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Comment: Some easy and obvious advice. (Score 1) 176

by smartin (#48442137) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

- Make sure the everyone understands and agrees with the big picture.
- Make sure the people are invested in the end result. (this with the point above says that outsourcing is not the best solution)
- Be consistent, thorough and write high quality software. Coding guidelines and a clear process that everyone understands and follows will help with this.
- Understand that the idea is more important than the implementation, but a poor implementation can ruin a great idea.

Comment: Re:My experience with it. (Score 2) 193

by smartin (#44668731) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

Another great feature is that you can share books by email. My Mom is a constant reader and I will hunt down books for her. I use Calibre to reformat them to .mobi and then can right click on the book and mail it to her kindle account. Works great! Calibre even lets me add a column to the main listing so that I can add a flag the lets me record that I sent the book.

Comment: Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (Score 2) 235

by smartin (#42997533) Attached to: 'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

I'm sorry to say that while the Do No Call List seemed to work well for several years it is now completely being ignored. I guess the telespammers realized that it had no teeth. I really hope that the FCC or who ever runs it takes a company like this and makes a serious fucking example of them.

Comment: Re:Pfui! My country's post system does a better jo (Score 2) 564

by smartin (#42849595) Attached to: On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

As a Canadian that lives in the US, I have to say that one of the few things that impressed me when I moved down here was how much better USPS works than Canada Post. Here is it very common to chuck something in the mail and have it delivered the next morning. That does not happen in Canada from my experience.

A perfect example is Netflix. I thought that it was a crazy idea until I tried it and found how well it works with one day turnaround. As far as I know, it has not taken off north of the border and the reason is that the postal system does not provide that level of service.

Saturday service is another thing that I've liked about it and will be sad to see it go.

Comment: Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

by smartin (#42833443) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

Microsoft. Just because they are no longer relevant does not make them any less evil or forgive them for their past crimes. This campaign is just another example of how they really, really don't get it. If they could make a decent product for once, maybe they could get some new market share instead of just sitting and watching their monopoly dwindle away.

Comment: Loud whistle (Score 1) 281

by smartin (#42754213) Attached to: FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

Somewhere there is a story about someone that actually got charged with blowing a loud whistle into the ear of a telemarketer. I think this was before it was actually illegal for them to call. Now that it is, it is really tempting to do. And no, I don't care about the poor underpaid schmuck on the other end of the line, they deserve what they get.

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