Month: March 2012

The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades

Call Me Fishmeal.: The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades: The Mac App Store has been a huge boon to Mac software developers, but has an enormous flaw: it needs to allow developers to charge existing customers a discounted price for major upgrades. Right now developers selling through the Mac App Store face a lose/lose choice: either provide all major upgrades to existing customers for free (thus losing a quarter of our revenue), or create a “new” product for each major version (creating customer confusion) and charge existing customers full price again (creating customer anger). Why The Mac App Store is Nice     This was one of those things I got to talk about with developers a lot back in webOS land. All developers want this. No app store (with any significant audience, that I can find…) implementation provides it. Why the disconnect? Behold the three stages of product manager hell: Okay, to make this date, what features do we absolutely positively have to have for launch? Upgrades? We can add that later. It waits. The SAP geeks say it’ll take eight months to add support to the back end for this. We need to launch in Botswana. It’ll have to wait. I know the developers are asking for this, but we seem to be doing pretty well without it. It just doesn’t seem to be a priority...

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The sharks — what happened? (and the ratto vs drew deathmatch)

In the post game, Ray Ratto and Drew got into it. I admit: I missed this live, because Laurie and I were so thrilled at the game, we turned off for a DVRed episode of Good Eats. No, really. Good Eats reruns. Here’s my take on all of this. If you caught me on twitter during and after the game, you’ll know I pretty much wrote off the Sharks after this game. For once, Ray Ratto is right: this is not a playoff team. It hasn’t played like one since the start of the year. Last night, I saw a team working hard, but not working desperate. I love Drew, he’s smart, fun to listen to and usually right, but last night, his attachment to the Sharks and to coaching got the best of him. He loves this team (and so do I), but his rant last night was more denial than explanation. Ratto nails it. Here in the Western Conference, which is a nasty ass conference, and the Pacific Division, which is a nasty division, the Sharks are not a playoff team. Even if they squeeze into the playoffs, I can’t see them getting past the first round. After the game, Joe thornton said this team needed to win out and go 4-0 to close the season. Best case is 3-1 might get them in. Is the team...

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Right now, I’d say the Sharks will miss the playoffs.

‘There’s way more value in rest right now than grinding it out in practice. They need energy for the games’ | Working the Corners: No, things aren’t going well for the Sharks.   But they’re also on a stretch that has them playing nine games in 15 nights so Todd McLellan decided that his players needed time away from the rink more than they needed another practice. Yes, I know, some of you would have bag-skated them after going 0-for-California at a time that’s crucial to their (fading?) playoff hopes. It almost pains me to say it, but right now, the Sharks look to me to be missing the playoffs. It’s hard to put a finger on what’s wrong. I don’t think the coaches know. I don’t think the players know. I sure don’t. But from watching them, it’s not that they’ve given up or stopped caring. They haven’t tuned out the coach. I like their work ethic. their conditioning seems fine. They’re trying hard. But at key moments, they don’t seem to try smart, and mistakes bury them. And  now they’re second guessing themselves. something goes wrong, and they falter. the textbook definition of “fragile”. McLellan is right that bag skates is the wrong thing, especialy this time of year. Especially since it’s not lack of effort. That’s not sending a message or fixing the problem, that’s just...

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The NHL GM meetings…

The NHL GM meetings are going on, and as usual, they’re considering rule changes. It’s been a slow process, but it looks like hybrid icing is finally winning their approval. NHL GMs express support for hybrid icing – The Globe and Mail: Seven NHL general managers who discussed a change to the icing rule on Monday at their semi-annual meetings came away in unanimous agreement that the league should move to the type of hybrid icing now used in the NCAA and USHL. The rule will now go to all 30 general managers over the course of the next two days and will need the support of two-thirds of them in order to be sent to the competition committee. The idea of hybrid icing is to keep the chase to break up the icing call in the game, but in a way that removes some of the risk of the catastrophic injuries that have happened when that chase puts a player into the boards hard and fast. Think Marco Sturm, Kurtis Foster bad. I’ve been generally supportive of the status quo, but the current proposed change makes sense, and seems to walk that compromise between doing nothing and going to full automatic icing, which bores the crap out of me in college and international hockey. So I support this change; and it’s another instance where I think the league...

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What’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?

Roundtable: What’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks? Has the window closed for Stanley Cup hopes? | Puck Daddy – Yahoo! Sports: But again: The San Jose Sharks are chasing the No. 8 seed. The winner of four consecutive Pacific Division titles is swimming upstream to make the playoff cut this season, one year removed from a Western Conference Finals appearance — and after an offseason that saw GM Doug Wilson load up for what looked like a Stanley Cup run. What the hell happened? Who do we blame? And even if they make the playoffs, can they still challenge for the Cup? We asked a few of the best Sharks bloggers their thoughts on the matter. Hey, the Sharks beat Edmonton. Life’s all better now, right? Count me as not so sure. But I thought the work ethic and the attention to detail tonight was pretty good. Rom Renney ripped the Oilers after the game, but to be honest, I thought it was more about them running up against the theoretical sharks and not the recent sharks than anything his team didn’t do. The bigger question is whether the theoretical sharks are going to show up for more than 50 minutes a game every third game (or not). So what’s wrong with the Sharks? Good question. If I really knew the answer, I’d be doing something other than...

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