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Trello is now a company with a product, not just a product. Read the announcement on the Trello blog for more details.

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But there’s something else about this story that I wanted to mention more prominently: the importance of people as the core of a (software) business. In the words of Joel Spolsky:

That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my own wacky operating system, and eventually you’ll catch on. It’s OK to put people first. You don’t have to be a psychopath or work people to death or create heaps of messy code or work in noisy open offices.

Thus he builds company that attracks big investors like sh*t attracks flies. So there’s your proof: treating your workers well isn’t bad for business! Can you hear me, CEO ?

 

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As mentioned by the Digital Photography Review website in “MIT photography course materials freely available online“:

Via the institute’s Open Course Ware (OCW) program, selected reference materials, syllabus structure and lesson plan guidance is published and free to download so that motivated individuals can teach themselves.

Currently materials from twelve courses are available to the public, including ‘Photography and Truth’, ‘Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion’, ‘Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry and Introduction to Photography’.

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For those of you who do not care about photography courses: there are MIT OCW courses on many other subjects available as well. How about a course on network and computer security by Prof. Ronald Rivest of RSA fame?

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The Tested website pointed  the way, and so I went… to the Bamboo website, to download Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app. If you ever wanted to know what makes a Galaxy Note different from a Galaxy Tab tablet, you’ll soon find out when trying this app on a Tab. It will work, yes, but it won’t be as smooth as on a screen with a digitizer that’s made for pen input. Here’s proof that it works, even on an older Samsung Galaxy Tab2: I played with the app for a few minutes, using virtually non-existing drawing skills and an Adonit Jot Pro pen ;-)

Don't ask me what this represents!

Don’t ask me what this represents!

Don’t wait with the app download – at this moment it’s free. That never hurts, does it?

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Just a quick notice (there’s a lot to read and study): now that Apple has opened up its public beta program for the upcoming new version of OS X, Ars Technica published “A closer look at OS X Yosemite“.

Close-up look at some of the Dock icons

Close-up look at some of the Dock icons in OSX Yosemite

I will reserve judgement on the UI until I have actually used it for some time (and that won’t be tomorrow – yet), but Ars concludes that “most things still work like they did before“… Isn’t that good news? But there’s more to Yosemite than just the UI, of course, and only hands-on experience will tell the good parts from the not-so-good. Happy testing, and remember: “beta” means you’re testing – there will be bumps on the road. You do take backups, do you?

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Welcome Back, ElementaryOS

As announced, I have reinstalled ElementaryOS (Luna) on the PC, as a replacement for Linux Mint. Not out of disdain for Mint, let that be clear. Mint is probably an excellent choice for hardcore Linux buffs, who know the tricks of the trade and don’t mind installing what they really need – and nothing more. ElementaryOS looks a bit more like the Mac OS X I’m used to, and it seems to come by default with a few tools that will please the newcomer.

I do have a complaint, though. Getting Luna to accept a Bluetooth keyboard wasn’t exactly simple. I have been using the Logitech K810 Bluetooth keyboard with several machines until now, and setting up the keyboard always went smoothly, be it on a Mac, a PC, or an Android tablet or smartphone (yes, it does work on a Samsung Galaxy S3 as well). But for ElementaryOS I had to consult my helpdesk aka. the Internet, so to help myself remember how to do it let me point you to a blog post from Christian M. Schmid titled “Logitech K810 + Ubuntu“. Since ElementaryOS is based on Ubuntu, Christian’s instructions work like a charm. I had to execute them twice to get everything in order, but that’s probably because I tried the first installation while the system was still running a couple of hundred megabytes worth of system updates ;-)

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Except for one thing: I now have two Bluetooth icons in the statusbar, and at times they seem to disagree on the Bluetooth status! I’ll try to find a way to disable the default Bluetooth control panel, but that’s not part of my high-priority todo list!

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Usually, I just glance sideways at the posts on the Android Central website – there’s a lot of rehashing of PR announcements and a lot of fandom trivia on it, like on many other so-called “news sites”. But from time to time it is worth paying attention. Take for example this post, on “Removing some of the mystery of the superuser“:

… having superuser access (root) on any Linux-based machine can allow you to do things that make your device better. It can also allow you to do things that make a device run worse, or even break everything…

Aaah, the power to shoot yourself in the foot! (Photo from the Business Insider website)

Aaah, the power to shoot yourself in the foot!
(Photo from the Business Insider website)

Read the whole post; it’s a good explanation, for Android users as well as Linux newbies.

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For more than twenty-five years, we always and regularly visited the same pizza restaurant. Not because it was a fancy place – far from it. But they had the best pizza in the Antwerp region, much, much better than the stuff some of the global pseudo-pizza concerns sell: a thin, crispy crust with surprising variations of fresh ingredients, prepared and baked by the owner himself, and served by the lady of the house and (much later) their children. As we found out a few days ago, the restaurant now has new owners and a new layer of paint, but the menu is no longer what it used to be until a few months ago…

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So farewell, Pizz’Amore family: we miss you already, just like we miss your love for the real pizza!

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