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The Decline of the Cantonese Language

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I have a 2-year-old son. He’ll be a second generation Chinese-American, who — unless our lives completely go sideways for the next two decades — will attend American schools and absorb American culture like any …

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Software as a Core Competency

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Techies like writing about Tesla. Beyond the perhaps oversimplified comparisons to Apple, the company also feels like it’s a disruptive force, one taking on the old establishment of major car companies and their dealership cartels. …

Friendship Available for Rent

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I came across an interesting article on a few lesser known social services in Japan: The Incredibly True Story of Renting a Friend in Tokyo On the surface, it sounds and feels like another “Japanese …

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Accelerated Mobile Pages

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On my to-do list, under the “software” category, there was an item on enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on this blog. I figured it’d take some research plus a bit of coding and styling, seeing …

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Data Sync Not Invented Here

Posted in Apps, Engineering

You’d think that data syncing is a solved problem for applications. Dropbox has been around for close to 10 years, and they came up with a product model — a local folder whose files (usually) …

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Evernote → OneNote

Posted in Apps, Services

Late last year, I was investigating whether to migrate over from Evernote to OneNote. I had been an Evernote user for years, but recent questions on the health of the company have prompted me to …

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The Cafe Workspace

Posted in Places, Work

Our team just had an offsite brainstorming meeting at the Workshop Cafe in the heart of the financial district in San Francisco. It is this neat little coffee shop attached to a spacious co-working space, …

Automatable Management

Posted in Computing, Management

If there’s any truth left to the cliche that middle management adds little more than bureaucracy and communication overhead to an organization, then Slack’s manager bot product should fix that market inefficiency pretty quickly. Status …

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Fashion Choices and the Apple Watch

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I just came across this astute article on the current state of Apple and Android smartwatches from FastCompany: Google Could Beat Apple At Fashion—Just Like It Did Phones It gets to the heart of one …