My good friend and dog sitter, Karen, runs a dog sitting service in the Boston / Cambridge area. Back in August she started the Dog Blog where as she says, “Your pet and I will post something about our day and you can rest easy knowing that your animal and home are well taken care of.”. When she told me what she was doing, I thought it was a great idea! What a mix of a classic job with added value to customers through a simple innovation for expanding the business. Each entry shows the customers how much you care about their dog and the blog as a whole shows new customers how much you’ll care about their dog when they use your service.
I’d highly recommend her just as a pet sitter but being able to see pictures and read that my dog is happy while I’m gone is really great. A lot of the other dog stories are pretty funny too.
(she looks after this ugly mug)
My good friend Mr. Eli Dow who is famously known for his 40 Hands victories and fine articles such as monitoring linux file system events with inotify, has composed an excellent new resource on managing source code using git. Go check it out.
I offered to mentor again for the Google Summer of Code. This time for Evince and it’s annotations / bookmarks feature. We already did a design for the annotations a while back so the project should be off to an early start.
Oh, and Joshua Drake of commandprompt.com recently sent a message to the Evince list about sponsoring work on PDF Forms.
Get To Work
A good friend of mine works at Mobile Armor in sunny St. Louis, MO. They are hiring developers and Q/A to work on their security software.
I would describe them as inserting a secure layer of linux underneath most operating systems, this layer can encrypt all data and do crazy amounts of authentication before the user’s operating system boots. They do this for cell phones, PDAs, laptops, and probably more. Take a look at their technology requirements you’ll seen they use loads of stuff like Linux, .Net (Mono), Java, C/C++, yada yada. Email them if you’re interested, link is at the bottom of the opportunities page.
My new favorite blog is Stuff That Sucks, the first post even explains how much getting the blog site sucks.
He’s pretty much right on, in some key areas.
I hope he talks about how much midgets suck, for bastien’s sake.
Other News that Sucks
I have a loose tie rod in my car which is freaking me out as I drive to and from work. I have a friend *cough* in the same exact situation, and he said at 80 – 90 miles an hour the car can jump around a bit, I can imagine that’s not fun.
News that Doesn’t Suck
Eric Larson offered to help out with the Evince and NetworkManager web sites, which is awesome since I haven’t any time to keep them up. I need to email him back… Hopefully Garret and Steven will get that wikipedia work done soon so those sites could move to complete cool looking wikis.