Slides from Velocity 2009

Posted by Mike Brittain on June 24, 2009
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I’ve got my slides posted from Getting to Second Base with Your CDN, which I presented at Velocity 2009.  It was a much shortened talk than I hoped to give, but I think that some of this was still useful.  Good feedback so far.

Apparently I posted the deck that included some additional slides past the “thank you”, which were left in just in case there were questions that could have been addressed with some visual support.  So, enjoy those out-of-context extras.

2009: Focus

Posted by Mike Brittain on December 31, 2008
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2008 has been a great year of expansion for me. I got to work on some amazing work at Heavy, and am continuing in some of the same themes at CafeMom. I’ve worked with some of the best developers I’ve met, and work on another great team now. One tsp., a project that has been rattling around in my head for over two years, is finally live and slowly growing (as time permits). There have been countless side projects and options dangled before me in the last six months which have all been interesting, but also distracting. And finally, my wife and I are looking forward to our first child who is expected to arrive in just a few more weeks.

It’s a lot.

As we roll over to 2009, I look forward to focusing on a shorter list of priorities. First and foremost, getting this new family off the ground. Second, I look forward to making a bigger mark at work and completing a long and exciting list of projects I have planned there (stay tuned here for more details and results). I have additional Japanese classes lined up, and hopefully will progress into a casual speaker in the coming months. Finally, I have lots of plans for One tsp. and hope to again find time to work on that project.

All told, this feels like a big list, but I always have my hands in a few pies at once. The point will be not to find any new pies.

So if you’re calling to tell me about your new startup, my answer is: “check back with me in 2010.”

Thanks to everyone who has made this year so memorable and successful both professionally and personally, especially my wife.


Lots of Dutch Visitors Using my iPhone Translator App

Posted by Mike Brittain on April 30, 2008
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I just wanted to say hello and thanks to the guys at for their coverage of the iPhone Translator app that I wrote last weekend. It looked like a good article, from what limited amount I could understand, and they even took a few nice screen shots of words being translated to Arabic and Korean.

I was surprised to find this week that Dutch users account for the majority of traffic to the app, and it appears (from web accesses to the home screen icon) that people are bookmarking it for future use.

Hartelijk dank!

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Finally Ditched the Home Phone

Posted by Mike Brittain on March 12, 2008
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For three years, we’ve had a “home phone” number in our apartment.  Originally, I needed it because I was working from home for a few months and my old cell phone didn’t even get decent reception up here (30 floors up).  Yesterday, I finally cut the cord.

Now we have to figure out what to do with that extra $20 per month.  We’ve been thinking hard about subscribing to the Japanese TV channel on TimeWarner.  I’m looking forward to watching some of the great soccer games coming out of Japan.

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Part of the club

Posted by Mike Brittain on December 19, 2006
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I’ve been a reader of A List Apart since sometime back in ‘98, when it was still a mailing list. Today the magazine published my first contribution, which deals with using label tags appropriately in HTML forms, even when you don’t seem to have room for them.

Update Aug 15, 2008

If you’ve liked the “overlabel” JavaScript technique that I published on A List Apart, you might want to also check out the jQuery version that was assembled by Scott Sauyet.

Buy My Printer — With Beer!

Posted by Mike Brittain on July 25, 2006
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I’m selling my laser jet printer… for two 6-packs. It’s in Manhattan. Want it? Buy me beer. See the listing on Craiglist. No Budweiser, Coors, Genny, Schlitz, or any of that crap. I’m accepting decent beers, only. Some small or local brewery will probably do. As stated in the listing, in Manhattan this normally equates to about $22. Yes, that’s right. Want to move to Manhattan? You’re likely going to pay $10-11 for a decent 6-pack of beer. Ever figured that into your cost of living?

UPDATE: Sold! The buyer, however, is not a beer drinker and was uncomfortable making a selection for me. So we arranged on a financial settlement, instead.

A JavaScript History Tool

Posted by Mike Brittain on June 06, 2006
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My second article at IBM’s DeveloperWorks web site was published today. This article covers the building of a history class in JavaScript that mimics the forward, back, and reload buttons in your web browser. The specific application is for adding a history cache, or stack, to an AJAX application.

Still Some Snow Left Out There

Posted by Mike Brittain on May 03, 2006
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It may not seem like ski season, but I was testing out my mobile snow reports application again tonight to find the likes of A-Basin and Snowbird are still reporting nice, spring conditions:

New Snow: 0"
Base: 133"
Surface: Spring Conds.
Open: 71% (60 trails, 4 lifts)

Not too bad for May. I think I could deal with that…

New Pants, Fresh Coffee

Posted by Mike Brittain on April 26, 2006
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It’s like a match made in heaven. New pants this weekend, fresh coffee this morning. It took all of three minutes at work this morning before they were wedded/wetted.