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Breaking Down Team Organization

Posted in Management, Work

Steven Sinofsky — former Microsoft Windows executive, now a16z board partner — wrote a really in-depth article about organizing teams within companies: Functional versus Unit Organizations For the uninitiated, functional organization is grouping people by …

How to Find a Good Manager

Posted in Management, Work

Recently, I was talking with a colleague at work who was about to leave the company, and they were asking me for any tips to take with them to their new job. In my head, …

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Finally the PC as a Gaming Console

Posted in Games

Recently, I got excited and bought an custom Xbox One controller, courtesy of the Xbox Design Lab. In this case, “custom” really just means being able to select a color scheme for its various parts, …

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An Era Hostile to Innovation

Posted in Technology

140 characters instead of flying cars. Peter Thiel quipped this back in 2011, succinctly and pointedly describing the state of technological progress in the 21st century. It’s damning our modern tendencies to seek incremental improvements …

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The Demise of Lyve

Posted in Hardware, Services

Guess I called it. I just got the email last week that Lyve is shutting down. It started as a somewhat unique proposition around owning your own storage and interface around photos, which eventually had …

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Review: Death’s End

Posted in Reading

Death’s End is the last volume of the The Three Body Problem trilogy. Here are the reviews for the first and second book. Spoilers ahead, at least for those books. Well, that escalated quickly. I …

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Another Year, Another iPhone

Posted in Mobile

Some hold this ritual annually; I manage to only do it every other year. Around midnight on a September evening, a mob of folks huddle around a handful of websites to try to get their …

Review: Covered Calls Made Easy

Posted in Finance, Reading

A good friend of mine recommended this light reader a couple of weeks ago: Covered Calls Made Easy: Generate Monthly Cash Flow by Selling Options It’s a fairly short book, written and published recently, about …