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Why game mechanics won't save your crappy product

The other day, I was chatting with a LinkedIn product manager about a new app he is working on and I posed a “hard” question: what incentive would users have to...

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HowTo, Design Comments

I finally understand open source software

One of my blog posts got picked up by opensource.com! Check out I finally understand open source software:

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A physical analogy for the creative thought process

As a software engineer, I tend to be very methodical in my thinking. I approach every problem by breaking it down into discrete pieces, analyzing each one in a ...

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Ideas, Psychology Comments

I finally understand open source software

What does Google stand to gain from having so many open source projects? What about Twitter or Facebook? Why would companies freely give away software that cost t...

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This is where I work

LinkedIn just had a “pimp your row” competition where each row of cubes got money to spend on decorations. The results were astounding. As I walked around, I ha...

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LinkedIn Comments

Java's String.split()

Just ran into a “gotcha” in Java that had me scratching my head. I had a string of the form "abc.def.ghi" and I wanted to split it on the dot (".") character. S...

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2011 Goals

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners c...

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Does the computer programming profession have a future?

My answer on Quora to Does the computer programming profession have a future?:

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Flatland and my adventures in Stanford's libraries

I almost forgot to post this tale, but I recently ran across the relevant photos on my phone and knew I had to write something.

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Writing, Humor Comments

My hackday project is live: The Resume Builder

Last Friday, I got my first project up on LinkedIn Labs: Resume Builder. This little app will take your LinkedIn profile and convert it into a beautiful resume....

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