Went Kayaking with a bunch of mates last weekend. I was quite apprehensive at first but I’m glad I made the effort…had the best time! It was really tough – 4 hours of hardcore kayaking but I’d definitely do it again.
I really like this refreshing, hype-free and back-to-basics talk by Jack Dorsey
Here are the rest of the talks from this year’s Startup School 2013. Some good nuggets/tips in there…some common sense stuff but worth watching.
I dual boot my personal MacBook Pro – I develop for both Windows and Mac. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Mac world doing IOS development. Here is a screenshot of just one of the projects that’s been keeping me away from my beloved Visual Studio when I’m at home. It’s a very simple iPhone app for the Italian restaurant in my building (I’m a regular) :-)
At the moment, I’m working on a few other things for IOS/Android but let’s not get into that right now :-)
I was stuck at home one weekend with not much to do – the weather was horrible so I couldn’t get out of the apartment. I had just finished watching a re-run of the show Big Bang Theory and needed something else to keep me occupied. After wondering around the web aimlessly for a while, I was inspired by a few overseas websites and decided to build YouTask.com.au - a fully functional working prototype of a website for outsourcing little chores and tasks to people living around you.
If the iTunes music store was a revolution, then Spotify is the second resolution that was a long time coming. When friends and family ask me what Spotifyis, I usually reply by saying that “I can tell you what it is but that would be like me telling you how an Orange tastes…you have to try it to really appreciate it”.
To put it simply, Spotify is a free and completely legal music streaming service that is taking the world by storm. The free version allows you to listen to unlimited music on demand. Users are able to upgrade to a paid premium service (subscription based) that allows them to download any songs (unlimited) to their computers and phones and listen offline, just like iTunes. So, why do I like Spotify more than Apple’s iTunes store? Well, here is just a small list:
- You do not have to pay for every song that you listen to or download. You have access to unlimited music.
- It is very social – I can see what my all my Facebook friends are listening to (they have to share) and if I see something that looks interesting, I just need to click on it to listen to the same track….instantly!
- Discover new music – because of the social nature Spotify, it is a wonderful way of discovering new music. Just go through your friend’s shared playlists and you may just find that you’ve suddenly acquired a taste for Opera or some weird genre of music that you’ve never heard of J
- You don’t have to wait for a song to finish downloading before you can listen to it. Simply click on it, and it will start playing…almost instantly!
Don’t wait…just go to http://www.spotify.com and discover it for yourself.
Some interesting facts:
- Spotify was Started in Sweden.
- It’s has backing from people like Sean Parker (yes, the guy who made Napster)
- Apple has tried very hard to stop Spotify in the US but failed.
- Quite a few Google executives have just joined Spotify, the latest being Kate Vale of Google Australia
A workmate recently sent me this which I thought I’d share:
“UX is the user experience, its the sum of +ve and -ve emotions that the users go through when they use our software, which is different from business requirement…Some say best UX is an implicit requirement”
I love browsing, reading and forking (branching) code on GitHub but have been using my own Mercurial installation and Bitbucket for all of personal projects. This is simply because GitHub does not allow you to host private code repositories using their free account.
Today, I’ve finally decided to give back to GitHub for being so awesome to me – finally obtained a paid account :-) Now I’ll get to move all of my stuff to this awesome playground I’ve grown to love.
As we all know, under the piles of crap on YouTube, there are some awesome talent just waiting to surface. On that note, I came across this dude who does some awesome covers and mashups on his violin.
If you like any of the covers, download the MP3 files
I like HBR because they publish some good articles (things that interest me) from time to time. In fact, I’ve printed a few of them for my wall just as a reminder for myself. Here are just a few that I like:
“We live by the myth that stress is the enemy in our lives. The real enemy is our failure to balance stress with intermittent rest. Push the body too hard for too long — chronic stress — and the result will indeed be burnout and breakdown. But subject the body to insufficient stress, and it will weaken and atrophy“
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything , all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart”
- Steve Jobs
If you’re involved in writing code or creating UI/designing UX, this video presentation is a must watch.
I haven’t used AirBnB.com, yet…but I love the concept already…a very social and meaningful way of travelling and experiencing the world.
The Power of Story