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Dispatches from 5am:

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

I saw the cutest thing last night.  My older daughter had bumped me from my bed before I’d even arrived in it by climbing in after we’d tucked her in – to her bed that is.  A rather neat trick that – possession being 9/10ths of the law, and the parent loathe to wake her, she’d assured herself a peaceful night snuggled up to her mom.

Around 2:32 am, or thereabouts, her younger sister must have caught wind of this arrangement because she woke screaming for mama, and since I wasn’t sleeping my bed, saw no reason that she shouldn’t join her mother and older sister. 

A few hours later, it was *my* turn for unanticipated wakefulness – a noise or something roused me – and I went in to check on the kids.

That was when I saw the cute thing.  The girls had assumed an upside-down L shape, sleeping head to head and right angles to each other.  Awfully sweet, even if it did mean that a) I still wasn’t sleeping in my bed, and b) that my wife had to contend with the little one’s feet in her face.

And now, me and little one sit here, staring at each across the dining table, breakfast more or less done, and the rest of the morning stretching out before us.  I think it’s time to hit the farmer’s market.  Let’s see if she concurs.

Something like Campfire? (for chat) Anyone? Beuller?

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Putting out a little call for suggestions for a secure chat tool like Campfire, but one that we can host ourselves. 

What I want:

  1. browser based
  2. cross platform
  3. secure
  4. searchable/saved transcripts (that might be a & not a /)
  5. open source
  6. Hostable via standard LAMP stack, though we might consider a Ruby on Rails deal if the product was reasonably mature

Why I want this:

  • we’ve got a distributed team, and a) have too darn many different chat things open/operating and b) I want to be sure that we can keep our info reasonably secure and c) be able to go back to chats as a reference for what was said/discussed/etc.
  • I want us to host it because after NING, and recent issues with gmail being slow/unresponsive, etc I don’t think it’s wise to trust our critical infrastructure to things that we don’t control

Love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!