1. I have a little list of companies looking for employees that I'll send you. Not much just companies that have contacted me looking for people.2. I am a bad ass writer and have a crazy resume, but more importantly I know how to craft resumes and I'll look at yours and help you fix it up.3. If you're in the San Francisco area I'll meet up with you and listen to what happened and see if there's a way to work out of it, or at least listen.4. If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll talk with you and see if there's other ways I can help.
I'm serious, hit me up on email and I'll help out if I can. In fact, this goes for anyone else looking for work right now. Email the above and I'll reply with my little list. I don't make commissions on placement or anything like that, just a good thing to do.
Keep it together for your family. Your kids and wife need you right now. You are the pillar of the house and if you stand tall your strength will make the rest of your family emotionally better off.
So you may lose the house. Happens to a lot of people.
Whatever money you have right now or can get, keep it. Stop paying any of your bills, except the necessities.
Who knows how many weeks, months it will be until you are kicked out. Stay in your house until you are forced to leave. When you do have to leave, go get a rental.
Go find your self whatever jobs you can get to get some income coming in. This could be delivering pizza, snow romoval, mowing lawns, etc..
While your doing this, find another software job.
None of this is easy but see this as another start up. This time its literally to start you back up again.
Remember, you are in the States, no matter what happens, your wife and kids will never go hungry. You will provide for them no matter what.
A few people have told me that it helped them in tough times.
I have a small child and another on the way so I can only guess how you feel right now. Entrepreneurship is hard. Ping me at email@example.com if you ever need someone to listen.
But, I still hope your situation will be better several years from now.
We had a shitty 4 months, and it could be longer for you it could be shorter, but go through it and come out the other side. My new startup is now about to close funding, but it only happened because we put ourselves in the position to succeed, not by continuing to try to force something that wasn't going to happen.
Knowing when you're dead is the first step.
If you're in the Twin Cities I'd like to extend a hand in you running on two legs. I'd also like to help out giving your little ones a memorable Christmas. No strings attached.
I can get you in front of some bigger names here and get you interviews, depending on what you do. tbese
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I got a job as a programmer-grunt. I saved up basically everything I made. After two years my bank account hit $50K and I quit and started working on my own stuff again. Life is so much easier now that I have some cash in the bank.
Burning through credit cards seems like a bad path. It's just not necessary. I remember being afraid I would get addicted to easy money in the corporate world. I didn't. The lifestyle was nice, but the lack of freedom made it easy to quit.
Now, I don't have a family to support. That would of course make things harder. I just wanted to strongly recommend the nest-egg approach to anyone grappling with finances.
The 5th hit $10M in revenue in 3 years (completely bootstrapped).
Everyone else has great advice here - I just wanted you to know that there are others who have been where you are.
Much as everyone else expressed... if there's anything I can do, please reach out. mmurray / at / MAD Security.
Your to-do list is pretty straightforward:
1) Put your failed startup aside.
2) Find a job ASAP.
3) Try to save your house. Your family would need it. Beg your bank to give you ~extra month until your next paycheck.
4) In about a year you may return to thinking about another startup. Take another year or two to think it over, accumulate some funds, do some part-time research and then jump into your new startup again... or not. Being an employee until you retire is also a good choice.
Hitting the bottom after a long fall is the hardest thing you can go through in life. A year ago I was working on my own stupid startup, ran out of money, ran out of credit, wasn't sure there would be another blue sky in my life. Everyone has ups and downs, its the hardest thing to go through.
However, life is not over. It may feel like it, and you may even want it to be. But YOU are still writing YOUR story -- do you want to be the guy who fell and didn't get back up? Fuck no. You want to be the guy who had nothing left and no matter how far down the rabbit hole you go, you find a way back out. You want to be a success. You want it all. You'll have it all someday. Is that day today? No. But because you're still alive you have the chance to make it a reality.
So get back up, find work, pay off bills, and you'll be back in the game before you know it. You're intelligent, smart, driven. Remember -- do not let failure dictate who you are. You're not a failure, failure is simply something that happens to all of us. Learn from failure and let it compliment your decision making in the future. You'll be wiser and you'll learn from this mistake.
Good luck and I'll see you around,Tiger
Give us a paypal link and we'll gap you.
It's close to Christmas guys, help this person if you can.
Edit: Also, I noticed you said you're pretty sure you're the opposite of 'us', I can assure you, there's at least another 'failure' to join you, me. I've failed plenty of times in various ways. I used to have a company (not a startup in the common sense though, just a small business) as well some time ago, it didn't fail per se, but I ended up closing it voluntarily because things weren't going in the direction I wanted them to, lots of external factors out of my reach. I felt terrible about it for quite a long time though...now I'm better.
I am in the Bay Area. If we share a common grocery store. I'd be happy to send you a gift card for some groceries.
Zed Shaw may be the most famous, but there is a bunch of us that can do things to help.
On the off chance you're in Australia (or if you just want a someone to talk to about this), feel free to email me at email@example.com
I wish you the best. The best advice I can give you is to hang in there with your life. Strengthen your relationships, life may suck now, but it will get better, just hang in there, one day at a time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stockdale
I am one like you with a wife and 3 Kids, that at one point couldn't afford bills/payments (exactly during this holiday season), Dec/January and February were the coldest and weakest I have ever felt as a man. Look at your wife and kids for an extremely good amount of energy and inspiration to go on and fight for them.
During these tough times, nothing comes better than believing in that 'one thing' that will always be true, and that is the love for your family. That's what helped me.
Somewhat cliche now, but it is true: It will get better.
You do what you need to get and your family through this. That's only only game that's important. The rest of this is just icing. If you are in Europe or the Bay Area feel free to reach out to me @kzhu. I'll help if I can.
I am religious, so I will be praying for you that everything will turn out. Keep us posted, man.
1) What was the mission of your failed startup?
2) What was your personal role in it?
3) What city are you in?
Also, remember, you aren't the first Man, Husband or Father to be in this situation and that you are not alone. At this point, make sure not to be prideful and accept the gifts of known and unknown people who want to help you out. None of us made it to where we are without the help of family or the kind words of strangers.
This too shall pass and you will come out even stronger. I am in the New York area and depending on what you do, I might be able to help introduce you to people. You can reach me at rwoodruf at gmail dot com.
Even the "low-risk" option of the startup job is way too risky for what little upside remains (at equity slices around 0.05%). Regular companies mentor and, when they have to lay people off, provide severance and positive reference (they'll often work with the recruiters who placed you and say good things). Many of these startups use fake "performance" issues to avoid the image problem of an honest layoff, and to fire people for free. (Banks and hedge funds just admit shit's tough, but these startups have to pretend they're always hiring, even when they're cutting. In other words, they prioritize their image over that of those they're letting go-- when they most need the help.) Getting fired with no severance and no reference is, in many ways, as bad as a startup failure. In some ways, it's worse. Startup failure has more short-term financial pain but, 3 years later, you can talk about it without fearing stigma (especially if you weren't a sole founder).
Paul Graham played the game once and won. It's hard to call it pure luck because, if you read On Lisp, he's obviously a very smart man and was, while active in Lisp, a clear 10x-er. However, there are a lot of people just as smart as he is, who end up ruining their lives in this game.
You're not alone, and I'm sorry to hear about it.
Where are you located? Have you considered Austin, Portland, or Baltimore? Those places have much lower COL and you'll make 80-90% of your Bay Area salary.
In the course of a very public failure and a long depressive phase I wound up in a mental facility for a few days. It's taken a long, miserable time to get back. I did not have the same stressors that you do, and the details of my situation are going to be very different than yours, but if you would just like to have a conversation with someone tonight, please feel free to get in touch. No judgment, no life-affirming advice, just that I would be very glad to hear what you have to say and to talk if you are up for it.
Email is in my profile, I'll keep checking it until pretty late. Good luck.
Did you plan for this eventuality when you started the venture? Can you spare any details about what went wrong?
Reading this hits close to home for me. You are are more than the sum of your assets. You are more than a set of skills, and ultimately you still have the ability to go out and conquer. Lean on family, lean on friends, and once you get through this never forget where you've been and help others in the same predicament.
I can't offer much, but if you need a few bucks for a couple bags of groceries email firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send some Paypal your way. No strings attached.
Well, if I step into your shoes it might take me a while to listen to the suggestions of all these people who are genuinely trying to help you. Your brain just shuts off and cant think straight. You need to find a way to somehow let it out. Cant say go backpack for a few days because you have a family to take care of...but try talking to friendly strangers, do something you haven't tried before(in a good sense) that doesn't cost money, just somehow get everything out of your system, try unplugging even if its for 2-3 days and then come back and read the comments again. I'm sure you'll see things much more clear. The help is already here!
That was as honest and close I can get to feel what you might be going through. Having said that, its always easier said than done. God bless you! Dont forget to comment to this thread once you are back up and strong! :)
Keep up!! Everything is going to be alright in the end!
Don't give up, keep your head up and keep looking up, then you will find some positivity in your life.
It happens to many, It happened to me. Entrepreneurship as we all know is not easy, if you are financially unstable don't think the world is Goog to end day after tomorrow. It doesn't and shouldn't. Get a relief, get your skills tuned, get employed somewhere and work on your passion and if things work out you can be / will be a success story. However don't Loose hope and passion for what you do. Beat wishes .
Hang in there man, you'll be surprised how many good people are out there that are willing to help. Never stop asking, never give in, always remember what you're fighting for. You'll be in my thoughts
Find a job and take it easy for a while. Rebuild and come back stronger!
I'll just say, given the only thing that really matters is your family, what you do from here on out will dictate what kind of man you are, rather than the fact that your company failed.
I.e. if I buy 20 new xboxes but leave them sealed for resale before Christmas, I'm not really an early adopter, instead i'm just a speculating opportunist, even though I did purchase the consoles the day they were released - the same time the "early adopters" did.
The people buying into Bitcoin tomorrow are greater fools.
For comparison: first GSM call was made in 1991. In 1994 subscribers hit 1 million, nowadays there are several billions. Would you consider someone with GSM phone in 1994 an early adopter or not?
I don't believe I'm a slow learner, but it took me about 1 year from first learning about Bitcoin to becoming comfortable enough with the technology to speculate on it.
I honestly believe it will replace Gold as a store of value, but it will take a very long time for the general public to understand it enough and/or trust it enough that they'll sell any amount of gold for bitcoins. But when they do, perhaps in a slow process that peaks around 15 years from now, the value of a single bitcoin could end up somewhere around $300k.
I personally estimate the likelihood of this being around 10-15%. So yeah, I'm still buying more today.
Innovators were the early miners who invested in actually taking BTC from 0 to 1.
Early adopters were those who got into it prior to 2013 when most of the mainstream considered it a scam or were otherwise scared off by the price instability.
With the recent government hearings I'd say we're right at the start of the early majority phase.
Still, I expect it to tank. It might have enough relic power (as the first, if not the best) to hold a value around $50 million in toto (or $6/BTC). Why? Because the forced deflation is a Dick Move of epic proportions: favoring early adopters for no good reason. As it turns out, Dick Moves damage your reputation in the long run, and all Bitcoin has is a brand. What stops someone else from creating a new cryptocurrency without the hard upper limit?
There is something interesting about it, which is it reminds us that we truly really have no fucking clue where value comes from. Nation-states? Companies? Total abstractions, many fraudulent or flimsy. Bitcoin has some transient value because some smart people solved a hard problem, but there's no long-term brand advantage or natural monopoly. But it's still pretty fascinating that smart people can create so much value (often "of out nothing", but sometimes genuine). Or take Magic: cardboard probably worth a billion dollars in totality. The first trillion-dollar business is going to be one that recognizes the value of the time of high-talent people and somehow provides direct access in a scalable way (independent of social networks, because well-connected, talented people are already in-place). I've had a rough idea of how that might work-- a call option exchange on high-talent peoples' time, see http://michaelochurch.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/fixing-employ...: -- but I admit I have no idea how to scale it (or even deal with the ethical assurance issues).
First are what I'll refer to as technologists. No elaboration necessary, you get the gist.
Second are Jane & Joe consumer.
People buying into Bitcoin today are early adopters as far as consumers are concerned, and they're years behind on the technologist scale.
Bitcoin has reached enough publicity at this point that a former business partner of mine - she's in her mid 60's, and is a very very light user of technology, that hasn't yet joined Facebook, has never once used Twitter, has heard / read about Bitcoin. She is a CPA, so we had an interesting conversation about the implications of Bitcoin. She gets the premise of digital currencies, but not exactly how Bitcoin works (why mining exists, who controls it, how the encryption works, and so on).
Publicity wise, Bitcoin is quite widespread, it has spent months in the mainstream media at this point. Consumer adoption is clearly still in the first inning however.
The only thing I'd look for would be EV SSL. No "green bar", no credit card.
* A simple interface (Unlike e.g. Pelican, which uses Makefiles to prettify it's command line interface)
* A sane template engine (Basically ruling out anything Ruby. Jekyll's Liquid engine for example only provides includes, no template inheritance)
* No unnecessary large dependencies like requiring Django
* Freedom of choice (I want to use YAML and Markdown)
* Tightly coupled asset pipeline
* Enough building blocks to quickly solve most usecases
* Should easily be usable on Windows (No makefiles please, no compiler necessary to install)
* Pluggable theming and extension support
Most newer generators solve most of these problems. For some reason most of them are written in Ruby though, which to my surprise has very popular template engines which don't even provide template inheritance.
I am biased because I built it, but if you like jekyll, but prefer django/python, you should give djangothis a try.
- It's using Jade and Stylus for templating.
- It's a commande line interface.
- Natively supports emojis, a la GitHub.
- YAML for configuration and Markdown for redaction.
- You can create as many websites as you want, they can all be configured differently and be served on test servers or build to their output directory.
It's not a command line tool, but it makes nice responsive static sites. And it's easy enough for my girlfriend to use. That's why I built it.
Haven't tried Hyde or Jekyll.
2. Embossanova - Emboss images to surfaces in OpenSCAD https://cubehero.com/physibles/iamwil/embossanova
3. Graftleaf and Graftweave - Graftconcept iPhone module back covers https://cubehero.com/physibles/iamwil/graftleaf https://cubehero.com/physibles/iamwil/graftweave
It's been fun. :D
Open source implementation of Minecraft https://github.com/SirCmpwn/Craft.Net
Reddit API wrapper https://github.com/SirCmpwn/RedditSharp
kernel written in z80 assembly https://github.com/KnightSoft/kernel
And lots more https://github.com/SirCmpwn
Another side project I'm currently in the process of designing:
Personal Problem: Me and my wife have some folders with so many random files. Too troublesome and time consuming maintaining it to be clean and organized. Pictures should be in a specific folder, installers in another one, etc. an example is the "Downloads Folder"
Solution: A small command-line utility that organizes a folder on where it runs from. This small command-line tool has only one parameter: a JSON file that contains "Rules" on what it will do on specific files. ex: .mp3's should be placed on a folder, .docs on another, etc. And so on and so forth. It could also come as an "installable" service/daemon that watches over folders. Still learning more about Scala, it's used in where I work, may write this command-line tool in that language for educational purposes.
Not much compared to other comments here!
A map / tile server written in go. So far MapBox' mbtiles work.
This came from a peculiar interest of mine, whether my city needs yet another underground parking garage. So I started to scrape the public rss feed of the parking system. I have some gigs of data by now and RethinkDB is not as performant as I hoped it would be. There is no real query optimization as of yet.
What I want to visualize is whether you can find a parking spot at a certain point in time and reach a spot, for instance a shop, within a certain threshold by foot. In short, if you want to shop at XXX will you have trouble finding a parking spot?
also https://gist.github.com/kennethrapp/ccb392c399d72efd8b0d a terminally unfinished Hacker News userscript to handle block/unblock/following users.
Blog is at http://blog.disksurvey.org/
Sub-parts on github: http://github.com/baruch/diskscan and http://github.com/baruch/disksurvey
Currently it supports compiling css (via libsass), syntax highlighting, outlining, and intellisense.
GitHub Burndown Chart:https://github.com/radekstepan/github-burndown-chart
It will support FreeBSD/ZFS/Jails and Linux/LVM|BTRFS|ZFS/LXC on the first release. My goal is to re-use existing tooling as much as possible.
I am writing it in Haskell.
2. I also organize and run the san francisco hacker news meetup. http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Hacker-News-Meetup/
3. Dev school grading site: http://schools.techendo.co
4. Burrito: http://burrito.techendo.co
5. Tribes: http://tribes.techendo.co
6. Next up is an app that helps businesses find their distribution channels -- to be released in a week or two.
7. ..and finally a kickstarter for a hacker tool coming early next year.
Join us on #Techendo on freenode to chat. :)
Round-based RPG Game written in Java/libGDX: https://github.com/andef4/adventure-game
Whatsapp for FirefoxOS written in TypeScript: https://github.com/andef4/ch.bfh.bti7054.w2013.p.fxos_whatsa...
All of them are still pre-alpha quality.
It has hit the 80-20 scenario. The last 20% is taking 80% of the time :)But it has let me quickly prototype a few little ideas (http://jamielewis.me.uk/posts/2013-11-03-Mapping-Earthquakes...)
Started as a joke among my dev team and we've now sold a few shirts and plan on developing the idea.
2. Stats about where you spend your time: https://clevergeo.com
3. Something with pebble and it's accelerometer, probably related to sports.
Working on the production version atm.
Kaya: A new paradigm in software construction.
Edit: The page is fully open source: https://github.com/Boldewyn/Codepoints.net
We use it at the office to queue songs a chatroom and listen together.
Create a poll (or mail) and mail them to clients when you sold for > 1000 should be an option :)
It's actually meant to get feedback (automated) from clients with a more personal touch or to follow up on a sale of 1 month ago (how the car is, ...)
A list of pubs in Edinburgh: http://edinburgh.io/
A mail client: http://lumail.org/
Now I'm working on HTML5 turn-based strategy multiplayer game about space pirates.
2. A website for children to share their toys - http://toystori.com - https://github.com/caulagi/toystori
Trying to learn some js gaming engines though.
Almost there, but I've been working on it solo, and development stalled for a bit whilst I struggled with motivational issues and analysis paralysis. Hope to get something MVP-able very soon!
Been having fun with Go-lang koans and Angular.js uiRouter as well.
With buddyfinder, user blogs, as well as list of freediving spots and events.
tmux workspace manager in python. JSON / YAML configs. session workspace freezing.http://tmuxp.readthedocs.org/en/latest/index.html
My feel good project is Sahana Eden.
Soon to have google charts implemented.
I walked out of the store in 2009 with a device where you undid a few screws and the whole back came off giving easy access to upgrade ram, hard drive, replace dvd, fan or battery. My first stop was to buy a bigger hard drive and double my memory with reasonably priced commodity parts. Replacing my battery when it ran out was cheap and trivially easy.
I look at the new MacBooks and the RAM is soldered, the SDD is proprietary, the battery is glued in place. I don't know if they have gone downhill but they have certainly alienated some customers and forced them to look elsewhere. If you aren't looking to develop for the Apple ecosystem I think the justification for buying a MBP has diminished considerably.
Apple had one in Scott Forstall and Tim Cook fired him, in the name of furthering "collaboration" at the executive level (whatever that means). IMO that was the singular event that defines Apple in the Tim Cook era.
My take is that Cook intends to coast at Apple until his 10 years are up, managing operations well but not taking any risks, and removing anyone who would take risks. It's an acceptable strategy, but it's just not what we're used to from Apple.
So, like another commenter said, I agree that it's mostly an expectations problem. It's not just that Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall are gone, it's that Apple, under Tim Cook's direction, has made a conscious decision to be a different kind of company.
The perspective also depends on how you look at your devices and the timeframe of expected use. Apple equipment used to be the kinds of devices you could have in production for many years. But, they are really now much more a consumer device company and part of the device churn. If this is acceptable to you (as a user) then you probably don't care because you will just skip the next hardware revision and get the one after (timed with some sort of Apple software obsolesce incentive) and be fine.
Last year around this time, I wrote this:
But then Lloyd Chambers did a detailed piece on the decline here:
But there are many more examples before me and others. Before the holy war kicks-in, I think it really is an expectation thing.
The apple TV we use in the office for playing music has not worked correctly since the last firmware update and really struggles with streaming and the new MBP we purchased recently had a bug where the keyboard and mouse would randomly stop working(fixed in an update). These aren't huge problems but I think they are not something that would have occurred a few years ago.
That being said if you don't want to make the switch to linux then the apple/unix ecosystem is still much better than the current windows options but I think apple is losing its reputation for quality as it moves from being a high end luxury product to a standard.
It just seems like they really have not created anything recently that has really "wowed" me. Maybe they put the bar too high for the wow factor.
Complete the puzzle and here's the answer.
Of course, you give it a title like that, you almost have to turn it into a PAC at some point...
Create a github account/repo on this. Write the initial draft. Discussions goes into issues. Changes in pull request. Signing by staring the repo.
See the G+ outrage lately: there are three articles about that at the top of the frontpage that say exactly the same thing with exactly the same comments. It's reddit/4chan tier "pitchforking".
The problem seems to be that the community is growing quickly and as a consequence the upvoted articles are those who cater to the lowest common denominator and it keeps getting lower. It's a problem all successful communities face.
The usual solution might be to migrate towards a smaller community as you propose, but the problem then is that you have to rebuild everything from scratch over and over again.
IMO a simpler solution would be to make a "meta-HN" which would just add an other layer of moderation on top of the existing HN:
- Remove all "drama/politics" entries
- Merge entries about the same topic under a single item.
Then just link to the usual HN comment threads. I find the quality of comments usually reflects the quality of the article so I think it would work well for me. No need to rebuild everything from scratch and rebuild the community.
The HN you once liked is still there, it's just getting increasingly buried it low-relevance contents.
A lot of people are recommending r/programming. r/programming is why I quit Reddit a few years ago. It's all "computer-related cult wars" rather than actual discussion about programming. Everyone goes through that stage in their programming career, but it's not interesting to read about, and most people eventually grow out of it. Not r/programming.
It also moves a lot slower, so if you miss a few days, it's fine. Just one page or so of links will show you all the best from those few days.
So far it has been very good signal to noise...
I figure I only read about 10% of the posts on HN, and focus on the ones about actual technologies I might use or evaluate. And honestly, that 10% is all I have time to read anyway, so it works out just right.
The only better option is to go to reddit and subscribe to all the relevant tech subreddits you're interested in and unsubscribe from everything else. That's more like drinking from the firehose though, requires more mental overhead in filtering only the absolutely most useful and relevant.
Also, http://pineapple.io if you just want cool tech and no discussions.
The only question is, how do we do it ?
We built Theneeds with a similar idea in mind, that people should come and just find interesting stuff, personalized according to their interests (we learn from users' activity to get smarter about what the interests really are).
We focus on a broader range of topics than just tech & science, thought there is a good selection about that too.
How many tags would be sufficient to classify most posts? Startup, marketing, programming, science, politics, ... That's actually a quite hard problem!
Here are my additional addictions (in order of preference):
dying place (although I still read it): http://slashdot.org
Although it's just programming (the rules say that if there's no code in the link, then you shouldn't post it).
We're also on irc: #Techendo on Freenode!
I suppose they're well cared for, but I also suppose that it can be lonely in there.
First, (and USA-specific) check the RFQs from various government organizations. The process can be foreboding and favors established companies - but a real need (and money) exists for those that follow this path.
Secondly, check with local universities to see what research is currently underway or planned.
Lastly, profit models really only exist in parallel with regulation. Sadly, unless corporations/landowners are chasing tax breaks or avoiding fines, you won't see people flocking to buy technology for auditing water/air/soil quality.
Edit - Also Agriculture is a profitiable conduit for developing conservation tech. (Water conservation , animal tracking, soil quality, etc are all in demand)
I can connect you if you like, email in profile.
There's a number of ones on the periphery, one for example is Airware http://www.airware.com/ which is working on autopilot for drones, which you may say what does that have to do with wildlife/habitat conservation? Well they are partnered with Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya which is deploying a drone to monitor/deter poachers of rhinos.
Good luck on your project. More and more people are finding that it is more satisfying to fund projects through sites like indiegogo.com and fundrazr.com than it is to make charitable donations in the traditional way.
Mostly I try to use them as means of exchange, rather than speculation tool, but it's hard on weeks like this one...
I tried to sell them but luckily almost got scammed, bank refused transaction and I didn't lose much. So i ended up keeping 8 BTC still :)
There's another concern to be aware of: some unscrupulous recruiters will edit your CV. That is, if they see a job posting looking for someone with x years experience with Spring, they might just add that to your CV, even if you've never worked with a java stack.
About the CV thing I bet this is a legacy workflow that most companies still used to.
I dont even own word anymore.
At the same time, being a security-conscious nerd, I'm not sure I would want to give even revocable OAuth access to a third-party portal to go in and change addresses to many of my most sensitive accounts... not to mention the fact that most banks etc dont have public APIs even if someone were to want to build something like this.
Just my two cents.
I very seldom bother with LinkedIn, but on the rare occasions that I do, it's always because of a connection I don't want to miss out on. My boss from 10 years ago, for example, found me on LinkedIn and connected, and I accepted that connection with zero hesitation. He was a great manager, and literally made everybody around him better, and I'm more than happy to have my name alongside his.
That said, there have been people with whom I've worked alongside for years whose requests I let languish. Good friends, in many cases, and often competent workers, but, at the same time, not necessarily those I'd be willing to speak effusively on for a job recommendation.
In short, my criteria for a LinkedIn connection is whether or not I can answer the phone unprepared and sing to a potential employer about how amazing they are. For anybody I can do that with, accepting the connection is a no-brainer... for everyone else, it's basically a non-starter.
That LinkedIn makes it hard to remove contacts only solidifies that decision for me all the more.
I could find zero way to do this without becoming a member.
I got started by writing PR's, reading the codebase of the projects and making myself helpful whenever I could.
* The UX for installing a certificate on a Windows or Mac machine is atrocious; it's incomprehensible even to people who understand X.509, and might as well not exist for laypersons.
* The browser UX for matching certificates to sites is not much better; the mechanism basically only works if you have a single client cert you use for every site.
* Getting certificates from a CA introduces yet another nearly incomprehensible UX element, and leaves your site to the mercy of the CAs you trust.
* Issuing your own certificates involves you building a hopefully- less- incomprehensible UX for getting certs into the hands of users, and also implicates a chicken/egg problem of figuring out when it's OK to issue a cert to whom.
Certificates provide value where you can independently attest that the client is who or what it appears to be.
Client certificates are the basis of MDM solutions, for example. In a corporate setting, I enroll my iPhone with the MDM, linking that device and phone number to my identity. The MDM solution issues certificates identifying my device and my identity to that device. That allows subsequent interactions with corporate systems to be authenticated.
If I drop the phone in the toilet, get a new one and restore it, I must re-enroll, as the phone serial number changed. The old certs are revoked. The key assumption is that the mobile device platform can be trusted to provide an accurate serial number, phone number, etc.
Browsers cannot be trusted much, if at all. A modestly clueful attacker can spoof all of the metadata provided to the website. I can take that client certificate and copy it to any other browser.
I've also used it in client-server applications, not on the web, and it was very effective as a transport layer security mechanism, but in that case it was devices talking to devices in an automated way, so there was never a problem with user experience or education of users.
Posting this in a thread full of those toxic people is going to get you heavily downvoted:
"I fucking hate how openly misogynistic HN is. I don't even want to bother sifting through this shit anymore.
s/women/black people/gs/attending/going to elite, white-only colleges/g"
However that doesn't mean bitcoins are in a bubble, for that the true value would have to be lower than what it is. And I don't know how to even roughly estimate bitcoin's true value. That is, what the price will turn out to be in the long run, what the supply and demand will be. That depends on how big the bitcoin economy will grow, and the hype, while irrational, might actually bring enough people to it to make it work. Or it might just die as people get disappointed or move onto the next thing.
And more on it's market irregularities (take for example the inability to withdraw USD via the SWIFT banking system without a 6 month delay from MtGOX)
It makes "price discovery" in the sense of a true currency valuation very hard to estimate, and the illiquidity makes the instrument very prone to HUGE run-ups and sell-offs. I actively trade it, and believe that a price target of over $1000 is a strong technical possibility. Though what it "resets" to after this run-up is anyone's guess.
In this case, Bitcoin price growth made it more popular, which caused more people to start investing in Bitcoin, which further increased its price. The exponential shape of Bitcoin's price curve is entirely normal.
The real question is, does Bitcoin's current price match its "true" value? I personally believe the answer is "no", but that's like, my opinion, man.
Other requirements: SSD, discrete Nvidia graphics card (which do great under Linux), lots of RAM.
I probably wouldn't work anywhere that wouldn't let me run Linux on my machine without virtualization.
SSD: speeds everthing up
keyboard/trackpad: you're a developer, so you write a lot. Make sure it's confortable to do so
screen: you spend a lot of time in front of the screen, so make sure you get something that's easy on the eyes.
Right now my favorite is the ThinkPad X series (eg: X240)