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coworking  remote  video  hangouts  googlehangouts  workinginpublic  internet  web  online 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Together - Rob Brackett
"When people ask me about Draft, I usually say it’s a pretty decent product made by a pretty good guy named Nate. It’s got a slew of useful features (plenty more than Editorially had) and more are coming at an incredibly fast clip.

We had more people working full time on Editorially, but we couldn’t match Draft’s speed or features. It took us a while to do things that one person with a simple idea might be able able to bang out pretty quickly.

At Editorially, I could pretty much guarantee that the first attempt any of us made at anything would be quickly followed by a deluge of ideas for how it could be approached differently, coexist better with some other part of the product, or how it could simply be improved. I threw out so much great code because it wasn’t the right code. I doubt we ever built anything less than twice. Our pull requests often featured very active discussions, annotated screenshots, and animated gifs demonstrating ideas.

It took us much longer than Nate to get these things done. Sometimes I worried that we were too slow. But I knew, very surely, that the product was dramatically better for the time and effort we took to work together. Where Draft had lengthy menus, an inconsistent interface, or an imperfect workflow, Editorially shone.1

Of course, we also had our share of miscommunications and mistakes. Sometimes we locked horns. I wish we’d collaborated as well around the code as we did around the user experience. There were still plenty of bugs. No collaboration is perfect.

When Paul concludes:
“It’s important to remember that many of these tools are built as side-projects, whereas Editorially benefited from a full-time team working on the product for a year. There is plenty of promise in each of these apps, and with continued development we may see a worthy successor.”

I think of all the teams I’ve known that don’t collaborate well. I think, too, of all the individuals and side projects I’ve seen be highly successful because of a few close collaborators. And I think of everyone I could depend on at Editorially to push back on my hare-brained schemes, sometimes encourage them, and always force me to think more critically about my work.

The strength of our collaborations just might be the most essential part of every endeavor we take on."
robbrackett  collaboration  editorially  mandybrown  teamwork  howwework  criticism  slow  critique  2014  remote 
april 2014 by robertogreco
STET | Making remote teams work
"I’ll be the first to admit that remote work is not a panacea for all that ails the modern workplace, nor is it suitable for everyone. It’s just as possible to have a dysfunctional remote team as it is to have a broken and unproductive office space.

That said, in the tech community today, remote work has some clear advantages. For the employer, it enables hiring from a more diverse set of workers. Yahoo! may be unwilling to hire an engineer who lives in Kansas City and isn’t inclined (or able) to move to Sunnyvale or New York, but another team may be more than happy to accommodate her. Remote teams also don’t incur the costs associated with expensive campuses and their roster of caterers, laundromats, buses, and gyms, making them more appealing to smaller and leaner organizations. (And, since those perks are usually designed to keep workers at the office, employees could be said to benefit from their absence.) For employees, remote work can permit a flexibility and freedom that is especially valuable to those with less-than-perfect home lives. Caring for children or elderly parents, or contending with an illness or physical or mental disability, may all be made easier with the flexibility to work when and where it best works for you.

This last point is, in some ways, the most damning criticism of Meyer’s policy at Yahoo!: a mother with a full-time nanny may find no difficulty in making it to the office every day, but most parents are not so well-supported. Of the remote workers I spoke to, a recurring theme was the ability to time-shift one’s day to meet their kids’ schedules (as were various techniques for insulating the workspace from tantrums, about which more in a moment). Remote working holds the promise of adapting work to fit our lives, rather than requiring that we twist and bend our lives to fit the space that work demands.

But only if it’s done well. Remote working is a different way of working, with different constraints and practices. It undoes decades of management policies and, given its relatively recent uptake, there’s scant information about the best way to proceed. What follows is some advice, drawn from our own experience at Editorially, with guidance from others about how to make remote teams work — and which pitfalls to look out for."



"One of the most unexpected things that I’ve learned from working remotely is that it isn’t just about accommodating different lifestyles or taking advantage of technology’s ability to compress long distances. Remote working encourages habits of communication and collaboration that can make a team objectively better: redundant communication and a naturally occurring record of conversation enable team members to better understand each other and work productively towards common ends. At the same time, an emphasis on written communication enforces clear thinking, while geography and disparate time zones foster space for that thinking to happen.

In that way, remote teams are more than just a more humane way of working: they are simply a better way to work."

[See also: http://blog.timoni.org/post/75073922089/and-importantly-the-team-chat-room-tool-needs ]
mandybrown  collaboration  tools  communication  2014  stet  technology  remote  work  howwework  editorially  accessibility  inclusivity  chat  video  management  organization  organizations  administration  inclusion  inlcusivity 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Apple - iPod touch - Find My iPod touch
"Locate your iPod touch on a map. Display a message or play a sound to help you find it. Set a passcode lock remotely. Protect your privacy with Remote Wipe."
security  ipod  remote  remotewipe  location  locative  ios  ipodtouch  applications  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Air Mouse
"Air Mouse instantly transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an in air, wireless mouse for your computer! Sit back and surf the web, browse your photo library or control your music player from the comfort of your couch. Air Mouse uses the built in accelerometer to translate your hand motions into mouse movements on your screen. It can also operate as a touchpad, allowing you to control your computer with a single fingertip. Air Mouse is an essential part of any home theater PC and a presenter's best friend."
iphone  applications  remote  wireless  mouse  osx  mac  via:preoccupations  ios 
november 2008 by robertogreco
LogMeIn: Remote Access and Desktop Control Software for Your Computer
"Simply install LogMeIn on the computer you want to access, and then you can beam into that PC or Mac from anywhere using just a web browser. Whatever you can do when you're physically at the PC or Mac, you can now do remotely over the web."
logmein  applications  mac  osx  windows  networking  remoteaccess  sharing  freeware  desktop  remote 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Dr. Horrible's iPhone Remote Is Available as a Web App | Geekdad from Wired.com
"Dr. Horrible used a custom-designed application for his iPhone. Of course, we couldn't find it in the AppStore since the launch of iPhone 2.0, but now it's finally been found -- as a web app."
iphone  drhorrible  josswhedon  applications  humor  control  remote  csiap  ios 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Wooji Juice: Stage Hand
"Use Stage Hand to control your Keynote presentations from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Stage Hand also shows the notes for your current slide, for those moments when you need a quick reminder."
iphone  keynote  applications  remote  osx  presentations  ios 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Touchpad Pro
"Touchpad Pro lets you wirelessly control your PC or Mac through your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can use it to advance slides in a presentation, control your media center, check e-mail -- whatever a regular touchpad and keyboard can do."
iphone  applications  hardware  software  vnc  remote  freeware  remoteaccess  multitouch  touchscreen  mac  ios 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Apple - iTunes - Remote
"The free application that turns iPod touch and iPhone into a remote control for iTunes and Apple TV."
apple  iphone  remote  itunes  appletv  applications  ios 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Twitter / andy_house
"Inventor Andy Stanford-Clark has set up a twitter account for his house. This allows his home automation system to keep him updated about lighting, security, energy usage, etc. while he is away. Check out this great example of the potential for ambient i

[via: http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=74475_0_24_0_C ]
automation  control  environment  information  ambient  spimes  housing  messaging  remote  twitter  sensors  architecture  power  monitoring  ubicomp  sustainability  transparency  green  energy  consumption 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Adobe - Design Center : The fake-space race: Design and the future of travel
"Current attempts at verisimilitude seem to underestimate our imaginative capacity, while tripping our deceit sensors. It's a matter of timing. The world needs artful telepresence more urgently than ever before. Can we please get on with it?"
johnthackara  sustainability  travel  telecommunication  communication  telepresence  presence  virtual  haptics  sensing  remote  video  videoconferencing  videophones  telecoms  perception  cyberspace  distance 
april 2008 by robertogreco
LogMeIn - Remote Access and Desktop Control Software for your PC
"Available for PCs and Macs • LogMeIn Free gives you fast, easy remote access to your PC. • If you use a computer, why wouldn't you have LogMeIn? • Access your home PC from the office • 100% FREE to use!"
access  backup  desktop  free  productivity  remote  software  tools  files  remoteaccess 
january 2008 by robertogreco
iGet Mobile, from Nakahara Informatics, Inc.
"iGet Mobile is a personal server application that runs on your Mac, and allows you to easily and securely access your Mac's documents and files from your favorite mobile device."
iphone  ipod  mobile  software  osx  mac  access  remote  wireless 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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