Spot us

Posted in Hashrocket, product review, tech, video, work by beebe4 on September 27, 2008

One of client’s at Hashrocket, Spot Us, has posted a video on his blog that he recorded this morning during our demo, showcasing the work that was completed in 3 days of development!

Don’t get me wrong, the great work by the designers was key to getting this done, and there is a week of face to face time where the client (in this case David Cohn) and the lead developer(s) lock themselves in a room for 5 days, and make the tough decisions of what can really be done in 3 days. Please take the time to watch this 15+ minute video if you want an inside view of some of the work that I am a part of.

Great work Lark, Desi, Carm, Tammer, and Joe!


Koders purchased

Posted in life update, work by beebe4 on May 1, 2008

So for those of you that have not heard, I am working at a great new company called Hashrocket, based out at the beach. More on that later, but I wanted to also fill you in that my old company has been purchased by Black Duck as of last week.

I keep tabs on the news reports that are coming out about it, and this is the closest thing I have to a mention in them:

But Levin says Koders’ three employees, including Rush, will be retained on a consulting basis, and will continue to work from their current location in Santa Monica.

Check out the full article at Xconomy.

The move actually makes a lot of sense, as Black Duck offers larger companies insight into their open source usage, and Koders obviously knows a thing or two about that industry.

Live feed from the office

Posted in product review, tech, work by beebe4 on March 12, 2008

Check me out at work:

Less Memories

Posted in product review, tech, work by beebe4 on January 22, 2008

BEHOLD the power of rails, and how a trained artisan can wield it’s power. A pretty useful web application in 7 hours! No kidding! Check it out and then go get your education on.

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What the hell am I doing wrong?

Posted in tech, things that make you go hmmmm, work by beebe4 on October 10, 2007

I was reading QuadsZilla’s post about the week he is having on the SEO Black Hat, and have to admit that it sounds like I am going about this whole software development thing the wrong way.

  We were even hanging with Wiesn Playmate Anna Scharl (Miss October for German Playboy) and her sister most of the time we were out; they’re both sweethearts.

  Tonight I’m going to the Opera and tomorrow I’m doing some 3-hour caving expedition. Ahh, the life of a spammer. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

I have been working in this industry for 8 years, working on web sites for reputable companies, making decent money.  I would say that I would be the kind of person that any organization would want to have, but I find that I enjoy working at smaller start-ups, due to lack of waste more then anything, and I need a little more stress then your average person to get things done.

But if I can use my talents to startup some stupid website and just milk money away from Google and the unknown people out there, is there really a downside?  Is it illegal?  I can provide better for my family and not do something illegal.   Why would I not? 

My instinctual answer is that I wouldn’t want to do it for the sake of not helping to proliferate crap on the Internet.  But (not that I would really want to) if spending 1 month a quarter coming up with some stupid website and then go spend time with my family and just watch the money come in… why is that not a good option?

I would love to hear from others that have had this same thought, and where they are on why the continue to work at a “real” company versus going out on their own taking advantage of the framework that Ad revenue has presented to us. 


If you would like to find out more about Quadzilla, and a little insight into what makes him tick, listen to this interview that he did on Shoemoney’s Net Income Show.

(Note: that this is a picture of the Shoemoney guy not Quadzilla)

IBM offers Krugle, Koders search-off

Posted in tech, work by beebe4 on October 9, 2007

As customer demands narrow-down, and the value you get from each engagement goes up, smaller, specialized vendors can gain a big advantage.

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I am quoted in a Press Release

Posted in tech, work by beebe4 on September 13, 2007

It is a nice feeling to have your company show confidence in you by unleashing you to be quoted in a press release. From the eMediaWire:

“Code search is a missing capability in TFS and SharePoint,” said Ben McDonald, product manager for the Koders Enterprise Edition. “Koders fills the gap and can help facilitate the transition to TFS from CVS, Visual SourceSafe or other legacy version control systems.”

This is actually pretty cool, and Microsoft showed some interest in using our product as a stop gap to their search solution for Team Foundation Server until they get one ready enough for prime time.

Press release: Koders Continues Innovation of its Groundbreaking Website

Posted in tech, work by beebe4 on August 15, 2007 now offers over 700 million lines of open source code aggregated from public repositories, corporate developer networks, and projects contributed by individual programmers. New additions to include code hosted by Apple Computer, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems. These corporate hosts join Apache, BerliOS, Debian, Novell Forge, OpenBSD, RubyForge,, Tigris and other public code repositories indexed by

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What have I have I been doing at work?

Posted in tech, work by beebe4 on June 4, 2007

As my wife can attest to, I have been very busy at work lately.  Doing what, you ask?  Creating a new product and a new revenue stream.  We have developed a desktop source code search application that any developer can download, install, configure, and use to search their local source code, faster then any IDE offers and more completely then any other product that exists today.

I recently posted a more detailed explanation of the work I have been doing on the Koders blog, explaining how we taught an Teaching an old dog new tricks.

Moved into the office

Posted in home improvement, life update, work by beebe4 on May 25, 2007

This news is actually two weeks old, but I have moved into the new office. The complete project took a lot longer then expected, but that is mainly due to the fact that I hated sanding.

Doing the demo, insulation, putting up the dry wall… no problem, even throwing “mud” on the walls was no issue, but sanding that mud, and adding more and resanding was very very painful.

But after I got to a point where I didn’t care I decided it was good enough, and that I would add some texture to the paint, and no one would be the wiser.

At the same time, my mom decided to move so I had some extra office furniture at my disposable. I am also fortunate enough to have friends with some interior design skills (or just good taste) that helped me lay out the room. All in all I would say it is a great improvement, and I will be posting a final video shortly.