Low barriers to entry are awesome
I attended Gluecon last week. It was awesome. I had a phenomenal time talking to some really smart people. While I was talking to someone at one of the demo booths about FourthSegment, one of my all-time favorite lines came up: “Yeah but it sounds like there’s a low barrier to entry there.” I smiled. ”Hell yeah there is.” “But what if someone copies your...
mulligan - a Ruby idea for dealing with things...
Note: There seems to be some weird style issues with gist on this Tumblr theme. There isn’t enough horizontal padding between keywords. Sorry. Twitter fails a lot. It got me thinking about an elegant way to deal with things that fail frequently. This is how I wanted to be able to write code: Here is how I accomplished it: I’m gonna tweak it into a gem eventually, but I want some...
New world meets old world
My buddy Brian asking about my 1st startup with a tool from my current one. Hilarious.
Standing desk anyone? →
hmm… @jamis has me thinking crazy thoughts.
Seeing the country for the forests
“…we were struggling to make sense of the bubble and its aftermath, what it meant for technology and what it meant for venture capital.” -Fred Wilson This quote from a recent Fred Wilson blog post reminded me of something I’ve been going through lately. I’m out in the world. I have a “neat idea.” I talk to a lot of people about it. I get lots of...
FourthSegment Blog: Welcome to the FourthSegment... →
Check out what I’m working on next: fourthsegment: Hi, I’m Ryan Angilly, and I, along with my business partner Jonathan Woodard, want to welcome you to the blog for our new company, FourthSegment. Back in November, Jonathan and I started to ask ourselves: What’s the next big thing? What’s coming down the pipe that is going to…
Square's Card Case →
I find myself mesmerized by the design of this landing page. Done very well.
OSI layer 9 is coming
Who remembers this little guy: This is the Open Systems Interconnect model for software on the internet, and it no longer tells the whole story. Over the past several years, an 8th layer has emerged and stabilized: the social communication layer. Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook have become de facto standards for interconnecting the ‘open systems’ that we call people. With...
RIP Good Times was 2.5 years ago
Sequoia Venture Capital Warning to CEOs // ]]]]>]]> Time flies.
The CDC wants us to be ready for the Zombie... →
Scoped mass-assignment in Rails3 →
I’ve fought this beast a few times — I think this is a perfect solution. Via @dpickett
Rails 3 + SSL + Devise -- Done about as well as... →
I’ve been terribly frustrated with how Rails 3, SSL, and Devise play together lately. We don’t have the “only SSL the login” requirement that this guy has, but I still like the way he figured out the SSL contraint + the later-matching redirect. Well done.
We moved to Boulder and....
Let’s face it, people: Boulder is a pretty awesome place. I knew that before I moved here — to be honest I knew that before I had ever even been here. But I was still blown away when I got here to see what a welcoming community this is. For months after moving to Boulder, I kept meeting people who also just moved to Boulder. People starting companies; people speaking at Ignite;...
Taking back Google Reader: Thought Leaders
Things had gotten out of control. I had over 100 feeds in Google Reader. They were split up into technology, friends, business, entrepreneurship. Can you even definitively categorize a blog as being tech OR biz OR entrepreneurial? I had thousands of unread articles. Dozens of starred items. Something had to be done so I sat back and thought: what do I really want to get out of my Google...
Social Media's secret weapon: email →
“when I get an email from Facebook that a friend has tagged me in a photo, I click on it and go check it out every time.”
If I had listened to all the people I was supposed to listen to — all the...– Matt Douglas to me during my exit interview from Punchbowl.com today
What is Redis?
nosql: Best definition: Redis is a collection of data structures exposed over the network I couldn’t find who’s the author. ↩ Original title and link: What is Redis? (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)
Dynamic Properties in IE -- aka CSS on Acid
In case people insist on sending you XLSs when... →
Seriously people. When CSVs will do, use CSVs.
Ruby 1.9.2 Encodings →
An awesome series by James Gray.
Suggest people for me to follow on Tumblr
My dashboard is the same 5 accounts. Need some variety. Suggest some people?
He is Mark Zuckerberg →
Facebook Leaks Access Tokens, Exposes Private User... →
“Users install 20 million Facebook applications every day, according to Facebook.” Wow.
An oldie but a goodie. This is a well done counterpoint to some of my recent tweets/posts where I’ve said that websites need to do more of “just telling us what they do.” While Simon makes some great points, I think selling “what you believe” is more of a marathon challenge in marketing. For the sprint of getting the attention of website visitors that have...
The new eVite is on App Engine →
This is impressive. If you think that restricted hosting environments like AppEngine and Heroku cannot handle complex, large-scale web applications, think again.
Mosoro: A great example of a site that "just tells... →
There’s nothing wrong with 4 lines of 23px font at the top of your website! I know what they do. I understand why they’re awesome. I want to know more.
Grill Healthy This Summer
cdixon.org – chris dixon's blog / Best practices... →
graysky: (via Instapaper)
normakwee: Can someone start offering a breakfast food and iced coffee weekend delivery service? Seriously. I’d pay for that. Cheers, Lazy Yes!
Hey websites, stop trying so hard and just tell us...
I challenge anybody who hasn’t heard of Blippy to go to their site and tell me what they do. Even if you have heard of them, go there. Try to tell me what they do. This is an annoying trend in web companies. Stop trying so hard to ‘get your messaging right’ and just tell us what you do! If you can’t tell what you do easily, something is wrong with what you are doing :)
Common Dating Pattern #3
Guys puts up blog post referring to a particular girl anonymously Every other girl that guy has even remotely dated thinks it’s about her Whoops :)
Applying Unix process model to web apps →
I’m continually impressed by people that can synthesize a problem and articulate the main points in writing. An art I strive to master….
Common Dating Pattern #2
Follow-up to Common Dating Pattern #1 Girl starts to ignore boy Boy passive aggressively keeps bringing it up on social networks without saying who he’s talking about even though everyone knows who he’s talking about People comment in private about how silly girl is being Boy just wants everybody to laugh at the hilarity of the whole thing and move on Girl continues to ignore boy,...