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It’s just some code you can’t use

06 Jun

Whats the point of Hackathons? You sit down and code for 24 hours. Eat junk food all night, drink lots of soda and red bull. Then end up writing a lot of bad code.

At hackathons, your M.O. is to write code that appears to work, it doesn’t matter how it works. Once you get a feature appear to be working, you move on to code other features. The problem with this type of code is that it doesn’t scale. It makes you feel like you have a working product, but you really don’t. It works fine when you have 10 users but it starts to fall apart when you get to 1000+ users and becomes huge mess when you get to 10000+ users. I think this is a pointless way to build software. You write a lot of code in 24 hours but you end up with a lot of code you can’t use later. You also learn a ton of bad coding habits.

The best thing to do at a hackathon if you must go, is to socialize with people while you work on your long term side project. Its a great place to meet new people and share ideas with them but not the place start and finish something useful.


At the Techcrunch Disrupt hackathon.

 

Most Creative People in History Starring Conan O’Brien

25 May


(l to r) Madonna, Conan O’Brien, Steve Jobs, Moses, Teddy Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Socrates, Ben Franklin.
Source: www.fastcompany.com

 
 

Obama meets Silicon Valley

18 Feb

Pic from Obama’s meeting with Silicon Valley Executives. 2.18.2011.

I see  Steve Jobs (Apple), Eric Schmidt (Google), Carol Bartz (Yahoo), Larry Ellison (Oracle), John Doerr (KPCB), John Chambers (Cisco), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Dick Costolo (Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)… Where is Paul Graham?

 
 

Wanted. Men for hazardous journey.

29 Dec

Low wages. Bitter cold.
Long hours of complete darkness.
Safe return doubtful.
Honor and recognition in the event of success.

This is Ernest Shackleton’s 1907 ad in London’s Times, recruiting a crew to sail with him on his exploration of the South Pole. Reminds me of an entrepreneur’s journey into the unknown.

Source: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2045019

 
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My Tech wish list for 2011

20 Dec

These are the things I wish for the tech world in 2011:

1. Ruby continues to be an awesome language and community.

2. Github continues to rock.

3. Microsoft takes BSD source code and repackages it into a new operating System called “The OS”. MS declares “The OS” will be their new server-side platform and will port all their server apps to “The OS”, which happens to have a bash shell and a package management system called mports.

4. Apple takes iTunes to the cloud and iPhones become able to sync from the web to phone.

5. Netflix drops silverlight for flash and html5

6. Google gets a sweet deal with Media giants that turns YouTube into a Netflix competitor.

 
 

Cool Stuff: Word lens iPhone App

20 Dec

This is real cool stuff showing the power of augmented reality, word lens lets you translate signs on the fly..

 
 

Welcome to Facebook!

23 Nov

How do you like our walled garden?
Oh, look, the gardenias are so pretty.
And the roses are so beautiful.
No, no, that door is locked for your protection.
We don’t want you to leave and hurt yourself.
Everything you could want is here.
It’s so safe and quiet inside.
Not a cloud in the sky.
And it’s so dangerous and chaotic and unruly out there.
No, you can’t shout over the wall either.
We don’t like shouting.
And there’s no one to hear, anyway.
We don’t like anyone bad mouthing us, either, without our permission.
We don’t like bad words and bad pictures, period.
That’s what we have the guards for,
to keep it quiet in here,
to monitor you, and to ensure that no one enters or leaves without being thoroughly stripped searched.
I mean, examined to prevent any terrorists from attacking us or bringing contraband into our safe little(!) world. Or to take it outside.
But who wants to go outside? We have games! We have pictures! We have chat! It’s so much fun!
What? A prison? Why would you call it a prison? You sound silly and paranoid. No one’s a prisoner, here. You’re free to leave your friends and family behind, at any time.
If you can find a way out. It’s your choice. It’s not like we own your identity, No. 6.

I found this as a comment on Techcrunch by blissfulight.

 
 

Where is the Internet?

25 Sep

Years ago, when i was much younger growing up in Nigeria. I asked my sister, who had just entered college to study computer science “Where is the Internet?” She answered “The internet is not in one place, its made up of computers around the world”. But I still couldn’t understand “why is our home computer not on the internet”.

Today, we still ask the question “where is the internet?”. Where is your data? Is it safe in the hands of Facebook and Google? Why is your home computer not on the internet?

 

Apple just passed Microsoft in Market Cap

26 May

I just read this on TechCrunch “Boom, Indeed: Apple Passes Microsoft In Market Cap” After the stock market closed today, APPL is worth 222.07 Bil while MSFT market cap is 219.18B

This is a great moment in tech business history. Funny I was just watching this video lastnight. It was 1997, Apple was almost bankrupt and Steve jobs was brought in to save the company. Steve Jobs made the case for partnering up with Microsoft for Apple to survive.

 
 
 
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