“Use the (Sales)force, Richard …”

For those of you who don’t already know, I have an announcement.  On Monday, July 18, 2011, I officially started my new job at Salesforce.com.  I’m working in Salesforce’s mobile containers group.  And, I’m totally stoked.

One of the reasons I only have to post to my professional blog every so often is simply because on the day-to-day I’m already making an impact on mobile software products you see in the market.  The marketing departments of the companies I work for have the job of talking about the work, and they do a great job.  You can actually see my work in a lot of places already.  It’s just released under brands like Cloudtix, Amazon, Photobucket, and now Salesforce.

Some projects I can talk about, and others not.  But I assure you I’m out there, out in the wild, burning my soul into some pretty national products you most likely are already be using.  As I get permission to talk about those projects, which often have a shroud of secrecy that would make the U.S. National Security Agency envious, I’ll blog about them here when I can.  If it makes sense to use some other forum to talk about it, like through a corporate blog, I’ll at least post the link.

Salesforce will give me the opportunity to continue my tradition of working on great products.  And work on them in so many great ways I can’t even talk about it. Not just because it’s Salesforce (and not me) that will decide what information about my projects goes public or not (those decisions are above my paygrade). I just flat out get too excited to put the projects into words sometimes.

Did I mention how stoked I am about the whole transition? Oh, yeah I guess I did….

Computerworld: Salesforce Among Top 10 IT Employeers In 2011

On Monday, July 18, 2011, Computerworld announced a ranking of the top IT companies to work for.  Salesforce was among the top ten … for the second year in a row:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/computerworld-survey-ranks-salesforcecom-among-top-10-places-to-work-in-it-for-second-year-in-a-row-2011-07-18

Here’s a link to the original article:

http://www.computerworld.com/spring/bp/2011/1

Here’s the top 10:

The HTC EVO 3D

I just picked up the HTC EVO 3D from Sprtint.  Got a sweet deal $120 rebate because I switched from another carrier.  I’ll spare you the normal verbose jargon that you’ll have to wade through in other blogs.  I’ve been developing Android apps since the G1 came out, and my conclusion about the EVO 3D:

The Evo 3D rocks.  It just rocks.

The 3D screen is a technical marvel in and of itself, and it’s easier on the eyes than even the Nintendo 3DS.  My biggest concern with the 3D screen was whether or not the touch screen would function well.  A friend of mine at Nintendo had told me a couple months back that one reason the Nintendo 3DS has two screens is because the 3D screen doesn’t do touch screen that well.  And that makes sense because after all the hardware used to display images in true 3D without glasses is fairly sophisticated.  Nonetheless, it functions extremely well on the EVO 3DS.

I look forward to the release of HTC’s new developer website to launch, http://www.htcdev.com/. I’ve read from other blogsters that HTC will actually publish a steroscopic API to take advantage of the 3D capabilities of the phone, but we’ll see what’s there. I don’t want to tout some API feature that may or may not release.

There was only one problem I had with the phone.  I got a radio error when trying to send SMS messages. A dialog box with this message kept popping up:

radio interference resource shortage

I went back to the store, and both the sales rep and I learned (what can I say, it’s a new phone for everybody) that this happened because I received a phone call before I got Sprint’s welcome phone call.  The Sprint welcome phone call clears the phone’s SOC code that it will function on the network properly.  So, if you see weird errors when you try to send SMS, go back to the store (or better yet don’t leave the store until you successfully send an SMS), and have the manager clear the SOC code.

I’ll blog more later when I have a chance to run the phone through its paces.