Farewell

It’s been 2.5 years and this is it, my last day at Yellow.

Great memories and achievements, thank you all for everything.

Hasta la vista!

James, out.

 

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This is what the team is going to do today.

This is what the team is going to do today.

It’s Tuesday, the first day back after a long weekend and we’ve got stuff to do. On a deadline. An ugly one.

So, today, and tomorrow and for the rest of the week, the team will do this:

 

 

 

Rock. It's what we do.

Rock. It's what we do.

That is all.

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Somebody send us some bubblegum!

Somebody send us some bubblegum!

It’s for your own good really!

We need some bubblegum to take our minds off of all this ass-kicking.

Below is the latest in our early morning awesome guerilla games. I think perhaps the moderator doesn’t have a QR code reader since that one has been up for much longer than we though… 10 minutes at the time of posting. Also, they seem to have missed the nice little picture of Yellow HQ… heh.

Kicking ass since '10.

Right, I guess we should get on with the rest of this day now.


Edit: Half an hour and counting, both pictures are still up. I think we’ve found us a moderator that doesn’t know what a QR code is… and may be a little tired because he’s also missed the Yellow HQ picture. Heh.

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The Postiting of one JamesL

The Postiting of one JamesL

The pictures say it all. Hope you enjoyed your holiday @nil_semaj!

 

 

 

 

 

JamesL birthday present

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Linux vs. Windows vs. Mac

Linux vs. Windows vs. Mac

An oldie but a goodie, how various fan boys see the three platforms…

Every developer has his preference I suppose and we don’t always see eye to eye. Since I do a bunch of stuff in C#.NET which sort of only works on Windows, I just live with that and like I said previously, I like Windows 7 quite a bit. Most of my other stuff is done for Linux and Linux being what it is, it’s usually possible to get it done on Windows with little fuss. That or a terminal to a Linux box. OSX on the other hand… I’ve tried man, I’ve tried hard to like it but I just can’t do it. I have a dual-boot Macbook Pro running OSX and Win7 and try as I might, I just can’t like the Mac OS. It’s just… not right. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a bunch of things Mac does right but on a whole, it’s just… wrong.

(Go ahead, freak out, call me names! Sticks and stones people, sticks and stones.)

Linux - Windows - Mac - Fanboys

Linux - Windows - Mac - Fanboys

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Windows Vista Source Code

Windows Vista Source Code

Funny. And sad. And so totally true.

I personally didn’t think Vista was a complete disaster. I mean, it wasn’t great and slow as anything but I used it and didn’t hate every moment.

Behold, for your viewing pleasure, the source code of Windows Vista (if this isn’t funny to you or you don’t ‘get it’, you probably shouldn’t be reading this…):

Windows Vista Source

Windows Vista Source

Windows 7, however, now that’s a different story…

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A day in the life of a programmer

A day in the life of a programmer

Most people don’t realise that to be properly effective, a programmer needs several hours of un-interrupted concentration. It takes a while for a programmer to get into the state which I call ‘The Zone’. The Zone is the state of mind where a programmer no longer has to try to think about what he’s coding; he’s on auto-pilot, the code just flows into the keyboard.

It takes a while to get into The Zone and any interruption breaks this Zen (programmers are freaking awesome) like state… and it’s usually not possible to get into The Zone twice in one day. Needless to say, we don’t like to get interrupted.

The picture below, while funny and awesome also happens to be true.

A day in the life of a programmer

A day in the life of a programmer

Ok Tuesday, are you ready to get your arse kicked?

(Image ‘creatively borrowed’ from http://digg.com/news/technology/A_Day_In_The_Life_Of_A_Programmer_v1_0_COMIC)

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Hello Monday.

Hello Monday.

So we’re all back at the office after an epic weekend resting from last week’s release. I use the word ‘all’ liberally. It seems the relaxation was too much for Kev who promptly came down with the flu and won’t be in today.

It’s the start of April and we’re in the home stretch to launch another awesome product at the end of the month so there will be furious coding and styling going on here in the Kiwi cave. Which is like a Bat Cave, only more Yellow and a lot more awesome. Seriously.

Some interesting things to check out on a Monday while you’re trying to get your head into work mode (or not, whatever works for you):

Some Kinect awesome: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/02/gmail-motion-april-fools-gag-inevitably-turned-into-reality-usi/

Some Sony oops: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/02/sony-ceo-casually-mentions-hes-supplying-cameras-to-apple/

Some HTML 5 awesome: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/03/man-steers-r-c-car-with-his-hands-not-to-mention-an-html5-based/

Some mobile imaging awesome: http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/02/instagram-2/

Right, off to acquire some caffeine to fortify us for the bloody hand to hand combat that is sure to result from this week.

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March release complete!

March release complete!

We’re done with the release process this evening and by all counts, it went swimmingly. The only unexpected event was that SOLR took much longer than usual to sync but we’re putting that down to a whole bunch additional data we’re now exporting to SOLR to make our search more awesome.

Testing picked up a couple of minor issues that the guys are busy fixing but otherwise, we’re done!

@keranm is busy sorting out our epic release night video’s at this very moment and I’ll post them the second they’re done!

And now… for a wonderful Thursday filled to the brim with meetings…

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Getting ready for some midnight awesome

Getting ready for some midnight awesome

The team is furiously preparing for the release scheduled for this evening. No major features on Finda this time but we’re giving Menu’s a bit of loving to make up for several weeks of neglect. @medhatgayed is the man in control of the process this evening and will be the first up and probably the last to bed tomorrow, we wish him well… The rest of us will all be in here around 3am to help make the awesome flow!

We’ve got a little something something planned for tonight (getting that ‘tradition’ going). I have a feeling we’ll be adding a little ‘epic’ to all the awesome around here!

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