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Ask HN: What tools are you using for your site's documentation
2 points by iantimothy  14 minutes ago   discuss
Can you spam your own Facebook Timeline?
2 points by adgoggle  45 minutes ago   2 comments top 2
martey 35 minutes ago 0 replies      
If you are asking whether Facebook could ban your account, the answer is yes. Section 3-1 at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms states: "You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Facebook."

If you are asking whether this is likely to happen, you should probably be asking your friends whether they are likely to report your posts.

3825 38 minutes ago 0 replies      
I guess they could rate limit you if you are posting too much too fast or if you are posting programmatically.
Ask HN: Any Sydney based startups looking for some extra hands?
3 points by safetyscissors  2 hours ago   4 comments top 2
alid 53 minutes ago 1 reply      
Hey man! We're on the lookout. We're based in Kirribilli. We're flying under the radar at the moment so I'll email you with details :)
mflindell 2 hours ago 1 reply      
There sure are, what are your skills? Send me your details if you're interested in working on some very deep problems
Codebug: Mac PHP Standalone debugger on it's way
3 points by phatbyte  4 hours ago   2 comments top
mcrider 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I've been working with the beta this afternoon and its great. Its like MacGDBp but with a far better interface, less crashy, and with the ability to set breakpoints directly in your code with a code snippet (which is a huge timesaver for me).
Ask HN: Do the app stores provide statistical data about who downloads your app?
3 points by brandon272  4 hours ago   3 comments top 3
idoh 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I only know iTunes. The reports you get are pretty limited. You get downloads by day. You also get "Top Markets" so you can get a breakdown by country. But you can't see age or gender.
iwaffles 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Hello, iOS developer here.

Some of the data I'm able to see contains location (Country). I don't know much more than that, however, there may be tools that you can build into your app to discover such data (if you do this, please let the user opt-in).

This article may be of help: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/tracking-the-success-o... - I personally use AppViz which makes viewing data much more convenient.

ssebro 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I can speak to itunes, which doesn't. But I'm working on a solution that will do this and more - send me an email at ssebro at stanford dot edu for more info!
Ask HN: client terminated contract, should I remove unpaid-for commits?
3 points by frankypoo  3 hours ago   7 comments top 4
trevelyan 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't see what's wrong with it, especially since you'd just be resetting the code base to its original state for the convenience of the next programmer.
ecspike 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I don't think it's worth it. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. I think it might be more productive to tell your network not to work with this company.

Doing the un-commits without consulting a lawyer can get you branded as a disgruntled employee and hurt future prospects in the best case scenario or get you sued in the worst.

aaronbrethorst 3 hours ago 2 replies      
Ask your attorney.
1simonsayz 3 hours ago 0 replies      
If you have a copy of the email saying that you request payment as directed in contract and they refuse, erase your commit. I don't see why they should have your work. After you remove your code, just send a quick email saying, code still available upon reception of payment.
Ask HN: Review my first JavaScript library
2 points by mparke  6 hours ago   discuss
Convince Me Why I Should Ditch PHP for RoR
8 points by DigitalSea  16 hours ago   16 comments top 14
jdietrich 11 hours ago 1 reply      
It's not an either/or, but having some Rails experience will open up a lot of good opportunities to you. The kind of people you want to be working for are likely to be looking for Rails developers. There are of course lots of good PHP jobs out there, but you've got to wade through a lot of real stinkers to find them.
debacle 14 hours ago 1 reply      
RoR wont yield any benefit over a good PHP framework, and isn't a very good reason to switch.

Good reasons to switch:

- namespace implementation is bunk

- first class functions are second class

- the stdlib

- the insistence of the PHP devs on doing things in an orthogonal fashion to what the community wants

- only to relent years later with a half-assed implementation of a feature that's standard in modern languages (like finally)

If you do have these problems, and you find a language that suits you, let me know. I've been struggling with the limitations of PHP for years, and I haven't found anything better. PHP's ubiquity means that there's almost certainly a library or extension out there for whatever you need.

padseeker 12 hours ago 0 replies      
My apologies for the length, but I started writing something for a blog post that I never published and thought it may be of use. There is no reason to be scared of RoR, but it can be frustrating. I'm just starting to feel more at ease with RoR in the past few months. I really like it and would encourage you to learn it. If nothing else RoR developers make more money.

Long story short if you are patient with RoR I think is a great asset to have in your programming toolbelt. But be prepared to hit the wall when you try to do something that is very easy to do in PHP but at least tricky with RoR. I had a lot of problems with routing, subfolders, the asset pipeline, gem dependencies. Running RoR on a windows machine is kind of a nightmare.

Here are the details - this is kind of long;

I really like the organization that is enforced with RoR, although to some degree you can get some of that with a PHP MVC based framework.

I have a love hate relationship with it depending on what I am trying to do. I really like RoR features like dynamic find methods for db queries, but there are are moments when I hit the wall with the limitations in RoR that I want to ditch it to go back to PHP. Debugging statements especially in the view with helpers can be hard to figure out. PHP is nice when a single line of code fails the line where the error occurred is easy figure out. This is not always the case with RoR.

My biggest advice when learning RoR? Skip everything as it relates to coffeescript and the asset pipeline, just include your css/js as standard html tags in your views. There may be a big advantage to coffeescript/asset pipeline for some people, but the learning curve is steep, and it is utterly ridiculous for an app to fail due to compiling js/css and the asset pipeline. And this happened a lot early on. This is the thing I hate the most of RoR. My experience was that coffeescript and asset pipeline while running in production did not provide enough of a benefit to offset the time wasted to resolve the errors.

The failures I've had with the asset pipeline has been maddening. My first error on a deployed app in production was a css file that was not 'compiled'. The magic at times can be great until it isn't.

The PHP documentation is so clear and easy to understand, while RoR documentation has a tendency to be oblique and lacks examples. I'm on the same page as hekker mentioning the faults I have with documentation.

One of the best thing about RoR is the ability to leverage gems in your own code base, it really accelerates things when you want to add new features quickly. The drawback is that most of those gems do a lot of things behind the scenes stuff and again you might hit the wall.

These are some notes I made when I started sketching out a future blog post for my experience with Rails. This is mostly negative stuff. However even with all these negative bullet points I would definitely do it again and will use it more often going forward;

Documentation is subpar compared to PHP - php has so many well illustrated examples right in the documentation, RoR doesn't always cover that.

Even looking for the find method attached to ActiveRecord or ActiveModel is confusing - a find method with no record fails miserable, i.e. record = Record.find(value that does not exist in the db) -> FAIL

deployment is a pain in the ass, and its more expensive to deploy using rails, compared to PHP.

With php you just send the files up via FTP - Rails doesn't work that way
difference in the gemfile comparing Linux to Windows: your css/js files need to be 'compiled' using RoR

I needed to add 2 additional gems to get my stuff to work on linux environment, execjs and therubyracer. These do not work on windows, at least without some serious work involved that is beyond my knowledge. I had a devil of a time getting rails and mysql to work on windows. I already had apache and mysql for PHP development and I did not want to install a bitnami RoR package.

The Windows Ruby interpreter crashes frequently, even just on tripping on rails automatic includes for css and js.

Not happy with error messages, can be very hard to decipher what is going on at least in the beginning. Got easier as time went by BUT sometimes you'd get an error related to a view or form helper, but it would say something like "no route for YZ" which would seem to indicate the problem was in the route not the view.

Some IDEs have issues with ROR ERB files, i.e. they would not highlight appropriately or consistently.

Had a nightmare trying to namespace controllers - putting controllers into a subfolder responded very differently.

Sometimes it is just too much magic going on.

The differences between environments - js/css includes would work fine on local environment but not on hosting environment.

It is an opinionated framework - and sometimes I don't like those opinions

Saw weird errors in partial files that would fail when included, but if the code was just put into a single file there was no issue.

hekker 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Things you can do in RoR you can't do in PHP:
- Search through its documentation to find it's badly or incorrectly documented
- Use crappy gems such as Devise which give you hours and hours of fun Googling how to customize it
- Wait for 30 seconds for your development server to start

Have used Rails for 2 years, PHP for 5 years and Django for 3 years. My advise: go for Django. Awesome documentation, a fast booting development server and Python libraries are documented really well. All batteries included and it beats RoR performance easily.

gary4gar 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Don't switch. Instead try of building something in Rails, like do attempt the tutorial at railstutorial.org.

Then, if you like it. Switch. if you don't, atleast you would learn trick or two which could help you in PHP dev as well.

davyjones 13 hours ago 0 replies      
At the end of the day, these things are tools really. Focus on your customers, product, feature-set, etc. If you find that implementing feature x is going to be really difficult/impossible in PHP, look at other tools that measure up to the job. Else, stick to PHP. That is what you know and that is what you will be most productive in.
MattBearman 10 hours ago 0 replies      
As someone who recently switched from PHP + CodeIgniter to Rails, all I can say is try developing something in Rails, you won't look back :)
xmlblog 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'll bite since there are a lot of cop out answers. First, why is there only room for one tool in your toolbox? Learn them both. And then learn something else. When you become proficient in multiple languages and frameworks you'll invariably find things you like in each of them (as well as things you don't). All of this adds up to experience and tasteâ€"both of which are essential to writing good software.
SchizoDuckie 14 hours ago 0 replies      
You should not. Don't believe the hype.
What you shóuld do however is experiment
Experiment with as many languages as you can, It will make you a better programmer.
mithras 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't see any good reasons to switch either. Ruby might be an objectively better language, but the cost of switching is high if oyu know PHP through and through and use a MVC coding style.
schoash 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm regularly getting a headache when using PHP again. But it is the language I started with. Maybe you should use RoR to broaden your horizon.
Joeboy 14 hours ago 0 replies      
You'll probably earn more money.
mooism2 15 hours ago 0 replies      
What is it about PHP that makes you want to abandon it?
staunch 11 hours ago 0 replies      
It'll make you cool.
Ask HN: Review my startup (overlay events data layers on charts)
3 points by shaharsol  14 hours ago   discuss
Ask HN: Why are there so few intermediate learning resources?
6 points by grantism  1 day ago   3 comments top 2
Evbn 22 hours ago 1 reply      
Because such a book would have to be written for each individual, for each topic. Hire a tutor, or a consultant, or get a liberal arts education that teaches you how to learn independently.
lumberjack 11 hours ago 0 replies      
The intermediate stage of developing is learned through experience and personal research. The newbie-friendly stuff is just a quick get go of some very universal concepts that you don't really need to learn on your own. The hardcore stuff is difficult and complex and very specific or just an aggregation of the experience of some senior developer.
ASk HN: can youtube be considered a file sharing service now?
3 points by at-fates-hands  9 hours ago   1 comment top
stfu 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I was wondering about the same. It seems that YouTube is on the one hand super sensitive about certain types of content, while on the other completely ignoring very obvious issues. I would argue that at least 50% of videos with a length of 30 minutes or more are in some form either a tv or movie rips.
How can we avoid eating hacked (genetically modified) food?
3 points by bitcartel  1 day ago   6 comments top 3
tokenadult 1 day ago 2 replies      
Why worry about this? There is no scientific evidence that "genetic modification" (the new kind, rather than the kind of genetic modification that has always been done by breeding) poses any health risks whatsoever.


A recent submission to HN based on very reliable statistics pointed out that life expectancy in the United States at birth, at age 40, at age 60, at age 65, and even at age 80 has been steadily RISING


since 1960, so new foodstuffs introduced since then based on GMO science so far don't seem to have net harm for the population in balance with all other social and environmental changes since then.

tobylane 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I'll do what I do now, cook/prepare as much of what I eat as possible, bought from markets where possible. I don't care about organic or not, I care about needless additives and lost nutrients because it was prepared a week ago in a factory.
Codhisattva 1 day ago 0 replies      
Avoid fast food and chains. Shop carefully. Vote for labeling laws.
Ask HN: Just bought my first Mac. What should I know?
18 points by maximveksler  3 days ago   29 comments top 13
dmorgan 2 days ago 1 reply      
1) Install the Homebrew package manager for your simple OSS needs (wget, haskell, ..., whatever).

2) For more involved OSS needs, instead of messing the system with tons of Pythons, Rubies, RDBMSs, etc, or using MacPorts, I would suggest running those environments in a VM (VMWare Fusion or Parallels) running Linux. It could even be headless, and you could connect to it through the Terminal. You get a development environment similar to your production setup, snapshots, etc AND a clean base system.

3) For video watching: install some "codec pack" for Quicktime (it has few built-in codecs). Also install VLC and MPlayerX. For audio, use iTunes and pay some attention to proper tagging (if your mp3s don't have it already).

4) If you start buying programs now, use the Mac App Store. You get to install the bought programs in all your Macs (if you have more than one Mac at some point), and when you clean-install your OS or get a new Mac you'll be able to download and have them installed automatically from one place.

5) Download and install XCode (this is also used by Homebrew [1]), but it will be useful for you in general if you do any programming, as it has the C compilers, headers, etc. Also install the "Command line tools" (see comment below).

6) When looking for a solution for a OS X problem, a lot of people in forums will suggest "fixing permissions" and "zapping the PRAM". Those are, 99% of the time, BS cargo-cult non solutions.

7) You DON'T need an antivirus. Just exercise common caution. It's nothing like Windows XP of times past.

8) You really DON'T need to shutdown your OS X. Maybe once in a blue moon. Just close the lid and let it sleep.

9) All OSs have problems. Especially when you include the userland programs in the possible bug space. If CPU is pegged at 100%, open "Activity Monitor" and find the culprit program and kill it. More often than not, it's Flash.

10) Check the Applications/Utilities folder. Lots of useful stuff in there.

11) Learn about the "defaults" command. You can use it to enable many hidden options and customizations from the command line.

12) If you like fine-tuning and customizing, get familiar with the /Library and ~/Library folders. It's where a lot of programs keep plugins, themes, settings, etc. There is a defaults [11] command to make the ~/Library folder visible in the Finder (normally it's hidden from the average user).

13) Check the Automator for application automation (also: Applescript). You can a lot of stuff with it, if you like these kind of things.

14) Read Siracussa's Ars Technica Mountain Lion review. All of it. And maybe a book, like Mountain Lion, the Missing Manual. You'll learn a lot of things that you will otherwise pick up randomly after months of using OS X.

15) Some apps to check: Alfred (must have: launcher), Evernote (note taking), iA Writer (distraction free writing), Skitch (image capture / annotations, though current version is botched), Fission (barebones audio editing), Pixelmator (bitmap image editor), Reeder (RSS reader), Little Snitch (must have: application firewall), Tunnelblick (VPN), Transmit (FTP/SFTP/S3 etc), Unarchiver (compression archive handler), VMWare Fusion (virtual machine host), Sublime Text 2 (programmers' editor, if you're not into Emacs/Vim/IDEs). For simple multimedia needs, check the iLife programs. For work needs, iWork programs are quite capable, though not as much as MS Office. Adobe home user programs (Photoshop and Premier Elements) are available for the Mac too.

16) Avoid HAXIEs and APE (cross-OS hijacking system used to attach extension functionality to applications). Not very stable, and not really needed. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haxie ).

17) If you go with Apple's way, you get more integration between your OS X programs.

E.g. if you're using Mail.app instead of Thunderbird and iPhoto instead of some third party photo manager, then, while you write a new email, you can select pictures in your iPhoto library to attach, from a built-in image picker in Mail.app. Same for iLife and iWork apps. E.g you can select, through Keynote, a song from your iTunes library to be use in your presentation. Personally, I use mostly Apple's apps, but prefer Chrome to Safari and Lightroom to iPhoto/Aperture.

18) Some things that might give you problems, from time to time:
- Spotlight indexing (when you add lots of new stuff from an external disk to your primary disk, or when it's stuck on a corrupted file, etc). You can turn it off and on for specific disks and folders.
- Flash using 100% of the CPU. Kill it from activity monitor, or kill the tab.

19) I personally tend to prefer installing new major OS X versions from scratch. It's easy to port over your old files, mails, and settings from a backup. That said, updating also works fine. YMMV.

20) Use something like Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper! for bootable, incremental, backups of your startup disk. Time Machine backups are handy too, but not bootable.

21) Have fun.

wriq 3 days ago 3 replies      
Homebrew - a package manager for OSX to install all those incredibly useful applications you've been using for the past 10 years.


jwdunne 3 days ago 1 reply      
I never really used a tool like it when I was on Windows or Linux but I find Alfred really useful, where I can press Alt + Space that brings up a simple dialog where I can type:

  app name
find filename
open filename

Just typing an app name will allow you to open it on pressing enter. Find will reveal the file or folder in Finder. Open will open the file.

If it doesn't recognise a name or command, it'll default to giving options to search in Google and other search engines.

Another really useful feature is typing an arithmetic expression and it being calculated for, which can then be copied to keyboard by pressing enter. I use this feature a lot.

I think there are a lot of other things I could learn about Alfred myself but it's probably my most used tool! There's also a premium version with more features but I haven't looked into it much.

I know there's Quicksilver and spotlight but Alfred is much quicker and smoother for me.

ciniglio 1 day ago 0 replies      
I know that as programmers/hackers, we're supposed to never use the mouse, but the biggest thing that I've recently started to appreciate with macs is how good the drag and drop system is.

Some examples:

- If you want to open a file with a certain application, drag it to that application in the dock.

- If you want to send a url to your friend, drag the url onto the mail app.

- If you want to get a folders path in the terminal, drag the folder into the terminal window.

- If you want to move a file into a folder in finder, hover over that folder for a few seconds, and you'll see a new window spring up with the contents. You can navigate deep trees quite quickly, without needing to know where you're going at the outset (did I want to put this in Personal/ or in Vacation Photos/?)

This behavior has really spoiled me, and is probably the thing I miss the most when I need to use Windows for more than a few hours.

eranation 3 days ago 3 replies      
Was in the same place a month ago, here is what I wish someone told me.

- You can move a file, just "copy" and then press option when "pasting"

- Command + Delete is deleting a file (del on windows)

- Rename file is Enter (f2 on windows)

- Command + tab actually works as intended

- Fn + Delete = del key

- Home, End, Pg Up, Pg Dn - different, you'll get used to it

- Learn Vim and Linux, as you'll use the terminal a lot

- Installing stuff is a bit weird - dragging the icon to the Applications shortcut, dmg files basically look like a virtual "drive" that you can eject

- No easy way to maximize a window, really, you need a 3rd party app

After getting used to the little quirks, you'll get used to the stability, and speed. Windows 7 is not a bad OS, but for some reason me and my wife fight over the MacBook Air more than on my Lenovo Thinkpad...

anigbrowl 3 days ago 1 reply      
Page up/down and home/end don't work in Safari. You need to use Command+up/down and option +up/down, respectively. Ridiculous.
taligent 3 days ago 0 replies      
I highly recommend iStat Menus / MenuMeters for monitoring.

Also if you run "sudo fs_usage" in the Terminal you can see what is accessing the disk. This can easily show what new app you've installed is causing problems. Likewise learn about launchctl/LaunchAgents/LaunchDaemons so you can disable startup daemons.

Big tip: Make sure to add to the Spotlight->Privacy section any folders that you don't want indexed e.g. Downloads, Bittorrent Folders, External Drives.

Turing_Machine 3 days ago 0 replies      
While many popular FOSS packages have been completely ported to the Mac's UI, there are still some packages that require X11. You can get it here:


pkamb 2 days ago 0 replies      
Hotcorners for "Show Desktop" and "All Windows Exposé"
bdunbar 2 days ago 1 reply      
Install iTerm2.

It's a much better terminal emulator that Terminal.

RollAHardSix 3 days ago 0 replies      
F12 / F11 All day.
001sky 3 days ago 1 reply      
prt scrn = shift+command+3
D3 2 days ago 0 replies      
Only that you made a horrible mistake.
Ask HN: Any hackers in Brisbane looking for a place to live?
8 points by zensavona  2 days ago   3 comments top 3
rsmaniak 1 day ago 0 replies      
I was just looking for a place a couple of months ago, I'm living in West End now but my lease ends early next year if you are looking by then don't hesitate to give me a shout.
jameswyse 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've already a nice place in West End but I'm just happy to see that there are other HN users in Brisbane! It's usually just Sydney I see mentioned. Good luck finding someone!
xargs12 2 days ago 0 replies      
This would be kewl, shame I'm already in a similar share house. GL with your search.
Increase Rate Queries on Google custom search API?
3 points by kyleporter  1 day ago   discuss
Ask HN: The acquisition value of a codebase
2 points by tolas  1 day ago   1 comment top
jtchang 21 hours ago 0 replies      
It depends what the buyer wants. A clean code base is generally not the first thing I would look at when buying a company. Fundamentals are much more important such as revenue.

Focus on improving your fundamentals. You put effort into cleaning up the scrappy mvp when it starts to hinder your efforts to improve those fundamentals.

Ask HN: LXDE (Mint) or Xfce (XUbuntu)
2 points by mrng  1 day ago   4 comments top 2
thomaslee 1 day ago 2 replies      
I can't comment on XUbuntu, but I went from LXDE to Debian+Xfce and finally settled on Debian+OpenBox.

If you're really only interested in Xfce vs. LXDE, I'd go with Xfce -- but only because it should be less of a memory hog & I doubt you'll miss much from its heavier cousin. Honestly though, either would probably work fine.

Or hey, give OpenBox a crack. :)

(Be warned I'm a keyboard junkie, so my love of OpenBox might be tainted by that :) Between the customizable shortcuts + menu & some of my own stuff [http://tomlee.co/code/ginvoke] I rarely have a reason to reach for the mouse outside of the browser.)

bbakersmith 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I've tried both and have settled on Xubuntu because it runs faster (particularly on my Netbook) and provides a solid non-Unity experience.

Mint is pretty nice too, but I generally recommend it to people who are new to Linux because it comes with more software out-the-box, looks a bit flashier, and seems to be a bit more familiar to people coming from Windows.

[Ask HN] Applying to Y Combinator from outside the US - Some Questions
49 points by infoseckid  6 days ago   20 comments top 9
brackin 6 days ago 0 replies      
I'm not a YC founder so I'm sure those that are will be able to offer some specific advice but I know plenty of YC founders that have gone through this and I'm from the UK and applying for Winter 2013.

1. Usually companies that haven't incorporated outside of the US will register as a US company. If your visa situation isn't completely sorted it can be a slight deterrent to some investors but not enough to put anyone off. Usually not because you're not from the US but because getting kicked out of a country can put a founder in a tough place. There are many YC companies that do it every year and guys like Joel and Leo (AngelPad) from BufferApp raised their seed round for a US company from top investors and while they get their visa they've based their company in other countries.

2. There is a Visa for Angel Investors but I don't believe there is a visa doing the opposite. Of course if you have a degree your options open up considerably. It is technically somewhat possible to sponsor your own H1B but since you're a founder of the company and major shareholder, I doubt this would be accepted.

3. A lot of people I know go for the O-1A visa. Which is for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. If you can show getting into YC and success of your company has value to the US you will be able to say for up to three years at which point you can extend or look at your other options. It's not inexpensive or easy but is a good bet.

More info here: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b...

rehack 6 days ago 0 replies      
Not directly related to your question. But hope this can inspire you :-)

"After being rejected by Drona[1] on account of his not being of Kshatriya lineage, Eklavya[2] embarks upon a program of self-study in the presence of a clay image of Drona. He achieves a level of skill superior to that of Arjuna, Drona's favorite and most accomplished pupil"

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drona

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekalavya

PS: If the anology is not self evident. PG/YCombinator is Drona in this case, and you are Eklavya

Edit: HN--> Ycombinator

namit 6 days ago 0 replies      
Great question, cause I am in the same boat.
One thing I was looking into was "Startup Visa", more info here: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f...
The other thing was the E2 Visa, however for some unknown reason, it is not available to Indians due to lack of treaty. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-2_visa
As taurussai has mentioned, work on the application and interview and the amazing YC community can help sort out the rest.
P.S. - If any of YC Community would be open to sharing how to make it work, it would be great for future YC candidates.
MojoJolo 6 days ago 4 replies      
This question is also in my mind. Will tourist visa work for YC?
dschiptsov 6 days ago 2 replies      
I think you should follow the standard procedure first http://ycombinator.com/howtoapply.html so, make a video, fill the forms http://ycombinator.com/apply.html and submit them.

btw, in doing so you will clarify and refine your ideas, that is why they insist on this procedure. It saves not just their time, but your time and money.

Now a few things to consider. There are, of course, many people were relocated to work for, or create a startup in Valley. This is the crucial point - YC supports only US-based startups.

They have power, connections, influence and almost unlimited money in valley, but can't do anything outside US. There are other connected guys in other countries.) So, you will work for them in US or, if your idea is that good, will bootstrap your company in the US (with them as privileged stockholders).

There is no way they can finance any business outside US, and you should try to find a domestic investors.)

taurussai 6 days ago 0 replies      
You can do it -- a few companies in my batch (W12) have done it and we have a large YC international community to help answer all your visa questions. Answering your first 2 questions (briefly):

1. Don't know -- my thoughts would be it depends on customers (if it is worldwide/local to India, team location etc.)

2. Yes, it is possible through H1b/O1 visa (a number of founders have done/doing it)

* Would recommend focusing on the application and interview -- the YC team,international YC founders community and recommended immigration law firms will help you once you are in...

Rain_maker 6 days ago 0 replies      
Get in touch with guys from interviewstreet.com.. they have been there, done that
infoseckid 6 days ago 0 replies      
Thanks taurussai and brackin - looks like there is hope ;) ! Let me just go ahead and submit the application.

rehack - I am Eklavya but to fight the fight, I need to go to my Kurukshetra! ;)

Ask HN: Why does my startups conversion sux?
7 points by laurencei  3 days ago   12 comments top 4
patio11 3 days ago 1 reply      
Talk to the people who should be using this, find their #1 pain point with property management, put THAT front and center on the website. "This thing you already do... online!" is not a compelling sales point to non-geeks.

"View Features... we think you'll love them" is 180 degrees from user psychology which will work. a) Show them benefits b) absolutely anything is more credible than you saying it. Your customers, especially prominent customers or ones they aspirationally want to be like, are 100x more credible. Media is credible. The user is the most credible, so if you can figure a way for them to make the connection themselves (highly non-trivial) you win.

This product may require non-trivial sales off the website, btw.

Lose the auto-rotate of platforms. Auto-rotate is distracting and screenshots generally don't sell software. I'd use the space to highlight the benefits, which you mention lower on the page in gray-on-black text that begs me not to read it.

Link big screenshots to your signup page. Many users will click them to see what is up.

eranation 3 days ago 1 reply      
First - UI and UX are great, well done. perhaps you just need time, and move out of the .au domain and do it globally?

to the other things:

I guess just that the title "TRACK YOUR PROPERTY PORTFOLIO ONLINE." is a bit lackluster

try something like

"Handling your leased property is a headache? Not anymore!"

"Try now for free and in 5 minutes you'll get started"

See how we helped X property owners stop worrying and start saving money.

something like this...

oh, and get rid of the long domain, and get a .io or .ly short URL, and make it global, not just for Australia

AND, add a video

Explain to people how they save money and time

Use analytics to see how your product is being used (mixpanel)

Another point is, are you really solving a problem? perhaps people with lot's of properties just pay someone to take care of it, and people with just one don't have enough headache?

sometimes it is what it is...

p.s. if you add ability for people to pay rent directly via you using their credit card, you'll make millions (send me a check when it happens)


a few more

- try our features, we think you'll love them? show some confidence, of course you'll love them!

- font's too small, too much information, contrast is bad (dark text on dark background)

- all in all a bit "gray" I miss to understand what exactly are you saving me

px1999 2 days ago 0 replies      
I started writing a long-winded response with ideas after looking at your sales site, but realised that it was mostly dancing around to not sound confrontational - these are just some thoughts in no particular order and aren't intended to be negative.

I've done similar things in a more enterprisey property management space, and the amount of data that you're managing on a single property (or 2 or 3 properties) with a single user doesn't look like enough to really justify $234/yr, and all of the things that you've listed involve trying to sort out a product issue with a marketing/business solution (which works, but only to an extent), so you can A/B test all you like, but if people don't think your product is worth it, they're never going to get started or pay for it.

From a pricing perspective, I'd rethink the bottom level plan, the pricing timeframe, and if possible the price-point (maybe shift to something that scales more with use, eg resources or features, rather than something inelastic like # of properties). Be more upfront about pricing - the "try it free" should have the pricing list - you're selling a financial product to people who are presumably good with money, but hiding what it'll cost in the features page. Having a "forever free" plan that's severely limited (/ad-supported) will help with your initial conversion.

For conversion to paid subscriptions, you need to convince them that you're better than a folder on their HDD, excel for financials and their contact list/calendar on their phone. At the very least you need to look at interop between MYOB/Quicken/CSV/whatever's the rage these days. You can focus on how computers crash so a doc library is better, or you can add a feature (versioning, archival of email, I don't know) and use that to sell the document library. If you're targeting the guy who's got 1 property, maybe get some boilerplate forms or checklists and put them up there somewhere. If you're targeting the guys who have 10+ properties, focus on exposing what reports can do. Definitely do allow users to, at the very least, download excel / other spreadsheet versions of their transactions (and if you do this, specify that you do it on the features page).

dchuk 2 days ago 1 reply      
Stop giving equal emphasis to your call to action for signup and your "view features" button. View features should just be a link in the menu at the top of the page, or maybe just include it directly on the homepage.

Your landing page should have one single call to action, one single activity you want your visitor to do.

Ask HN: How would you add transparency to the dating market?
2 points by delinquentme  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
roguecoder 10 hours ago 0 replies      
What about references? LinkedIn style networking, rather than random strangers. Testimonials from friends or even friends of friends, especially women who can testify that they make a good platonic friend, might carry weight and get closer to the old style of blind dates.
delinquentme 1 day ago 0 replies      
For me personally I'd like to see something that would facilitate a date... something that the girl could creep all my information and then instead of the tedious dance of "courtship" its just " Okay, I like you so we're going to do X "
Ask HN: Can you understand what my startup does?
2 points by emoray13  1 day ago   5 comments top 3
ColinWright 1 day ago 1 reply      
Anyone who's had any exposure to the Lean Startup school of thought will know this idea already, so most people here will definitely know what you're doing.

As an aside - I detest being sent to a landing page that's clearly harvesting emails as a prelude to actually doing any real work on implementation, but maybe that's just me. Plausibly your implementation of this idea will be a real boon for someone wanting to try an idea.

benologist 1 day ago 0 replies      
You should emphasize that it's a landing page service. Check out LaunchRock, they've had some time and practice in this space and have a very succinct description: http://launchrock.com/.

Also second what Colin said. It's so fucking boring when people post asking for feedback on a "coming soon" page or whatever, whether they wasted weeks hand-carving it or used a service to create it for them.

27182818284 1 day ago 1 reply      
I get it, but I don't think people outside of the startup community (armchair or otherwise) will. For example, I know successful business owners that would stare at me funny if I talked to them about "conversions." That type of lingo doesn't come up. So if the recent feedback is from people like that, I wouldn't be surprised.
Ask HN: I received an offer. Should I sell?
10 points by ryangilbert  4 days ago   20 comments top 13
kimura 4 days ago 1 reply      
$193 in 3 months equates to about 65 a month. In a year, you will net about $772. Conclusion, there is no point in selling it for an amount less than $772, especially given that maintenance only takes 5 minutes of your time in year. I'd probably wouldn't sell it for twice that amount - I tend to be attached to my domain names. Anyhow, think of it as beer money.
dsnid3r 4 days ago 0 replies      
Having worked on this site with you I highly recommend you do NOT! sell the site. You have nothing to worry about in risk and the profit is money in your pocket for little to no work on your part. Keep the site unless you get offered the price of what it would make in 2 years. If you need anything or want to talk you have my email.
netspencer 4 days ago 1 reply      
I think the language you use is very interesting. "A website that I own" makes it seem like it's a commodity and not necessarily a product which you've put lots of blood, sweat and tears into building. From your description, it sounds like that's the case. So really its just a domain sale. Not sure what the domain is, so I can't be certain how much value that has in and of itself.

That said, the advertising profits alone do give the site value. I'd counter the offer at $600 and point out that, if current trends continue, the site will pay for itself in the next year. But there's definitely a lot of risk involved, so it's worth selling and taking the money now. I would at least.

Unless you want the domain for something, sell it. It's hard to rely on ad revenue. Being able to pocket a few hundred dollars right now is probably a good option.

bravoyankee 4 days ago 0 replies      
The way you were talking up the site, I thought the sale price would be $40,000, not $400.

My advice: if you are broke and have no food in the fridge, sell it. If you're doing "okay" financially, keep it. Four hundred isn't enough. I'd be asking for at least $700.

brador 4 days ago 1 reply      
How did you get the site to #1 so fast?

On the price, yeah, $400 is low. But then the risk profile of the site is high. Are you in a hurry to get rid of it?

huhtenberg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Technically you should try and sell at 5x your annual revenue. So given your figures you are looking at 3-4K.
coryl 4 days ago 1 reply      
If you do decide to sell, know that you can shop it around on places like dnforum.com

You may get better offers.

codegeek 4 days ago 1 reply      
$193 in 3 months = 65/month. Since it only takes 5 mins every year, I would say ask for at least 2 years worth of payment which should be roughly $65*24 = $1560.
sejje 4 days ago 0 replies      
I wouldn't dream of selling this site at that price.

With no risk or effort you are generating a solid return. Not knowing any details, I'd say you have a good chance of things getting better.

You're risking a few hundred bucks--big deal! You'll make the few hundred bucks over the next year.

nivla 4 days ago 0 replies      
I did a research on this a while back. Looking at most domains sold at Flippa and other domain sale sites, the final price is closer to the max you can earn in one month x 24 months.
witoldc 4 days ago 0 replies      
You're extrapolating results from 3 months into years? Uh... yeah...

It doesn't sound that easy or stable if you are willing to sell it for 6 months profit instead of using your 5 minutes each year to run it forever and making $900/year.

niico 4 days ago 0 replies      
Sell it. Get rid of the trademarks and maybe use the money to build a real website.
nsp 1 day ago 0 replies      
My laptop was stolen, I have an IP, now what?
10 points by stealthy_anon  5 days ago   12 comments top 8
jameswyse 54 minutes ago 0 replies      
Maybe you can sneakily install Prey to make things easier? http://preyproject.com/
adrianwaj 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Find a private investigator that specializes in this. When you find out an exact location, have the private investigator call the police in the area. Try to get pics of the laptop, and pics (ideally identity) of the person if you can in the meantime. Look for patterns in IP addresses to anticipate next moves.
bdunbar 2 days ago 1 reply      
Do you want it back? If you don't then burn it to the ground: shell in, use dd to wipe the disk.
sown 5 days ago 0 replies      
I think you file a police report and tell them that you have the IP address. They can subpoena necessary information.
muzzamike 5 days ago 0 replies      
Sorry about your laptop man. This guy had a simular problem and was able to resolve it when the robber uploaded some pics. Might be a good read on how he worked with the police.


JacobH 5 days ago 0 replies      
There are many stories of this. The more you know the easier it would be. The IP should be enough to locate where the person uses the pc. But check how often the same IP is used for a pattern. You also don't want to send the police, and the person is stealing wifi from a neighbor.
blacklooksgreat 5 days ago 0 replies      
Police will likely be clueless.

You might file a civil suit against John Doe for fraud.

Then you might subpoena the ISP to tell you who is using the IP.

Then maybe go the police with the evidence from your civil case.

mouseroot 5 days ago 1 reply      
Try and have the stolen computer pull up google maps and pinpoint where it is via gps. or similair
Ask HN: Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? (October 2012)
110 points by whoishiring  8 days ago   discuss
martey 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Washington DC or remote

My current focus is with Django/Python, although I also have experience with WordPress and PHP. I can write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by hand, configure and secure your Linux server, and optimize Apache or nginx so that everything runs smoothly.

I can build your MVP or help you maintain and improve an existing website. I write technical specifications, use comments in my code, and am adept at Git.

You can see some of my previous projects at https://marteydodoo.com/portfolio/ and can contact me at https://marteydodoo.com/contact/.

johnnyg 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Designer (Remote / Houston, TX)

CPAP.com is looking for an experienced website designer to help with various design projects for our businesses including converting sites to Twitter Bootstrap, front end design of new features, and full site redesign.

Skill set we are looking for:

* Create design from list of requirements and deliver browser tested (IE8 & 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) front end code

* Experience with Twitter Bootstrap a plus

* Use of Adobe Fireworks over Photoshop for web design, also a plus

About CPAP.com:

* We sell equipment for the treatment of Sleep Apnea.

* PHP/MySQL/RabbitMQ/SVN/Redmine all day every day

* git/Python API/Ruby glue apps where needed

* Team is half full time and half remote HNers. Long term working relationships preferred.

If interested contact Carolyn Goodman at carolyn.goodman@cpap.com with your rate range, availability and links to examples of your work.

uberc 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER -- New York, remote

Happy Dogs NYC (happydogsnyc.com), a local dog daycare business, is looking for a programmer to maintain and enhance a Django/Javascript web app used for internal task workflow, scheduling, billing, and customer management.

Features to be added including exposing parts of the app to end-customers for self-service tasks, enhancing Facebook and other third-party login, adding automated credit card processing, optimizing mobile web access, supporting multiple store locations, and streamlining input forms.

This small, interesting project would be ideal for a capable freelancer or part-time intern looking to improve his or her Python, Django, and JavaScript skills in a real-world application -- and who wants exposure to agile and/or test-driven development methodologies -- with training provided as needed by a former Google product director (and co-owner of the business), who wrote the existing web app.

Contact me at ien@alum.mit.edu

Zak 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - mostly remote

I solve problems using software, including:

    Teaching computers to identify characteristics of
images and text with little or no human intervention
Building prototypes
Building complete products
Fixing problems with existing software
Adding features to existing software

I have more experience with web and server-based applications than desktop or mobile, but I'm adaptable and can work with the technologies the project requires.

A few languages and tools I've worked with lately are: Javascript, JQuery, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Python, Django, Ruby, Rails, Lua, PHP, Java, Haskell, Clojure and C++.

Though I'm not looking for work as a full-time sysadmin, I can set up servers and deploy apps to them. I have basic experience with EC2 as well. I can go from nothing to your full-stack application running on a server without outside help.

Here's an example of a web application I built for a client: http://renthubnyc.com - EDIT - looks like the client took this one offline. Demo on request.

And here's my github: http://github.com/zakwilson

You can reach me by email at zak.wilson@gmail.com

Alan01252 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK -- England ( London | Hampshire | Surrey ) or remote.

Software engineer. Over 5 years experience creating, maintaining and most importantly delivering software products.

I've been freelancing for just over four months and have excellent testimonials from clients I've worked with so far. http://alanhollis.com/testimonials/.


A financial customer service relationship management software involving big data sets. I personally wrote three of the most complex aspects of the site, including a real time event log using node.js. A highly customised version of a DataTables.net data table, and several bespoke map reduce queries extracting complex statistics quickly from multiple MongoDB collections, and displaying them using Google Interactive Charts.

A bespoke on-line content management system to generate a playable/customisable quiz for a high profile government backed website. The application was written using the Yii PHP framework which allowed me to get the basic CRUD/User Login management feature complete in just five days. The application also tracks users answers and information and displays statistics in the content management system.


More about me can be found via http://alanhollis.com.

My github profile is available on http://github.com/alan01252.

My strongest languages are PHP, JavaScript and Java.
I've also got a whole heap of experience debugging and maintaining code written in other languages such as C#, Perl and Python.


Feel free to contact me via any of these methods:

Email: me@alanhollis.com

Website: http://alanhollis.com/contact/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/alan01252

Skype: alan01276


This is my first time posting on HackerNews Freelancer seeking freelancer. I would love to receive feedback on my pitch / my website or my github profile.



InclinedPlane 7 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote preferred (or Seattle, WA)

DevOps stuff: Linux, apache, nginx, php, rails, mysql, varnish, wordpress, etc.

Back-end/front-end dev work: C#, PHP, Javascript/jQuery, Backbone, CodeIgniter

I can do designer stuff including ground-up semantic html/css and graphic design but I don't consider it my forte.

My rates are currently quite reasonable since I'm just getting into freelancing and looking to build up a portfolio.

Contact me at: wedge@semanticnebula.com

ccapndave 13 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER(s) - remote only

Davex Global is looking to expand its roster of remote freelancers. Right now we are looking for super-duper HTML/jQuery/CSS/Bootstrap frontend devs and PHP/CodeIgnitor/MySQL backend devs.

If this sounds like you register at http://www.davexglobal.com/registration/

ErrantX 8 days ago 1 reply      

UK-based Full-stack consultant engineer; PHP/MySQL, capable HTML/JS (medium-level design skills). 2-4 years expereicne in consultancy, ~10 years programming experience.

Experience in building websites for SME's all the way up to enterprise development projects.

Rates charged on a per-project basis; I offer a premium service based on competence, reliablity and experience. Email me to discuss your requirements and I will figure out how much value I can deliver! Hourly/Daily rates also available for small projects.

References and examples of work available on request.


Smerity 8 days ago 0 replies      

Expertise in Natural Language Processing (NLP), machine learning, data mining/analytics and algorithms at scale. Worked on a wide variety of real world systems, such as ML for predicting and optimising for user growth and company revenue.

University Medal from University of Sydney for working in NLP

Previous experience in start-ups + tech companies (ZeroMail, Google [intern], Freelancer.com) including launching a full stack application for a promotional competition under time and resource pressure.

Reside in Sydney, Australia -- prefer remote but happy to come in / travel as appropriate

I most commonly use Python for personal projects but I'm language agnostic

Email, LinkedIn and website in profile


theoj 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - NYC or remote.

I am a mobile developer who focuses on Android Java development. I have worked on multiple Android apps, both large and small, for a variety of clients. My portfolio and Github are listed below:



My previous experience includes C/C++, VB.NET, and HTML / PHP. Feel free to get in touch -- email is theo---AT---bricolsoftconsulting----DOT---com.

steverb 6 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK in Knoxville, TN or remote.

Have you ever paid a consultancy or freelancer for a product and while what you got back technically worked it turned out to be made entirely of duct tape and band-aids? Me too. That's why I'm here. It makes me mad to see people pay good money for bad work.

I'm here to handle the projects that you need to get done, but don't quite have the time for. I'm all about the agile, and you will get a daily status report and code check-in that will fit right into your standup. No more wondering what's been done and what remains.

I'm a big believer in TDD and will provide you with full tests along with the solution, so when it comes time for you to modify it yourself you won't have to wonder if your change is going to break something.

I specialize in .NET, specifically MVC and web services (WebAPI, WCF). I was doing Single Page Applications before they were cool (and before anyone knew about Knockout.js).

I'm also familiar with Ruby, MySQL and Mongo if you lean that way.

Résumé at http://careers.stackoverflow.com/steverb

Contact me at: me@steverb.com

mootothemax 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or occasional travel around Europe fine. Native British developer based in Warsaw, Poland.

Back-end jack-of-all-trades, concentrating on PHP/C#/MySQL, experienced with Apache/nginx/IIS, and general Linux admin.

A few sample projects I work on in my spare time, using PHP/Kohana/MySQL/jQuery:




I'm very good at diving into unknown codebases, finding solutions to complex problems, enjoy rescuing projects in trouble, and like working with technology in general. I always chatting about requirements, feel free to drop me a line at tom@tbbpolska.com

rglover 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Ann Arbor, MI

Interface designer/front-end developer.

I specialize in: HTML, CSS, Javascript, Wordpress, and Tumblr development.

Proficient in responsive web design (both simple sites and fully responsive web applications).

Good with copywriting and developing personable experiences (e.g. has a voice and personality like Mailchimp).
Fully comfortable with Rails integration and Git.

Recent work:
Meritful - http://meritful.com/
Rocket Lease - http://rglv.me/PLvpOu Responsive Application Design)

Dribbble: http://dribbble.com/rglover
Portfolio: http://ryanglover.net new portfolio launching on October 15th at http://wellroundedgent.com)

Best suited working with: startups, small agencies, research teams, and benevolent folks (e.g. non-profits/charities).

Mention HN in your project request and save 5%

Email: ryan@wellroundedgent.com

luke_s 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - Australia (Remote)

If you looking for an experienced coder, who can deliver mobile Android or HTML5 mobile applications, then I am your man! 10+ years doing java development means I have the maturity and experience to delivery on your requirements in a quick and efficient manner.

At this stage I should note that I am not currently doing full time freelancing. I have a day job managing developers, but am looking for some part time work to supplement my income. I am available to work up to 10-14 hours per week.

If you mention this advertisement you will get a free 45 minute consultation over skype, where we can discuss your project the the best way to meet your requirements.

* Android development in Java

* HTML 5, including mobile HTML5 apps

* Javascript, Jquery, Knockoutjs

* Over 10 years experience doing full stack java development

luke dot sleeman at gmail.com

hasenj 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Calgary, Canada (Remote)

I'm a generalist web developer

I can help you build your product.

I can take a project from idea to implementation, starting from scratch!

I can add features to existing projects, improve functionality, reduce bloat, improve performance, etc.

I have a lot of experience doing both front-end and back-end work, with several different languages and technologies.

I'm a problem solver, not a code monkey. The choice of language or framework does not matter that much. I can easily and quickly pick up a new language or a framework and get up to speed and be productive with it.

On the front-end I work with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, or any higher level language that compiles to them, such as Haml, Jade, CoffeeScript, Stylus, etc. I can work with any javascript framework/library. jQuery, Underscore, Backbone, Knockout, etc.

On the back-end I can work with any modern language and/or framework. I've worked with Django, Flask, Express.js, Google Go, and I have no problem at all quickly picking up a new language/framework. Same with databases; I've worked with Postgres, Redis, and CouchDB, and I can easily adapt to any other DB.

I care about what I do. I insist on delivering quality code and quality products.

I can simplify problems and build UIs that are nice and clean and fast. I strive for quality; I won't deliver crap.


contact me via my email: hasan.aljudy@gmail.com

rubyrescue 8 days ago 0 replies      
iOS, Rails, Erlang freelancer + devs. I have numerous apps in the store. We work remotely from Buenos Aires. About half of the time, we work on projects until we can handoff to a local team. The other half we'll put someone on the project long term. I'm currently looking to pick up another project.

I was formerly a VP of Engineering for Good Technology, based in Seattle and Redwood Shores. I have worked with Palm, all flavors of MS Windows mobile platforms, Symbian S60, etc.

I built:

MTV WatchWith - MTV's flagship socia media app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtv-watchwith/id422366403?mt=...

VH1 Co-Star - Also built (and host) the server for both of these)

Whisper - anonymous social media app (we wrote the server and admin as well)

NCM's MovieNightOut (iOS and Android)

Campus Sentinel (iOS and Android)

http://github.com/inaka/edis - open source Erlang redis server clone I and a developer wrote.

chad@inaka.net, skype cdepue

daemon13 6 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER(S) - REMOTE - to work on several projects.

1. Front-end developer/designer/UX

- full grasp of Bootstrap, HTML5/CSS3

- understanding of mobile/responsive requirements and how to address those

- good taste for nice color schemes and clean look

- knack for usability, simplification and common sense workflows

- can implement designs/mock-ups in Bootstrap/HTML/CSS fast [really fast]

- past Bootstrap/b2b projects (interfaces, forms, charts, etc), git and js skills are a plus

This is not full time. Current project(s) will require iterations spread over several months with varied weekly load from couple of hours to max 1-2 days.

Please send a link to your portfolio and your rates to dkaloshkin at gmail dot com

2. Devops expert - I need a devops professional for occasional consultations and tasks. Code words - AWS, Ubuntu, nginx, haproxy, iptables, lynis, bash scripts, python, collectd, samhain and brothers/sisters. Example of skills - you can compile nginx with right flags and config it in less time I design multidimesional database/OLAP cube [1-2 hours], setting up RAID on LVM on AWS is a piece of cake for you, understands how to harden linux kernel and ubuntu server, comfortable setting up centralized logging with rsyslog and proper log rotation and permissions access, knows when to use best practices and when to hack a solution.

This is not full-time thing or a project. I need a battle tested professional on hand going forward.

Please send your hn handle, link to your blog and rates to dkaloshkin at gmail dot com

My apologies for possible delay with responding.

CWIZO 8 days ago 0 replies      

I'm open to some part-time freelancing to get me started in the freelancing business again. I'm a full-stack developer with strong focus on PHP for the server side part. I've been programming for +10 years, the last 5 I spent building (from the ground up) and maintaining some of the largest web sites in Slovenia (where I'm from) that have a few million uniques a month, so I know a thing or two about scaling.

If you have a small-ish project that would requiere someone that can build a page from 0 to production (provided you take care of the design) or you need something fixed or extended then I'm your guy.

Contact in the profile.

Showcase: http://hancic.info/showcase

Mc_Big_G 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco ~50% remote

I'm currently working full-time in SF and want to transition to part-time freelancing (20-30 hrs.) so I can work on my own projects. I'm ready to take the plunge for the right customer and opportunity. I am open to on-site work in SF with the freedom to work from home >= 50% of the time.

I have 12 years experience in web development and my preferred toolset includes Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Ember.js, jQuery, Git, Github, TDD, Rspec, Jasmine, Gimp, SASS, HAML, Heroku, AWS, and Apache Cordova (Phonegap)... I've launched 5 websites / solo startups and one mobile app where I did 100% of the design and development. I also worked with Pivotal Labs for 6 months and have the same philosophy on TDD, agile and quality.

Please don't contact me if you are a recruiter or for positions that require travel, are full-time or require 100% on-site.

Email me at sf.web.developer@gmail.com and I will send you all of my info.

luckystrike 8 days ago 0 replies      

I have been shipping software for more than 10 years now, and love building high-quality products (or at least try my best for it!). I have recently started freelancing after my stint as a single founder, and am currently doing part-time contract work remotely for another HN member's startup.

I am proficient with Ruby on Rails and generally quite adept at picking up new technologies as per the needs of the product. I call myself a generalist, and if you are a non-technical person, I can handle most of the things for you that go in to building & launching a software product (including screen flows, server-side programming, system administration, analytics & a little bit of digital marketing.)

I am open to a potential co-founder role as well, but as you know well, a lot of things need to fall in place for it. I guess it would be best if we work together on a short project first to see how good we are as a team.

Please see my profile for the contact & other relevant information. Just drop a line to say hello, it's always good to interact with fellow HN members!

krmmalik 8 days ago 3 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCERS: I'm on the lookout for freelancers in Front-End, and Server-Side Development, and server admins.

I'm in digital marketing and part of the often involves delivering web development projects, so I need to have people that i can sub-contract to since i work in a project management capacity for my clients.

Remote is absolutely fine, and any part of the world is fine, as long as your rates are reasonable, and you are dependable and reliable.
I've had some interactions with a few people off the HN freelancing posts that seemed to have increased their prices after listening to Patio11's podcast but havent thought about how they're going to add value - I dont wish to speak to any of those people please - Polite request.

email me at: khurammalik.me@gmail.com

edit: formatting

timanglade 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER â€" Palo Alto , CA or Austin, TX (remote possible)

Apigee is looking for an experienced iOS developer to create, write, document, and implement SDKs in Objective C

* Own an entire implementation process from design to release incorporating feedback from a range of stakeholders (designers, marketing, business development, and support).

* Rapidly create prototypes, use feedback and develop a production quality release candidate.

* Assisting other developers working on your projects (delegating tasks, reviewing code, setting schedules, etc.)

* Write blog posts to communicate platform updates to the developer community and evangelize the SDKs and sample apps you build.


* Strong C++/Objective C experience. You need to be able to write APIs and similar code.

* Understanding of Cocoa programing methodologies and memory management and their restrictions on iOS4/iOS5 and familiar with new features added in iOS6.

* Deeper understanding of core network, logging, telephony, location and security framework with ability to extend some of the core functionalities

* Expert in using XCode and its debugger.

* Familiar with 3rd party iOS libraries and able to extend those libraries.

* Experience with one of following: Sencha, PhoneGap, Appcelerator, jQuery mobile


* Android experience

* Git and Github experience

* Experience with or led a community based Open Source project

* Has built SDK on some platforms.

Contact tim@apigee.com for more details or if you want to apply.

Swizec 8 days ago 0 replies      

I fix things.

Looking for work preferably in the javascript (backend or frontend) and python/django worlds. But I'm not ashamed of using Java if it gets the job done better.

Haskell would be very lovely indeed.

blog: http://swizec.com

github: https://github.com/swizec

exratione 8 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a broadly experienced full stack senior developer, with a recent focus on Drupal, Wordpress, and Node.js. I'm quite comfortable building entire projects from servers to front end, and dragging old legacy code into the modern era is a specialty.

For more details, see: http://www.exratione.com/

lacerus 6 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK in Hamburg, Germany or remotely.

Full stack web dev with and a bit a sysadmin with focus on Ruby on Rails and Linux. Also a knack for SEO and agile team organization. I try to be able to know a little about every technical area a typical web start-up needs to cover (JavaScript, HTML, CSS, high availability, scalability, getting things done quickly, organizing remote teams, Scrum, ...), and go deep in server side development.

I am also always interested in working for funded startups because I love the atmosphere. CTO/co-founding not out of the question but we would need to work together on a consulting basis for a few months first.

My website is in German, but my english is 8 out of 9 (IELTS) and I've lived in North America for a few years.


olalonde 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote. Canadian developer currently based in Hong Kong.

I'm a full stack web engineer and have been developing web applications for over 8 years. I am mostly interested in backend Ruby on Rails & Node.js work although I am also comfortable with PHP and front-end development. http://www.syskall.com

mryan 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Amsterdam, London, Remote.

I am a sysadmin who loves to efficiently solve business problems. With a DevOps background, twelve years of sysadmin experience, and a passion for problem-solving, I am keen to help HNers achieve their goals.

My main areas of expertise are:

    Scaling high traffic websites
Designing highly-reliable applications
Building applications on AWS
Server maintenance and optimisation
Reducing the cost of existing AWS resources
Developing prototypes and full sites in Django

Although primarily a sysadmin, I am also experienced with Django/Python development. I am building my own startup with these technologies, so I know the sort of problems startups face.

I am building a business around the idea of a 'sysadmin as a service' for those people who need regular sysadmin work, yet do not have enough projects to justify hiring a full-time sysadmin. Would you like a friendly expert to work on ad hoc projects and also be available for emergency support?

For AWS cost-reduction projects, I am willing to give a "no win, no fee" guarantee - if I fail to reduce your AWS bill by the amount I state at the beginning of the project, there will be no charge.

If you'd like to discuss any of these services in more detail, drop me an email - mike@fadedink.co.uk

bharani_m 8 days ago 0 replies      

I am a self taught designer/developer who believes in creating pixel-perfect designs and in writing clean, standards-compliant code. I have considerable experience working with Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Javascript and Ruby on Rails.

Personal projects:

- Resumonk - http://www.resumonk.com - UI Design + Front-end + Ruby on Rails

- Engem.me - http://www.engem.me - UI Design + Front-end + Ruby on Rails

- QuotesCube - http://www.quotescube.com - UI Design + Front-end + Ruby on Rails

Skill set:

- UI Design (Photoshop/Illustrator)

- HTML(5) / CSS(3)

- JavaScript (jQuery, Backbone)

- Ruby on Rails, Sinatra


- Portfolio: http://bharani.herokuapp.com

- Engem: http://engem.me/bharani-muthukumaraswamy

- Dribbble: http://dribbble.com/netastica

- GitHub: https://github.com/bharani91

Please feel free to drop me a line at <bharani91[at]gmail.com> or get in touch via skype(bharani.m91).

peterbraden 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco / Remote / I can travel. Developer.

I just left a Sr Front End Developer position at Yammer and am happy to do some consulting / contract work. My expertise is in javascript, both front-end and node, but I'm happy to be language agnostic if the opportunity is right.

I'm also getting back to my open source projects, so hit me up on github if you're interested in working together there.


muellerwolfram 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote (muellerwolfram@gmail.com)
Mobile App Development

We are a team of two developers, specialising on cross-platform mobile application development with phonegap and backbone.js. We tried different technologies, before settling for this approach. So we also have experience in sencha touch, as3/flex and titanium, if you need help with your existing project. Additionally to mobile app development, we can help you with your backend development as well. We are comfortable working with php webframeworks like symfony or zend, as well as ruby on rails and sinatra. Due to customer agreements we cannot publicly show all of our work, but we can show more work upon request. You can checkout some personal projects here:






davedx 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote, or on-site within the Netherlands

I am an experienced professional dev with 10+ years of experience shipping software in a variety of sectors, including web apps small and enterprise-large, triple A game titles and Unity games to CDN's and desktop software.

I've just gone freelance and am already booked solid through October but am available for new projects November onwards. I'm happy to consider any project within my skillset, but am most interested in web apps and Unity projects right now.

My portfolio site is at http://www.dave78.com - or get in touch via davedx@gmail.com or davedx78 on Skype.

vitovito 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Austin, TX, remote

I'm a skilled user experience and interaction designer, with broad experience across many types of companies and applications.

I don't do art and I don't do implementation; I do "how it works" and "is this really a good idea" and "here's seven studies for or against." I do strict information architecture, customer and user research, interaction design and user experience design. I work with artists and programmers if you need more than that.

Recent work examples are here: http://vitor.io/portfolio

In the past, I've founded three startups (real-time 3D visualization, developer relations/support platform as a service, seasonal consumer goods delivery), I have a development background, and I have particular strengths in the video game industry, and in emerging technologies like wearable computing and the Internet of Things.

Design resume and contact information are here: http://vitor.io/resume

Jd 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Berlin (Remote)

Full stack web-developer specialized in complex enterprise systems (esp. Salesforce) seeks projects on short or long term basis. Send me the problems your in-house developers can't solve.

Available for work with any of the following: Java, Apex, Javascript, Ruby, Kittens


znq 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Remote (we're a distributed team of high quality mobile & backend engineers)


We are Mobile Jazz, a collective of excellent engineers and designers with a strong focus on everything mobile and beyond.

We're doing Android since the first 1.0 release in 2008 and iOS since 2009. We also do Mobile Web and cross-plattform (PhoneGap & Titanium).
Additionally we've a ton of experience in backend development (Java & Rails) and web frontend development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript).
Check us out here: http://mobilejazz.cat If you need more references and testimonials have a look here: http://stefanklumpp.com/testimonials.html If you've any questions please get in touch with me via stefan@mobilejazz.cat - happy to answer any questions :-)
PS: We've worked successfully with other HN members before.

nigma 8 days ago 0 replies      

Independent consultant, advising and creating software.

I do backend and frontend development, service optimization and scientific applications. I learn fast, have broad technical and domain-specific knowledge and several years of experience working with startups and business customers from US and Europe.

I'm capable of executing all stages of a project, starting from a customer idea or a set of mockups and delivering a ready product.

I usually do Python, Java, C, Django, Backbone, PostgreSQL, Non-relational DBs or whatever to get the job done.

Some of my stuff:




mixonic 8 days ago 0 replies      

Myself and a friend are both experienced, senior web developers (Rails & Ruby, Ember, Coffee, Backbone, Scala for starters). We're looking for a project we can knock right out of the park. We've both been founders and early employees at several startups in NYC and elsewhere, but never worked together.

Some things we've been interested in lately: iOS development, Ember.js and thick-client apps, mobile optimized web dev, git integrations, ways to interact with the physical world, ways to build better teams and culture.

Our ideal project is probably remote, about 20-30 hours a week each, has a clear finished state, and involves solving a new problem. We're open to project rate, hourly rate, or equity compensation. Basically, we're flexible about all this stuff and just looking for smart people who would like to work with us. So get in touch. matt.beale@madhatted.com

ccarpenterg 8 days ago 0 replies      

I'm developing web apps with Python, Tornado, Django, Google App Engine, Javascript (jQuery, Backbone.js), PostgreSQL, Linux, VPS (Linode), MongoDB, Redis. I've studied Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (Statement of accomplishment from Andrew Ng - ML Stanford, and Sebastian Thrun/Peter Norvig - AI Stanford).

I'm working on a scalable and easy-to-integrate web chat implementation (similar to Facebook chat) using Tornado non-blocking capabilities and the long polling technique.

My Github repos: https://github.com/ccarpenterg

Some work in Python:



Contact: ccarpenterg@gmail.com

aviraldg 8 days ago 0 replies      
Python, Django, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Android. Jamshedpur, India.
Developed http://www.datumdroid.com/ and http://www.quizzardous.com and worked with several OSS projects including OpenIntents, VLC, etc. Email on profile.
dave1619 8 days ago 0 replies      

Looking for front-end designer

We've got a lively social community we've created as an iOS app and we're looking to build a web interface. It's built on Rails and the backend is already up and running. We need a front-end designer who can create front-end design for the social community (mostly following, groups, chat and profile pages).

We're looking for someone who is an excellent designer and who is really good at jquery/javascript. Also, we're looking for someone who wants to help build a growing community of people helping each other by extending our presence to the web.

Please send me a portfolio and a resume/CV. Also include your hourly rates. Send to heydave at gmail.com . Thanks!

kylefox 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Edmonton, AB + remote

Developer (frontend + backend) & Interface Designer

I consider myself both a coder and designer, but I don't half-ass know things -- I'm pretty experienced in both realms. I've done everything from designing the UX/UI for brand new products to building distributed systems on Amazon EC2/SQS/SMS.

A few projects (happy to discuss details via email):

- Self project: http://myfotojournal.com/ (Django + front-end + design)

- Self project: http://photobattle.me/ (Rails + front-end + design)

- Self project: http://craftingtype.com/ (Designed site, copywriting/newsletter, co-organized event)

- I've worked on Carbonmade (http://carbonmade.com/), TestFlight (https://testflightapp.com/), Yardstick (http://getyardstick.com/), and many projects with Lift (http://www.liftinteractive.com/)

Experience with:

- Python, Django

- Ruby, Rails, Sinatra

- JavaScript (including large apps, jQuery, some Backbone, etc)

- HTML / CSS (including responsive design)

- Interface Design

- Some iOS development (the Carbonmade app I worked on just launched! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carbonmade/id551454081?mt=8)

- Totally comfy with git, command line, and sysadmin stuff

I've dabbled in a bunch of other languages and am pretty quick to pickup & be productive in new tech.

More Links:

- GitHub: https://github.com/kylefox

- Dribbble: http://dribbble.com/kylefox

- My grossly outdated website: http://kylefox.ca/

I think (hope?!) I'm personable and easy to work with. I'm ideally looking for product development work (as opposed to designing/building brochure websites). Everything is fair game, from a few hours/week of piece work to taking on full projects from start to finish.

Get in touch if you want to know anything else, or if you'd like to start on a project: kyle.fox@gmail.com

patrickaljord 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK (patcito@gmail.com)

I work remotely from France. I will help you with all your problems involving Ruby on rails and javascript. I also know Mongodb, AngularJS, twitter bootstrap and more. I'm also one of the main dev of the open source qna Shapado.

More info:



BSousa 8 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking work - Remote

Software developer focusing on iOS development but also game development for multi platforms in C/C++ or Unity. Specialty is A.I. and gameplay.

Worked in various industries, mostly in games. for the last ten years, I'm a published author of a tech book and co-author of other.

Rate = 300 USD a day (6 billable hours) or 1250 USD a week.

Contact: brunosousa@ensodev.com
Skype: Bruno.Sousa.Enso

DrWhax 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking gigs - Netherlands or remote


http://blackmountainsecurity.nl/ - a small startup located in Amsterdam who specialize in penetration testing and configuring, maintaining of applications who like to be tested for bugs which might compromise security.

We can also help with co-designing and developing applications in a secure fashion.

Skill set:
* Python-(Django)

* Git

* Ruby

* Encryption

* Security testing

* Cloud deployment at AWS/Heroku

* Configuring and maintaining of security of linux/unix systems.

chrisconley 8 days ago 0 replies      


We can gather, analyze, clean, de-dup any structured or unstructured data source. So if you rely on delivering the best, most accurate data to your customers/users to grow your business, we can help.

By chaining together APIs, customized web crawling, and/or our own human-based API, I can build a custom solution that integrates right into your business process or app.

Email is in profile or you can get in touch through the contact form on http://datamonsters.co.

netmau5 8 days ago 0 replies      

Specialities: Java, Ruby, Javascript, iOS, UI/UX

http://www.UrbanCoding.net is seeking our next web or mobile development project. We have working experience in insurance, finance, and education. Application development is the only thing we do. We do not do blogs, product pages, landing pages, etc unless integrated into a larger product project.

To learn more about us and see if we might be a good fit for your project, please see our Project and Pricing Guide at https://docs.google.com/a/urbancoding.net/document/d/1fOigUG...

Jsarokin 8 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Freelancer - Rails Developer (Los Angeles or Remote)

Our IOS app / website is getting ready for beta launch in the next week and we're looking for a rails developer to join our existing team.

Your job would be to further build out our backend, help manage / scale server side, and also possibly do some front-end web work.

This would start as a freelance job, although ideally would turn full-time if your work is high quality.

We're using:

- Ruby on Rails 3 (3.1)
- Memcached
- Redis and Resque
- Heroku
- Amazon AWS
- PostgreSQL

This could be a really exciting opportunity - we're growing pretty fast, have some powerful / celebrity investors, and a street team of 50+ waiting & ready to go.

If you're in LA we have an awesome office in West Hollywood you can work from - but remote works as well as long as you can communicate daily via Skype / BaseCamp.

Shoot an email to Julian@novacorp.us with some info (website, blog, github, etc.) and we can chat to see if you'd be a good fit.

orangethirty 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote {USA}{American Citizen}

Last month I shipped out two MVPs. Now I want to ship out yours.

Full-stack software engineer is available for hire. Technologies include:

some Rails
...among many more.

What sets me apart from others?

I've never missed a deadline.

Rates are very affordable at $400/day.

Schedule is very flexible.

I'm in the US, no Visa or language issues/barriers.

What have I built?

Last month I built two very different applications. One is an e-commerce platform aimed at the fashion industry, and the other is an online payment system I'm also building an API right now (in Python). I'm also building a search engine (my startup).

What can I do?



Custom or modified CMS

You can also hire me to write your technical documentation. I'm the only one actively offering this service right now. The rates for this are different at $40/hour of work. With a minum of 20 hours. I can write platform, API, and developer documentation.

Email: orangethirty@gmail.com

Get in touch and I will give you a free 30 minute consultation. No strings attached.

canadiancreed 7 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto/GTA or Remote

Have experience in a multitude of languages (PHP, Java, Perl, Flex, and C++ in order of experience)

Most professional experience is in the back end web development realm, have some experience with desktop and mobile application projects

MySQL, MSSQL and Postgres experience

Looking for long term projects if possible, anything in the Java sphere would be of definite interest.

Please contact me via the email in my profile if you could use my experience for your project.

krmmalik 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: England, UK, (Remote)

I'm looking for freelance digital marketing work. I'm very good at helping clients to strategise an action plan, and have previous experience in Conversion Optimisation, Community Engagement and building marketing into the product.

I'm also very good at helping startups bring their idea to fruition as well as take appropriate measures to qualify the market.

I have testimonials to back my work, and am happy to provide verbal case studies to prospective clients.

Please see my virtual business card: http://krmmalik.com/me

or email me at: khurammalik.me@gmail.com

Note: my "seeking freelancers" post is separate to this one and is for sub-contracting posts.

ashraful 8 days ago 0 replies      

Web+Mobile UI designer and front-end developer.

4+ years of experience with designing usable interfaces with a focus on increasing user conversions.

Designed patio11's site which increased his conversion rate and profit:



Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript/Jquery. Knowledge of Ruby, Rails and BackboneJS.

Portfolio: http://www.madebyargon.com

Pricing: $45/hour, or negotiated fixed price projects.

Email: inlith@gmail.com

alanpca 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Windsor, ON / Detroit, MI (Remote)

I'm a full stack developer web developer, working with Ruby on Rails and CoffeeScript/JavaScript. I typically use JS frameworks such as Backbone.js and Batman.js. I also have a lot of experience working with C++ and C.

I excel in taking a project from specification to full implementation, but I'm also very good at jumping in on a project that is also in motion.

My availability is pretty open over the next month, so I am able to help with your project on pretty short notice.

You can contact me via e-mail at: alan@laudicina.net.

fruiapps 8 days ago 0 replies      

We are a dynamic web studio. We do high end web and mobile apps. We have considerable expertise in python web frameworks mainly django. We write modular javascript using backbonejs. Find more about us at : http://www.fruiapps.com
Following are the services we offer: http://www.fruiapps.com/services/

We talk tech at http://www.blog.fruiapps.com

Feel free to reach us at contact at fruiapps dot com

nagnatron 8 days ago 0 replies      

I work remotely from Serbia and I can help you with Ruby and Javascript projects, including frameworks like Rails and Backbone.

If this sounds similar to what you're working on I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line(me@miloshadzic.com) or check out my site http://miloshadzic.com .

carterschonwald 8 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work (seeking clients)- Computer Science with elegant engineering.

WellPosed Ltd, like to help businesses with analytic & engineering challenges to achieve production deployable solutions that create measurable business value.

(we attack hard problems and deliver great answers). For our own products and projects we favor using Math to guide our design and Haskell to build the software, but we're polyglots at heart.

email us at:
inquiries at wellposed dot com, subject "wellposed solutions" if our expertise sounds like what you need.

alohar 2 days ago 0 replies      


we are a small user experience and design innovation consultancy (think tiny ID/UX oriented IDEO) looking for an iOS developer for 2 upcoming app projects.

work full time (preferred) or part time (if student etc.), starting as contract in our Cambridge office.

apart from having some solid experience with objective C (databases and server work ideal), please:

--have a passion for people <3 we eat lunch together most days

--be ready to unleash your technical creativity in a collaborative think tank environment

--love your code

ping me for more info! I'm happy to chat with you, and please pass onto any friends in the area

cheers, alorah at mit dot edu

timjahn 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCERS - We recently launched the beta version of matchist (matchist.com), a service geared towards accurately matching freelance developers to quality projects.

We're currently building up our roster of freelance developers. If you're a freelance developer, head over to http://matchist.com/talent and sign up for free. (Note: Currently, we're seeking U.S. based developers only.)

In a few weeks, we'll start the intake of projects and start matching developers to projects.

joshmlewis 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Greenville, NYC, SF, Remote.

I am a kick-ass front-end developer and designer with a focus on UX. I've cofounded a startup in an accelerator, worked with a startup out of Harvard, and worked with several design agencies and other startups. My skill set is HTML5, CSS3/SASS, JS, and mobile. I'm familiar with Rails and the command line. I love making users lives easier and building beautiful applications.

If this sounds like what you need or want to see some of my latest work, get in touch. josh@joshmlewis.com.

imr 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Philadelphia, PA and remote

Web related: PHP, jQuery using the Horde Application Framework and Drupal
Application development in C, C++ and VB.NET
Database: MySQL, PostgreSQL

Hardware: Verilog, VHDL on Altera and Xilinx FPGAs

Website: http://hot-rain.com
Email: info@hot-rain.com

DaveChild 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Brighton, UK (or London)

I'm a freelance full stack PHP dev, happy with front end dev (HTML, CSS, JS) and back end dev (PHP, Linux, Apache, MySQL).

Plenty of experience with e-commerce, especially Magento, MODX, Drupal, OpenCart and WordPress.

My portfolio and more info are on my site at: http://www.addedbytes.com

thibaut_barrere 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK (=> thibaut.barrere@gmail.com)

I will help you with enterprise automation/data transforms ETL/Rails+Ruby dev/JRuby projects.

Current planned availability: 5 hours / day in November.

I work remotely from France.

More info:

- http://www.logeek.fr/

- I maintain http://www.activewarehouse.info/ (Ruby ETL tools)

manaslutech 3 days ago 0 replies      
We are startup seeking work from other startups to build Ruby on Rails and mobile( iOS + android ) applications. We also build MVP for a flat rate in 6-8 weeks. We are very competitive and focused on delivery. Take a look at us at http://manaslutech.com/ or shoot us an email at manaslutech@gmail.com.
csalvato 8 days ago 0 replies      
Location: NYC, USA; Warwickshire, UK; Remote (I split my time)

Citizenship (for working rights): US and EU (Italy)

Can work Remote: Yes

Full stack developer accepting web developer, iOS development, design and marketing contract work.

I have 8 years of web development and design experience, and 4 years of sales/marketing experience. My steady clients use my services for web tech consulting, web development, web design work, direct sales consulting and metrics analysis. My most recent web clients include the Dow Chemical Corporation. My most recent direct sales client includes Ripple (www.rppl.com).

My bread and butter is churning out Wordpress websites very quickly.

For web development, I also specialize in HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Objective-C, PHP, Python on Django, jQuery and Backbone.js.

My design work is all done in Balsamiq mockups and Photoshop. I manage my projects through Git.

A subset of my work is on my portfolio with testimonials can be found here: http://www.swiftarcher.com/portfolio

You can contact me most easily through email (chris at swiftarcher dot com) or on twitter @SalvatoChris

peng 8 days ago 0 replies      

Web interface designer currently in Tokyo. I work with companies around the world on improving site usability and conversion rates.

HTML5 / CSS3 / Photoshop


loungin 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Boulder, CO or remote

Seeking a shift to (probably entry level) linux system administration.

Looking to transition away from web development. 3+ years wearing several hats,
and would like to really focus on the administration side of
systems and networks. Currently I do mostly web development related activities
involving javascript apps, restful web services, automated builds and
deployments, with some cross-over into the admin domain.

Some bullet points -
Programming languages: Python, Java, Javascript, C
Web Development: Full stack from Backbone.js + Bootstrap driven webapps to web
services and server configuration/management/application deployments.
Largely Python focused, but also have experience with PHP and Java.
Installation and configuration of httpd, nginx, tomcat, varnish, uwsgi, svn,
Jenkins/Hudson, postgres/postgis and more.
Familiar with e.g.: iptables, openvpn, postfix, and Bash scripting.

Aside from the usual bullet points I have set up PKI's, written a static
website generator (for personal use), and have some experience with GIS
technologies from a previous position.

Contact: kevin.r.maris at gmail dot com

c1sc0 1 day ago 0 replies      

I mostly do iPhone / iPad development

mustardamus 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Germany (Berlin) or Remote

I am a frontend web developer (3+ years of freelance experience) and working with:

HTML5, CSS3, JS, jQuery, CoffeeScript, Backbone.js

I also hack stuff for the backend:

Ruby, Rack, Sinatra, Rails, MongoDB, HAML, SASS, Sprockets


- http://jqapi.com (Alternative jQuery Documentation)

- http://usejquery.com (jQuery Showcase and Blog)

- https://github.com/mustardamus/ketchup-plugin (jQuery Form Validation Plugin)

- https://github.com/mustardamus/ (much more)


- http://mustardamus.com

- http://twitter.com/mustardamus

- http://www.linkedin.com/in/mustardamus

You can find my email address in my profile.

Cheers, Basti.

azarias 8 days ago 0 replies      

Meritful (http://www.meritful.com) is looking for a freelance web designer to help us with some projects. We really appreciate clean and modern web design and love creatives at Meritful. It would be great if you can deliver HTML/CSS but PSDs would work as well. We are based in Ann Arbor, MI. Remote OK. Please ping azarias at meritful.com with a pointer to your work if you are interested (especially if you have availability soon).

tstegart 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Tiny project, iOS, $100
We use Flurry for app analytics and Baker (https://github.com/simbul/baker) as the basis for our travel magazine. We're trying to get Flurry to tell us what URL is clicked on when someone taps a link in our app. Flurry events can pass a parameter along. We want to know the URL, that's it. Interested iOS developers can contact tom@overnightbuses.com.
eccp 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote from Chile (part-time or full-time)

I'm a full-stack developer with 8+ years of experience on the Java platform. In recent years I've moved myself from traditional Java EE to Spring, then worked with Groovy/Grails and more recently Ruby on Rails and some Node.js. I'm also comfortable with Python, JavaScript and recently I've started learning Clojure.

Please check my profile for contact info and links to Github repos.

thiagodotfm 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote: São Paulo/Brazil

I can do:
C/C++, Ruby on Rails(with TDD/BDD), Node.js/real-time(socket.io) and front-end(html/css/javascript). I can work with the following the relational databases: postgres/mysql and nosql databases: mongodb, dynamodb, neo4j. Some devops(good unix knowledge, can set up your server with nginx/unicorn or passenger and automate with capistrano).

I currently maintain the carrierwave gem, which is a _very popular_ choice for file uploads, had a pull request accept in rails/rails... my github is: https://github.com/thiagofm

I have previously worked for a startup that got sold to one of the largest e-commerce platform in Brazil.

Just in case you want to know, I do have a computer science degree and I'm willing to tackle any hard problem that might come.

I love to do great work and I would appreciate any inquires you have to use my expertise in order to help you.

pc86 8 days ago 0 replies      

I am available for 10-20 hours weekly beginning November 15. I am working remotely from the US East Coast. My skill set is varied and includes:

- BACK END: PHP (8 years), WordPress (2 years), .NET (2 years), Python (<1 year)
- FRONT END: JavaScript (incl. jQuery; 10 years), Bootstrap customization (<1 year), SASS/LESS (<1 year)

Contact information is in my profile.

famoreira 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (UK/Spain based)
I'm an independent developer that helps startups and small business.
My primary tools are Ruby(on Rails/Sinatra/Padrino), JavaScript(jQuery, Backbone, Raphael).
I would love to talk to you. http://filipeamoreira.com. Email me: hi@filipemoreira.com
TheIntellects 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Vancouver - Remote

I am a full stack web developer/consultant based in Vancouver, B.C.
I provide web development and consulting services to software development companies, consulting firms, creative studios, and more.

I strongly believe the best interests of my clients are critical to our successful collaboration on current and future projects.
If you have a business and are looking for a website, SEO, web security consultation, or even internal web applications, I would love to speak with you.

Even if you do not operate a medium to large sized company, perhaps you have an exciting project; we can talk!

Do you represent a non-profit? I do provide my services free or at highly discounted rates to give back to the community, just let me know.

Contact me at: HNfreelance@technewsgalore.com

pazimzadeh 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER. New York, NY or remote.

Seeking a developer with Clojure and Objective-C experience. Familiarity with MongoHQ is a plus.

Please contact Julian at julian at beagleapp dot com.

baud 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Portugal)

Specialties: ML/NLP (R/Julia), Ruby/Rails, Android/iOS

http://www.minuscode.com is a collective of freelancers based in Portugal, with experience working with startups.
Feel free to ask us anything.

creature 7 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK â€" London (or remote)

I'm a backend-focused full-stack developer, best suited to PHP/Python/Javascript but experienced in many non-Microsoft languages. I spent 4 years at Last.fm as a web developer, so I know how to scale out your products. I like to help shape a product and company direction as well as build it, so I'm ideal if you want a collaborator as well as a coder.

You can check out some previous projects at http://alexpounds.com/portfolio and get a better idea of my experience at http://alexpounds.com/cv .

RileyJames 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCERS - Australia (local) & Bay Area / NYC (local)

Dragonfly is a startup that connects talented local freelancers with creative, digital and ad agencies. Primarily designers and developers. (http://dragonflylist.com)

We're live in Australia, but we will be launching in SF & NY within 2 months, so if you're looking for work in those areas get involved now.

We are NOT recruiters: Its a platform, its transparent, freelancers & agencies work directly and we have fixed fees. (recruiters hate it haha).

The focus is on local, in-house freelancing. Some agencies are happy to work remote with the right people, it's case by case.

wilfra 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Sunnyvale, California. Remote is fine. Front-end web developer. Bootstrap specialist. Know enough Rails and Django to get the job done. If you're looking to build a sexy prototype or make your Bootstrap look less Bootstrappy, I'm you're guy. gmail / wilfra17
thetron 7 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - local preferred (Sydney or Melbourne, Australia)

Involved (involved.com.au) is currently seeking a freelance Android developer to port an iPad app that we have developed for one of our larger clients. Native app development is a must, but we'll only be needing to test on a small number of more popular Android tablets.

What we love:

* Happy people

* Good attention to detail

* Solid coding chops

* Knowledge of the locations of good burgers and/or fries

Feel free to drop me a line at nicholas@involved.com.au - with github profile, resume, portfolio, or whatever you've got.

willowrun 8 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK â€" Bay Area or Remote

Full-Stack iOS development.

We specialize in realizing your app vision starting from your wireframes to live on the App Store. Our typical architecture is the app + cloud-based web service deployable to Heroku/AWS or even simpler with Parse. Fixed-price project bidding available.

Team includes former engineering lead at Kleiner, Benchmark, DFJ startups.

Recent work: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dreampro/id492589174

Email: ios@willowrun.co

joseph 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - Seattle, remote.

I am a developer and systems administrator who loves tools and automation. My primary choice of language is Python, but I am also experienced in Java, Perl, shell scripting, and C, with a particular interest in functional programming languages such as Haskell and lisp. I really enjoy solving ugly problems and presenting the end result through a nice Django UI or similar, so that others will have an easy tool to get their work done.

My professional experience goes back 7 years, and before that I was a hobbyist who got his foot in the door via a web hosting firm, and later went to work for major telecom companies.

Contact is on my profile.

ryanjames23 8 days ago  replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Portland, OR)

Hi! I am a full time developer specializing in scalable web apps, mostly in Python. I've helped many clients take their ideas to successful products that launched on time and on budget. I'm full stack from FPGAs to LESS, so there is a good chance I can build what you need. And if I don't know it, I'll learn it.

Discover my portfolio at http://www.ryanjurgensen.com. If you are interested in scalable web apps, check out the performance notes on some of the portfolio peices - I'm in the game of serving millions a day in seconds.

Shoot me an email at ryan.jurgensen@gmail.com.

Ask HN: What do you think of http://decks.io?
5 points by sausheong  3 days ago   9 comments top 3
thomasd 3 days ago 1 reply      
Hi sausheong. It would be nice if there are more information (e.g. videos) showing how it works. I don't think many people will want to sign up to something they have no idea about just to try.
SunboX 3 days ago 0 replies      
Why not "sign up with existing DropBox account"?
Robby2012 3 days ago 1 reply      
what about if I don't have internet?
What C/C++ repo do you work on (github/bitbucket/etc)?
4 points by bosky101  3 days ago   5 comments top 3
drothlis 3 days ago 1 reply      
Well, since you're volunteering... this is C rather than C++, but if you're interested in GStreamer (media processing library) and OpenCV (computer vision / image processing) then you could have a go at improving the motion-detection visualisation of our "stbt-motiondetect" gstreamer element.

If you're interested send me an email for help getting started, and see the 2 latest commits on https://github.com/drothlis/stb-tester/commits/motiondetect_...

bosky101 3 days ago 0 replies      
Just submitted my first pull request to a C++ repo on Github, and loved the experience.

link https://github.com/duckduckgo/cpp-libface/pull/6

if you would like contributions from someone who predominantly works on objective-c, but wants to learn & dig deeper into c/c++ on weekends, do list them here or ping me!


bez 3 days ago 0 replies      
not as Sublime as the WhiteAlbum number9 ,Julia Fork github?
Ask HN: What books are you reading right now?
16 points by sun123  8 days ago   39 comments top 32
runjake 8 days ago 1 reply      
Can anyone recommend some good cypherpunk books, aside from Stephenson? Preferably fiction that communicates ideas revolving around anonymity, crypto, privacy?

I've been trying to read Cryptonomicon, but get turned off by the "hipstery" (for lack of a better word) informal writing style and can't get into it.

orrenkt 5 days ago 0 replies      
I just read 'The Innovator's Dilemma' by Clayton Christensen and it's awesome.

There's all this talk of "disrupting" everything in the tech world right now and a lot of it is really bullshit. This guy is the one who coined the term disruptive technology, and when you dig into it it's a really interesting concept that he actually backs up with great research on the disk drive industry.

The core of the idea is that 'disruptive' technologies are underdog technologies that actually have worse performance than the leading technologies of their time, but also some other attributes (smaller, lighter, etc) that make them valuable to customers in niche, less profitable markets the big guys aren't interested in. Since technology progresses much faster than our demand for it, those cheaper, crappier technologies improve over time and end up killing the big, expensive players who originally dominated the market.

Really great read

rwl 8 days ago 0 replies      
For work: Quine's Word and Object; Dummett's Frege: Philosophy of Language; Plato's Republic; and paper after paper. (I am a philosophy graduate student.)

For pleasure: just started Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

urish 8 days ago 0 replies      
"The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name".

A really interesting history book. I'm now in a great part, about how knowledge of geography (and map projections) was disseminated in Europe through a network of scholars and humanists during the 15th century. There was this huge collaborative effort to reconstruct ancient texts and to bring them in line with (then) current knowledge.

waterlesscloud 8 days ago 0 replies      
1. Red Mars. Read a chapter and digest it. Packed top to bottom with all kinds of ideas.

2. Cyberspace: First Steps. From the early 90s, a collection of academic essays on the concept of cyberspace. Reading it as a kind of retrospective on where we were and where we thought we were going.

3. Rule 34. For fun.

bgrohman 8 days ago 0 replies      
1. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen


2. Clojure Programming, by Chas Emerick


3. Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis


ascuttlefish 8 days ago 0 replies      
Essays and aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer

John A. MacDonald: The young politician by Donald Creighton

Comedy of errors by Wm. Shakespeare

Paradise Lost by John Milton

joelhooks 8 days ago 0 replies      
Molly Fyde series from Hugh Howey. Loved his WOOL books, so giving this series a go. Like it a lot.

Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas - just started this, and enjoying it so far.

thejteam 8 days ago 0 replies      
"The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict" for myself and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"(Chronicles of Narnia Series) for my children.
dwj 8 days ago 0 replies      
Very good book about the tech industry: "rework" by the 37 signals guys.

Other very good non-tech book I've read recently: Walk the Amazon.

johnrgrace 8 days ago 0 replies      
I'm actually reading academic papers from ssrn.com about platforms, shorter than most books and usually just as much information/learning and often times more.

For fiction I'm reading stuff my friends write; currently The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There and David Drake's Hammers Slammers omnibus volumes.

maguay 7 days ago 0 replies      
Frank Chimero's The Shape of Design in PDF. Great, thought-provoking book on design in everything in life.
redrory 8 days ago 1 reply      
1.) Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?: Seth Godin

2.)Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm -
Verne Harnish

saurabh 8 days ago 0 replies      
Zen & The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
turbojerry 7 days ago 0 replies      
A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age by Jeffrey Tucker
vasudhapande 8 days ago 0 replies      
1. 'Classical Mechanics' by Herbert Goldstein
2. 'Operational Amplifiers with Linear Integrated Circuits' by William Stanley
3. 'Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer' by Cyrus Mistry
rodrigo 8 days ago 1 reply      
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
krisneuharth 7 days ago 0 replies      
James Bond books by Ian Fleming
arunabh 8 days ago 0 replies      
1. Ulysses
2. The Dilbert Principle
khakimov 7 days ago 0 replies      
Where wizards stay up late. The origins of the INTERNET.
yamsal 8 days ago 1 reply      
"Another Day of Life" by Riszard Kapuscinski and "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer.
kral 8 days ago 0 replies      
1. A Lovecraft anthology
2. Programming Clojure (Stuart Halloway)

Both books make me dream.

noashx 8 days ago 0 replies      
I'm trying to expand my horizons a bit, so I'm reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma". Amazing!
RollAHardSix 8 days ago 0 replies      
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card.
orangethirty 8 days ago 1 reply      
The Lean Startup for the third time in a row. :
headstorm 8 days ago 0 replies      
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
notum 8 days ago 0 replies      
I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Lewis Black
valdiorn 8 days ago 0 replies      
Neuromancer by William Gibson.
rjim86 8 days ago 0 replies      
Coding Horror: The Book
serencial 8 days ago 0 replies      
Just started "The Connected Company" by Dave Gray.
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reverend_gonzo 15 days ago 3 replies      
Take a break.

I had the same thing when I was 25. I ended up quitting my job and buying a one-way ticket to Europe. I didn't think I would ever write code again. I spent about three months backpacking Europe, then came back and spent a few more hanging around and doing odd jobs around town. Eventually, I started code in my free time again, and about a year later, came back into the profession refreshed.

Now I know what I need to do to prevent burnout again, and it's primarily that I keep other hobbies, and I have friends that aren't work-related. It lets me get away when I need to and still stay interested in what I do the rest of the time.

But that's more maintenance, sometimes you need to shotgun into that stage by cutting out everything for a lengthened period of time. If you really are a hacker at heart, and it sounds like you are, you'll start writing code again soon enough, and you'll know you're back.

You'll also have stories and other life experiences as well, which make you a better, more rounded person.

mrcharles 15 days ago 3 replies      
Find a hobby. Something that is completely mindless, and won't use any of the centers of your brain that you use for programming. If you do love programming, you may just be burnt out; if you are like me, you spend long stretches coding for most waking hours. Eventually you'll run risk of burning out.

Me, I build plastic robot models. It's no brain power at all, just precise physical motions. It's mindless and enjoyable, and at the end of the day you have something to show for it.

There's a lot of posts here saying take a break, but you really have to make sure that you are truly taking a break, and not just substituting programming with something else that uses the same parts of your brain.

edit: Here's one of the first models I built. Unpainted just to see what it looks like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/37553996@N07/sets/7215762298535...

tzaman 15 days ago 1 reply      
I think every developer faces the same problem at one point. What helped me personally was actually working less and find new hobbies (that don't involve computers), and one thing in particular: running. It's hard to keep your enthusiasm at a high level if all you see is work - despite the fact that you might enjoy it. Go out, meet your friends, eat well and excersize.

EDIT: Recently I was attending a startup meeting and there was this video, where one developer said Sleeping and eating are overrated. What a load of crap - following this advice is the best way to burn out. We are not robots.

bougiefever 15 days ago 0 replies      
I'm a programmer, 15+ years, and I took up beekeeping. It's nice to do something so completely the opposite of what I do at work. Bees are captivating because they are such complex creatures, but they are almost completely driven by instinct, so they are somewhat predictable. They drive what I need to do to help them succeed, but I still need to use my brain to figure out what help they need. It's a nice balance from writing code and being completely in my head all day.
Practical steps for launching a web site on your own?
2 points by fatefree  2 days ago   7 comments top 4
helen842000 2 days ago 1 reply      
I would identify a few key users who have written posts about 'life organizing' or similar topics, really focus on the people that would be excited to use your product. Reach out to them, get their feedback, ask what current tools they use & what sites they visit any meetups/conferences to note?

Treat them as early adopters & value their insight.

If you're having trouble at identifying this kind of person you need to hone in on your ideal target customer, learn the keywords needed to find this type of person.

This will also help when you come to do a PPC campaign.

timmm 2 days ago 0 replies      
Well first off I usually release something after a few weeks of development there's no need to go so long (3 years) before releasing. It doesn't need to be perfect, as Seth Godin would say "Ship the damn product". Find your users (if they exist), engage with them and if you have a viable/useful product they will use it.
emoray13 2 days ago 1 reply      
If it's getting buired in 'noise' are you sure your product isn't just noise?

Make a blog, write about what you're doing and if it's interesting you will find readers. Then ask these visitors to get involved.

The other alternative is to throw down a bunch of cash on PPC advertising.

dgunn 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'd be happy to work with you some to get people to your site. Email is in the profile.
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