Bret Taylor, formerly of Google and now of FriendFeed, has a greater appreciation for the business development function. In a post today he wrote about the challenges of getting legal access to factual data--such as mapping, stock quotes, white pages, TV schedules, movie show times, and sports scores--for use in applications.
If you want to experiment with a new driving directions algorithm, it is infinitely more difficult than coming up with an algorithm; you have to hire a lawyer and a sign a contract with a company that collects that data in the country you are developing for.
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OK, the tour promoters aren't really calling the band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but it's as close as you're ever going to get to hearing the JHE live.
Experience alumni Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass), will be on hand for selected tour dates as will Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon from Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan's band). Eric Gales, the Memphis guitarist who played on the "Power of Soul" Jimi Hendrix tribute album will also part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. Various combinations of these artists will perform such Hendrix signature songs … Read more
In this installment of In the Trenches, we get back to the core of any open source company: development. Taylor Dondich is a senior developer at Groundwork. Groundwork is an interesting company because it builds on the popular Nagios monitoring solution. As such, Taylor's work involves a careful balancing act between contributing to the Nagios community while also building out Groundwork's offering around it.
I caught up with Taylor to discover how he balances the two.
Name, company, title, and what you actually do
Taylor Dondich, Team Leader, Groundwork Open Source, Inc. My role in the company is to develop the front-end technologies that present our product to the user. However, I also develop some back-end technologies and act as a technical resource for network monitoring with Nagios and other tools as well as act as an open source evangelist in the company and outside.… Read more