In Memory of Reasonably Priced Software

Posted in Apps, Thoughts

This post has been sitting in my Dropbox drafts folder for a few weeks now. I was thinking about how the current software boom is one of the few bright sectors in our current economy, …

User-Centric Development

Posted in Front-End, Thoughts

When Adobe announced this week that it is no longer trying to make Flash viable on mobile platforms, there was a good amount of developer talk on the ramifications. In particular, some on Hacker News …

The Early Life of Steve Jobs

Posted in Thoughts

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs came out this week, and I along with most of the iBook + Kindle population started digesting the pages upon its digital release. There’s something to be said about …

How I Evolved my RSS Reading

Posted in Apps, Thoughts

Ars had an article today on how RSS is no longer a sane way to consume news; I also saw Marco (of Instapaper fame) posted how he has changed his RSS habit for “sane RSS …

Don’t Design and Code

Posted in Engineering, Thoughts, Web Design

There has apparently an on-going debate on whether designers – web designers, to be specific – ought to be able to code their own designs. This article, for instance, re-ignites the debate. I guessing the …

Blind Hindsight

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

How many times have you heard about stories like Excite having a chance to buy Google, back in 1999, for $1 million? Or, if only someone not named Bill Gates got the rights to distribute …

The Value of Quora

Posted in Thoughts

A few days ago, I ran across this post commenting on the decline of Quora, at least in mindshare and media coverage. While this conclusion is dubious based on raw traffic numbers, my own anecdotal use has steadily declined …

HTML5 Madness

Posted in Front-End, Thoughts

I’m conflicted. As a front-end web developer, I should be excited about the advancements in HTML5: the new HTML tags that correct all the hacks and self-replicating divs; the correctly cross-browser rendered styles which have …

Code Pessimism

Posted in Engineering, Thoughts

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at a your codebase and uttered one or more of the following: Hm, should get to that TODO at some point. I’ll love deleting that chunk code when …