Retweet March 2010

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • Security pet peeves: captchas, security questions, having to login after changing my password.
  • A supercomputer won’t solve the incompetence of bad programmers on a deadline.
  • All software is in beta.
  • The Like button needs to be killed.
  • \-: “premature optimization is root all of evil.” (-: “That’s what she said.”
  • This must be a record. I just improved our app’s memory consumption by 80%, some 400MB, by changing one line of code.
  • I love technology because I can now blame my misspelling on my iPhone.
  • Where 2.0 is the new meme. Is your website Where 2.0 aware?
  • Building a community and building a business around a community are not the same thing.
  • The linked list was recently patented, I’m going to patent something critical to civilization, like calculus or pottery.
  • Dear debugger, I wish you could introspect my feelings and put a breakpoint on my heart break.
  • A slew of computer bugs are caused by assumptions made by the programmer.
  • You know things are bad when you get error code 0000.
  • Bugs grow organically.
  • It is possible to make spaghetti code out of Obeject Oriented Programmmmmming?
  • Rule of thumb: use immutable objects as keys to hash maps otherwise get to you your debugger.

Team Leadership

  • The best ideas are free.
  • No matter what, you will never be less busy.
  • Let’s be honest, anywhere from 10-30% of a resume is a stretch.
  • So as not to forget anything, remember nothing.
  • When you give someone else time, you waste you own.
  • Don’t give any answer, give the right question.
  • If you have a one trick pony, ride it until it is ready to be put to pasture.
  • Problems are meant to be solved only if they can’t be ignored.
  • The one best possible thing you can do to make any situation better is to not make it worse.
  • One can lead by asking questions, just as well as giving orders.
  • If you build it, they will come. But if you make it to complex or change it to often, then they will leave.
  • The secret ingredient is to believe there is a secret ingredient.
  • I don’t express myself best when speaking, but when reflecting.
  • Praying may not change the world, but it can change your perspective which is helpful to change your world.
  • Folks usually want the what first but I think that the why and the how is more important than the what.

Product Placement

  • Facebook announced a major investment by the CIA. It was reported that the US Gov will push for Facebook Connect as a National ID program.
  • PayPal just sucks. I can transfer money to former Soviet Bloc countries faster than I can between PayPal and my bank.
  • Spam is like a staple in Hawaii. So it comes as no surprise that Mahalo is one of the most spam ridden sites online.
  • My suggestion to cable companies: give away basic cable to every American with on demand features. Add value outside the cable box.
  • Which will provide better value/info for businesses, yelp or foursquare?
  • The current Apple Appstore approval time is rand() * Months.
  • McDs should make a tofu McMuffin.
  • A sign at a Palo Alto church: redeem your soul, there is an app for that.
  • Purple Cow Thinking: don’t be boring, safe is risky, design rules now, very good is bad.


  • If there is a limit, you should, you must test it. – Seth Godin/Purple Cow
  • Vision without execution is hallucination – Thomas Edison
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Herman Cain

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