Archive | October, 2012

Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals

During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”.

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait.

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10 Cool EdTech Incubators Aiming to Change Education

4.0 Schools:
Center for Educational Technology Incubator:
Imagine K12:
Learning Technologies:
Macmillan New Ventures:
SIIA Innovation Incubator Program:
Socratic Labs:
Stanford Learning, Design and Technology:
Startl:
Startup Weekend EDU:

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Effective Management: Want Things, Acknowledge People, Maintain Integrity

A Manager has three primary jobs:

Want Things,
Acknowledge People, and
Maintain Integrity.

People will do anything, including even give their lives, if they have a well-defined goal, are acknowledged for their contribution, and their activity is a joyful expression of truth.

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rubytune, a rails shop specializing in performance, servers and troubleshooting

We would be happy to discuss your app and your systems and help you determine your needs.
Our rate is $265/hour with a 10-hour minimum.

We also offer a Priority Service. You get exclusive access to our team and we start work on your environment within 48 hours. Please contact us for rates and availability.

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Programmer Time Translation Table | Passion for Coding

Time estimation is hard. Every programmer has an interval where the estimations are realistic. Going below that interval means that the overhead (building, testing checking in code) was overlooked. Going above that interval means that the task is too large to overview.

For junior developers, the interval might even be non existing. They overlook the overhead while on the same time any non-trivial task is too large for them to overview. I’d say that an experienced developer should get anything between 0.5 hours and 24 hours right. Above 24 hours a breakdown is needed. It can be done in the head and then summed to 60 hours by the developer – but even someone experienced need to have manageable chunks to think of.

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Tray | Your Powerful Email Assistant

Tray analyzes incoming emails and will trigger actions determined by you, including calls to 3rd party services and webhook

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Understanding JVM Internals | Java SE 7 Edition

This article explains how the JVM works, its structure, how it executes Java bytecode, the order of execution, examples of common mistakes and their solutions, as well as the new features in Java SE 7 Edition.

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The Most Revealing Interview Question

I want you to explain something to me. Pick any topic you want: a hobby you have, a book you’ve read, a project you worked on–anything. You’ll have just 5 minutes to explain it. At the beginning of the 5 minutes you shouldn’t assume anything about what I know, and at the end I should understand whatever is most important this topic. During the 5 minutes, I might ask you some questions, and you can ask me questions. Take as much time as you want to think it through, and let me know when you want to start.

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Icebox Pro – move files to Glacier vis Dropbox

Icebox is a simple archiving application built on top of Dropbox, the file sharing application that we all know and love. Everything you love about Dropbox—it’s simplicity, ease of use, reliability—comes with IceBox because of this. Add IceBox and you’ll be able to archive your files just as easily and quickly as you would share files on Dropbox.

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Management lessons from Jack Donaghy – The Washington Post

1. Have a career plan, but don’t let it stifle you.
2. Innovate whether they like it or not.
3. Take mentorship seriously.
4. Learn from everyone around you.
5. Tolerate idiosyncrasy.
6. Personal touches matter.

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