More on CrushCamp

Discovered that one of the CrushPad winemakers who kindly hosted us at a recent CrushCamp is also a food and wine blogger: VMac + Cheese.

She has taken the time to take a bunch of photos from my photoset and put together a storyline around it. Great reading if you’re interested to understand the process better, especially as she has added keyword links to explanatory pages at CrushNet‘s EnoWiki too.

Psühholoogiline relv võitluseks idioot-kommentaatoritega

YouTube on välja arendanud ühe nutika lisavõimaluse: äsjakirjutatud kommentaari kuuldavalt kirjutajale ette lugemine:

YouTube adds Audio Preview of Comments

Eriti tore on see, et Google arendajad korjasid idee üles hiljutisest XKCD veebikoomiksi naljast ja lihtsalt tegidki kiiresti ära. Hetkel küll valikulise lisavõimalusena, mitte kohustusliku etapina kommentaari postitamisel.

Idee siis selles, et sappi pritsiv, ropendav, sõimav, grammatikareegleid eirav või täiesti artikuleerimatut võrgu-slängi kasutav anonüümne kommentaator peab kogu oma sopa enne omal nahal ja kõrvus personaalselt läbi elama, enne kui see teiste kasutajateni jõuab. Ja ehk võiks seeläbi tõesti sündida silutum sisu või isegi mõni eriti võigas postitus üldse ära jääda?

Eesti kommentaariumide “puhastamiseks” on küll eelregistreerimise nõudeid peale ja uuesti maha keeratud ja vahest ka kampaaniaid korraldatud, aga isiklike kokkupuudete põhjal kommentaaridega ei tunneta küll mingit muutust eelarvamustest, kadedusest, pimedast vihast ja lahmimisest normaalse dialoogi suunas.

Äkki võiks näiteks mõni suurem päevaleht oma kommentaaripostitajatele ilusas eesti keeles kohustuslikku etteütlust teha? Kiirustage, kes esimesena jõuab – tehnoloogia selleks on ju kõigile olemas.

Making wine at Crushpad

Grape cap
On a recent trip to California got a chance to visit [Crushpad]( They are a high-end winery… where you are the winemaker. Some of my friends invested in them last year and one of them has been pushing a group of us to make a barrel of our own wine together. So we kicked off the process and it has moved along, for some reason without much enthusiasm from my part.
Now after being there, including a half-day [Crushcamp]( ([full photoset here]( of hands-on winemaking, I have gotten really excited.

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Skype 4.0 is smaller again

As promised in June, the second iteration of Skype 4.0 client is now available for download. If you got on to beta 1 and liked it or hated it, I highly recommend the upgrade to beta 2.

The past quarter has really passed fast. I’m amazed how much the 4.0 research, design, product and project management, development and quality assurance teams got through. Especially given that you have to work under timeline pressure while at the same time being called an ignorant moron (best case) on blogs, forums and random comments across the internet for creating the radically different Skype version you just released. Fortunately we also had plenty of quantified data and user testing around the world in lab environments to separate real issues from pure blind conservatism and hateful noise. Read more about the feedback stats from the official blog post.

That’s the risky transformation the software business seems to go through – applications with tens and hundreds of millions of users get launched in early beta stages, in feature incomplete iterations for feedback and mass-market testing. I am confident the better the end result will be. And if you look at beta 2, it really is powered by the feedback, (re)introducing such things as compact mode, grouping your contacts into categories, a totally revamped alerts and notifications system so you wouldn’t miss any incoming events and many more of the things you asked for.

One of the interesting ones in my circle of friends and colleagues has really been the compact mode. The loudest voices demanding Skype to take up less of their screen. Many happy campers once we enabled mode switching to give the poweruser more control of the screen estate. And funnily, a number of people who have now confessed that they’ve “sort of learned to like” the new one-window layout and really don’t want to go back…

Anyway, there is a new episode of the video series that has been taking world by the storm – Mike Explains Beta 2. In High Definition, of course:

Skype 4.0 Beta 2 for Windows
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And there is a bunch of screenshots on Flickr. But better download the real thing and give us some more feedback.

See also: Skype 4.0 Beta 1, Beta 3