On release cycles and deprecating stuff

From “What Really Happened with Vista: An Insider’s Retrospective” by Ben Fathi: The three year release cycle meant we rarely knew what the competitive landscape and external ecosystem would look like when we started a release […] What we thought we knew three or four years ago when we planned a given OS release was […]

Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?

A “How Long Is the Coast of Britain?” alike answer to estimating how long software development will take. Let’s take a hike on the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles to visit our friends in Newport Beach. The line is about 400 miles long; we can walk 4 miles per hour for 10 hours […]

xip.io – Wildcard DNS for any IP address.

xip.io is a magic domain name that provides wildcard DNS for any IP address. Say your LAN IP address is Using xip.io: resolves to www. resolves to mysite. resolves to foo.bar. resolves to …and so on. You can use these domains to access virtual hosts on your development web […]