Archive for July 2014

It’s amazing how much cleaner your code looks the third time writing it.

It’s amazing how much cleaner your code looks the third time writing it. First time, hack; Second over-engineer; Third = goldilocks.

via Twitter / fijiaaron: It’s amazing how much cleaner ….

4 Reasons Why Music Careers Are Getting Trounced By Tech

That said, you can see how a person that at one time would have considered music as a long term career has bypassed it in favor of tech or finance. While finance is even more restrictive than the music business is at the moment, corporately-speaking, at least the potential rewards are far greater. Tech, on the other hand, provides all the things that used to be so attractive about the music business, like a relaxed atmosphere, flexible working hours and conditions, and workers your own age that you can relate to.

Music is cyclical though, and a total upheaval of the business due to a new trend has occurred many times before. In a flash, music can again offer all the coolness and creativity that it once did in the past, and attract the talent that it so needs to flourish. Let’s hope that such a disruption happens as soon as possible.

via 4 Reasons Why Music Careers Are Getting Trounced By Tech.

Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Launches Audio Tour Startup Detour

perhaps the best resignation letter of all time:

“After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today. If you’re wondering why … you haven’t been paying attention.”

via Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Launches Audio Tour Startup Detour | Re/code.

Cool idea, but i’m a sucker for location based apps

Start With No

Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.

–Steve Jobs

via Getting Real: Start With No (by 37signals).

The Most Dangerous Word In Software Development

Your product lives and dies by the decisions discovered between ideation and creation, so don’t just put it up on a server somewhere.

via The Most Dangerous Word In Software Development ? An A List Apart Blog Post.

Bezos Alarms Amazon Investors With Spending Pace as Loss Widens

The world’s largest online retailer yesterday reported a second-quarter loss of $126 million, more than double what was predicted, even as sales climbed 23 percent to $19.3 billion. Expenses jumped 24 percent to $19.4 billion.

via Bezos Alarms Amazon Investors With Spending Pace as Loss Widens – Bloomberg.

When is Amazon going to be held accountable to the same financial investment behavior of other companies?

Back to the drawing board

Isn’t the drawing board the place where all the best work happens?
It’s not a bad thing to go back there. It’s the entire point

via Seth’s Blog: Back to the drawing board.

Stop working (so hard)

There’s a pervasive and toxic way of thinking ‘round these parts that you’ve gotta out-hustle your competitors; that you have to pull all-nighters and throw away weekends to ship that new feature; that, by working double- or triple-time, you’ll execute better and pull ahead of the pack.

Nope.

What did The Hustle™ accomplish? I gained weight. I wasn’t spending enough time with my (now) wife. I felt like shit. I began to resent my work, and the work I was producing clearly wasn’t my best. I started cutting corners. I went from a mindset of shipping with quality and integrity to “when is this going to be over?”

via Stop working (so hard) — I. M. H. O. — Medium.

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites they visit — profiles that shape which ads, news articles, or other types of content are displayed to them.

But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.

via Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block – ProPublica.

ingenius bastards

Google Will Stop Calling Free-to-Play Games “Free” in Europe

Google declined to say whether the changes to Google Play would extend beyond Europe, or whether apps other than games that use the freemium model would also stop being called “free.”

The European Commission also gently chided Apple for not yet committing to similar changes in the iOS App Store.

via Google Will Stop Calling Free-to-Play Games “Free” in Europe | Re/code.

Good move Google!