Podcast Feed Validity

Dave Johnson pointed out some validation problems with the podcast feed — causing his podcatcher to download every episode each time we update. Thanks to Feed Validator, I’ve been whittling down the problems.

There were some HTML entities — for the funny characters Bill‘s and I’s last names — and some incorrect RFC822 dates. Those have been fixed, and the feed is valid now. However, I don’t have a guid in each item.

So, if anyone is encountering problems with the podcast feed being invalid, please send me an email/comment right away (comments@drunkandretired.com), and I’ll take a look at it.

And thanks to Dave for (a.) taking the time to point out the problem, and, (b.) continuing to subscribe despite the invalidness.

Tech Babble

Also, if you’re subscribing to this weblog’s feed in your podcatcher, it’d be great if you switched over to <a href="the podcast feed instead. Both will work, and I’ll continue to support the use of the blog feed, but I consider using the blog feed for the podcast as @deprecated: it’ll work, sure, but try not to use it.

[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 42 – Fast Libraries, The Zombie Exception to International Treaties, Stiring up Some Shit in Finland

At long last we return! Charles and I discuss two excellent listener comments: thanks for sending them in. Yuh!

(This episode edited by Coté)

Awesome Points

Due to popular demand, here is the awesome points email Charles mentioned in the last DrunkAndRetired.com podcast:

From: Tim
To: Charles
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 07:40:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: continuing enlightenment

To continue this conversation, I think it appropriate to remind you that I possess more awesome units
than the average person. As we already know, the average person like a standard Biederman posesses approximately 50 units of awesome. Someone of my caliber posses anywhere between 85-95 units of awesome.


Here is the thing with ruby, and I will try to break it down for you. It is normal at first glance at Ruby to be excited and experience what is know as “tickling of boner”. This sensation is temporary and will usually be followed by “loss of boner” Ruby has many colorful features and enticing language building blocks. It is very malleable and developer friendly, and therefore usually garnishs a positive reaction from first time users.
Developers will soon realize that what they are using is the Fisher Price of programming languages. It is a toy for people who’s testicles have not yet descended.

Suck it!

[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.)

[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.)

DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast Interview in OnJava

As I mentioned last week, Chris Adamson of O’Reilly’s OnJava interviewed Charles and I about the podcast. We’re in the second part of the “The Java Podcasters” series, which is now available.

We answer some questions about how the podcast started, what we think makes a good podcast, and some other inside baseball.

Like I said last week, Chris seemed like a cool dude: check out his comments on Resident Evil.

The series is also going to be used to seed content into one of O’Reilly’s podcasts, Distributing the Future, so we’ll post a link to that when it comes up.

Software Evangelists…?

One of Steve’s recent posts reminded me of a question I’ve been kicking around for the past few days: not too many companies seem to have evangelist roles; why is that?

Sun, of course, has made that an official role, and Microsoft does as well, esp. in a psuedo-official way with passionate their bloggers and fans/”fans” (e.g., Joel Spolsky).

But, for the most part, it doesn’t seem like enterprise software companies have evangelists…at least in the extremely vocal and visible ways that Sun and MSFT do. Is it that (a.) most of those companies don’t need evangelists because their other marketing efforts are “just fine,” (b.) most of those companies either don’t think they need evangelists, or don’t even realize it, or, (c.) I’m just not looking harding enough to find them?

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Our man Klobe had a link to BarCampAustin. It’s Saturday, March 11th, 2006.

I’ve never been to a foo/bar/baz camp, so I figure with one in my town, I outta check this one out full-bore.

I proposed the session “Agile in the Real World: Wild Success, Terrible Failure, and Endless Yelling,” which I know many of you, dear readers, would love to give input on and participate in.

Hopefully several of you will work with me on that idea and show up at the camp as well.

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[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 37 – Web as Platform, GUI vs. Web-app

In this episode, I ask Charles two questions:

  1. What do you think of “the web as a platform” concept?
  2. Is all that hassle with web-apps really worth it? Wouldn’t you rather be GUI programming?

The is the tail-end of last week’s recording, so you might consider this part two of that episode.

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 Coté)

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The Java Podcasters, Part 1


Chris Adamson contacted Charles and I a short while ago with some interview questions about Ye Olde DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast. We, of course, gleefully accepted, and had a good time talking with him. He seems like the type that doesn’t get all uptight about people being fast and loose, which, of course, is a pre-req for our podcast ;>

This week is
part 1 of the interview series. There’re several podcasters interviewed, and as they say, Chris looks to have saved the best for last: we’ll be in part two next week.

Until then, check out the first part, and keep hittin’ reload on that site until you see part two where Charles and I will answer all the questions you’ve ever had about the podcast.

(Well, probably not. If we don’t, send those to use, and we’ll answer them.)

Best 30 Seconds of DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast?

Dear listeners,

Another podcast wants to excerpt 30 seconds of our podcast in a larger show about podcasts. We will be searching for that 30 seconds across all 35 episodes, but I thought I could use the wisdom of crowds to make the work more efficient.

If you have a favorite 30 seconds — or even just an episode — please leave a comment below to help us out. Perhaps we’ll even take all the suggestions and put together a best of show, prefixing each with, “Mr. Jomdom liked this one best…” and the like.

Oh, and we need to get it to the dude by tomorrow, Thursday ;>

[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 36 – Fans and Focus!

In this episode, we talk about some recent positive comments — and cash-money from Jomdom! — and the tediousness of dealing with focus in web browsers. We also catch up on Charle’s indie-programmer life-style.

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 Coté)

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Calandaring Search

Like most info workers, I’m chained to Outlook for my calendaring and meeting scheduling. Yesterday I encountered a use case that be nice to have implemented: I was looking for an available conference room with a projector in my building.

While it’s easy to figure out if a conference room is available, I’m not sure how to query if the room has a projector or not. Even better than dicking around in Outlook would a nice Google-like web page I can go to and simply type in “austin available conference room projector” and see a nice, clean list of conference rooms that have projectors.

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[DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast] Episode 35 – Zombies, More Goddamn Ruby on Rails

In this episode, Coté lays out his master’s thesis* on the current story trend in the Zombie genre: zombie evolution.

As if that weren’t enough, we try to finally close out the Ruby on Rails conversation — spanning 4-5 episodes — by responding to this comment.

* It’s not really Coté’s master thesis. C’mon. That’s
about as believable as Coté and Charles being retired!
Yeah. …it’s his doctoral one.

(This episode edited by Charles.)

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Perceptions of Innovation

I came across two survey answers that contained the question “My company is big on innovation” (the wording in each survey was, of course, a little different) that caught my eye:

From CIO Insight (their data isn’t online yet, but here’s the pages from the hard-copy: one and two):

“My company’s IT department is actively involved in corporate innovation efforts aimed at introducing new products and services”
Yes: 73%. No: 27%

“The corporate culture at my company encourages technology experimentation and rewards ‘well-intentioned’ failure.”
Yes: 48%. No: 52%.

(On this last one, it’s too bad they asked two questions in one instead of two separate questions. If they were separate, I bet the first question would have rated higher, while the second lower.)

And then this, via Slow Leadership, from an ISR survey:

The perception that IT jobs are at risk for outsourcing may also be
responsible for the steady decline in IT workers’ belief that their employers
reward innovation, as this number has declined from 64 percent in 2001 to
46 percent in 2005.

For the cynics out, there isn’t really any surprise in those answers: everyone wants their cake (innovation that makes money) and eat it too (not pay for all the failures needed to get a win). But, it’s always good to have numbers in addition to gut and anecdote (gutecdode?).

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