Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Yam Technology?

I had briefly considered naming my company Yam Technology (Yam is my last name), but quickly realized how mistakenly popular I could become during Thanksgiving.

"Can you send over a 50lb bag?" "Do you mash?" "Do you have recipes?"

Yam Technology could also be mistaken for a large and serious agri-genetic concern, and it disturbed me that I could be thought of as growing mutant potatoes. So I settled for the more playful Y Technology.

I spend a good deal of time with computer people and our collective sense of humor leans unambiguously on the dry side. Here's hoping your turkey isn't and your bottle of red is. Cheers!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Why Technology?

It's the name of my company -- Y Technology -- and also a good question to pose now and then.

I worked briefly at a company that used a hand scanner, partly for security, but chiefly as a time card. The technology worked well enough, identifying me correctly on the first attempt almost every time. The implementation, however, was flawed: the hand scanner stood between our desks and the restroom. It was company policy to scan in and out when you arrived in the morning and left in the evening, and also for lunch. This policy was later changed to include bathroom and cigarette breaks(!).

It's no secret that some people don't wash their hands after using the restroom, which made slapping your palm on the scanning surface a good way to spread all sorts of germs. It was also a good reason not to eat lunch at your desk.

The solution to this problem was decidedly low-tech. I carried around a small bottle of Purell Hand Sanitizer.


Monday, November 07, 2005

Rotate 1.4 Available

What's new in version 1.4:
  • Added support for the new Palm TX
  • Improved error handling for unknown devices
  • Now you can power on your device by pressing the rotate button without rotating the screen
  • When installing a new version of Rotate, the button would become disabled even though the "Enable Button" was checked. This has been fixed for hotsync installs. Beaming or over-the-air installations still requires you to disable and re-enable the rotate button.
Download it at:

http://www.ytechnology.com/rotate/download.htm