total … Continue reading Breaking Down Git Activity of the Swift Programming Language

Evolution of the Zappos Product Page

We’ve come a long way in how we present products to our customers since the early days of the Internet. Let’s dust off WayBackMachine.org and see what’s changed… Then Zappos Product Page — Circa 2003We’ll focus on Zappos.com circa March 2003 (or thereabouts). One of the things that stands out to me is how, arguably, e-commerce product page … Continue reading Evolution of the Zappos Product Page

The Power of Periscope and a Startup Lesson by Dan Martell

This morning, I did not plan to attend a presentation by @DanMartell, but he just taught me (and 40 or so other Periscope followers) a micro-lesson in scaling a startup. This is the power of Periscope… …the ability to engage an audience, immediately, when a thought or feeling strikes you as it did today for … Continue reading The Power of Periscope and a Startup Lesson by Dan Martell