“This is when you give up and realize that something that could take you 10 seconds to fix in person is about to become a two hour nightmare during which you'll alienate your family, lose sleep, tie up the phone line while your Auntie Marge is stuck on the turnpike with no gas and can't get through to your uncle to come rescue her, and curse your lot in life. Just because you're a programmer doesn't mean you have to be the help desk for a dozen friends, relatives, and the people in the apartment next door. Does it?”
If you're in or around New York City today, you won't want to miss Fog Creek's Open House today!
No rsvp necessary.
THURSDAY, July 14, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.
Fog Creek Software, 535 8th Ave. (near 37th St.), 18th Floor
A, C, E to 34th Street
One of the most common reactions we keep getting to Fog Creek Copilot is, "Please don't tell my mom about this!"
Fog Creek Copilot is still in a limited beta. Yesterday we opened it to the first 50 beta testers and today we're adding another 100.
We're finding a lot of small bugs and making a lot of improvements. Over the last few days most of the bugs have been deployment issues. Since we're deploying the service on a web farm with two servers, and most of the development has been done on a single server, we found a few tiny details that needed to be fixed. Nothing major.
We're also putting a lot of work into features that it takes to make an online service with very high uptime. For example, when we upgrade the reflector part of the service, anybody still using the old reflector can continue to use it until they're done, while the new reflector picks up the new traffic; this is called "draining." And if one of the servers goes down, even while people are using it, the clients automatically reconnect to the other server.
JD has a report and pictures from the Fog Creek Open House. Thanks to everyone who came!
Also in attendance, deadprogrammer, whose website Deadprogrammer's Cafe best illustrates, through beautiful photonarratives, my theory that "New York is the kind of place where ten things happen to you every day on the way to the subway that would have qualified as interesting dinner conversation in Bloomington, Indiana, and you don't pay them any notice."
Maybe it's obvious to us, but to many, the assertion still needs to be proven.
A small note from yesterday's post. Although the compression algorithm is commonly called "LZW," the original paper was credited to Ziv first, so I think it should properly be referred to as Ziv-Lempel-Welch or ZLW.
The interns have spent the last two weeks working on performance enhancements to copilot.com. They put in support for automatically finding proxy servers and using them if necessary, and this week they've been working on raw speed. Tonight the whole company is going to sales training, in the form of the play Glengarry Glen Ross.
The great thing about usability tests is with a day of usability testing and handful of subjects, even if you're as senile as I am, you can find the biggest areas where you didn't realize where the program's behavior diverges from the user's expected behavior.
1114 posts over 16 years. Everything I’ve ever published is right here.
There’s a software company in New York City dedicated to doing things the right way and proving that it can be done profitably and successfully.