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A Developer’s Open Letter to RIM

Jamie Murai has written an open letter to RIM, the company behind Blackberry and Playbook. Jamie talks about his experience of setting up development environment for Playbook application development.

It seems, RIM has failed to attract developers, the credit goes to broken development process and tool-chain. One has to spend good amount of time (and money?) setting up development environment, building application and deploying the same to marketplaces.

Why would developers bother looking at Playbook development, when they have better options (iOS and Google Android), where  development, deployment and monetization is relatively very-very simpler.

Developer usability is very important. Any company that relies on developer community/ecosystem for their growth, should take some lessons from Jamie Murai’s open-letter, which enlists some important points/issues.

Read Jamie Murai’s Open Letter To RIM’s Developer Relations.

Going Paperless – Document Management System

I have been looking document management system (DMS) so that we can go paperless, as much as we can. We have to use paper, considering our goverment and various other complainces require us to maintain document in paper form. I am currently evaluating following DMS:

These are opensource and stable products. However, it takes little effort to install and customize both of these for following reasons:-

  • both of these are based on java
  • both of these are made for large enterprises?

Once I implement one of these successfully, I would post details. Meanwhile, we have done following to reduce paper usage:

  • HRM system – employees' and their employment data is maintained and managed using HRM system (OrangeHRM – another opensource product). We scan paper documents and put it on HRM, so next time we don't have to make copies of original paper and carry around. One can directly see scanned documents.
  • Google Docs – we have started it, a lot lately, to maintain and share documents (which are not very sensitive – I am little skeptical about data on cloud)
  • MediaWiki – Our intranet/wiki is based on wiki, we use it extensively. Everyone can see and contribute, so no need to carry printed paper around.

With these small changes, we are already seeing benefits. With DMS, I can imagine life would be lot easier when it comes to maintaing, reviewing and sharing the documents. Please share your experiences, perhaps there is a better system I can implement easily.

iSync: SyncSession record validation failure

ISyncSession record validation failure: Value other pushed for enumeration property service on com.apple.contacts.IM is not an allowed value.

If you get above error while synchronising your OSX addressbook with Google Contacts, you might want to remove various IM types (Skype, Google Talk, etc) specified for contacts. OSX AddressBook can only accept “AIM”, “Yahoo”, “Jabber”, “MSN” and “ICQ” as types.

Google monopoly – no more text-link-ads?

Google hates text-link-ads, I heard about it via Aral’s post. When I checked, I found search-result count related to me and my blog have gone down a lot.

Google is trying to control bloggers by not letting them use any other competitor products like text-link-ads?

Google adsense sucks, hence people use other stuff (TLA etc). It all sounds like M$ approach. I had never imagined, Google would do that.