Commute RPG Review - Volume One

Earlier this year, I purchased my first real smartphone, a Lumia 928. It's a solid phone and takes great photos, and I really like the Windows Phone 8 operating system. It's nice that by enrolling in the Preview for Developers program, I can get new versions of the OS as Microsoft releases them, rather than whenever Verizon feels like releasing them (which they have very little motivation to do for devices that are already sold). A surprising development that I didn't anticipate when I...

Avoiding Lock In by Doing The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work

I've ventured out and played with various blogging platforms through the years: WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Posterious have all powered my site at various points. Most recently it was Ghost. The main reason I've never really been able to settle on one is that I have two essential requirements that none of them fully meet: I want to own the content, and run on my own domain I don't want to spend a lot of time administering the site Most of these platforms do one of these well and the other...

Engineering versus Research and Development

While listening to an episode of the .NET Rocks podcast on my commute, as is my wont, something that guest Doc Norton said really resonated wtih me. Software development isn't "engineering," it's research and development. - Doc Norton The way software development projects are estimated, funded and run is almost always approached the same way an engineering project would be approached. The problem with this is that engineers building something concrete (like literally building something out of...