Thursday Jan 24, 2008

mail.app, offline, BAD, mmkay?

A warning and complaint to all:


Offline support in Mail.app in 10.5.1 (and 10.5.0) is a DISASTER!
Actions performed offline (filing) DO NOT get synced when you connect
back up. Further, every time you send a message it warns you that
you're not connected! I lost 2 hours of email work on the plane.
Apparently only 50% of the 40 emails I sent actually found their way
out, I can't tell what is what, and who has seen whom. It's a disaster.
DO NOT USE mail.app for offline.


darn it.

Monday Jan 21, 2008

Mac Software Bundle

Yes, it appears to be a bad deal for the developer. It's a great deal for the user though.

The MacHeist software bundle takes 14 apps and sells them for 90% off - $49 total. And that's a real discount - not some ginzu knife discount. I personally had purchased 1passwd in the past for the indicated price. I've already received my money's worth - Snapz Pro X is a great way to do screencasts, and costs $69 alone.

Ensuring they are buzzword compliant, they also have a viral marketing aspect - refer people to recieve additional software. Clearly they're roped me in to it. Finally, it's marketing genius that they give 25% of the order to charity - help you assuge your guilt somehow? Turn buying into a community action? Either way, it's really worth checking out, and taking advantage of. The deal ends Wednesday.

Referral link - MacHeist
Direct link - MacHeist

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

We're hiring

As we continue to ramp up, invest more, and kick ass with Sun xVM, we need some great people to join the team. I've got three open reqs posted, and the team in general has way more. We can use any and all help.

Since job postings are often a little hard to decode, I thought I'd help by giving the blunt skinny on each of my jobs:

  • Virtualization Management Product Manager
    I'm looking for a senior, kick-ass product manager. You've been doing this for a while. You live and breathe customers and requirements. You've been in the system management space, you're hooked on virtualization, you think it's going to change the way systems are run. Maybe you're at a big company, and tired of being one of a hundred on a team. You want a leadership position, to have a MASSIVE impact on the direction a hot new product is going.
  • Sun xVM Product Marketing
    You are a writing machine. You blog (or twitter, or tumblr, or whatever), you write whitepapers, you grok what's going on, and you want to make sure that everyone else out there does too. You might be a bit more junior, looking to make an impact, or you are seasoned and ready to take over and control. Either way, you know how to talk the talk, and more importantly write the content. Messaging, value prop, customer presos, you've got them all down so pat it's scary.
  • Business Lifecycle Product Manager
    Numbers mean something. The only way to know how the product is doing is to follow the metrics. Sales is the king - they bring home the bacon, and you're here to make sure that this product is MOVING. You're detailed oriented, like process, and live to view the business side of a product. Technical depth is not required, but a passion for following the business is.

Go ahead, take a look at these jobs, and either apply or pass them on to someone else! Each one of these is going to make a HUGE impact on the group, on Sun, and frankly on enterprise systems as a whole.

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