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 …

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 …

Dvoraky

Posted in Computing

One of the things I’ve always wanted to try was to switch to a Dvorak keyboard layout. It’s one of those computing optimizations that seem to make sense in practice, but hard to start given …

More than just Programmers

Posted in Engineering, Rant

I came this article yesterday. In brief, it talks about a group of veteran programmers – 20+ years of experience, these guys – who lament about today’s programmers lacking the skill to work at low …

Acquaintance with Rails

Posted in Javascript, Rant

It’s been a lengthy two months since I decided to sit down and try to learn Ruby on Rails. Having already been through PHP and Python (both Pylons and Django), Rails is one of those …

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 …