Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Improving the MemoryMiner Web Viewer

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I’ve written recently about switching MemoryMiner’s XML output to RSS. This work has been complete for a little over a month now, and so far, so good. In the past few weeks, I’ve been working on improving the loading speed and layout of the web viewer, and there’s been tremendous progress. The techniques for improving […]

New Line of Work?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Every now and then when I get frustrated with a software or business problem I wonder if I should look for a new line of work. In the past, I’ve considered dirt farming. While riding to Kennedy Airport this past Tuesday, this truck pulls up next to us, and thanks to the stopped traffic, I […]

MemoryMiner and RSS

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I’ve been quite engrossed in the last few days converting MemoryMiner’s current XML output into RSS. Doing so will have numerous benefits, not the least of which is the fact that so many applications and services understand RSS. Getting basic RSS to work is pretty trivial, but since MemoryMiner lets you add a lot of […]

Stupid Pet Tricks with iPhone?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I was invited back to participate in a roundtable discussion on the MacSB podcast. We talked about WWDC, the iPhone SDK, and the general stuff of being an indie Mac developer. I love doing these things, because the conversation always sparks ideas, and the participants are a great bunch of guys. I’ve been pretty heads […]

MacSB Podcast

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Soon after the first MemoryMiner beta shipped, I was introduced to MacSB, a special interest group of indie Mac developers. Through this group, I’ve gotten tons of great advice, and met a number of really interesting folks. If you’re developing for the Mac, you need to be a part of MacSB Last week, I participated […]

In Sunny Provo, UT

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’m in Provo at the Family Search Developer Conference being held at Brigham Young University. I’d never been to BYU before: what a stunning campus location, at the base of some serious mountains. While many avid genealogists already use MemoryMiner, I predict that the integration work we’re doing now will not only bring more genealogists […]

Live from Sunny Nice: Version 1.1 for Windows!

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

When MemoryMiner for Windows was released last November, it was a huge deal for us. As with any 1.0 release, one always wishes one had more time to tweak this or that before shipping the very first version of something that you’ve been working on for a long time. With this thought in mind, we […]

Version 1.85 for Mac Out the Door!

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

I recently posted about some work I did in creating a mechanism for automatic keyword to people/place mapping in MemoryMiner. I’m happy to report that the fruits of this collaborative work with a German user named Marco is now available. He had written to us earlier and essentially said “I love your product, but before […]

Of Keywords and Objects

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

A core strength of MemoryMiner is that it uses actual objects, rather than keywords, to represent people and places. Why does this matter? Some people have asked “why not just use keywords to represent people or places?” Of course, you could do this. However, if you’re going to take the time to annotate (or “tag”) […]

Macworld Followup

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Macworld was another huge success for us. Our humble little 2 meter pod had slick signage (thanks Kathryn), our postcards looked great, we had steady traffic throughout the show, and met tons of existing/new users. I personally love doing demos, and it was very satisfying to still see peoples’ jaw drop when they see MemoryMiner […]