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Making websites efficient again (September 13, 2018)

Last year, I wrote a small rant called “When did software go off the rails?” which, quite surprisingly, ended up on the front page of Hacker News. Must have been a slow news day. In any case, the first and most upvoted comment on my blog (more...)

Stealing ideas (June 10, 2018)

As I continue to go through my old blog drafts, this is another one from 2010 where I took down some rough notes and never quite put something together. At the time, there was significant press (and a movie) about how Mark Zuckerberg has “stole (more...)

When did software go off the rails? (August 16, 2017)

As CTO of The Rumie Initiative, I spend a decent amount of time trying to find tech solutions that offer “the most for the least” in terms of computing power vs. cost.

There is one thing that has baffled me in my long career in tech

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What is Kanban and why is it important? (December 1, 2015)

Kanban, or かんばん in Japanese literally means “signboard”.

The term comes from the manufacturing world. Implemented first in 1953, it was the precursor to the JIT (just-in-time) manufacturing process used throughout the world today. In sof

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Saving a bureaucratic software project (July 11, 2015)

A recently published article, “The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America” details some of the problems with the Healthcare.gov launch fiasco that “so bad it nearly broke the Affordable Care Act.” It also (more...)

Feature suggestion for Facebook (November 4, 2014)

A million dollars isn’t cool, but do you know what would be cool? If you could target posts to your friends the same way you with Facebook ads. When you “boost your post” from a Facebook Page, you can target your audience by Locatio (more...)

Software bugs: Focus on what you can control (March 6, 2014)

Developing software is all about writing code and making changes. Unfortunately, sometimes:1) the changes affect/break other things in unforeseeable ways2) the changes are misunderstood and implemented incorrectly3) the programmer just plain makes a (more...)

Copycat, copycat! (August 25, 2012)

As a technologist, the recent Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit is extremely concerning. I was hoping all of this software patent nonsense would go away, but Apple just proved that the new business model is more about litigation than innovation. As a co (more...)

h5note: HTML5 Notepad (May 24, 2011)

For the longest time, I’ve been searching for a quick, easy way to take quick meeting notes. I used to use a text editor called SciTE, the same editor I use for quick code editing, but I find managing files in a file system to be a real pain. W (more...)

BuyMyStuff.com 1-year milestone and competition (July 17, 2010)

Lots of milestones lately. Almost missed this one! It’s been about a year since I unveiled my georeferenced online classified site, BuyMyStuff.com. It’s funny. The first thing people always say to me when I explain the site is, “Loo (more...)