Outgrowing Pivotal Tracker

At Salsita, we've been using Pivotal Tracker as our primary project management tool for over two years now. When choosing a tool, we were looking for something generic enough to use both to present a project overview to clients and to manage developers' day-to-day work. We've tried various solutions, but…

"Because We Can" is Not a Good Reason

The two business books that have most influenced me are Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm and Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive. Grove’s book explains that, for long-term success, established businesses must periodically navigate “strategic inflection points”, moments when a paradigm shift forces them to adopt a…

Kitt and the Battle of the iPhone Extension Ecosystems

We recently launched the private beta of Kitt, an iPhone browser developed by Salsita with support for Chrome browser extensions. You can find out more about Kitt in the screencast below: Around the time we were finalizing this screencast, Apple announced that they would be adding support for extensions to…

Advertisers Should Love AdBlock Plus

Last weekend On The Media ran a repeat airing of their excellent episode on online business models. One of the segments is an interview with AdBlock Plus CEO Till Faida, who defends their eyebrow-raising business model of charging large companies to not block their ads. Yesterday Salon ran an article…

Adding a Toolbar Button in a Bootstrapped Firefox Extension

Adding a toolbar button in a Firefox extension is simple. Since the Firefox user interface is described using XUL, it is enough to inject a snippet of XUL into the "toolbar palette" in browser.xul. Traditionally this would be done with a XUL overlay. Experienced XUL developers know that a…