The Real Genius of the iPhone 3GS Jun 24 2009

Apple’s iPhone 3Gs has had a bit of a muted–dare I say disappointing–reception. Unlike with the 3G launch, very few of the new OS 3.0 features depend on the 3Gs model, and for most iPhone users (for me at least), there aren’t compelling reasons to upgrade. None of that matters, though. Apple’s going to make far more money for another reason: they didn’t discontinue sales of the regular iPhone 3G. Through AT&T subsidies, you can now get an iPhone 3G for $99.

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The Ruby on Rails CMS Dilemma Jun 22 2009

Ruby on Rails is an excellent framework for building web applications. Perhaps the best. But it’s not currently very well suited to what I call web sites. The difference is simple. In a web site, the unique business value comes from the content creators (authors, bloggers, photographers, etc). In a web application, the business value comes directly from the programmers. Twitter, Google, Basecamp and eBay are web applications.,, corporate brand sites and original news sources are all web sites.

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Find Love Apr 01 2009

Just heard this great Clem Snide song, called Find Love on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Don’t let hurricanes hold you back Raging rivers or shark attacks Find love, and give it all away Find love, and give it all away Wrestle bears bring them to their knees Steal the honey from killer bees Find love, and give it all away Find love, and give it all away Don’t be scared to connect the dots

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A Few Requests for President-Elect Obama Nov 14 2008

Brad Feld’s got some well-put advice for our new president on his blog. My favorite: When asked what advice she’d give Obama, [Madeleine Albright] said two things. First - “listen”. Second - “be confident, but not certain.” She described Bush as a president who has been too “certain” - he’s “certain that he is correct on all issues and then never listens.” In contrast, she wants a president who is “confident” yet willing to listen, learn, and adjust his point of view based on the data presented.

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The Problem with the Executive Pay Debate Nov 13 2008

Norman Wolfe on Why the Executive Compensation Debate is Fundamentally Flawed:

Yet in the current discussion on CEO pay we take as a given that CEOs are in it for the money and we have to pay them to get them and keep them. Yet these very same people would not take this position with their own organizations. Or if they do is this the kind of culture or tone at the top you want for your company.

From this perspective, the argument for high-CEO pay runs counter to a lot of wisdom about avoiding hiring people who are driven only by the salary. Unfortunately, the entire elite executive culture probably needs to change first before we start seeing reasonable executive salaries.

Update Row Values in MySQL Based on Order Clause

Say you have a database table which contains an integer sort order column, but it’s incorrect. Perhaps you forgot to sort before creating the records. Let’s say you have another column which, when sorted, would produce the correct order. You can use that column to fix the sort order column in pure SQL. Here’s an example using the MODX CMS, which has a menuindex column (the sorting column), and a pagetitle column.

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Which Modules Implement a Drupal Hook?

Working on a deep-dive Drupal rescue project, we encountered an enormous mess of modules, and needed to know which of those modules were related to Ubercart checkout features. On a related note, the full list of available Ubercart hooks is here.

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