Several prototypes from the One Laptop Per Child program were brought along for geeks to play with. While I'm not going to give up my MacBook any time soon, they are beautifully designed for what they're needed to do.
To inspire programmers taking part in the 24-hour Programming Contest, a list of topics was drawn up and ten were drawn at random.
(This board was later amended to say "Convince us that you used at least 4...")
And no, I have no idea what "BBQ Calculator" means either.
Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of the usual High Fructose Corn Syrup is in the shops now, in time for passover. Gonna have to give up my caffeine-fast to make a Pepsi-challenge-style comparison.
If like me you’re not at SXSW, here’s what you’re missing. “Or hear a lively discussion about the rise of the “blogebrity,” moderated by a man named Kyle Bunch, the very person who coined the word “blogebrity” and then convinced the rest of us that blogebrity is actually a real thing rather than an excuse for Kyle to receive more links and get invited to blogger meet-ups.”
Some good thoughts on how to manage code quality in a product development world. “Probably the most effective thing we did was institute per-engineer bug limits: if any engineer’s bug count passes 20, they have to stop working on features and fix bugs instead. The basic idea is that we keep the bug count low as we go so that we can send out usable versions to alpha testers earlier in the cycle and we don’t have the bugalanch at the end.”
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA): “Maybe mash-ups are transformative new art that expands the consumers experience and doesn’t compete with what an artist has made available on iTunes or at the CD store. And, I don’t think Sir Paul [McCartney] asked for permission to borrow that bass line, but every time I listen to that song, I’m a little better off for him having done so.”
According to a survey, 32% of people who bought the fourth Harry Potter book didn’t finish reading it. Which makes sense, because it was shit. Life’s too short for 200 pages on a Quidditch tournament.
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.