Android phones may have overtaken Apple's iPhones in the marketplace. Then again, maybe they haven't. And to you, as a developer, what may matter most is which smart phone OS is going to be the biggest player a year or two from now, and fellow IT Knowledge Exchange writer Ron Miller (no relation) thinks Goo
When I was a kid our school textbooks and the general societal belief (what we would now call a “meme”) led us to believe in a future where machines would do the heavy manufacturing and agricultural tasks, which meant humans would be freed to do fulfilling tasks instead of drudgery. We were all going to work 20 hours a week and spend the rest of our time choreographing ballets or writing poetry or something, and lots of serious think-papers were written about how we’d use o
Did anyone notice that this dude's name is Hackett?
I can just see the police:
"Uh, anyone have any idea who might have done this credit card theft thing?
"Sarge, there's a guy just got a traffic ticket, name of Hackett."
"HACKETT? Of course! It had to be him. Wake up Judge Alzheimer, get a warrant, and bust him right away. Search his computer for porn, too, while you're at it."
It's *always* better to have an archived email list or online support forum instead of one-to-one emails. It's a matter of leveraging your time. The same questions ("Will it work better if I plug it in?") are going to be asked over and over. Why reply to them over and over?
Also: IRC is the best venue for hand-holding support, not necessarily provided by a project's lead developer or necessarily by a developer at all. Sometimes a user is better able to steer a fellow user in the right direction, and IRC is great for this.
freenode and oftc are both great places to host your support channels.
And for users who expect free software developers to drop everything they're doing and provide instant, free, one-on-one tech support... suck my hairy white [Republican]. That is TOTALLY out of line. Don't even ask.
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN6ejvcV9Vs
I know a guy, Lee Drake, who has an IT business in Rochester, New York, called OS-Cubed. He's also part of a chamber of commerce-type group that touts Rochester as a great place to start and run a high-tech business. Why Rochester? Why not? And why not look at a lot of places besides Silicon Valley if you want to be involved with exciting, cutting edge technology?
Publishers love those books because they're more visible on retail shelves than thinner ones. I fought the "let's keep it brief, do no padding" battle with publishers a couple of times, and lost. Publishing is a crazy business, busily committing suicide as we speak.
I was in the third row at the St. Petersburg CNN/YouTube 2008 Republican debate, right behind Chuck Norris. Ron Paul barely spoke up. When he did, moderator Anderson Cooper gave him speaking time. And in the "press" area afterwards, where reporters were doing one-on-one interviews, Ron Paul didn't show, so no one interviewed him.
And maybe he did TV advertising somewhere, but I don't recall a single Ron Paul TV spot in Manatee County, Florida, part of the Tampa Bay regional TV market.
Ron Paul was not an effective campaigner in 2008.
Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.