How the iPad Wants to be used

Fraser Speirs:

The iPad is an intensely personal device. In its design intent it is, truly, much more like a “big iPhone” than a “small laptop”. The iPad isn’t something you pass around. It’s not really designed to be a “resource” that many people take advantage of. It’s designed to be owned, configured to your taste, invested in and curated.

I couldn’t disagree more. Not with the idea that the iPad can be the device he describes above ( it certainly can ), but with the idea that it cannot be the exact opposite: a completely social, shareable device. I have a close friend who was excited when the iPad was announced because he saw it as just that: something you pass around and share with people. A laptop was never ideal for sharing anything with friends, whereas the iPad fits that need to a T.

I can tell you that when I have more than 1 person over, the iPad is within arms reach. It’s an argument settler, an gaming device and a time killer ( especially with Flipboard ) all in one.

( via DF )

Can Will Ferrell Save “The Office”?

No. My gf and I have been fast forwarding through episodes this whole season. After last nights ep, we finally just deleted it from our DVR. Shame. The first few seasons were fantastic.

Adding the one dimensional Will Ferrell is just the final nail. I slogged through The Other Guys a few weeks ago. Will Ferrell is just a caricature of a once promising comedian. Shame.

<— What the heck is that?

I previously mentioned that this blog would be changing a bit. As mentioned, one of the changes would be in the subject matter. Since I have a lot of stuff going on not related to 1530 Technologies, Inc., I wanted this blog to reflect that.

The other change is with the style of this blog. I’ve long had an affinity for the style of Daring Fireball. For a while, I’ve thought that his combination of links & articles would suit me and my writing style. I finally got around to reconfiguring things to come more in line with that setup.

Which brings us to the μ you see in the headline. That symbol denotes a regular blog post of mine. If a RSS feed entry doesn’t have that in the title, it’s a link to somewhere else. You’ll also find it at the bottom of link posts, acting as the permalink.

Why μ, greek letter Mu? Two reasons:

So that’s it. Hopefully that clears some things up and isn’t too confusing.

Taco Bell Programming

Ted Dziuba with an incredibly succinct summary of why you should write less code and embrace simple solutions.

Moving on, once you have these millions of pages (or even tens of millions), how do you process them? Surely, Hadoop MapReduce is necessary, after all, that’s what Google uses to parse the web, right?

Pfft, fuck that noise:

find crawl_dir/ -type f -print0 | xargs -n1 -0 -P32 ./process

32 concurrent parallel parsing processes and zero bullshit to manage. Requirement satisfied.

Complexity sucks. Embrace simplicity and unsexiness. I always like to remind myself I’m not nearly as clever as I think I am. Every time I write a piece of code or a feature, I think “now, how would someone else handle this if it breaks?”

Sexiness aside, this is perhaps the biggest reason to avoid “my new, uber leet scala-dsl-erlang-nosql platform”:

You can minimize risk by using the well-proven tool set, or you can step into the land of the unknown. It may not get you invited to speak at conferences, but it will get the job done, and help keep your pager from going off at night.


What you sound like trying to recruit a technical founder

I want to work with someone who has faith in me and values my contribution. If you’re negotiating my equity percentage by nickels and dimes, I probably don’t want to work with you.

If you offer me 1% of the equity, I’ll do 1% of the work. If you offer me 25% percent, I’ll do 25%. If you offer me 60%, I’ll insist on only taking 25% and I’ll work 24/7 for you.

Amen. I get 4-6 offers a month to be someones technical co-founder. I can’t tell you how little thought most people put into their offers. They think that I’m lucky to be given the chance to work on their $1B idea.

And please, for the love of god, don’t tell me all the hard work is done because you put a lot of thought into the data model.

“The stock market is for suckers”

Fantastic article from Canada about the US stock market and the various craziness that awaits investors.

“For those in the burgeoning secondary market for private company shares, like SecondMarket, this all points to increased demand for their services. “There are problems in the public markets that are not going away,” says Mark Murphy, a spokesman for SecondMarket. “If they can avoid having to deal with high-frequency trading, short-term thinking and Sarbanes-Oxley, private company CEOs are saying they’d rather stay private and build something long-term.”

Once again, incentives rule.