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Rob Diana
Re: The Perfect Board -
"In the cases above, if the CEO is a founder, why not have just one more founder on the board? I am curious as to why only one founder gets chosen." - Rob Diana
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Re: Tac Anderson - This is our family Christmas card picture this... -
"Tac - I love this! You even gave my daughters some ideas for neat things to do." - Rob Diana
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"The silent majority will typically stay that way as far as I can tell. However, it really depends on how active the user community is. If you have user/developer forums, the silent majority is probably looking at those posts and learning from them. The real key is getting those people in the top right, "user evangelists", in front of the rest of the user community. They can sell your product to customers, and support it, in a way that the company can't, using real empathy." - Rob Diana
Phil Glockner
yes? - Louis Gray
You're supposed to say it three times and he appears - Bwana ☠
As you can tell, Louis Gray is better than Beetlejuice, he appears after one request. - Rob Diana
+1 Bwana - Yolanda
Yeah, this was a flub. It's been weeks since I used twhirl. Hahaha - Phil Glockner
What? Dude? Dude? Is this thing on? - Louis Gray
Candyman - Big Joe Silenced
sleep. sleep now. - Amit Patel
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time sir. - Louis Gray
Rob Diana
Re: Some Thoughts on My Switch to a Fitbit Flex -
"Don't forget about the amiigo when it comes out. Definitely looks like an interesting alternative." - Rob Diana
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Re: Ranking Systems: What I’ve learnt so far -
"Yes, that is what I was talking about." - Rob Diana
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Re: Ranking Systems: What I’ve learnt so far -
"You could also look at the FIFA national rankings which is a similar method to the UEFA rankings if I remember correctly. They also post the "methodology" which could be easily translated into some algorithm." - Rob Diana
Louis Gray
For those who are curious... today is going to be the day. The "Schwag Magnet" twins are coming. Don't expect minute by minute...
Congrats Louis! - Ross Miller
I love the Schwaggin Waggon - Eric Schlissel from twhirl
Awesome! Can't wait to meet your two new kids and hope everything goes as well as possible. - Robert Scoble
When Maryam had Milan we were actually able to use our iPhones in between contractions. (Milan was born at Stanford, just like Louis' kids are -- great wifi there). Maryam didn't want any video, so we did photos and audio. Just be prepared to put down the iPhone IMMEDIATELY when your wife needs you. Otherwise the consequences are harsh. :-) - Robert Scoble
Mazel Tov and may all go as seamlessly as possible. - Mathew A. Koeneker
Wi-Fi at Lucille Packard is great, BTW. :-) - Louis Gray
Congrats! Don't worry about us and take some time offline! - Xavier Bartholome
Louis: I told you it rocks. So, is your wife admitted already? Or did they tell her to take a walk and come back in three hours like they told Maryam? (We went to Jack in the Box, and later, even back home cause, while Maryam was having contractions, she wasn't dialated enough to give birth for nearly 12 hours after we first went to Lucille Packard (Stanford's hospital for children). - Robert Scoble
Oh, and if you know Thomas Hawk, do anything you can to get him to come by and make photos. He took the most spectacular photos of Milan (and my family) that I really treasure to this day. - Robert Scoble
Matthew- Seamless birth , hmm. Kind of counter-intuitive. Louis-all the best to you,wife and twins. - Mark Forman
Congrats! - Yuvi
Good Luck Louis! Stay positive. - Jon-Paul Bussoli
I'm going to sleep hoping we hear great news when I wake up. Just remember, photos, we want photos!!! - Robert Scoble
We are admitted. Contractions are 4-5 minutes apart. We'll be here for a while. - Louis Gray
Cool. Any bets on the time? I'll bet that they are here by noon. Ahh, long night for Louis ahead! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! :-) - Robert Scoble
I don't dare bet on a time. That's bad luck. But I'm not going anywhere, and she's not either. Duncan Scoble Gray and Cyndy Corvida Gray might debut in the morning. - Louis Gray
now you are ego pandering! Well I am off to bed. Our house is childproofed now and is awaiting the arrival. Milan is looking forward to having a couple of new friends to share toys with. Thinking good thoughts for you both. - Robert Scoble
Be interesting to see how many posts a week you're going to be able to manage now... :-) - Andy Davies
And no, those won't be their real names. :-) - Louis Gray
Congrats man! Get ready for the wild ride. - Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins
Best of luck throughout the night Louis. Hopefully when I wake up the two new Grays will be ready to blog. - MG Siegler
In case you guys wanted to know where you rate, we haven't told any family on either side that we're here. Didn't want to wake anybody up. Once we get close to 7 a.m. PDT, depending where we are then, maybe we'll let them know. Thanks for the notes. (Is this the first FriendFeed "live" birth?) - Louis Gray
Wooo, awesome! Congrats in advance. :) - Don MacAskill
Congrats and good luck! And they'll share a birthday with @crazybob's #2! - Cyndy
Contractions are 2-3 minutes apart now. Both of them hanging out, and both of us, hanging in... - Louis Gray
I do like the names you've chosen, though. Although you haven't managed to tack FriendFeed or Disqus in there. Maybe two middle names would work. I did that with #4 so she could be named after three family members. - Cyndy
Best wishes! - Mark Dykeman
Congrats!! :) - Paula Hawk
My daughter was born in a different age (1991). I couldn't provide updates to the world on an iPhone. Heck, all I could have done (I didn't) would have been to drive home, fire up the Mac Plus and my 2400bps modem, and posted text updates to the Deep Thoughts and Grotto BBSes. - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
@Ontario My last was born in 2005, and I couldn't even update THEN... they ban all cell usage and WiFi is still a pipe dream. They are still going with the "cell phones mess with equipment" airline story. - Cyndy
And regarding could work "Obama" and "McCain" in there somehow...Duncan Scoble FriendFeed Obama Gray? :) - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
first photos better be with the cn stickers :) - Allen Stern
Congrats Louis! am excited for you. - Nick Halstead
Good luck to all four of you! - Chris Nixon
Congratulations Louis! Life as you know it has now changed. Good luck to all of you. - Rob Diana
Allen: CN stickers are in my hand _right now_. Kid you not. You might get lucky. - Louis Gray
Very exciting. Good luck! - Dave Stanley
Omg! How exciting! Congratulations!!!! - Sarah Perez
Congratulations and enjoy every minute! - RyanEs
WOOT!! Good luck to you and your wife at the hospital today Daddy Grey. - Mike Fruchter
You'er not streaming the whole event? ;-) No I agree some things are sacred. Unless you're scoble. I bet mrs scoble is happy that qik wasn't released when she gave birth... - Gez
Congratulations LG. God Bless - Keith - @tsudo from twhirl
I'll add my congratulations! I'll enjoy taking a rest from your articles :P - Tim Hoeck
Good luck. - James Rishabh Mishra
Congrats Louis! I know what raising twins is like, so I'll wish you good luck as well :) - Shey
Gez: there were certainly video options when Milan was born. She made it very clear that video wasn't to be used. - Robert Scoble
This will be up there as one of if not your BEST day - Christian Anderson
Agree wholeheartedly with Christian.... - Chris Reed
CONGRATULATIONS DADDY!!!!!!!!! - Susan Beebe
Congrats! - Dave Peck
I too will add congratulations! - Andy Tinkham from twhirl
Congratulations Louis! I can only imagine how excited you must be right now. - Caleb Elston
Waiting..waiting...waiting.... ;-) - Hutch Carpenter
Only 8 hours gone by. Our first was 37 hours. The second was like 2 - Capn' One Eye - adrift
Back at Hutch: Waiting...waiting...waiting... - Louis Gray
Congratulations! - Steve Lynch
Ten hours now. Cigars at the ready. - Russellreno
Wishing the best for all four (!) members of the family!!! - Dustin Harris
CONGRATS LOUIS! Glad I get to be in the names :D Can't wait for pictures though. I need to get "shegeeks" and "hegeeks" schwag over there asap! - Corvida
I hope you got plenty of Coffee and brought your laptop battery plug. It's going to be a loooooooong day/night. Hey at least you got FF to kill the time :-) - Mike Fruchter
Update: Things are obviously not the fastest I've ever seen, but progress is progress. We're at six cm. I didn't want to do a cm by cm update, but here we are! Nurses seem excited, so I'll pretend I am. - Louis Gray
This is one occasion when comments really need timestamps... - Andy Davies
This just in..... LG still waiting as of 5 minutes ago. Now in hour 13. - Russellreno
I am jealous. The arrival of one was a joy. Two would have blown my mind! - Capn' One Eye - adrift
Turning to superstition a bit, I got out of my A's shirt, which I've been wearing since we got here. Let's see if wearing the DISQUS shirt I got from Daniel Ha does the trick. :-) - Louis Gray
All in good time. Heck, I would be excited as hell. :) - Mathew A. Koeneker
For those watching this thread, obviously things have taken longer than we expected. Dilation has been slow, and the doctors are talking C-Section. We're trying to avoid. Babies are doing great. - Louis Gray
C-Section imminent, as labor stalled (you might have noticed). Hopefully, back with good news soon. - Louis Gray
Well, this is the sixth thread goin' on the twins, so (1) Louis we're hangin' with ya buddy and (2) get on with it already ... I want to go to sleep :) Seriously, positive, warm and happy thoughts ... and coffee. - Charlie Anzman
at this rate, i think Scoble's gonna have to change his bet from noon Friday to noon on Saturday! - Susan Beebe
Baby Grays are here! The boy clocked in at 9:01 at 5 pounds, and the girl weighed in at 4 pounds, 3 oz at 9:02. Both healthy. - Louis Gray
YEAH!!! Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news - both healthy!!, what are their NAMES?? - Susan Beebe
bump for the oldest thread i've ever found on ff, post-congrads, :) - chaz2b
Matthew and Sarah are now five years old. Happy birthday, twins! - Louis Gray
Rob Diana
Re: We know GoDaddy hates women. Now they hate nerds, too. -
"They make it really difficult to defend my hosting choices. Besides the fact that it is a terrible commercial, it continues to play with outdated stereotypes that are really getting annoying. I guess it is finally time to move everything I have there." - Rob Diana
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Re: The Kneeling Dragon Coffee Table *Drool* -
"WANT!!! That is awesome!" - Rob Diana
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[#SA-34] Install Jenkins CI server for RSI usage - JIRA -
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[#SA-34] Install Jenkins CI server for RSI usage - JIRA -
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Re: Book: Ender’s Game -
"If you want an interesting list, Locus just published their list of the best sci-fi and fantasy books of the 20th and 21st centuries," - Rob Diana
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Re: The Best Mistake I Ever Made (h/t @kfury) -
"It is funny how things work. I had a similar situation, thinking I was going to Penn State until I got rejected. It forced me to choose what was likely better for me anyway." - Rob Diana
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"For the developer set, the closest thing I have seen is the aggregation (not the link submission) at They aggregate the content from a bunch of bloggers on different topics, like various languages, web development and architecture. Not saying it is perfect, but it is one of the closest things that I have found." - Rob Diana
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"Just look at the difference in messaging between Google, Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is where it is due to the developer community. Google continues to create APIs and cater to developers. Facebook continues to try to make development for their platform easier and easier. Twitter has followed the trend of closing their environment or adding restrictions to their environment, all in the name of advertising. Google and Facebook make their money from advertising as well, but know that they can throw an ad on every page view. Android and Apple woo developers with all sorts of ways to make revenue for their apps. Twitter can't seem to reconcile the idea that they can make money while other people make money." - Rob Diana
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Re: Conversation Agent: Conversation Agent Turns Six -
"Congratulations! I hope you write for another 6 years!" - Rob Diana
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Unofficial JAXB Guide - Mapping interfaces — -
XmlElementWrapper - Rob Diana
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Why FSF Founder Richard Stallman is Wrong on Steve Jobs -
Stallman looks like a complete idiot here, without a shred of any social decency. He does more to harm his cause than Jobs ever did. - Rob Diana
GPL wasn't harm enough? - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Where would Android be without the GPL, I wonder? But, yeah, RMS proves that any form of zealotry tends to be more repulsive than attractive. - Victor Ganata
Victor, do you think it would have advanced further, or less? Personally, I find the MIT and even Apache License, to be more ameniable to progress. Though GPL probably does make a bit more sense, in it's attempted enforcement of continued open source expansion. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I actually don't think Android would exist without the GPL. Mainly because Linux wouldn't exist without the GPL. - Victor Ganata
You're right, I forgot it was built on top of a Linux Kernel, which likely wouldn't have grown nearly as well without a license such as the GPL. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I really don't think he was trying to be a jerk. I interpreted his words as something along the line that he'd have preferred Jobs go on an extended vacation and let folks use Apple's operating systems and devices as they desired/needed. I think our feelings about our own mortality make us see Stallman's comments as more evil than he meant them. - MiniMage
I don't think he was trying to be a jerk, either. I just think he has good intentions, but is ultimately misguided by the zeal for those intentions. He decides to attack a man who added value, albeit in a way RMS disagreed with, to many lives. He just comes off as a crude twat, mainly because of the timing. Had he said it a month and a half ago, when Jobs stepped down fully, it probably... more... - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I can agree with the timing being an issue, although it could be said that he couldn't have been sure Jobs wouldn't un-step down again. Maybe it's not a mortality thing, but I've seen way too much "don't speak evil of the dead, no matter how evil <random deceased person> was" knee-jerk reactions to discount that it plays some part. The dead do not care what is said about them, so who does the admonisher help, exactly, if not himself after his own demise? Anyway, I wouldn't have done what Stallman did. - MiniMage
Rob Diana
Agile Software Is A Cop-Out, Here’s What’s Next -
Annoying more for ignoring the reasons why agile development processes were created in the first place. - Rob Diana
Meryn Stol
I wonder when realtime techniques will become a normal thing just like some AJAX techniques now. For example, when will there be a framework which allow you to do the same as FriendFeed's live-updating comments? (kind of "push" content).
Some back-end things that FF has will not be easy to copy... But the back-and-forth between browser and server can be put into a generic library I think. - Meryn Stol
Although I'm familiar with most web technologies as a programmer, I wouldn't have a clue how I would go about writing a *single user* friendfeed for example. That is, I would want a comment which I post in one browser window to be instantly visible in another. - Meryn Stol
While the FF team has been quite innovative with their approach (I've never seen it being done before elsewhere) I know this part is not truly rocket science. If I'd delve into their JS, I could probably figure it out. - Meryn Stol
aren't we describing Google Wave? - Rahsheen
Hmm good point Rahsheen... Well maybe that's the first framework then... I was thinking more of something lightweight as jquery. Jquery could really bring these realtime/push techniques to the masses. I think it could improve almost any site. - Meryn Stol
I think "push" is the most important thing. "Realtime" makes one think of the stream... It's the push-updating of content that interest me the most. A kind of "syncing" of the content inside browser windows. - Meryn Stol
Meryn, the push idea on the browser is obviously difficult due to the statelessness. However, a quick polling cycle can make it feel like real-time. Ajax requests through something like JQuery can have a long-polling affect as well because the content on the server may take some time to return. - Rob Diana
Current state of the art for open source "long polling" is - Brett Slatkin
Rob, does FF do it with polling? You also have the technique of holding a HTTP connection open. I think that's done for web-based chat rooms often. There's a always-on HTTP connection. - Meryn Stol
Bret, yes, I saw that a while ago. Maybe there need to be more Orbited "recipes"... E.g. "How to build a single user FriendFeed room". - Meryn Stol
There is no such thing as 'PUSH' on the web - FF is just long polling, i.e. an AJAX request that is kept open, then re-opened when new data is returned. We do exactly the same with TweetMeme. - Nick Halstead
Nick, yes I know there's technically no push, but a HTTP connection on which new data is trickling in is somewhat like push. There's an open connection the server can "write" to. - Meryn Stol
Nick, what library have you used for Tweetmeme? Home-brew? You know of any tutorials to do this kind of thing? - Meryn Stol
As for a framework - it is actually not hard to write, the common problem is that most 'typical' web servers such as Apache are not designed to leave that many open connections, NGINX is much more suitable - as it is very fast + extremely light weight - Nick Halstead
There is documentation on the principals - but not much open source that is robust - Nick Halstead
Thanks Nick. This is very interesting. Well I hope that a a kind of "JPush" (ala JQuery) will come to be. - Meryn Stol
Actually, you can use a forever-loading iframe to do 'PUSH'. Long-polling isn't the only option, though it's the most common and easiest to use method. Twitterfall uses different methods depending on what is available in the user's browser; potentially forever-iframes, XHR, long-polling, and ordinary polling. - Jalada
wish there is an opensource project - kang
Rob Diana
Google Reader, Replaced by Google Sites in the Navigation Bar -
Nooooooooooooooo! Thankfully, I don't use the bar to get to Google Reader, it is open all day. - Rob Diana
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Dirty Little Secrets of the Book Publishing Industry…Or Why You Shouldn’t Invest In Book Publishers Who Waste Your Investment Dollars By Avoiding Change -
This almost sounds like the advertisements for RSuite. Use XML and publish to multiple formats. - Rob Diana
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Re: 1,000 Blog Posts Later: Blog Success Is Not About Numbers -
"Congrats Tac! I am anxiously awaiting the next 1000." - Rob Diana
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It’s time for Google+ to open up, before it’s too late. -
Google+ making an API available will be huge. - Rob Diana
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Contrasting Performance : Languages, styles and VMs – Java, Scala, Python, Erlang, Clojure, Ruby, Groovy, Javascript -
The Josephus problem was one of my first projects when learning C, oh so long ago. - Rob Diana
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Comic for August 18, 2011 -
Sadly, this is too common a practice. - Rob Diana
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How and Why Mixpanel Switched from Erlang to Python -
Never pick a technology you can't support. That should be the first rule of "technology choices". The second should be never pick a technology you cannot easily hire someone to support. - Rob Diana
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Re: How Many Tech Books Do You Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] -
"You are missing the 50-99 choice for some reason." - Rob Diana
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Re: How Many Tech Books Do You Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] -
"You are missing the 50-99 choice for some reason." - Rob Diana
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