Archive | August, 2007

How to find a company name

Posted on 29 August 2007 by Demian Turner

The more conventional advice is to read an excellent article like How to Name your Company. However I prefer the Xerox PARC method:

At PARC, we literally threw a dart at the map when we were starting a new project and needed a name.  If it landed on a river or town, then that was the name of the project.  I was looking at a map of this area and I noticed Adobe Creek – in fact, it runs right behind my house – and I said, "How about Adobe?"  John thought about it and said, "Fine."  And that’s how Adobe Systems came to be.

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The Importance of Beards in Software

Posted on 29 August 2007 by Demian Turner

We had never really met or spent any time together. So I called him up, we had lunch. He had a beard, I had a beard; he had three kids, I had three kids; he refereed soccer, I refereed soccer. We hit it off. I made him a job offer which he accepted […].

Charles Geschke, cofounder of Adobe Systems, speaking about hiring John Warnock at Xerox PARC. Again, from "Founders at Work".

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Graham on Startups and Investors

Posted on 22 August 2007 by Demian Turner

A real jewel:

There was kind of a clash of cultures. First they came to check us out. They showed up wearing these Bill Cosby sweaters, lilke someone in corporate affairs has told them that when they go and visit startups, they’re supposed to not wear suits and they’re like, "Uh, what do we wear?" "Wear a sweater that looks like some macrame class knitted it collectively."

From "Founders at Work", a highly recommended read.

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First Direct in the 21st Century

Posted on 19 August 2007 by Demian Turner

Every once in a while you get a response from a service provider that requires you to make a hitherto unprecedented leap of imagination. The following is in response to a request I made to my bank, First Direct, a subsidiary of HSBC, one of the largest banking operations on the planet, that it should be possible to review sent messages from their online banking app:

26/Jul/2007 13:04

To: Mr D Turner
Re: Messages

Thank you for your message dated 26-Jul-2007 regarding saving your messages on internet banking.

Messages that you have sent or received via the internet banking service can be saved onto your computer for future reference.

To do this, you can highlight the contents of the message with the mouse and use ‘CTRL’ and ‘C’ to copy the message and then ‘CTRL’ and ‘V’ to paste the message into your word processing package. Alternatively, you can use ‘CTRL’ and ‘P’ to print out the message.

This information can also be found on the ‘help’ option from the top menu on our internet banking service.

If you need any information from previously sent or received messages we can re-send these.

Please let us know if you require anything further.


Craig Thomas
Electronic Services

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An error can also be here because the profile photo upload code is crazy

Posted on 13 August 2007 by Demian Turner

… from the comments in index.php of the recently leaked Facebook source code, an entertaining way to start off your week. What I find interesting is the first responses from the blogosphere are about whether Facebook’s security problems are PHP-related or programmer-related. D-uhhhhhh, look at the code chaps, even OScommerce or phpAdsNews source looks sophisticated compared to this.

I wonder what value the market places on whether a web app is designed in a non-amateur way or not? Of course Facebook is a hot property with its 40M+ user accounts and great usability, but now that it is common knowledge what kind of code is holding the thing together …

Does code quality really matter in the big picture?

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