Monthly Archives: August 2007

Big News at Yahoo! Today

Big news at Yahoo HQ today! (No, it’s not the global rollout of the new Yahoo! Mail.) After 3 1/2 years on the Messenger team, I’ve moved to the Platform Engineering team, managing the integration/solutions engineering team. It’s a small team now, but will be growing. Coincident with joining this team, we all moved into a new bullpen cube arrangement. No network connections yet, but at least all my stuff made it over safely.

FogBugz World Tour

Joel Spolsky is taking to the road next month to promote FogBugz (his company’s bug tracking system) on a 21-city tour through the US and Canada:

Here’s what you can expect if you show up. There will be some really, really expensive coffee and maybe a muffin or something if the hotel in particularly cheap. If you come a bit early, it’ll be a great chance to meet some interesting software people in your city.

I’ll show off some of my favorite features in FogBugz 6.0, but mostly, I’ll talk about the software development process in general. I’ll leave a lot of time for Q&A. There will be a member of the FogBugz development team with me and we’ll also leave plenty of time afterwards for one-on-one questions if you have something to ask us that isn’t of general interest. Then we’ll pack our projector and rush off to the airport and on to the next city.

I signed up to see him in Mountain View, CA on October 10th. If you’re into Joel at all, sign up now. It should be interesting.

SplashBlog.com Shutdown

This past week SixApart announced that the SplashBlog mobile blogging site will close down in a month. I’ve been following SplashBlog and its use as a mobile blogging client:

  • In February 2005, SplashBlog.com launched as a free hosting service for SpashData’s SplashBlog mobile client (initial price $20). When launched, the client could post to either the TypePad or SplashBlog services.
  • In September of that year, they released client version 2.0 which was now free, but only connected to their own SplashBlog service. The service was free for up to 100 pictures and about $30/year for an unlimited account.
  • In March 2006, SplashData sold the SplashBlog client and service to SixApart, presumably to enable mobile blogging to their services like TypePad.
  • In August 2006, the SplashBlog client reappeared as TypePad Mobile
  • A couple months later in October 2006, SixApart launched the Vox service and released a mobile version of the old SplashBlog client specifically targeted for Vox.

Today, SixApart continues to support both TypePad Mobile and Vox Mobile clients for Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian Series 60, so it seems like the old SplashBlog client will live on for a while longer.

As for the SplashBlog.com service shutdown, they are providing tools to either download all your original images in Zip format, or migrate them to a TypePad account. Migration to Vox is also possible, but not directly; instead, you can use the Zip export/import method.