Creative Writing Through Tools

Posted in Apps, Blog

Programming text editors are a dime a dozen, quite literally: there are dozens of great, free open-source editors running from vim and emacs to full-fledged IDEs like Eclipse and Netbeans, and it’s pretty understandable that …

Joining Square

Posted in Work

Square is a happenin’ place right now. We’re apparently one of the hot startups in the valley, with general good press and happy users. I’d like to think what we’re through now is the same …

A Game of Numbers

Posted in Games, Mobile

Lately, I’ve gotten hooked onto Kairosoft‘s set of well-designed “simulation” games on mobile phones. They tackle pretty random topics from game development to managing a professional racing team, but only in the loosest sense; they’re …

Google Just Likes Java

Posted in Engineering, Front-End

Google went ahead and released their new proposed language for the web, Dart. It’s a well-meaning gesture to upgrade the state of client-side web dev, but has had a lukewarm reception. Not surprising, when it …

Ergonomics

Posted in Computing

I’m deathly afraid of carpal tunnel. The computer industry doesn’t pay enough attention to this injury or ergonomic issues associated with computer usage. Craning a neck down to read a cramped laptop screen while typing …

On Blogging

Posted in Blog

I’ve been blogging for a while now, but this particular one with its emphasis on technical matters is only six months young. The initial idea was to force myself to think about programming and software …

Silky Smooth Browsing

Posted in Computing, Front-End

Almost lost amidst the announcements yesterday of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet is their new browser, Silk. Though some blogs picked up the story after all the hardware hype and media attention died down, most …

Dvorak Update

Posted in Computing

It’s been a little over a month since I decided to learn Dvorak. I switched over the OS’s keyboard settings and spent a few days practicing typing. I guess the Dvorak tutorials were completely right; …

Javascript Web Applications

Posted in Front-End

Despite my reservations about the inefficiencies of books on technology, I’ve been reading Javascript Web Applications to catch up on the past 2+ years of JS development and understand the emergent client-side patterns. I admit …

Y U No Join Startup?

Posted in Startups

Opportunities! Learning new things! Massive impact! Changing the world! T-Shirts and foosball tables! Beer and parties! Code ninjaing! There is seemingly an endless number of reasons to join a startup, especially now that so many …

Modern Site Engineering

Posted in Apps, Front-End, Work

Whew. A few weeks ago, we released our new Square and Card Case apps. Alongside the new apps, the front-end web development team spent a long two, three weeks to launch a new site worthy …

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 …