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Archive for February, 2007

InfoQ interview Mary and Tom Poppendieck about Lean

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See the video here.

I’ll get round to watching the whole thing eventually, but first, use the link underneath the video to skip to “What are some of the other principles of Lean?”

I never realised that Tom Poppendieck was such an accomplished ventriloquist!

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February 22nd, 2007 at 11:06 am

Out of step

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More proof, as if it were needed, that I’m not up-to-date with the latest fashions.

Just as I’m teetering on the brink of switching from Safari to Firefox at home (mainly for all that plugin goodness), I read that Firefox’s market share is down, and Safari’s is up.

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February 21st, 2007 at 10:10 pm

BT’s Java SDK part two: making phone calls

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Yesterday we saw how easy it is to send text messages using the SDK, so now let’s try making a phone call.

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February 18th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Posted in BT,Java,Web21C

BT’s Java SDK

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As I mentioned recently, I now work in the Web21C SDK team. The SDK provides a simple API for programmatically accessing various web services that BT provides, including SMS, conference calls and location services.

The SDK is in public beta, and is currently free (with daily usage limits). Up to now it’s only been available for those crazy .NET folks, but the next release (on Monday, all being well) will extend that to Java, PHP and Python. Rumour has it that Ruby’s in the works too.

I’ve been having a play with the Java version – here’s a sneak preview…

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February 17th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Posted in BT,Java,Web21C

Cultural blocks to adoption of agile development

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A recent article in the New York Times describes the issues of introducing ‘The Toyota Way’ to non-Japanese factories.

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February 17th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Posted in Agile,Enterprise

Apple and DRM-free music

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I’ve never quite understood the attitude of people who won’t buy an iPod for the sole reason that the iTunes music store uses DRM – after all, no-one forces iPod owners to buy music from iTunes, rather than ripping it from CDs they own or obtaining unprotected MP3s elsewhere. As DRM schemes go, FairPlay isn’t too bad (allowing you to burn the music to a CD, for example).

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February 6th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Apple

The blog as online identity

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In You Are Not a Username, Jason Kolb suggests that the blogosphere is really just a large, losely-coupled social network, and that your identity on that network is your blog’s URL, not a username.

I think this is an area that needs to be explored further because I really don’t like the concept of having a separate account at every site I belong to. It really should revolve around my personal Web site, wherever that may be, and that should be the end of it. It’s a simple matter of relabeling the blogosphere as a social network and layering some existing technology on top of it to add some more value.

This sounds very much like the type of thing you can do with OpenID. For instance, using the OpenID Comments for WordPress plugin, your blog becomes an OpenID server, and you can identify yourself on other OpenID-enabled sites simply by specifying your blog’s URI as the OpenID provider.

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February 6th, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Posted in Web 2.0

A gentle nudge

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…to Alkesh “the one without a blog” Vaghmaria to get a real post up :-)

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February 5th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

Posted in BT