Monthly Archives: September 2010

Yahoo Losing More Top Execs

This entire mess–and that’s precisely what it is–calls into question the tenure of Bartz, a tough-talking, cost-cutting exec who was brought in to clean up Yahoo after the maelstrom around the failed takeover attempt by Microsoft several years ago.

She replaced co-founder Jerry Yang and came in with guns blazing and styling herself as an agent of change.

I think the question now is: how much longer Yahoo can survive?

Web Ninja Interview: Marcin Wichary — Creator of Google Pacman Logo, HTML5 Slide Deck, and More

Something else that took me a while to internalize: you have to accept that with Web development, anything that’s worth anything will be a hack. Not just prototyping; production code as well. That’s hard to swallow when you’re used to proper, clean, sterile programming. I’d go as far as to say if you’re working on something and you never think “what I did here is terrible; hopefully one day there will be a nicer, better way to do it,” you’ve already fallen behind.
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Excellent interview with Marcin Wichary, now Googler, previously, among others, at Gambler.

I love the above quote. Reminds of purists and web standards extremists.

Adult video-sharing list leaked from law firm

The attacks were declared on notorious message-board 4chan and were reportedly in retaliation for anti-piracy efforts against file-sharing websites.

Users of 4chan are renowned for online activism and direct action. “Operation Payback”, as it was known, was reportedly revenge for the MPAA and RIAA’s action against The Pirate Bay.

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453rd rule of the internet: you shall not make 4chan angry.

RIM introduces PlayBook — the BlackBerry tablet

The new slate — which Lazaridis described as “the first professional tablet” — will sport a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display, a Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU (the company calls it the “fastest tablet ever”), 1GB of RAM, and a 3 megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear lens (and yes, there will be video conferencing).
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RIM’s advertisements promote new tables as business device. I want to see that. So far iPads serve primarily as a fancy disguise for not paying attention during meetings.

Professor Says Michael Arrington Lives In An Ivory Tower

Last night, hundreds of UC Berkeley students like myself sat in a packed auditorium to hear Michael Arrington speak with visiting Berkeley scholar, entrepreneur, and TechCrunch contributor, Professor Vivek Wadhwa. What was expected to be a mild discussion turned into a heated debate. Wadhwa firmly disagreed with Arrington on key topics on the agenda for the night such as the worth of a college education and, you guessed it, women in tech.

Arrington on education, women in tech and AngelGate.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.
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TED presentation on data visualization.

Super Unsuck It! Bye-Bye, My.

The site or app speaks in the first person plural “we”. (In general, “I” takes you to that creepy HAL 9000 place. It’s the uncanny pronoun. Avoid.) The interface addresses the reader as “you”, or by name.

Things belonging to the people who run the site, such as a privacy policy, are “ours”. Things belonging to the user, such as a profile, are “yours”. Anything that is just a part of the overall experience, doesn’t necessarily need a possessive pronoun at all.

On using “My” in names of elements.

So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar…

This isn’t minor league stuff. We’re talking about federal crimes and civil prosecutions if in fact that’s what they’re doing. I had a quick call with an attorney this morning, and he confirmed that these types of meetings are exactly what these laws were designed to prevent.

I’m not going to say who was at the meeting since at least a couple of the attendees are saying they were extremely uncomfortable with the direction the conversation was going. But like I said, it included just about every major angel investor in Silicon Valley.

Arrington uncovers “Angelgate”. He’s must be either a brave, honest man or a complete jerk. Next few days should clarify it.