Archive for August, 2008

Dexter V.O.

Tras leer a Joan Planas en su blog acerca del doblaje de Dexter, me decidí a ver la serie en V.O.  Esta escena es otro ejemplo de que no le faltaba razón. Imposible doblarla sin que pierda su gracia.

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Call It Anything

Building prototypes (if necessary) is considered best practice as far as software construction is concerned. Its usefulness lies in the lesson learned which can be applied later on. Therefore, you can develope prototypes in order to validate your architecture, testing performance aspects, selecting the right technology and so on.

So far so good. However, you must know the fundamentals of software prototyping:

  1. Partial functionality. Your prototype shouldn’t have all features. After all you’re trying to validate just one aspect of your future product, otherwise your working on a early version of your product.
  2. Doesn’t meet your quality standards. Since a prototype is not a product, there’s no point in making it perfect. Moreover, you need it to make a decision so you want it finished ASAP.
  3. Disposable. Because of point 2.
  4. You’re prototyping and that is crystal clear. Stakeholders (particularly managers and clients) must understand you’re working on something disposable.
  5. It’s part of your planning sheet. So everybody knows you’re going to spend some time on it.

If your so-called “prototype” breaks any of the rules mentioned above, it’s more than likely that it has nothing to do with a prototype.  If this is your case:

  • Do no refer to it as a prototype, call it anything. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.
  • Ponder using any of those incremental methodologies.

To sum up, just keep in mind the following:

It’s a prototype.

A cute prototype

It isn’t.

A cute product

😉

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Google Tech Talks: Sharing Knowledge

Google Tech Talks is a series of conferences that Google organizes for its employees. These talks are later published on YouTube Google Tech Talks, and at the moment of writting this post, there are about 850 videos uploaded. All kind of technical topics are discussed and the speakers are usually SME (Subject Matter Experts) so it’s worth watching … For instance, you can check out this interesting conference by Tim Lister talking about the fundamentals of Peopleware:


Just as a matter of interest, a simple Most Viewed seek reveals that the most popular Google TechTalk ever was about (guess what?)…Sex. It’s got 1,275,000 more views than the second one 🙂

In addition, you can find some Google Tech Talks videos within YouTube Google Channel. A case in point is the one in which David Allen talks about GTD.

Sincerely speaking, I’m not one of those people who look at Google as the great benefactor of Humanity. It’s just a corporation with a worldly mission: making money. However, I must admit Google knows how to play the game. They’ve managed to join these two concepts: Internet and Google, up to the point of we can hardly imagine one without the other. We all know that sharing information is the main pillar of the Internet. Hence Tech Talks are Internet at its purest form because it means hours and hours of shared knowledge.

Other big corporations might take a lesson from this.

UPDATE

Via Parrulo (In Spanish) I find out Google Developers Channel with lots of stuff aimed at developers. Who wants to sleep?

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