Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ritchie Bros. poised to take spot on S&P/TSX

While a slew of companies may soon be bumped from the Toronto Stock Exchange's benchmark index when it is rebalanced, one name is popping up for inclusion – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc.

from Globe Investor

Friday, October 10, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

the iPhone human interface guidelines

Sean sent this around as we lead up to our Friday iPhone brainstorming and coding Jam - it's a 100 pages that's well worth the read.

I was looking at some apps on a friend's non-i-phone today. The interfaces and approaches to UI are all over the map from application to application. I can't help but think what the guidelines are like for other platforms. Likely non-existent or not very complete.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Launching the iFund Blog….

Kleiner Perkins has launched a blog on their $100M VC fund for iPhone applications...

iFundVC » Blog Archive » Launching the iFund Blog….

the impact of openness is now undeniable. The keys: open the mobile eco-system, solve the discovery problem, and deliver great apps…users flock to download them.

Friday, September 12, 2008 - our new site is up... built on Google App Engine

lots of goodness as our newly formed team explored some technologies and approaches to serving and building sites during their first mini-Sprint... which they demonstrated at today's Friday Open House

tags / feed consumption / dynamic updates / Picassa web albums / shared content contribution / Yahoo Pipes / LinkedIn / cross-blogging / news widgets / scalability / Django / Python / Google big table / commodity services / remote debugging / Google metrics /

Monday, September 1, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A true Canadian App: TimmyMe | - Canada's iPhone Home!

A true Canadian App: TimmyMe

Nice stuff from Saskatoon's - find a Tim's nearby, using iPhone's location services.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mo Dave Mo

Dave Mosher joined us today. Already, he's blogging and making suggestions and getting himself setup the way he wants. Work bliss? I hope so. That's what we all want here: to put the right tools in the right hands and let 'er rip!

Monday, August 11, 2008

VendAsta announces $3M in funding

Well, it's been a huge week for us at VendAsta. We closed out this deal earlier in the week and came out with the story on Thursday. Friday morning we were in the paper and had made news on several online sites... by the afternoon we had at least one new hire and were in active talks with a few other superstar devs. The ball is rolling!

Here's the full story from our local paper, the Star Pheonix. Hard Cash for Software

some other links:

VendAsta raises $3M to build social software platform

Saskatchewan-Based VendAsta Brings Real Estate and Web 2.0 Together with MyFrontSteps

Friday, July 25, 2008

it's an iPhone epidemic

Jason Collins, our CTO, was just down at the F8 conference in San Francisco. For those of us working in Saskatoon, these events are great ways to rub shoulders with others like ourselves - super-talented people working on what's coming next.

He noticed Joe Hewitt was in attendance, he's resposible for Firebug and is building out iPhone libraries for the Facebook platform. We've got a lot of experience building succsesful Facebook applications and have lots of great stuff in the works that we're all excited about working on.

But right now, the iPhone's an epidemic at the office. New ones show up every day, we're playing with some great apps, and brainstorming ideas for ourselves, for our business, and just for fun. We're currently working on enterprise applications for Mobile 6, Smartphones and PDA's and have been playing around with Blackberry's. Funny thing is, even after lots of exposure to the power of those devices (or maybe, because of the exposure), I and others are personally choosing the iPhone. Why wouldn't you? They are a joy to use, simple as that.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Janak's blog

Janak just finished up his work on our last Sprint. Now he's off to Boston for a bit of a break. It's well deserved, he really made some big impact during this cycle of development.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Saskatchewan will lead economic growth in Canada this year

"Saskatchewan is the new Alberta," - a good feature from the Globe and Mail last weekend...

Craig Wright, chief economist at Royal Bank. ... predicted Saskatchewan will lead economic growth in Canada this year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Chris Harrison - Rethinking the Progress Bar

There are some good ideas in PDF below on progress bars... they're not as easy as they might seem.

performance is determined largely by the user's perception rather than actual wall-clock
Chris Harrison - Rethinking the Progress Bar

Sunday, March 30, 2008

YouTube - Winnipeg to Saskatoon in 5 minutes

I've done this drive enough to appreciate the video - someone should do Victoria to Halifax in 3 minutes...

YouTube - Winnipeg to Saskatoon in 5 minutes

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Off the cliff

YouTube - off the cliff: "This isn't much of a video, I'm just getting into ripping some stuff I have on tape and getting a YouTube account setup. I wish I hadn't pooched the end of the tape where we crashed into someone's Land Rover on the dock when we landed."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wireless mobile printing

Ryan Baldwin invents sneaker-net printing... it's so simple, just walk over and unplug the printer (wireless) and take it over (mobility) to your own machine... voila!

Ryan's been here in Saskatoon with us for the last week and a bit - digging right in with the team on software development.
We've setup a couple of scrum areas and the guys have been collaborating / jamming away. Ryan adds smarts and wit (oh, and code).
Ryan's blog is found at Lost in LoC

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dale Zak joins VendAsta

Dale creates great software. He cracks some funny jokes every now and then and he likes to run, he has a lovely flat in London. He scrums with us around Noon near the end of his day 6 time zones away. We Skype, we share Google docs, we collaborate, it's all good. He's a fantastic mobile developer and we're really looking forward to having him on board.

Our software development efforts are based in Saskatoon, but someone like Dale won't exactly be phoning it in. As we assemble our team and ramp up our projects we're going to be hiring the best from all over the world.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Software Developers and Software Architects - Saskatoon Computer Programming Jobs - Kijiji Saskatoon

We're hiring... some links to our postings on Facebook, Craigslist etc.

Kijiji: Software Developers and Software Architects - Saskatoon Computer Programming Jobs - Kijiji Saskatoon

Our Careers page at

VendAsta ( has openings for Software Developers and Software Architects. If you have at least 2 years of experience building mobile and web-based applications, in particular for large-scale deployments, please apply.

VendAsta is a new Saskatoon-based software development company focusing on mobile and web-based business application development.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Wheels of fortune - The Ag Industry is strong in Saskatchewan...

The Ag Industry is strong in Saskatchewan...
Wheels of fortune
Ag equipment manufacturers, dealers experience growth spurt
From today's Saskatoon Star Phoenix

I`ve been around this industry for a long time, it wasn't always this way. The long-term survivors have always been well run. Moody's Equipment is mentioned in the article below, along with other manufacturers and equipment dealers in Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Moody's is a business that my father dealt with for decades, they were a customer when I worked as an account keeper and delivery and sales person and warehouse worker and marketer and product developer and whatever else was needed.

Morris Industries is a manufacturer with a long tradition in Saskatchewan who sell all over the world. When I worked there I was always impressed with their engineers. I first got to play with Pro Engineer there at a demo, pretty cool stuff. Wendy Morris was just taking control of her company back in 1992, I see Morris was recently sold to Casey Davis. I enjoyed working for Wendy, I found her competent and she challenged me to excel.

In past consulting engagements I've developed crop planning and management software. I also performed business process and information architecture consulting for Quadra Group, one of Saskatchewan's big players in hog production. I worked with Wayne Vermette, Richard Wright and others on their management team to learn about their business and help them rationalize and manage their IT needs, along the way I got a picture of how successful a company can be when people are given the trust and authority to do their jobs well.

George Morris' Rod Weeder was an innovation in green agriculture before 'green' was even a brand or a concept. New innovation and research are still driving Ag in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Research Council supports a lot of that activity in Saskatchewan and is near our new office at Innovation Place, along with quite a few bio-tech firms. I worked some time ago with Randy Mosiondz on the SRC's site (too bad about that switch to Cold Fusion), he`s now a game designer.

In my most recent job I was Product Manager for and briefly managed our other Ag and heavy equipment products: Manager and Later, we also produced the Independent Equipment Dealers Association equipment site.

Information Architects Japan » Blog Archive » Web Design is 95% Typography

Information Architects Japan » Blog Archive » Web Design is 95% Typography

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Allan Wolinski

I'm pumped to be working with Allan Wolinski again on projects.
Here's Allan skiing about an hour North of Saskatoon - Allan on Flickr

Oh yeah, he likes to fish too...

moving in

I like our new digs, the atmoshpere is great and we're going to be having some fun.

From Brendan's blog - VendAsta Moves In

We are located in a fabulous high tech business center called Innovation Place ,which incidentally, just won an award as one of the best places to work.


the tables are here...