Building the right development team

downloadBuilding the right team is really tough!

I know that’s not big news but I think most people don’t know HOW tough it is.

So far in my career I’ve been working in several types of companies/teams/environments/roles but in all of them the team factor was a pain in the neck for some reason.

I’m been trying to write this post many times to help myself avoid some common mistakes and try to get the most out of a team: so far I failed every single time because … Continue Reading

Why I hate best practices

Best practice pinned on noticeboardHave you ever worked with some fan of best practices? I’m sure you have. “Best practices” (from now on BP) are kind of a mantra for a lot of IT workers and when you come across one of these people, everything is about this or that document on line with a list of BP that you cannot afford not to follow to the letter if you want to have a chance to do a nice job.

If I’m writing this article it’s … Continue Reading

Tweetdeck and the damn gnome keyring

tweetdeckIf you are reading this article you are probably one of those who are tired of the Tweetdeck Chrome App and are wondering WHY? WHY???? you can’t get the old air app working on your 64 bit linux box.

Thousand of people managed to install Adobe Air and Tweetdeck but still can’t use the app because the app won’t let you insert details of your account.

Basically when you launch Tweetdeck you are presented with the two popups below:
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Extremadura to move all of its 40,000 desktops to open source

open sourceLast time I’ve heard about a big move like this, German Foreign office was switching back to Windows after 10 years. Now a post on a blog of the european commission website is announcing that Spain’s autonomous region of Extremadura is going to move to a complete open source desktop.

The plan is to migrate 40,000 desktop PCs to a Debian distribution making this move the second largest open source migration right between the French Gendarmerie (90,000 desktops) and the German … Continue Reading

Android developer proves on video CarrierIQ is secretly logging all users actions

Big troubles for CarrierIQ as an Android developer, 25-year-old Eckhart, proves on video that all users actions are logged.
CarrierIQ also tried to silence Eckhart threatened him with legal action and huge money damages but the developer was quickly backed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation and CarrierIQ backed off.
An attempt to deny logging keystrokes is clearly undercut by the plublished video and now millions of users will start getting really really worried about their privacy.
I wonder how … Continue Reading

Chrome overtakes Firefox: another one bites the dust

The last chapter of the “war of browsers” sees Chrome overtaking Firefox after an incredible season of improvements. If you google for stats you will find different versions but, according to StatCounter, last week Chrome finally became the second most popular browser.

I’ve seen many articles about this milestone but what makes me really happy at the moment is the bigger picture: competition is speeding up modern browsers improvements and this can only be a big win for the … Continue Reading

Android ICS Will Require 16GB RAM To Compile

AndroidI was giving a quick look at Slashdot when I found just another unbelievable story without any sort of source: Android ICS Will Require 16GB RAM To Compile.
At first I laughed but then I remembered that my gf was struggling a few days ago to get Android sources downloaded in a decent time. Few seconds after I was looking for news on the Internet and I’ve found this message.
ICS will be a much larger release than any previous Android release.
That means that … Continue Reading

Will ever Microsoft face its new levels of mediocrity?

Only few days ago, at the Seattle Microsoft Company Meeting, a very sad spectacle saw MS employees leaving as soon as Steve Ballmer started his speech.
MicrosoftRumors about Ballmer losing support of employees are now quickly spreading over the Internet in a period where Microsoft is facing a very big challenge: the market is quickly evolving and Microsoft is clearly struggling to keep up with changes.
I’m wondering if this will finally get Microsoft to correct its direction and think more about quality.
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Tabs.to – the short url next level

tabs.to logoWe all know about services like tinyurl, an url shortener. The web is now full of websites offering such a service but the time has come to take it to the next level.

One of my friend and colleague, developed a new version of this service supporting multiple urls… yes… MULTIPLE urls. Its name is tabs.to.

This means that it is now possible to condensate multiple urls in just 1 tiny one. Clicking on such url will open a very simple and … Continue Reading

OpenOffice.org moving towards a purely community-based open source project

Oracle Corporation announced its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.
“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect. “We intend to begin working immediately with community members … Continue Reading