Daily Archive: August 20, 2004

We the media.

Dan Gillmor has written a book about how the web and blogging in particular are changing the nature of journalism.  Its available online here there is a companion blog here.  This is the marketing spin:

Grassroots journalists are dismantling Big Media’s monopoly on the news, transforming it from a lecture to a conversation. In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, nationally known business and technology columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news.

Daily builds.

Another link to Joel this time on daily builds another of my favorite techniques.  Many people rebel against the idea, especially project managers who like to see release schedules and milestones.  There is nothing in the daily build concept that contradicts good project management process however, its just that the progress towards milestones is tested daily, so that the chance of suprises are reduced and the dependency on key individuals is reduced.  Here is a snipit but please read the whole article if you develop and IT system, and take note that the concept can be applied to all types of development not just software.  I used the daily build concept on one of my projects and I think it was a great success.

Here are some of the many benefits of daily builds:

  1. When a bug is fixed, testers get the new version quickly and can retest to see if the bug was really fixed.

  2. Developers can feel more secure that a change they made isn’t going to break any of the 1024 versions of the system that get produced, without actually having an OS/2 box on their desk to test on.

  3. Developers who check in their changes right …

AOSD Update.

This is another of my regular updates on how I am progressing/coping with Adult Onset Stills Disease.  The following graph gives you an overview of symptoms:



Here are the highlights:


  1. For most of this period I have been on 20MG of Prednisolone

  2. I have continued to have good and bad days, more bad than good until recently

  3. Then I had a period of 18 good days, the longest period of good health for 7 months, I put this down to the Steroids finally kicking in.  Of course during this time the sleeplessness got worse so I was still pretty tired, but when there is less pain life seems so much better!

  4. I went to see my specialist last week he said given the fact that I am feeling much better I need to cut the Prednisolone to 10MG and then drop it by 1MG per week.  As I have now been on Prednisolone for well over a year I needed a bone scan as well

  5. I had the bone scan and it reveals that there is some cause for concern, but it not too bad at the moment.  I was pretty disappointed by this …