Proxlet, Twitter's barometer
Proxlet has been one of my more interesting projects. (It solves an acute Twitter pain, it allows you to mute noisy users/apps) One thing I’ve learned is that on any given day, the usage/user-ratings for Proxlet very directly reflect the at-the-time quality of the Twitter API service. Twitter chokes up, folks perceive the middle-man-Proxlet as the issue, numbers go down. Twitter operates...
Boundless Learning, Hiring Revolutionaries
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results” -Albert Einstein You: “Einstein? I thought this was a job posting.” Indeed it is, but Einstein sums up why Boundless Learning exists: we are building a different type of company to take on a insane, and massive, incumbent industry in a way that has never been done before. If you want to be part of the...
10 Reasons You Should Work at a Startup Before... →
I was knee deep in writing a similar post, but Jason beat me to it. I think for a first-time entrepreneur who have NEVER lived the startup life, the most important risk to de-risk is themselves.
When people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the...– Austin Kleon (via marco)
MongoDB + Node talk: NYC, late March
For those of you that interested in MongoDB & Node, I’ll be presenting at the PostgreSQL Conference this March. Details for the talk here: http://bit.ly/gvgT4a
My Node.js Talk on Proxlet
Proxlet has been all over the news today: Gizmodo / Lifehacker, BusinessInsider, Swiss-miss… and even 100shiki have covered it. Throughout all this massive press, our $10/month server hasn’t skipped a single beat. How? Node.js. If you’re interested in learning how Node.js lets Proxlet handle millions upon millions of queries on the cheapest of cloud servers, please join me the...
WebM: Google's weapon against iPhone battery life
A conspiracy theory for you to mull over: Apple takes great care to ensure a long battery life for their iOS devices, by carefully controlling the hardware & software metaphors that impact it. The result is that iOS devices vastly outlast Android comparables. By pushing the web towards the WebM codec, Google can very quickly knock a key benefit of the iPhone, namely H.264 hardware decoding,...
Dealing with the future, it is more important to be imaginative and insightful...– Alvin Toffler (via putitperfectly)
Competition & Class
Having competition is great, personally, I get fired up and motivated into new levels of energy. Friends have seen me “on the warpath”. My productivity & focus seem to double instantaneously. (If I only I could bottle this, and sell it to you, friends) I recently discovered Proxlet has a new competitor. The value Proxlet provides (muting annoying tweets) is a problem many people...
Imagine it’s 1995: almost no one but Gordon Gekko and Zack Morris have...– The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine (via arielwaldman) WE LIVE IN THE MOTHER FLIPPIN FUTURE!!! (via msg)
RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried. →
nerdcast: parislemon: And I do agree that the RSS problem is largely an aesthetic one. And while that may sound simple enough to fix, obviously, it hasn’t been. Now Facebook and Twitter are fixing it for everyone by stabbing it repeatedly in the stomach. Not gonna lie, I can’t stand “RSS is Dying” posts. But, I have been using it less and less as my usage of Twitter has gone up. I have...
Yes, I realize that’s a contradiction, but it seems to capture the essence of...– Continuations: The Private IPO
bijan: “There’s too much stuff. It seems to me that almost all tools we rely on to manage information weren’t designed for a world of infinite info. They were designed as if you could consume whatever was out there that you were interested in.” — Evan Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info: Tech News and Analysis « Completely agree. This is a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to...
pieratt: “Coveting possessions is unhealthy. Here’s how I look at it: All of the computers on Ebay are mine. In fact, everything on Ebay is already mine. All of those things are just in long term storage that I pay nothing for. Storage is free. When I want to take something out of storage, I just pay the for the storage costs for that particular thing up to that point, plus a nominal shipping...
Everyone on the campaign loved the videos. All the videos ended up doing worse...– How Obama Raised $60 Million by Running a Simple Experiment (via putorti)
Bubbles and the bursting thereof.
langer: shit like this just fucking hurts: “It’s not all going great,” Mr. Wilson told The Observer. “You know, companies are failing. A couple of high-flying entrepreneurs came crashing to the ground recently. Justin Shaffer of Hot Potato and Sam Lessin of Drop.io—both of those companies essentially failed. Both of them ended up ‘selling’ their businesses to Facebook, but those were really...
robgo.org: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Boston... →
Great post by Rob for those looking to orient themselves to the Boston Startup ecosystem. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community 2011
DDR + 10 years = Kinect
What a difference a decade makes in technology. Junior year of college (2001-2002) we were playing DDR in our living room, stepping on silly plastic pads and calling it dancing. Fast forward to 2010, and now I’m working up a sweat actually dancing while Microsoft’s Kinect camera judges the motion of my every limb, controller free. Wow. What’s amazing is that in a few years...