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My next open source "want"

on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 20:56

In the mid-1990's I ran engineering at ON Technology. One of our most profitable products was MeetingMaker, an enterprise-grade calendaring system. It was a much loved - and equally despised - product among companies that (for whatever reason) weren't running Microsoft Exchange but needed a "real" calendaring system to run their company. Faithful customers included Cisco, Apple, Kaiser-Permanente, Boeing, and many other large companies. From what I hear, a number of these companies still use (and hate) MeetingMaker to this day.

Today, calendaring is in a sorry state.

A typical day at Acquia

on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 18:11

Lots of video conversations. Jay gets goofy occasionally. Jeff runs a timer to keep us (me) from going down too many rabbit holes. Dries wears headphones to keep from driving Karlijn nuts.

Solving the problems of the world....

What do we use to accomplish this? Acrobat connect. Couldn't live without it. (Unsolicited ad for Adobe. Send endorsement checks to Acquia, Adobe....)


Amazon, and his dream health club

on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 15:02

Drupalcon Szeged 2008. Kieran and I are walking to meet some Drupalers at a patio bar, and I spot a sign for a fitness studio.

Just. Too. Hard. To. Resist.

(Note: the sign is real; the photo of Kieran under it is real. What's not real is the time each photo was taken. The photo of Kieran was taken at midnight, and the sign just didn't have enough light to photograph without a flash (on my iPhone.) So I came back the next day and took a fresh photo of the sign, and Photoshopped the daytime sign in at the position the sign is in the nighttime picture. So yes, this photo is real. Ish.)

(Oh, it

Don't be in the bar when these guys are drunk and hankering for a fight

on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 14:41

Traveling from Boston to Hungary for Drupalcon, I flew threw Paris CDG. These guys were on my second leg flight (CDG>BUD). They caught my eye first on the shuttle from the terminal to the plane, and then they sat as a group in the plane.

At first I thought they were rough ne'er-do-wells that had been hired as schwag-hander-outers (or other temporary labor) by Lotto for some event, and were traveling there. Wrong.... After a bit more watching, I dropped that idea, but was still struck by what appeared to be a serious streak of roughhousing in the guys.

A View From The Aged

on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 15:56

Your perspective changes as the years go by.

Spend a day in a foreign country and find a way to converse with locals about some interesting thing about the country.

A young person will say about that day: Today I learned a lot about ...."

Somebody a couple of decades older will say about that day: Today I learned a little about ...."


Signed: Me, sounding like everyone's father.