Some developers have all the luck

A spark of hope on the horizon for all of us developers out there. If you don't have any heroes you look up to make Joel Spolsky your first. What happens when somebody, who not only knows developers but is one himself, starts his own company? Well in my opinion it's one of the best workspaces you can come across for a developer. He understands the need for undivided concentration and silence. Understands we (and pretty much every office worker) sit on our butts for long periods every day. Keeping it as comfortable as possible goes a long way. I really admire what he does for his crew. I can definitely see how he can attract the best programmers to this company with the work environment he created.

You can read more about this in Joel's own words on his blog. Which I can also recommend for a lot of insightful reading.

Having Trouble with Lightbox 2.03.3 in Safari 3.x?

Well I know I sure was. I came across a bug where images could be displayed smaller or bigger than they should depending on what you clicked on before that image.

I've patched the lightbox.js to make this bug go away. In lighbox class' changeImage method I modified the imgPreloader.onload function.

...
// once image is preloaded, resize image container
imgPreloader.onload=function(){
  Element.setSrc('lightboxImage', imageArray[activeImage][0]);

  //unimatrixZxero edited fist at 2008-02-20 23:25
  //adding these attr setters for bug fix in Safari 3.x
  Element.setWidth('lightboxImage', imgPreloader.width);
  Element.setHeight('lightboxImage', imgPreloader.height);
	
  myLightbox.resizeImageContainer(imgPreloader.width, 
                                  imgPreloader.height);

  //clear onLoad, IE behaves irratically with animated gifs otherwise 
  imgPreloader.onload=function(){};
}
...

Chris Marquardt on Podcasting auf der MacLiveExpo 2007

Doing a German post here.

"Ja bist du denn verrückt?" Chis redet davon wie beim Podcasting erst mal, sozusagen, nur Kosten entstehen. Bandwith is not free. Im Januar 2006 wurde Chris gekündigt und entschloss sich eine eigene Podcast-Produktions-Fabrik zu erschaffen und machte einen Podcast draus.

Es wird besprochen wie man Inhalte, Produktion und Distribution im Einklang bringen muss. Die Produktion beschreibt er mit einem Mac als kinderleicht. Distribution sei ein Thema das mit diversen Diensten von 0 bis 10 Euro vom Tisch würe.

Auf das Karma kommt es an. Man gibt zwar etwas "für Lau" herraus aber das Karma wird das Geld bringen. Als Beispiel, wird LINUX und die Gemeinschaft und Industrie die sich drum herrum entwicket hat.

Podcasting als mittel gegen "Couch-potatoes".

Community "It's all about the people!" Die Interaktivität begeistert, Rückmeldungen, Foren, Kommentare und E-Mails schaffes es. So entsteht "Social Capital" und "Venture Capital".

User Treffen entstehen weltweit. Business Model 1: Workshops. Treue Zuhörer und Mundpropaganda schaffen Kunden.

Business Model 2: Durch seine Bekanntheit produziert er mittlerweile für PONS und HP(d.p.i. 2007) Podcasts. HP fliegt ihn dafür extra nach San Diego aus. Obvious Business Model 3: Werbung im Podcast. Aber bitte keine vorproduzierten Spots als pre-roll oder mitten drin den Podcast zu unterbrechen.

Laut der IBM Iinstitute for Business Value Studie werden die nächsten 5 Jahre die Werbeindustrie stärker beeinflussen als die lezten 50 Jahre.

"...20 percent of advertising revenue to shift form impression-based to impact-base formats within three years."

In der Fragerunde fällt mir verstärkt auf das es wirklich noch Leute gibt die noch nie etwas von Podcasts gehört haben. Eventl. bin ich einfach zu Jung, aber auf einer MacLiveExpo habe ich sowas einfach nicht erwartet. Bin wohl noch zu sehr von der Web2.0 Expo in Berlin geprägt.

I don't know how I missed this.

I was aware that David HH held a talk about REST at RailsConf06. I just seem to have missed the video footage provided here. If you have a bit of time at hand and your interested in Rails you should consume this. I never really got my head around REST. But getting it explained from the god-father of Ruby on Rails himself somehow enlightend me. I know this doesn't reflect exactly on the current state of affairs. At the time this talk was given REST wasn't around that long yet. And maybe that's exactly why this was easier to understand. David explains in a few examples how he developed the idea which really helped me to get the whole concept into perspective.

If you are still struggeling after the video I suggest you spend $9 for a quasi-personal tutition provided by Geoffrey Grosenbach at peepcode.com. The video is titled RESTful Rails, you can view a preview here. His screencast is defenitly worth more than the $9 he charges for it. This will give you the final boost you need to get working with REST.

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