Oct 12 2019

Digital Inheritance and Data Donor

Software companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, and the like are collecting and amassing large amounts of personal information about each of us.  A large portion of this information is posts, tweets, texts, pictures we’ve taken and published.  Additionally, there is a large about of derived and meta data such as our search history and geo-location data as we go throughout our day.

Much of the public discussions around personal information is around privacy.  But as of late, I’ve been concerned about being able to leave our digital footprint onto our descendants or in the public domain.  For example, I’ve taken over 500,000 photographs in the last 10 years, admittedly I’m sure most of them are not great, but this data set of images can be useful in a historical context.

Companies like Facebook and Apple should enable features to allow their users to designate how their data can be used, and ultimately shared, after death.  It should be possible to build the means to determine what type of data to either share with our descendants or public domain at a specified time after we’ve passed.

Of course, a feature that allows for data, and even accounts, to be inherited is not trivial.  This task is made even more difficult because there is some data we would not like to reveal even after we’ve been dead and gone.  And of course, no one wants to manually sort thousands of posts, hundreds of thousands of photos, millions of text messages for potentially embarrassing or possibly misunderstood items.  Such system needs to work effortlessly behind the scenes.

 


Jul 6 2012

StackOverflow Traffic

There is nothing more that I like than to received a comment to some post I wrote years ago on how it helped someone out. Like this, I’ve come to know that small chunks of code I’ve freely made available are used in production at a variety of sites. It is my hope that the tutorials, examples, and code I write here is of help to others. Even though I like writing tutorials and code to help out my fellow developers, I’ve never answered or posted a question on StackOverflow. My technical blog is really a labor of love and I post around my busy schedule, I’ve never tried to do more than just write about the technology that I use. But even though I don’t use StackOverflow I recently found out from looking at my analytics that I receive a nice amount of visitors from the question and answer site.

StackOverflow Stats

StackOverflow Stats

It always surprises me which posts are the most visited. It’s always the one that you least expect. Either way, I’m always grateful that others have found them useful enough to share on sites like StackOverflow.


Apr 7 2012

Retweet March 2012

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.

Software Development

  • Say no to consultant code. No to complacent code. No to sloppy and crappy code. No to cut and past code.
  • Developing a machine learning algorithm so we don’t have to learn anymore.
  • Hacking, art or science!?
  • Great hacking weather… Well most weather is great hacking weather as long as your computer don’t overheat.
  • What would an autonomous algorithm do?
  • Sex, drugs, and hacking.
  • You don’t go on Hacker News to show off your project, act arrogant that it’s a closed network, and not expect someone to hack a clone.
  • Nothing worse than setting a test to run overnight only to have a Windows update restart your computer in the middle of the test/night.
  • Refactor with conviction.
  • Building on assumptions is like building on quicksand.
  • When in doubt, step through it in a debugger.

Team Leadership

  • Every problem is an opportunity in the rough.
  • Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Mo’ problems, mo’ opportunity.
  • Ask the right questions is better than making the wrong assumptions.
  • Everything is mental, even when it’s physical.
  • Being successful means you are only a mistake away from not.
  • Don’t use the fact you don’t know a fact as a reason for not knowing it.
  • Just because a team member knows one thing does not excuse the rest of the team from learning for themselves and knowing it too.
  • A team is composed of a group of individuals, but a group of individuals is not a team.

Product Placement

  • Google used to be a search engine and return search results now it wants to be an answer engine and return you the answer.
  • What do you call a Pinterest user? Pinner? Pinhead?
  • Facebook IPO: it’s complicated.
  • How hard is it to add filters to Flickr’s iPhone app?
  • These @calottery lotto ticket should have a QR code so that I can quickly scan to see if I’m a winner.
  • The Google of today is the sort of operation that Sergey and Larry originally set out to disrupt.
  • Somewhere some evil genius is building a super computer out of a cluster of The New iPad.
  • AT&T is in the phone business, so of course when you call customer support they will always have you call someone else who transfers you that gives you a different number that redials…

Quote

  • P.S. GitHub sorry, I was bored. — Egor Homakov, the guy that hacked GitHub
  • I have never seen someone try so hard for attention while looking so atrocious at the same time. -Anna Wintour on Nicki Minaj
  • I would give my life for her but she also wants me to do the dishes. – Hellboy

Questions

  • Are you killing time or is time killing you?
  • Do The Simpsons pay royalties for basing their episodes on popular movies?
  • Why do single people love cats?
  • Why is it that sometimes when you don’t do a thing people notice, but when you do they don’t?
  • Which would you prefer, an iPad with a keyboard or a net book?
  • If you could only attain one thing which would you choose, money, happiness, or longevity?

Randumb

  • Fear is free but it will cost you opportunities.
  • Ideas are cheap, but originality will cost you.
  • Hot sauce makes everything better.
  • The odds of you being a loser are better than you winning the lottery.
  • There are people I follow on Twitter that I would never follow in real life, who I would rather push of a cliff in real life.
  • Complainers are worse than haters.
  • College is not for the uber successful.
  • future obituary: died of chili cheese fries.
  • “Really? Really?” Is the new “Oh My God”
  • The term “gateway drug” doesn’t make sense, if you are already doing a drug, you are already past the gateway for drugs.
  • Power drinks are the new gateway drugs.
  • Power drinks are making me fat and jittery.
  • All advice is relative, especially advice from a relative.
  • Life is a journey not a destination, death in the other hand seems like the destination.

Mar 24 2012

Pinterest Pins All Copyright Violations On Its Users

There is an interesting story about a Pintrest users that deleted her account after the social blogging platform changed it’s Terms of Service. Essentially, as stated in the article, Pinterest users are legally responsible for what the pin (post) and repine (re-post). Only under a limited number of circumstances can someone use copyrighted material without express written permission from the copyright holder…

Copyrighted work can only be used without permission when someone is criticizing it, commenting on it, reporting on it, teaching about it, or conducting research.

Fair use of copyrighted material, as described above, seemed reasonable in a physical world. But in a digital world where people first express themselves in social networking sites, I believe fair use of copyrighted material should include retweeting, liking, plus one-ing, rebloging, and sharing as these imply some level of commenting on the work by the the original poster and her network of friends and followers.

The good news for Pinterest is that most users don’t read, understand, or care about the Terms of Service.

I Accept, Terms of Service, deleteyourself.com

I Accept, Terms of Service, deleteyourself.com


Mar 19 2012

Retweet February 2012

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.

Software Development

  • Kids lunch snacks sound like Java interfaces, Uncrustables and Lunchables.
  • 99% of software is hardcoded defaults.
  • Software will shape the future.
  • I don’t count lines of code.
  • Code less, debug even less.
  • Every few years JavaScript goes through a renewed renaissance.
  • Sometimes life does not compute. #dividebyzeroerror

Team Leadership

  • Success is a dish best served with champagne.
  • Don’t let circumstance beyond your control control you.
  • Just because it’s widely accepted that Steve Jobs was difficult to work with and a genius doesnt mean you have to be difficult to work with.
  • Negativity is like cholesterol, to much of it can kill you.
  • Most important lesson in my life: Learn to appreciate what you have and do not agonize about what you don’t.
  • Corporate titles mean nothing, that is why I put Chief Creative Business Developer Principal Program Scientist on my business card.
  • The biggest lesson one can learn is to listen.
  • The universe doesn’t hate you, it doesn’t even know you exist.
  • Try harder. Do better. Go further. Think Bigger.
  • Forget stopping to smell the flowers, I stop to reach for the stars.

Product Placement

  • I’m going to start a search engine for ego searches and call it egoogle.
  • Google is a giant keyword router in the cloud.
  • Android uses food related codenames for its different versions, such as ice cream sandwhich. I hear next release will be named leftovers.
  • Why is Gingerbread still the most popular/common version of Android In new phones? It’s like two releases behind latest version.
  • I think it is safe to say that G+ is a successful flop. I would compare it more to MySpace than Facebook.
  • Missing Feature: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kindle reader would allow you to tweet a quote right from an eBook.
  • If Apple would design single family homes it would cost over $1 million and only be 800 sq/ft but I would want one really bad.
  • iPhone or iMole: whatever data or contact or image you have on your iPhone some hacker, service, API, law enforcement, or app will access.
  • In today’s day and age, no person should be executed for tweeting and no person should have to go to jail for downloading a song.
  • Blue Ivy Carter sounds more like a brand name of vodka or energy drink put out by Jay-Z than the name of his kid.

Cash Angels

  • Who needs $3 million to run a WordPress-powered tech blog? At these valuations my blog is definitely worth $10 million.
  • Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are modern day alchemists turning virtual goods into real cold hard cash, IPOs into billions.
  • A frothy market is a tasty market.
  • The future is in crowd financing.
  • It’s raining stock options in Silicon Valley. #makeitrain
  • All the people of Palo Alto rejoice at news of Facebook IPO, in a few months their rents will go up 30%.
  • To much Facebook IPO analysis on my feed. If you aren’t a preferred investor you ain’t making money.
  • 1. _________. 2. $#%#%$*(&. 3. ?????? 4. Profit.

Question

  • Can software refactor the world?
  • How can people wave their constitutional rights be agreeing to a terms of service they didn’t read or understand?
  • Breyer’s or Dreyer’s?
  • Who will be the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of 3D printing?
  • Forget “where’s the beef,” where’s the 100 Mbps broadband?
  • Who is Waldo?
  • If corporations are people does it mean a man can marry a corporation?

Equations

  • Principles > Politics
  • Generous > Gorgeous
  • Cheddar > Chatter
  • Worrier < Warrior
  • Sex On Fire > Heart On Fire

Feb 18 2012

Retweet January 2012

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.

Software Development

  • Even I’m surprised to know how many people use code that I wrote and tested on a train ride to my work.
  • What will be the preferred web development platform in 2012?
  • The default should always be opt-in.
  • legislation != innovation
  • Data to the people.
  • Technology is democratizing idiocy.

Team Leadership

  • If knowledge is power, than data is the source of power.
  • If you think your business model is finished, you are finished.
  • Doers gonna do.
  • Most managers have 20% time, the time spent not looking ignorant about some aspect of technology.
  • Better than picking your battle, pick the time of the battle, better still pick the your combatant, even better still put it on pay-per-view
  • In space no one can hear you scream, in the interwebs no one will let you forget it.
  • I had a dream that I had woken up at 10am and that I was late for work, I panicked and woke up from the dream and it was only 5am.
  • I absolutely hate absolutism of any kind!
  • If you want to have your cake and eat it too it is best to bake it yourself.
  • So-so is the enemy of awesome.

Product Placement

  • I wish there was a entrepreneur version of television show Deal or No Deal.
  • Green Burrito is the worst name for a fast food fastaurant.
  • It’s clear that @Google has Facebook envy, especially with their new privacy policy.
  • I’ll never use a social networking site if it requires a government ID for me to log in.
  • How can Google claim that G+ supports pseudonyms if they may review and require government ID for you to prove that is your real pseudonym.
  • People forget that Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto is an abbreviated form of “Don’t get caught being evil.”
  • Would William Shakespeare publish his works on the Apple iBooks platform?

Question

  • What is worse than bullshit or bullballs?
  • Why do bills arrive faster than cash?
  • How do you become the thought leader on thought leadership?
  • In what food group are gummy bears in?
  • Is it really made in the USA if it’s made of Italian leather from Spanish cows?

Randumb

  • Old hippies never die, they just cut their hair, take a shower, and become The Man.
  • If it was up to the movie/music industry, all Americans would have to pay a Copyright tax off 5% across the board.
  • Only one of the infinite parallel universes will end on 2012. Which universe are you in?
  • Many people on Hoarders are not true die hard hoarders, they are lazy and messy.
  • Complaining about the use of the #FirstWorldProblems hashtag is a #FirstWorldProblem.
  • I like cats but dislike cat people.
  • Just like haters gonna hate, cheaters gonna cheat.
  • The key of love is to know when to let go.
  • Fame made me do it.
  • Haters love me.
  • The future has no past.
  • Each day you die a little.
  • I like watching the future in reverse.
  • At the Hispanic section in a Chinese store.
  • If time flies, it must have lost its luggage.