Born Sleepy

November 09, 2004

As of the end of October, I am no longer working for Sports Interactive!

The parting was entirely amicable (I actually resigned in May, but continued to work at SI until the release of FM was out of the way), and I still have a great deal of time for everyone at SI, and wish them well for the future!

I don’t feel that it would be professional to go into details in public about my reasons for leaving, so all I’ll say is that I disagreed with some of the decisions being made, particularly about the technical side of things, and felt that my views and experience weren’t really being valued.

It’s a shame, because I love the game, and the company is generally a great place to work.

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October 14, 2004

Kevin pointed out to me that MusicBrainz already has something along the lines of what I described for uniquely identifying musical tracks.

As usual someone’s already been there and done that. I wonder how good it is at not identifying similar renditions of the same track by different artists! Can a really good cover’s band fool it…

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October 14, 2004

NetNewsWire is great, but I have a wishlist…

  • I want to be able to share my subscription list between machines

  • The “aggregate new headlines” feature is nice, but I want to be able to aggregate more than one arbitrary group of subscriptions. You can almost do this by using folders, but not quite I think…

  • I want some sort of adaptive filtering; by which I mean filters that I can teach by rating the items I read, giving them some sort of thumbs up or thumbs down to tell the filter whether I want to see similar items

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Frequently Answered Questions

My friend Boah came up with the interesting concept of Frequently Answered Answers</a>. Now admittedly he may have been joking at the time, but that’s not really the point.

I like the idea of Frequently Answered Questions (as I prefer to call them). I think you should give them to people before you work with them. It’s like saying… “before you ask…”

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October 14, 2004

This is an interesting interview with Ward Cunningham, talking about Wikis.

Although I’ve known they exist for a while, I’ve not really used them much. They seem like a great tool for collaboration, but whenever I’m pointed at one by somebody I invariably find myself totally baffled by the lack of structure, and struggle to find any useful information.

The interviewer seems to have the same problem, so I’m obviously not alone!

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