[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 40 – Ruby Rake, Cryptorchidism and Version Control

In this episode, Charles, Bill de Hóra, and I talk about build tools, version control (subversion), and the usual random plateful of fun.

Many thanks to the cordial and understanding Charles, Bill de Hóra for putting up with endless reschedulings.

Also, check out the bonus material: behind the scenes of the podcast and more on zombies!

(This episode edited by Charles.)

Be an Indie Programmer

In case you missed it in the bookmarks, my friend Zane is hiring. Zane’s been indie programming for several years now, and he’s built up enough software to bring in revenue to pay someone.

Now…I’m not going to tell you that working for Zane would be “normal.” If you’re just looking for a standard programming job, go ahead and skip it. But it’d be fun if you were a good fit.

So, if you’re into something interesting: check it out.

Splicin'!

Zombie Splicing!

Thanks to a tip from Danno I came across suprglu which allows you to splice together RSS. So, I’ve spliced PeopleOverProcess into this blog.

The end result is that you can subscribe to the URL for the DrunkAndRetired.com blog (which is the same as always) and get posts from both of my blogs, flickr photos, and del.icio.us links.

Obviously, the content flow has gotten shitty over here. As I explained in one of those lame “sorry for not posting” posts on PeopleOverProcess, I’ve been busy of late. It’s not all blog reading over there, brother…and I’m lovin’ it!

[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 38 – Laptops, Java Bitching and Multilingual Environments

In this episode, Charles and I talk about the long life of his Thinkpad, annotations in Java, and the trend of multi-lingual environments supported by a VM.

And, don’t forget to add yourself to our frappr map: you can check out where other listeners are!

As always, leave a comment on the blog entry, email comments (text or MP3s) to comments@drunkandretired.com, or call out Skype number and leave voice-mail: drunkandretired or +1-512-879-6339.

(This episode edited by Charles, master editor.)

People Over Process

RedMonk

As James Governor just mentioned, I’ve started a new job as an industry analyst at RedMonk.

I know! Totally awesome, huh? I can’t tell you how excited I am ;>

A New Blog

As such, I have a new blog as well: People Over Process, at http://www.PeopleOverProcess.com. The feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/PeopleOverProcess.

I spent a lot of time going back and forth between starting up a new blog and using this one. In the end, even though I’m still quite attached to the name and brand of DrunkAndRetired.com, I couldn’t picture myself standing in front of a room full of people telling them, “so if you want some rock-solid analysis and advice about tech, check out DrunkAndRetired.com!”

My plan is to put most of my technical posts, and others as makes sense, on my RedMonk blog, and move this blog towards a more “personal” style one. I’ll splice links and (some) photos into the new feed.

This blog will still be here for sure, as will the feed, the podcast, and everything else. If you think I’d tank the old DrunkAndRetired.com, well, pardner, you’ve got another think coming ;>

But, yes, if you’re a true Coté fan, you’ll now have to add two whole feeds to your readers. Perhaps one day there’ll be a feed of feeds. Wouldn’t that be nice?

"When we were tunnelin' out, we happen to hit the main sewer line. Dumb luck that!"

We took off around 11PM from Montgomery, Alabama. We ended up there after a 7 or 8 hour delay due to a computer failure on our first flight. This new one is a snazzy AirBus with leather seats and working TV’s in the backs of the seat. I watched the last 5 minutes of Fargo, and now it’s Raising Arizona.

That, my friend, is perhaps one of the finest films ever. Well, perhaps after The Big Libowski: no one will ever figure out which one is better, so why try?

“Well…OK.”

What’s remarkable (and I mean that in the Godin sense), is that the plane-full of 87 people, who’d been waiting for 8 hours in a little airport, eating only Subway and the slowly dwindling bar, broke out in genuine, appreciatory applause for The Pilot and, more importantly, how he’d handled the whole situation.

It was like a commercial version of The Stockholm Syndrome: the captors identified and befriended their captors.

“But the doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.”

The whole time, The Pilot gave us frank, truthful updates along the lines of, “I have no idea what’s happening. They said the [rescue] plane would be here at 7, and it’s not. I’m sorry. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Or, “I know how you feel. The crew and I have been up since 5AM.”

The Pilot didn’t bull-shit us, or even put on a “everything is fine” face. Meanwhile, he was constantly on the phone to “The Company,” it seemed, wheeling and dealing on our behalf. I over-heard someone saying that jetBlue doesn’t have a large customer service department: The Pilot and crew are the customer service department.

“I need a baby, High! They got more than they can handle! Don’t you come back without a baby!”

To mix over naval, The Pilot made it understood that he was in the same boat, but that he had the power to make it better. Can the same be said of most any other customer service encounters? You’re always having to ask for supervisors, climbing the chain up, and making a general turd of yourself just to get what the first line of customer service should have given you in the first place.

“Yup. He’s awful damn good. I think I got me the best one.”

In the end, we got:

  • A free, use anytime round-trip ticket to anywhere jetBlue flies
  • A free Subway sandwich.
  • Free TV access and movies (sadly, no interesting pay movies, but the Cohen brothers cam through).
  • Free Taxi from JFK to hotel.

jetBlue must have blown $10,000-20,000 on this boondoggle: the overtime for the crew and the people in Montgomery, flying down a new jet, the free flights, the wasted time, the sandwiches. But, more importantly, instead of a planefull of pissed off, never gonna fly jetBlue again people, they got a “tube” full of applause.