Archive for December, 2005

Celebration Time

December 28, 2005

I just realized that I didn’t blog about the recent Go Daddy holiday celebration. It took place on December 15th at the Camelback Inn, where, sadly, my last three or four annual company parties have been—though I was able to compare the events because of it.

We
got to the party about a half hour before it was slated to begin and
were given two tickets each for drinks. Since we were so early, there
was hardly anyone there and the waiters outnumbered the employees for
awhile. That was good for me because that meant that I was offered hors
d’oeuvres constantly. They were quite delicious little appetizers and I
never refused one of them.

Once seated, we were served a
quite-tasty seafood Waldorf salad as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of
chicken, tender steak, creamy mashed potatoes, and butter-slathered
vegetables. There wasn’t nearly enough of it, but it was a savory.
Dessert was a simple crème brûlée with blueberries. The food was
top-notch and quite an improvement over past events, which were great
to begin with.

The
highlight of the evening—at least for me since I didn’t win squat—was
Bob’s rousing speech. He ran through the accomplishments of the last
year in quick (and often deprecating) fashion. Any employee who had
witnessed the quarterly speeches had heard this list several times, but
the employee’s guest hadn’t and Bob’s delivery made it entertaining.
Bob then ran through a hilarious and farcical presentation of ten
possible commercials for the next Super Bowl. The crowd was in
stitches. Having sat through about eight or nine presidential speeches
at company dinners where you wanted to shove bits of roll into your
ears to make the dreary blather stop, this speech went quickly and hit
home.

The most exciting part of the evening was the door prize
giveaway. I had heard from my co-worker that plasma televisions were
bestowed and I was salivating at the prospect. Little did I know that
the prize level was going to be ratcheted up. Bob drew names from the
whole of the company and gave away:

  • Two 42″ plasma TVs
  • Two 23″ plasma televisions
  • Two Bose stereo systems
  • Two digital cameras (I didn’t catch the details)
  • One digital camcorder (again, didn’t catch the brand)
  • Four iPod Nanos
  • One 60GB iPod Video
  • Two $500 Costco gift certificates
  • Two $500 Westcor gift certificates
  • Two $500 Best Buy gift certificates
  • Two flat screen monitors (19″, I think)
  • One HP laptop
  • One portable DVD player
  • Twenty $100 American Express gift cards
  • Forty people got $500 in cash with taxes paid
  • Ten people got $1,000 in cash with taxes paid
  • Four people got $2,500 in cash with taxes paid
  • Two people got $5,000 in cash with taxes paid
  • One person got $10,000 in cash with taxes paid

Those
are some serious door prizes and the excitement in the room was
palpable. All in all, the event was memorable though not at all unusual
by Go Daddy standards. It was truly Go Daddy-esque in the best sense of
the word.

[The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Mac Attack

December 28, 2005

My prayers—such as they are—have been answered. I’m getting a Mac for
my desk for testing purposes. All you Mac Quick Blog users are going to
get some support and be elevated to first-class status (well, if you’re
on Mac OS X and running Safari or OmniWeb). I would’ve preferred one of
the bitchin’ new Quads but what are you gonna do?

[The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Pack It In

December 19, 2005

Uggh, my Bloglines queue is up to 5,191 items unread. I was caught up before I hit crunch time working on Quick Blog but now I’m beginning to think it’s hopeless. I could spend an entire weekend catching up, but it’s just not worth it. *sigh*

Archives Coming Soon

December 19, 2005

I tried importing my archives on Friday after we launched, but there was something wrong with the handling of line breaks. It’s not a tough fix, so they’ll be in there soon. It feels neat to be writing this entry in a tool I helped develop. Really, really neat.

[UPDATE (12/22/2005): Archives are back. The links are all different, but at least they’re here.]

Birth Announcement

December 17, 2005

Bo Thompson, Dave Levitt, John Paxton and I are proud to announce the birth of a new blogging service: Quick Blog! There were so many people involved over the last six months that made the tool better and better.

The Creative team took my rough contours of an interface and turned them into something that looks mighty professional. The QA team put in lots of time testing and retesting the app and I think the app is far better for it. There were times, I’ll admit, that I felt like if I read another bug report I was going to lose it but I was consoled by the fact that they’re not a malicious bunch. The management at Go Daddy was always good about making suggestions and keeping us on our toes.

When I sometimes get despondent about how far we have to go to fulfill my goal of being the best blogging tool out there, I am reminded that we have come far in a very short while and that I just need to have patience.

The blog is currently available free with new domain purchases and renewals and only with the ad you see up top. I can assure you, gentle reader, that we’ve got a paid version in the works that is going to rock and roll.

Hopefully this weekend is uneventful because I’m the one on call.

[The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

I Can Feel It

December 15, 2005

Ooooo, we’ve fixed all of the little environmental bugs that cropped up as all the components warmed up in production. Just waiting on the call to turn this mutha out. Go Quick Blog, it’s your birthday!

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Logging the Bad Stuff

December 15, 2005

Scott Guthrie posted some code that can be put in your Global file’s Application_End event handler that will log the reason for the event’s firing to the event log. That is some sweet .NET; it reminds me that I need to learn as much as I can about reflection.

Deeee-layed!

December 14, 2005

The inevitable delay in deployment has occurred. I guess too many ducks had to be in a row and a couple strayed. Tomorrow afternoon is the new target for when those ducks get back in line.

We were shooting for today so that tomorrow’s holiday party wouldn’t be filled with trepidation and the potential interruption. That’s how the cookie crumbles. One of the guys in the deployment meeting said that it wouldn’t be a holiday party without a deployment immediately preceding it. That got a knowing chuckle.

So tomorrow afternoon look for an entry announcing Quick Blog!

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Anticipation

December 13, 2005

Tomorrow’s the big day (barring anything really nasty) when we release version 1.0 of Quick Blog. I can’t wait! It’s been a roller coaster of deadlines for months and we’re finally at the end. But this end is really just another beginning because we’ve got a metric ass-ton of stuff planned and we’re going to be releasing fast and furiously.

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Distracting Work Environments

December 12, 2005

Visit to the Googleplex: how does anyone get any work done in that environment?!?! {via}