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Ask HN: How did you take your freelance web development biz to the next level?
6 points by EMRo  1 hour ago   2 comments top 2
tgflynn 33 minutes ago 0 replies      
I'm afraid I don't have much input on your questions since I'm not there yet.

Since it appears you've had quite some success getting leads I'd like to ask you a few questions regarding your last HN post:

1) Did ariba work out for you ? If not how did you get the opportunity to bid on large company RFP's ?

2) What did you have to do to demonstrate that you were a credible supplier for these clients ? You mentioned having done work as a subcontractor. How were you able to valorize that work as representative of your own capabilities ? Were these publicly visible projects, even if your name wasn't on them ?

3) Did you have to jump through a lot of administrative hoops to be considered - ie. DUNS, business insurance requirements, etc. ?

lien 14 minutes ago 0 replies      
I would avoid off shore developers at all costs. It'll be more costly for your business if you didn't pick the right ones, or not managing them correctly.

Even if you did pick the right developers, you will have to spend time to teach them about design. Design is completely off when it's done offsite.

Ask HN: Early Founders Do you buy new computers for all of your employees?
4 points by philipdlang  1 hour ago   2 comments top 2
philipdlang 1 hour ago 0 replies      
This is specifically for early-stage founders. If you haven't raised much yet, how do you deal with new employees coming in? Do you buy them new laptops? Buy refurbished macs?
danaseverson 1 hour ago 0 replies      
If you're hiring employees, hopefully that means that you either have revenue or investment $. If so, I'd say yes. In my experience, most employees are excited to be using a new machine, which boosts morale.
Ask HN: is it possible to open source an iOS app and protect it from copies?
3 points by ratsimihah  1 hour ago   5 comments top 3
citruspi 56 minutes ago 0 replies      
I'm not sure about funding from VC's and Angels, but you could license the source under the GPL license.

In addition, look at this[0] discussion about open source software on the Mac App Store.

And, for what it's worth, there used to be an app called DocSets which was on the iOS app store and open source on GitHub[1]. I believe it sold rather well.

[0]: http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/59495

[1]: https://github.com/omz/DocSets-for-iOS

wlaurance 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Obviously keep the keys to the castle out of version control.

I wrote a small blog post [0] on a similar topic not too long ago.

I went with the BSD 3 Clause license for the project I am working on [1][2]. I am not a lawyer so I have no idea if this is a good license or not. I was going for one that would force people to retain the copy right notice.

Obviously you would control the developer account and name of the app. So it would take some effort and money for someone to rename and republish under a new app name.




556790 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I'm wondering the same thing. So far the only thing I can come up with is to leave out the storyboard when pushing to github. With some effort, they can still replicate it though.
Ask HN SAAS owners in non-developer space, how did you come up with the idea?
6 points by vijayr  5 hours ago   7 comments top
palidanx 5 hours ago 2 replies      
I created a saas site (https://www.menutail.com) which does nutrition analysis and generates pdf labels for nutrition facts labels. The main demographic are small food vendors who are interested in entering bigger markets such as whole foods.

The idea came about from a pivot from a failed app (http://fs.howcookingworks.com/). In that app, users can take pictures of food, and get nutrition info back. It turns out that the need for nutrition analysis is needed much more in the enterprise space.

The validation of the idea came when pitching my local restaurants if they needed nutrition facts labels. It turns out that one restaurant did. After that, I hit the road visiting all my local farmer's markets and have been and gathered my first set of clients from those visits.

Ask HN: Why is Mono still not widely used on Linux?
9 points by wilsonfiifi  8 hours ago   9 comments top 6
melling 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Isn't Java still open source and isn't it a first a class citizen on Linux? In other words, you get the same Oracle JIT optimizations on Linux as you do on Windows and the Mac.
SEJeff 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Perhaps because Ximian is spending most of their time on mobile and their partnership with Microsoft? And because most .Net developers aren't huge fans of Linux perhaps?
yzzxy 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Mono is widely used in games for Linux, for what it's worth. A lot of independent games have been written in the .NET XNA framework, and Mono has a Monogame component that allows developers to port these games to Linux relatively easily.

Between the Humble Bundles including a lot of Linux ports and the Linux Steam/Steam OS launch from Valve, there's a lot of these ports coming out right now.

sharemywin 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I only see 2 use cases:1. already windows app port to Linux.2. want to deploy on iOS(apple tablets, maybe phone) and linux otherwise why not use java.
catinsocks 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Probably because it isn't an official port, there is no reason to learn .NET if you don't develop exclusively for Microsoft.

If you're developing for multiple platforms chances are you already use some other toolkit with platform specific bits mixed in, mono is only useful if you are a .NET developer and then decide you want to port apps.

gesman 5 hours ago 2 replies      
Enterprises don't do Linux. Enterprises hate sysadmins (i.e. the guys who control everything that managers don't have a control of and no clue about).

Enterprises can afford Windows + support. Enterprises love [Azure] cloud.

Linux + Mono is a bit of a bait-and-switch candy from Ballmer.

Join as a startup co-founder or the first employee?
8 points by czed  9 hours ago   15 comments top 5
ig1 9 hours ago 1 reply      
1) For a variety of reasons including that founders tend to have stock while employees tend to have options. Also the more practical reason that founders tend to be closer socially means that they're somewhat less likely to screw each other over.

2) Depends on your jurisdiction. If your company engages in illegal activities and you're a major shareholder/director you could be liable.

3) Share of equity, control.

4) Not really, it's just a matter of agreement.

5/6) Normally as a founder you trade-off pay for equity. If you're coming in as an employee post-fundraising there's obviously less risk involved as well.

redtexture 8 hours ago 0 replies      
4. It is smart to have founders have their stock vest over time, so if you get into a founder dispute, and one or two leave...it is possible for the founders that stay on to have their work continue to be recognized by continued vesting of their stock, and that departed (and thus no longer contributing via personal effort) founder/shareholders cannot be excessively benefit from the remaining founder's activity by owning shares disproportionate to their continuing activity and commitment.

More than a few startups fail, by neglecting to consider the changes that may come in founder relationships. It is important to talk about departure consequenses.

You may find it enlightening to review a few Venture Capital blogs. Here are a few.

Sam Altman "Lessons Learned" - http://blog.samaltman.com/startup-advice

George Grellas - Startup Law 101 Series - Grellas Shah LLP -http://www.grellas.com/faq_business_startup.html

Mark Suster - Both Sides of the Table - Raising Venture Capital - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/pitching-a-vc/

JacobH 5 hours ago 0 replies      
To put this simply, you could work for equity + salary or just equity. If you are the one making things work and you believe in the vision, you should work for a fair amount of equity. Calling yourself a co-founder is just a title.
matthewrhoden1 8 hours ago 2 replies      
I'm already in the process of asking these types of questions myself.

1. When I interviewed with a company in southern California, the CEO noted that there are different types of stock that get issued to the employees that are not as good. I don't know much about stocks, but it's an angle you will have to consider.

2. One thing I found is that if you're a founder, that makes you responsible for both the wins and losses for the company. So when it tanks, debt collectors will come for your stuff too. Where an employee just needs to worry about getting another job. This point alone means you'll have to carefully consider who you're getting in bed with.

3. The only reason I can find for not wanting to increase co-founders is for two purposes. One, it's another person who can flake off and start writing company checks. Two, you'll have to split profits again :)

4. I don't think so, don't quote me.

5. See 2. and 1. to weigh your options. Being a co-founder potentially has a bigger pay off but comes with responsibility.

6. See 5.

I say if you genuinely trust your future partners, to go for it. It's my understanding that if you want to be able to afford that sports car and have plenty of time off for those cool vacations; you either need to be at the top of a company or have enough money to somehow live off interest.

dfraser992 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I was hired to build a website; I thought / was told it would serve as a "calling card" in order to attract more funding and then the situation would get re-evaluated from there. Due to my, I must admit, personal failings, I let the boundaries between client/contractor slip, and somehow I turned into employee #1 (but still a 'contractor') and the --only-- employee. I then ended up building mostly by myself a small B2B business for these assholes while they lied constantly about cash flow problems to me and the sales guys. Long story short, because I wasn't legally a founder, though in all other senses I was, when I got shoved out the airlock, there was no legal recourse I could take to get back at these people. They even tried every tactic possible to delay paying my and the other people's invoices at late as possible and as little as possible when we all quit in the space of two months.

So for question 1. It's about power. The relationship between you and "the company" is different if you are an employee versus a founder. As an employee, you aren't legally deserving of access to financial information, like cash flow. Or board meetings. At the end of the day, all that really matters is the legal paperwork and that will be different if you are a founder and not an employee (stock for employees, or options, are always mostly worthless). And as a founder, you get access to any profit, but you wouldn't as an employee. And as a founder, you would have far more of a say in how the company is run than you ever would as even employee #1

So if you are --sure-- you have a good relationship with these other people, and that they are not professional sociopaths like those I dealt with, then I'd say you could have a case to be considered as an founder. You say you are helping them with research etc - to what extent, how much, etc?

OTOH, how much responsibility do you want to have, in legal terms, and otherwise? Being a founder would require more - more complex taxes, etc, and more of a concern over how the company is run and where it is going. What do you think your role in the organization might be? I was effectively the CTO, but because I "wasn't", I didn't really have the power that comes with the title. And I was so caught up in doing the actual work, and I didn't complain enough about the overwork, that I left all these non-tangible non-technical considerations slide - and at the end of the day, if you are intimately connected to the founding of a company, these intangibles are a lot more important than anything else, including money.

To be paranoid, what if you sign on as an employee, and things go south? Can you walk away without any attachment to this company you've helped build? To what extent are you willing to play dirty hardball if the relationship goes bad? It'd be easier if you have the legal status that being a founder offers. Run all contracts past a lawyer and play "what if" scenarios to make sure you are not caught flatfooted.

I took the hard road; it was all a severe crash course in how business actually is done, versus the blather about 'company values' and 'ethics' and that nonsense. Some people are nothing but more than scoundrels and so make sure you are sure you have evaluated the character of these people thoroughly before getting into a relationship with them. I wish you luck and hope you don't go down the road I did.

Uhura A Open Source Podcasts Manager
4 points by dukekhaos  4 hours ago   1 comment top
htilford 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Very nice, I like how easy the signup flow is.
App sends and receives morse code using the iPhone flashlight and camera.
7 points by chrismeehan  7 hours ago   2 comments top 2
jackgolding 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Hi Chris,

Awesome idea - do you think it has any non-toy applications? Also related, do you know how far you see see the light away from if say you were in the middle of the ocean after a plane wreck (I have no idea about the physics!)

chrismeehan 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Hey, sorry I didn't know how this website worked at first.Here's the right link https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7173782
Ask HN: What else besides writing code or managing people?
47 points by jvogt  19 hours ago   38 comments top 22
asolove 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Lots of good options here but let me add one more: maybe you're completely fine and don't need to make any kind of career change.

I and many developers I know have been through a phase like you describe. This is especially true in tech, where most projects fail, and for people with wide interests like yourself. Some people would be happy writing nice code and leave it at that. But you're going to be bummed if the design is ugly, the marketing plan doesn't work, or if any of a dozen other things outside your control goes wrong. You are upset, anxious, and fearful. You attribute your feelings to objective things around you like business failures, etc. and guess that a new line of work might solve those feelings.

Let me suggest that maybe they won't. Those feelings are telling you something, but you can't trust your guesses about what will solve them, and you especially should not make large, life-changing decisions because of half-understood feelings of anxiety and depression.

Instead, try to engage with and resolve those feelings in smaller ways. Pick something small you will decide to do really well and just thoroughly engage in it. Make some new friends. Maybe go talk to a therapist or religious figure.

What I found out of this process was that I had made several career moves, some bad choices in my personal life, and a lot of stress by setting myself impossible goals and ignoring some longstanding things I disliked about myself. In the process, I learned that I wasn't really paying attention to the world around me and especially to close friends and family. After some reading, low-pressure work, and therapy, I understand my own feelings much better, and I derive much more satisfaction from my life outside work.

Of course, by no longer putting on my job the stress to define me and my value as a person, I get to approach it much more freely and joyfully. It ain't perfect, and it doesn't always work, but on a good day I can deal with setbacks and annoyances without them damaging my emotional state.

A therapist would call this cognitive therapy focused on mindfulness. Various religions would call it spiritual direction aimed at contemplation or present focus. There does appear to be actual evidence of its value, though I'm only qualified to say it works anecdotally. Good stuff.

Anyone who is interested, feel free to ask questions here or email me at username at gmail.

sillysaurus2 19 hours ago 2 replies      
The most important thing you can do is relax.

Sure, life is pretty grim in the sense that you can't do whatever you want unless you're rich. On the other hand, your life as a coder is far, far higher quality than e.g. a construction worker's or (regrettably) a teacher's.

One thing you could do is try to grow a source of passive income. See patio11 for insights on achieving this.

Also, three failures isn't anything to worry about or lose confidence over. Just remember how many times Jobs failed. Most of the successful people on here have a similar background of failures. The path to success is usually through failure, as paradoxical as that sounds. Sometimes you'll just be unlucky multiple times in a row. That's just life. But that's also a reason to keep your spirits high, because it's far less likely you'll fail ten times in a row. So, keep trying.

adrianhoward 18 hours ago 2 replies      
> I'm starting to panic that I'm running out of time to "get my shit together."

There is no time limit on getting your shit together. Seriously.

Please don't buy into the valley hype of everybody-is-a-success-in-their-twenties. It's bullshit.

> So, I'm interested to see the discussion about what those of us who are life long hackers (with a ton of varied experiences) can do besides keep writing code or moving into people management.

Considering what you said about liking prototyping, product strategy, etc. you might want to consider looking at adding some UX-ish skills to your skill set. There's a lot of overlap in goal, if not necessarily technique, and from my perspective it's even harder to find good UX folk than it is good developers at the moment.

Also - pretty much any consulting or team lead job is - at some level - people management. Don't mix up people management skills with organisational hierarchy or "being the boss" or telling people what to do.

I'd imagine that if you go chat to your uncle about his consulting work he'll tell you that large chunks of it aren't figuring out what to do - but working with people to make sure that it gets done. Management is all about helping groups of people do stuff effectively together. It's hard to think of jobs that don't involve people management of one sort or the other.

lifeisstillgood 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I am old enough that there was only one way to go once you hit "team leader" and wanted to earn more -> "management".

About 3 years ago I said stuff it, took a pay cut and spent a long and happy time just coding all day. It seems however that no matter which way I turn people will not let me sit in a box and type, I have to help straighten out teams, talk to humans, navigate politics.

We use coding as if it was a real job - it is no more a job than writing or literacy. A few privileged, talented people will be paid for their writing skills. the rest will use coding in the same way as literacy, as part of their job

1. You won't ever escape "people management", but that's not a bad thing. People (especially highly skilled professionals) are like autonomous self-guided missiles, you just need to know how to guide them, and let them be guided by you.

Start with Google's 8 rules http://www.davidzinger.com/8-google-rules-improving-manageme...

Remember - you will not be making the tough decisions - your team / people will. You just get to guide which tough decisions get looked at.

2. Having a "constant flow of new challenges" is all about building and filling a sales pipeline. This is pretty brutal work. There is nothing other than knuckling down, calling people, building audiences, sales sales sales. To me this is the biggest cost of being in business for myself - and I am a long way from having got it right.

So the advice I have and am trying to live by is

* build an audience on a subject you are good at

* build a product related to what you are good at

* keep going

micheljansen 17 hours ago 1 reply      
You ask "what else besides writing code or managing people" and mention prototyping & creativity: have you considered moving into product design/UX or product management?

After working as a developer for a few years, I got a bit disillusioned with "building and fixing things all day" as you say. I now work as a User Experience architect and am still involved with building and fixing things, but in a very different way. I still write code, but mostly to prototype ideas and collaborate with developers.

A broad understanding of various technologies and lack of specialisation/investment in particular frameworks is a plus, as you can understand what's required, without getting bogged down in details. You can take a leading role, without having to be anyone's boss.

Not sure if this sounds attractive to you, but it works for me :)

notacoward 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Write. I don't mean the standard documentation kind of stuff, but "XYZ For Hackers" articles and books. There's a serious lack of people doing that, because it requires both technical chops to understand the material plus a large time and skill-development commitment to do the actual writing. In an ideal world, you'd have the opportunity to do some serious tinkering with a couple of brand-new technologies a year, then be the first to write for a very hungry audience, then you'd move on. Combine that with some speaking and more speculative commentary, and it could even get pretty lucrative.
kokey 18 hours ago 0 replies      
It sounds like you like process and management, but doesn't have that authoritative leader streak. It sounds like you are technically capable, but you feel that you've missed the boat to be a top coder or engineer. It still sounds like you can be very useful, especially with your experience. Perhaps look at the new developments in the project or process management space and ride with it, or keep prototyping to try new business ideas on the side.
cpplinuxdude 19 hours ago 0 replies      
> Management-wise I struggle with giving critical feedback to people as their "boss".

Don't be a boss. Ask for "Lead [...]" in your job title, and get your colleagues to do what you tell them because of technical seniority, not hierarchical seniority.

As for your path: convince your company to let you develop a product with an Open Source license. Tell them it will provide them with free advertising, increase their notoriety in the industry, and mean they'll get other companies to work on their project for free.

Contact other companies and promote your project, this is simply a trojan horse for building a great contact list. This then leaves you free to move on to freelance down the road by charging for features, but fixes and support. It also allows you to find work really easily.

fragmede 19 hours ago 0 replies      
> I'm in love with business strategy, project ideas / planning, budgeting, and architecting.

So... do that?

If you tried 3 self-funded ventures you should know there's tons to do outside of coding. Maybe not when there's zero traction and just one person on the team, but as soon as there's more than that, there's plenty to do that's not coding. Managing systems, managing customers, managing finances, marketing, general office 'stuff'. And hell, no coder spends all their time actually coding.

One of my friends is just re-learning coding after being in startups for seven years simply because he was so busy doing all that other stuff for the startups he worked for.

Arguably, managing/dealing with people - not necessarily as their boss - is always going to be part of life, not to mention any business venture, so I'd say there's no getting away from that.

invalidOrTaken 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Sales might not be so bad for the right product---especially when you consider the "superpowers" you have relative to the average salesman. Who writes their own crawler to find potential clients? You can.
zebra 19 hours ago 1 reply      
I've been in the same situation - now you are not in your best mental shape, so help can be obtained from a psychoanalyst or psychiatrist.

After 6 months on antidepressants I was again in top-notch condition and the effect continued after I stopped the medication.

To fight the boredom and anxiety you can use some medicine, widely used in the college, but I don't remember its name. A colleague of mine was using it responsibly and he was extremely productive and was more calm when communicating with our manager.

Good luck, man.

arethuza 18 hours ago 0 replies      
You could argue that the mapping of manufacturing and processes into the technology world is ERP systems. If you find that kind of world interesting and also like software then you could do worse to look into that area - certainly there is no lack of work in that area and there a lot of technical issues around integration and a lot of opportunities for 3rd party products.
Qworg 16 hours ago 0 replies      
To echo those who came before, consider the following:

- Technical Marketing

- Product Design

- Product Management

- UX

grdeken 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I was at a struggling startup and was going through some of the same issues. I decided to take a one year contract as a dev on a low stress project to give myself time to figure out what I wanted to do next without having to burn through savings. With a 9-5 schedule I'm doing some more traveling, relaxing, going to meetups, and doing some consulting projects. I also learned that I don't like working at a huge institution where no one is invested in the project. It helped me reinforce my passion for startups. You seem like you have some hard skills. You just seem depressed that you didn't succeed in the last few ventures. You've got to do it for the love of the game, not for the love or money/power/fame/whatever.
zupa-hu 18 hours ago 0 replies      
If you haven't red the book The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, run, don't walk to get it. He was basically writing the book to you.


rkjellin 16 hours ago 0 replies      
1 possible route is to gather domain knowledge and move into the core business.

A common career path in finance for instance is start out as a developer, pick up the business side and later move to a function closer to the market (risk analyst, quant, structuring etc). Must be similar avenues for other domains. You need to be on top of the domain subject@hand anyway to be a good dev in my opinion...

michaeldunworth 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Become an expert in efficiency. Company processes are what separate great companies from good ones. The ability of having processes down, and duplicating those for scalability without foregoing quality. If you make yourself an expert on being able to see holes in efficiencies, then you create a lot of value for yourself.

This is just what I found when working, it would be the first thing people notice and reward, in companies.

danieltillett 18 hours ago 0 replies      
It sounds like you need to look at your situation with a detached perspective - when you are in the middle of something it is hard to know what to do.

My thought is you need to do something totally different for 6 to 12 months. It really does not matter what you do, but jobs that involves hard physical labor help separate what is important from what is not.

nmc 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Public scientific research?
mufumbo 18 hours ago 1 reply      
This might sound like a focus issue? Three startups in six years?

Are you able to focus on only one thing and for more than 5 years? Almost nothing extraordinary can happen before 5 years. Even if you sell before.

Example: I am 99% sure I can make millions of dollars if I go on my yard and start making a hole in the floor. Although, here are the constraints:- working 18 hours a day.- every day and 7 days a week. No vacation.

Are you able to accept the constraints?

This come back to this: passion never fails.

I wish you the best luck on your next thing.

VLM 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Is your requirements list compatible with classical "systems analyst" role, or if not, the details why would probably help narrow the field. Ditto "product manager" role.

Also you need to evaluate yourself by your own metrics. In the grand scheme of things over human history having a "career" and "advancement" is unusual, apparently temporary, and is going away, back to the way it was. Being born into a declining economic era is not a personal failure worth feeling stressfully responsible about. Work to live vs live to work and all that.

arethuza 18 hours ago 2 replies      
Someone comes on HN, obviously in some emotional distress, and that's the best you can offer?

Shame on you.

Apache communication with lisp process
2 points by raocah  3 hours ago   1 comment top
bliti 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Re: http://www.cliki.net/mod_lisp

From the project page there are some adjustments to be made: http://dpworks.net/miscellanea/mod_lisp-lighttpd.htmlDid you follow those?

Why don't you post what you have already done and we can work from there.

Ask HN: Our Startup is at a Crossroads. What Would HN Do?
12 points by wlj  14 hours ago   9 comments top 5
wikwocket 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Ask yourself a question: Would it make a difference if Photoswarm was making 2-5x the money it's making now/if it had 2-5x the users?

If the answer is, "No, our new B2B project is too big/too profitable/too exciting for us to devote time to Photoswarm," then maybe the answer is to just let it sit on the sidelines, or to sell it if you can find someone who will take care of your baby.

If the answer is, "Yes, that would be awesome, we'd love to go fulltime on it!" then the answer might be to see if you can 2-5x your revenue. In that case, here are a few things to try:

- Charge more. Double or triple all your prices (for new customers) and add a "Call us" enterprise plan for a few weeks. See if it impacts signups at all.

- Do email marketing. Send out monthly newsletters to your 16,000 customers, with online photography tips, and subtle upsells and discounts.

- Expand your reach. Make some cool photography resources or infographics or do a case study with a successful customer, and post it online. Make it sharable. Offer details/more cool stuff in exchange for an email address. Then refer to the last bullet.

- Do targeted sales. Use Facebook ads/adwords to advertise to photographers. Use LinkedIn mail to reach out to photographers that might use your service. Ask them about their business, ask them for advice for your offering, offer them free months of service as thanks, etc.

- If you have good traffic, do A/B testing. Test the parts of your funnel for maximum conversion: ads, landing page, signup process, payment page, initial user login, lifecycle emails, etc.

If you want more advice in this direction, do another Ask HN. :)

jefflinwood 12 hours ago 1 reply      
It's hard to tell what your mix of sales is, but assuming that the bulk of your customers are on the $9.99 or $19.99/month plans, you're probably not grossing more than 3 or 4 thousand per month.

Similar to EverPix, you have storage/bandwidth/hosting fees associated with it, so right now, it's not enough to keep a full time person employed.

Try selling it on Flipppa - because it brings in revenue, you could probably get about 1-2x your yearly revenue as a sales price.

aidos 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Just to say, we're around to answer questions / take general abuse for starting a photo based internet company.
JacobH 7 hours ago 0 replies      
You could link the businesses somehow if it isn't too costly to maintain.
sharemywin 12 hours ago 1 reply      
is the service growing organically? How much are you paying in storage costs?
1000's of publicly accessible private HDD's spread on Piratebay.
17 points by tmikaeld  12 hours ago   7 comments top 4
captainmuon 9 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm all for responsible disclosure, and going public in case a vendor ignores the issue. But publishing the private data of innocent people on bittorrent? And they have the audacity to write it in the tone of a honest security researcher? I call them irresponsible pricks.

Really, I'd have more sympathy with them if they would have used the security hole for criminal purposes, for their own monetary gain. Not nice, but I would have gotten that. But just dumping private data on the net, and believing people should even be thankful for it... that is insane.

Thankfully its probably just a list of filenames, but even that can do enough damage, and they have no right to do so.

runjake 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Maybe a URL or few? The text reads like an Infowars.com post on 9/11.

Edit: http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/526942

dubfan 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Well, I was considering getting an ASUS to replace my current Netgear R6200 (the built-in DNS relay stops working after a few days of operation and can't be disabled). Now it's looking like I'd be better served building a little ITX box and doing it myself.
ScottWhigham 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Interesting. I just added an Asus RT router to my shopping cart this morning.

This is one of amazon's biggest sellers:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FK1E46U - ASUS RT-N66W (1,986 customer reviews, Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39 in Electronics)

Ask HN: Niche content blog gets 20k views per month, now what?
5 points by relaunched  9 hours ago   8 comments top 5
derwiki 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Congrats on finding gold :) I don't want to sound like a sales man for Market Samurai, but I recently went through their training videos (www.noblesamurai.com/dojo/marketsamurai/) and have been using the app itself to get better visibility into what people are searching for and how to rank better. A few quick thoughts:

* look for long tail search terms (still related to your content) with high SEO value; that is, search queries that have high volume and low competition

* for your broader keywords (let's say "nfl draft research"), you can find out which other sites are also specifically targeting that phrase. Once you know your competitors (esp the ones who outrank you), you can find backlinks that are boosting the competitors search rankings. Some sites are pretty entrenched and have thousands/millions of high authority backlinks, but many niche sites can easily catch up to the top 5 ranked search results

I've seen basic SEO research and work (putting keywords into your title, h1, and URLs, consistency, etc) work miracles in terms of free traffic, especially for longer tail keywords.

duochrome 11 minutes ago 0 replies      
20k visits is about $50 adsense revenue.
josefresco 9 hours ago 1 reply      
If you have no urgency in monetizing, I'd pursue private ad sales as they present the best opportunity for profit (in comparison to ad-networks like AdSense or affiliate links)

If you want it to start generating even small income right away, slap some AdSense ads on it (or another) and start learning about what your audience wants/what converts into clicks/sales.

xandyrox 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Hi I run BMS, we create merchandise and free marketing for blogs. We have a total of 3M monthly users on our blog network, if you are interested please notify me.

Margins are high and users love the apparel.

example: Tshirt with Slogan. We take care of logistics, sales, design and returns.

semmem1 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Whats your blog's link? Would love to read it!
Ask HN: How do you choose, among many ideas, one to start off?
3 points by jcfausto  8 hours ago   4 comments top 3
tjr 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Some recommend using the Google keyword planner tool to ascertain if very many people seem to be searching for whatever it is that you have in mind.

Obviously this works better for some categories of ideas than others; if your idea is innovative and unique, the fact that nobody is searching for it doesn't necessarily mean anything. On the other hand, few people searching for "royalty-free polka music" is probably a good indicator of a not-very-valuable idea...

BlackDeath3 8 hours ago 1 reply      
That's a problem I'd love to have! I feel like I don't come up with ideas very often, and when I do they don't seem to be very good, feasible, or original.
JacobH 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Best way to not waste time is by working on something that you especially have a problem with, and do research to see if other people have the same problem.
Ask HN: Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? (February 2014)
110 points by whoishiring  2 days ago   142 comments top 129
antoviaque 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER -- REMOTE OK. OpenEdX Consultancy (Canada/France)

Consultancy specialized on the edX project, and hiring to handle increasing demand. edX is a free software project, used by various universities and companies to run online courses. See edx.org, class.stanford.edu, france-universite-numerique-mooc.fr or codecoalition.com for examples of edX instances.

It's a large Python/Django codebase, with good code standards and architecture (a lot of the edX engineers come from MIT). You would work on different clients contracts using the platform. The clients list/references include Harvard, edX themselves, the French government, and various startups & universities currently running their own instances, or looking to create one. Tasks are varied, from developing custom features for specific courses (XBlocks), customizing instances, developing generic platform features, deploying instances, working on both client/server sides, etc.

Most of your work would be published as free software (edX is released under the AGPL license, which requires clients to release modifications under the same license), and you would also contribute to the free software project, pushing some of your developments upstream through pull requests, contributing features, documentation or help on mailing-lists.

You would be able to work remotely from where you want, as long as you have a good internet connexion. : )

Stack: Python/Django, Ansible, AWS, Debian/Ubuntu, JS, HTML/CSS, MySQL, MongoDB

Applying: Email jobs@antoviaque.org with: your github account, a short explanation of why you're interested and a list of links to free software contributions you have made, if any.

yegg 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCERS: DuckDuckGo (remote or local in Paoli, PA)

If you're an avid DuckDuckGo user who is excited about what we're trying to accomplish check out our hiring page https://dukgo.com/help/en_US/company/hiring

Right now we're in need of some freelancing help in two areas: 1) devops (using Chef); 2) our community platform at duck.co (using modern Perl).

Androsynth 12 hours ago 0 replies      

I have spent the past 5 years as a web developer working with PHP and javascript. The past 3 years I have worked at the senior/principal level. I have experience working remotely.

I have learned a number of languages in my free time, but I wish to branch out professionally and I am willing to learn whatever language and framework you use to build your products.

I am flexible in my work arrangements (eg time availability, contract vs employee, full time vs part time, etc). I am more interested in the engineering challenges.

email me if you would like to see my resume and chat jcclinton24@gmail.com

yllus 2 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Rogers Media (Toronto, Canada)

Located in the downtown Toronto campus of Rogers Communications, Rogers Media is actively seeking a freelance web developer with strong PHP / WordPress knowledge and exceptional front-end (JavaScript / jQuery / CSS3) skills for an initial three-month contract, with the opportunity to turn that into much more.

Our technology stack is split between WordPress (PHP/MySQL, hosted within the company) and Ruby On Rails. Our mission is to architect, create and assist the growth of brands of the likes of Sportsnet, Maclean's, Citytv, 680 News and Chatelaine, plus literally nearly a hundred others.

Despite a couple of tough years for the media industry, Rogers Media remains committed to making a name for itself for having the best digital division in the Canadian media landscape. We're steadily growing our web and mobile development teams, and like in any time of uncertainty and change, there's enormous opportunity to do amazing new things. I think 2014 is going to be a great year for us.

Shoot me an e-mail at sully.syed@rci.rogers.com and we'll talk.

JoeCortopassi 2 days ago 0 replies      

SEEKING WORK - Based in Southern California

(Looking for remote)


Joe Cortopassi

Email: joe[at]joecortopassi[dot]com

Skype: joe.cortopassi


iOS developer

Full stack web developer


Technologies: (not just the language, but also the appropriate frameworks and libraries)










Business Analytics

Api integration and development

Persistent Data Management







About Me:

I started off in web development, doing mid-large size lead generation web sites. As a big part of dealing with lead generation, I became proficient in RESTful API integration and development, along with complex javascript web applications used for analytics. I then began working on iPhone and iPad applications over the years, working on apps for Cie Studios, BuySellAds, and their respective clients. My ability to understand complex api's, also helped me build connection management and caching systems for iOS apps that assured the user that their information would always be posted to the server, regardless of their data connection.


cynicalkane 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Remote or local. I'm based out of nowhere in particular, and like to travel to interesting places.

Full stack software engineer with 5+ years experience and a math background. Mostly I do heavy lifting in Java and Clojure. I've worked on complicated cloud pipelines, full-stack web apps, and in a past life, high volume, near real-time distributed trade processing applications for a Big Finance Company. I've also done work with parsing, domain specific languages, full-stack web development, custom high-speed message queues, and security and encryption. I like to solve hard problems.

Github: https://github.com/mthvedt/

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-thvedt/11/5b4/9bb

Contact: mike.thvedt@gmail.com

The buzzword list: Java, JEE, JMS, Hibernate, Spring, jUnit, Clojure, Ring/Compojure, Javascript, jQuery, Mocha, Haskell, Oracle and Postgres SQL, ElasticSearch, Redis, Mongo, AWS.

dylandrop 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote / NYC - ControlShift Labs - http://www.controlshiftlabs.com/

We are an organization devoted to building web tools for progressive activists and nonprofits worldwide. Right now we have two main products that we've been working on -- an online petitioning and campaigning tool, and a donations platform is in the works. Our clients include 350.org, Greenpeace India, and 38 Degrees. To get a sense for what we do, you can view the petitions platform in action here: http://campaigns.350.org/

We're looking for part-time and possibly full-time web developers. We're located in both NYC and Buenos Aires -- a small and remote Rails company. We generally prefer those who work in the same time zone, but we still would like to talk to those who might live in different time zones.

Experience with Rails is preferred, but not necessary. Drop us a line at talk - at - controlshiftlabs.com

ritchiea 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - New York City/Brooklyn or Remote

I am a fullstack web developer who typically writes Ruby and Javascript/Coffeescript. I have been working with Rails for the last three years and working on the front end (markup and styling) since I was in high school (ten years ago). My recent projects include an XBRL parser to extract balance sheets, work on a Rails app for Bookandtable.com (checkout their staging url at http://staging.bookandtable.com, they're about to launch), and a JS/frontend heavy web app to endorse candidates in the NYC mayoral primary.

I am looking for part time/half time work as I have one other client at the moment. I am teaching him the Rails framework as we work together re-writing his production Drupal app in Rails.



psycr 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Toronto

Seeking short term contracts to supplement existing employment.

I am a human/machine interface designer && developer. My work consists of "from scratch" UX and interface design, from the napkin to nginx.I have considerable experience with Ruby and Javascript, years of experience with Rails, and extensive knowledge of client-side MVC.

I've made contributions to Ember.js, and have written multiple 10k+ LOC apps - starting with 0.9 up to the latest 1.0 (one was recently featured on Venture Beat: http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/22/uniiverse-releases-direct-...). I am acutely aware of the challenges/strategies associated with migrating server side architecture into the browser, leaning down views, and fattening up controllers.

I am the author of an open source project called Quant (https://github.com/jdjkelly/quant) - a Rails API + Angular.js app to track "quantified self" data from every manufacturer willing to give it up. My work here was featured on The Verge alongside a similar project by the founder of Foursquare (http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/4/4392996/fitness-tracker-dat...)

Recently, I also contributed to the development of an iOS app, which is now in the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ticket-manager-by-uniiverse/.... I was responsible for integrating a credit card device reader with an existing checkout API, testing, and delivering a final build to the app store.

Skills: Ruby, Rails, Mongo, Postgres, Sinatra, Node.js, Objective-C, Javascript, Coffeescript, Sass, Ember.js, Backbone.js, Angular.js, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3

Other tools in the box: Git, Zsh, pencils, pens, paper, Photoshop

Contact is in my profile.

weeksie 2 days ago 0 replies      
NYC based consultant. Full stack developer (Rails since 2005). Coffee Script/Javascript. ReactJS. Backbone. More languages than you can throw a stick at. Etc. . . .

Available in April

Either for remote or on-site consulting, particularly around getting teams set up with good development workflows. I'm great to have for a project kickoff. Lots of startup and small biz experience (ex CTO, VP Engineering, etc. . .).

I'm picky. Very happy with the company that I'm consulting with now, but will be doing some heavy traveling this summer (based in Berlin for June and July). Looking for short gigs.

scott weeks at gmail. Mention HN.

mvanveen 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Remote or Bay Area

  http://mvanveen.net  http://github.com/mvanveen  michael@mvanveen.net
Some technologies I've used lately include:

  Python, C  HTML5/CSS/JS  GAE datastore, DynamoDB, S3, SQL, MySQL, Redis, Mongo  AWS, Google App Engine, Heroku  Bottle, Django  Bootstrap, jQuery, D3, processing.js  Mustache/Pystache, jinja2  Python requests, ScraPy
Full stack web engineer specializing in Python. Heavy Google App Engine experience. Also versed in Django, Bottle. Heavy html5/css/js experience building responsive web sites, including with frameworks e.g. bootstrap, jQuery. More of an implementer than a designer.

Past projects include the God of War website (godofwar.com), various web crawlers and data importers for various clients, and a social voting app for Google and Sunlight Foundation. I have I also have previous startup experience at Getaround, a bay area p2p car sharing marketplace.

I love hacking together MVPs, building out features, building web crawlers and data importers, static analysis. Would love to hear from you and learn about your project!

juskrey 13 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Small remote team from Ukraine is about Clojure, web/data development.


We are experienced generalists (13 and 10 years in IT dev for me and my brother - partner). Were working with C and Asm and to C# and Java in our careers.

Recently trying to give a shot with Clojure consulting, as we are really experiencing all the benefits of rapid and robust development with it.

Already had some projects from US, seeking for more.

kleinsch 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - SF Bay Area - Remote or Local - Long or Short Term Projects

I'm an expert at creating APIs and building client applications (browser-based and mobile apps) powered by APIs.

API Development - I've designed, built, and scaled APIs for many different application profiles, from large complex data models, event subscription architecture, high transaction volume (25K requests/second), to simple REST APIs. I have a lot of experience analyzing data models and use cases to determine API structure, architecture, and recommended implementation. I know the ins and outs of REST vs RPC, JSON vs XML, and hypermedia vs traditional. I've implemented APIs using Rails, Node.js, and Java platforms. Bottom line - if you need an API developed, I can take you through the process from start to finish.

Single-Page JS App Development - I've led development on multiple single-page JavaScript apps in both desktop and mobile environments. I have significant JavaScript experience and have built full applications from scratch using Backbone.js, Ember.js, and AngularJS. Recently I worked with Balanced Payments to build a web interface for their payments platform using Ember.js. The whole project is open source - check it out! https://github.com/balanced/balanced-dashboard

Mobile App Development - I've deployed multiple apps across iOS and Android platforms for phones and tablets. I'm experienced in both native (iOS, Android) and mobile cross-platform HTML (Sencha Touch, JQuery Mobile) development.

Traditional Web Development - While I've spent most of my time lately working on APIs and API-driven apps, I also have ten years of experience doing traditional server-side web development. If you need a Rails or Java generalist to build a product, augment your team or maintain existing code, get in touch!




transmit101 1 day ago 0 replies      

Android engineer - London - Mixlrhttp://dev.mixlr.com


Mixlr is a fast-growing platform for social live audio with millions of users across the world.

We would like an experienced engineer help our small, passionate team bring the Mixlr experience to the Android world.

The app will include live audio streaming, chat, discovery and all the key features that mobile users already enjoy in our successful iOS app.

You will have experience of building at least one non-trivial native Android app. The following attributes would also be advantageous:

* dedication to designing and building fantastic user interfaces

* knowledge of live streaming protocols, especially on mobile

* passion for music apps and/or audio programming

* experience working with JSON and RESTful APIs

* broad knowledge of different Android devices

* experience with test-driven development

* proficiency of at least one other language apart from Java, especially: C, C++, Ruby or JavaScript

For more information please see our dev portal: http://dev.mixlr.com

munimkazia 1 day ago 0 replies      
Freelancer - SEEKING WORK - Mumbai, India - Remote

I have just completed my ongoing projects and I am back here for more. I have been doing freelance work from reddit and HN successfully for the past year or so.

I am a software engineer working in one of the country's largest e-commerce websites.

I love learning and working on new technologies and platforms, but currently, my main experience is in Node.js and PHP. I also have some experience in working with Ruby and Sinatra. I work on linux, and I have deployed and managed web, database and application servers on CentOS and Ubuntu. I am familiar with bash scripting. I am also familiar with some basic Python and Go, but I have never really got a chance to work on it.

One of my previous jobs involved working with a large WordPress application, so I am quite adept with WordPress too. Most of my freelance work from reddit has been on the wordpress front: Customizing and working on various plugins. I have worked with various data stores too: Mysql, mongodb, redis are the primary ones.

On the front end side, I have worked on big JavaScript projects working with various html5 APIs. I dig semantic clean HTML markup and know my way around CSS.

I have worked on AWS on an earlier job, though my current organization has its own servers in a data center. I like working on big problems, "architecting" solutions which scale out and working on them, and tackling and troubleshooting live issues. I usually try to work on git whenever possible.

I am looking for medium to long term projects, and I love working remotely. Let me know if you have anything interesting and we can chat. Email me at mail@munimkazia.com.

sdegutis 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (or Chicago)


My name is Steven Degutis.

I'm a full-stack polyglot multi-platform Engineer with UX experience.

Ive done apps for web, desktop, and mobile, but my heart is in desktop apps.

My workflow is doing short (1-week) iterations that add business value, where the product is fully usable at the end of each iteration.

Im looking for part-time work (10-hours per week).


Proficient with:

* Clojure, Ring, Compojure, Hiccup, GardenCSS

* ClojureScript

* Datomic

* iOS, AppKit

* Cocoa, Objective-C

* Rails, Sinatra

* Web (full-stack)

* User Experience (UX) Design

* Ruby, Go, C

* SQL (using a native ORM)

* User Interface (UI) Design for Desktop


Some experience with:

* Java, Swing

* Windows: WinForms, WPF, XAML

* Windows 8 apps

* Python, Django


My weaknesses:

* Responsive Design

* The JavaScript language (I usually use ClojureScript instead)

* User Interface (UI) Design for Web

* Java, Android

* Chef, designing infrastructures from scratch



* cleancoders.com: a web app written in Clojure, ClojureScript, Datomic, Ring, Compojure, and Hiccup. I wrote both the front-end and back-end, designed the architecture, and have been the sole developer.

* Bahamut: a lightweight music player for Mac OS X, written in native Cocoa and Objective-C. Source code on github: https://github.com/sdegutis/bahamut



* Email: sbdegutis gmail com

* I use Skype for most communication, which is usually fastest and most convenient for both of us

* If youre local (Chicago-land area), I can meet in person once a week


mvid 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco - Remote - Travel PossibleExperienced pair of software developers with a history in startups. Proficient in:

  * Python  ['django', 'bottle', 'google.app.engine']  * Ruby  [:rails => 'heroku']  * Javascript  ['angular','backbone','node'];  * Clojure  '(Compojure)  * Haskell, Go (and other esoterics)
We've helped entrepreneurs develop their MVP, as well as large companies develop core features. We provide services such as feature development, product management, and software auditing.Previous engagements include Getaround, Codecademy, Factset, Wakemate, drip.fm, and Swiftstack, among others.

For more info see our page at http://turbines.io, or talk to us at hn@turbines.io

rwhitman 2 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a web dev / design consultant with an increasingly demanding workload and I'm looking to bring in some help. I'm based out of NYC / LA (yes both, kinda). I need folks in 2 areas -

1) Frontend / full stack web dev (HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP). I need someone with very solid frontend web dev skills... and are comfortable and happy working with Wordpress. Some of my client projects are big demanding challenges, some of them are just CMS sites. You should be cool with either.

2) Systems work and IT referrals. I'm increasingly encountering clients that require complicated environments - multiple nodes, load balancers etc and I'm relatively useless in this area. Skills in AWS, CDNs like Akamai etc. Might be just referrals, might hire you onto the occasional project depending on the budget / scope.

If you're interested, email me at zenjiweb+hnresponse@gmail.com

Also - I've posted in this thread on HN before for a client and we got a lot of responses last time. Please please please include skills, links to your work, profiles on Github or Linkedin or a resume and some background info about you. Thanks!

gmcwhirter 11 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto / Montreal / Travel is fine

Are you looking to take an existing application to the next level or build one from scratch? Thinking about rolling out an API? Maybe you're concerned about application security...

We should talk, I'm a full stack engineer with 8+ years experience building secure, distributed applications using Ruby/Rails, Python/Django, JS/Backbone/Meteor, HTML/CSS, MySQL, ... and I'd love to hear from you. It has been my experience that these opportunities tend to be mutually beneficial!

Of late, I've been doing a fair bit of sysadmin work so we could also talk about that if it is of interest.

Until then, gm@gregmcwhirter.com

jonnathanson 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Remote, Bay Area, or SoCal

I'm a writer. I'm a pretty good one, too. (Feel free to look at my HN history and vehemently disagree, however.) I've been published in Slate, Priceonomics, Harvard Business Review, and other blogs and mags. I've been on NPR a few times, which was pretty darned fun.

By day I'm a marketer and growth optimizer. But recently I've signed a book deal, and I would love to take more time to focus on it. So I'm looking for remote and freelance opportunities. The sort of work that's interesting and pays the bills, or if you're feeling unusually generous, the sort that keeps me in Teslas and Tom Ford.

I do: content, web and app copy, analysis, market research, customer lifecycle communications, voice, PR strategy, etc.

You need: copy that converts.

Please email me if interested: jonfnathanson @ gmail.com

delinka 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Atlanta area (Georgia, US)Prefer remote

Languages/Tech:C, C#/.NET, SQL, Java, JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, Objective-C (OS X & iOS)

Other Skills:Database design & admin, server admin

About:I am an adaptive problem solver. I learn new technologies and techniques quickly. I am a full stack developer and administrator. Security is not an afterthought. I believe in make it work, make it right, make it fast.

superplussed 18 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote / Berlin

I'm a front-leaning, full-stack developer that is splitting time between Brooklyn and Berlin, and I am currently in Berlin. I am American, and know just a little bit of German (but am learning).

I have experience with every aspect of creating an application, from mockups and UX design, to graphic design, to the full-stack implementation, to deployment.I've successfully built and sold a past start-up of mine, and have a great deal of insight with product development. Because of this, I'm probably of most value the earlier a project is in its life cycle.

Backend stack: Ruby on Rails, with DBs/data stores such as MySQL, Postgres, Mongo, and Redis. I've also worked a bunch with Elastic Search. I can also use Node.js or PHP for the right project, but lately I've been doubling down on being a backend mono-glot.

Frontend stack: my preference is Angular.js, and I've also worked Backbone and Meteor. I am very well-versed in current best practices, can build responsive mobile-friendly websites, and code pixel perfect CSS and HTML5. I have a great deal of graphic design experience and can help there as well.

Portfolio: http://eatingthe.com

Email: jeremy@superplussed.com

HorizonXP 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Toronto, ON - Remote possible

Looking for a designer, with an immediate need for web UI/UX work.

We're working on an exciting project with tremendous potential in an unsexy, but niche space. We have paying customers in the pipeline, and now we need to deliver.

We need a designer to help with the overall look and feel of a web-based dashboard. The goal is to take lots of technical data, information, analytics, and controls and whittle them down into a well-presented dashboard.

There is potential for continuing work on this project, and others, branching into mobile app development as well.

I'm being intentionally vague, as I don't want to give out too many details publicly. Suffice it to say, it's exciting enough that I left a very well-known startup in the Bay Area to move to Toronto for this.

I'm looking for an A-level designer here that we could work with for the foreseeable future, so my standards are pretty high. Send me links to your past projects, portfolio, and Dribbble to xpatel [at] pulsecode [dot] ca.

P.S. Our current website is a poor signal for the kind of quality we're looking for, so don't hold that against us. It also will not help you figure out what the project is.

Udo 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Mannheim, Germany - Remote or onsite

I'm an experienced software developer with a strong full-stack web background. I don't just build your app/site, I'll also help you put the concept together if need be, and I'm good at filling the blanks with underspecified projects.

Server-side (PHP, Ruby on Rails, Node.js), client-side (HTML5/CSS/JS), also C/C++, ObjectiveC (iOS and OS X development), Java, Ruby, Delphi and many other languages and technologies.

I offer scalability consulting for high-throughput web apps and can make MVPs very quickly.

My background is in working with advertising agencies and scientific companies, and I have a biosciences education as well.



By the way, I would love to do a project with or for a fellow HNer one day...

akg_67 2 days ago 0 replies      

Work focus: DevOps. System Integration. Infrastructure solution design, evaluation, implementation, deployment, and administration. Performance troubleshooting and management.

Infrastructure focus: Data Storage (SAN, NAS, Object), Public and Private Cloud, Virtual Servers, Backup/Recovery/Archive

10+ years experience with system integration and professional services for data storage networking and associated infrastructure.

Experience: All major storage array, storage network, and storage software vendors, OpenStack, Python, VMware, PHP, LAMP, MySQL, R, Tableau, jQuery, Bootstrap

Familiarity: Big Data, Hadoop, MapReduce, Data Analytics, Backend Web Infrastructure, Web Development

Currently managing a data analytics web service. Involved with a crowd-lending startup as technical co-founder.

Email: sproutat+hn [AT] gmail

sidmitra 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Freelance Python/Django/jQuery, with extensive experience building e-commerce marketplaces. I have a research background, data analysis, playing around with NLP right now. I run a django dev shop, currently taking gigs for it. Here's my portfolio:

* http://www.cloudshuffle.com/

* http://www.sidmitra.com/portfolio.html

Contact details in my profile or the link above. Here're some examples from my portfolio:

* http://turbotaxcpaselect.intuit.com - Turbotax CPA Select, to help select accountants.

* http://www.ecomarket.com - An online marketplace for ethical and eco friendly products.

* http://www.teaspiller.com - An online marketplace for tax experts. [Recently acquired by Intuit]

* http://www.knowyourbank.com

* http://www.hypedsound.com/ - a music sharing platform, working on V2.

* http://www.garnishbar.com - social network, to share mixed drink recipes* http://www.fratmusic.com - an online radio streaming app serving over 1.3 million uniques a month.

* http://loudfarm.com - A music event site.

* Wisekangaroo: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xpnngdyfgkgz8y2/1OnDFiIkiV - Find a tutor. Working on relaunch in a new avatar

* http://fertilityplanit.net/ - A niche social network for women to privately and securely discuss fertility issues.

Github: http://github.com/sidmitra

Homepage: http://www.sidmitra.com

cgag 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Bay Area

    http://curtis.io    https://github.com/cgag    cgag@riseup.net
I do full stack web dev, with either Clojure or Ruby/Rails. I did Rails work full time for about the last year, and have been working in Clojure for my side projects for the last few years. I like writing clean, testable, composable, pure functions where possible in whatever language I happen to be working in. I can build a basic responsive UI with bootstrap, but I'm not much of a designer, and I'm decent at Javascript (and Clojurescript), but prefer backend work.

Buzzword bingo:

    Ruby, Rails, TDD    Clojure, Clojurescript, Ring, Compojure, Datomic    HTML/CSS/Javascript/CoffeeScript    Postgres, SQL    AWS, Heroku

Jasber 2 days ago 0 replies      

I build beautiful iOS and Mac apps (among other things). Here's my latest: http://www.heyfocus.com/

I open sourced it at https://github.com/bradjasper/focus

I wrote a case study on it at http://bradjasper.com/focus.html

Another recent open-source project I made was a way to find patterns from SubtlePatterns that did really well here on HN: http://bradjasper.com/subtle-patterns-bookmarklet/

Here are some common questions I get about consulting: http://bradjasper.com/hire.html

I really love working with smart & creative peopleif you care a lot about building good products, services and experiences, I'd love to talk to you.

GitHub: https://github.com/bradjasper/

Email: contact@bradjasper.com

tjbiddle 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote, (Traveling abroad)

Currently lead DevOps at my full time employment (Inflection). My experience is in helping to find bottlenecks from development to deployment and to create a more efficient workflow. I work daily to manage a multitude of servers, all Puppet modules, packaging and deployment. I am the go-to guy when something breaks and no one else has a clue where to start looking.

I'm also available for development work.

Technologies: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Linux, Puppet, Git, AWS (EC2, Route53, S3, etc.)

I'm extremely comfortable picking up new technologies and languages - the above listed are what I work with daily; however I can work with with whatever toolset is required.

Feel free to reach me at: biddle [dot] thomas [at] google's email service [dot] com

Github: https://github.com/thomasbiddle/

Personal site: http://thomasbiddle.com/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasbiddle

ammmir 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco Bay Area, CA or REMOTE, TRAVEL OK

I build apps, websites, APIs, and turnkey solutions that solve critical business problems. Here are some recent projects (more at https://www.pilvy.com/):

* An iOS VPN client for a major VPN service provider that uses iOS's built-in configuration profiles.

* IVPN Client for Windows: Developed for IVPN (https://www.ivpn.net/), who had some unique security & privacy requirements. Based on OpenVPN.

* VMware End User Computing Demo Portal (https://www.vmwdemo.com/): Allows VMware's sales and marketing teams to easily demonstrate the Horizon product suite to potential customers. Eliminated a ton of time-consuming work by automating Active Directory/LDAP account provisioning, expiry, and integration with Horizon Workspace.

I'm looking for short-term (near-full time) and long-term (part-time) projects. Available from mid-February.

tech: node.js, JavaScript, Objective-C/Cocoa/iOS, Ruby on Rails, C#/.NET, Python, Elixir/Erlang

https://www.pilvy.com | https://github.com/ammmir | amir at pilvy dot com

rmundo 1 day ago 0 replies      

Hi, iOS developer for 3+ years here, before that I was writing satellite software and firmware in C/C++ for Taiwan's space agency.

I have a couple of personal apps in the app store; the most recent one scratches a personal itch: it uses facial recognition to help you tie a tie in the easiest way possible. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/face-tie/id570542131

I was iOS team lead for one of the major navigation apps in Taiwan, and have since created medium sized apps (over two dozen viewcontrollers) for multiple clients. I also have experience with Python, HTML/CSS, javascript, git/svn. I love working with people who are dedicated to designing the best user experience possible.

You can find me at ray.tsaihong at gmail if interested in discussing work opportunities. Thanks!

lukestevens 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote (Anywhere)

I'm a designer looking for a Django or Rails developer to build v1.0 of an Analytics-based web app I've designed, documented, and built HTML templates for that are ready to go.

Budget for the whole project is low five figures, i.e. small, so I'm open to anyone, anywhere, with good availability over the next few months.

There's a smaller, more challenging component of the app that I'd also like help with, especially if you have experience with the Google Analytics API. If this is you, I would LOVE to talk to you :)

I have plenty of info explaining the app, so if you're interested just ask and I'll elaborate further :) Drop me (Luke) a line at ldstevens@gmail.com. Thanks!

jfc 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote, based in Connecticut

Developer and designer (4+ years), work out of my own shop, Heta (http://heta.co). Primarily develop, design, and customize WordPress themes, or convert PSD designs or HTML/CSS/jQuery to WordPress. I'm also building an app and run my own server as a hobby.

I've worked on complex sites for digital agnecies (30+ templates, 25+ plugins), as well as on smaller sites for small businesses/individuals (10 templates, 10 plugins).

Technologies I use: PHP, HTML, CSS/LESS/SASS, jQuery, CodeIgniter, WordPress, mySQL, ZURB Foundation (3/4/5), Bootstrap, SVN or Git for version control, Fogbugz or Sifter for issue tracking, HipChat to stay in touch. Self-taught and resourceful.

Reach out to me at: hn [at] heta [dot] co (not com). I can send you links to live sites I've developed, sites I've converted to WP, etc.

nigma 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or on-site (Europe/US)

Backend and frontend development, mobile APIs, devops.

I usually do Python, Django, mobile backends, PostgreSQL/*DB, JS, Angular, Scala, Go, system architecture, database design, automation, devops (Ansible, Salt) and whatever it takes to get the job done.

I'm capable of executing all stages of projects, starting from a customer idea and ending with a ready, deployed product.I have a broad technical and domain-specific knowledge (medical, financial, automotive, location-based services, machine-learning, analytics, wavelets) and several years of experience working for startups, business customers and open-source.

I deliver several projects a year. Here's some of my work:



Drop me an email at en@ig.ma

PS. I'm open to cooperation with other freelancers (design, mobile, web, etc.).

ccarpenterg 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/On site

I've worked for 3 startups so far doing web development. I'm also a Community TA for the Startup Engineering class and for the Machine Learning class at Coursera (Stanford).

Python/Django/Tornado/GAE Framework: https://github.com/ccarpenterg/todolist https://github.com/ccarpenterg/djangotodos https://github.com/ccarpenterg/tornadotodos

node.js, express.js, ejs, Sequelize, Bookshelf: https://github.com/ccarpenterg/bitstarter

Frontend, jQuery, D3.js, Backbone.js, AngularJS, Bootstrap:




IAAS/PASS: Linode, Heroku, Google App Engine, AWS

Databases: Postgresql, MongoDB, Redis, mysql

Tools: vim, git, Chrome Dev tools, virtualenv, foreman, vagrant, screen, emacs, dotfiles

Machine Learning/Data Science: Octave, R, numpy, sci-kit-learn, pandas. https://github.com/ccarpenterg/ML

Visualization: D3.js, matplotlib

Github: https://github.com/ccarpenterg

Drop me a line: ccarpenterg@gmail.com

bennyg 2 days ago 0 replies      

I am an iOS software engineer with experience shipping apps (8 personal, and a bunch more for various enterprise clients the past couple years) and writing scalable, maintainable code. I'm atypical in the sense that I also have an art degree and can design the UI/UX of an app and then go ahead and program it too. I like working fast and want to take on short to medium-term projects that won't have varying levels of bureaucracy and maddening back-and-forth. If this sounds like the kind of project you need accomplished for iPhone or iPad, read further.


Quick Portfolio:

Onions for iOS - www.onions.io

News/YC - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/news-yc/id592893508?mt=8

Red Cup - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/red-cup/id477350446?mt=8


You can find me on GitHub as well:



If you want to talk further, email me:

brgordon [at] ua . edu

random42 2 days ago 0 replies      

Django/Python developer

    (Major) Skills: Python, Django, ML/NLP/Analytics, Hadoop, Cassandra, Postgres/MySQL, EC2, S3, Bootstrap, jQuery    I specialize in, Backend/Python development  POCs, rapid prototypes, load/performance testing etc.    Server side/DB performance optimizations & design to scale.    Big Data consulting  Hadoop Ecosystem + Cassandra. Have evaluated Mongo, Couchbase, Riak, DynamoDB, EMR and redshift as well for client requirements.     NLP/ML/Data Science Consulting  Sentiment Analysis, NER, Classification,Clustering,Statistical modelling
Find out more at

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mohitranka

Github: http://www.github.com/mohitranka

Portfolio: http://mohitranka.com/work/


Email: mohitranka@gmail.com :)

yen223 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Remote preferred. Based in Malaysia.

Backend software engineer, specializing in Python/Django development. If you have the design, I can turn it into a working website. Looking for part-time gigs (10 hours/week, I currently hold a full-time job). Willing to offer discount to build my portfolio.

Contact details in my profile.


Server-side: Python - Django.

Database: Postgresql

OS: Ubuntu, OSX

Infrastructure: AWS, Linode, Vagrant, Git.

Devops: Ansible

Others: I have experience building reporting systems, web crawlers and APIs.

Front-end: Basic HTML/CSS/Javascript/jQuery - I don't do much design work.

phildionne 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Quebec, Canada - Remote

Philippe Dionne - Experienced Ruby and Ruby On Rails developer

- http://github.com/phildionne

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

About me:

- Experience building a multitenant application, maintaining and improving a medium-sized legacy codebase and building a modern and bleeding edge Rails 4.1 application

- Strive for maintainability, scalability and performance

- Adopt Ruby's community best practices

- Actively contribute to opensource

Tools of choice:

- Git workflow

- PostgreSQL, MySQL

- HTML5 & CSS3

- Bootstrap 2.0, 3.0

- Ruby On Rails, Sinatra, Padrino

- Deploying using Heroku and Capistrano

- TDD using RSpec and Capybara

- Continuous integration using Travis CI and CircleCI

- Experience with Spree Rails' based e-commerce solution

- Consume web APIs, such as Github, Twitter, Last.fm and Soundcloud

martey 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Washington DC or remote

I love Django/Python development, although I also have experience with PHP, Perl, and a variety of other languages. I can write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by hand, configure and secure your Linux server, and optimize Apache or nginx to help your website scale. I write technical specifications, use comments in my code, and am adept at Git.

Members of this community have been some of my favorite clients. I have created MVPs, debugged troubling technical issues, and provided advice. I love hearing about other people's projects and helping to make the Internet better.

Portfolio: https://marteydodoo.com/portfolio/

Contact: https://marteydodoo.com/contact/

Mc_Big_G 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco Bay Area / Remote

I specialize in building high quality MVPs for startups. One recent client was accepted to Y Combinator and another client was accepted to the "Plug and Play" accelerator after I built their apps.

In addition to full-stack development with Ruby on Rails and Ember.js, I will help you with product direction and feature development. I challenge clients to eliminate unnecessary features which results in cost savings and focused MVPs.

I'm a strong believer in automated testing which translates into a high quality product with little to no user facing bugs. This gives my clients an extremely high level of confidence when adding new features and deploying.

If you're looking for someone to make your vision come to life, give me a call.


Portfolio: http://www.mcgintech.com

email: hn@mcgintech.com

phone: 415.857.3347

Matt McGinnis

karlshea 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK ---- Remote only

I'm a full-stack web developer from Milwaukee, WI looking for Drupal or backend web service projects, or to be a development partner for a designer or agency.

Current focus:

  * Drupal 7 (Usually using Zen with Zen Grids for frontend,               Panels/Views/Features/etc for backend)  * PHP MVC Frameworks (Kohana, CodeIgniter)  * Backbone.js  * Sencha Touch  * Compass/Sass
Previously I've worked with a large range of technologies including five years of .NET and almost a decade of Linux server administration.

Check out my work here: http://weilstreet.com

Contact: karl@weilstreet.com

ashraful 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote 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 profits:



Also designed the VideoLAN website and the interface for VLC Media Player for Windows 8:



Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript/Jquery.

Knowledge of Ruby, Rails, BackboneJS, Git and Heroku.

Portfolio: http://ashraful.me/work

Pricing: $55/hour

Email: ashrafulsf@gmail.com

lucaspiller 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, UK based

I'm an experienced full-stack software engineer. I primarily use Ruby on Rails, but am equally comfortable with JavaScript (frontend & Node) and Erlang.

Recently I've been focusing on building MVPs for startups. A recent client has received funding from the UK government due to the work I did building their platform.

I'm looking to continue working with startups to help them realise their ideas. If this is you, get in touch!


Portfolio: http://lucaspiller.com/

GitHub: https://github.com/lucaspiller/

Email: luca@stackednotion.com

mmmilo 22 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Toronto, Canada -- Remote




Michael Lo - iOS developer (mainly)


Objective-C (iOS)

PHP (Laravel, Drupal)

Front-end (AngularJS, JQuery, Bootstrap, Phonegap/Trigger.io)

Tools (Git, SVN, Grunt, Composer)


Experienced mobile developer. I can work on projects of all sizes, build APIs, help develop architecture and conceptualize ideas. I've been involved from beginning (requirements, analyst) to end (deployment). I love problem solving and building elegant, clean and modern solutions.

Looking to get things done!

rglover 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Chicago

Designer/developer. Proficient in front-end development, Meteor development, and WordPress development.

Best suited helping startups get a nice marketing site/materials together for their product (website, blog, email templates). I've worked with companies big and small designing, developing, and deploying WordPress sites that focus on promoting products or services.

I offer a total package for WordPress starting at $7k: landing page, two custom page templates, blog, UI kit, assets/backups to Amazon S3, and deployment workflow (this is huge for startups).

Some examples:


https://properapp.com <-- My own product.

http://2013freelancetools.com not WordPress, but shows off my latest design style)



Laid back guy, but serious about quality. Make sure you come with a real intention to get work done :)

Interested? Get in touch: ryan@wellroundedgent.com.

nwienert 2 days ago 0 replies      
Vegas based consultant (sometimes in LA/SF). Full stack developer. Experienced in Frontend, Rails & Node based apps. Glut of other language experience as well (CS Degree).

Available in April

Javascript architecture and advanced dev (backbone, single page apps, ember, react, game dev). Also experienced with ux/ui design.

Available for remote or on-site consulting. I'm happy traveling on site for the start of a project and then continuing remote. Would prefer 1-2 month gigs.

nate wienert at gmail.

mryan 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, Amsterdam, London

Syadmin as a Service

Do you want to improve your scaling, resilience and reliability, but don't have a full-time Ops person on the team? Why not rent one?

I work with startups and online businesses to help them spend less time worrying about technical problems, and more time growing their business.

How can I help you?

- Expert sysadmin services, on tap - Continuous Integration for your infrastructure - Infrastructure design and implementation - Server maintenance and optimisation (performance and cost) - Quickly get up and running with tools like Puppet

About Me

I'm writing a book on AWS System Administration that will be published by O'Reilly early this year.

Here's an AWS case study for an infrastructure I built: http://aws.amazon.com/solutions/case-studies/fashiolista/

If you think these services could help your business grow, let's talk. mike@epitech.nl

chuinard 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Chicago - Remote

I'm an experienced Android developer with several published apps, both for myself and for clients. I'm looking to take on 1, maybe 2 mid-sized projects within the next month. I have an Android designer who can work with me. All my apps follow Google's design guidelines and can be tablet-optimized as well.

Please reach out at tony.chuinard@gmail.com if you'd like to chat more.

Imagenuity 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- remote (or L.A./Orange County)

Just want a banana, and end up getting the gorilla and jungle too? My experience will help you define your business needs, and come up with the right solution to fit your requirements.

Full-Stack Developer. Front end development in Responsive HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (jQuery, jQuery mobile, JSON), and RESTful APIs built with PHP or Node.js on the server. Emphasis on a strong design to build projects that are simple and attractive.

Specializing in iOS and Android apps built with Cordova/PhoneGap that work beautifully on different screen sizes and devices.

20+ years professional software developer, 15+ years freelance

app website: http://imagenuity.com



more examples of work http://jimbergman.net

Lets discuss your project - contact: jim at jimbergman.net or http://jimbergman.net/contact/

timrogers 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, based in London, UK

I'm a Ruby developer based in London, looking for contract work to go alongside my part-time work at a successful YC startup and my undergraduate studies.

I love working in Rails, and have particularly outstanding experience building Twilio applications, from whole-company phone systems to small SMS services. I spoke about a cloud-based phone system I built at Twilio's European conference in 2013.

Apart from that, I have plenty of general Ruby experience, working with clients from charities to web hosting companies. I'm not afraid to work in Javascript, HTML5 and CSS3, and am happy to negotiate on price to find an arrangement that works for you.


Think I can help? Drop me a line at me@timrogers.co.uk.

mamcx 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote | Colombia | Part-time US 40


17+ years of experience creating software in use for more than +2000 users in my country and around the world.Made software for government, business and consumers.Experience:- Python /Django (like !) - Delphi - .NET - Objective-C - iOS development (like !) - RemObjects - Sql Server - Postgres (like !) - HTML5 / JS / Bootstrap/ Zurb Foundation

Better at backend but work with front-end with no problem.Check my website for my apps http://www.elmalabarista.com.

I work with scrum/mercurial for my own apps. Have contributed small fixes to Django (update the Sql Server support, later forked as a independent project by other people).

Moderator in a latin-america forum for developers (www.clubdelphi.com).

Have provide training in advanced use of databases for several companies in the SENA (main government institution for work and advance in tech & startups in Colombia).

Not hate Database/CRUD work! A lot of experience in integration of different tech stacks and upgrading tech on several past developments.

logn 2 days ago 0 replies      

Expert in Java, web scraping, web crawling, big data, webapps.




$100/hr or flat-pricing

chatmasta 2 days ago 0 replies      

My partner and I are working on an interesting VPN company. I am a Yale senior, CS major. My partner is ten years out of Wharton. We are applying to YC for summer batch.

Please email me if you are talented in any of the following areas:

- Python, especially Flask

- Backbone, angular, or ember

- Apiary

- API design

We are following an API centric development process. Over the next couple weeks, this will involve us completing the following tasks:

- Write an API blueprint in form of www.apiary.io

- Use apiary.io to provide API mock server

- Frontend and backend developers work in parallel

- Backend developer responsible for implementing API according to blueprint

- Frontend developer responsible for client side of website

- Client side of website interacts with API, can test with apiary mock server

We want to get started as soon as possible. Please reach out. As I am a CS major and engineer, I will make this a very smooth process for all involved.


EMAIL: miles@5280holdings.com

cool-RR 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote only. (Based in Tel-Aviv.)

My name is Ram Rachum, and Im a freelance software developer. I help businesses solve their problems using software, mostly by developing web-based applications. I work mainly in Python and Django.

On the technical level, its my responsibility to have high problem-solving skills; to design a good architecture for each project I work on; to implement that architecture quickly and effectively; and to be experienced with the languages and frameworks that Im using, so when a problem comes up, I dont have to spend 2 hours to research and solve it but rather just 5 minutes, because Ive seen that problem dozen of times before.

On the project-management level, its my responsibility to communicate clearly and honestly with the client and my collaborators on the project; to understand exactly what the client wants to build as we plan together how to build it; to always keep the client updated about progress; to have an owner mentality and make decisions with the best interest of the client in mind; to own up to mistakes when they happen; and to always get feedback as early as possible from the client and from the users, so we know were not wasting time going into blind alleys, and were spending time only on features that the users are happy with. My email is ram@rachum.com . Send me an email and say hello.

More details about me: http://ram.rachum.com/cv/

k-mcgrady 2 days ago 0 replies      

Skills: iOS development (also experience with Ruby, Rails, Javascript, Android/Java)

Contact: kieran[at]hotrodsoftware[dot]com

About: I've been developing iOS apps professionally for 5 years. Worked on a large variety of projects and enjoy taking on new challenges and working with the latest technologies. I've had my own and clients apps reach top positions on the App Store. I'm currently seeking new clients for remote work.

Oculus 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto/Kitchener or Remote

I'm a full stack web developer based in Toronto/Kitchener.

Skills: AngularJS, Node.js, Express.js, Android, D3.js, jQuery, pure Javascript, Photoshop, PostgreSQL, Nginx

Experience: I've written RESTful APIs, survey Widgets, web applications, and Android apps. I also have experience with Arduino (maze solving car), 8085 Assembler, and C (both at a basic level). I'm always open to learning anything that gets the job done.

Portfolio: http://stolarsky.com

Github: https://github.com/EmilS

Email: emil.stolarsky@gmail.com

FiddlerClamp 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto or Remote

Experienced technical writer and marketing writer. Online/Web help, print/PDF documentation, press releases, Web site copy, FAQs, white papers.

http://www.hiretechnicalwritertoronto.com for more details, or jonathanacohen@gmail.com / jonathanacohen @ Twitter, http://tinyurl.com/ly8g2sw on LinkedIn.

Disclosure: I am looking for full-time local/remote work, but seeking contract work in the meantime. Would rather work with you on larger/longer-term products than one-off short pieces.

grimtrigger 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - New York City (NYC) or remote

Full-stack web developer with focus on front-end (javascript/jquery/backbone) and phonegap/cordova. Experienced with php, mySQL, html5, css3, AJAX, JSON, and photoshop.

Currently working on personal projects, but looking for freelance/contract work.

Background and contact info listed at http://aakilfernandes.com

colinbartlett 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote. Rails developer since 2006. http://www.colinabartlett.com/
muminoff 20 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Based in Seoul, Korea - Remote


Sardor Muminov

Email: smuminov[at]gmail[dot]com

Skype: sardor.muminov

Github: github.com/muminoff


Full stack web developer









Node.js (express.js, socket.io)







SVN, Git



rrbrambley 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco, CA Prefer local (not necessarily in your office), remote negotiable

Mobile engineer with experience shipping Android and iOS apps. Preferably short-medium term projects. My most recent work included porting an iOS app to Android from scratch.

Preferred work: Java/Android, iOS/Obj-C

email: rob /at/ alwaysallthetime.com

Actively working on some stuff over here: http://github.com/rrbrambley

brandonhsiao 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - CA - remote

Full-stack Python web developer. I build full sites from scratch using Python/web.py and HTML/CoffeeScript/SASS. If you have an idea, I can build an MVP for you.

I work at a fixed price with a fixed deadline. For projects under $2k, no need to pay me until I'm done.

last personal project: http://robotgame.org

github: http://github.com/brandonhsiao

email: bh@brandonhsiao.com

flippyhead 2 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING FREELANCERS : Pathable (http://pathable.com) - Seattle or REMOTE Pathable is hiring expert javascript engineers and UI designers. We're innovating how single-page applications are built and we need your help. Our industry leading social networking application is focused on conferences and events. It's 75% JavaScript and 25% Ruby. We support several open source projects including Backbone and QuiltJS. We've embraced remote working to a degree you won't find anywhere else. Learn more: http://www.pathable.com/
thirdtruck 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - New York or Remote

Full-stack web developer who specializes in the front-end, loves vim and TDD/BDD, and who wants to help make your fledging idea a digital reality.

GitHub profile: https://github.com/thirdtruckPersonal project: http://rubyai.org

Experienced foremost in:

JavaScript/CoffeeScript (Backbone.js, node.js)HTML/CSS/Sass (Bootstrap)Ruby

Also experienced in:PythonPerlJavaMySQL

You can reach me at freelance at thirdtruck.org.


Are you a fellow freelancer here in New York? I'm new to the city and would welcome the opportunity to meet a cohort in coding over coffee or tea.

gk1 2 days ago 0 replies      

Get more users: Understand and optimize your acquisition funnel.

I help start-ups measure and visualize their user acquisition funnels. Then I optimize steps of the funnel to get more qualified traffic into one end and more users/customers/leads out the other.

Currently working with several fantastic startups, but always happy to chat with new ones to see if I can help.

greg at gkogan dot co

(keywords: marketing, growth, conversion)

nclx 19 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote / Milano, Italy - Yolo Apps

We are a young, agile and international team that has previously worked with the top companies all over the world, such as Apple, Toyota and Redbull.

We're looking for freelancers to design and code iPhone and Android apps.

How to apply: email nicolas,yoloapps,us with your portfolio and a list of skills.

badhairday 2 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Part-Time or Contract Work

Philadelphia, PA or Remote

I'm a motivated student with a passion for front-end Android development and full stack web development. I've worked on Android applications and devices used by millions of people around the world, I've built websites for small businesses in South Jersey, and I've hacked together projects to test run new technologies.

  * Email: mike [AT] mhenry [DOT] io  * Website: http://mhenry.io  * GitHub: http://github.com/mhenry  * LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mahenry
Don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks!

marcomassaro 2 days ago 0 replies      


We're a small team that builds websites and apps for startups and growing companies.

Our past clients include Buddymedia, Crazyegg, Chitika, RE/MAX, Moovweb and more.


User experience


Usability audits & testing

Sitemaps & Information architecture

Sketches & wireframing

Onboarding users & conversion optimization

Product strategy

Content strategy


Web & UI Design


Landing pages

Marketing websites

Applications (admin, backend, interfaces, etc.)

Redesigns (taking a product and redesigning it from the ground up)


Front-end development





Responsive (for tablets and mobile devices)


Email marco@masswerks.com and I'll reply within minutes

kingofspain 2 days ago 0 replies      

Web & mobile design/dev. A bit of an all-rounder.

Past things I done: Ecommerce, API's, apps for iOS and Android, intranets, medical compliance systems, CMS, CRM, surveying, events/ticketing, blah de blah. I can build your MVP or help further along the path!

General skillz...


* HTML 5, CSS, Javascript

* PHP (Codeigniter, Laravel, more...)

* Responsive-ness, bootstrap, zurb or hand-coded...

Mobile / Apps (iOS or Android):

* Titanium

* Phonegap

Happy with git or mercurial, some general server admin, AWS etc.

I'm UK based and happy to supply links and examples of previous work!

donaldguy 2 days ago 0 replies      

Donald Guy

Graduated MIT in CS 2012

-- Tech:

Mostly been working for last few years as full-stack web developer: HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Ruby, Rails. (less preferably) Java, PHP

Interested in DevOps and sys-admin stuff as well. Some experience with Chef.

older experience in app, systems, embedded, and OS-level work: C++, C, x86 Assembly, 8051 Assembly, Perl, Python, bash, Scheme

Would love excuses to need to learn Go, Scala, maybe Clojure; or play with Docker. Prepared to learn AngularJS, Meteor, EmberJS, probably other frameworks as needed.


Interested in music, fitness, social-good, social networking, education, (foreign) languages, and working with local small businesses. Have decent knowledge of craft beer.

Not particularly interested in anything finance-specific, nor probably marketing/advertising-specific.

Would consider full-time positions if sufficiently interesting.

-- Contact

E: donald.guy@mit.edu



piratebroadcast 2 days ago 3 replies      
Why are there so many devs seeking work? Scary.
akbarnama 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote only, from Mumbai-India

Recently helped a couple of clients with next version of their web projects - implemented search using haystack for organicinputs.ca, integration with payment gateways like PaypalExpress, PX Fusion for next version of http://architecturemedia.com/

https://www.book-pay.com went live in June 2013 - developed from scratch in Django and Postgres,a site for booking seat for cycling tours offered by www.londonbicycle.com - so far 530+ users with 400+ seats booked

Helped in launching http://www.foodfan.com - Django,Postgres, S3 for photos, Sphinx for search, Jquery

8+ years of software development experience in dotnet and Django, open to working on other technologies.

Have worked with clients from US, UK and Syria

A blog post - http://www.vishalsodani.com/programming/experience-report-fr....



Contact: vishalsodani@gmail.com

ryanjanvier 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote - Based in Canada

Experienced (13 years) Front end developer available for short and long term remote contracts. I enjoy building amazing websites and user interfaces, with an emphasis on usability and experience. I have experience working with remote teams, managing outsourced contractors, startups (I am the co-founder of a bootstrapped startup).

I have experience working with the following technologies:


- Javascript

- Ruby on Rails


and have also dabbled in Objective-c, Python, and Ruby.

I work well with:

- Remote teams

- Outsourced contractors

- Startups and agencies

- Awesome people

I am not afraid of:

- Learning new technologies

- Working remotely

- Hacking. If I don't know it, I'll figure it out.

Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/ryanjanvier

Dribbble: http://www.dribbble.com/ryanjanvier

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ryanjanvier

Email: liquidtrends@gmail.com

Portfolio: http://thinktipi.com

dpmehta02 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - SF Bay Area - Remote or Local

Software Developer specializing in Web and Data Engineering, freelancing while I build my startup. I spent three years as a Data Analyst, then quit and taught myself to code. I've only been freelancing for six months, so I'm willing to work at a discount while I build up my portfolio. I'm also open to bartering.

Skills: Ruby/Rails, TDD, SQL, Redis, ElasticSearch, Python, R, Machine Learning, Project Management, Git, Linux/Unix, AWS, Heroku

Production experience: Everything associated with large Rails projects, web crawling, data pipelines, APIs, data analysis, product management

Side projects: I've built some apps in Node (Express, Meteor), and I compete in Kaggle Data Science competitions when I have time (http://www.kaggle.com/users/30845/dpmehta02). I am particularly interested in NLP.


christiangenco 2 days ago 2 replies      

I'd like to pair with someone to learn Ember with/from on a healthcare startup site (privately funded). An affinity for Rails is a plus. Can trade with work or bitcoins.

dmn001 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - UK, remote preferred

Hi, I am looking for web scraping projects.

Languages: Perl, Python

Databases: PostgreSQL, MongoDB, MySQL

Other Skills: data parsing, regular expressions, multi-threaded scraping, Linux, AWS S3/EC2, Heroku, Git, Rails, parsing html/xml/json, statistics and machine learning.

Email: dmn001 at gmail.com

ndcrandall 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Fransisco Bay Area or Remote

I'm a Rails developer with several years of experience and a CS degree. My area of expertise is building APIs and integrating with external services. I will build out your MVP quickly or help engineer an existing product. Lets talk in person, hangout, or skype.


  Ruby on Rails  3rd party APIs (Twilio, Facebook, Google, etc.)  HTML / CSS / Javascript


ncrandall at gmail

ashkang 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote | Tehran, Iran

C/C++ on GNU/Linux with relevant tools and technologies.

Resume: http://tehlug.org/~ashkan/files/resume.pdf ||http://tehlug.org/~ashkan/files/resume.tex

email: ghassemi AT ftml DOT netAshkan Ghassemi

rk0567 2 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a full-stack web developer.


   HTML5, CSS3/Sass, jQuery/CoffeeScript, Bootstrap/Foundation   Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, VPS/S3/Ubuntu   Inbound Marketing/SEO
Recent projects/experiments:

   http://railyo.com (400+ users)   http://assembleyourpc.net (10k+ monthly users)   http://scrabblewordfinder.org/   http://html5portfoliotemplate.com
Checkout my blog (http://blog.sudobits.com, http://rameshjha.com) and github profile https://github.com/rkjha

You can contact me here: ramesh at rameshjha.com.

jrdavis 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote. Based in Birmingham, UK.


Josh Ryan Davis

Web Developer / Designer

Recently unemployed, so I can work for cheap. I've been designing websites in some form or another for about 5 years.

I don't have a huge portfolio, but I can still show you some examples of my work.


E: joshryandavis@me.com






* CSS3

* LESS/SASS/Stylus

* JavaScript

* CoffeeScript

* Node.js

* Meteor.js

* Express/Restify, Socket.io

* jQuery, Backbone, Angular

* Bootstrap

* MongoDB

* RethinkDB

* Redis

* MySQL/PostgreSQL

* et al.

Primary stack: Node.js, Express, MongoDB.

mitchellbryson 2 days ago 1 reply      

I'm a UI designer and a front-end developer. Here's some examples of my work http://mitchbryson.com

Here's what I do best:- Planning: wireframes, on paper or in Balsamiq- Concepts: Photoshop mock-ups of pages and flows- Build: HTML, CSS and JS. I prefer HAML, SASS and CoffeeScript- Integration: I can integrate into any app or framework.

I've been a designer/developer since 2002. For the last 3 years, I've been focused on helping start-ups design and build their products.

Get in touch via my portfolio or mitchell@blendmode.co.uk. Thanks!

chrisohara 2 days ago 0 replies      

Full-stack developer from Sydney, Australia. I'm a Javascript (Node.js), Python and C expert.


cohara87 (at) gmail.com

lmbloomfield 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Remote, Based in Australia.

I focus on generating more revenue for your business,so that you get a big return on your investment.


Digital design is my passion and I specialise in Branding Identities and Website Design. I create timeless pieces that drive traffic, increase brand recognition and word-of-mouth referrals for my clients.


I develop mobile-friendly websites that allow users to purchase anywhere, at any time. I design with the intention to specifically elicit a response (eg. purchasing my client's products) from viewers.


Luchia Bloomfield - hello@luchia.com.auPortfolio - www.luchia.com.auSkype - lucybloomfield92

cleverbaker 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK : Remote || SF Bay Area || SoCalI will travel to meet you in person and work onsite.


Front-end Engineer and Interactive Designer


My specialties are:

Mobile web development with progressive enhancement

JavaScript and CSS animations

Data visualization

PSD to responsive web development conversions

Interaction design and user experience design


My focuses are:

Reliable and constant communication

Fast turnaround times

Honesty and transparency


Delivering stellar production-ready code


I have good experience with:

Working with agencies and startups

Producing large web apps

Multivariate testing

Co-working with teams


Check out http://mibake.co to learn more about me, my skills, and the value that I bring to your projects.

facebiff 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/On-site

Based in Boston, MA / Providence, RI.

I'm a software engineer with wide experience in dynamic programming languages.

- Expert in Ruby, Python and JavaScript

- Broad understanding of full-stack web development, operations and deployment

- Lots of experience with distributed systems, real-time apps, and software integration projects

- Wealth of experience putting together technical teams, capturing requirements, and mentoring developers

- Background in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics




Buzzwords:ruby, python, javascript, rails, django, node.js, linux, open source, meteor.js, backbone.js

jf22 2 days ago 2 replies      

I've co-founded startup called movidhep.com which is coded in C# Asp.net MVC and uses RavenDB as a backend.

We've got a couple of projects that we need some help with.

One of the projects is very ravendb centric so if you have experience there definitely shoot me an email.

Another project involves recording a video from a mobile app and uploading it to vimeo and/or elsewhere.

candiru 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Based in Budapest, Hungary - Remote only

Back-end Java and Android developer.

Over 9 years of experience in Java. I specialize in the following stack: Wicket, Spring Core, JPA/Hibernate with MySQL, and Jetty; but I'm happy to work with anything else. I think I can help you the best if what you need is an internal or client-facing web app with a fairly complex UI, but this is by no means a requirement. I can also help fixing a previous project for you.

Android developer as well for around 3 years.

I don't do design or front-end myself. I'm happy to work with other developers of your choice, or I can recommend you the ones I've been working closely with over the past few years.

Email on my profile.

trwired 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Warsaw/Poland

I am a full stack web developer located in Warsaw, Poland. I am especially well versed in the following technologies:


* Django

* Flask

Web Frontend

* AngularJS


* CSS3

* JavaScript

* Bootstrap, Foundation, SASS, Compass

* chances are I have at least a passing familiarity with any web related technology that the industry is currently buzzing about


* PHP, PostreSQL, Photoshop

In the past I have worked for corporate clients, small businesses, start-ups and individuals. I feel right at home in any kind of project, be it just an idea that needs to take form or a legacy application with tons of dependencies and scarce documentation.

Contact me at igor.kalat * gmail.com or using following phone number: +48 501-414-062

philipmorg 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK- Remote or Bay Area

Every website and marketing push involves content. But is your content effectively supporting your business goals? Is it performing as well as you want it to?

Chances are, if you hired a writer, or if you did it yourself, your content could do more to achieve your business goals. The missing ingredient is usually a careful combination of information/UX design, content, and ongoing testing.


If your content is not performing as well as you'd like, or you need new content for your marketing efforts, let me know and I'll gladly take some time to chat with you about potential solutions. If I'm the right fit for your needs, I'll share work samples and work up a proposal.

CONTACT philip@philipmorganconsulting.com

adrianmoses 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Based in Los Angeles - Remote

Full Stack Web developer and iOS/OSX developer.

Technologies I am proficient with:

- Python

- Node.js

- Go

- Clojure

- Objective-C

- Javascript

Specialize in data-driven applications, which involve:

- Data Visualizations

- API integration and custom web services

- Data mining and complex data workflows

Email: adrian@adrianmoses.com




hypr_geek 1 day ago 0 replies      

~5.5 years of work experience

  * Java (Android ~3.5 years)  * HTML5, CSS3, Javascript  * Node.js  * PHP (Magento)  * Requirements and Architecture Design  * Project Management  * Open to learn new tech as and when required
Based in India. Link to CV in my profile.

--- Feel free to contact me for any help on open source projects as well ---

(hypr DOT geek AT gmail DOT com)

amarraja 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote OK after the first month. London UK (Marylebone)

Seeking a developer fluent with HTML/CSS and JS to work on the front end of a suite of e-commerce websites and the accompanying tooling.

Responsive design experience is a must. SASS and ASP.NET MVC experience is beneficial.

Initially looking for a three month contract, possibility to extend.

Shoot me a mail if you want more info: amarsuperstar@gmail.com

hemangshah 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK in computer vision, machine learning. Remote or local to Bangalore, India.

8+ years experience, ex-cofounder of tech startup.Freelancing for more than a year.

Topics I've worked on:image binary segmentation, human body pose estimation, face tracking using AAM and warping, color blending, projective geometry, augmented reality, face authentication, change detection, OCR pre-processing, object detection, tracking and recognition, general classifications, etc.

Feel free to connect with me at:linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/link2hemangshahemail: hemang.j.shah at 'google's popular email service'

- Hemang Shah

apineda 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Ontario, Canada - Remote

Designer / Developer with a large range of experience. Mostly focused on web (js) and Android lately.


I'm eager to hear from you

croissantio 2 days ago 0 replies      

Croissant is a creative digital design and web application development shop. Our forte lies in creating beautifully (clicheeeee) designed minimum viable products, websites, landing pages and first iteration/version 1 applications.

We will work closely with you, and converse about your ideas and vision from day one. You will be actively involved throughout the whole creation process.

We currently have openings in our schedule for new clients. Get in touch with us and let's see if we're both a good fit for each other.

hello@croissant.io http://www.croissant.io

Hope to hear from you soon!

zura 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or periodical onsite. Based in Georgia, Europe.

Experienced C++ engineer with a diverse background, including systems programming and rich cross-platform software development.

E-mail: zura.jobs 'at gmail.com

ujal 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Cologne, Germany or REMOTE -- preferably part-time

Developer & Designer


RomanPushkin 2 days ago 0 replies      

We're small agency located in Eastern Europe. We do both design and coding, building projects from the ground up.

Latest apps:

http://taskthemall.com/ on the way)http://geekjob.ru/ 10K+ users

Our stack:

(ASP.NET MVC, C#) || (Node.Js, JavaScript)

Best money for value!

Write to my email: roman.pushkin@gmail.com

csomar 2 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work - Remote/Willing to Travel

Front-end (HTML5/JavaScript)

Back-end (PHP/WordPress)

$80/hour. Email on my profile.

mekishizufu 2 days ago 0 replies      

We are a small team of Ruby and JavaScript developers available for hire. We can help you design, develop and maintain your next application. From the initial idea to a running website.

Find out more at http://sensible.io

bglenn09 2 days ago 0 replies      

I'm looking for rich-client HTML5 projects, particularly mobile (with or without PhoneGap) and enterprise / line-of-business projects.

I'm a full-stack developer and consultant with 15+ years experience. I focus on the following technologies: Sencha Touch, ExtJS, Backbone.js, Ruby on Rails and Node.js.

Enterprises or start-ups, please email me at barry[at]barrypeerless[dot]com. Thanks!

d0m 2 days ago 0 replies      
App is ListRunner, a collaborative tool for teams of doctors.


Happy to answer questions and share more information by email: phzbox at gmail.

lsiunsuex 2 days ago 0 replies      

Full Stack PHP Web Developer seeking freelance work (or full time employment).

Recent completed work:



Portfolio: http://giamban.co

No project is to big or to small.

J_Darnley 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote; Belgium; UK, Manchester area

I speak English and Dutch near fluently. I am experienced with C and Make based builds. I have some familiarity with Win32 and x86 assembly, mainly SIMD usage.

Contact info and examples on my profile page: https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=J_Darnley

alanclimer 2 days ago 0 replies      

Freelancer in Florida

- Responsive Design- HTML 5 / CSS 3- PHP- JS- Skeleton / Bootstrap / WP- SEO on page / PageSpeed- CAD & customization- AutoLISP- Logo Design- Content Writer

Contact: http://alanclimer.com/contact.htm

Sample: http://orlandovibe.com/

yownie 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, Iceland.

Sysadmin with deep understanding and knowledge of best practices regarding:

Privacy / Anonymization technologies and practices

Server Co-location / Web-hosting

Operational Security

Open Source Crypto tools

I can provide hosting reccomendations here in Iceland as well as Remote Hands work. Also deeply interested in knowledge about Icelandic law regarding technologies like Tor, Bitcoin and Internet Infrastructure.

admin@icetor.is gpg keyid EB9A5142

kyasui 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Brooklyn/NYC or Remote

I'm a designer and developer who can swiss army knife a lot of different tasks. I do front-end/back-end (wordpress/drupal/node.js), graphic design, interface design, branding, UI/UX etc. I'm more of a front-end guy/designer than an engineer but I believe I'm pretty good at ramping up on most things.


ericthegoodking 2 days ago 0 replies      

I am a fullstack Ruby/Javascript developer. I have been working with ruby/rails framework for the past 4 years . Below are the Technologies/frameworks that i use most of the time.




-Angular Js


Other Interests

-Natural Language Processing

-Machine Learning

-Learning new things

Email [ericthegoodking]@[gmail.com]

adpfr 2 days ago 0 replies      

Hi, I'm a freelance software developer in Duisburg, Germany. I build web and desktop applications, with an extra focus on business, ecommerce, and operations research.

Main technologies: C++, Python + Django, JavaScript + web front-end

Portfolio and contact details: http://www.dopfer-software.de/

helloshow- 2 days ago 1 reply      

Front End Developer - AngularJS(Ft. Lauderdale, FL or Remote)

Hello Show is modernizing a key workflow for real estate agents. The current market for real estate technology is vastly underserved and Hello Show is building the tools agents need and deserve. With our product in development, we already have beta customers who have fallen in love and are anxious to sign up now! We are a results and data driven team, and use Agile/SCRUM processes to build.

Skills & Requirements:

- Javascript expert

- Expert with Angular.js and Node.js

- Expert interfacing with APIs

- Expert HTML 5 and CSS skills

- Focus on test driven development

- Appreciation for Web Accessibility and how that should translate to code.

- Insane attention to detail

- Desire and ability to continuously learn and implement new technologies

- Effective communication with team members, focusing on project requirements, capabilities, and schedule

- Love of building products that people love

You are welcome to work remotely.

Application Instructions:

To apply, send an email to join@helloshow.com. Be sure to reference the job posting and where you came across it. Please provide any information that will help us in our decision process (resume, portfolio, github, etc). If you seem like a good fit, we will want you to come by for a face-to-face interview or chat on Skype. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

grimmdude 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote - Based in NYC

Been creating websites and web applications for 10 years.

Experienced in:

- PHP, MySQL, HTML(5)/CSS(3), JavaScript, Python



12bit 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Remote or San Francisco Bay Area

Ruby [+ Rails], Clojure [+ Om Pedestal], JavaScript [+ Backbone.js Ember.js React], CoffeeScript, Python, C developer seeking short-term or long-term gigs.

Some sample projects here: http://projectdeck.herokuapp.com/

bcroesch 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Chicago, IL - remote possible

Federis GroupWe're a small software consultancy looking for front end and full stack engineers. Rails and/or mobile experience a plus, but not strictly required. Our team is based in Chicago, but we're open to remote as well.

Contact: ben@federisgroup.com

dalien26 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - MONTREAL or remote - Android - WEB

Technologies :



-Javascript ( angular js )

-common sense of UX & UI

* i like working with designer, other developer, startups, agengies.

contact : damiendamien1]at[gmail]dot[com



albedo 2 days ago 0 replies      

Lambda is a talent agency for freelance developers and designers. We help you find clients, negotiate for higher rates, and take care of the business side of freelancing.

  - Exceptional talent only: $100/hr minimum rate.  - No recruiters or spam. We're developers too and we only match consultants with projects that fit their expertise and interest.  - Serious clients only: Wanna hear about a disruptive social network for cats that "just needs a coder"? Neither do we.  - Freelancers with side projects or startups are especially welcome!
If that's appealing, you can read more and sign up at: http://getlambda.com/

We've posted about this on HN a few times and have been amazed by the response. I apologize in advance if it takes a while for us to get back to you -- we interview everyone personally and are still ramping up the process.

Right now, we're particularly looking for NYC Rails, Django, and iOS devs.

webjay 2 days ago 0 replies      

I am based in NYC and am a fullstack developer.Skills: JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Node, Backbone, Grunt, Redis, Neo4j, MongoDB, MySQL, Python, Linux, Ubuntu.


dbotha 2 days ago 1 reply      

Android developer is needed to create a small native app from scratch (Targeting Android 4.0+). Work to ideally commence on Monday February 10. On site developer is preferred but I will consider remote -- we're based 5 minutes from Oxford Circus tube station.

d0m 2 days ago 1 reply      
Seeking freelancer:

Looking for a great ios developer. Remote or Montreal.

rjspotter 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING Work - Remote only - SF Based

Learned Ruby in 2002 and started working with Rails professionally in 2006.


takatin 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Coimbatore, India)


I have over 6 years of experience designing logos and building websites for a wide range of clients from across the globe. Thanks to this, I have built up a solid foundation in branding fundamentals and front-end development which I'll be putting to good use when working with you on your projects.

I'm also excited about web apps and the backend which has led me to become quite familiar with the workings of Nginx, Node.js and MongoDB. I'm keenly interested in gaining more experience in this area so please get in touch if you're building on this stack.

My design portfolio is up at dffrnt.com and you can reach me on my email, vijay at dffrnt.com

ha8o8le 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Los Angeles--------I am a freelance UI/UX designer specializing in apps. Check out some of my work at http://sandersUI.com
jamespollack 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco or remotehttp://linkedin.com/in/jamespollackFull-stack Javascript Engineer
jbeard4 2 days ago 0 replies      

Seeking an expert PhoneGap developer to help take our innovative app to the next level. Contact me at jake@minnow.io

sepokroce 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Skopje, Macedonia - Remote - WordPress, Front-end Development, Visual Design.


moron4hire 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote-only (Eastern Daylight Savings time)

We are a small group of developers specializing in relational database-driven applications. We have a lot of experience with digging into other people's old, broken code and fixing it, quickly. Cleaning up and consolidating legacy databases is our bread and butter. No hairy ball of spaghetti code is too big for us. We do the work your own developers are too afraid to tackle.

Find my email in my profile.

notastartup 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote (or Vancouver, BC)

LAMP/jQuery/Android developer looking for contract work. I can send you my CV, github account, please click on my username for contact information.

moubarak 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, Middle East Based

- iOS/Android camera apps and computer vision libraries

- Published Android app doing 10k downloads per month (http://radc.am)

- 2 iOS apps in beta

Reach me out at mohd [dot] moubarak [at] gmail

satjot 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - I created this meetup group earlier this year for iOS and Android freelancers: http://www.meetup.com/ios-android-freelancers/
Ask HN: Am I ready to be a Python developer?
4 points by implicit_none  12 hours ago   7 comments top 6
gexla 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Rule of thumb, you are never ready. Just go for it.

You have the will and the ability to learn on your own. That's one necessity out of the way. You will confront things you don't know about every day. There is no reason to load up on them before you actually need them. Once you have the foundation taken care of (Python) then you can learn the rest on the job.

From here, it's basically all marketing. You need to learn how to sell yourself. First stop, start collecting feedback as soon as possible. If you are looking for a job, then start applying right now. You will start to learn a lot from the responses you get back. If you are looking for freelance work, then start hustling up some clients.

While you are looking, start doing whatever you can through social channels. Get on Github and find some interesting projects that you can contribute to. A perfect fit would be to find a company you would like to work for which happens to have an open source project on Github that you can contribute to. Locate the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and other accounts of other Python developers. Use that to find out other places these guys hang out. Look for IRC hangouts as well as forums and other communities where you can get in touch with people. Build your weakly linked networks. Get known. Make a bit of noise. As people get to know you then they will think about you when they are looking to hire someone.

Other things you can jump into? Javascript, CSS, HTML. Check out things like Parse, Firebase and similar and build applications which don't even require back-end code (or very minimal.)

That's great that you have released apps that other people use. That's a lot more than a lot of other developers ever do. You are better than you think you are. Now is the time.

runjake 11 hours ago 0 replies      
- Figure out where and how you want to work. Let's assume you're going to stay in the DFW area and that you want to get hired on somewhere (as opposed to consulting[1] or working on your own startup).

- Look for local job openings on non-crappy job sites for Python web developers.

- Do some napkin statistics gathering on who's looking for what, and how many outfits are looking for what (eg. what are people looking for in your area? Django? Flask? Google App Engine? Learn the top of the list.

- Bone up on HTML/CSS/JS/jQuery, how WSGI works, and more Django.

- Come June, apply for jobs. Don't undersell yourself. Bust your ass on-the-job to prove yourself.

Good luck and keep us updated. I am contemplating a similarly-risky move and I have nothing but respect for you and confidence that you'll succeed. You certainly sound like you have your stuff in order.

1 I wouldn't hire you as a consultant because you have no industry experience. Mom and pop shops might, though, but I suspect you wouldn't be able to live off of it full-time.

codegeek 11 hours ago 1 reply      
"want to be web-dev by June"

Don't look at it this way. You can never be <xyz> by <date>. You just get started. The question to ask will be "Will someone hire me to do web dev work if I can present abc skills and blah experience/portfolio ?". Something like that. Don't wory about June/July whatever.

- What python specific technologies have you learned ? You say webapp2+Jinja2 whch is a great start. Take a look at other popular frameworks (Django,Flask etc). I personally recommend Flask. It is a good balance in my opinion between too much abstraction (Django) vs nothing (barebone WSGI) to pick up python web development.

- Do you/Are you building a portfolio to show your work ? Github etc ? The best thing to do is to build sample apps and show people.

Things like these will help.

phantom_oracle 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Everyone else provides some really good advice so far in this thread.

If you are looking for a suggestion on what to learn next, it will be test-driven development. If you get this right (and because you've built 20+ apps, it won't even take a month), you should be employable by April.

The biggest misconception people without developer jobs have is that the non-dev-job guys assume that the dev guys have every skill memorized and mastered to the tee.

Truth is that most of them are learning as they go like you are. New technologies come out too fast for anyone to truly master anything these days (eg. AngularJS frontend Ninja with 5+ years exp == that company is balls, move on).

Good luck.

rajacombinator 1 hour ago 0 replies      
You already are one.
sejje 9 hours ago 0 replies      
If you've launched 20+ apps, you're almost certainly ready to be a web-dev at most shops.
Ask HN: Will you still subscribe to Amazon Prime if they hike the price by $40?
3 points by TravelTechGuy  11 hours ago   8 comments top 8
deftnerd 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I was planning on unsubscribing. I don't use Prime for video and my family and I don't order enough to take advantage of the cheaper/faster shipping.
DevX101 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Prime is not a replacement for Netflix yet, and I order from Amazon maybe once every 2 months. I'll probably unsubscribe if they do this.
xur17 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I'd be more likely to if they'd actually release an android app for amazon video, or the chromecast. The main devices I use with Netflix simply don't work with Amazon Video, so it's basically useless to me.

Shipping alone is worth <$80 for me. If they can make Amazon Video a more compelling offering, I'd be more likely to.

zequel 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Yes, because I split the cost with my sister a couple of towns away so it'll still be $50-60 a year. I don't receive the video benefits since I'm not the primary subscriber but Netflix is enough for me.
throwaway420 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Most likely. I use Amazon a fair amount and I'd rather not think about shipping costs when trying to buy stuff.

The video collection isn't extensive enough and needs to further grow to really compete with Netflix. But there's some stuff there that Netflix doesn't have so its good to have as a secondary source of entertainment possibilities.

ezisezis 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I did subscribe for a year but recently cancelled my subscription.

I now purchase fewer things(nice for an nyc apartment) and get to go outside and interact with the other people in my city.

pwg 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't subscribe now. So a price hike will simply further my unwillingness to subscribe.
toomuchtodo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Definitely. I spend tens of thousands of dollars with Amazon every year for both business and personal purchases. Even at $40 more, its still a fantastic value.
Ask HN: Best IRC channels?
102 points by dakrisht  2 days ago   85 comments top 42
dserban 2 days ago 4 replies      
There is one particular use of IRC channels that is insanely useful, that I'd like to share.

On various programming language channels, there are ad-hoc expression evaluation bots that experienced people use to guide newcomers through the intricacies of the language. If you're new to Haskell, for example, what you can do is grab the logs for the past 3 years, grep for "> " (used to invoke the evaluator) and you have instant insight into how an experienced Haskeller's mind works. It can speed up your learning by a factor of 10 compared to reading papers / blogs / formal tutorials. I know because it did this for me.

rmc 2 days ago 0 replies      
Tangentally related: #gaygeeks on FreeNodes. Tired of being the old LGBT person amoung you geeky friends? Tired of being the only geeky person amoung your LGBT friends?
uniclaude 2 days ago 2 replies      
This is going to be borderline off-topic as it's not general for developers.

I have to mention #clojure on freenode for being an incredibly welcoming IRC channel. The discussions you will see can be very interesting, and the community is more than often willing to help. Living in Japan, I was worried about the timezones being an issue, but there seems to be people from different parts of the world on the channel, making it very nice.

girvo 2 days ago 2 replies      
I hang out on Freenode, in #nimrod, ##php, #elementary-dev and a couple of others.

I'd love to know some good security ones to idle in; I've got a bit of experience in it and am trying to expand it some more, and would love a place to ask questions regarding web security and the like.

yuvipanda 2 days ago 0 replies      
#wikipedia-en is a channel where english wikipedia editors and admins hang out, and it is fun watching their discussions. #wikimedia-dev is where most of Mediawiki development happens these days, so that is nice too. #wikimedia-opearations is fun too once you ignore the icinga bot spam - not often do you get to see a world class ops team operate that transparently :
Tenoke 2 days ago 0 replies      
Nowadays, I mainly hang out on irc because of the #lesswrong channel on freenode. There is plenty of intelligent discussion, HN readers and no real topic.
StevePerkins 2 days ago 1 reply      
I don't know that there are too many interesting "abstract" IRC communities, beyond those Freenode channels specific to a given programming language or technology.

I leave a connection to Freenode running while I'm at work, in a few channels related to my job... so that during builds, or other short bursts of idle time, I can glace over and see if there are any questions I can answer. Likewise, I throw out a quick question of my own every now and then, when I'm afraid it's too subjective in nature to avoid being closed by StackOverflow-lawyers.

I've lost interest in general chat, outside of specific questions and answers. From what I've seen, the nicer communities are the newer channels. Ironically, they degrade over time as their underlying technology matures. You would think that channels like #clojure and #go-nuts would be populated by immature hipsters, while ##java would be made up of 40-something corporate types. However, I've found that those first two channels are welcoming and thoughtful, with interesting discussion always taking place... whereas ##java (even its mods) frequently sound like pre-teens yelling profanity at each other on XBox Live.

john2x 2 days ago 1 reply      
I've found #bash to be full of very helpful people. They don't get tired at all of being asked common bash questions. On most channels, if you ask a common question, they tell you to RTFM. But not on #bash. They still tell you to RTFM, but nicely, and usually after they give you an actual answer. Especially that greybot guy.
Kudos 2 days ago 3 replies      
#startups on Freenode was mentioned here before, I think.
level09 2 days ago 0 replies      
Usually I join topic-specific channels, got tons of answers in #django , #javascript, #drupal, #flask, #python, #celery, #nodejs etc ..

Those are on freenode, there are channels for software users (e.g: photoshop) but on a different servers.

diminoten 2 days ago 0 replies      
##programming on freenode is terrible. Don't go there.
frankwiles 2 days ago 1 reply      
I've recently been using SaltStack and have found #saltstack on Freenode to be very welcoming and helpful which is nice. Often you go into a channel and it's a ghost town or out right hostile to relatively simple questions. I think OSS projects in general could learn a bit of "marketing" in this regard, if your IRC channels are toxic, I immediately think your community as a whole may be toxic.
jokoon 2 days ago 3 replies      
just connect to some popular network like freenode, and retrieve the channel list, and sort by users.

#ubuntu 1701 #archlinux 1695 #bitcoin 1602 #debian 1492 ##linux 1360 #python 1349 #freenode 1304 #haskell 1200 #Node.js 1186 #dogecoin 1120 #gentoo 1091 #git 1047 #puppet 956 ##javascript 941 #vim 936 #python-unregistered#go-nuts 893 #android 889 #bash 858 #ruby 847 #jquery 750 #postgresql 747 #litecoin 711 ##math 701 #bitcoin-otc 700 #emacs 700 #openstack 697 #docker 693 #clojure 679 #perl 653 #mysql 646 ##networking 642 #angularjs 621 ##security 611 #defocus 599 ##php 596 ##electronics 595 #nginx 584 #cisco 582 #digitalocean 569

flexd 2 days ago 2 replies      
I have always found a bunch of nice people with a lot of knowledge in the various programming and tech channels on Freenode, like #twisted and #pocoo

#debian on EFNet also has a great bunch of people.

spacemanmatt 2 days ago 1 reply      
The #postgresql community on freenode has won me over many times for being mature, and absolutely competent over their domain. Solid stuff.
portmanteaufu 2 days ago 0 replies      
#rust on irc.mozilla.org. They're a super helpful bunch.
loser777 2 days ago 0 replies      
An approach that seems to work well for me is to use IRC as a way to communicate with groups people that mostly I know in person and share a common interest with. That way, I'm able to avoid a social pecking order or having to be "initiated" into a group. You may already be in one of these groups already, though the medium isn't necessarily always IRC--think Skype (text) chats groups with a subset of regulars.

Remember, you can always drag others along with you and start your own channel.

emhart 2 days ago 0 replies      
#lp101 on ...I think?...EFNet was the hotbed of locksport/mechanical security discussion and research for quite a while. I was amazed by some of the results of IRC-based collaboration in that community.
unpointfulness 2 days ago 5 replies      
Personally, I never found IRC to be a helpful tool for learning new things from unfamiliar people.

To me, IRC has always been a "grapevine" tool, where etiquette, social pecking orders and gossip are shared amongst a smallish close-knit social circle. IRC always feels more like a social scene, and a distraction.

If anything, perhaps an IRC channel is useful for managing fluid, rapidly changing situations, where you might need an up-to-date, live information source, to use in immediate decision making (hence, why bot net command and control tends to be integrated into IRC programs), but, otherwise, chat logs from IRC usually read like a disorganized array of participant's various scattered streams of consciousness.

Are you looking for reading material, or a hangout?

d99kris 2 days ago 1 reply      
Is there a #hn or #hackernews?
cjstewart88 2 days ago 0 replies      
You're welcome to join #nirc, it's a channel originally created for https://github.com/cjstewart88/nirc but its since turned into a hangout for old coworkers and friends. We are all developers. Sometimes we are helping each other and other times we are talking about random shit... or in the event someone has a nirc question, we talk about that!
Zolomon 2 days ago 0 replies      
I hang out on #gamedev@irc.afternet.org, very talented people help each other out there.
brihat 2 days ago 1 reply      
Freenode #emacs, ##linux, #nimrod, #julia and #d.

Nimrod's gang (including Araq) are very friendly and welcoming.

#julia and #d are very quiet though (except for the bots).

And #emacs -- well, that one channel which is lenient towards off-topic chats!

xsquare 2 days ago 0 replies      
#programming-language-you-really-like and #distro-you-really-like on Freenode I guess...
jayflux 2 days ago 2 replies      
#web on freenode for web development
chris11 2 days ago 0 replies      
#postgresql and #qgis on freenode can both be really helpful when you are running into problems.
jonsterling 2 days ago 0 replies      
Lots of good discussion on ##hott and #agda...
soapdog 2 days ago 0 replies      
irc.mozilla.org has a lot of cool channels
maqr 2 days ago 0 replies      
I'd recommend #iphonedev on Freenode for anything iOS.
hedwall 2 days ago 0 replies      
I really enjou #infra-talk on FreeNode, sysadminy stuff without ties to any specific product or tool.
Hoozt 2 days ago 1 reply      
#linux, #ruby, #rubyonrails, #bitcoin, #javascript, #nginx, #ubuntu, #rubymotion ... to name a few I visit. They are all on the Freenode network.
TamDenholm 2 days ago 0 replies      
One that i run is www.chatwebdev.com webby types mainly UK based.
progamler 2 days ago 0 replies      
Networks, #networker in ircnet and #ix in /irc.terahertz.net
lcasela 2 days ago 1 reply      
#lounge @ entropynet
airnomad 2 days ago 0 replies      
#irssi on freenode, really helpful people
chadfowler 2 days ago 0 replies      
#shitfire!!! (on freenode). ;
MileyCyrax 2 days ago 1 reply      
#wizardchan on irc.rizon.net
fmanippo 2 days ago 0 replies      
For various tech subjects, servers, bsd, etc. #baot on irc.rizon.net is my go-to.
incidence 2 days ago 0 replies      
#defocus / ##defocus
emily_b 2 days ago 0 replies      
dogepro 2 days ago 0 replies      
hernan604 2 days ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: What are you working on and why is it cool? (February 2014)
65 points by cjbarber  20 hours ago   95 comments top 66
new299 20 hours ago 2 replies      
http://www.quantumbiosystems.com an IC that can read DNA without any complicated chemistry and on a device that costs dollars.

It's cool not only because it could revolutionize medical research and diagnostics. But also because it gives the world a fundamental new class of sensor on which new applications will be developed for years to come.

MojoJolo 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Right now, I'm working on Readborg [0], an Android app. It is a news reader for Philippine news. I know that there are lots of news reader out there, but I just checked the Play Store for News & Magazine category in the Philippines and it looks promising. The problem is, Flipboard, Feedly, and such caters majority of US and international news. For Readborg, I intend to cater Philippine news for Filipino readers.

Readborg is also tightly integrated with TextTeaser [1], an automatic summarization API that I created. Right now, it's on beta stage but you can already download it at Google Play Store [2] if Philippine news is relevant to you.

[0] http://ph.readborg.com/

[1] http://textteaser.com/

[2] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.readborg.r...

dschiptsov 19 hours ago 1 reply      
I am helping people to realize that life could be much more than this meaningless competition for so-called "success" fueled by greed, pride and exhibitionist consumption.)

I am high altitude trekking instructor and cultural guide for Himalayan region (Tibet, Nepal, North India). I provide no-nonsense introduction to Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, ancient, "primitive" ritual-based religions, tribal culture and traditions.

I am helping ex-addicts, like myself, to almost undo the accumulated damage and to rebuild themselves from within, by educating them in Eastern tradition of self-knowledge (our nature without religious nonsense).

I am also advocating "old-school" understanding-based approach to programming, as opposed to copy-paste-based modern coding.

mguillemot 19 hours ago 0 replies      

It's an action-oriented shmup/MMO which feels a bit like EVE Online on steroids.

It is cool because all the game industry AAA developers have been pouring dozens of millions of dollars to copy World of Warcraft for more than 10 years, and they kind of forget to innovate in the MMO field. Making something different and seeing players appreciate it is hugely rewarding!

Also, making a MMO as a sole developer is extremely gratifying as a technical challenge. Doing everything from the website, payment, 3d graphics, networking engine, procedural game content, distributed servers, reporting, data analytics, server monitoring, but also marketing, making video trailers, talking to the press, going to game conventions... well... it's incredibly intense and overwhelming at times, but makes me feel very much... alive?

chewxy 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Been working on a book on asshole Javascript. A/B testing two titles: Javascript Technical Interview Questions[0] and Underhanded Javascript[1]

It's cool because the way it came to be was entirely accidental. I was working on much larger VM project when I told my friends "Javascript is so shit I can write a book about it". One of my friends egged me on, and I accidentally wrote 2 chapters the day HN went down. I'm now at 10 chapters and still writing.

Also, I've never done anything like this so quickly before

[0]: https://leanpub.com/jsinterviewquestions

[1]: https://leanpub.com/underhandedjavascript

zarang 33 minutes ago 0 replies      
Developing a mobile phone app that can determine your blood pressure simply by placing your your fingertip on the phone's camera.

Why is it cool? Currently 65 million Americans have high blood pressure, more than 380,000 die each year primarily due to high blood pressure, and it costs over 45 billion dollars in direct medical costs. Of even greater concern is that over 45% of those with hypertension do not have it under control. [1,2]

This app will provide instant and ubiquitous information about their blood pressure to everyday citizens without the need for (as many) visits to the doctor, or the purchasing of expensive medical equipment. It will empower the people to take greater control of their own health, and offers the potential to greatly reduce the burden on an already-overstretched healthcare system.

As it is based purely on the phone's video camera, it will be the first time people can use their mobile phone to measure their blood pressure in the convenience of their own home, at a time that suits them, without the need for connecting your phone to additional proprietary specialist hardware.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm

[2] https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd...

robinwauters 20 hours ago 0 replies      
http://tech.eu because where else would people go to find out about cool tech and startups coming out of Europe without having to weed through too much crap?
zbruhnke 20 hours ago 1 reply      
http://spout.co -- We're trying to make building finance apps alot less scary for the average developer.

To be honest I see no reason why the average person can't add p2p payments into their app or why an accounting software should have to wait years before adding bank syncing.

We're making all of this do-able in a weekend or even at a hackathon.

We just launched to a few live customers last week and already we have a backlog that we can't keep up with, but we're hiring to keep up with demand and we're excited about where it can go.

We'd love thoughts and/or feedback if anyone is interested!

Avalaxy 14 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm working on a WP8 app for Kraken (the bitcoin exchange): http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=a3857353-599a-434f-8293-....

It's fully functional. It shows live rates, your open & closed orders, your balance and it has the ability to create and close orders.

I think it's cool because Windows Phone is the first platform that has a Kraken app, and this app is arguably the best bitcoin app on the WP platform.

Sir_Cmpwn 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Heard of the video game Starbound? http://playstarbound.com

I'm pretty heavily involved in Minecraft reverse engineering, and I've started a new website for reverse engineering Starbound. Dissecting the networking protocol, file formats, or whatever else fits in, it's fair game for the site. Come help out? http://starbound-dev.org

xerophtye 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Smarter NPC. Not an actual game yet, but i started out trying to create a generic AI system for NPC, because i really want to play games like that. So i decided to contribute to this dream by making an open-source AI module for NPC to help game developers create amazing games.

My idea is to make a Goal-based system. Each NPC would have a set of goals, and would weigh in available actions as to how closer it would take them to their goals. I decided to start of with something simple like "maximize gold" so the NPC would take actions that resulted in most gold increase. i figured if i did it right, the NPC would themsleves figure out paths in action-trees that would let them make more gold. for example, figuring out that making wooden stuff out of logs is more profitable than selling raw wood. Or that if you can afford it, hiring people to make the wooden stuff (like a business/company) is more profitable overall than doing it yourself (cuz of multi-threading, opportunity cost, overall path weight, etc).

So it would be cool to see NPC picking out roles themselves, forming in-game societies and behavin in line with their goals. heck maybe someone can make a game that would involve using people's goals to influence them

jbl 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on some apps that make it easy to track time on tasks. The end goal is to be able to build out personal workload forecasts.

The whole thing is built around integrations with existing services. Today, Asana and Toggl. Tomorrow, GitHub, Google Calendar, and who knows what else!

talmir 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Still heavily under development:http://charsheets.herokuapp.com/

Pathfinder d&d based character sheet manager. I got annoyed with the static and excel based offerings out there so I created my own. Currently I view it as near fully featured and want to make it work with more traffic than Heroku can support, but I have no idea how (web-hosting for these types of sites seems expensive as all heck).

Anywho, it was also a way for me to learn flask, bootstrap and knockout.

hdkmraf 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Was working on an automated cricket farm. Worked like a charm and didn't have to worry about water. But then got a mite infestation and had to release the little fellas. Will start again with a different design.

Working with life is awesome.

mherrmann 20 hours ago 2 replies      
Helium (http://heliumhq.com) is a library for web automation. It's cool because it takes 66% less code and 75% less effort to use than the de-facto standard for web automation, Selenium.
tagawa 19 hours ago 1 reply      
I've restarted working on http://myshigoto.com for finding English-speaking jobs in Japan) after doing pretty much nothing to it since creating it five years ago - scratching my own itch.

With the pick up in the Japanese economy recently I've noticed a few nice comments about it on blogs and forums. Not only is it satisfying to think I've helped people find a job, it's given me the incentive to improve it and maybe find a way to monetise it beyond just break-even AdSense revenue.

Sambdala 19 hours ago 1 reply      
A distributed, encrypted file backup system.


Backups are verified at regular intervals to reduce the amount of trust needed in the system, and every file is stored multiple times.

Eventually the goal is to attach a marketplace where end users will pay for the space they use and those who provide storage will get paid for doing so.

david927 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Brodlist (http://brodlist.com), because the web was never meant to be a bunch of read-only text files.

Our querying ability (no joins needed) and speed doesn't just open up big data and semantic data, but possibly even allows the web to be reshaped as a collection of data rather than text.

Achshar 20 hours ago 0 replies      
A media player in the browser, along with JARVIS like dashboard features like tracking space station flyover, keeping check on reddit, gmail, facebook etc notifications, moon phases, sun cycles, weather, sunrise sunset moon rise moon set notifications, torrent control and status notifications. All in one consolidated UI that is os and platform independent, runs in any standards compliant browser on any device/browser configurationon any device pc, hybrid touch phone tablet etc.

It runs offline, infact it keeps track of network connection changes and informs user if system goes online/offline. In chrome it also runs in background. I have implemented most of the above stuff other than facebook and remote control stuff. I plan to add bunch of other stuff, all I need is more time thanks to college. Anyone willing to invest? Lol.

sdesol 20 hours ago 0 replies      

It's re-imagining how you can interact with your codes history and GitHub pull requests. I'm desperately trying to get the installer and docs ready. The installer for Linux should be available this week and the installer for Mac OS X should be available next week.

S4M 8 hours ago 1 reply      
A web app to give maths exercise to high school students and correct them. I am making the app understand symbolic calculus, so it would pinpoint exactly what the student got wrong.
JamesChevalier 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm building http://citystrides.com ... It lets you track your running, city by city - the main purpose is to track the streets that you run in your city, but beyond that it also does shoe tracking, weather info, step counting (if you have a FitBit), and route sharing.

It started out with me wondering if I could run every street in my city (and not having a way to track that), but I'm growing it out to accommodate runners all over the world.

A huge byproduct of CityStrides is the collection of poly files for cities that I'm gathering at https://github.com/JamesChevalier/cities which can be used to generate OSM files out of larger regions.This data hasn't been available before now, so it might help create more city-focused projects.

kartikkumar 19 hours ago 0 replies      
A few different things:

- Finishing up my PhD -> working on figuring out what's going on in Uranus' outer ring system (https://github.com/kartikkumar/StoMi)

- http://www.gourbangrow.com -> My second attempt at a startup, focussed on the smart gardening/smart farming sector -> check it out!

- http://www.spaceup.nl -> bringing the SpaceUp movement (http://www.spaceup.org) to The Netherlands

creativityhurts 19 hours ago 0 replies      

Based on the Disciplined Entrepreneurship book and framework used by Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, DEToolbox is a set of checklists and tools to help you stay on track, and grow a healthy and successful startup.We already have a couple hundreds of users and the app is currently used at MIT as part of the Entrepreneurship Development Program.

stevekemp 11 hours ago 0 replies      
A self-hosted alternative to disqus:


Its cool because communication is fun.

(I will continue to plug my console email client to http://lumail.org/ because email is cool, and scripting email with lua is even cooler still!)

ergo14 19 hours ago 0 replies      
https://appenlight.com - Unique application exception and performance monitoring that saves time.

Why it's great?

Combining performance metrics + powerful exception reports and pure logging into single package makes optimization and debugging way easier than having X solutions in separate places. Works especially well for complex applications.

One of cool features is that we offer access to all data like SQL queries even in free plan - unlike New Relic and others.

benbojangles 20 hours ago 0 replies      
$100 Ghetto FPV Quadcopter (http://seedmediacreative.wix.com/teamghettosheep - It's a cheap DIY tutorial how to build your own FPV (first person view)micro quadcopter which weighs under 100grams.

The tutorial includes:-Video Transmitter build-Video Receiver build-Controller tray/holder build

I'm hoping to build a tiny 2gram on-screen-display (OSD) module that displays altitude & flight time. Also hoping to try Flir Lepton thermal camera too, but Flir are probably waterlogged with emails.

return0 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Traveling tips for getting from point a to Point b: http://hopgenie.com

(under construction)

victorin 19 hours ago 1 reply      
http://sdk.tradingmotion.com a high-level API for developing automatic trading systems, with open source examples.

It is cool because it aims to democratize algorithmic trading development using a geek approach.Algos are integrated with our marketplace http://isystems.com where clients all around the world use them on real accounts for a monthly fee.

lessmilk 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I set myself a challenge: build one new HTML5 game per week in order to learn how to make games. So far I've made 6 games, and 1) I already learned a lot, and 2) the feedback I'm getting from players is super positive.

Link: http://www.lessmilk.com

pretzel 20 hours ago 1 reply      
https://retred.org is a repository of (right now historical) events. There wasn't a good place where you can view and (soon will be able to add/edit) historical facts, not to mention cutting it up in various ways to see how things relate.
wilsonfiifi 8 hours ago 0 replies      
https://github.com/johnwilson/bytengine a CMS repository with an interesting twist, built with Go, Mongodb and Redis.

It's cool because it allows you to organize your content in files/folders and retrieve it using a rich query language.

f_gergo 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I popularize app-less procrastination killer: http://spiniot.com

Short story:

1. immediate effect of your effort is always fun

2. spinning something gives you that immediate effect

3. earlier phones were easy to spin, smartphones are like a brick, we wanted to change that.

I invited a psychologist to explain why ~600 users like to have a spiniot on their phones. He came up with these 3 ideas:

- immediate effect of effort gives you a rare positive sensation

- contrary to angular forms circular forms are engaging, when spinning your smartphone, you draw several colorful circular forms

- adults play for the same reason as kids

During occasional breaks, spinning your smartphone gives you a short but fulfilling positive sensation. After that you don't feel the urge to check all the usual distracting sources of procrastination (news, twitter, email...) and you are motivated to get back to what you were doing immediately.

tstack 14 hours ago 0 replies      
http://lnav.org -- A fancy log file viewer for the terminal. Cool because it provides a lot of features over 'tail -f' without being more complicated to use. Just point lnav at your files at it will auto-detect the messages format and present you with a single time-ordered view of your log files.

It also has more advanced features (http://lnav.org/features/) that are usually only available in server-based solutions, like doing SQL queries over log messages.

bharani_m 17 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.resumonk.com/ - Resumonk is an online resume (CV) maker.

I just launched a major update with lots of changes to the resume editor. Also improved the DOC conversion and templating code quite a bit.

It's cool because I think it is the most intuitive online resume maker out there that helps the job seekers in standing out from the other applicants through their resume but without actually going over the top with "super-creative" designs.

StuieK 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Slant (http://slant.co). I'm certainly biased, but I think it's slowly starting to get pretty useful for picking a tool/app/service etc with the collaborative pro/con UI. Example: http://www.slant.co/topics/103/~what-is-the-best-laptop-for-...
Risse 19 hours ago 0 replies      
http://coinsierra.com We are working on a C2C marketplace using Bitcoin. Bitcoin community seriously needs a proper and secure marketplace for customers selling goods.

It's been really fun on working on this, and we hope to release the preview of it this month.

versusdotcom 20 hours ago 2 replies      
We run Versus and are just working on automated comparisons of JS MV* frameworkscheck some examples:

Angular vs Backbone http://versus.com/en/angularjs-vs-backbone-js

Angular vs Ember http://versus.com/en/angularjs-vs-ember-js

React vs Backbone http://versus.com/en/react-vs-backbone-js

React vs Angular http://versus.com/en/react-vs-angularjs

Knockout vs Angular http://versus.com/en/knockout-js-vs-angularjs

Or compare any two frameworks by using the search on Versus.

meerita 20 hours ago 0 replies      

Because a simple tool to write & share beautifully is attracting a lot of people (+250k iOS users) and generating a different way of sharing text (+600k notes, now 12k daily). Also, technically speaking it's a nice example of technology marriage: the web and the native app enviroments. Android version soon, if you want to test drive, /android and suscribe.

I never got bored in the project. I've designed both iOS and the web applications and also helped to code LESS/HTML and SVG to create the base product and automated many things. It's fun as hell.

ankitoberoi 20 hours ago 0 replies      
AdPushup (http://www.adpushup.com), to help publisher optimize ad revenues.

http://www.adpushup.com/blog/adpushup-helped-publishers-doub... - This post helps explain what we do, much better.

GFD2 20 hours ago 0 replies      
ZikMe (http://www.ZikMe.org) a universal music database, it will provide open and editable information under Creative Commons license.

As we think information is the most powerful tool ever, we plan on radically change how we learn and discover music, and that is cool !!

zebra 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Tree based todo list + time tracker + productivity log + deadlines + work reports

Its main feature is to help you organize projects with 1000s of details in them

Note: it is usable at the moment, but it is not ready


diasks2 19 hours ago 0 replies      

Free video chat using WebRTC for teachers/students doing online English lessons. You can click on a chat bubble and correct your partner's English. The app then automatically color codes and annotates the mistakes. The app will also track your mistakes (by type) over time.

chaotic-good 19 hours ago 0 replies      
https://github.com/Lazin/Akumuli - embedded time-series database. I'm trying to achieve very high write throughput - about 1M updates per second. The key idea here is to store data in large sorted files and search them with interpolation search with fall-back to binary search in some cases. I expect this method to be much more efficient than b-tree or LSM-tree for time-series data.
guycook 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm still working on getting QML [0] running in the browser because I think it should be the write-once run-everywhere language of modern UIs. https://github.com/guycook/HQML

[0] http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-5.0/qtquick/qtquick-application...

michaelkoz 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I run http://goodereader.com basically a website devoted to digital publishing, e-reader and eBook industry news.

Also, http://apps.goodereader.com which is our android/blackberry 10 app store, over 100,000 apps so far, in terms of sheer amount of apps, we're the 6th largest in the world right now.

rgbrgb 20 hours ago 0 replies      
https://surfer.io/ because people should own the images they share
adaline 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Working on updating http://mixbolt.com/ , DJ tool in the browser.

I hope it lets lots of people enjoy their music without having to download or pirate expensive software. I have recently open sourced it and looking for help on the project: https://github.com/adaline/mixbolt

davodesign84 18 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.zonino.co.uk is a platform for finding tech jobs in London startups. We scrape the jobs automatically parse them with a natural language processing system (GATE), index them and make them available to the public. For free! It gives me a nice fuzzy feeling :
lauriswtf 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Datazenit Database management in the cloud. Live data visualizations, content editor, schema builder and more.

* Homepage: http://datazenit.com/

* Twitter: https://twitter.com/datazenit

hiburo 20 hours ago 0 replies      
We are working to make team management effortless and fun. Some of the features that make it possible: achievements, kanban board, online time counter, simple activity feed and dropbox integration. The result of this is called Hiburo [0].

[0] - https://hiburo.com/

alexbilbie 19 hours ago 2 replies      
http://elections.io/ site not available just yet) - open data platform with historical election results and candidates.

Launching in the next few weeks for the EU Parliament, UK 1/3 council, London borough, and mayoral elections.

publicprivacy 11 hours ago 0 replies      
entrylevel.co - Which will be a portal for entry level tech jobs. Since I had a hard time finding a good one. I believe this is a solvable problem.
pawelkomarnicki 19 hours ago 0 replies      
https://www.getlikemind.com it's a social network for meeting new, interesting people (no dating); today we roll out first stage of our web client, being also the Android and Windows Phone client ;
quantabytes 19 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.quantabytes.com makes Bitcoin analysis simple. It's cool to work on because we know almost nothing about the structure of Bitcoin's block chain and how it is evolving over time.
hfreire 20 hours ago 1 reply      
http://www.linkafy.comControl your home from a tablet. One app, multiple mobile platforms.An Internet of Things mobile application and Platform as a Service for appliance manufacturers.
cinskiy 19 hours ago 0 replies      
http://gameofworlds.net a voxel video game with custom everything.

It's cool because you can change everything, even program terrain and blocks distribution over the world.

grantism 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I Had this idea ages ago, but waited too long to start building it.

search for recipes based on the ingredients you have:http://chowdown.co

flipcoder 17 hours ago 0 replies      
p2p file transfer tool w/ some cool features like auto-accept rules, tag-based (semantic fs) syncing

http://deployanything.com (win,mac,lin + pi)

Tech: C++11, Qt, node.js

ossamaben 16 hours ago 0 replies      

The new way to read and discover newsletters.

buxton 13 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.passinglives.com an online obituary site, with a focus on long form photo obituaries so people are able to write a short story of someone's life rather than a few lines that you would find in a newspaper. A couple of sites in the States have a similar theme, but here in Europe still very much a new idea. We think it's cool because it's everything a newspaper obituary isn't - very affordable, global, interactive, perpetual, shareable. It's also ad free which makes it a respectable place to come to pay tribute to loved ones.
fawyd 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on a event/what to do discovery site that does not sucks :)
JoeyTheTitan 20 hours ago 0 replies      
An iPhone app that motivates you to work harder.. Simply put you set goals and then.... I really can't give the idea away, I'm working hard day and night and it will be released in the next 8 weeks.

This app motivates you to achieve your goals. There are 3 twists on my idea however which make it different to other apps. I will definitely be using it myself so hopefully other will feel it helps them to achieve their goals also :)

pypetey 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I am working on a site for adding local adverts: http://oglos.info/

I am trying to create unique, simple and compact navigation. It's an early version of my page but I'd appreciate all hints, suggestions, directions etc.

scotthtaylor 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Great thread!
feedeo 20 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.feedeo.io Automatically advertise your products on every search.
Where can I get a data dump of all HN comments?
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sheff 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Instead of scraping HN directly, have you looked at the HN Search API, from the old HN search engine ? ( https://www.hnsearch.com/api )

The current search engine looks like it also has an API ( https://hn.algolia.com/api ). Presumably they have a full dataset on hand, which you may be able to get if you contact them.

acosmism 22 hours ago 2 replies      
Scrape it
Show HN:Scanova: Create and Manage QR Code campaigns
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Ask HN: What's the worst you've ever screwed up at work?
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patio11 5 days ago 6 replies      
I've only cried literal tears once in the last ten years, over business. Due to inattention while coding during an apartment move, I pushed a change to Appointment Reminder which was poorly considered. It didn't cause any immediate problems and passed my test suites, but the upshot is it was a time bomb that would inevitably bring down the site's queue worker processes and keep them down.

Lesson #1: Don't code when you're distracted.

Some hours later, the problem manifested. The queue workers came down, and AR (which is totally dependent on them for its core functionality) immediately stopped doing the thing customers pay me money to do. My monitoring system picked up on this and attempted to call me -- which would have worked great, except my cell phone was in a box that wasn't unpacked yet.

Lesson #2a: If you're running something mission critical, and your only way to recover from failure means you have to wake up when the phone rings, make sure that phone stays on and by you.

Later that evening I felt a feeling of vague unease about my change earlier and checked my email from my iPad. My inbox was full of furious customers who were observing, correctly, that I was 8 hours into an outage. Oh dear. I ssh'ed in from the iPad, reverted my last commit, and restarted the queue workers. Queues quickly went down to zero. Problem solved right?

Lesson #3: If at all possible, avoid having to resolve problems when exhausted/distracted. If you absolutely must do it, spend ten extra minutes to make sure you actually understand what went wrong, what your recovery plan is, and how that recovery plan will interact with what went wrong first.

AR didn't use idempotent queues (Lesson #4: Always use idempotent queues), so during the outage, every 5 minutes on a cron job every person who was supposed to be contacted that day got one reminder added to the queue. Fortuitously, AR didn't have all that many customers at the time, so only 15 or so people were affected. Less than fortuitously, those 15 folks had 10 to 100 messages queued, each. As soon as I pressed queues.restart() AR delivered all of those phone calls, text messages, and emails. At once.

Very few residential phone systems or cell phones respond in a customer-pleasing manner to 40 simultaneous telephone calls. It was a total DDOS on my customers' customers.

I got that news at 3 AM in the morning Japan time, at my new apartment, which didn't have Internet sufficient to run my laptop and development environment to see e.g. whose phones I had just blown up. Ogaki has neither Internet cafes nor taxis available at 3 AM in the morning. As a result, I had to put my laptop in a bag and walk across town, in the freezing rain, to get back to my old apartment, which still had a working Internet connection.

By the time I had completed the walk of shame I was drenched, miserable, and had magnified the likely impact that this had on customers' customers in my own mind. Then I got to my old apartment and checked email. The first one was, as you might expect, rather irate. And I just lost it. Broke down in tears. Cried for a good ten minutes. Called my father to explain what had happened, because I knew that I had to start making apology calls and wasn't sure prior to talking to him that I'd be able to do it without my voice breaking.

The end result? Lost two customers, regained one because he was impressed by my apology. The end users were mostly satisfied with my apologies. (It took me about two hours on the phone, as many of them had turned off their phones when they blew up.)

You'd need a magnifying glass to detect it ever happened, looking on any chart of interest to me. The software got modestly better after I spent a solid two weeks on improved fault tolerance and monitoring.

Lesson the last: It's just a job/business. The bad days are usually a lot less important in hindsight than they seem in the moment.

yan 5 days ago 2 replies      
Not the worst at all, but probably one I found most amusing. One of my jobs included some sys admin tasks (this wasn't the position, but we all did dev ops), among my other responsibilities. I spent half a day going through everything with the person responsible for most of the admin tasks at the time. She was an extremely dilligent and competent admin, did absolutely everything through configuration management and kept very thorough personal logs and documentation on the entire network. One of my first tasks was to change backup frequency (or other singular change) and going by how I usually did things at the time, just sudid a vi session, changed the frequency and restarted the service.

She found out about it pretty quickly due to having syslog be a constant presence in one of her gnu screen windows and gave me a look. She quickly reverted what I did, updated our config management tool, tested it, then deployed it, while explaining why this was the right way to do things. I slowly came around to doing things the right way and haven't thought much about the initial incident until we found her personal logs that she archived and left on our public network share for future reference.

In the entries for the day that I started, we saw the following two lines:

    [*] 2007/09/09 09:58 - yan started. gave sudo privs and initial hire forms.    [*] 2007/09/09 10:45 - revoked yan's sudo privs.

ggreer 5 days ago 4 replies      
One summer in college, I got an internship at a company that made health information systems. After fixing bugs in PHP scripts for a couple weeks, I was granted access to their production DB. (Hey, they were short on talent.) This database stored all kinds of stuff, including the operating room schedules for various hospitals. It included who was being operated on, when, what operation they were scheduled for, and important information such as patient allergies, malignant hyperthermia, etc.

I was a little sleepy one morning and accidentally connected to prod instead of testing. I thought, "That's weird, this UPDATE shouldn't have taken so long-oh shit." I'd managed to clear all allergy and malignant hyperthermia fields. For all I knew, some anesthesiologist would kill a patient because of my mistake. I was shaking. I immediately found the technical lead, pulled him from a meeting, and told him what happened. He'd been smart enough to set up hourly DB snapshots and query logs. It only took five minutes to restore from a snapshot and replay all the logs, not including my UPDATE.

Afterwards, my access to prod was not revoked. We both agreed I'd learned a valuable lesson, and that I was unlikely to repeat that mistake. The tech lead explained the incident to the higher-ups, who decided to avoid mentioning anything to the affected hospitals.

If it's any consolation, the company is no longer in business.

Just remember when you screw things up: Your mistake probably won't get anyone killed, so don't panic too much.

hluska 5 days ago 4 replies      
A local Subway franchise was the very first company that hired me. I was extremely young, shy, and intensely socially awkward, yet excited to join the workforce (as I had my eyes set on a Pentium processor).

When I worked at Subway, the bread dough came frozen, but you would put loaves in a proofer, proof it for a certain amount of time, and then bake it. My first shift, however, got busy and I left several trays in the proofer for a very, very long time. Consequently, they rose to roughly the size of loaves of bread, as opposed to the usual buns.

It was my very first shift alone at any job in my life, so I did the most logical thing I could think of and put the massive buns in the oven. They cooked up nicely enough and I thought I was saved. Until I tried to cut into one.

Back in that day, Subway used to cut those silly u-shaped gouges out of their buns. In retrospect, I think this was most likely a bizarre HR technique designed to weed out the real dummies, but at the time I was oblivious (likely because I was one of the dummies they should have weeded out). When I ran out of the normal bread, I grabbed one of my monstrosities, tried to cut into it, and discovered that it was not only rock hard, but the loaf broke apart as I tried to cut it.

That night, my severe shyness and social awkwardness had their first run-in with beasts known as angry customers. I was scared I would get fired, so I promptly made new buns, but spent the rest of my shift trying to get rid of my blunder. I discovered some really interesting things about people that night. First, you'd be surprised how incredibly nice customers are if you are straight up with them. Some customers I never met before met the big, crumbly buns as an adventure and, in doing so, helped me sell all the ruined buns.

In the end, I came clean (and didn't get fired). That horrible night was a huge event in the dismantling of my shell. It taught me an awful lot about ethics. And frankly, that brief experience in food service forever changed how I deal with staff in similar types of jobs.

Smerity 5 days ago 1 reply      
I was testing disaster recovery for the database cluster I was managing. Spun up new instances on AWS, pulled down production data, created various disasters, tested recovery.

Surprisingly it all seemed to work well. These disaster recovery steps weren't heavily tested before. Brilliant! I went to shut down the AWS instances. Kill DB group. Wait. Wait... The DB group? Wasn't it DB-test group...

I'd just killed all the production databases. And the streaming replicas. And... everything... All at the busiest time of day for our site.

Panic arose in my chest. Eyes glazed over. It's one thing to test disaster recovery when it doesn't matter, but when it suddenly does matter... I turned to the disaster recovery code I'd just been testing. I was reasonably sure it all worked... Reasonably...

Less than five minutes later, I'd spun up a brand new database cluster. The only loss was a minute or two of user transactions, which for our site wasn't too problematic.

My friends joked later that at least we now knew for sure that disaster recovery worked in production...

Lesson: When testing disaster recovery, ensure you're not actually creating a disaster in production.

jawns 5 days ago 2 replies      
I run Correlated.org, which is the basis for the upcoming book "Correlated: Surprising Connections Between Seemingly Unrelated Things" (July 2014, Perigee).

I had had some test tables sitting around in the database for a while and decided to clean them up. I stupidly forgot to check the status of my backups; because of an earlier error, they were not being correctly saved.

So, I had a bunch of tables with similar names:

    users_1024    users_1025    users_1026
I decided to delete them all in one big swoop.

Guess what got deleted along with them? The actual users table (which I've since renamed to something that does not even contain "users" in it).

So, how do you recover a users table when you've just deleted it and your backup has failed?

Well, I happened to have all of my users' email addresses stored in a separate mailing list table, but that table did not store their associated user IDs.

So I sent them all an email, prompting them to visit a password reset page.

When they visited the page, if their user ID was stored in a cookie -- and for most of them, it was -- I was able to re-associate their user ID with their email address, prompt them to select a new password, and essentially restore their account activity.

There was a small subset of users who did not have their user IDs stored in a cookie, though.

Here's how I tackled that problem:

Because the bulk of a user's activity on the site involves answering poll questions, I prompted them to select some poll questions that they had answered previously, and that they were certain they could answer again in the same way. I was then able to compare their answers to the list of previous responses and narrow down the possibilities. Once I had narrowed it down to a single user, I prompted them to answer a few more "challenge" questions from that user's history, to make sure that the match was correct. (Of course, that type of strategy would not work for a website where you have to be 100% sure, rather than, say, 98% sure, that you've matched the correct person to the account.)

gmays 5 days ago 1 reply      
In late 2008 when I was in the Marines and deployed to Iraq I was following too closely behind the vehicle in front while crossing a wadi and we hit an IED (the first of 3 that day).

Nobody was killed, but we had a few injured. Thankfully the brunt of it hit the MRAP in front of us. If it hit my vehicle (HMMWV, flat bottom) instead I probably wouldn't be here.

That was the first major operation on my first deployment, too. Hello, world!

My takeaway? Shit just got real.

We ended up stranded that night after the 3rd IED strike (our "rescuers" said it was too dangerous to get us). It was the scariest day of my life, but in similar future situations it was different. I still felt fear and the reality of the existential threat, but I accepted it. It was almost liberating. Strange.

I deployed for another year after that (to Afghanistan that time). After Afghanistan I left the Corps and started my company. Because if it fails, what's the worst that can happen? Lulz.

wpietri 5 days ago 2 replies      
Long ago when I was, I think, a sophomore in college and worked for the university IT group, I was trying to add an external drive to an early NeXT machine [1]. I wanted to try out their fancy GUI development stuff, you see. I was at best a modestly competent Unix admin, and this was circa NextStep 1.0, so the OS was... rough. It was in the dark days of SCSI terminators, so just telling if the drive was properly connected and, if so, how to address it was challenging.

After a couple hours of swearing, instead of working from a root shell in my own account, I just logged into the GUI as root. And there was a pretty interface showing the disks. I could just click on one and format it. Hooray!

Well either the GUI was buggy or I clicked on the wrong disk, because as the format was going, I realized the external drive wasn't doing anything. I was formatting the internal boot hard drive. And since nobody but me gave a crap about this weird free box somebody had given them, they had repurposed it. As a file server. For the home directories of a bunch of my colleagues. Who were now collecting around me wondering what was going on. Oops.

No problem, says I. I'll just restore from backups. But this thing used a weird magneto-optical drive [2]. The only boot media we had was on an MO disk. The backups were on another. And there was only one of these drives, probably only one in the whole state. The drives were, of course, incredibly slow, especially if you needed to swap disks. Which, I eventually discovered, I would have to do about a million times to have a hope of recovery.

Long story short, I spent 28 hours in a row in that chair. It was my immersion baptism [2] in the ways of being a sysadmin. The things I learned:

Fear the root shell. It should be treated with as much caution as a live snake.

Have backups. People will do dumb things; be ready.

A backup plan where you have never tried restoring anything may lead to more excitement than you want.

Be suspicious of GUI admin tools. Avoid new GUI admin tools if at all possible. Let somebody else be the one to discover the dangerous flaws.

If you were smart enough to break something, you're smart enough to fix it. Don't give up.

When some young idiot fucks up, check to make sure that they are sufficiently freaked out. If they are, no need to yell at them. Instead support them in solving the problem.

Seriously, my colleagues were awesome about this. I went on to become an actual paid sysadmin, and spent many years enjoying the work. The experience taught me fear, and a level of care that sticks with me today. I'm sure at the time I was wishing somebody would wave a magic wand and make it the problems go away, but working through it gave me a level of comfort in apparent disasters that has been helpful many times since.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXTcube[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto-optical_drive[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immersion_baptism

jboggan 5 days ago 2 replies      
I love these topics.

~ 2007, working in a large bioinformatics group with our own very powerful cluster, mainly used for protein folding. Example job: fold every protein from a predicted coding region in a given genome. I was mostly doing graph analysis on metabolic and genetic networks though, and writing everything in Perl.

I had a research deadline coming up in a month, but I was also about to go on a hunting trip and be incommunicado for two weeks. I had to kick off a large job (about 75,000 total tasks) but I figured spread over our 8,000 node cluster it would be okay (GPFS storage, set up for us by IBM). I kicked off the jobs as I walked out the door for the woods.

Except I had been doing all my testing of those jobs locally, and my Perl environment was configured slightly differently on the cluster, so while I was running through billions of iterations on each node I was writing the same warning to STDOUT, over and over. It filled up the disks everywhere and caused an epic I/O traffic jam that crashed every single long-running protein folding job. The disk space issues caused some interesting edge cases and it was basically a few days before the cluster would function properly and not lose data or crash jobs. The best part was that I was totally unreachable and thus no one could vent their ire, causing me to return happy and well-rested to an overworked office brimming with fermented ill-will. And I didn't get my own calculations done either, causing me to miss a deadline.

Lessons learned:

1) PRODUCTION != DEVELOPMENT ever ever ever ever2) Big jobs should be proceeded by small but qualitatively identical test jobs 3) Don't launch any multi-day builds on a Friday4) Know what your resource consumption will mean for your colleagues in the best and worst cases5) Make sure any bad code you've written has been aired out before you go on vacation6) Don't use Perl when what you really needed was Hadoop

nostromo 5 days ago 0 replies      
I was once in charge of running an A/B test at my work. Part of the test involved driving people to a new site using AdWords.

After the test was complete, I forgot to turn off the Adwords. (Such a silly mistake...) Nobody notices until our bill arrives from Google, and it's substantially higher than normal. When my coworker came to ask me about it, "are these your campaigns?!?" I just sank in my chair.

I think it cost the company $30k. I suppose it's not that much money in the grand scheme of things, but I felt very bad.

tptacek 5 days ago 0 replies      
I once accidentally ruined the Internet.


leothekim 5 days ago  replies      
Not the worst, but certainly most infamous thing I've done: I was testing a condition in a frontend template which, if met, left a <!-- leo loves you --> comment in the header HTML of all the sites we served. Unfortunately the condition was always met and I pushed the change without thinking. This was back in the day when bandwidth was precious and extraneous HTML was seriously frowned upon. We didn't realize it was in production for a week, at which point several engineers actually decided to leave it in as a joke. Then someone higher up found out and browbeat me into removing it, citing bandwidth and disk space costs.

Now, if you go to a CNET site and view source, there's a <!-- Chewie loves you --> comment. I like to think of that as an homage to my original fuckup.

Ask HN: One Labor Union if hourly
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Ask HN: How to promote an API to developers?
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Ask HN: How much of an impact do you expect from Fed tapering?
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rajacombinator 1 hour ago 0 replies      
The whole thing is a head fake. Even more money will flow into the startup world when they ramp up the next level of QE.
phantom_oracle 3 hours ago 0 replies      
You are forgetting the lag effect.

It will take a while for this to trickle to the VC market. Consider a situation where most of them have already raised funds. They may become more picky because of reanalyzing long-term effects (shittier IPOs), but they will still have money to invest.

If you are worried, perhaps you should consider the alternate: bootstrapped model.

It seems that even though bootstrapped companies grow much slower, these companies are a lot more healthy and aren't regulated as much by financial markets (no boom or bust models).

Ask HN: What's a hacker's setup for home automation in an Internet of things?
5 points by marc0  18 hours ago   2 comments top 2
JacobH 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Fiber Optics and USB[X.0] ran everywhere.

Projectors would be more commonplace.

Better home security would be way more affordable. Facial recognition, retina scanning, finger prints etc.

Just a few guesses from the top of the head.

matmann2001 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I would design the electrical system to support PLC control for all outlets and built-in appliances.
Ask HN: would you get involved in a pre-mine HN currency distributed by karma?
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rms 17 hours ago 1 reply      
I've been waiting to cash out my hacker news karma for years!
Ask PG: What is the best non-computer hack ever described in a YC application?
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Ask HN: I'm thinking of building an app that records who you are with...
6 points by captainbenises  1 day ago   12 comments top 6
wingerlang 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Not sure what the other commenters mean with "HN is not the place for this". He is asking about an idea, he is not testing anything.

As for the app, and also as someone who loves tracking himself, I would like it. In fact, I did this manually in my google calendar at one point but only for a month or so because there was too much friction.

I am also interested in how it would detect being with someone. Seems strange. Another solution, which I am using in a personal tracking project, could be to simply send a local notification at the end of each day - asking "Who were you with today?". I've noticed that this works pretty well. I send one to myself once after 24 hours, and then twice (+24more) if the first one was not "answered".

krapp 1 day ago 1 reply      
There are already plenty of apps which do similar things, like foursquare, but they tend to focus on locations rather than people (x went to this restaurant, etc.)

As you describe it, I don't see why I as a user would want other users to know who i've been hanging out with. If you can find a way to do it that doesn't seem quite so neo-Orwellian then there might be some value to it, otherwise other apps are already doing it better and I think you'll have quite a lot of network effect to overcome.

doubt_me 1 day ago 2 replies      
1. How does it detect?2. How does it make money?3. How does it make money?
Synergyse 1 day ago 0 replies      
Path launched an app called With that pretty much did this http://blog.path.com/post/6288422944/introducing-with-a-path...
argonaut 1 day ago 1 reply      
HN isn't a place where you should be testing a social app.
ms5559 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think the idea lacks in creativity and utility. But then again so do most social apps. I agree that HN is not then place for this sort of thing.
Disillusioned with teaching
12 points by kerven  1 day ago   6 comments top 6
adregan 1 day ago 0 replies      
I switched from teaching to development (front end) in the last year. My background is in literature and I taught poetry at universities in America (adjunct) and I taught general lit. at an international school in Japan for a few years. Even though I loved teaching, I quit for a few reasons.

- I gave serious thought to what kinds of projects I'd like to be working on in 5 years, and discovered that I wanted to contribute to society on a larger scaleI wanted to affect more lives.

- Teaching didn't allow for constant iteration. I couldn't test out new ideas as quickly as I would like. If I blew a lesson, I'd have to wait another year to try and make it better.

- The institutions felt slow to adapt and change, and there was constantly push back when I tried to do something different.

- I completely understand the feeling of burning outit's very real for teachers (and students)but the worst feeling that comes with teaching is how sad it is every year to say goodbye to your students after spending so much time investing in their well being.

I really enjoy front end development and user interaction, and on top of that I find programming creatively satisfying, but it was hard to figure out how to get my foot in the door, so here's the approach I took.

Stay focusedonce you start getting down the rabbit hole, try not to get distracted by all of the cool stuff you find. I was constantly tempted by other languages and platforms (iOS development always looks so great), but I really wanted to be a front end dev (I was getting back into it after years away), so I had to put on blinders and really focus on the core front end stack.

Learn your toolsfinding out the baseline of knowledge for the field you want to enter is paramount, but so is learning how to use the tools. I think having grunt in my toolbox has been paramount in allowing me to level up quicklylearning best practices by osmosis.

Don't let being a teacher work against youAfter years of trying to teach students to appreciate weirdo obscure lit, I learned to pay attention and ask better questions. I learned that my first instincts about how to do things was usually wrong, and I had to be willing to kill my darlings. For me, this skill manifests itself when architecting UI or thinking about user experience. Using software for the user is like learning something new. How can you set the user up to succeed. This is taken from my cover letter:

"What a teacher or a developer/designer should do is help a user recognize patterns and give them enough information to fill in any gaps and reaffirm what they already know. However, it's difficult to know where you should begin, when you should take a step back and simplify an abstract concept. That's why a teacher or a developer's main task is to observe, ask questions, and take feedbackto swallow one's ego and remain flexible."

If you've been teaching for more than a week, you know how to swallow your ego and take feedback. On top of that, you're likely very patient. These are strengths you developed via teaching.

A further strength you've developed is the ability to _teach_. Developing is ripe with teaching opportunities. You likely write great documentation, great code comments, and do so in a way that is very complete without making someone feel as though you're talking down to them.

You're also pretty good a planning a project. I always felt that 80% of good teaching was due to adequate preparation. I've been honing this skill and taking advantage of my tooling to help me architect my projects. For example, assume you're working on a project which will be used in multiple instances. The core will remain the same but the outward manifestation will change from instance to instance. Good planning beforehand will likely aid you in maintaining that project in the future (so you don't have forks on top of forks).

And I'll return to patience. Teaching is probably the hardest job in the world, and you've learned to be patient. This is a huge asset. Play it up.

You're not going to try to convince these companies that you're a good fit despite your experience teaching but because of it. Apply for positions where they will see a real benefits from your teaching experience. Perhaps something where your work will interface with users. You probably won't enjoy a job where your work exists behind the scenes and is largely esoteric. You've got that education itch to scratch, and it probably won't ever go away.

You need someone to take a chance on you; make the conversation about your strengths (of which there are likely many).

(One caveat: I quit my teaching job before I had a programming job and spent a few months trying to bring my skills up to an appropriate before applying to positions. This was a very scary time, but in the end it paid off. It was a big leap, and it worked out, but nerve wracking nonetheless)

Good Luck.

JackMorgan 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I also used to me a middle school teacher, now turned full stack developer.

For me the best skills teaching taught me were being patient, prepared, and calm in almost any situation. As a teacher you know how to tackle political situations very similar to what you'll see in an office.

Within two years as a developer, I was running a program at my work in which I'd hire and train new grads by pair programming with them. I'd still have to get done a full weeks work, but I'd get to pair exclusively with a "mentee" for a couple months till they were up to speed. It was awesome to get to use my skills that way.

The hardest thing I still struggle with is not smothering my coworkers when they are stuck. Most developers got where they are by being good at struggling through challenges, and therefore more do not enjoy their hands being held through a "teaching moment". I've had to learn to take a very subtle touch through most of those.

How I actually transitioned is sadly just luck. I duel studied CS and education in college, and a friend of mine offered me a development job when he saw how miserable I was. I wish there was a simple trick I could offer, but no.

What I would suggest though is to go to meetups in your area. Find a technology to learn, and go to meetups about that. While you are learning it, pick a topic not recently covered by a group, and present on it. You'll be great at that, and it will demonstrate both your technical knowledge and your social/team skills.

If you're ever in the Philadelphia area, let me know, and I'll buy you a coffee and talk your ear off.

glimcat 1 day ago 0 replies      
This is a very common issue, and you shouldn't feel bad about deciding it's not for you. It's also common to have guilt or self-identity issues for a while after leaving.

Math is kind of a broad area. Some people coming from it will have a very easy time adapting to software or finance, others will have to start more or less from scratch. There's also the question of whether you'll like it. Good signs are if you're more towards the applied / problem solving side, and if you have fond memories of playing in Mathematica.

Since the problem is fit and lifestyle more than other issues, you might consider going for internships first. This would give you a way to get your feet wet and test for fit before over-investing too much in one path, and it could also give you an easier way to transition into the industry.

And yeah, LOTS of people do get into those fields from math, random sciences, engineering..."your major is not your career."

Note on internships:

At least in the US, internships do have to be paid if you're producing actual work product - despite what a lot of companies will try to pull. "Companies who are unaware of basic employment law or who think it's fun to flout labor laws" is a good filter for companies that aren't worth your time.

timthorn 1 day ago 0 replies      
Try looking in the independent sector for teaching positions? Pay is much better and there's much less governmental meddling.
microcolonel 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you're having trouble justifying time spent on developing software, why not develop software which helps you manage your teaching job? Most software is pretty generic, so experience on any old project should involve a wide enough array of knowledge to give you a start.
ExAcademic 1 day ago 0 replies      
Teaching is a thankless job, and that fact is particularly soul crushing to those who want to do a good job and work hard. Thanks for trying to improve maths education with your hard earned degree.

Maybe it's possible (albeit challenging) to change your role to one with the aspects you like (teaching) without those you dislike (ridiculous hours and meddling)?

In a slightly older but similar version of your situation, I quit my 15 years of secondary and third level teaching (also in the UK) to join a software multinational and promote computer science (with kids & adults). The job is different but in my (so far limited) experience, far more rewarding than almost all aspects of traditional teaching (no silly paperwork, better financial rewards).

I think what helped me get the job was not my extensive teaching experience or research publications (I doubt they even took them into consideration) but my passion for the subject, track record at inspiring kids and the educational open source software I had developed.

Best advice I can think of, if you are dedicated to building a portfolio, build software that you use in class. That way you can mentally justify the time (I need this to teach) and also test its efficacy. Good luck.

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