Confessions of an Architecture Astronaut — Taking a Lesson from Napster

Twelve Years Later, Joel Spolsky’s early posts are still relevant. Browse through his posts circa 2001 and you'll find a ton that are still amazingly relevant (and not just the Joel Test): Your typical architecture astronaut will take a fact like "Napster is a peer-to-peer service for downloading music" and ignore everything but the architecture, … Continue reading Confessions of an Architecture Astronaut — Taking a Lesson from Napster

CivicApps Idea: City Should be Arbiter of Data Sources, not Simply a Source Itself.

CivicApps.org in a nutshell Back in the old days, circa 2008, cities like Portland would create apps (interactive websites) for us like this: They'd get a team together, look at the Datasets available to it, come up with ideas, and then build the apps.  PortlandMaps, an awesome web app, was made this way.  But there's … Continue reading CivicApps Idea: City Should be Arbiter of Data Sources, not Simply a Source Itself.