Archive for December 2008

New Cheat Sheet: Jump Start Ecommerce

I asked y’all what you’d like to see a cheat sheet on for Ruby Advent; Lakshan, Ruby Advent Guy, started off a number of requests for ActiveMerchant. You ask, I deliver. Well, maybe over-deliver is more accurate. To the tune of 7 pages of content, ranging from the overall CC processing “life cycle” (cue Lion […]

Jump Start Credit Card Processing: Freckle Time Tracking

Credit card processing bites. There’s no single fantastic online tutorial. Nobody’s there to hold your hand to explain all the crazy hoops you have to jump through to reach your final goal of accepting credit cards. There’s no checklist that tells you what kinds of accounts you have. The list of terms you have to […]

Hug Your App: Usability Audit for Christmas

You’ve got an app that is on its way to awesomeness. It just needs a little tender lovin’ care in the usability or design department to get there. Buuut… your budget can’t take a full redesign right now. And yet… January 1—and the end of taxable year 2008—is almost here. Well, as a small business […]

What to expect when you’re expecting… to launch your product

Holy cross-promotional posts, Batman! I wrote an essay on the freckle blog about what it’s like to launch. I think you might enjoy it. It’s two weeks since we launched freckle to the public. I know, now, what it feels like to have a small child. Perhaps I am a wee bit melodramatic (some might […]

Ruby Advent: Read it, & tell me what to do

Did you know there’s a Ruby Advent calendar this year? 24 days of Ruby goodness, leading up to what I fondly call “Giftmas” in my godless heathen way. The organizer, Lakshan Perera, has asked me to do a little somethin’ for it. Of course, I’m delighted. I want to do a cheat sheet. The day […]

Backwards lives

I stumbled across this fantastic quote this morning: Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what want so that they will be happier.The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, […]

Masturbatory "Design" semantics

Every design commentator, author, critic or blogger must at sometime pose the question “What is design?” and then give us his personal answer. It’s like the discovery of masturbation: everybody does it at some point (some later to the game than others), and everybody thinks they’re the world’s first. How amazing! Only most people have […]

Cat bag-ectomy: freckle’s live

Hey, that thing I wrote about—it’s live! freckle is a new time tracking app (web-based service) made especially for small teams. freckle is made by me, Thomas and the lovely boys of abloom. It’s very different. I like to say “refreshingly different,” but of course, I may be biased. But it’s definitely different. Click me […]

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