July 28, 2006

Norm on Names

From a post from Mark Baker, there's a fine post from Norm Walsh on names that you all should read - my favorite quote:

Contrary to what you may believe, there is nothing about the “http” URI scheme that requires use of the “http” protocol. And even where the “http” protocol is used, there's nothing about it that requires access to any particular machine.

On your desktop, your web browser may return things from its cache without ever hitting the web.

July 02, 2006

Erlang - the next buzz in web conversations

This post by Patrick Logan points to another post talking about Erlang and scalability. I've been hearing a lot about Erlang from the REST community recently and I've been thinking about all the things I could build with yet another web server that supposedly supports over 60,000 concurrent connections.

July 01, 2006

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Ah, the good old days of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. When I was a kid this was a favorite game and it looks like Mattel has a new re-issue of the game.

The interesting thing about this particular page on Amazon is that this game is offered by three separate sellers, and Amazon is one of them. Before today, this was not possible due to the exclusivity contract Amazon was operating under. My team was only peripherally involved with the effort to make this happen, but watching the speed and professionalism of all the teams drilling into all the details, crossing the T's and dotting the I's, really made me proud. Not only did the people here work quickly and competently, but the software platform worked as designed.

Another interesting thing about that page, the customer reviews have multiple categories of stars - durability, fun, educational and overall - I never noticed that. Those are exactly the areas I look into when reviewing toys and games. Pretty cool.

Let the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots competition begin.