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Posted at 4:37 PM 13 November 2013

Tech is the new finance industry

This is a dangerous path and one that is not only being applied in Berlin. All over a financially unstable Europe with high youth unemployment numbers, technology and startup culture is en vogue in city, state and federal governments. The same mistake of attempting to copy our spying American friends is happening everywhere.

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Posted at 11:45 AM 17 October 2013

5 steps to stop worrying what people think of you

I usually don’t like these “x ways to do y”, “x steps to z” type of blog posts. This post by David Cain however is very interesting.

Hold other people’s freedom of thought as highly as you hold their freedom of speech. Understand that others have every right not to like you, and their reasons are none of your business. Almost everyone recognizes the importance of every individual’s freedom of speech, even if we don’t like what they say. Yet we somehow convince ourselves that it is unacceptable for others to even think badly of us. While there are necessary limitations to freedom of speech, (making threats for example) freedom of thought is inalienable. Others have every right to think whatever they want, and you should respect that to an even greater degree than you do freedom of speech. Nobody owes you explanation or justification for their thoughts. Thoughts do not have to be fair, sensible, or pleasant.

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Posted at 11:18 AM 27 June 2013

The difference between Google and Bing.
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Posted at 11:55 AM 24 June 2013

My desire for purchasing an Xbox One has just dropped significantly thanks to Microsoft’s press release.They’ll need Steam level price reductions at this point to make me interested.


My desire for purchasing an Xbox One has just dropped significantly thanks to Microsoft’s press release.

They’ll need Steam level price reductions at this point to make me interested.
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Posted at 12:43 PM 07 June 2013

Memcached is 10 years old, today!

This week, memcached, a piece of software that prevents much of the Internet from melting down, turns 10 years old.

Also Tumblr, in part, is made possible due to the awesome performance that Memcached delivers.

Happy birthday buddy!

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Posted at 8:45 AM 22 May 2013

Early Birds

After a hack session until two or three in the morning, there would be a price to pay in the morning. Not even three alarms would wake me and I’d be grumpy all day long. The feature I wrote the evening before didn’t even look that good, so I’d be re-written or removed altogether. Another night wasted.

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Posted at 8:01 AM 22 May 2013

How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code

Remarkably I went through this cycle several times: I saw people programming and thought it looked cool, resolved myself to learn, sought out a book and crashed the moment it got hard.

For a while I thought I didn’t have the right kind of brain for programming. Maybe I needed to be better at math. Maybe I needed to be smarter.

But it turns out that the people trying to teach me were just doing a bad job. Those books that dragged me through a series of structured principles were just bad books. I should have ignored them. I should have just played.

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Posted at 8:41 AM 31 January 2013

RIP Journalism


I, like most other gamers, am sick of seeing endless rumours and speculation citing “anonymous sources” or “insiders” with no evidence, no proof, no guarantee that they’ve been fact-checked or can be relied on.

Sad, but true. Read on to find out what he did. 

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Posted at 8:27 AM 24 January 2013
As with all redesigns, feature requests piled up at the pace of a bad game of Tetris
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Posted at 9:14 AM 01 November 2012

Sam Stephenson on configuration

The next time you adjust a setting, think twice. Sometimes it’s better to change yourself to appreciate the defaults than to change the defaults to suit you.

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Posted at 7:37 PM 09 July 2012

"The problem is that building great experiences is everyone's responsibility and nobody's job."

We are happy to visit Disneyland or pay real money for virtual goods because they amuse and delight us. Brands are symbols of experiences, and we have learned not to question brand premiums. Spending $200 for an Armani shirt makes perfect sense because the luxury experience and self-expression create an intangible value beyond the mere cloth.

Great read.


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Posted at 10:37 AM 03 July 2012
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Posted at 4:57 PM 19 April 2012

PHP: a fractal of bad design

I’ve been in PHP arguments a lot. I hear a lot of very generic counter-arguments that are really only designed to halt the conversation immediately.

If this sounds familiar, make the people you are in an argument with read this article. It’s a very extensive objective article about what’s wrong with PHP. A must read.

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Posted at 1:00 PM 15 April 2012
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Posted at 11:11 AM 06 April 2012