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Near Field Communication in iPhone5 #nfc

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Apple has been rumoured to be considering the integration of Near Field Communication technology for some time, there were rumours that the iPhone 4S would contain it and now there are rumours that the iPhone5 will contain an NFC Chip coming from handset manufacturers in Asia.

Google recently launched it’s own electronic payment application Google Wallet linked to its mobile platform Android. Research In Motion – maker of the BlackBerry –  has unveiled three new BlackBerry smartphones with the Blackberry 7 OS which support NFC. All behind Nokia who was one of the first to launch a NFC enabled phone.

And it is likely we will see iWallet for iPhone5 coming from Apple soon.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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Business Travel can be effective…

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Business Travel is sometimes very effective, when you use your time wisely. Rather than scheduling more tasks than you can handle, take the long term perspective and work from there to clear all the chave which doesn’t help you reach that goal. These slides when printed on flash cards can help you reach that goal.

I hope it creates value for you too!

The Essential Business Traveler

Print these slides on flashcards and use them to ensure you have a great trip.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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Social Networking Job Trends #jobs

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In 2008 I wrote an article about the Social Networking Job Trends, today I saw that the graph I’d included continued to be updating and had reached almost 1% of all the job postings on Indeed.com in January. Perhaps these employers should be reading Why I Will Never, Ever Hire A “Social Media Expert”:

Social media is just another facet of marketing and customer service. Say it with me.


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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

May 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Just Finished Reading: Small Is The New Big #marketing #business

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I just put down the book Small Is The New Big by Seth Godin, it’s really a collection of rants – his words – on his blog. Again I have filled the book with Post-it Flags, which shows me how much I need to read the book again. Rather than give my opinion I wanted to point you to a number of the items. Godin’s book states that the original items are listed on his website for Small Is The New Big, and they aren’t. I specifically wanted to link to a piece on criticism and now I find that I’m criticizing the message.

So I’ll highlight some of the (reworded) soundbites which inspired me:

  • Find products for customers rather than customers for products
  • Your references are attached to you resume, aren’t they?
  • Eliminate error pages, if you must give an error page, such as no search results found, give something that can be used
  • Yak Shaving
  • Figure out the always. Then do something else.

Inspirational book! Bad Seth for not putting or removing the links! 😉

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January 17, 2011 at 10:05 am

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Today’s Noise, Tomorrow’s Dinosaur #programming #business

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I was inspired by Driving Technical Change to write this. Please read the following for context:

Expertise, even for the very experienced, is a fluid thing. With the exception of abandoned technology, every tool, technique, or product that you are trying to push is changing everyday. The producers are adding more features. The community is posting more commentary. Users discover bugs, and product teams fix them. Nothing is static. Therefore, even the most expert of experts is only as good as the last thing they read. There is no standing still as an expert. And yesterday’s expert is tomorrow’s dinosaur after as little as two years of not keeping up.

I think this is a sweeping generalization which I believe is wrong, and I know is wrong for me. I regularly go on sabbatical for 3-6 months where I don’t or hardy use a computer, with hardly I mean I checked my mail once after 3 months. In this time due to the fact that I’m traveling I don’t read computer books or magazines. Coming back after this time I notice one important thing, nothing has changed except the version numbers. New features have been added to old software, new design patterns have been thought up and new frameworks have been created, whole sections of the linux kernel have been rewritten. And with in a week I am at my expertise level, and a week later I have covered most of the important things I’ve missed.

People who follow changes live are often stuck in the noise of the present, which for an expert a timeline can often look like this:

  1. Somebody suggests or codes a feature
  2. Feature is discussed on a mailing list and in chat
  3. Feature is attacked for obvious weaknesses
  4. Feature is tested and updated
  5. Feature is implemented in the alpha
  6. Feature breaks when combined with other updates or breaks other features
  7. Mails/articles are written for and against the change
  8. Patches are exchanged and evaluated
  9. Feature undergoes further testing
  10. Feature reaches the beta
  11. Discussions on the direction of the software
  12. Possibly a branch is created
  13. Feature is updated in next beta
  14. Discussions on the feature
  15. Articles are written about the new features in the next release
  16. Feature is released
  17. Articles are written about the new feature
  18. Revisions of books on the software or framework are written which include the new feature

This can take anywhere up to 6 months for larger features or changes to large frameworks. Following the noise allows you to adapt to the change over a longer period of time, and allows you to experiment more with the feature. This same result can be reached by reading the articles which are published round the time the feature is live, with the exception of the generated noise. One of the advantages is that this noise can be used for reference material, when the noise is of good quality. And this example covers only one feature for one software package or framework.

Being caught up in the daily noise also has a bigger problem. In some cases I may not be a direct contributor to a software package or framework and this noise can reduce the time that I can spend learning other things from the new books or articles which cover the other areas in which I consider myself an expert.

Something which is also neglected in the statement above is that experts have often been their and seen that. CVS works similar to SVN, which with a context shift works similar to Git. Each solving a different problem, and with the knowledge of the problem being solved it is easy to apply previously learned unrelated knowledge to new software or a new framework.

A great book!

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

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January 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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Creating a Solution for Everybody? #business

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Problem

I often build nice tools for myself, often customize them to myself with no regard for what a general users wants or needs. This is because it’s for me, and not for another, before I decide whether I release this under GPL or try to sell it I always ask myself the following questions before I make it ready to ship:

  • Is there really a problem?
  • Does my audience have this problem?
  • Is there a solution which is better for my audience?

Let me take you through my thought process so you might better understand what I mean.

Is there really a problem?

In the case of some solutions I create, like the or the scripts I wrote, there really is a problem for others and myself. This doesn’t mean that everybody has this problem, just that I have it and that others probably have it too. It a problem with an easy solution, and something which can be quickly put together and released.

With other things I create, such as my script to take the items I download with and order them in bundles sorted by audio, video, document or other, there is a clear problem for me, and this might not be a problem for others or this might not be the solution for others.

Does my audience have this problem?

In the case of the YouTube scripts there was clearly a problem for others, this functionality was not available. For Roxen CMS it was a case of this making life easier. Looking even further back I wrote a script which added a button for GMail rather than going into a pulldown menu to mark (un)read, this was downloaded quite a number of times and offered something that Google was not offering at that time.

Is there a solution which is better for my audience?

This is always a question, the solution I create is often the best for me or the best which was available at the time. It doesn’t have to be a good solution for others at all, it might not even work for others because it is too customized to my user experience that it neglects the user experience of others.

Taking the case of the Juice script all the directories are hardcoded for my system, they might work for somebody else and they aren’t designed to. The current version doesn’t clean up after itself, which means there is quite some mess left after the scripts are run. It deletes everything it doesn’t know, so it doesn’t take into account things that my audience might want such as images.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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