Beebe4

Best opening sentence ever?

Posted in funny, work by beebe4 on March 1, 2007

My old boss at Symantec proposed that this is the best opening sentence ever:

A jazz musician was injured Friday after jumping from a burning motor home driven by a one-time roller skating stripper from Lodi.

full article…

Do you use mulitple computers?

Posted in product review, tech, work by beebe4 on December 21, 2006

So, my friend at work, Mike, showed me Synergy today. PRETTY FREAKING COOL! It is not ready for prime time yet, as the UI is a little clunky, but the functionality works and allows me to just use one keyboard and mouse to control the laptop and computer at my desk. It is different then the hardware needed like a Belkin, and it doesn’t allow you to use the same monitor for multiple computers, but it does allow you to make all monitors aware of each other, so that your mouse can jump from screen to screen to screen, regardless of your operating system.

And best of all… it is free!

Koders benefits from Google attention

Posted in work by beebe4 on November 21, 2006

Rush: Koders benefits from Google attention by ZDNet‘s Ed Burnette — An estimated 20-25% of a developer’s time is spent looking for answers to problems others have already encountered (and perhaps solved). That’s the time Darren Rush, CEO and co-founder of Koders.com, is trying to help you save. In this exclusive interview, Darren shares his insights on code searching, open source license proliferation, and what it’s like to have your niche invaded by a big company like Google.

Code Camp

Posted in work by beebe4 on October 6, 2006

For any of you living in the Silicon Valley, you should go check out my friend Darren at the Code Camp this weekend at the Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Working from Home… permanently

Posted in work by beebe4 on October 3, 2006

For those of you that don’t know. I took a job at Koders, Inc. The adventure with my step-father, VyMed Data Services, do not work out as I hoped, but I feel like I am in a better place now.

Koders was started by a fraternity brother of mine at Georgia Tech. He started it around 2 years ago, and we are having some great success now as a company, too early to talk about some of them now, but hopefully I will be able to point you to some press releases soon.

But I wanted to talk about the basics of what you need to work from home, aka telecommute. Our team consists of people in Santa Monica, CA, one person in San Francisco, CA, a few developers in St Petersberg, Russia, and myself in Jacksonville, FL. So how do we keep up the communication while keeping the costs down?

Answer: Skype and GoToMeeting.

Skype is a free IP based service that lets you call other Skype users as well as other land based phones. We sometimes hold sales calls with skype. It also supports video calls, so I am virtually in the room with the other developers most of the day, because they have a dedicated computer setup to host a “Max Headroom” version of myself.

And then when it comes to do paired programming or when I need help, I simple create a GoToMeeting session and share my screen so that others can view it while we talk about thing over Skype. I can also give them control over my computer so that they can control my keyboard and mouse from their computer.

The total cost of this setup for a year is $39 a month.