Monthly Archives: January 2010

My Setup

Technical difficulties have forced me to reinstall Windows, which I thought wasn’t a big deal, but it was and no one is surprised. Perhaps more for my sake than yours, I wanted to list all of the things that I wanted to install.

  • Firefox
    • MeasureIt! add-on
    • FireBug add-on
    • Color Picker? add-on
    • AdBlock Plus – advertising blocker
    • Screen Grab add-on
    • Developer tools
  • Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar
  • 7-zip archiving tool
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Thunderbird email client
  • Adobe Reader
  • Google’s Chrome web browser
  • Apple’s Safari web brower
  • Skype
  • Microsoft Office 2003, including the file format converter for the latest version
  • Google Picasa
  • CodeLobster – a pretty nice (and free) PHP IDE

Here are some things that I normally install but won’t this time if I can avoid it:

More coming as I get setup.

New Development Process

After working out a development process based on Scrum for a presentation, I thought that I had really struck gold with what I had. It was agile, it was quick, it had good transparency and accountability… and then a late suggestion came that has turned my plans up-side down. It’s called WACD (pronounced ‘whacked’). This could be the future of all development… and if it is, I will look into farming or something as my next career.

Prototyping

The creation of all great products begins with the prototype, unless you’re a genius. Certain that I am not a genius, I’ve used various methods of prototyping, including pencil sketches, storyboards, wireframes, the paper browser, mockups and the infamous napkin. A good friend of mine who is starting his own venture pointed me at this list of 10 free prototyping tools. I’ve tried HotGloo and have been satisfied, but I think I’ll take some time to try out some of the others. Enjoy.

10 Completely Free Wireframe and Mockup Applications from Speckboy.com.