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.

Oct 10 2011

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Here is a short clip of Steve Jobs introducing the new Think Different ad campaign which includes the Here’s To The Crazy Ones speech. From this clip, here are my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs.

The Apple brand has clearly suffered from neglect in this area in the last few years and we need to bring it back. The way to do that is not to talk about speeds and feeds; not to talk about mips and megahertz; not to talk about why we’re better than Windows…

Our customers want to know who is Apple and what is it that we stand for, where do we fit in this world. What we are about isn’t making boxes to get people to get their jobs done, although we do that well, we do that better than almost anybody in some cases. But Apple is about something more than that. Apple at the core, it’s core value, is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better.


Oct 22 2010

Apple vs Andriod, History Repeating Itself

Philosopher George Santayana said that “those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.” Steve jobs who lived through the Personal Computer Revolution is set to repeat Apple’s fortunes in the Smart Phone Revolution. With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Apple took the lead in a novel mobile device segment, the Smart Phone. Prior to 2007, there had been a number of business class phones that at best emulated the desktop user experience in a hand held device but non had the traction to change the cell phone landscape. By 2007, the cell phone technology had dramatically changed that Steve Jobs was able to pack more computing power in an iPhone that ever before and he revolutionized the mobile user experience with touch screens. Apple later took another significant evolutionary step in what we consider a smart phone platform when the iPhone SDK was released to developers and the iTunes app store was made available to consumers. With years ahead it’s nearest cell phone competitor such as Nokia, Motorola, or Microsoft, and key patents under their name, and thousands of apps in their online app store, most pundits would have thought that Apple’s market share would in smart phones would be firmly cemented.

If the iPhone ecosystem were a country, it would probably be a little like China with a strong authoritative central government, some limited free enterprise, and tight censorship. Apple has a tendency to dictate what the customer wants, for example, the common Apple mouse still has one button while a typical windows will have on average 3 buttons and a mouse wheel. Apple has never been an open platform. Apple’s close platform has always been it’s Achille’s heal but also core to how Apple designs it’s products. With the release of the first Macintosh, the first commercially successful personal computer, Apple develop a technical and marketing lead to it’s rival computer makers. With the help of IBM, an open architecture was developed that over time was standardized to the de facto personal computer, this architecture developed over time to the modern desktop which might include a Intel chip, Microsoft Windows OS, and other off the shelf components. A closed platform will always little footing to compete with an open one, especially when hundreds of vendors provided alternatives to fit every possible need and price. Overtime Apple’s market share dwindled to single digits. But even with a very narrow market share, Apple has learned to be profitable, it knows it can charge a premium for beautifully designed products that simply work more often than they are infected with viruses or fatal crashes.

Even being an active participant of the Personal Computer Revolution, and having a front row seat as Apple’s close platform lost market share, Steve Jobs is using the same closed platform playbook with the iPhone and iPad product lines. This time, instead of IBM, Google is leading the charge with an open alternative to Apple’s iPhone. Google’s Android has been picked up by a large number of phone makers. There is a wide variety of Android phones in the market aimed a different consumers as opposed to the two models (iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4) of iPhone currently available from Apple. Google claims that at least 200,000 Android phones are activated a day. It is clear that history will repeat itself, and Android will eat Apple’s lunch, or at least take it’s market dominance. With market share comes developer’s mind share.

Apple has been previously before lit the fuse the set off a technological revolution. It first did it with the Macintosh which sparked the Personal Computer revolution and it has done it again with the iPhone with the smart phone industry. In both situations, Apple held a lead over it’s competitors but gave way because of it’s closed platform. In having a tight and stringent control over the iPhone, Steve Jobs has conceded market share to the Android platform.


Aug 9 2010

Retweet August 2010

From time to time I blast tweets on software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else I’m working through. 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

  • Programming is more about problem solving than coding, just like being an author is more about storytelling than writing.
  • Next time your significant other starts nagging, throw an IllegalArgumentException!
  • I want the web to evolve to a stage where flash is not required! It’s 2010 for God’s sake, why we still using plugins in browsers!?
  • why do I have to tether gadgets and string along services just to catch a call?
  • Patents? We don’t need no stinking patents.
  • When life gives you users, make customers.
  • For programmers everything is as easy as alpha, beta, and gold master.
  • Good debugging techniques go a log way in and out of the debugger!
  • Like the Free Masons, I am part of a secret society of digitari and conspiracy theorists and computer repairmen known as the Free Hackers.
  • I am so WYSIWYG!
  • If privacy settings are difficult to edit they are hard to implement, enact, and enable correctly.
  • Privacy setting should be transparent not secretive and misleading.

Team Leadership

  • You always get further faster with less effort if you work with what you got.
  • The next big thing usually sneaks up on those waiting in line to ride the current thing.
  • Mo money mo ways to solve mo problems.
  • Bad apples introduce bad seeds.
  • Litigation stifles innovation.
  • Technology is changing so fast that I have obsolete gadgets the unopened packages I bought them.
  • I’m coming up so you better get this project started.
  • As companies grow, they lose acceleration and focus, but depend on momentum and size.
  • I have to call into our all hands meeting tomorrow. Since I have to call in, I’ll be all ears at the all hands meeting.
  • A great idea in the mind of someone that can’t or won’t do anything about it is like an orphan.
  • When companies can’t create engaging products and new markets they create bogus patents.

Product Placement

  • Twitter needs a reliable picture service, as reliable as Twitter, but Twitpic just needs to go away.
  • The #newtwitter is like the the #oldtwitter plus HTML crack.
  • I wish Twitter was like survivor and we can kick some twits of the service.
  • This is how much AT&T sucks, I’m tethering my T-Mobile Nexus One with my AT&T iPhone to tweet this!
  • Apple press events are as large as sporting events! Apple should televise them in Pay-Per-View.
  • Steve Jobs is a mad genius, you gotta buy his hardware so that you can buy his software and along the way pay for a horrible service plan.
  • The new iPod mini is one gadget closer to the Dick Tracy wrist watch phone.
  • Apple cares more about design than market share, and that’s why users pay a premium.
  • Steve Jobs would make a great James Bond villain.
  • And the Grammy for the Album of the Year goes to… Autotune!
  • AT&T should rebrand itself as FU&U!
  • In addition to Document, Presentation, Spreadsheet, and Form document types, @google Docs should add a Gantt Chart!

Quote

  • We can suggest what you should do next, what you care about. Imagine: We know where you are, we know what you like. – Eric Schmidt
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  • Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. – Steve Jobs
  • Get into jiggle mode. – Steve Jobs
  • So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated. – Bill Gates

Cash Angels

  • School experience is not in tune with the current job opportunities. College should be more like a series of Y Combinator funding cycles.
  • If there is a angel investment bubble, everybody should cash in before they can cash out.
  • When you see startup accelerators with names like 500 ACME Startup Founders Camp you can be sure that there is an angel investment bubble.
  • Zuckerborg has dropped out of college and he is pledging $100,000,000 for kids to stay in school.

Jul 9 2010

Retweet June 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

  • Craftsmanship is not a computer algorithm.
  • If models can be super, what can programmers be? Leet?
  • Just like you’re not supposed to go to a book by its cover don’t judge an application by its installer
  • Some people call it cheating, I call it romantic A/B testing.
  • Eric Schmidt’s tie is selected by a computer algorithm that tests over 80 different hues of blue based on his current location and weather.
  • I’m not implemented yet.

Team Leadership

  • If you don’t remember when you took a vacation last, you need a vacation!
  • Money buys opportunities and experiences but not talent or happiness.
  • Sometimes work/life balance feels like juggling eggs and frying pans on a tight rope as the audience throws carnival rings at your head.
  • Perfection is a deception.
  • Be scrappy, not crappy!
  • Most people don’t search beyond the first page of the search engine results’ page anymore.
  • Thoughts can’t be stolen, only forgotten!
  • The truth is never complete.
  • Some cover up mistake by making a bigger mistake.
  • Facts are nether negative or positive but they are often interpreted as such.
  • People can find offense in anything.

Product Placement

  • If you want you iPhone 4 to get better reception just don’t touch it or use it.
  • And then Steve Jobs said, “Let there be multi-touch.”
  • Eating Cheetos and tweeting on an iPad/iPhone is not a good idea. Finger food and finger computing don’t mix.
  • If Steve Jobs was president and the BP Oil Spill happened in his watch he would say, “Not that big of a deal. Steve Sent from my iPhone.”
  • Steve Jobs should run NASA.
  • If Steve Jobs always wears a black t-shirt, does he always wear tidy whities?
  • I wish iTunes could organize songs by mood in addition to genre or album.
  • Can’t wait until there is a Face Time Roulette service for the iPhone 4!
  • AT&T and Apple are using the police as PR enforcers.
  • Twitter feels like it was programmed by state programmers in Soviet Russia in the 70’s, it has constant disruptions, is not reliable, etc.
  • Mr. Zuckerborg, tear down this walled garden.
  • Bill Gates should come out of retirement and run Facebook.
  • Scientists should invent self cleaning toilets like they have done for self cleaning oven.

Quote

  • Not that big of a deal. Non issue. You are holding it wrong. – Steve Jobs
  • Privacy means people know what they are signing up for in plain English. Some people want to share more data. Ask them. – Steve Jobs
  • No one single answer is ever the answer to everything. – South Park
  • Our Science is great. – South Park
  • The devil is in the implementation. – Leo Laporte
  • Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand – Kurt Vonnegut
  • I hate BP, but I admire them too, in the same way I respect the work ethic of serial killers. – Scott Adams
  • I have a theory that you should invest in the companies that you hate the most – Scott Adams

Jul 5 2010

Retweet May 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

  • Tests? We ain’t got no tests. We don’t need no tests! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ tests!
  • Test. Code. Debug. Refactor. Repeat.
  • Party like a rock star, code like a _why.
  • Code has a center of gravity.
  • There are features that become products, products that become companies, and companies that become revolutions.
  • To increase productivity when working with buggy software tools, don’t focus on how it should be done but the work around to get it done.
  • Can you imagine only getting paid if there is no bugs in your ode?
  • One developer’s bug is another user’s loss of faith in technology.
  • Delivery dates for feature sets that there are no specs is a death wish list.
  • Running software trumps unwritten specifications.
  • I drop fools like I drop database tables, with one SQL statement.
  • Memories are backward compatible.
  • I dream in quantum bits.
  • My dreams are hosted on the cloud.

Team Leadership

  • 80% required in swimming is just to have your head above water, the rest is about moving forward.
  • I know Google offers employees 20% time, that must be why 80% of their products feel like 80% done.
  • Having your head in the clouds is better than your head in the sand! Hold up your head up high and you will see further.
  • Make your own path, build your own bridge, be your own light.
  • Make work be more wow!
  • Future proof your thinking.
  • Meeting don’t generate momentum.
  • It only takes a single dash to turn a minus into a plus.
  • Some set out to follow a leader, others follow his vision, and still others his path. Why not triangulate his geolocation based on all of these?
  • A high IQ does not equate with success. I developed a new algo to measure likelihood of success, Kick-ass Quotient, or KQ instead of IQ!!!
  • Sweep me off my feet, not under the rug.

Product Placement

  • If Zuckerberg would not have created Facebook, he would have been just another picture collector on Craigslist.
  • If Facebook would had been invented in the time of Hitler, Zuckerborg might had been a collaborator, aka Little Fuhrer, and would have geolocated Ann Frank
  • Facebook is said to release geolocation check-in feature soon, default setting is to notify your parole officer or ex your current location.
  • Why isn’t common sense the default at Facebook when it comes to users’ privacy rights.
  • BP handling of the oil spill is what I called fail whale, I mean if you kill a whale it is an automatic #failwhale.
  • Two guys walk into an Apple store to buy an iPad… This is not a joke, this is a tragedy, they walk empty handed because they are sold out
  • Happy Quit Facebook Day!!!
  • Flash, there is no app for that.
  • Can you imagine a 20 inch iPad? This shall come to pass.
  • The iPad is the iPC.
  • At Home Depot, just came from Office Depot. Are these stores like related? Can’t wait for Gansta Depot!
  • Disney wants to kill your creativity!
  • People used to clock-in to work, now they check-in.
  • Which is the most hated tech company, Apple, Google, Facebook, Abode???

Quote

  • I love the smell of napalm in the morning! – Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore
  • You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. – Rahm Emanuel
  • Billionaires rule supreme. – P. Sainath
  • We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them. – Steve Jobs
  • I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products. – Steve Jobs
  • Ahhh, what an awful dream. Ones and zeroes everywhere… and I thought I saw a two. – Bender
  • A documented bug is not a bug; it is a feature. – James P. MacLennan
  • The invisible hand of the market is actually a very visible bunch of grubby paws if you really look. – P. Sainath
  • Languages shape the way we think, or don’t. – Erik Naggum
  • Shawty is a eenie meenie mo lova – Sean Kingston
  • If at first you don’t succeed – call an airstrike. – Banksy
  • Lots and lots of blogs does not replace lots and lots of sales. – Larry Ellison
  • Baby there is a shark in the water. – VV Brown
  • The market is no longer driven by shareholders. The market is driven by formulas. – @mcuban