January 2009

Keeping the Writing Flame Alive

January 21, 2009

As of January 20th, I have written more posts than I did in the first five months of 2008, which shows how pitiful my blogging activity was. Last year was very chaotic for me on both the personal and professional level. Too many activities consumed too much time and attention. In addition, the unprecedented primary […]

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The Private Web

January 20, 2009

Although Web 2.0 websites have allowed more people to produce volumes of content for public consumption, a lot of web content still remains hidden. Some of this is related to privacy. Obviously, you don’t want the whole world to read your Inbox. However, there are other reasons why good content remains trapped or obscure: Using […]

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Google Consolidation

January 19, 2009

The nation’s economic troubles have not spared the Google juggernaut. Google is following the principle of “do it quickly and do it deep” by stopping further development on (and in some cases, stopping) Dodgeball, Jaiku, Google Video, Google Notebook, Google Catalogs and Google Mashup Editor. Of these services, Dodgeball and Jaiku were Google acquisitions that […]

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The Evil Courtiers on StackOverflow

January 17, 2009

I have blogged before about StackOverflow, the new website for programming questions. It is a nice site and I wish it all success. But while Emperor Spolksy and Prime Minister Atwood are theorizing on podcasts about how to make it better, the courtiers (a.k.a. moderators) on StackOverflow are running amok. Here is a taste of […]

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A Tale of Two Apology Notes

January 17, 2009

Jason Kilar, CEO of the commercial-video-streaming site Hulu, makes a great apology to users [Hat tip to Matt at 37 Signals] Customer trust is hard won, easily lost. […] This note, however, is not about the fact that episodes of ”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” were taken down. Rather, this note is to communicate to […]

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Strange Password Behavior on Hotmail and WordPress

January 16, 2009

Sometimes, when you see an odd behavior by a popular application, something that is either obviously wrong or not the standard way of doing things, you wonder if it was a conscious decision on the part of the developers, or simply something they had overlooked. I was puzzled by two such incidents recently, one from […]

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Why the Looooong Resumes from India

January 15, 2009

Ranjith, a former colleague, on his blog Jack of All Trades, has this explanation for the typically long resumes of software professionals from India, in reply to a post by James McGovern: India is a land of 1 Billion people. […] Hence all our day to day activities have become voluminous. […] Work places are […]

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Are You Warming the Earth with Google Searches?

January 14, 2009

The Times (UK) has an item on the environmental effects of Google searches. Apparently, each Google search takes up the equivalent of half the energy of boiling a kettle. The report also cites a Gartner report that the global IT industry generates greenhouse gases as the world’s airlines. This is a discussion worth having, but […]

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Top Rated Software Developer Blog Sites

January 13, 2009

I was taking another look at Jurgen’s top 100 blogs for software developers, trying to add some more of them to my reading list. I noticed some interesting facts about the first 15: Almost all of them are single-person blogs. One of them, Steve Yegge, does not even have a domain name! (It is hosted […]

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The Troubling Truth about Successful Entrepreneurship and Innovation

January 12, 2009

One of the most interesting business books I ever read was “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. It was well-written and was based on enormous effort by Collins’s team. I recommended it to my friends. Over the years though, I have read much criticism about Collins’s methods and research results, and the sheen wore off. […]

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