A recent comment on an old post about the iPhone calendar application got me thinking: should I revisit posting blog entries? I had stopped about a year ago, mainly because I didn’t think I was adding anything useful to the conversation. Plus, I’m ridiculously busy at work (I’ve changed jobs since my last post) and my family life continues to get busier and busier. How do I squeeze in blogging among Facebook and Twitter updates? One of me is both excited and scared about returning to longer-form blog postings after focusing on status updates and tweets. While I like the exercise of 140 chars, having the opportunity to craft more substantive posts, especially with the scope of my new job, seems attractive. Stay tuned!

What’s the point of Java on the iPhone? Great question. I’d put the question about Flash in the same category. The category is: Things That Have a Comfortable Place on Traditional Computing Environment but Need to Be Re-Thought for the iPhone. For $400 please Alex.

Seriously, the “big” thing about the iPhone isn’t that it’s a small form factor desktop computer. It’s not a UMPC. It’s not meant to run everything that a desktop or server OS runs. It’s meant for a new breed of applications that are light, engaging and can effectively (and efficiently) use the cloud for additional processing, routing and storage. Unlike our current desktop environments, the iPhone isn’t about having as much local as possible.

Java on the iPhone is a party that not many people care about attending.

To all the Patriots haters — you got your wish. Congratulations. Rather than focus on football, you focused on sensationalistic garbage, e.g.: SpyGate, and personalities. What you missed was an incredible display of football dominance. Right up until the most important game of the season. I make no excuses for the Patriots losing the Super Bowl, but don’t think that this was a battle of good versus evil.

One feature that I love on the iPhone’s version of Safari is tapping the top status bar to quickly scroll a web page back to the top. Great little timesaver. My question is: what hasn’t Apple done this with the desktop version of Safari? Perhaps a double-click of the current tab? Double-clicking the title bar minimizes the window, so that action is out. How about a contextual menu item, “Scroll to top”? If the new multitouch trackpad on the MacBook Air is extended to the rest of the MacBook family, then perhaps a custom gesture could be used. Although it would need to be something that could be accomplished ideally from the trackpad, a mouse or even the keyboard.

Update: Doh. Pressing the Home key does this. It’d still be cooler to have a mouse action or a gesture to perform the scroll-to-top function.

Major Accomplishments:

  • Rescoped a bunch of development and infrastructure work to make our sprint dates
  • Met with a major two letter vendor to begin evaluation of some of their SOA products
  • Met with legal council to determine our position on some IP issues
  • Got some servers ordered. Yah!

Major accomplishments:

  • Had a very successful quarterly update meeting with our executive and strategic leadership for our SOA commercial partnership. We’re still early on, but we’re getting healthier and our teams are achieving the right velocity. Next step is to pick the next set of projects from the pipeline and spin them up in the spring.
  • Reviewed the status of our enterprise password synchronization project with the steering committee. We’re in good shape and are aggressively pursuing our timelines to roll out this capability to our user base.

A good day!

For some reason, Safari 3 and SharePoint 2003 really don’t like each other very much. The primary issue is downloading Microsoft Office files from SharePoint where Word, PowerPoint and Excel files are downloaded with their Office template extensions applied. For instance, a file named “My Presentation.ppt” downloads as “My Presentation.ppt.pot” — ??!! I then have to change the file extension manually in order for documents to open properly.

The only wildcard in my setup is that I’m using Office:Mac 2008 Beta 8. I haven’t yet upgraded to the GM release, so unless there’s some weird file extension/UTI mapping going on behind the scenes as a result of the beta version of Office, I’m stumped as to what the problem would be.

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