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Heartbeat

Posted by rpg on 23 October, 2009

We had a long discussion this morning about beta blockers.

Beta blockers are drugs used to treat various heart-related conditions but particular arrhythmias (when your heart, instead of boom boom, goes boomdiddyboomdebopbipbop or something equally alarming), high blood pressure and angina. They work by inhibiting different classes of so-called adrenergic receptors: the trans-membrane collections of protein that signal to the inside of the cell that there’s a shedload of adrenaline (or epinephrine, if you prefer) on the outside. With results that may or may not be desirable.

Fight or flight. Your choice

Fight or flight. Your choice

But it turns out that we weren’t talking pharmacologically. No, we’ve been having a discussion about things called ‘agile’,  ‘scrums’ and ‘behaviour-driven design’. These are all to do with models for developing software, and it turns out that I should know about this so that we can get the new f1000 website up and running.

Which brings us back to beta blockers.

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it does

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it does

In this context, ‘beta blockers’ are the things that stop us from releasing a beta version of the new site. The plan is to have a private beta around the second week of November, and certain features need implementing and various bugs need squishing. And then, and then I’ll be able to invite some very lucky people to have a first look at what we’ve been doing all this time.

If you’re already a registered user of f1000 and in a subscribing organization, drop me a line (here or by email) if you’re interested in being on the private beta list. We’ll want to give you some tasks, or questions, and there might be a free t-shirt in it for you (woot!).

There are hints of a subsequent ‘open’ beta some time in December, but be assured I’ll let you know about that nearer the time. And with impeccable timing, I’m off on leave this evening for a week, and then I have a conference in South Carolina, so I’m going to leave this place in the capable hands of Steve P.

Be good, y’all.

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I see red

Posted by rpg on 8 October, 2009

There was some serious geeking-out going on in the office just now—at least, in the part where the dev team and myself interact. IT have been wandering around the joint with little white boxes that have aerials sticking out of them, and then Phil came over and asked for my MAC.

A little while later I turned on my iPhone’s wireless connection and entered the URL of our development server, and this is what I saw:

new f1000.com site

new f1000.com site

And that, ladles and gentlespoons, is why I’m at f1000. For the past six months I’ve been managing and organizing a rebuild of the user site. This is a preview of the revamped website, which we aim to launch to you lucky boys and girls in early December. Just in time for Christmas.

Rather happily, even though it’s not specifically designed for mobile browsers (the screen capture above is our development server on my iPhone: it’s not using mobile stylesheets) the new site looks (and works!) pretty nicely. Richard P has been showing it off on his ITC HTC Hero, too (none of the dev team would be seen dead with a Blackberry, natch).

Of course, I could have just showed you a preview in Safari or Firefox from my desktop, but that wouldn’t have been half so cool.

Huzzahs all round.

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