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Rob Overman
Technology executive for real estate software
Interests: real estate, technology, software, programming, mls, gadgets
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Posted Oct 12, 2011 at TechnoBabble
Think of this as a friendly reminder. Do not put anything private into a Twitter Direct Message! If the Weiner story didn't convince you, this story about a security vulnerability in the Twitter API might. The security leak in the Twitter API is unfortunate and hopefully corrected soon. Regardless, it isn't the biggest problem. User error is! There have been a couple of articles and blog posts about how Weiner was victim of the dreaded "DM Fail". The method to create and deliver a Direct Message in Twitter is prone to people making mistakes. Instead of typing "D <username>", people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at TechnoBabble
I apologize. I'm using "House" in this post's title as a metaphor for Software Platform. I want to talk a little bit about open software architecture versus "Open Software Architecture". For the last three years I have been working with a team building a new MLS platform heavily focused on the latter while trying to protect against the former. I think this needs some context and definition. I need to tell a little story to set the stage so please stick with me. Gabe Newell photo credit This is Gabe Newell. Gabe is the co-founder and Managing Director of... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at TechnoBabble
I've been learning the Chicago style of politics. I've been waiting to try out what I've learned. :) Let me know if there is *anything* I can do for you.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2010 on And I Approved This Message at TechnoBabble
I'm getting this in just under the wire. Campaign season is almost over and not a moment too soon. I don't get a chance to watch much network TV but my mom was visiting a couple weeks ago and she likes to turn on the evening news while making dinner. (No, I did not make my mom make dinner for us while she was visiting. Just the salad.) Anyway, I was reminded why I don't watch TV news anymore. Aside from the miserable stories about the current wave of Chicago corruption, I was bombarded with one political campaign ad after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at TechnoBabble
Thanks for the comment Marsha. I'm feeling a change coming from MLS leadership. Everyone is looking for greater efficiencies across the board. MLS's are looking to improve their bottom line while providing more services to their membership. Third-party services and products are how they are doing it. RETS and SSO are two technologies that are fundamental requirements to successful third-part integration. I'm hoping that the pressures are finally working to bring this all together and focus everyone on hitting achievable goals.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2010 on The Secret Standard? at TechnoBabble
Kristen, I think the small MLS organizations are the ones reaping the fewest benefits from the standard as it exists today. The knowledge, skill and time required to be productive with RETS right now is substantial. Most of the sub-500 member MLS's didn't even have RETS in production before NAR mandated compliance a couple years ago. I don't want to use the depressed market as an excuse to wait longer. We need to get ahead of it for once instead of always reacting after the fact.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2010 on The Secret Standard? at TechnoBabble
It is important to note that the great David Harris ( is chair of the RESO R&D work group and the sole purpose of that group is the collection, review and support of real business cases.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2010 on The Secret Standard? at TechnoBabble
I've been very fortunate over the last year to have had the opportunity to speak at various events and talk about some of the things I am passionate about. Recently, the topic has usually been about data standards and RETS. I've built both client and server applications that use RETS. The aggregation of property data has been part of my job for over ten years. The company I work for relies on property data exchange to stay in business and be competitive. There is one thing that would really help me build better applications for real estate professionals. Standardized data... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at TechnoBabble
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Mar 16, 2010
You make a great point, Rick, about the willingness to accept that you can't come up with every good idea by yourself. We must look outside our own industries and see how things are done elsewhere. Can we use an idea that was implemented in the retail space to improve life in the B2B space? Can a cool idea in the medical community be used in the construction industry? We must always think BIGGER than ourselves, not smaller. Thanks for commenting, Rick!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on Risk vs Reward at TechnoBabble
An article by Brad Inman brought into focus something that has been rolling around in my head for a few months. My job is to evaluate emerging technology, analyze its impact on our customers and the real estate industry and make products that use technology to better serve those customers. In the course of my job I need to put together plans to actually deliver software to users. There are project plans, development plans, infrastructure plans and sales plans. As an employee of a large corporation, you better figure out how to get good at making plans. Corporations love plans.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at TechnoBabble
Esteemed company. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2009 on TwitterRETS at TechnoBabble
"Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? Am I coming in clearly?" At the moment I am zooming along at over 400 mph and at 30,000 ft above sea level. I'm not being metaphorical here. I'm on a plane flying to San Diego for the NAR 2009 Conference and Expo. I've been on flights before that offered onboard wi-fi but haven't used the service. Usually, the flights are so short that it hasn't made sense to spend the $12.95 for 1 hour and 20 minutes worth of internet. Don't get me wrong. I'm a bit of a junkie. We've got nine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at TechnoBabble
Mike, I don't think you are so altered that you aren't making some sense. Your cellphone can support BlueTooth. All of your other devices can support BlueTooth. Your cell phone becomes the network connection for all of your devices. I've played around with this by connecting my laptop to my BlackBerry with BlueTooth and using it as my modem. Not very easy or fast yet. As wireless networks become even more powerful, I think this is a likely outcome.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2009 on The Rise of the Mobile Machine at TechnoBabble
Last Friday (October 2) I had the honor of sitting on a panel at the CMLS Conference. The title of the panel was "The Outer Limits of Mobile Technology". It was moderated by Amy Geddes from Clareity Security. The other two panelists were Lisa Herrin from Hawaii Information Systems and David Gibbons from Zillow. The panel discussed how mobile technology is impacting the real estate industry. The crowd was surveyed about their plans for mobile technology and also what kinds of mobile devices they carry. Have you heard of this Apple iPhone? I think it may catch on. Sarcasm, people.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at TechnoBabble
My Mom has the kind of relationship with her computer that primitive man had with the pagan gods. She is simultaneously in a state of wonder…and fear. My Mom is terrified of pushing a button she should not push. I guess she thinks she's going to unleash nuclear Armageddon or something. She is not the only person out there who feels this way. It may be a gross generalization but I think that almost everyone older than Generation X has a difficult relationship with their computer and digital technology. To be fair, it's not their fault. When you grow up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2009 at TechnoBabble