1. At the time, I was maintaining several heterogenous RPM-based systems, so that was the comparison. I can say with some limited authority that it's easier to make NixOS packages than RPMs, but harder than (say) tweaking /usr/ports in a BSD or Gentoo.
2. Being able to send closures between machines -- i.e. a reproducible recipe for the user's current environment, including all installed and user-acccessible packages, libs and binaries -- is eerie, like alien technology. Think of 'nvm' or 'virtualenv', but granular, and for everything. Once you get used to it, you will never be happy with any other package manager.
3. Nix' independence from NixOS is both a blessing and curse . On every OS except NixOS, Nix is necessarily a third-party add-on, and it necessarily uses slightly different versions of everything. Thanks to some insanely clever environment management, this never causes things to go plink, but it does mean that I often had a choice between a fresh Fedora RPM -- on a Fedora machine -- and a slightly stale Nix package. Guess which worked better. Guess which I chose most of the time. (But if you guessed that I was a bit OCD about package freshness, you'd be right.)
4. Final drawback, and the reason NixOS hasn't yet made it into production at our company: NixOS itself obviously has to use the same slightly stale packages that Nix does. That said, how upset can you really get? These guys don't have the dev-hours that Canonical or Red Hat do -- or even Debian, for that matter. What they have achieved with the resources at hand is mindblowing. What this project needs to really be useful to me is about two dozen new FOSS contributors and like maybe half a million dollars of investment. Any more than that, though, and I'd worry they'd lose their game ;D -- so much of it is based on doing immense amounts with almost nothing, using cleverness as the amplifier. Isn't that what it's all about?
5. Oh, and also, the devs are responsive. Hi guys! ;D
Could it be a unified alternative to Python virtualenv, rvm, rbenv, cabal sandbox, etc? This would be specially important for projects needing heterogeneous builds.
It'd also be interesting to see a typical Nix development workflow taking advantages of Nix goodies like continuous integration with Hydra or staging and production deployment with NixOps.
There's a very good documentary, A Map for Saturday, abut a guy who decides to travel around the world (more or less) with only what he can carry on his back. (And some camera stuff). I think he wanders for a year.
He knows no one in the places he goes, and often does not know the local language. He talks abut the odd sensation of going days without having a simple conversation with anyone and how thankful he feels when he gets the chance to just sit down and chat with other people (other similar travelers, I believe). It's a terrific film overall.
I do not think of myself as a particularly social person, but I get antsy if I spend a lot of time without talking to another friendly human. Luckily I work from home and my wife is almost always around so I can go pester her. Other times I just start making a lot of phone calls to family and friends.
I think it's important to get out of your own head on a regular basis.
anyway, before I start whining. don't let your behavior become a habit - it is so very easy to do. I managed to meet up with people once in a great while, so I sort of stayed sane, but spending 10 hrs a day by yourself for very long periods of time ... there was always something to fix and so very easy to get focused and lost in the world. Programming probably involves the dopamine system in your brain - solving puzzles all the time, you get a rush for it, and so it's reinforcing.
You sound better than me in that you are realizing this earlier than I did. You have to be far more proactive though - make it a conscious habit to only work a set amount of time and force yourself to interact with strangers. I think I had a nervous breakdown of sorts and finally quit - it's been a year and I'm still shattered and my life is not fully repairable to some extent now because of where I am at in my life now. I really fucked up. Please don't do the same!
I would say maybe join some meetup social groups, there are a lot of happy-hour type groups. It doesn't require much time investment but it can keep you in regular contact with people.
Also aren't there people in this so called hackerspace to interact with?
Bottom line, total isolation from people for long periods of time generally isn't good.
A man who finds himself among others is irritated because he does not know why he is not one of the others.
- P2 WordPress theme from Automatic: http://p2theme.com/
- Sqwiggle: https://www.sqwiggle.com/
- Trello: https://trello.com/
- GitHub: https://github.com/
- Campfire: https://campfirenow.com/
- Zapier: https://zapier.com/
- RelateIQ: http://relateiq.com/
- Help Scout: https://www.helpscout.net/
- HelloSign: https://www.hellosign.com/
We wrote a lot more about how we use them here: https://zapier.com/blog/how-manage-remote-team/
* HipChat (sync and async chat with a variety of ChatOps functionality)
* Documentation: Google Drive for non-technical documentaton that might need feedback and some dynamic spreadsheets backed with dataclips: https://postgres.heroku.com/blog/past/2012/1/31/simple_data_...
* Video conferencing: Every single meeting has a corresponding Google Hangout. For some meetings we might use Fuze
* DCVS: git. Our repos are hosted on Github and we use all the usual stuff there: Pull Requests, Issues, in-line commenting, etc
* Project/task management: Trello trello trello - If it's not in Trello, it doesn't exist. This works great when you're widely distributed across geography and timezones. With the right workflow, we can at-a-glance know the status of all of our work-in-progress.
* Mailing lists! Every team has its mailing list and nearly every other thing of interest has its own mailing list. Interested in an upcoming project? There's a mailing list for that. Are you remote or based out of the SF bay area? There's a mailing list for that. Are you into Golang, functional programming, or want to chat about Linux? We have those covered too. Are you into biking or photography? Mailing lists!
P.S. - If you're interested in remote work, we're hiring! http://jobs.heroku.com/
- Microsoft Lync (excellent product! Love it. Seriously it's only serious flaw is it needs Windows.)
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Sharepoint (meh, it's better than nothing)
- Trello (useful for ad-hoc teams)
- GitBlit ('cause outside the Firewall GitHub/BitBucket isn't allowed)
- HP's Agile Manager (expensive, but a very good Agile/Scrum product)
- Rally (before HP Agile Manager, a very good Scurm product)
- Adobe Captivate (decent for screencasts; save time sharing your ideas inside your firewall)
- TechSmith's Snagit (the best screen capture tool I've used; great for quick-and-dirty 'do this' email or doc)
- IntelliJ IDEA (great IDE, we don't use it collaboratively or anything but it got into our Enterprise because individual DEVs could buy it at a reasonable price for themselves, then other DEVs wanted it and mgmt started signing POs... smart tactic).
Sum it up. Lync is awesome (friends in smaller/not-so-MS-focused shops use Skype w/ success). A good asynchronous communication tool like Captivate/Snagit is useful. Some shared space to manage the work is necessary (Trello, HP Agile Manager, Rally, numerous other good products). I wish I had Campfire or something like it.
And its usually pretty hard to say anything nice about Bugzilla.
- chat during the day (hipchat)
- skype for voice calls, usually to quickly discuss something
- Google hangout (highest bandwidth communication, I run my daily standups on google hangout and sporadically for "crisis" moments or "clarification" moments)
So the trick is to have a daily scrum meetup on google hangout every morning so that you can explain tasks, check how far everybody got the previous day and update the trello board to reflect the new state. It's the only moment in the day that communication is cheap and high bandwidth.
Knowledge center:Google docs and github wiki
There are other auxiliaries like github, airbrake, circleCI and papertrail that report into hipchat so you can get a sense of the work being done.
We use Jira w/ Agile for tickets & project management, Confluence for knowledge base, HipChat for communication, Bitbucket for code repository et al. Wrote about this and how we use it here: http://www.theroadtosiliconvalley.com/engineering/medlert-ca...Hope this helps!
* google docs
* google mail
* google hangouts (with perma-rooms)
* our own awesome chat (http://chat.stackoverflow.com)
* trello from everything from shopping lists to kanban boards
* our own hosted git and hg, with a kiln "skin" for the looks (plus pretty much any public repo for the myriad open source projects we maintain)
* our own live status (https://github.com/opserver/Opserver)
* team city for CI/CD
* vydio for large whole company meetings
- IRC (most of us use IRCCloud)
- Discourse (a forum, I can really recommend this even if you have chat, and Discourse is particularly good)
- Skype (only used for one on one meetings)
- Oovoo (like Skype, but has free video conferencing, we use it for meetings with more than two people)
- Rietveld (a review system, we have mandatory reviews for all changes, really really important for distributed teams IMO)
- Trello (we're in the middle of migrating to a real bug tracker (Roundup, what bugs.python.org uses) though)
- Google Drive (mostly as a wiki replacement)
Cloud9 IDE (https://github.com/ajaxorg/cloud9/)
Timer Tab (http://www.timer-tab.com/)
Bitbucket and Github
VirtualBox (running Ubuntu with all the usual stuff)
That's pretty much my entire toolbelt.
- Github for source code mostly (I've made some pull requests since I'm new on the project)
- Hipchat, since I've join, Skype before that.
- Dropbox for file sharing and design.
- Google Apps
- Basecamp for project managment
and I may not know the full stack yet but we use cloud services for everything!
Campfire for chats, dumbot as a minimalistic task manager in campfire https://github.com/tadast/dumbot#tasks
Github issues for technical/code problems.
Google hangouts for standups
I like Hamster for time tracking, https://projecthamster.wordpress.com/
In job #2 (remote, almost 4 months in): Features, bugs, release planning, code and some documentation, all in Github. Chat: IRC Cloud or Skype. Calls and screen sharing: Skype or Google Hangouts. No VPN but lots of SSHing into machines on Digital Ocean. Some other documentation in Google docs.
* Google Mail & Calendar
* Hipchat. Main communication method, water cooler and catch-all for any new activity for our deployments and GitHub repos
* GitHub. We use everything it has to offer and have actually migrated to Issues from Trello for task management
* Google Docs. For feature specs and anything that needs to be in sync outside the development team
* Dropbox. Mainly used by the design team right now, as a single source for assets and putting mocks in
* Skype. Usually for one-on-ones and interviewing candidates
- Google Hangouts (thrice weekly check-in meetings)
- Asana (task management)
- Github (all code is submitted as PR to be reviewed by someone else)
Also basecamp for communication with the managers and between them.
* JIRA - issue tracking and feature management
* Agile - scrum management
* Confluence - documentation, mockups, feedback
* Bitbucket/Git - code repository
* Facetime or Google Hangout for video chat
* Salesforce chatter for IM though Hipchat is a better solution. We're a small company so we need to be able to answer questions from marketing, sales, operations throughout the day
Has anyone tried sqwiggle.com, we tried it, but we get the same thing from impromptu google hangouts for free. A truely native sqwiggle app that integrates more into what we are doing makes sense.
git, Bitbucket, Github
Pretty short list when i think about it.
EDIT: I use Asana and Google Docs as well.
The website is really beautiful. Well done. It almost makes you feel I have to buy this!!! I think that's the key point.
Because apart from that... well... there's a rule in business that is you get what you pay for. Even if mattress retailers are making a fortune on margins, well you guys also have margins too. And a retail price of $299..to..$499-king tells me that your mattresses are very low end.
So the website is beautiful but very misleading. Like the infographic about the cost of making a mattress. It probably should title it "Here is how a cheap mattress is marked up". Because there is mattresses and mattresses. Tons of variations, fabrics and qualities. And well.. you're not even selling mattresses or at least we don't call that a mattress here ( Spain ) but a mat instead. It is just too thin. Less than half the thickness of a regular mattress. Then of course, the fact that is made of foam only makes it worse as with that thickness it will unavoidable deform with usage. Who tells otherwise is lying or just very new to the business plainly because all foam mattresses deform to some degree.
Then there is the foam density, that I can't see anywhere in the specs. And as you can guess when you import materials the bigger the density the more expensive the foam sheets are. But hey, people today demand cheap prices. But anyways, mattresses these days tend to have lesser foam densities as people want cheaper prices. But of course that comes with the cost of deformability and that's why mattresses these days don't last that much as they used to in the past.
One thing that tells how good your marketing efforts are is that the mattress is foldable. Someone not used to mattress would think: AWESOME. Some used would think, oh no another crappy sofa-bed mat. I'd never recommend anyone to buy a foldable bed unless for an apartment with very low space and of course... for a sofa-bed!
So my summary would be: really well done making attractive a low-end product. The marketing is excellent and you definitely found a market out there. The website is beautiful but well.... you sell what you sell, tons of half-truths on it.
I happened upon an AMA on Reddit by a guy in the mattress industry and someone mentioned T&N. After some research I decided to give them a try. 30-day money back guarantee and all.
I think I knew I didn't need the 30 days after the third night. I was sold. I slept more soundly those first three days than I had in years prior.
Some things to consider:
- The smell. Its the case with ALL foam mattresses so this is neither unique to T&N nor their fault. But it goes away pretty quickly.
- If for some reason you don't like it and want to send it back within the 30-day guarantee period I have no idea how you'd get it back in the box. I think maybe they should include instructions somewhere just in case. That or provide a "Space-Bag" style wrapper that you can use.
I highly recommend trying them out if you're in the market for a mattress!
Putting myself in your shoes, this seems like a scary way to go about things. I'd think, "those first returns are from unsatisfied people. They'll give the product bad reviews and that will put the score in a negative rut it won't be able to pull itself out of. Yes, the next version will be amazing because of the initial feedback, but now we'll have bad reviews so people won't even give it a chance."
Would you mind explaining how I'm thinking about this the wrong way? Perhaps you never put v1 on Amazon and that's how you avoided my concern? But doing so seems like it could limit the feedback you get on v1.
Love the idea, quick point of feedback: it is unclear, from a cursory glance, whether your prices refer to bed or bed+mattress.
The floor vs. frame view is great, but the price doesn't change- so are you just selling a mattress? Should you say mattress instead? Are you calling a "bed" a mattress and the rest is a "frame?"
(Not being a jerk, actually confused!)
Personally when my wife and I needed a new mattress about ten years ago, I knew that mattress shopping was a miserable experience, but I had recently stayed in a Weston on business, found the mattress quite comfortable, and learned that they sold their bed. So after my trip I put my wife up for a night at a Weston, she agreed about the bed, and that's what we ended up with. I think it's much more common now for the hotel chains to offer their beds for sale, but I beleive the Weston was one of the first chains to do so.
I'm quite sure this was a great way to overpay for a mattress, but even if it was $1000 (which I think it was for the king), amortized over the decade of use a mattress is good for doesn't seem too bad.
If you make it, I promise I'll buy one.
BTW, another product like this is range hoods.
I'm impressed that you tried to break into this business. I thought the existing companies would have it tied up because of their distribution channels. I did look at latex mattresses at the time, but they were an expensive niche. About the only viable alternative to the traditional mattress industry were the foam mattresses being produced overseas.
Next mattress will be from you guys --- any king-sized mattresses in your future (or is that what the twin XL)
Again -- thank you for disrupting this corrupt business
A mattress isn't a trivial purchase (not just in cost, which is what you're disrupting, but in what it does for you). You use a mattress for a large period of your life and it has a great effect on your health (either good or bad).
Being able to physically lie on a mattress in a store provides some value in regards to feeling how hard the mattress is, how it responds to your moving around, etc.
I'm not sure I could buy a mattress online sight unseen and just "hope" it was the one for me (and my wife), hoping I didn't have to deal with returns, etc. (How the hell would I return a mattress via UPS/FedEx?)
Maybe I'm overthinking it?
We just purchased a bed for our daughter a few days ago on Amazon, and totally would have purchased yours if we had realized there was a startup making beds here in the USA with a no-nonsense style. I'm honestly not sure how we missed you during that process. We had to search hard to avoid things with smelly chemicals and cheap construction like particle board, too.
This is the URL I'm talking about: https://www.tuftandneedle.com/reviews
Does that mean you're not using TDCPP? Is the foam you use naturally flame retardant so that you don't need a chemical agent to achieve compliance with California's strict fire safety standards?
After reading about the health effects of chemical flame retardants, I'm very interested in getting a low-emission mattress.
I'd be really interested to read a follow up post detailing a little more about your story, how you guys got started, challenges you faced, what you'd differently, etc...at least the details you're comfortable sharing.
Does this come with the bedhead & frame, by any chance, or is it just the mattress?
If it is just the mattress, where can we get the bedhead & stand shown in the images on your website?
I love that you are taking on a stuffy old industry.
Great site, especially the emphasis on Truth and Honesty. Very enticing.
I'm going to buy one! Awesome. They look magnificent.
(When I get my paycheck next week. Ha.)
Feedback: I really like the idea of having a boutique mattress (whatever that means) at an affordable price, a product that I can tell had a lot of thought put into.
Question: why there are only renders on the website instead of real pictures of the product ?
One question - did you guys come from a pure technical background? or did you also have significant experience with the mattress industry before?
I do have one question though: do you rely on Amazon for most of your business? I've known several people who are extremely cautious of that dependency.
I decided that I wanted to buy the bed but I couldn't immediately figure out how. I was looking for a link in the main menu like "Products" or "Beds" and didn't think to click the large "Buy Now" button. I thought it was just me and didn't think much more about it.
Later, I told my wife about the bed and she wanted to check out the website. She had a similar experience. She was wanting to cut to the chase and see a list of products with prices and couldn't figure out how to get there. She didn't think to click the Buy Now button either, because she assumed it was what you clicked when you had things in your cart and were ready to check out. She said if I hadn't been standing there and told her how to click the Buy Now button, she would have just headed to Amazon instead and searched for the bed.
Also, you don't ship to Alaska? I just tried to buy one but I can't.
We sourced all of our own materials from the outside fabric to our foam mixtures. We've also iterated on the design roughly 130 times since we first launched it. We try to keep a tight feedback loop on its design.
As an example, when we changed from a cotton bed to a foam bed we built our first prototype by sourcing a ton of different foams from different foam pourers and putting them all in a single room. We locked ourselves in there for a few days layering all kinds of densities and compositions until we found a feel we thought was really great.
We have done similar things with the fabric, stitching, and our policies.
We have a manufacturing license and hope to vertically integrate more of our supply production as we grow.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
So I would like to know if you had experience with textiles, mattresses, etc before deciding on something like this. I have always hated the mattress industry, this is actually something I wished for many times. I would have done it myself, but this is such an easy idea to shoot down in your head before you even do one bit of research.
How did you have the know-how or confidence that doing something like this was a possibility? I would think that you would have to have some knowledge of sewing, materials, etc... How did you figure it all out? Or did you already have experience with it?
I have so many ideas that I shoot down, even though they are good ideas, they either seem impossible (I would have considered this a silly idea for me to try), or way too ambitious.
Any insight into this is appreciated.
Do you guys ship overseas? If not, would introducing international distributors force you to introduce middlemen that significantly drive up the price or leave marketing out of your hands? Is there another way or will it just be US-only for the foreseeable future?
Genuinely curious why pragmatism didn't include a SAAS for the website (like Shopify) or the use of something like Wordpress with eCommerce plugin?
I placed an order on 10/14/2013. On 10/18, I got an email stating that "The first stitch is in" and "we've begun crafting your bed."
Nothing about this seemed unreasonable. When I got the bed, though, I noticed the tag says "Date of manufacture: 08/13."
So...you told me that manufacturing started 4 days after it was ordered, but really it was made 2 months prior to that.
All in all, the bed IS actually pretty good. When it was made doesn't matter to me (given that the quality is good), so I don't get what you gain from lying about that.
Maybe to make it seem like it was hand crafted just for me?
1. What do you think is main thing (comfort-wise) that distinguishes your product from the $200 queen-size foam mattress on amazon? What sort of feedbacks have you received in this regard?
2. You have a 30-days return policy. From my understanding, returning something like a mattress is extremely inconvenient. What are others' experience in returning your item?
Did you start this as a side project?
Also curious how you built the bed as welldefinitely a great price and a very elegant site. Aligns well with your product.
I dont know if we have any New Yorkers here, but Bobs furniture (official sponsor of just about every NYC sports team) sells lower cost furniture, and youd never know it based on their cheesy late night commercials, but theyre actually an extremely fast growing private company, and did a ton of growth in the furniture industry during the great recession
Kudos to you. You should setup a blog and track progress and tell the story. Id definitely be a reader!
Your bed solved a very specific problem for me, and it may be a valuable market for you to target. My job requires me to travel to different locations for long periods of time, and I needed to find a bed that was very comfortable and portable. Cots and air mattresses are poor long term solutions. Your shikibutons came up during my research as one of the best values. I purchased your mattress and a futon from shop4futons.com. When broken down, the whole arrangement packs down to a very small size. Now I sleep comfortably every night knowing that no matter where my job/life takes me I can always find a good night's rest.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Congratulations with the success on Amazon, and thanks for sharing and not posting blog spam!
Second, your website shows your "team". It also says you manufacture them yourself; not in those words, but that's the gist of it. There is no way those 6 people meet the demands of manufacturing and all the other things involved in running a product company. Nowhere does it say that the team is the whole company, but mentioning "we" so often puts a spin on the only staff you can see or hear mention of. It makes the reader think we're a small company and we do everything ourselves...and here's our pictures. Show some care for the whole company and everyone involved. I personally think very highly of companies who do that.
All the best for your future.
I bought my foam mattress from Ikea for less.
Would love to have a recommendation for an affordable(!) good looking bed frame on the site while you guys build the replacement.
One question: Are your beds flame-retardant?
And if so what are your views on flame retardant mattresses?
Ive read somewhere that in America all beds have to be flame retardant but recently their overall safety is being questioned (chemicals and fumes etc).
They kind of replaced a traditional wholesale supply chain for you. Brilliant!
Quick question, I bought a memory foam mattress 2 years ago and I regret it every day... I'm a 'hot sleeper', I fixed the 'waking up sweating' problem with a cotton mattress protector but it's still too hot.
Would I have the same problem with your foam mattress?
Would love to follow up with you guys specifically to chat sometime if you have the time. Thanks for the inspiration!
I would be specifically interested in the relevant grades/ratings for your support core, and the same in the comfort layer.
The type of information I am interested in is that which is outlined in the relevant foam sections listed on the following pages:http://www.themattressunderground.com/mattresses/comfort-lay...http://www.themattressunderground.com/mattresses/support-cor...
What I'm really intrigued about is how did you manage to get up and running so quickly - particularly how does one go about sourcing a product like this so quickly? Clearly you're doing something right!
Also how much time and capital did it take to launch your first mattress line?
Worth it just so you can avoid a freaking furniture store!
They've coved every question and every scenario imaginable from people (typically the forum-runner) who have researched these things for years.
And I'm definitely a fan. This is perfectly timed and I'll probably be ordering one soon.
I would definitely aim for front-end first though. Something like: Start with the basics of the language; then DOM manipulation and basic animations with jQuery; then have a play with Backbone or Angular. Front-end is less hassle getting straight to learning due to the developer console. Server-side means setting up node, learning to use npm, and (god forbid) trying to setup mongodb or another DBMS. Not for newcomers.
Good luck! I think it's a sound career choice. Of course, 4/5 months will just scratch the surface and get her started... :)
You say no registration required but next the create album button are sign in and register buttons. I'm sure there would be some users who think they need to register/sign in before clicking the create album button.
I also don't see on the home page what I would get if I did register (even though it's not required).
Only question is regarding the switch between view-only and collaborative. When I choose to allow friends to contribute to the album, the provided link doesn't change.
I assume you have a view-only link and an edit link that is passed a var to allow people to modify it. How does this work in your application?
* Create an album. * Upload N images. * On the result page click the "Edit" image link to get a form where you can set a title for that specific image. * Enter "[script] .. alert(3) .. [script]". * Marvel as the alert-box fires off when the image is re-viewed.
(And you do escape input for the album title. So this looks like an oversight.)
However, since I can use it without an account, why would I register? You may want to add some motivational copy to the registration page to tell me.
Also, these two statements from the "Free" section don't seem to match:* Original, full-size photos are stored for one month.* Full-sized photos can be downloaded for $0.99/album after one month.
Maybe the second one should be "for up to one month"?
But yeah might just be because I'm so used to iOS but who knows.
When I try to get a full-size version of my picture after uploading it I get an error message:
"We're sorry, but something went wrong.
If you are the application owner check the logs for more information.
I made a very simple photo hosting service almost a year ago http://img42.com it leaned more towards temporary hosting though).
Just one critique. It looks a little too... neat (like it hasn't been lived in). The images on the home page that are so integral to the look, come across as stock photo'ish (even though I'm guessing they're not). It might just be that the three home photos look like they're from the same family trip.
Also an aside - and I hate this part - get yourself a privacy / terms / dmca / takedown request section as soon as reasonably possible. If you plan to let the public have at this, you're going to get all sorts of terrible shit uploaded sooner than later. You can probably mostly clone Imgur on this.
Well done on your site. It's simple enough.
The difficulty in this space is that you have to be on as many platforms as possible. By definition, most events have users with multiple platforms. Android, IOS, etc...
We allow users to contribute to an album via Hashtag, emailing photos to a custom email address, and native mobile apps on android and IOS. This tends to be very difficult and even harder if you try to use trigger.io or sensatouch or a similar such system. Building native is hard.
Every month we see 2 to 3 new startups in this space.
You can also catch some things that relate to one of your interests, but don't have enough immediate appeal to make it to the front page.
I monitor the new and ask pages and vote rarely, often just forgetting to vote after I saw the article...
So if ten people submit the same story, it gets ten upvotes. For plenty of stories I imagine that eliminates the need to derive upvotes from people browsing "new."
I find the idea that you need some other "justification", or that some justification might lead you to continue to read science fiction when you don't enjoy it to be a "wait, what?" kind of question.
You don't need to justify your library to anyone but yourself.
Not every book needs to teach you some fundamental life lesson for it to be worth your time. Thinking like that is a quick and easy way to burning yourself out. Let your hair down and relax with it. Take it to bed with you and loose your imaginations. Have fun they way you want to.
If you don't enjoy science fiction then don't read it. If you are a looking for a reason to do so, then stop - it's wrong.
As for why read sci-fi? Well, there's a lot of bad sci-fi out there. At its best it represents interesting explorations of the effects that changes in science, context, and or very other social structures can have when they interact with human societies - and in that much perhaps tells us something about ourselves and where we might be going. Accelerando probably falls into that category, Blindsight would be another, Dune.
The range of possibilities is broad and without that information you may just waste a bunch of time re-learning the same painful lessons they likely learned. Track down as much as you can about Sold (via founders, investors, advisors, friends) before investing a bunch of time in building anything.
You're right not to want to order your own 3d printer for this. The hobbyist grade ones still aren't plug and play, so you'd burn too much time getting it working.
It is the nature of business that if they want to hire somebody, it's for a narrowly-defined scope (solving any and all problems is something a CEO or more likely a founder does, not really anybody else). Imagine doing a carpentry job and finding inside your box of 2000 nails a "rare and special" piece of metal that isn't a nail, but can do the job of a nail, screw, brad, rivet, and/or wi-fi hotspot. You're not going to consider it a bonus, even though maybe you should.
Find something that you can do well, that's in demand, that pays well, and position yourself to focus on that on your resume. If not just one but a few of your passions meet these characteristics, put together a few monolithic resumes and send them to the appropriate places. They don't have to completely eliminate your ancillary experiences, but they should mention them in a downplayed manner. Remember, the resume is not the job; merely your way of getting it.
If you want a technical position in a bigger company, I agree with the other post here to focus in on your area of greatest strength, and then salt your resume with your other skills. Valve talks about looking for "T-shaped" people, who have a deep expertise in one area, but competence in a whole bunch of others. You want to find your deep area and focus on that.
Another option might be a product or project manager type position. Those often call for wide skill sets (or at least familiarity). The downside is that the actual work is likely to be mostly meetings, emails, and spreadsheets.
Yet, I suffer somewhat because those who do not know me are unable to see the specific area of expertise in my CV, which is filled with a much wider set than what they need or even follow.
I end up becoming the go-to person for those who know me and need help with multidisciplinary research projects or system architecture, solving problems that not well-defined, etc. Such jobs are not common though, and are also hard to get to unless people know you ahead of time.
So my advice to you would also be along the lines of what mchannon and others have written. Develop and area of expertise that you think is and will be in demand over the next several years. Then keep evolving.
I'd also say you sound pretty ideal as a co-founder for a general web or mobile product. That's a position where a wide range of skills are useful and I'm sure there's lots of people out here who would love to talk to you.
2. Halting State by Charlie Stross
3. Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
4. The Particle At The End Of The Universe by Sean Carrol
5. Churchil Bomb by Graham Farmello
6. The Science Of Memory by Charles Fernyhough
7. The Anatomy of Violence: The biological roots of crime by Adrian Raine
8. The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earths future by Paul Sabin
9. Experiencing Art: In the brain of the beholder by Arthur Shimamura
10. The Spark: A Mothers Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
Five Billion Years of Solitude - Lee Billings Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Grand Ambition: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It - G. Bruce Knecht
Lean Analytics - Alistair Croll and Ben Yoskovitz
Serve to win - Novak Djokovic
Honorable mention: Sell More Software - Patrick Mckenzie
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis
I've been on a Hemingway kick ever since.
2. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
3. The January Dancer/Up Jim River/In The Lion's Mouth/On The Razor's Edge - Michael Flynn
4. Ghost Spin - Chris Moriarity
Behind that, I really enjoyed "White Noise" by Don Delillo, though I did have some problems with characterization (basically, all the characters were the author), and Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
1984 by George Orwell
"Google buys robotics companies." - no result yet, they still have to figure out how to add ads to robotics.
No, future has not arrived.
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." -- William Faulkner
I found both of them on craigslist (and many more..that either I turned down the offer..or they didn't hire me)..maybe you can look here?
Later, it clearly became unrelevant because right now all links are seamlessly synced between devices without having to enter a website, right in the browser. I guess the only one who doesn't is Firefox, but the rest they have their own.
I can think of a bunch of reasons why it's no longer relevant:
- Yahoo and many of their properties stagnated
- mobile browsers didn't support bookmarklets and extensions that made Delicious so easy
- Facebook and Twitter became more convenient places for sharing links
- browsers became "good enough" for archiving links because of syncing and cross-device access
That's already been done. It's called Pinboard.
What is a partial failure, is the flat redesign. Very nice to look at, but slightly infuriating to use, especially when adding a new bookmark.
(Actually, I have more my ~$300k in other Vanguard funds, but if I had to consolidate to exactly one, that'd be it.)
You could also make a case for VT (Vanguard Total World Stock ETF).
It is a stupid question, though, as it makes no accounting for your individual situation, an important thing that defines your relationship with money.
If it is throwaway money, put it in bitcoin. It definitely has the greatest potential to double in reasonable time. It also has a fair chance of completely crashing, but, hey, it's throwaway money.
If I was placing an all or nothing bet with $5k it would go in bit coin. I doubt the volatility will go away anytime soon so I suspect that it will either continue the explosive growth or crash.
Can you make the license permissive? MIT, BSD or Apache?
For the code presentation, Have you seen pycco? http://fitzgen.github.io/pycco/
It'll be great if the textarea for commenting grew in height as you typed more.
Recently I found a post titled, Ask HN: Am I crazy? (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=801208)
The OP had laid out his desires to travel around the United States after finishing college to meet up with founders around the country and write about them. I was happy to see that the HN community encouraged him. I shot him an email at 1am the night I discovered the post asking if he ever went on the adventure. I never heard back.
YouTube? mp3 links? We're not your fans yet, you need to convince us that you have a product we're interested in.
A tuned online advertising campaign does exactly that for advertisers. Google and Facebook harvest even more granular data so you can adjust more finely tuned knobs to improve advertising performance. This is the whole reason why a lot of advertising dollars are moving away from broadcast and print media to online media.
It's often said "half the money spent on advertising doesn't work ...", e.g. http://staff.washington.edu/gray/misc/which-half.html
All of the companies you mentioned that generate their revenue from advertising and many others have reached a critical mass in their audience size. This allows them to be a viable channel for a wide variety of vertical markets and or an extremely targeted option in a limited set of vertical markets. This is the reason advertising can dwarf manufacturing. Advertising can touch multiple verticals and have multiple customers spending dollars to compete for the same customer.
The real challenge for those companies that generate their revenue from advertising is the ability to identify audience interest and intent. Advertising companies that do well in generating revenue from advertisers are generally able to identify their audiences interest and intent when it comes to products and services thus providing their advertisers with the best possible marketing opportunities.
No. Not even close. $60 a month is cheap for best effort support via email 24 business hours later, rather than on-demand phone support 7 days a week.
Consider from the store's perspective. "My database is corrupt." means "We can't process transactions and are losing $15+ per minute", right? That sounds like it's worth closer to "What you pay for insurance every month" rather than "What you pay for toilet paper every month."
I'd be inclined to price this in the hundreds per month for virtual intervention. After you get a few clients under your belt, I suspect that while it might be priced monthly it will be sold yearly. (i.e. It's $500 a month, you want to buy it, OK, I'll invoice you for $6,000 for your first year of service and if you want to continue it 11 months from now I'll invoice you for another $6,000.")
Local hands-on assistance available "at preferential rates."
So if I hire a $35,000 a year help desk employee - I've got approximately $6K a month left in revenue to work with.
I'm not aware of your location, which makes it difficult to calculate this with specificity, but you should know that a $35k a year employee will likely cost you closer to $50k all in. You will be responsible for payroll taxes, contributions on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation, etc etc. I also think you're underestimating your staffing needs by at least 0.5 FTEs. (Consider: your employee gets a standard offering for holidays/sick days/vacation, right? Do databases just agree to not corrupt themselves when she's on vacation or do you need to plan for availability then?)
I know local hardware failure will never be completely eliminated but your pitch could be "look, I'll provide your much better IT than you'll find locally at a much lower cost but to make this work we have to invest in your hardware to build-up redundancy and backup systems."
Anything that saves you time is good, because there will be a lot of repetition. If you're doing web development, use single quotes instead of double quotes (to save shift keystrokes). Use Jade/Coffeescript/SASS instead of HTML/JS/CSS. Learn jQuery. Use Bootstrap instead of doing your own design, unless you also want to sell yourself as a designer, but tell clients you'll also provide design (they can't tell the difference). Build up a library of code that you can reuse (basically anything you find yourself copy/pasting or rewriting between projects). Use quick-and-dirty solutions instead of long, conventional ones as long as (a) it results in a net decrease in time spent, (b) the product quality stays the same, and (c) the client doesn't know or doesn't care.
Build MVPs for clients from start-to-finish by yourself instead of working with others unless the overhead is compensated by money. Learn how to write, because being fluent in English will get you surprisingly far in a market where a lot of your competitors can't use punctuation.
Charge per-project, not per-hour. This way you're rewarded, not penalized, for being a fast worker.
Experience: freelance programmer here who dropped out of college and never had a job; making enough to survive and spend the rest of my time on other things.
You can charge that business owner now. Any language will work and there are trade offs for each language.
> ls -l $(which truecrypt)
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root Dez 14 10:17 /usr/bin/truecrypt
So no S-bits, normal average-joe installtation via download from truecrypt.org
try as normal user
> cd ~/.local/share
> rm recently-used.xbel
> touch recently-used.xbel
> chmod a-rwx recently-used.xbel
> ls -l recently-used.xbel
---------- 1 tverrbjelke tverrbjelke 0 Dez 14 12:17 recently-used.xbel
-> select file -> ok -> select -> is there somethin in recently used?
-rw------- 1 tverrbjelke tverrbjelke 733 Dez 14 12:20 recently-used.xbel
So try2 - chown to root:
> sudo chown root:root recently-used.xbel
---------- 1 root root 0 Dez 14 12:22 recently-used.xbel
on the console I see the following message:"(truecrypt:29437): Gtk-WARNING : Attempting to read the recently used resources file at `/home/tverrbjelke/.local/share/recently-used.xbel', but the parser failed: Failed to open file '/home/tverrbjelke/.local/share/recently-used.xbel': No Permission."
> tverrbjelke@espen:~/.local/share$ ls -l recently-used.xbel
-rw------- 1 tverrbjelke tverrbjelke 726 Dez 14 12:29 recently-used.xbel
So thats the mess I ment with my blog article.And why I wrote the workaround truecrypt_wrapper script...
# cat /dev/null >recently-used.xbel
# chattr +i recently-used.xbel
You can find out more here: http://telesc.pe/
And launch your own instance through Giteor here: https://giteor.com/deploy?git=com.github.SachaG.Telescope.ma...
I wrote something similar in golang. An example is http://askgolang.com/ and the package itself with demo code is at https://github.com/carbocation/go.graf
Of course, this can be done in any language, but I found to quite pleasant (and safe).
Good luck m8
Here is it in action: http://lamernews.com/
First become a pg in your specific area, someone whom everyone in this specific industry sees as highly knowledgeable, good-networked and.... for SW choose a good one suggested here. Use hnsearch to find more (for example USV, lobster.rs, reddit source code)
If you don't have programming skills you're better of off just starting a subreddit. The hard part in these is building the community.
A better strategy might be to find a subreddit with a community and try to take over it somehow (communicate with mods or pay them to take over).
To me it looks way better, but it depends on your needs. Ruby.
edit: see more informative post above :-)