a little more on podcasting in itunes

I don’t often agree with Chris Pirillio but he has a great quote in his post: Getting an iPod?

“Remember when folks used to say “a Mac version of this product is coming soon?” Seems that the shoe’s finally on the other foot”

Just a few years ago that was true, now all the cool stuff in on OSX or from Apple and Win users are just trying to keep up. Amazing.

baseballs changed

Today you’re lucky if you see 2 steals in a game, but back in 1890 on this date:

“A National League record is set as New York and Pittsburgh combine to steal seventeen bases in a single game.” – source http://www.nationalpastime.com/

the end of ipodders

“Steve Jobs just revealed at the D: All Things Digital Conference that iTunes 4.9 will add support for podcasts. With one click you?ll be able to subscribe to different feeds and have them automatically delivered to your iPod without using a third-party app like iPodder. You?ll be able to search through a directory of available podcasts (producers will be able to register their podcasts with the iTunes Music Store), but users will have the option of adding whatever feeds they want to iTunes.” (via engadget)

  • Well looks like Apple is crushing another developer driven phenomenon by integrating it into one of their products (see dashboard, iTunes, Sherlock, etc). That said, I don’t mind this one so much. So far all of my iPodder experiences have been pretty bad. They crash, they don’t download, even NetNewsWire doesn’t seem to work properly with them. So integration with iTunes should solve most of the issues and it sounds like there may even be a way for Podcasters to charge for their casts down the road via iTunes. What does this mean for Adam Curry and Podshow I wonder?

billboards the size of the moon

“For instance, outsized billboards deployed by a space company into low Earth orbit could appear as large as the moon and be seen without a telescope, the FAA said. Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers.” (via CNN)

  • Of course this wouldn’t be a good thing, yet I find myself slightly intrigued by the idea

need some advice for helpspot

OK I’m opening this one up to the public. I’m having a hard time with this decision so I thought getting a few comments might be helpful.

First, I need everyone to put on their User hats. No technologists here, just users! Here we go:

Part of HelpSpot is a help desk portal and part of that portal is a knowledge base like system. It’s actually a little different, but that’s not important for now.

The problem is that the help desk is going to have the ability to create articles/pages in the KB and I’m not sure what the best approach is in terms of HTML support. The way I see it there are 3 options, all with significant downsides.

  1. Open text box that just accepts HTML or plain text. – The obvious big downside here is that you have to know HTML to be able to do any formatting. While help desk staff are more technical than your average user many still won’t know HTML, but perhaps this is an OK v1 option.

  2. WYSIWYG field that does the formatting. – Here I see a few issues. First is that there aren’t many good cross-platform options. The one I like best is tinyMCE. It’s LGPL and also has some nice commercial components which could be useful. Still, WYSIWYG components are often buggy. I’ve also found that users tend to go crazy with them and what you get is wild inconsistency between pages.

  3. Enable Markdown support. – Markdown is a text based system for formatting text to HTML. So to make a word bold you do this: this is bold. Now that’s pretty neat and fairly easy to learn, but is it too geeky? (all formatting details)

Thanks in advance for taking a few minutes to help me think this over. It’s great to have a group of people to bounce ideas off of. Another wonderful side benefit of blogging!

If you have other suggestions I haven’t considered please feel free to post those as well.

blogroll go bye bye

So I killed the old blogroll on the right column today. I just don’t have time to keep up with it. I’ve noticed that on alot of blogs actually. I figure it’s better to just point to people I’m currently reading. I also have the distinct feeling that very few people actually ever navigated to those other sites via my blogroll.

There’s also the great side benefit of the page loading noticeably faster than before.

joel still the master

Is any small ISV a better salesman than Joel Spolsky? I think not. Act one was his fantastic articles which are required reading for any software developer. Sure he likes to write, but of course this notoriety in the developer community has certainly been a major if not the major factor in the success of his FogBugz bug tracking software.

Now he’s launched Project Aardvark. A fantastic idea to let his summer interns build a fully functionally software product in just a few months. Hey and why not have a professional videographer document the process?

You have to admire the guy. He’s doing a great job of creating content which helps his business, but doesn’t hit you over the head doing it. It’s real content that has great value to the developer community and with this project, I would guess value even outside that community.

I still have so much to learn.

newsgator buys feeddemon

Om Malik has the scoop on the deal. Congrats to Nick. I’ve been using his products for years starting with Homesite. Looks like he’s moving to the Newsgator team as well. Generally I don’t think it’s good for the developer to move to the new corp but hopefully it works out for him, I’m sure we’ll get more details tomorrow.


There’s a really cool little park near our house that we walk over to a few times a week. Me and my wife usually walk around a lake there. Earlier in the week we discovered that the geese who inhabit the area have had babies! So yesterday I took a few pictures. Click the picture for a quicktime picture movie.


[]: http://www.ianlandsman.comgeese.mov

new microisv blog

“Over the last year and a half I’ve been trying to get my dream of starting a software company from “a dream” to reality. I have been developing a Project Management web application at night and on the weekends. I still have a long way to go before my app is “shippable”, but I want to start talking about the decisions I’ve had to make and some of my experiences while developing it. Hopefully a few of you will find these ramblings informative, entertaining, or relatable. If I’m lucky at some point these ramblings might even be able to generate some all-important “buzz” around my upcoming product. :)”

Michael Sica has a new blog about getting his new product up and rolling. Sounds interesting, something to keep and eye on. As for his language choice, I went through the same process and came to a different conclusion. Always interesting when that happens.

Good luck Mike!