10 Front-End Development Tools

Posted in Apps, Front-End

I saw this list of ten supposedly tools “you can’t live without” and found it lacking; it’s more of a list of IDEs/text editors and frameworks which a front-end could choose from. I wanted a …

Assuming Everybody Else Sucked

Posted in Learning, Startups

The year was 2010. We were searching for the next big Facebook app, high off our previous successes. This was when Facebook just released the News Feed, and everything from cute icons to animated fake …

More Than 12 Weeks and More Than a CS Degree

Posted in Engineering, Work

I was chatting with a friend today on how difficult it has been for his startup to hire. They’re competing against startups flush with Series A/B cash, IPO-candidate companies offering equity with some weight, and …

Outdated Vehicular Technologies

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I sold my car last month. It was my first; something I bought with the starting bonus of my first job out of school, a beautiful coupe that I’ve kept for almost nine years. Being …

The Long Tail of Technological Solutionism

Posted in Startups, Technology

They are driven by a pervasive and dangerous ideology that I call “solutionism”: an intellectual pathology that recognizes problems as problems based on just one criterion: whether they are “solvable” with a nice and clean …

Considering Job Offers as a New Grad

Posted in Learning, Work

Hey, I get it. You’re about to graduate as a prestigious computer engineering student from a well-known university, and you have your pick of a dozen companies to begin a career that’s been glamorized to …

The Future of Games as a Service

Posted in Games, Thoughts

Now that the crying from Simcity’s server issues have mostly died down[1], it gives a bit of space to reflect on what happened. Maxis’s always-online design decisions aside, the controversy would not have been as …

Google Reader, the Silent Geek Service

Posted in Apps, Services

I’m still a bit taken aback by the fervent response to Google’s announcement that they’re finally going to shut down Google Reader later this year. It has been my rock-solid replacement for Netvibes for a …