Dec 31 2009

TechKnow Year In Review 2009

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.

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Dec 31 2009

Quotable Calacanis 2009

Jason Calacanis is an outspoken and unfiltered entrepreneur. Calacanis founded Mahalo, co-founded Weblogs, Inc. which later sold to AOL, co-founded TechCrunch 50, host of This Week in Startups, founder of Open Angel Forum. Calacanis is famous for his industry rants on Jason’s List mailing list, most recently ranting about Facebook privacy mishap. Over the last year I have collected a few choice quotes from Jason Calacanis blog posts, mailing list, and podcast.

If you are not fired up with enthusiasm you will be fired with enthusiasm.
This Week in Startups #33

If you built something based on the Twitter API, it is a hobby it is not a business.
This Week in Startups #33

As Eric Schmidt, Stalin, Hitler, George Bush, and Kim Jong Il have all said, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
This Week in Startups #33

I’ve seen slot of dumb guys with a lot of passion become vey successful. I see that guy every morning when I wake up and i shave.
This Week in Startups #32

If poor people pirate stuff it’s okay, because all you are doing is training them for when they do have money.
This Week in Startups #31

Facebook proved again this week that they are either the most unethical or clueless internet company in the world. An amazing accomplishment since Facebook is also one of the most promising, and certainly fastest growing, internet companies of all time.
Is Facebook unethical, clueless or unlucky?

It is so depressing when one of our leading companies bases their ethics on “will we get caught?” and perhaps more precisely: “if we do get caught will it cost us anything in relation to the money we’ll make when we go public?”
Is Facebook unethical, clueless or unlucky?

They should have a term limit for [television] series, seven years. If you can’t tell a story in seven years, that is it. Seven years and you can have two spin offs.
This Week in Startups #28

A guy with an idea means nothing unless you have a lot of money, connections, or domain expertise.
This Week in Startups #28

You have to pick hour partner like you pick your spouse, you really have to enjoy spending a lot of time with them.
This Week in Startups #26

Wait a second, … you’ll waiting for me to take a risk, and then you’ll take a risk, that is not risk at all.
This Week in Startups #25

I think people overestimate the value of their ideas. They actually think their idea is what you are going to invest in.
This Week in Startups #25

Anybody that is a great entrepreneur has a little supper villain in them. There is a little Lex Luther in every CEO.
This Week in Startups #25

If there is any doubt, there is no doubt.
This Week in Startups #18

You are your people.
This Week in Startups #18

Starting is easy, finishing is hard.
This Week in Startups #18

Failure is the precursor to success.
This Week in Startups #18

Great entrepreneur gets a dollar out of a nickel, a donkey entrepreneur get a nickel out of a dollar.
This Week in Startups #18

The opposite of entrepreneurship is academia.
This Week in Startups #12

Failure is the common denominator amongst successful people.
This Week in Startups #10

Longevity is a big part of credibility.
Don’t Stop Believing

People’s reputations are made in the bad times more than the good times.
Don’t Stop Believing

If you can’t sell your product, it’s not a product–it’s a hobby.
Don’t Stop Believing


Nov 18 2009

Favorite Programming Quotes 2009

When I am not coding I am reading about code. Here is a short list of memerable programming quotes I read over the past year about the science and art of software development. Over this last year, my interest and reading habits have been related to software development, team leadership, and entrepreneurship and this quotes reflects those topics.

What we learned over several years is that the registry in the data center is an evil, evil thing.
Sriram Krishnan

No code is faster than no code.
Merb Core Tenent

Rails is the best framework for the 80/20 rule out there. It will get you 80% there faster than any framework, but it will fight you tooth and nail for the remaining 205.
Ezra Zygmuntowicz

Software: do you write it like a book, grow it like a plant, accrete it like a pearl, or construct it like a building?
Jeff Atwood

I will not break my back or my sanity on Windows troubleshooting any more.
Jamis Buck

Premature parameterization is the square root of all evil.
Sean McGrath

If you can’t be a chick magnet, be a porn magnet.
Zed Shaw

Piracy is a natural state of affairs for users with lots of time and no money.
Jeff Atwood

Every time DRM prevents legitimate playback, a pirate gets his wings.
Nathan Bowers

What ruby does offer is a more intuitive way of coding. Its form is simple. It’s full of grace. Ruby is succinct. It’s not the messiah of languages though it attracts many messiah-figures and their fanboy prototypes.
Renae Blair

I do believe I have post-traumatic Java syndrome.
Renae Blair

The thesis explicit in Crockford’s book (JavaScript: The Good Parts) and implicit in Conway’s (Perl Best Practices) is that the best way to use a language is to carve out a subset of its functionality that is superior to the whole smorgasbord you have on offer. It’s how people use natural languages, and it’s how a lot of good programmers use programming languages as well.
Giles Bowkett

Frameworks like Rails make you fast, and Sinatra makes even Rails look slow.
Giles Bowkett

The goal is not to establish a far-off goal and find a way to hit it, but to establish a series of tiny, immediate goals that keep you forever moving forward. Aristotle argued that virtue was mostly a matter of having good habits; Lao-Tzu tells us that the voyage of a million miles starts with a single step. So the key is to get moving and keep moving.
Giles Bowkett

Instead of charging the going rate of $250, we decided to charge $350. Why not? I figured we could establish ourselves as having the premium product simply by charging a premium. In the absence of additional information, consumers often use prices to judge products.
Joel Spolsky

That’s another flaw with performance-based rewards: They are easy for one of your competitors to top.
Joel Spolsky

Longevity is a big part of credibility.
Jason Calacanis

People’s reputations are made in the bad times more than the good times.
Jason Calacanis

If you can’t sell your product, it’s not a product–it’s a hobby.
Jason Calacanis

I fear — as far as I can tell — that most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training.
Alan Kay

Agile is not just about speed.
Jack Milunsky

I can’t choose whether someone is offended by my actions. I can choose whether I care.
Martin Fowler

Would you pay $100 an hour for an untrained accountant? Because if your consulting rate is $100 an hour and you do your own accounting, that’s exactly what’s happening.
Chris Wanstrath

So, what does it mean for teaching and learning programming when the solution to every beginner problem is available on the Internet?
Cay Horstmann

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.
Ken Thompson

Deleted code is debugged code.
Jeff Sickel

Good software architects are like condoms… bad software architects are like Viagra.
Sidan

Nobody hates software more than software developers.
Jeff Atwood

Not all liquidity events are created equal.
Brandon Watson

Not all code needs to be a factory, some of it can just be origami.
_why

If you program and want any longevity to your work, make a game. All else recycles, but people rewrite architectures to keep games alive.
_why

I think Ruby is the next best thing after sliced bread and Common Lisp.
ivanstojic

The best way to market yourself is to be remarkable.
Chad Fowler

I rather raise nerds than raise gangsters.
The RZA

Not having a clear goal leads to death by a thousand compromises.
Mark Pincus

Chase the vision, not the money.
Tony Hsieh

Those that say it can’t be done, shouldn’t interrupt those that are actually doing it.
Michael Arrington

What it comes down to is that Rails developers are just that: Rails developers. They’re not software developers, at least not most of them. … Their framework dictates how their systems are designed instead of the problems the systems are designed to solve.
Samuel Tesla

If you are single and you want to do startups, stay single. Stay single for a while, startups can be all consuming 24/7 suck you dry.
Steve Blank

You can’t build everything and there is no more a killer feature. Everyone has a different killer feature.
Matt Mullenweg

I am the unhappiest WordPress user in the world, I think it sucks.
Matt Mullenweg

The biggest motivation is not the money but the impact.
Matt Mullenweg

If I’m on the titanic I want to be steering.
Matt Mullenweg

You don’t want to be the site that people should use, you want to be the site they can’t stop using.
Roelof Botha

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
Martin Golding

One man’s feature is another man’s complexity.
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Aug 19 2009

Technology and Politics

Politicians say the darndest things, especially when it comes to technology. Here are some technology related quotes made famous my our elected officials and civil servants.

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
– Al Gore/Vice President of the United States

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got…an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially.
– Ted Stevens/Alaska Senator

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
– Ted Stevens/Alaska Senator

Internet != Big Truck

Internet != Big Truck

As broadband deployment and more importantly if you look at the megabyte per second how much information can we get though the pipeline is going to be so important as new and new software technologies are introduced what you are going to see is huge change from how applications are architected with skip logic to video and much more human ways of interacting with these applications rather than binary or COBOL ways to interacting with those applications.
– Vivek Kundra/United States Chief Information Officer