Why has the Flittr been so flat?

location_based_message_bulletin_board_dropaloI started Flittr because I thought, “A blog that only contains short  posts — perfect! I must be able to find time to blog regularly for that!”

As it turns out, full-time work, family life, and a side-project with the aim of changing the world doesn’t make for much spare time at all. This year I’ve slept less, stressed more, and worked harder than any other time in my life. The reason?

Dropalo (as in, ‘Drop a local message’).

A location based service that lets you drop messages, anywhere you happen to be (so long as you have a data/internet connection). Messages are public by default and can be seen by anyone that passes through the ‘drop zone’ .

And I’m at the point where I need help from the public (yes, you). You’ve got nothing to lose: it’s free.

I’ll post a follow up later to say a little more about it. For now, go ahead and request an invite  🙂


Things that programmers know that other people don’t

I received a link to this in my Quora digest. A lot of the answers are pretty spot on. My favourite?

“Programming” is thinking, not typing. Most of programming is spent sleeping, walking around, staring out the window, or doing anything else that helps you relax and think.

Right on. It might not be strictly true but it’s close to the truth. Not all devs think the same way of course, as mentioned in one of the answers; some think by drawing diagrams, some by jotting notes, some by ‘drafting’ out bits of code, and others do a lot of it mentally. I generally fall into the latter category.

However developers do their thinking, what they tend to have in common is that they’ll do a lot of “thinking” before any actual coding.

Things that programmers know that most people don’t


Hate Ads? Here comes Mirriad!

Some of you will cheer, some of you will weep. Why? Because Mirriad want to embed adverts deep into the content you consume, so deep that ads will be inescapable. Forget fast-forwarding, forget ad-blocking. Ever heard of subliminal cuts? Well, this is kinda like that, only less subliminal, far more in your face and obtrusive.

Watch the video to see Mirriads vision of the future of advertising. It is clever, but it’s not funny.


Why being a developer sucks

This morning I was thinking about labels, how I call myself ‘a developer’, and what that even means. Conveniently, when I walked into work, a colleague told me about an article she read about what it’s like being a developer. Convenient. She sent me the link.

This is the article. Don’t read it. Seriously. I mean, unless you’re into programming or care what it’s like to work as a developer. It’s an excellent piece; it’s witty, comprehensive, and captures the developer’s experience beautifully. But it’s very long. If you’re not interested in the things mentioned above, don’t bother. Suffice it to say that being a developer — in the technological sense, and maybe others — is a highly frustrating and perilous (to your mental health) experience.

I know what you’re wondering (and if you’re not, you should be):

In what other sense could you be a developer?

That’s the subject of another post.