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My 7 fav free apps for Apple’s iTouch

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Recently got a free iTouch after finally purchasing my Mac Book Pro under the “Back To School” Promo which will end on 16 Sep 08.

So i checked out the app store for any free apps/games and noticed i needed to purchase the iPhone upgrade for iTouch at USD 9.95. Well, didn’t came across as too expensive, so purchased i did and downloaded the following FREE apps/games.

  1. Twitterific (Category: Social Networking). I twit some garbage collections here by the way.
  2. Airport Status (Category: Travel) – To check airport statuses.
  3. Talking Spanish, Italian, French (Category: Travel) – In case i sign for Real Madrid or AC Milan.
  4. GPS Tracker (Category: Navigation) – Well, i am an infantry company scout during reservist. So…
  5. Free Hangman (Category: Games(Free) ) – The only worth-while free game.
  6. Remote Desktop Lite (Category: Business) – Provider access to a PC running, woohoo, Windows XP.
  7. Checklist (Category: Productivity) – Think “Get Things Done(GTD)”

Now my iTouch is packed with apps, the default ones + the downloaded ones, and they flows to 2 screens (1 screen can only contain 16 apps). So i placed all the important apps on the 1st screen, naturally.

Worth the USD 10 bucks? Probably. Do note that the installation took 30 minutes and just a handful of clicks, the rest are magic. Bonito!(Spanish) Buono!(Italian) Beau!(French)

Anyone has other good recommendations? Non-Free or Free.

Written by kennii

September 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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Combining Agile Methodologies – XP and Scrum

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Since XP is more focused on development practices(engineering), while Scrum more towards project organization(management), it seems possible to combine this 2 methodologies.

Having experience both agile methodologies separately, here’s my take on the must-haves.

  1. Planning
    • Daily Standup(XP/Scrum) – What you done yesterday, going to do today, obstacles if any.
    • Break down requirements into user stories (XP), then put them into a product backlog using excel or web tools like acunote (Scrum)
    • Physical task-board for easy and quick viewing of sprint tasks
  2. Coding
  3. Testing
  4. Releasing

Interesting Differences.

  • XP prefers having no overtime anytime, anyday, while scrum prefers no rest within a sprint, which probably means no off days and leave, unless urgent, for a good 3-4 weeks.

Summary
Majority of the coding and testing rules come from XP, while planning rules come from SCRUM. The key is to keep the rules flexible. Sprint reviews after each sprint allows you to better fine-tune your rules, based on team strength/weakness or project nature. Well, as long as they work for you.

Free Scrum/XP E-book

Written by kennii

September 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm