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 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.

Jan 3 2012

Year In Review 2011

It is that time of year where we reflect on the accomplishments of the passing year and look forward to the one to come. Here is a window into the past year in technology through this year’s popular posts on TechKnow Juixe.

Code and Design

Reviews and Rants

Retweet 2011

Year in Review


Jan 2 2012

Retweet December 2011

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

  • Being into computers today is not the same as it was in my day when you had to solder chips into boards, now it means you are on Facebook.
  • I don’t know why you would fake such a thing but there are a lot of fake self described geeks.
  • This holiday season remember to backup if don’t already have a backup system in place.

Thought Leadership

  • Life has a funny way to keep you humble.
  • Focus on simplicity, complexity is overrated.
  • Whether I see the glass half full or half empty largely depends on what is in the glass to begin with.
  • To much of a good thing is a bad thing. Not enough of a good thing is also a bad thing.
  • No brain, no gain.
  • There is no such thing as cheap thrills, only cheap tricks.

Product Placement

  • I just realized that I have five phone numbers connected to my iPhone.
  • Not feeling the new Twitter app. It feels like it requires too many clicks to do anything.
  • Every parking lot should be covered with an array of solar panels. Some parking lots take more area than the base of the building.
  • I hate when sites and apps require Facebook Connect to sign up. #pinterest
  • I bet that Taco Bell taco shells are made in China.
  • Like a true politician, Go Daddy flip flopped on the issue and now claims it does not support SOPA. #WhoDroppedTheSOPA
  • Google Grinch: No Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S, first Galaxy Tab, or original Nexus.
  • The one feature that had been overlooked in Android is the ability to take a screenshot of your Android device.

Quote

  • I’m putting you on the do not kill list. – Bender Bending RodrÌguez
  • The truth is often stupid. – Bender Bending RodrÌguez
  • Follow the fucking money. When a VC tells you what’s good for you, check your wallet, then count your fingers. – jwz
  • Let’s go and invent tomorrow. – Steve Jobs

Question

  • Who moved my cheese and then cut said cheese?
  • Who is doing some last minute shopping?
  • How many domains do you own?
  • Church’s or Popeyes?
  • Ancient Aliens or Modern Morons?
  • If you could go back in time and would be stuck in prehistoric time, what skill would you need most to survive?
  • If Mr Grinch is so mean what do you think Mrs Grinch is like?
  • If the world is flat why aren’t international phone rates flat themselves?
  • A touch device is a complicated device with many components, what are the chances that the Galaxy Tab would look identical to the iPad?

Randumb

  • Looking forward to the future!
  • Old Internet memes don’t die, they go remixed, go viral, and trend.
  • It’s rumored that the same maker that built a weight scale with a built it twitter client that tweets your weight is working on a toilet.
  • Money can’t buy you love but it can sure buy some lap dances.
  • When it comes to teenage love, forever doesn’t last long.
  • The surprise is the prize.
  • Empty space is the enemy of clutter.
  • You are the chaos/cause of you.
  • You are the cause of you because you.
  • It is what it will be and it will be what has been.
  • Happy whatever the fuck you celebrate tonight.
  • The Internet was invented for the sharing of funny cat videos and pictures.
  • Make a right at the 3rd dimension and you are here.
  • The best part of nothing is everything.
  • Negative ideas manifest into real feelings
  • Gift wrapping ain’t going so merry.
  • If there is a way to hurt yourself with a tape dispenser I’ve done it… Why is my lip bleeding!?
  • I think that The Terminator is the beginning of a long war against the machines that culminates with The Matrix.

Overheard

  • OH: Annoying people are really annoying.
  • OH: I would love to enjoy my own depression if I only I didn’t have to deal with other people’s depression.
  • OH: I wish my life was an 80′s movie.
  • OH: To be honest, I’m not being honest.

Dec 16 2011

Android Lacks Polish

I’ve been an Android user since the HTC G1 first came out. Since then, I’ve had and used the Google Nexus, HTC G2, and the Dell Streak 7. I’ve tried to like my Android devices but they lack polish or frustrate me in several other ways. The first annoying lack to details is noticed immediately as soon as you un-box the device. Just turn over the device and you’ll see three or more logos, the maker logo (such as Dell, HTC, or Samsung), the carriers logo (T-Mobile or Verizon), and the product name or other insignia. Apple products just have the Apple logo. On Android devices, you’ll have different logos each placed on the back plate separately, the vendor’s logo will be etched into the back while the carrier’s logo will be some cheap vinyl sticker placed afterward.

My personal pet peeve with Android devices is the craziness with moving apps from the internal device’s memory to the external SD card. Even relatively recent Android devices such as the Google Nexus and Dell Streak 7 have less than 1GB internal memory so if you download a lot of apps you’ll soon need to move apps around to the SD card. But some apps you can’t move to the SD card so that presents a different issue.

Who cares if the phone’s memory can be extended by using higher capacity SD cards if a one year old device can’t even be upgraded to the latest Android version. So the whole thing with extensible SD cards and moving installed apps from the internal memory to the SD card I find completely and frustratingly useless. The whole concept of an Operating Systems is that best manages the resources of the device, the Android OS should best manage installed applications in either the internal memory or SD based on some intelligence. Why am I doing Android’s job?

Another concern I have with Android devices is that they usually come with a lot of pre-installed apps. For example, my Dell Streak 7 came with Kongregate Arcade app which I can’t remove and reclaim the wasted internal memory. Similarly, carriers and vendors add and customize Android so that no two devices have the same user experience.

My last concern with Android’s lack of polish is its dark goth color scheme. Most application’s menu and option screens are as if they were designed by a goth listening to The Cure. The Android UI design is not “Just Like Heaven.”