It's even worse than it appears.
I'm reworking the Dave-by-email service to not require Twitter login. I want all my friends to use it, and the login is a barrier. It'll be the first new service for this blog that does not require login. To configure it you will need to log in. I'll keep you posted on progress. #
Yesterday's braintrust query resolved. Turns out eval in JavaScript is tricky re catching errors within a try. If the code being eval'd makes an asynchronous call, errors in the callback won't be caught by the try, and the app that made the eval call crashes, in this case, PagePark. The problem was introduced by a new version of Node where the callback on fs.writeFile is not optional. A confluence of buried problems come to the surface, crashes the server, repeatedly, not sure for what gain. Requiring a callback when none is needed. The tail wagging the dog imho. It creates errors, doesn't prevent them. I never would have made that change to the Node kernel. #
  • I've run two Silicon Valley startups in my career, and have led development and promotion for several widely-adopted open formats. I've gotten millions of people to use my ideas. And have learned a lot doing this.#
  • One thing I've learned with all this hindsight, it's better if your default answer is yes, not no. See if there's a way you can give the users what they want. This approach will evolve over time, you'll learn how to anticipate their wants. #
  • You'll learn to think like your users. That's a *good* thing. That's how you create a place for yourself in their minds, their lives and their wallets. :-)#
  • True story. My company was having a party in a suite in the St Francis Hotel in SF in 1980-something. Guy Kawasaki, then head evangelist at Apple hands me a list of feature requests for ThinkTank. #
  • He said the list was from Jean-Louis Gassée, the new head of product at Apple who was moving to Cupertino from France. I handed him the list back, and said I want to meet him, knowing he would want to meet me. Finally, an exec at a tech company who used the product. #
  • This advice I would give to anyone in any industry, but never has there been an industry more in need of being their own users than the news industry. They are immune to ideas from outside. This is what's crippling their industry, not the web or whatever. #

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