ErgoTxt is a mashup I built over the past week that works well for office workers.. Being an office worker myself, sometimes I can spend hours in one place. Leveraging the handy ErgoBot on twitter and Twilio’s handy SMS API, I built ErgoTxt every hour it sends registered users a text message to tell them to do something. These messages are generated by ErgoBot and sent straight to you, so you can get reminded to get up and do something.
Underscore.php is a PHP port of the popular Underscore.js library. Underscore.php provides a utility library for PHP that provides a lot of the functional programming support that a programmer would expect in Ruby, but without adding much overhead during execution. The only caveat is that underscore.php requires PHP 5.3 or greater. Although you could accomplish some of the things using PHPs built in functions, the functional style approach looks intuitive and easy to work with.
Why wait? Who cares when it’s due? If you’re on the critical path, if someone is waiting for your contribution, ship now. We have deadlines for a reason, but the key word is ‘dead’. In fact, you don’t have to wait for the deadline or get anywhere near it, especially if you want to speed things up.
The subject line above, sadly is the subject line of an email I got last week from a service emailing to ask why TheInterviewr doesn’t use them for it’s Telephony work.
First of all, I only use services that I trust, since I’m asking my users to trust them as well, and for all my Telephony services, I only use or recommend Twilio. That will never change, as they have served me well on various projects for nearly two years now (Good job guys).
This other nameless service offers similar features, but I’ve never used them, and I’ve only heard mixed reviews about them. So while I may have considered them for a smaller project, the fact that they actually send an email were the subject line starts out as “Y U No Use Blank” isn’t really a confidence builder, so I promptly file them in the never going to use folder.
But as I thought about it, it seemed that this was worth writing about… If you are a professional business.. Trying to build confidence and trust in your service.. Why… Why would you actually use a subject line like that? It’s practically asking to never be taken seriously, and if I can’t take your seriously, then I won’t even evaluate your service to consider using it at some point.