Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com, posted this on LinkedIn, looking at how ridiculously bad Australia is in terms of supporting technology startups. This comparison caught me: Australia puts more money per capita on the Melbourne Cup horse race ($7.27 per capita) than into Venture Capital ($4.09). At least we are risk takers. Our venture capital […]
Okay. This is serious. Google has just announced their spring cleaning, and it appears that Google Reader is facing the axe. Yes Google Reader, probably the most popular RSS reader (heard of RSS, right?!) and has been my daily staple for the last 6 and half years. It would be turned off on July 1 […]
Jason Fried at 37signals talking about how you should/should not bash someone publicly. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but […]
Via OzBargain on Google+ and Whirlpool Forums — someone bought a Kogan prepaid mobile SIM with “unlimited” calls & text. Recharged twice later he got banned from using the service any further because of “making excessive calls”. First we have web-hosting companies claiming “unlimited” storage, then we have ISPs claiming “unlimited” monthly data, and now […]
Got a support email this morning for OzBargain, where someone claimed that he has not been receiving our daily newsletter for the last couple of days, nor can they be found in his junk mail folder (which sometimes happen when you are sending out emails full of “deals”). Upon investigation, it turns out that He […]
Like pretty much everyone else, I’ve finally gained the access to Google Drive yesterday. We all know the feature set — or at least those that matter to me anyway. 5GB of free storage space, desktop folder sync, native Android app, Google Apps integration, Google Docs integration, scalable storage plans up to 16TB+ etc. Bye […]
It was a bit unexpected yesterday. It has been over 24 hours now but the shock lingered on. From the home page of Apple Inc yesterday: Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011 — R. I. P.
Via Hacker News. Google Chrome Pwned by VUPEN aka Sandbox/ASLR/DEP Bypass. While Chrome has one of the most secure sandboxes and has always survived the Pwn2Own contest during the last three years, we have now uncovered a reliable way to execute arbitrary code on any installation of Chrome despite its sandbox, ASLR and DEP. I […]
Via Hacker News. Setting up PHP-FastCGI and nginx? Don’t trust the tutorials: check your configuration! I have in fact written quite a few tutorials and published automated scripts that are vulnerable. Seems the easiest way to prevent this issue is by adding a try_files statement (or a if (-f $request_filename) if Nginx -V < 0.7.27) […]
Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP. The shift from procedural to OO brings with it a shift from thinking about problems and solutions to thinking about architecture. That’s easy to see just by comparing a procedural Python program with an object-oriented one. The latter is almost always longer, full of extra interface and indentation and […]
Internet Explorer 9 has just been released and here’s Microsoft’s promotion site. Now get ready to code some HTML5. Oh wait. You mean no offline application cache? No web worker threads? No WebGL? No drag and drop from desktop aka Gmail’s file attachment in Chrome/Firefox? D’oh.
Via James Yu’s farewell blog post on his startup employee life at Scribd. This brings us to the most important quality that enables impact: trust. Without trust, employees aren’t empowered. And without empowerment, there can be no impact… This is exactly the reason why startup hiring is difficult: the amount of trust required in the […]
Martin Kleppmann: Accounting for Computer Scientists. Certainly very useful for those who are starting out.
Bought an ATA from Cormain back in January. It’s ugly, but it works. Connected to our new Billion 7800N ADSL2+ router and makes calls via PennyTel. No problem what so ever until a week ago. Suddenly VoIP stopped working. I am also unable to connect to ATA’s web admin interface to figure out what might […]
Situation: Bought a new big LCD TV with HDMI input. Got an year-old HTPC with Athlon 64 X2, Gigabyte motherboard and ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics. HTPC has a HDMI output. Connect it up with the LCD TV, but only gets video (Windows Vista desktop in 1920×1080 glory on a 55″ LCD TV). No […]