The unspace kids are up to something

2009-01-29 19:00:00 -0500

Something is apparently cooking over at unspace, the people who’s brainchild was the RubyFringe conference last Summer.

I’d been thinking of trying to put together some kind of geek talent show or battle of the band geeks or what have you, and talking to some other hackers about it (as in Zed and Hampton), and this is bringing the idea back into my head. (I’m a bit of a ham, so I’m inclined to do these sorts of things.)

Zed’s Freehacker’s Union (FU) is a really cool group/grouping/idea and he’s pretty into doing technology and instrument hacking and the idea of putting together regular presentations or performances. I had been thinking of just trying to find the various Rubyists and hackers in the amorphous community who have bands or performance projects and get them all to play some show together in tandem with a conference like RubyFringe or as some kind of accompanying nighttime event. There seems to be interest in this sort of thing. Hampton had mentioned he was looking to put together some kind of website or page presenting hacker music projects (or maybe mixtapes??? just occurred to me now).

Anyway, enough thinking out loud from me, there’s work to be done.

July 9-12: the nerds are planning something!

Coworking in Brooklyn is Awesome

2009-01-29 19:00:00 -0500

My daily workspace is in Brooklyn at the Williamsburg Coworking space. I have to say it’s been a pretty rad place to work, and it’s way better than working out of the house or in a corporate office park. Needless to say, it’s your coworkers and environment that make it worth doing, and I’ve been pretty lucky that this space is run by a politically active art collective, and the people who show up here are all creative, positive folks who are also good coworkers; no one is noisy or rude, etc, and the atmosphere is quite relaxed.

In addition, we sometimes have really cool events here:

on friday, we will host “work at jelly” and at 2pm we will pipe the inaugural session of “Jelly Talks” featuring Chris Messina (Board member, OpenID) and Dave Morin (Senior Platform Manager, Facebook). starting at 5pm, we will break into a vivacious happier hour! we hope that you can clear your schedule, snag your laptop and join us – this friday (25 July) from 9:30 till 7pm!

I realize this is a bit late notice, but if you’re in Brooklyn today, feel free to drop by, say hello and check it out.


2009-01-28 19:00:00 -0500

My friend the writer Warren Ellis is full of good ideas (and various poisons), and the one that he’s been kicking around to some of us lately is really compelling. He calls it PAPERNET:

The social letterbox may just be as simple, in the first instance, as a dedicated Gmail account, where I can just press Print without opening the attached document. In kicking this around within a Secret Society, my friend Alasdair Watson knocked together a proof-of-concept in an hour — email comes in, paper comes out. Automagically, like a podcast that spits out paper.

It’s not like a fax machine, where some bastard buys your number and there’s a sheaf of junk hanging out of the thing in the morning. It’s roll-your-own one-sheet POD. And it’s also subscription-based POD, if you know someone who semi-regularly does interesting things with a sheet of paper and decides to share. They’re either sending directly to your letterbox-email, or you’re on an announcement-only mailing list (or Google Group). Or, as I say, as simple as me pressing Print so they’re spat out for me to take to the pub, or on a train journey. And if they’re not especially personal, I can just leave the buggers on the table or the seat when I’m done with them, too.

Wouldn’t it be cool to set something like this up, the input AND output end of it?

Strip for iPhone development update

2009-01-26 19:00:00 -0500

Apparently there are more than a few people looking to keep an eye on our progress with Strip for the iPhone. Development was delayed in December and the beginning of January by a rush of year end work for some of our largest clients, which needed to take precedence. While that put us a bit off schedule, we’ve been making great progress in the last couple of weeks and should have more news soon on a beta of the application. Thanks for keeping on us! Since most of the inquiries are coming from users of Palm Strip, we’d love to hear from you about your favorite features, things you can’t live without, and things you never liked that you’d like to see resolved in the new version for the iPhone. Feel free to leave comments or write us:

Always Room For Improvement!

2009-01-26 19:00:00 -0500

batman with bombWhile we have a lot of development going on here behind the scenes with regard to our time tracking system Tempo, we’re always looking for more feedback from our customers. Ever since we launched the system we’ve gotten some incredibly thoughtful criticism and suggestions that have driven where we’ve taken the app and will continue to do so.

Last night I pushed out some minor adjustments to the interface and we’re planning to do a slew of such adjustments in the upcoming month. With that in mind, we’d like to hear from you about any tweaks you’d like to see. We all tend to notice things that bother us when we are using the site the most, which is generally right around now, at the end of the month. In particular, I’m interested in hammering down any nails that might be sticking up from the floorboards. If you have the time, please hit us up with any changes you’d like to see, major or minor, by writing us at

Thanks again for your support!