Sunday, January 24, 2010

Book: Release It! Design and Deploy Production Ready Software by Michael Nygard

Essential reading for anyone architecting web sites. It contains clear explanations and real-life anecdotes of many of the patterns and anti-patterns that I've run into over the years, and I'm learning some new ones. Now I just have to get all the engineers on my team to read it... Here it is on Amazon.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

My iPhone apps 2009

the apps that I use most frequently: Echofon, Skype, Newsstand, Instant Queue Add for Netflix, Amazon, Kindle, Pandora, WootWatch, CoPilot.

In particular I get most of my news via rss feeds using Newsstand, which synchronizes very well with Google Reader on my laptop. I don't own a kindle, but whenever possible I buy books to read on my iPhone using the kindle app.

My Music 2009

an eclectic list of the CDs that I played most: by Amanda Palmer, The Duckworth Lewis Method, Fractal, Japonize Elephants, Zoe Keating, Tony Levin, Mirthkon, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young.

Some of it was released in 2009, some of it was new to me in 2009, here are links to the albums.

Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer
Neil Hannon - The Duckworth Lewis Method
Fractal - Sequitur
Japonize Elephants - 40 Years of our Family
Zoe Keating - One Cello x 16: Natoma
Tony Levin - Stick Man
Mirthkon - Vehicle
Muse - The Resistance
Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
Neil Young - Fork in the Road