We are AgileBits

It’s kind of fitting that we reinvent ourselves (reborn, if you will) just in time for Mother’s Day, eh? (Mother’s Day is this Sunday in the States.) Agile Web Solutions, Inc. is now AgileBits. Out with the stodgy old name, in with the new! There are a couple of reasons we’ve made this change:

  • Our fantastic friends over at Smile Software changed their name from SmileOnMyMac and we got jealous.
  • I use the word “bit” with joyful abandon, almost too frequently.

Okay, those aren’t the real reasons. The truth is that we didn’t feel that our company name accurately reflected who we are, anymore. In all seriousness, there was too much seriousness! We’re a simple, fun-loving bunch. We work hard, changing direction on a dime. We’re Pac-Man, and—as you already know if you keep up with 1Password for Mac beta releases—we chomp bits. =]

So, that’s today’s news. Please pardon the debris while we clean up a bit (see? I told you!) around here. Give us a few days to get things sorted, and if you still see references to “Agile Web Solutions” anywhere, please let us know so we can change it to AgileBits.

Thanks, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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We recently switched from Tumblr back to a self-hosted blog, and our RSS feed address has changed. For folks who read our posts via RSS, you’ll want to update your reader to point to . That way, you’ll get the full text of the articles, and not just a teaser!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I know that technically I shouldn’t be celebrating, since we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but I have so much to be thankful for, I take every chance I get :)

I am so thankful that I have a job where I can work from home with my family (see below) and when I’m not “playing dad”, I get to work at the best job I’ve ever had!

I wanted to take a moment show you how thankful I am to all of you, our amazing customers, for making what we do possible! I didn’t want to “just” say thank you so we purchased some great books for you and are having an amazing license giveaway.

Presents for you: Free licenses and books!

Here’s that picture I promised: here I am coding 1Password while my kids are helping in their own way:

Dave coding with kids Jack & Abby

That’s my five-year-old daughter Abby helping her brother Jack use her iPad. Yes, that is her iPad; I don’t even try to trick myself into believing I own it anymore :)

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Switcher's Blog gets Agile

It’s been a long time coming, but the Agile Web Solutions blog has a new name, a new design, and a new home. If you’re using a newsreader right now, you might want to visit blog.agile.ws to actually see what I’m talking about.

“Switcher’s Blog” has been retired in favor of “Agile Blog,” a name that does a far better job of carrying the company torch. All posts have been moved to this new domain and are searchable. The RSS feed hasn’t changed from feedburner.com/switchersblog, however, since we didn’t see much of a pressing need during the initial move. You shouldn’t need to do anything in order to keep reading the Agile Blog, and hopefully, you won’t have to if we decide to change the name in the future.

The other benefit of viewing this post at our site is that, well, you’ll be at our site now. The old Switcher’s Blog lived at its own domain that didn’t have much to do with Agile Web Solutions. Thanks to Rob Yoder, one of our newest Agile Ninjas, the Agile Blog fits right into our site, complete with our navigation bar, social media links, and a banner image (shot on the Agile Cruise!) with sexy rounded corners.

For those interested in the details of our switch: we used to run on TypePad, now we’re on Tumblr. Jason C Martin, a developer for New Media Geekz, built an import script that moved our posts (one drawback of Tumblr is that it does not yet offer a blog import tool). Thanks to Tumblr’s Personal Domain feature and full access to theme markup, Rob was able to make our Tumblr blog fit right in with the rest of our agile.ws site.

Tumblr is a great blogging service and community with a lot of unique features and a “keep it simple” approach. There are different “post types” like text, photo, video, and quotes, and each can have their own style and presentation. Photos, for example, don’t even need a title, and quote posts prominently feature the actual quoted text in large type, with the source and any comments displayed below. If you register on Tumblr (it’s free) and visit an individual post, you can click a heart icon in the upper right to “like” it and show us some love. You can also use the “reblog” button in the upper right of individual posts to re-post them to your blog as links, quotes, photos, or other post types.

With our move to Tumblr, we now use Disqus, which means you have a few more options for logging in to comment on posts. You can use your Twitter, Facebook, or even Yahoo ID to log in, so you don’t have to fork over your email address or sign up with a new service.

As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you think of our new blog!