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Ask HN: Could blockchain-verified single-use keys be used to unlock phones?
3 points by fooodme  2 hours ago   discuss
Warn HN: CrashPlan are deleting backups older than 6 months with no notice
14 points by SimonPStevens  6 hours ago   2 comments top 2
jarrodatCode42 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Hello All,

Jarrod from Code42 here. Sorry about the scare. Wanted to clarify a few things.

If a restore has been initiated from the archive of the device in question it's considered "connected" and your data won't be deleted. To be clear - no automated process is going to remove your data while youre restoring.

You are correct in your assumption about the other devices we are in the process of enforcing this policy when we previously haven't. We realize that many users won't be aware of this existing retention policy. That's why we've been testing different messages to small batches of users (small meaning .3% of our user base) and seeing how they respond.

Like the email says many of the affected archives are from backups that were once connected to an older device. This often happens because people aren't aware of our "adoption" process that is used to connect and existing backup to a new device. Because silent, continuous backup is very "set it and forget" many folks just end up backing up their new machine instead of getting rid of the old backup. Bit by bit the data in those forgotten archives adds up. Thus why weve begun enforcing this policy.

Were trying to learn as much as possible from these small test batches so that we can clean up some of these dusty archives as we call them sooner rather than later while making sure we do right by our customers. Ive certainly learned a lot from the feedback youve provided here.

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Best Regards,


jtrtoo 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I can understand the policy and the action, but the notification should come prior to deletion. And possibly include a per machine opt-out for paying customers. (For the record I am a paying customer and have a couple old backups, but haven't yet run across this.)
Ask HN: Our Startup is meeting with Amazon Corporate, what should we expect?
5 points by amazonquestion  3 hours ago   3 comments top 3
zhte415 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Go to Harvard's Program on Negotiation website and practice a few of the role plays, particularly those focused on 2-party dialogues.


This will help you all get a bit more familiar with how to discuss options, not get anchored around a single point, and the power of information (which you seem to be worried about).

The role simulations, together with debriefing notes, can be downloaded here: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/shop/category/role-simulations/

ClickQuestion 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't know what business experience you have on your team, but make sure someone with enough of a business mind is the one driving the process on your side.

The technical details are just that - implementation details. Talk about features & benefits. How you do it is not relevant to a corporate development discussion.

There's no reason to allow that kind of detailed conversation to happen, especially not before figuring out what your stuff is worth to THEM.

They are clearly interested, play your cards carefully. There's very little to gain from oversharing, despite how hard they made try to persuade you otherwise.

Share strategicially. If you've already got credibility and traction and prototypes, demonstrating your competence can be "it works".

felisml 2 hours ago 0 replies      
If you tell me what your thing does, I can probably get a working prototype together within six months, even absent any more technical detail than "applying deep learning to audio processing." That's the nature of the thing. Once you show people that something can be done, they can probably figure out a way to do it themselves. If they really wanted to, they could probably even toss a bunch of patents in your direction and work out the specific details later.

So while I would avoid spelling everything out & focus on practical / business details...you're mostly worrying about the wrong stuff.

PG's essay about corpdev might be worth your time. http://paulgraham.com/corpdev.html

Ask HN: Book for learning about the history of operating systems and software?
3 points by historythrow  6 hours ago   3 comments top 3
jonjacky 5 minutes ago 0 replies      
There aren't many books about this. Instead there are papers that describe historic systems at particular points in time, or describe (part of) the history of a particular system.

For programming languages, the canonical papers appeared in the three History of Programming Languages (HOPL) conferences:


For Unix and C history, start with Dennis Ritchie's page (scroll down to Unix papers):


For the Internet, there is this review of classic papers on the Internet and some alternatives:


There are also some popular books on Internet history - a good one is Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner and Mathew Lyon.

You might find something interesting among these miscellaneous links on computing history:


and Unix/Linux history (scroll down to Unix heritage society):


still more here about Unix and other systems:


Historical descriptions of a few influential systems and many obscure ones:


percept 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Based on your question, you might enjoy:


MarlonPro 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Here's a start: "A Brief History of Computing- Operating Systems"


Ask HN: What are you working on and why is it awesome? Please include URL
298 points by sebg  1 day ago   585 comments top 293
bazillion 1 day ago 6 replies      
I created a completely new branch of advertising, which basically superimposes advertisements directly over images in a way that actually benefits consumers: http://pleenq.com/.

Here's a demo video (fairly old, have to still update with the latest look): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GfKBvs53Ss

Say you have a picture on a blog post showing a car engine, explaining how to fix something inside of it. You could highlight/link all the individual parts in that car to where your users can buy them on O'Reilly Auto Parts, and make a commission each time they make a purchase (affiliate marketing). I think this type of advertisement is 1) beneficial for users for its informative nature, 2) leads to bloggers being able to focus on content instead of worming offputting advertising into their blogs (such as banner ads), and 3) could lead to a more interactive internet where things in any image can be purchased or even just linked to for informative purposes[1].

[1] A video showing how my product could link to wikipedia items: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmbBa3TPgg

Edit: I appreciate the support votes! Feel free to ask any questions you have. There's also a support forum at https://www.reddit.com/r/pleenq/ if you want to subscribe and follow the progress along as we grow.

iamleppert 1 day ago 9 replies      
Kespry - http://www.kespry.com/

We provide a drone to the (primarily aggregates/mining) industry that can create highly detailed survey quality maps. Our customers can use the data in measuring the volume of their material (stockpiles) and in planning a big project, construction, etc. Basically anything you can imagine someone would need information about a physical location from above.

We develop the full stack in house. In that I mean electronics (PCB board level), drone hardware (mechanical), low-level embedded software, and flight controller software. We also develop an iPad app that allows customers to easily operate the drone autonomously.

We also do all the data processing, using photogrammetry and open source mapping frameworks and tools (gdal) and provide users with a web interface via our Cloud platform for them to view, manipulate and download their data.

yoha 1 day ago 3 replies      
Spyce: Python in outer space!

Basically, a very much work-in-progress pile of code to plan orbital trajectories and interplanetary travel. Its also quite handy when doing simple computations:

 >>> # distance to the Sun, in light-seconds >>> Earth.orbit.semi_major_axis / c 499.00650691887006 >>> # Martian year, in (usual Earth) days >>> Mars.orbit.period / Earth.solar_day 686.9944644093075 >>> # ping to New Horizons (light roundtrip), in hours >>> (Pluto.orbit.periapsis - Earth.orbit.apoapsis) / c / 3600 * 2 7.9167895224639375
The graphical interface does work though! (kinda) It's initially inspired from Kerbal Space Program, so it defaults to showing Kerbin and its universe. However, you can choose Earth instead. I like to just zoom in and out, and explore the Solar system; the vastness of that is so mindblowing!

How yeah, and a link: https://github.com/qsantos/spyce/

johnnyg 1 day ago 7 replies      

Unlike 98% of the industry, we sell CPAP equipment for cash prices. This means that you, not the insurance company, are the respected and valued customer.

The "cash CPAP" space means:

1. A market incentive to build people first instead of billing code first products.

2. A market comfort items that would never be produced in a billing code world.

3. A system where it pays to pick up the phone and know all about the product you are selling, which is different from the model where I ship it, bill it and don't get paid to support it.

4. $189 CPAPs (way cheaper than your copay and deductible through insurance) and $1000 machines (way better than what an insurance provider could give you profitably). The best of both worlds, whatever you need it available.

Insurance is great for heart surgery and awful for OTC and sub $1000 medical products. We don't think that change is understood in our healthcare debate and we've built a sustainable market that is the change we want to see.

When we're done, people with Sleep Apnea will have access to buy CPAP stuff like they buy Amazon stuff and they won't think twice about it. It'll "just" work and be nothing special. That may not be as sexy as building a drone or going to Mars, but fixing a chunk of healthcare is difficult and worth it. If we can do it, and we will do it, we'll have a huge and lasting impact.

dangrossman 1 day ago 5 replies      
I rewrote https://www.w3counter.com from scratch over the past month, and just put it online two days ago.

W3Counter was a 12-year-old website offering web stats reports and hit counters with 30-something-thousand users. I ditched all the old code, and the data model, and the business model, and started from scratch. New framework, new way of storing and analyzing stats that scales better and provides more value, and snazzy new design (I hope; design was never my strong suit).

The most awesome part for me was throwing out all the old code. Not having to continue developing in and supporting a framework that barely runs in a modern environment. It's going over well so far. The transition was pretty seamless.

You can watch the traffic from this comment as it comes in at https://www.w3counter.com/stats/1/visits

egypturnash 1 day ago 3 replies      
I recently finished a graphic novel about a robot lady dragged out of reality by her ex-boyfriend and am procrastinating on the Kickstarter for the printed version. http://egypt.urnash.com/rita/

"Seriously folks, if you haven't looked at "Decrypting Rita" yet you really ought to. Innovative, fresh, interesting, and it does my head in." - Charlie Stross (Accelerando)

"Deliriously confusing and addictive... Its kind of wonderful." - Peter Watts (Blindsight)

I'm also getting started on two new graphic novels; one is a fantasy story about smart people making very bad relationship decisions, and the other is about a girl slowly turning into a monster while elves invade New Orleans.

schoen 1 day ago 1 reply      
Let's Encrypt CA - https://letsencrypt.org/

We made it free and fast to get browser-trusted certs and have already issued over 1,000,000 certs for over 2,500,000 domains, most of which have never had browser-trusted HTTPS before. Now many major hosting providers and platforms are in the process of making an HTTPS cert automatic and standard for every hosted site.

rdoherty 1 day ago 1 reply      

Realtime telemetry for race and street cars. Open source firmware, hardware and mobile app. https://github.com/autosportlabs . Our tech is used by many people, from car enthusiasts, to professional race teams to even race boats that go nearly 200mph.

I focus mainly on the website and telemetry infrastructure. It's awesome because we work with people who are passionate about racing, we truly do mean 'realtime' when we say it and we get to race and go to track days :)

Most of the incumbents are using 1990s tech and have 0 web presence. The next available realtime telemetry systems cost > $30k, and ours is $600.

We have some big plans for the future, if you're interested in racing check us out!

https://github.com/autosportlabs - Code

http://www.autosportlabs.net - Wiki

https://www.autosportlabs.com - Store

http://www.autosportlabs.org - Forums

pcmaffey 1 day ago 10 replies      

Bicycl is a calendar for your life's work. Record what you learn and accomplish each day (or week, month, etc). Organize these micronotes into stories of progress over time. See lots of cool data come to life.

Screenshots coming. I'm testing things out right now in beta, but if you want to give it a twirl, I can send out a few invitations to first comers.

A couple notes: As someone who's struggled with depression, I built this because I found at the end of a day, my mind was putting very little stock in what I had actually accomplished. Fixating on futures constantly would degrade my self-confidence. It's harder to ignore your progress when it's all right there in front of you.

I still journal by hand and use Evernote daily. But found I also wanted somewhere to put my "nuggets", epiphanies, things I learn, etc.

tezzer 1 day ago 2 replies      
Wave Gliders: http://www.liquid-robotics.com

It's a wave-powered, autonomous sensor platform built for longevity at sea. We do things like monitor salinity in the arctic, circle oil platforms looking for leaks, track tagged mammals on migration, and do coordinated fleet maneuvers for ocean floor mapping and exploration.

woah 1 day ago 3 replies      
I'm working on an incentivized mesh network. Basically, routers pay each other to forward packets. A routing protocol takes price into consideration and tries to get packets over the cheapest routes. Intermediary routers pay each other over payment channels. End users pay backbone connections with multihop (lightning) payments over the payment channels of the intermediary nodes.

End result is that last-mile ISP's are replaced by individuals with network equipment on their roofs, "mining" the airwaves.


xando 1 day ago 3 replies      

It started as HN's "Who is hiring" thread but on the map and with better search. Mainly to solve the mess with suff like: SOMA, SF, valley, San Francisco, there is way too many ways to describe this one location ;) Also there not much of a difference when you are looking from Europe if it's Palo Alto or San Francisco.

Although right now it is more than that, I've wrote parsers for 8 major IT related job websites, and more in progress.

At some point I was extremely annoyed by the fact that I have to visit many sites to see all interesting job offers.

dreadpirate 1 day ago 1 reply      

Tracks my/your favorite TV shows.

I got tired of googling "Dr Who episodes" whenever I wanted to know if the next half-season was starting soon, or to see whether any more episodes remained before a hiatus.

So I built a thing which monitors the data from Wikipedia episode list pages, normalizes it, and lets you easily view what's airing recently / soon. Also sends an (optional) email each week listing the upcoming week's schedule of my shows, plus a list of new / resuming shows.

Generally the only thing I need to do manually is to add primary network feeds. The show and episode feeds are scraped from there, with noise filtered out.

One of the coolest things is that it almost entirely heals itself -- canonical URLs and redirects are used to ensure consistent feed resolution, deprecated feeds are auto-removed after X time so long as it's a clear deprecation scenario, renamed shows are auto-updated, and an admin dashboard shows me stats about expected categories and outliers, so that I can easily investigate logic gaps from time to time.

ksred 1 day ago 1 reply      
Open source banking software written in Go: https://github.com/ksred/bank

The project is an answer to "what would a bank look like if it were built today?"

- iOS Client: https://github.com/ksred/bank-ios

- Visa package to hook into the bank: https://github.com/ksred/visa

- Articles on the process: https://ksred.me/tags/banking-infrastructure/?hn

__mp 1 day ago 1 reply      
I work on the 1km short range and on the 2km medium range probabilistic weather model at MeteoSwiss that is scheduled to go operational this month.It is awesome because MeteoSwiss is the first national forecaster that is going GPU for their full forecast. See: http://www.cscs.ch/publications/press_releases/2015/meteoswi... My line of work mainly consists of porting Fortran code of the Dynamical part of the model to our C++ DSL (STELLA) and maintaining said port.

Before that I developed the Apple Homekit protocol for the OberonHAP devkit (http://oberonhap.com/ ). This is THE HomeKit Bluetooth implementation if you want to use really small and low-cost solutions.

BHSPitMonkey 1 day ago 3 replies      
Prelude - https://www.getprelude.net/

A progressive web app for improving music sight reading skills. (Also perfect pitch identification ability.)

I wasn't happy with my sight reading speed, so I've been building this to help myself practice. Some distinguishing features:

- Web MIDI, to connect to a MIDI keyboard you can use to "answer" the practice questions (works in Chrome for Android or Desktop)

- Web App Manifest, to allow adding to your home screen / desktop and getting a native app feel

- Service Worker (via sw-precache), for offline access (and cache-first loading when online, so it always loads fast)

- Web Audio, to synthesize pitches

- VexFlow, for rendering sheet music to SVG

Built with React, Babel, Webpack; hosted on GitHub Pages. Source: https://github.com/BHSPitMonkey/Prelude

JamesMcMinn 1 day ago 1 reply      
Scoop https://scoopanalytics.com

Automatically detects breaking news through social media (Twitter). Breaking news, before it breaks.

We're often able to beat the mainstream media by several minutes (sometimes hours), and we're particularity good at natural disasters, bombings, explosions, shootings and celebrity deaths. There's no human in the loop, no key word lists, just real-time algorithms figuring out what was unexpected.

wsvincent 1 day ago 3 replies      
EdScore - A school ratings website for parents. https://edscore.org/

GreatSchools has a monopoly in this space but their 1-10 ratings scale is opaque and their website hard to navigate. EdScore has a more granular 50-100 rating scale, modern search, better mapping, and soon will feature search filters by distance and home price so parents can evaluate, say, top schools within a 1hr commute of SF with a median home price under $1m.

soheil 1 day ago 3 replies      
Speech recognition and search API: https://app.loverino.com/ Highest quality engine out there.Personalized radio: https://loverino.com/beta/ everyone should have their own radio channel that they listen to.
pedrokost 1 day ago 2 replies      
Zatresi - http://www.zatresi.si/

It's a map of sport clubs (gyms, karate dojos, swimming pools, etc) in Slovenia.

Why I made it?

After moving back to Slovenia I started looking for a traditional Karate dojo. My choice would be constrained by hour of training and dojo philosophy (traditional karate vs sports karate). It turned out to be really difficult to find all the dojos nearby, as they neither on Google Maps, and many have very poor website (and terrible SEO). I spend two days Googling for all the possible hits, and I had created a list of Karate dojos. After selecting one (which turned out to be great), I thought that other people would be able to benefit from the list. So I made this website, where all the karate dojos were plotted on a map. Later, I started adding more categories.

Why it's awesome?

It's a time saver, and I am trying to convert it to a community maintained website. And it's all open source. To exist it requires zero maintenance, and hosting costs 0.30 EUR per month.

Going forward

1) I want to expand it to more categories2) I am looking for partnerships with sport organizations who would like to place a Zatresi map on their website for their visitors to more easily find related klubs (e.g. a the karate organization could show the map of all karate klubs in Slovenia)3) Even more brand awareness - this requires more time investment, so it's tricky. I am trying to identify clusters where I could have the most impact (sport forums, etc)

pedrokost 1 day ago 1 reply      
Sentinel Marine Solutions - http://www.sentinel.hr/

A boat & fleet tracking solution, tailored fit for chartering companies.

What is it?

The device, once installed on a boat, starts tracking the GPS position (high frequency measurements) as well as all the sensors which are connected to it (bilge, battery voltage, motion sensors, etc. All this data is presented to the charter owner on web and mobile dashboards. Additionally, the service sends push notification if anything unusual occurs (like the battery voltage being too low). It also offers virtual anchoring and locking functions, which add an additional layer of safety to boats.

Why is it cool?

It improves safely on board. You are instantly notified of anything bad happen, like the battery depleting rapidly. Who wants to get stuck in an island without replacement battery?

It helps resolve conflicts between charters and guests in the case of an accident. If a guests damages the boat (for example by cruising in shallow waters), the charter can quickly find this out by glancing on where the boat was travelling.

It produces beautiful data (trip history maps which can be shared by the charter/guest on social networks) and enables services previously impossible to imagine.

As a boat owner, it helps you keep a peaceful mind while you are away. You are notified of the bilge operation, so you know it was working correctly during a heavy storm.

We are soon releasing a B2C boat monitoring solution - stay tuned (bookmark the website)

aerophilic 1 day ago 1 reply      
Robot Turtles!


These turtles use a raspberry pi + webcam to turn to a face, recognize "flash cards" via QR cods, and chase a ball. All parts are open source, so if you have a 3D printer, you can pretty much build one yourself. (The pcb you would need to order from dirtypcbs, though I have a few spare if needed).

xavi 1 day ago 2 replies      
I'm working on BankBotsBank (https://github.com/bankbotsbank/bankbotsbank), an open effort to develop a collection of open-source bots that provide API access to accounts on any bank.

I developed the first bot, which can be used as a sample, with JavaScript (ES6, and ES7's async/await) and Nightmare (based on Electron, so on Chromium).

It's awesome because free API access to this data for any bank in the world may enable new and interesting fintech apps (actually, for me this project is a stepping stone towards another project that I plan to build on top of it), and I think that the open-source approach is the most effective way to achieve that (i.e. free and comprehensive API access to accounts data on any bank of the world).

cezary 1 day ago 3 replies      
Rddt.tv - http://rddt.tv

Reddit.tv was an app to watch videos posted to reddit but shut down back in January. Haven't been able to find a replacement that I liked, so I built my own. Made the videos full-screen by default and added extra stuff like support for Soundcloud embeds (so you could listen to music subreddits), a directory of video-posting subreddits, multireddits, keyboard shortcuts.

nategraves 1 day ago 4 replies      
Personally: http://pentacular.com - Draw/paint a song. I think it's fun to play with.

Professionally: https://tailorbrands.com - Algorithmically designed logos and branding assets. It's great for side projects, inspiration, or any other situation where you want something quick and usable.

Garthex 1 day ago 4 replies      
Symmetry Labs! http://symmetrylabs.com/

I'm working on a new paradigm for creating generative content for 3D displays (at the moment with LEDs). I'm also working on real-time, single-angle virtual reconstruction and registration of 3D LED structures using computer vision techniques.

archagon 1 day ago 1 reply      
Composer's Sketchpad http://composerssketchpad.com

It's basically an iPad sequencer with the UI of a drawing app. You're given a canvas that can be panned and zoomed like any scroll view, with a grid indicating time on the horizontal axis and pitch on the vertical axis. You draw notes with your finger, and although you can snap to the grid like in most sequencers, you can also choose to start your notes at any point and bend them to any pitch. This makes it simple to experiment with things like guitar solos and complex rhythms. Usability was my primary goal through and through: I wanted almost anyone to be able to pick up my app and start making music in an instant. In a way, I see it as a kind of modern take on sheet music!

More about the design here: http://beta-blog.archagon.net/2016/02/05/composers-sketchpad...

The app is out but I still have a ton of features I want to add, including iPhone support.

jtreminio 1 day ago 1 reply      
PuPHPet: A web-based GUI that allows developers to quickly and easily create a highly customized virtual machine for local development as well as deployment to any SSH-enabled host in the world.


Instead of having to learn the ins and outs of virtualization, Vagrant and Puppet, you simply fill in some form fields, click a few buttons and download a zip archive containing your choices. A simple `vagrant up` and a few minutes later you have your virtual machine up and running, either on your local machine or on a remote host.

PHP 5.4 - 7.0, Ruby, Node, Python. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Mongo (and more). Apache/Nginx (or none).

Helps eliminate the tired "it works on my machine" excuse by allowing a team to share exact replicas of a VM. Any changes made on one VM can easily be shared with others because it's all driven through a single, simple YAML file. Just check it into your repo and push, and everyone else can then replicate your changes themselves.

It's MIT FOSS and contributors are welcome!

zinxq 1 day ago 6 replies      
ClickRouter - because it allows me to use all my affiliate accounts (CJ, Skimlinks, Viglinks, shareasale, etc) at once. This has nearly doubled my affiliate revenue.

At first it was an internal tool I ran for a long time, but been working to make it a service.


samuell 1 day ago 0 replies      
A Scientific Workflow (Batch and Stream Processing) System written in Go:


It right now supports batch processing via local files as well as streaming through FIFO files, but the architecture is extremely open, and connectors for docker containers, mesos etc are planned.

What is awesome with SciPipe IMO is that half of it is not even a framework or engine, but rather a pattern of how to use the concurrency primitives in the Go language to build a dataflow network which also becomes an implicit workflow scheduler.

This means that there is not an aweful lot of code, and since it is mostly just Go language primitives it will fit in nicely with basically anything else. Great orthogonality you could say. That is, as long as you can accept to read and write on Go channels or write wrapper that does that for you. But who wouldn't?

It is a bit rough yet but we are just starting work on putting it in production later this month, so things should improve fast.

jedberg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Yeobot, a Slackbot that's a SQL interface to the Amazon API and soon a whole lot more.

It's cool because it works across accounts and across regions, which their API doesn't do, and it adds new information like cost, so you can do stuff like 'select instance_id, monthly_cost from ec2.instances order by monthly_cost desc'.


Oh and we had to make a bunch of tools to make this work, since we're building it all on AWS Lambda, so there's these too:


jimothyhalpert7 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Beatified - http://beatified.herokuapp.com/library/

A YouTube Drum Machine / Beat Prototyper / VJ Tool

I just noticed that pressing hotkeys (1-9) on a YT video at one point was really responsive, and you could play with them like on a drum machine. I also like how many YT videos look, when played next to each other. Now I'm thinking of a way of how to package that feeling into something less experimental, more consumable.

karussell 1 day ago 0 replies      
Very fast open source road routing engine GraphHopper https://github.com/graphhopper/graphhopper/ Apache Licensed. Try at http://graphhopper.com/maps

The challenge is to make money from open source. But so far we are successful :)

kunle 1 day ago 0 replies      

It's a simple way to send any document (form, letter, receipt, invoice, tax document) via USPS mail, right from your browser.

We built it because we're too lazy to go to the post office at times, and we've since realized that most documents sent in the mail begin as a PDF on a computer, so now we're working on bringing down the cost (currently we have to pay both Lob and stripe for every mailing, which means lots of fixed costs).

Our next step will be enabling you to automate sending physical mail, the same way you can automate sending emails (for invoices, thank you notes, receipts, mailers etc, which lots of small businesses still use)

You can use the promo code "LIFEHACKER" to get 20% off. Would love your feedback!

rayalez 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://rationalfiction.io - collection of rationalist fiction(if you don't know what that is - http://rationalfiction.io/story/rational-fiction).

http://webcomics.io - online webcomics publishing platform.

I also have a dream of building a youtube competitor, video hosting platform with a better design, functionality, and discovery system. MVP is almost ready but not online yet.

theseanstewart 1 day ago 1 reply      
Election Runner - https://electionrunner.comThe idea came to me after my wife (a High School teacher) told me about how her students complained that the school's election software (Voting4Schools) was hard to use. After doing more research I found that every single competitor in this space sucked (ElectionBuddy, VoteNet), so I decided to build Election Runner. It started as a fun side project, but has taken off A LOT faster than I anticipated. Next step is to hire someone to handle sales to K12 Schools and Universities, but I'm not sure how to start that process.
ihinsdale 1 day ago 1 reply      
Sequiturs: https://sequiturs.com

Sequiturs is a platform for rigorous and civil discussion. Discussion revolves around arguments, which consist of a series of premises and conclusions. This argument format requires coherence, which improves the quality of the views asserted, and makes it easier to identify where one might disagree.

vgmcglaughlin 1 day ago 0 replies      
IoT Foosball Table - http://www.pointsource.com/blog/pointsource-foosball-buildin...

The table uses break beam sensors, an Arduino, and a Raspberry Pi to send score events to Node-RED instance running in Bluemix. A StrongLoop server in Bluemix acts as the app server, and a Cordova/AngularJS app allows users to identify themselves as the game players, follow the leaderboard, and monitor game scores remotely.

We're using this to get better acquainted with various technologies so that we can make the right decisions for our project work.

benjismith 1 day ago 3 replies      
I make a word-processor for fiction authors: http://www.shaxpir.com

There's a quick walkthrough video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFG8fpYkDxA

Every project includes a notebook alongside your manuscript, where you can organize all your character notes, plot outlines, etc. It's especially great for scifi or fantasy authors who do a lot of world-building.

Everything is stored in the cloud and synchronized between devices, and we keep a version history of all your edits, so that you never lose any of your work (even if you change your mind).

It keeps track of your daily word-count, so that you can set daily writing goals and stay motivated, and it lets you export your writing projects to HTML for publication (epub & kindle export are coming soon).

fundamental 1 day ago 1 reply      
ZynAddSubFX - a musical software synthesizer http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

Right now everything is open source, but I've started work on a replacement user interface which would be temporarily released under a proprietary license. I think the project is awesome as understanding workflow in a complicated application is a challenging task and at some stage all work will be released back to the open source version.

ericabiz 1 day ago 1 reply      
We are setting up a trailer at 7th & Red River for SXSW doing cell phone repairs and selling external batteries, cables, chargers and cases.

Why it is awesome: I have done a lot of things as an entrepreneur, but I've never street hustled before. As an introvert, this is pretty intimidating, but I think it will be good practice for doing more sales in the future. Plus, it gets me out from behind the computer and into the real world, talking face-to-face with folks! :)

mcaravey 1 day ago 0 replies      
An automatic parallelizable language:

RxWrappers: https://github.com/RixianOpenTech/RxWrappers

MonadSharp: https://github.com/RixianOpenTech/MonadSharp

This is an idea in progress, but the idea is that by using the observable pattern (ReactiveX implementation) you can describe a sort of 'meta' program that breaks down function boundaries to automatically run your code in parallel. Here is my initial paper describing the idea:http://rixianopentech.github.io/MonadSharp/Documents/Computa...

bgrohman 1 day ago 2 replies      
The Work Explorer - http://theworkexplorer.com/

It's a personal photojournalism project to learn more about different occupations and the people who work in them.

"We spend about 30% of our waking adult lives working. During that time, many of us experience only a small fraction of the available varieties of work. We may have some understanding of the occupations held by our friends, family, and coworkers. Outside of this subset of jobs, we likely have little insight into the work lives of millions of other people.

Why do we work? How did we choose our occupations? Are we happy with our jobs? I created The Work Explorer to answer questions like these through interviews and photos. I hope to find interesting stories, jobs, and people along the way."

laundrysheet 6 hours ago 0 replies      
We're building a recurring funding platform for adult content creators. Think of Patreon but ONLY for adult, erotic, or pornographic content. We are looking to cater to models, artists, game developers, and more.

An example use case would be an adult model creating a campaign with different reward tiers such as $5/mo and $10/mo. $5/mo subscribers would receive exclusive nude pictures whereas $10/mo subscribers would receive in addition nude or special kinky pictures.

Our mission is simple: "To empower creators in the adult industry with the freedom to pursue their passion". PledgeX is simply part of the movement that is seeing more and more of those in the adult industry becoming more independent and homegrown. And in a world where porn is thought of as free, we feel that there are those of us who will actually pay for high quality content.

We've just soft-launched but will be signing up our initial creators soon!


rsync 1 day ago 0 replies      
We (rsync.net) just added attic and borgbackup support to our cloud platform:


This is awesome because attic (and the more polished successor, borg) is quickly becoming the new de facto standard for remote, encrypted, you-hold-the-keys backup:


Best of all, we provide these remote server-side functions on our cloud platform without adding any new attack surface or complications to our platform: there is still no python interpreter on our platform.

wilhempujar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Stacktical, a Scalability Prediction platform! https://stacktical.com - Awesome because to be able to accurately fit the increasing and decreasing computing needs of your digital services, you must nail down your capacity planning strategy.

But making informed capacity planning decisions involves repeated cycles of defining, collecting and interpreting load testing campaigns until you get actionable results.

That's exactly where we can help: Stacktical uses predictive technologies to generate a scalability report of your infrastucture within seconds, using just a dozen load testing metrics.

We're currently in beta, and our penny-pinching startups and DevOps love it so far! We still have a couple seats left if you're interested.

mindcrime 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm working on a new Machine Learning Platform as a Service offering. We will be providing an easy to use, API driven platform for quickly and easily spinning up an environment for ML based on Spark and (in the first version) SystemML. Eventually we'll add support for working with TensorFlow, Warp-CTC, etc. I also envision having APIs for OCR, NLP, etc. as we develop.

One thing about this: everything will be Open Source. Obviously all of the "back end stuff" (Spark, SystemML, TensorFlow, etc.) is already open source, but even our provisioning code and API's will be OSS as well. The idea is to put the customer in control. So if you don't like our service, or decide you can do it cheaper running your own hardware on premises, whatever, you can deploy the entire stack yourself.

There's nothing at the URL right now but a (very) primitive landing page, but if any of you guys want to take a look, here ya go:


Everything is hidden behind a (temporary) login page right now, since this isn't really public yet. The login is 'user123' with password 'realitybomb40'

Also, ignore the video that's there, it's a placeholder to mark out where our explainer video will go when it's recorded.

We plan to eventually offer both "pre canned" routines that you can use out of the box as well as the ability to deploy your own models. There a lot of other stuff on the roadmap as well, but it's probably too early to talk about any of it just yet.

ironmantra 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I built a product that attempts to re-engineer how we interact with actionable information at work by introducing a "meta" layer of intelligent shortcuts (menu items are objects, not just links). The objects store meta data needed to streamline access to information in databases, LOB web sites, etc. It's awesome because it saves time. It's awesome because you can use it to quickly access a large group of information resources. Want to open 4 Hacker News sections with one click? Can do that. Spanning all monitors? Can do that. Want to open four different files with four different apps needed to work on a project with one click? Can do that.

Single user version video: https://youtu.be/gt67K6Pr7MY

Enterprise user version video: https://youtu.be/dnuJicgGAtg

I saw pieces of this work at Microsoft when I took an early version of my product and customized for specific teams. I've created the ability to do the customization without any programming, except for the SQL Server menu options.

Trying to googlize personal and enterprise knowledge (i.e. making it as easy to find as with google on the web). IOW, trying to eliminate the need to look for actionable information on your PC or company network using a single universal keyword driven information portal. The enterprise version uses a simple SQL Server "meta" database.

More info at my website: http://BrainDance.com

Have no marketing budget. Wife about to kill me. Can also publish MenuSets to cloud and have integrated cloud knowledge base about to go into beta. Yes the current version works with Azure database.

Let me know if you see any value or if you think this is stupid and why.

bonquesha99 1 day ago 1 reply      
Misc tools to make development more efficient:

https://github.com/shuber/owners - Take ownership of your code!Knowing who owns a project or section of a code base is very helpful when asking questions or requesting feedback. This gem allows developers to define OWNERS files throughout their repository to provide a human and machine readable way to determine who the maintainers are for specific files of code.

https://github.com/shuber/monolith - Generate a monolithic repository for a set of git repositories!

https://github.com/shuber/tmux-git - Display git information in your TMUX status lines!Plays real nicely with vim-promiscuous.

https://github.com/shuber/vim-promiscuous - Instant context switching built on git and vim sessions!It basically takes a snapshot of the following and let's you rollback to previous states:

- All of your vim tabs, buffers, splits, and folds along with their sizes and positions

- The location of your cursor for each buffer

- The actively selected tab/buffer

- Your undo history (each branch's undo history is saved separately)

- Your git stage with all tracked/untracked files and staged/unstaged hunks

jordanf 1 day ago 2 replies      

A heart-rate monitor for ecommerce conversion rate.

Most small-to-mid size ecommerce companies throw up their hands in frustration trying to use Google Analytics.

Bassoon rescues them by slicing off their most important metric (conversion rate) and emailing it to them every day, or alerting them when conversion rate drops suddenly for any reason.

We integrate with Shopify and Magento, making it one-click easy for merchants to get started.

chair-law 1 day ago 0 replies      
Add.Ninja: https://add.ninja

We wanted to make a website where people could give back to charity without having to make a direct financial contribution. So we are using sponsored content to see if people can find something they want to read, and support good causes in this manner. Our end goal will probably not involve using links from Outbrain, or Taboola, unlike our current product.

Feedback would be appreciated!

mikejarema 1 day ago 4 replies      
I'm spending some time creating a logo generator tool targeted at idea/early stage products and companies, or for side projects, open source projects, etc.

It's called Logocaster - https://logocaster.com

Logocaster is meant to help you explore a huge universe of logo designs when brainstorming your brand/logo. It makes it quite easy to scan a bunch of style/font/palette options and then "drill down" and see designs which only incorporate the features you like.

Right now it's a playground for testing out fonts, colors and a few logo styles. I'm planning on incorporating graphics from the Noun Project and giving a bit more of a rich experience around tweaking a specific design.

You can explore the functionality without registering, and save/download your favorites as SVG if you do register (edit: for free, at least until I've incorporated Stripe).

I'm looking for any feedback on the direction the project is headed, or interesting use cases where the API that powers this whole thing could be put to use, cheers!

dmvaldman 1 day ago 0 replies      

A JS library for the mobile web. Originally a fork of famo.us, where I was Chief Architect.

Check it out if you're interested in bringing complex 60fps animation, physics, gestures and 3D rendering to a website.

It's awesome because, you can push UI on the web further without sacrificing on performance. Moreover, it sets a path to decentralize apps. No app stores, distribute your app with a link. No install/uninstall. Index apps with pagerank. Deep linking for free. App updates on refresh. Etc etc.

cryptoz 1 day ago 1 reply      
Sunshine! https://thesunshine.co

Weather forecasts generated using sensors in smartphones.

We use both crowdsourced reports of the current weather conditions and barometric pressure data from iPhones to create more accurate and local weather forecasts.

mkeeter 1 day ago 0 replies      
Antimony - https://mattkeeter.com/projects/antimony

It's an open-source tool for computer-aided design, with a graph-based design flow and pervasive Python scripting.

LogicX 1 day ago 0 replies      
https://DNSFilter.com - DNS-Based content filtering and Threat protection; designed to meet the needs of managers of multiple networks.

We're focused on entities that manage 20-100+ networks representing retail, restaurants, hotels, chains, public spaces, etc.

These networks also need protection, and can benefit from centralized management that a cloud-based solution brings over on-premise boxes. Our biggest competitor is OpenDNS, but especially since being acquired by Cisco, they're focused on the enterprise, pricing these users out of the solution.

We're utilizing a small subset of cloud providers who can support our BGP anycast network (12 POPs next week!), and have built out amazing infrastructure, an easy-to-use management interface with the stats these providers need, comprehensive categorized domains and up-to-date threat sources. We're in private beta right now and negotiating partnerships in the space.

Mojah 1 day ago 0 replies      
Syscast: https://sysca.st/

High quality screencasts that teach open source technologies. Instead of having blogposts where you blindly copy/paste and pray it works, this aims to really teach you how it works and show the why of each configuration, instead of just the how.

griffinmb 1 day ago 0 replies      


Currently it's a "pingdom for ports", and emails you if a new port opens up on your server. I'm working on making it a fuzzer for basic web vulnerabilities that automatically scans your site on deployment. Basically, ScriptCat will be your script kiddie in the cloud.

donbox 1 day ago 0 replies      
Lexi :https://github.com/codenrun/lexi

Its a text editor being written in python. Its based on the case study discussed in the GOF book. Still a work in progress.

If you do give it a try. It needs python 2.7 and pygame( for rendering text... will be targeting other graphics libraries in future).

Press F1 for one column formatting and F2 for two column.

Control + b toggles bold ( its buggy ).Its awesome because it is teaching me design. Will write one in java and c++ in future.

marcosdumay 1 day ago 0 replies      
Sealgram: https://sealgram.com

A set of email extensions that make it possible to run a PKI over SMTP, making email privacy easy to achieve.

And, besides the extra privacy, the PKI needed shared data and access control, what led me to create a DAV-like system, that lets you grant other people permission for querying your maildir (ok, not really a maildir, but very alike), and let you do stuff like let a group of people work on a document you hold on your email.

rafBM 1 day ago 0 replies      
Missive https://missiveapp.com

Started as a collaborative email client, but expanding to offer chat and general team communication features. Your inbox already acts as a todo list, so its the best foundation to build a powerful and unified collaboration platform. Well ultimately become your one true todo list. One that gathers tasks from all channels: email, chat, etc. This pretty much makes us competitors to email clients, Slack, Basecamp, help desks, CRMs name it. Big ambitions! ;)

Read more here:https://medium.com/missive-app/building-the-team-communicati...

groovy2shoes 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been working on a few things lately.

TMk: https://github.com/baguette/tmk

TMk is a replacement for UNIX `make` powered by Jim Tcl. It's awesome because it's very portable (written in ANSI C) and provides all the features you expect from `make` and then some: because it's backed by a fully-featured, general-purpose programming language, you can customize your build with procedures (functions, but in Tcl they can be made to behave much like Lisp macros), loops, conditionals, etc. You can even write a loop that generates new rules at (build script) runtime. It also has support for packages, where commonly-used procedures can be collected (for example, we have plans to provide a package to make writing TMakefiles for C projects more convenient, etc.). TMk was originally called TMake, but when we googled that we found at least two other projects already called "TMake", thus we renamed it "TMk", but it's still pronounced the same. As an added bonus, it's got some pretty good documentation, if I do say so myself.

Tiny7: https://github.com/baguette/tiny7

Tiny7 is a fork of TinyScheme that I'm updating to support the R7RS-small Scheme standard. It's implemented as a library that can be embedded into applications to provide Scheme as a scripting/extension/glue/configuration/... language, but it also comes with an (optional) REPL. It's awesome because it's tiny! The REPL weighs in at under 150KB when compiled with debugging information, and uses about 10KB of RAM on startup. The downside to being so tiny is that the speed situation isn't great (it's been bearable for my usage so far, but it won't be suitable for everything). However, I have plans to implement a bytecode compiler, which should speed it up a bit. It has virtually no documentation at the moment (outside of the outdated TinyScheme documentation), but I'm working on a comprehensive manual.

I've got plans for a few more projects, like a fork of dwm that uses Tiny7 for configuration, but I haven't started working on them in earnest yet.

There are other things I'm working on, too, but they're classified for the time being ;)

edandersen 1 day ago 0 replies      
Net Writer for Windows 10 - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/net-writer-previe...

I ported parts of the gnarly old Windows Live Writer / Open Live Writer codebase to the Windows 10 UWP platform. WLW now available on mobile essentially. Adding features almost every week.

charlesportwood 1 day ago 0 replies      
Modern Message Exchange Protocol - https://github.com/charlesportwoodii/mmxp-server

A self hosted, distributed, secure communication "protocol" (server/app) for exchanging messages. Think of it like a distributed, platform agnostic, self-hosted iMessage. MMXP differs from email and other chat systems by encrypting both the message and the metadata. Messages are encrypted and signed using user public keys for verification. The server and application components are open source for transparency.

Qworg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Project Natick: http://www.projectnatick.com

No, we're not a startup (but our team/group is run like one). Also, submarines!

jonathanbull 1 day ago 1 reply      
Pouring all my spare time into https://emailoctopus.com - dirt cheap email marketing via Amazon SES.
Richallen1 7 hours ago 0 replies      
We are looking into a new video storage and streaming service and are looking for feedback. We are creating a cloud service to store all your movies and allow you to stream them from anywhere. There will be both free and paid tiers available depending on how much storage is required.

Its a bit like Plex however you dont need a server at home and not have to rely on your home upload speed.

Link to concept site: www.streamlyapp.com

We also have a way that you can scan the barcode of your DVDs and we add it to your account to save upload.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated

kordless 1 day ago 1 reply      
Making revenue without VC investment. Revenue is awesome. Doing it without a VC is even better.
dtwest 1 day ago 3 replies      
Menucamp - Online ordering for restaurants (https://menucamp.com)

Restaurants pay way too much for bad online ordering systems. Menucamp is a simple, inexpensive system that gets the job done.

gortok 1 day ago 0 replies      
Jewelbots: http://www.jewelbots.com

Friendship Bracelets that teach kids how to code. Currently working on the firmware for our production bracelets, and then will be working on the Arduino API and bootloader to allow our Jewelbots to run Arduino based code.

jimaek 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on v2 of http://www.dnsperf.com/Opened an office in Krakow and hired a team. Its going to have synthetic and RUM data for every provider, plus the ability to test your own.Even more data will be available for free!
ransom1538 1 day ago 0 replies      

Opening up doctor data. Building a massive doctor database, first US, then internationally. Building out new search tools never seen before: eg, search by publications, awards, or fellowships.

shahbazac 1 day ago 0 replies      
https://fixparser.targetcompid.com/FIX parser allows users to paste FIX protocol snippets into the app, which parses the log and displays the results in a nice, human readable format. This app is for a very niche segment of technologists who work on financial trading system.

This is a side project of mine and has been for a few years. It is very gratifying to get emails from random users telling me how much they love the app (and asking for additional features). Just a couple of weeks ago I added an important feature: the ability to securely share FIX logs.

I'm pretty proud of the fact that the interface is pretty simple, yet hides lots of functionality the users probably don't even notice. For example, the logs you paste can be surrounded by other garbage, such as timestamps or log4j noise and the correct message will still be extracted. It will guess delimiters. Users can drag and drop a file on to the text field. Click on a message (very subtly) highlights related messages. I'm sure I'm forgetting many more.

There is plenty (plenty!) more I could add. Just a small matter of having no time :)

haldean 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm working on a programming language which will allow fully automatic distributed computing by having everyone using the language participate in a SETI@HOME-style p2p network. I'm under no illusions about it being fast, but it's certainly fun.

Not really ready to share the URL yet, things are still coming together.

sjs382 1 day ago 1 reply      
Currently, a lot of woodworking. It's awesome because it keeps my mind free from more stressful things. :)
evck 1 day ago 0 replies      
CANtact - http://cantact.io

Open source hardware for communicating on CAN buses, which are the main network used in today's automotive systems. Hardware has been around for about a year, but I'm currently working on new open source software for visualizing and communicating on CAN buses. Hoping to demystify automotive electronics and make them more accessible!

rileyt 1 day ago 2 replies      


Interactive music discovery. Amplitude tries to get a feel for your current mood and then gives you a 30 song playlist that you can save to Spotify.

Spotify's discover weekly is great, but you only get one playlist a week. The radios are a great idea, but I found them to far to repetitive and playing very mainstream music I'v already heard. Amplitude sits somewhere in the middle.

xcloud 6 hours ago 0 replies      
DashFlow - A New Homepage For All Your Apps - https://dashflow.io

DashFlow is a simple cloud-based web app launcher enabling fast and one-click access to frequently used apps, websites, software, shortcuts and bookmarks.

Simply select all the popular apps you use, add any custom shortcuts, re-arrange and group the icons and set as your homepage!

With the growth of SaaS Apps and shift of software to become web-based, we want to build a better way to stay organised and productive.

A useful planned feature is the ability to automatically set the apps for all employees or users of the same domain name, saving the need for everyone to create bookmarks individually.

Note: the web-app is not ready yet but you can register for early access once we launch!

hluska 1 day ago 0 replies      
Professional - I'm a generalist with Vivvo Application studios. Right now, I'm mainly doing deployment, but that is subject to change.

Personal - My girlfriend and I recently had a baby - Lauren turned 48 hours old at 01:15 local time this morning. When I'm not at work, I am changing diapers, holding the most incredibly cool thing I have ever helped create, and feeling the most incredible awe that I have ever experienced.

eoinmurray92 1 day ago 0 replies      
Rinocloud https://rinocloud.com/ - makes it easy to handle all your research data. You can save data with metadata and integrate Rinocloud with your instruments so that all the data can be curated automatically.

(quick demo here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRPAAj1ijc)

spiderfarmer 1 day ago 0 replies      
I sold my internet marketing company in December last year to work fulltime on a community for farmers. I made the website http://www.tractorfan.nl as a hobby, 8 years ago and I need to modernize the website or accept that it's going to die by a thousand cuts. I started working an a new version that's rebuilt from the ground up. 2 more weeks before it's released for a focus group of passionate users.

My goal is to make it the world's #1 website for users and fans of agricultural equipment.

Here are a couple of screenshots of the new version:http://www.tractorfan.nl/topic/90241/

This is the best project I have ever done because I have the chance to do everything better. I now have the time to read up on best practices, new technologies and am not afraid to throw away a couple of days of design or coding work. Best decision I ever made (so far).

effektz 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I am working on GitMonitor which is a tool for developers to watch over their GitHub repositories, and setup custom rules. Like "No merging pull requests without an LGTM" or "No force-pushing to any of these branches: "

It has worked well in my experience when junior and even mid-level developers join a team, helping expose them not only to git best practices, but to the custom rules of their development team as well.


boyter 1 day ago 0 replies      

A downloadable self hosted version of searchcode. I had gotten a lot of requests for something like this and after getting a largish mailing list went ahead and implemented. Slow uptake right now but hopefully in time and with improvements will become more useful for more people.

ericb 1 day ago 1 reply      
Our hosted load testing service which uses real browsers, driven by javascript, ruby or java code the same way you'd write your usual selenium/webdriver tests.

It is awesome because it will make load test script creation/maintenance just like anything else. It will also be the first "opinionated" load testing tool.

beta access signup here: http://signup.browserup.com

ryanckulp 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Online reviews for ecommerce products are the only way that potential customers knows if they should purchase something.

This strategy is one-dimensional and fading; just ask Yelp. People need more than a 3-, 4-, or 5-star gesture before punching in their credit card and feeling good about it.

So I'm working on a new kind of "social proof as a service," currently live and integrated with Shopify. It's called Notify (https://apps.shopify.com/notify).

Notify shows recent orders as they occur on a storefront, compelling future visitors to make a purchase.

cheeaun 1 day ago 0 replies      
HackerWeb - http://hackerwebapp.com/

I just recently launched an iOS app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hackerweb/id1084209377?mt=8 in conjunction of the web app. It's my first ever iOS app and is built with React Native.

I've also written a post on my journey in building the app: http://cheeaun.com/blog/2016/03/building-hackerweb-ios/

Here's a video preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3xDf67mjQw

jumpalottahigh 1 day ago 0 replies      
Anton Baby Data: https://github.com/jumpalottahigh/anton-baby-data

Our son was born about a month ago and after tracking some feeding, peeing, pooping and sleeping data manually, I decided to write my own tool. This project is using Firebase to store data.

maneesh 1 day ago 1 reply      
Pavlok -- (http://buy.pavlok.com) --- a wearable device to change behavior. We just integrated with IFTTT and now it has become a haptic feedback platform. The device can vibrate, beep, and send electric shocks.

And we are releasing a developer API later this month :)

maxs 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am writing a simple note/journaling app. It has blogging feature, sharing journals with friends and private (client-side encrypted) journals. Currently it is web-only but I am planning hybrid apps for Android/iOS and the desktop:


screensquid 1 day ago 1 reply      
ScreenSquid: http://screensquid.com/

Record the screen of every visitor to your website. Helps you see exactly what users are doing and understand where they're having trouble.Works on every website including Angular, React, AJAX, and private user pages.

obaid 1 day ago 0 replies      

AirLoop is a fully customizable digital loyalty platform that provides the tools you need to optimize and enhance your customer engagement, to create repeat business and increase revenue.

We are on a mission to change the way our merchant partners think about customer loyalty and customer engagement. We help you understand and influence your customers, and help you turn every single customer interaction into an enduring relationship.

We believe that small businesses should be able to capture customer data without breaking the bank. Our loyalty program is completely free -- all you need is an iPad (Android coming soon), download our app, configure your rewards and off your go.

benwills 1 day ago 1 reply      
ontolo.com : a fast, customizable search engine for marketing opportunities.

Written entirely in C, except for the front-end. Took 18 months. Didn't know C before and was a hack programmer. Just released a major update yesterday.

The crawler, parser, and indexer can process over 250,000 web pages per minute on commodity hardware and a gigabit connection. The parser is unlike any other I've seen, in that it parsers a document into about 200 sections.

This allows you to search for very specific things like "web pages that mention Donald Trump in the comments, where Bernie Sanders is mentioned in the main article, and there are Adsense ads on the page."

Details at : https://ontolo.com/app/guide/

s_kilk 1 day ago 0 replies      
BedquiltDB (https://bedquiltdb.github.io)

A JSON document store built on PostgreSQL's jsonb columns.

These days I have client libraries done for Python, Clojure and NodeJS, so I've been focusing on getting deb packages ready and gearing up for a 1.0 release.

carsongross 1 day ago 0 replies      

The last hope to save mankind from civilizational collapse brought on by The Javascript Complexity Singularity.

fblp 1 day ago 1 reply      
Easy Office phonebooths-----| || || |-----I've found lots of startups want more private spaces for individuals to work and do calls, but most solutions cost thousands of dollars or require builders.Does anyone want to test and give feedback on a better office phone booth?
ecopoesis 1 day ago 1 reply      
Codenames as a Service


dizzystar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Item Hut: https://itemhut.com/

There is no single solution that integrates warehousing, inventory control, order management, customer relations, email ticketing, shipping, and channels management.

The goal is to build a system that is fast, accurate, and minimizes mouse-clicks. Most other solutions I've worked with and evaluated were slow, couldn't properly -1, and were a UI maze.

This system is awesome because it simply does not exist anywhere (Odoo is the closest approximation), it is targeted to small and medium businesses, and it has infinite customization in mind. Last but certainly not least, it is FLOSS, and I plan to offer off-contract support for the open source users.

siscia 1 day ago 0 replies      
effe - an open source implementation of AWS Lambda


It is awesome because it gives,you more power than AWS Lambda and because you have a sane way to manage it via effe-tool (http://github.com/siscia/effe-tool), also it is written in go which should make it faster than competitor...

WithDom 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on a new social media app called With. It's about who you're with. You physically tap phones with the people around you to tell the world you're with them. On your profile page it shows everyone you've met... so let's say you tap phones with Jay-Z, everyone will know you're a pretty big deal because you've met Jay-Z!! Check it out. http://apple.co/1SdYMhV
zvanness 1 day ago 1 reply      
Scoper - See where you want to be!


Scoper is awesome because instead of watching a random stream, you can request one anywhere, for whatever reason.

An example use case would be if you were going to be moving to a new city that's far away. Instead of making a deposit for an apartment based on pics you find online, you could send a request on Scoper to someone nearby the area you want to move to, get a live interactive stream, where you can talk back and forth with streamer.

Also, Scoper is launching at SXSW: http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/awards/releaseit-at-sxsw

mandeepj 1 day ago 0 replies      
3D try room (women's only) - http://www.sensestyles.com/tryroom

It is in early beta version. UI have few issues but it is working.

We will create a 3d model from your uploaded head shot and you can try different clothing on it.

modeless 1 day ago 0 replies      
Eye interaction for virtual reality and augmented reality.



We create integrated hardware, software, and user interfaces that examine your eye movements to figure out your intent and allow you to control computers hands-free, using only your eyes.

It's clear that eye tracking is going to be a key feature of future VR headsets. The only question is whether it will be introduced in generation 2 or 3.

jvanveen 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Developing a library to build p2p webapps with that runs in the browser and on nodejs using transport/connector adapters, ecdh/aes encryption, ractivejs templating/prerendering and js-data orm. Not near alpha quality yet. What I like about the project is the potential to easily connect users/systems to each other, without the need of a centralized webrtc sdp message broker and the fun of writing one codebase that runs simultaneously on the 'server' and the browser.See https://github.com/jvanveen/high5 for more info
joeld42 1 day ago 0 replies      
Currently working on a little tool to create a "repeating" texture of triangular tiles. More or less an implementation of the "Image Quilting" paper but for triangles.

No URL yet (it's on github but not fit for human consumption yet), but you can see progress on my twitter: https://twitter.com/joeld42

When it's done (next week or so) I'll write up a full blog post.

You can find other projects I've worked on (like tk_objfile) on my website http://www.tapnik.com, there's a mailing list signup thinggy at the bottom if you want to get updates when I release things.

jmquigs 1 day ago 0 replies      
ModelMod: modify art in games


I posted this as a "Show HN" a few months ago. It's awesome because for the vast majority of commercial games, there is no way to customize the art, since the Developer doesn't provide an end-user art pipeline. There are older programs that allow texture customization, but as far as I know, ModelMod is the first program that lets you snapshot models, edit them, and the reload the edited version in game.

Currently I'm working on CoreCLR support (a lot of the code is F#) and experimenting with pixel shader transplants.

simonsarris 1 day ago 0 replies      
GoJS - http://gojs.net/

Interactive diagrams for the web, built with HTML Canvas (and export to SVG). Very customizable with a big foundation of node/link logic, undo/redo, data-binding, and much more.

vlucas 1 day ago 1 reply      
Countism! http://countism.com/

[iOS + Android] Tally counter mobile app with timelines, graphs and averages. Count/track anything and see how you're doing over time. You can even export your data to CSV.

ejcx 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm making internal honeypots a thing. I'm making statically compiled binaries that make deploying a honeypot super super easy.

Right now, I've built an HTTP honeypot.

The idea is that if anything ever talks to these services you have an instant alert you NEED to respond to and actionable information about it. I have support for sending you a text message.

It has support for whitelisting certain IPs that you would be doing your scanning from, and post all information to a second URL for logging, as well as a lightweight dashboard to view logs generated by the binaries and more. Next up I need to build an SSH honeypot, FTP, etc.


pushpaithal 10 hours ago 0 replies      

I have seen even large companies with big marketing budgets have difficulty getting eyeballs on their social content. Short lived sponsored ads fail them with lack of virality, personal touch and being expensive. Why not utilize employees social networks to spread the word. But, its painful to share company posts regularly. So, I created Advo.Ninja to make it extremely effortless to share content by ZERO-CLICK (auto posting) of company posts on multiple social networks instantly. Set up and forget! or choose to share every time.

This is proving to be a win-win situation - employees get to improve their thought leadership and help companies ace branding by their best advocates - employees!

Startups and mid-size companies are realizing the highest value with their small marketing teams spending just a few mins every week and proud employees sharing content.

ewmailing 1 day ago 0 replies      
BlurrrSDK: Write native cross-platform 2D games in C, Lua, JavaScript or Swift. (iOS, Android, SteamOS/Linux, OS X, Windows, Raspberry Pi).

I just posted a demo video yesterday of Swift development for Android. I think this could be the very first video of a (cross-platform) Swift program running on Android.https://youtu.be/w6FY_qSi8yY

A more talky introduction here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCWFqHJC_gI&index=1&list=PLf...

parterburn 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Dabble Me (https://dabble.me) is a private journal that can be done all through email. It emails you daily, you reply. As you build up entries it will start sending you past entries in the daily emails.

Some of the better use cases include:* Keeping a developer journal (I see a few others here are working on something along those lines as well)* New parenting journal* Daily journaling

csallen 1 day ago 0 replies      


Taskforce makes life easier for people who need to get real work done directly from Gmail. It's a Chrome extension that lets you add notes to emails, convert emails into to-dos, and schedule emails for later, all without leaving your inbox. It makes email triage a breeze, and saves you from forgetting to handle to important emails from clients, customers, etc.

I've been working on this as a side project for the past year, but it started life as a YC company back in 2011, so some people have been using it for over 5 years now!

JimWestergren 1 day ago 0 replies      
DomainStats.io http://domainstats.io/

Collecting data and metrics for all domains, with API.

Also the website builder N.nu, http://n.nu/

brlewis 1 day ago 1 reply      

The Flux overview video seemed convincing. It's a web app architecture that lets you ask "How did my app get into this state?" and always have a straightforward path to an answer. It turns out Mithril fits the architecture as well or better than React does, and for me mobile-friendliness is important so I really like Mithril's size.

My Hello World Flux-Mithril app's source is at https://github.com/brlewis/brlewis.github.io/blob/master/201...

Ave 1 day ago 0 replies      

I'm working on a platform backing the existing desktop app for users to create, share, and explore lightroom presets - kinda like a package manager for photography presets.

MarioSpeedwagon 1 day ago 0 replies      
Hook Forms https://hookforms.com

Super simple form processing that starts attacking spam the moment a user (or bot) hits your page. Captchas, no matter how "smart" are no longer necessary with Hook Forms.

Just generate a form, copy the id into your own <form> tag, embed the JS and it starts working.

See all form submissions in one place, and have people emailed any time a form submission passes our crazy spam checks.

We're in beta for a very short time and almost going live, so TRY IT FOR FREE and let us know what you think!

Thanks YC :D

wirddin 22 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm working on Shuffl, a virtual jukebox which allows you to start a collaborative music station for your party where your guests can see the current playlist, vote on the tracks and add their own track. Here : http://shuffl.in
Huhty 1 day ago 0 replies      
A HN/Reddit alternative: http://snapzu.com

Snapzu innovates on all the things that Reddit is lacking, such as:

1. Your home feed provides all raw/live posts and activity from tribes you join, people you follow, and/or posts you save. This is similar to how twitter does it.

2. You can post links and content into more than one tribe (community) at a time which helps keep 're-posts' at a minimum.

3. You can post images without using a 3rd party service like Imgur, and you can embed Youtube and Vimeo videos directly.

4. Instead of link/comment karma (yes, of the "karmawhoring" variety), you earn Experience Points (XP) for participation used for leveling up your profile, and Reputation, a percentage score based on how other users vote on your posts.

5. All members can contribute to your posts by adding "related links", which add value to the post and are voted on by other members, just like comments.

6. Each member has a limit on how many tribes (communities) they can operate, based on XP level reached. No "power mods" here.

7. A Partnership Referral Program (http://snapzu.com/referralprogram) provides additional tools and incentives to help you grow your tribes (if you have a blog, website, forum, or other social influence)

apawloski 1 day ago 1 reply      
"Live" views of the Earth from Himawari-8 (a geostationary Japanese satellite).

Latest image: http://earth.apawl.com

Video of the previous 24 hours at: http://earth.apawl.com/recently

Bonus: Video of the eclipse earlier this week. http://earth.apawl.com/eclipse

K-Wall 1 day ago 1 reply      
Scat!: https://getsc.atIssue tracking utility for Slack.

Still a work in progress but with Scat you will be able to use Slack commands to create and manage issues. The command will respond with a bot to list out issues based on the initial prompt. The goal is to have nearly everything related to an issue built into Slack commands and off load some of the editing to a lightweight web UI.

I'm sure something like this already exists but it has been a blast so far playing around with the Slack API.

zbyte64 1 day ago 0 replies      

Static site generator that you manage from the browser. Currently publishes to S3 or a zip file. No help from servers.

The load time is currently slow because I am pushing unminified code and all the transpiling happens in the browser. With JSPM I can hot load applications but sadly github doesn't allow cross origin requests.

tperry98 1 day ago 1 reply      
Live Recorder: http://www.undo-software.com

Record a process on Linux and save an exact copy of the program's execution; replay it later on a different machine, and step backwards and forwards through the recording at the source level to figure out where it went wrong.

There are a few main things that make this possible:

- lightweight copy-on-write process snapshots

- re-executing (rather than recording) code we know to be deterministic

- a lot of time spent on handling corner cases to create a mature product

Findeton 1 day ago 0 replies      
Agora Voting: https://www.agoravoting.com

Secure, secret ballot, fully auditable, universally verifiable electronic elections. It has been used twice in the Spanish parliament, it scales up to millions of votes per election etc.

It's quite interesting if you are security oriented. Of course nothing is 100% secure, but the problem probably won't be on the server side, which is fully verifiable.

Stoo 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Storytella: https://storytel.la/

An online writing tool aimed at authors who self-publish. It's awesome because of the database back which means you can store people / places / anything really and insert them into your document (think variable replacement / an IDE for writers). The one-click EPUB generation is also pretty sweet.

doki_pen 1 day ago 1 reply      
Tubing is a Python I/O library.

I've been using it for batch data transformation tasks at Embedly. It's still early and things can still change, but it's starting to stabilize. Tell me what you think about the gross abuse of the __or__ operator. I love it, but if I'm alone, I can remove it, or at least remove it from example code.


tomek_zemla 1 day ago 0 replies      
Two experiments in computational design. I call them data paintings. Digital technologies already disrupted many fields - it is the time they disrupt graphic arts and painting. More on the way...http://www.pixelbox.com/circuitflora/http://www.pixelbox.com/fishdna
bradhe 1 day ago 0 replies      

We're a Techstars Seattle '16 company. We're making it possible for anyone to embed gorgeous data visualizations in their apps or services for data they've already got.

Check it out! https://demos.reflect.io/explore/

walkingolof 1 day ago 0 replies      
A retro inspired computer, based on a 40 Mhz DLX/MIPS CPU, it got 640x480 1 byte per pixel graphics, Blitter, Sprites, DMA sound, raster co-processor. SD card as storage.

Written in VHDL, running a simple DOS like "OS" based on Lua. GCC cross compiler on Linux for writing demos/games and other fantastic software, for the Amiga killer of yesteryear :)

Hopefully with a 3D printed case and open source plans, everyone can build one in a few years :)

AlphonseJr 1 day ago 1 reply      
Toolwatch ! https://toolwatch.ioIt helps watch freaks measure the accuracy of their timepieces.Accuracy has always been the holy grail of watchmaking. Throughout the ages, watchmakers have been competing for building the most accurate and precise watch movement but the consumers do not have the tools to appreciate that effort.

With Toolwatch you can measure your watches for free and see how they compete versus other measured watches !

metasean 1 day ago 0 replies      
GUN, an awesome Graph Database Engine! http://gun.js.org / https://github.com/amark/gun

Things that make it so awesome: it is open-source, real-time, fully distributed, and offline-first. It's also highly modular and easy to use, so our community is growing, which of course makes it even more awesome!

avitzurel 1 day ago 0 replies      
The-Startup-Stack http://the-startup-stack.com/

I think that Devops is too hard and it shouldn't be.IMHO the main reason it's happening is that there are many tools and no framework to consolidate them, and a lot of the "cookbooks" or "recipes" out there are missing a production-ready bullet proof version.

The way I try to solve it with the-startup-stack is to bring all the tools under one roof with an easy step-by-step way to get your stack bootstrapped.

You can get started with terraform, chef-server and mesos in minutes.

It's still in very early stages of development.

I am trying to post weekly reports on my blog. Here's the latest: http://avi.io/blog/2016/03/02/the-startup-stack-progress-rep...

perrylaj 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm finishing up a retooled build for our primary product Ignition (quick info https://inductiveautomation.com/scada-software/). The build itself is only 'awesome' to those of us who need to work on our product. Nearing the final stretch of the project, but so far we've cut build times by 80+%, and added in a bunch of tools/processes that will improve quality, not to mention greatly ease onboarding for new devs. Been a fun little project.

Our product itself pretty awesome (IMO) for a number of reasons: performance, flexibility, extensibility, easy of use (relative to other SCADA/HMI/Industrial Automation platforms), secure, highly connectable. We're one of the only companies (as far as I know) actually delivering real "Industrial IoT" (ugh, that term) solutions that are able to support the scale and scope that we do. There are definitely others attempting similar things, but not in such open and interconnected ways, and certainly nowhere near the same value. Our technology is pretty innovative, but just as innovative is our business transparency: We've done away with industry-standard artificial pricing schedules that relate to how many data points you have. The result has been adoption by many customers who simply couldn't afford to implement automation in the past.

Anyway, as a developer, I really like being a part of a platform that touches so many industries, in hugely varying ways. It's a fun challenge to build things that are easy to use, yet abstract, powerful and scalable.

Now that I have met my "sound like someone from marketing" quota for the year, I need to go wash it off with some code.

jasim 1 day ago 0 replies      

Protoship converts designs into code and generates full-blown web application front-ends. HTML, CSS, SASS, React, the works. And not the typical auto-generated crap, but real clean code as good as what we'd painstakingly write ourselves. No absolute positioning; no mindless repetition of CSS; no slicing and dicing.

I used to write business software in old-school tech like Visual Basic, Clipper, and dBase, but have been building for the web for the past several years. If you have ever worked on one of these technologies, you'll remember how fast we could bang out database software and user-interfaces that gets stuff done, compared to the boilerplate of modern front-end development. The ever-shifting landscape, writing reams of HTML, CSS, DRY-ing up stuff with SASS mixins, wiring up React components and props and `import`s... The sheer tedium is mind-numbing to build even the simplest of applications.

We're excited because we think it can be fixed - https://protoship.io/story

lolive 1 day ago 0 replies      
A visual tool for the Linked Data - http://datao.net/

A visual tool to create SPARQL queries and browse SPARQL endpoints.Plus a Linked Data search engine of all the resources available in SPARQL endpoints.

One more thing : queries created in the visual tool are, when relevant, displayed under each search result, and can be run upon it.

Grue3 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://ichi.moe - Japanese text segmenter. Written in pure Common Lisp. Works better than Google Translate.
GavinB 1 day ago 0 replies      
I just had my first novel released this month! It combines gaming and literacy for kids. It's themed around the idea of "becoming a player character in your own life." The main character, Josh, uses the ideas of experience points, quest hooks, and allies to get ahead in his life.


The reviews so far have been great, saying that it's "Smartly paced and emotionally engaging" (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/gavin-brown/josh-...) and from "an author who gets his audience and knows his games (http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-545-77294-5)."

nzonbi 1 day ago 0 replies      
xoL icon based programming language: http://nzonbi.github.io/xoL/

Programs looks cooler than text, and are easier to work with (once you learn it). Project current status is prototype under construction.

XoL is a programming language where code elements are designed icons. This makes code flow and meaning easier to read than text. I have put a lot of work to optimize the design as best as possible. The design shown in the page is an earlier version. The current design has been improved greatly. I don't want to reveal it until it is actually working. I find programs in xoL are beautiful and engaging to look at. And are easier to understand than text. The user interface is designed aiming to make writing and editing programs, easier than editing text.

The actual language has been designed specially to work well with the icon design. One key point is that xoL is statically typed. The type system aims for simplicity -it is very easy to use-. The types are represented with icons. This helps to make easier to understand the meaning of programs.

You can talk to me if interested in the project.

benHN 1 day ago 0 replies      
fedger.io (https://fedger.io) - We continuously feed our machine intelligence tech with massive amounts of web data and provide easy access via simple to use micro APIs.
nakodari 1 day ago 0 replies      
Jumpshare - https://jumpshare.com/

An incredibly fast, real-time file sharing app. You drag and drop your files to the menu bar (in Mac) / system tray (in Windows) and a link is automatically copied to your clipboard, ready to be shared. If you're looking for a more personalized way of sharing, you can send the files via email directly from the app with advanced sharing options, such as, expire link after x number of days, views or downloads, or simply disable downloading for recipients.

The app comes with a slew of built-in tools, such as, capture and annotate screenshots, record screen, bookmark, compose notes, and record audio clips. You can upload "any content" from your clipboard using a simple hotkey.

We've built the product in such a way that we can offer the most advanced enterprise level file sharing features to professionals and small businesses at a very affordable price, while also making sharing dead-simple and easy!

guftagu 1 day ago 0 replies      
Manuscript.What if instead of pain-stakingly coding an API backend while having to chose the web framework, language, libraries etc, we could just describe the API and its routes as a set of operations that could be implemented by any language, any framework, using any set of libraries.

What if you could build an API free of bugs on the first try? What if instead of using a laptop or a desktop, you could build a custom API from your smartphone? What if you could just build your API once and it could get faster automatically as implementations improve performance?

I believe all of the above is possible and manuscript is my attempt to bring this dream to life.

If this sounds awesome to you, help me build manuscript and let us change how we create APIs forever.

I need help on this project so anyone interested is welcome to create some issues and have some discussions.https://github.com/ArsalanDotMe/manuscript

misterdata 1 day ago 0 replies      
Warp: http://warp.one

I want this to be the swiss army knife for all your data analysis/grunt work. Key features are (1) work on small data set then repeat operation on the full dataset so you can work faster, (2) query by doing what you would do in Excel and (3) make loading and moving data super easy and fun to do!

IanCal 1 day ago 0 replies      

It's a free, entirely manually curated, database of research organisations around the world with associated metadata and other linked IDs (wikidata/geonames/NUTS/crossref/fundref/ucas/ukprn...). Everything has a persistent ID so it doesn't matter if a university changes name.

It's awesome because this is the kind of thing you assume exists but actually doesn't, and is really quite hard to build yourself. If you want to aggregate data from multiple sources you need IDs. We built it because that's what we do and it's what we need. Then we released it CC-BY :)

It's not glamorous, but I think it's pretty important. It lets you analyse things far more easily than you would have been able to do before. I wrote a blogpost about pay in universities vs regional averages in the UK [0] and the analysis itself was really just a case of joining a few things together.

On the business side of things, we work with people to get their data cleaned up & linked to GRID as well as offering other bits with . Please do get in touch if you either want some help using it or just want to talk about these kinds of things :) i.calvert@digital-science.com

[0] https://www.digital-science.com/blog/tech/north-south-divide...

Edit - We're continually adding stuff, so get in touch if you think something is missing or incorrect, you can raise a ticket here: http://gridac.freshdesk.com

We tend to release once a month, so it might be a few weeks before you see the fix go out.

thenaterhood 1 day ago 0 replies      
A simple, plugin-based system for monitoring systems on a small scale. The idea is to make it super fast to make plugins that either monitor something or send data about what monitor plugins said through another service. It's not intended to be a full-fledged monitoring application, just a "send me a push notification if x breaks" sort of deal.

I use it myself since for my personal things I don't need a full fledged application like Nagios, I just want to get told if something like a hard drive fails. Right now there's plugins for checking systemd services, drives, IP address, sending data to/from other heartbeat instances (super janky), sending notices through pushbullet, dweet.io, blinkstick, and pulling URLs.


localhost3000 1 day ago 0 replies      
Swizzle - http://swizzle.onthebar.com

Just launched this app. Daily round of cocktails curated by professional bartenders from around the world. Swipe right to save the ones you like and build you personal drink library and boozy shopping list. Share favorites via iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

jventura 1 day ago 0 replies      
Flatangle reports: http://flatangle.com/products/reports/

It's a web application that generates the astrological interpretation of a person's chart using traditional astrology methods. I hope next week to start selling the Temperament analysis.

angeliquetoque 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm 19 and I launched in January a productivity app Proud (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proud/id891726847?l=pl&ls=1&...) My main mission is just simply help people organize their life, goals in the easiest way. Proud contains all the best tools in one place.- through reminders we teach people how to create habits and routines.- timer lets you track your time workflow and remind you about the breaks. - destress superpower lets you be present for a while, tibetan bowls influence your thoughts and emotions. - weekly performance dashboard shows you how many tasks you did in the last 7 days.

I believe that our greatest asset is time, so we have to learn how to manage it to grow day by day.

BigMonty 13 hours ago 0 replies      

I've just recently launched a bartering website where users can exchange goods and services without using money. Users can create profiles listing out what they have to offer and what they may be looking to get in return, search other users, and leave reviews detailing their experiences with other users.

In todays economy, sometimes it can be difficult obtaining certain necessities in life, and ExchangeTree offers people an alternative platform from the financial system that is so deeply rooted in todays society.

I urge anyone interested to check it out and ask any questions you may have :)

CheersJoshCTO of ExchangeTree

marketforlemmas 1 day ago 1 reply      

It's a simple game where I show you two images from Reddit (SFW of course) and ask you to guess which was more popular. I'm using the data from the site as part of my research into the dynamics on internet popularity.

It's awesome because it's showing that Reddit is a pretty random/fickle thing. In the first iteration of the experiment (we're on the second now), people couldn't really do much better than randomly guessing. If one image had 10,000 upvotes and the other 10, people could only guess the popular one about 55% of the time. I wrote up some quick results in this blogpost: https://medium.com/@gregstod/guess-the-karma-2-0-82a224a691f...

I'd very much appreciate it if you played the game and donated a few data points :-)

rch 1 day ago 0 replies      


StateBook aggregates data from a wide variety of governmental and proprietary sources to provide a geovisual platform that companies use to decide where to launch businesses and create new jobs. We have great customers and are looking forward to addressing a broader market.

mixandgo 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on an alternative to Google's URL Builder.

It helps marketing teams with tracking clicks in Google Analytics by making the link building process a lot easier and less error prone.

Check it out: http://utmtag.com

hellbanner 1 day ago 2 replies      
Twitch Plays Minesweeper... because Twitch plays Minesweeper :)

Please do this every month on HN!

Also, an updated version of a turn-based game engine, now with ES6 classes.

ganarajpr 1 day ago 0 replies      
I worked on this a couple of weeks back and its almost complete - but I thought I would share it with the world.

Good for JSX projects transpiled using Babel


Its a set of 3 plugins ( chrome plugin, atom plugin and Babel plugin) that allow you to jump to the right JS file in your editor directly from chrome. I was thinking how would View Source look if it was implemented in this new world of Front End JS. . This should provide a more seamless experience of going from the Browser to your editor. Would love any feedback on the experience or any enhancement requests.

escherize 1 day ago 0 replies      
CLJS Fiddle - http://cljsfiddle.com

Allows newcomers to jump into the best parts of Clojurescript development, and lets those who understand Clojure{script} share their questions and examples.

jf 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've been enjoying doing literate programming using org-babel inside of Emacs.

Writing literate programs allows me to easily keep my code and documentation synchronized. I make a update in one place and generate my "README.md" and project files from that one document.

Here is a sample application that I wrote to demonstrate OIDC: https://github.com/jpf/okta-oidc-beta

And here is another sample application I wrote to demonstrate implementing SCIM: https://github.com/joelfranusic-okta/okta-scim-beta

(All of the files in both of those projects are generated from the README.org file)

kidproquo 1 day ago 0 replies      
MelloNote - Android app to create notes for MP3 files.


Demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqxAVGRPow0

1. Practice music

* Mark sections to practice and add notes with lyrics or helpful tips

* Jump to and loop sections to perfect your skills

* Create color coded notes to group themes (notes for vocals, guitarists, drums)

* Rehearse with notes played back as time cues

* Export and share notes with others by email

2. Make notes on audio lectures

* Identify key sections and add descriptions

* Jump to relevant sections by tapping on the note title

* Export and share notes with others by email

jwcrux 1 day ago 0 replies      
gophish - https://getgophish.com.

It's awesome because it provides phishing simulation/training to everyone for free. Traditional solutions cost $$$$$, so gophish makes this type of training available to anyone regardless of security budget.

nealrs 1 day ago 1 reply      
Devpost Teams - http://devpost.com/teams

We're trying to give developers a better look at dev teams & answer their most common questions about dev process, benefits, who else works there, what it's great, etc -- before they apply.

phillc73 1 day ago 0 replies      
A database of thoroughbred bloodstock sale results:


The data is collected from currently six different bloodstock auctioneers in Europe and covers the years 2009 - 2015. Future plans include additional auctioneers around the globe.

The goal is to provide improved data analysis to the bloodstock industry. Starting with a simple Jekyll based website (barebones found under the gh-pages branch at the moment), reports will be written in RMarkdown, so R code can be included directly, then "knitted" with the knitr package to vanilla markdown.

It's awesome because I love horse racing and bloodstock. Combining a personal passion with my data analysis skills should hopefully mean a stellar service.

Jemaclus 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm building a fancy schmancy word tracker for writers. I love NaNoWriMo's tools, but they limit its use to just the month of November, which doesn't help me for the other eleven months of the year! I originally built a simple app in December when I was still trying to finish my novel after November was over, and I wound up using my app up to today. In mid February, I tossed a fancy Bootstrap theme or two on it.

It's still very much in early stages, with not a lot of features. The only action you can really take is to update your word count, which should refresh the charts and graphs and stats. I personally find it incredibly motivating, but if you're not a writer... then maybe it's not for you.

Enjoy: https://www.novelsarehard.com

flxn 1 day ago 0 replies      
Tor Relay Configurator: https://tor-relay.co/

It's a simple configurator for generating a script that sets up a Tor node on your server. I hope that way people with who are less proficient in Tor and Linux can support the network.

tixocloud 1 day ago 0 replies      
Connectomo - smarter marketing automation for startups and small businesses (http://connectomo.com)

It's awesome because we're building a marketing automation platform that learns from customer preferences and behaviours to build a better customer experience.

j4pe 1 day ago 0 replies      
Not In My Country



It's a tool for organizations to fight corruption their community. Our main deterrents are rating/ranking of public officials (think teachers & tax collectors), responsibly controlled crowdsourcing of corruption reports, and campaign pages to raise money and awareness to litigate a case or assist victims.

Currently active in Uganda, talking with organizations in Ukraine, Kenya, Nigeria, and Liberia and with major global anticorruption organizations.

If you're reading this and you know about network security and/or I2P & onion server provisioning, leave a comment, I could use your help.

wtracy 1 day ago 0 replies      

A wall poster featuring Tux and Linux kernel code.

I haven't sold any yet. I'm not sure whether I'm advertising it wrong, or if it's just not something people are interested in.

colinbartlett 1 day ago 0 replies      
StatusGator: https://statusgator.com

Monitors the status pages of cloud services and sends you alerts in Slack, email, SMS, web hook, etc. You can even query the status of a service via a slash command in slack:

/statuscheck github

...will tell you if GitHub is down.

amackera 1 day ago 0 replies      
Cadence - http://getcadence.com/

We've been hacking on hitting the sweet spot between the simplicity of Trello and the power of JIRA.

It integrates deeply with github & bitbucket, as well as slack/hipchat/irc, so you dont have to spend a ton of time keeping the data in Cadence relevant or accurate. This bottom-up approach allows us to help map your development process and how work gets done on your team.

Sorry for the sparse page, we're slowly opening beta access to interested teams.

aroberge 1 day ago 0 replies      
Reeborg's World http://reeborg.ca/reeborg.html

A modern version of Karel the robot with different programming methods (a Scratch-like interface, a function-based approach, or an OOP based approach) with support for either Python or Javascript. A combination of tutorial and documentation for a previous "stable" version can be found at http://reeborg.ca/docs/en French and Korean versions also available). This is slow on-going work that started first in 2004 with a desktop program (rur-ple) used by many in formal settings to teach programming.

grahamburger 1 day ago 0 replies      
Managed NOC services:https://goo.gl/15QA3ZWe provide live technicians to actively watch and troubleshoot problems with network devices and web services during specified times of the day, up to 24x7. (Basically to let you and your employees get some sleep knowing someone's watching things.)

We are launching in a niche that has a need for constant supervision of a large number network devices but are often too small to justify the expense of hiring internally. (WISPs, if you're familiar with that) but we believe are services can be generally useful to a broader customer base.

We are still taking on beta customers at very reduced rates. Hit me up at the link above or at the email in my profile.

kpocza 1 day ago 0 replies      
Thriot is an open source IoT platform.There are no real usages yet, but since it's open anybody can make use of it.The main advantage of this platform is that it has configurable and extendable storage system so you can store the configuration, telemetry data and M2M messages where you wish besides the fact that it has been tested on Windows and Linux, as well.

Code: https://github.com/kpocza/thriot

Documentation: http://portal.thriot.io/

Demo site: http://central.thriot.io/

jcr 1 day ago 2 replies      

It's awesome because youtube is (intentionally) annoying,plus, it's nice to give back bugfix/feature patches whensomeone else (jwz) is kind enough to give their code tothe public.

EDIT: Thanks detaro. Link removed. I didn't know it was an issue, and obviously, couldn't see it.

hardmath123 1 day ago 0 replies      
Nearley: a JavaScript parsing toolkit http://nearley.js.org

Nearley is fast, expressive, convenient, streamable, battle-tested, bootstrapped(!), has a "standard library", and has an error handling API. You specify grammars in BNF and compile it to a JS (node/browser-compatible) file.

Nearley also has fun tools like "output json.org-style railroad diagrams from my parser" and "use this parser as a fuzzer that creates strings that match the syntax".

sixtypoundhound 1 day ago 1 reply      
Just rebuilt one of my projects: an automated website revenue strategy consultant.


The tool is built off a set of revenue benchmarks I built up over the past couple of years; this version looks at the expected performance for different market niches and revenue strategies (for ad-supported sites). It guides the audience towards the best options to improve their current results.

Future version of the tool will have additional features to help dial in targets for SAAS and E-commerce businesses.

booleanbetrayal 1 day ago 0 replies      
I have been working on a product called Smartly (https://smart.ly) for a couple of years now. It's an interactive learning platform aimed at teaching in short, mobile-accessible, "bite-sized" chunks. While the platform itself is novel in several aspects, the real value is in the content, which centers around a business / career development curriculum. We've landed on a business model which makes this content entirely free to individual learners, which is pretty awesome, I think! Please feel free to check it out.
tmaly 1 day ago 0 replies      
Bestfoodnearme - food dishes by location https://bestfoodnearme.com

It is a side project I used to learn Go. The site is up, but it is not pretty to the eye yet. I am working on a new theme for the it.

lcall 1 day ago 0 replies      
OneModel - "atomic knowledge", or a new way to manage knowledge by looking at it differently. The vision subsumes essentially all KM & notetaking etc products, and the current iteration is a text-mode bare AGPL3 app that I use every day (no mobile support yet, other features still in the pipeline...).

Hopefully explained at the site "About" link and its links (if not let me know!): http://onemodel.org

(ps: I'd love to talk about funding etc.)

ahachete 1 day ago 0 replies      
ToroDB - https://github.com/torodb/torodb

It's both a NoSQL and SQL database in the same place. Has the best of both worlds.

Speaks the MongoDB protocol, stores the data in PostgreSQL.

You no longer have to choose either Mongo or PostgreSQL: you can have both!

There is a lot of detail on this recent FLOSS Interview: https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/episodes/377?autostart=fa...

seyz 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm the founder of Forest (For REST): http://www.forestadmin.com

Instant & Customizable Admin Interface

Save development and maintenance time. Focus on your customer product.

Want to test it? Let's talk!

shiny 1 day ago 0 replies      
Dr Kodama - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr.-kodama/id1060934796?mt=8

My first (iOS, very simple) game. Got to learn Swift and some basic game dev principles - was fun (save for encountering this issue: http://stackoverflow.com/q/24223572/548170). Thanks for trying and please hit me with any feedback if you got it.

smithgeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://codehappy.info - awesome because it's trying to help people find information about a company that you can't easily get anywhere else so they can code happy.
tristanburnside 1 day ago 0 replies      


An iOS framework where UI is designed in Interface Builder and all functionality is defined in blocks that are automatically run asynchronously on a background thread.

This allows developers to avoid creating massive view controllers by never creating any view controllers at all.

Still a WIP and TableViewControllers and most of the view controller lifecycle events are not yet supported.

ChrisDutrow 1 day ago 0 replies      
Management software for small mobile service businesses (working demo): https://demo.enterprisejazz.com

Video of older, ugly version with way more features: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/enterprisejazz/website/de...

Got started on it cause I own a mobile auto detailing company: SharpDetail.com

Some features it has:

* Route optimization

* Call routing and call recording

* Track missed calls vs answered calls

trb8 1 day ago 0 replies      
Precipice - A java library providing monitoring and back pressure for task execution


Precipice allows you to plug in a variety of metrics to collect result and latency information about tasks (http requests, runnables, writes to a socket, etc) that your application executes. You can pick mechanisms of back pressure (rate limiters, semaphores, circuit breakers, etc) that can pause execution depending on what your metrics indicate is going on.

There are no assumed threading or execution models.

sideproject 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm working on HelloBox and SideProjectors - http://www.hellobox.co, http://www.sideprojectors.com

HelloBox is a tool to create an online community like HN. SideProjectors is a marketplace for buying and selling side projects.

konschubert 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am working on a useful and compatible micropayment standard: https://konstantinschubert.github.io/pennytoken-spec//

I know this has been tried before and it will probably fail but I think the benefits are too plentiful to not try it.

I am also working on an example implementation: http://pennytoken-service.boosted.science/

ogreveins 1 day ago 0 replies      
A VR desktop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbyUZk3TGZ8

Futzing around with the operating system calls is the hardest part.

matthewarkin 1 day ago 0 replies      
I plugged this before, but https://commencepayments.com, which basically acts as a server for a Stripe integration which is pretty neat for people who don't have access to their server-side code. Total Processed volume has exploded over the last couple months (Jan did 4x Dec, and Feb did 2x Jan, with March looking on track to beat Feb).

So with the new growth, looking to add a bunch of cool new features, like iOS / Android library, ACH support, and once Braintree opens the necessary API, Braintree support.

fadys 1 day ago 1 reply      

It's a subscription loose-leaf tea service. We source organic, premium teas from suppliers throughout the world.

Here are two coupon codes for HN readers:

Monthly subscription - $5 off: HN5OFF31016

Yearly subscription - $50 off: HN50OFF31016

stevekemp 1 day ago 0 replies      
A system for managing DNS-data via git-repositories - https://dns-api.com/

A console based mail-client - https://github.com/lumail/lumail2/

A reworking of the Debian Administration website to make it better scale, and experiment more with clustering - https://debian-administration.org/

edencoder 1 day ago 0 replies      

A NodeJS/Mongo/Express framework kit

The idea is to bring back strong app/bundles namespacing for larger projects, while taking care of many of the boilerplate decisions for you. Everything is based on classes so thought it would be a smaller stepping stone for someone coming from PHP or C#

jensC 1 day ago 0 replies      

A little Raspi-App to call for help via SMS and/or E-Mail. An IR-Control triggers the alarm.


Rezo 1 day ago 1 reply      
Cloudcraft - https://cloudcraft.co

It's a free tool for creating AWS architecture diagrams in an isometric style. You can snap together AWS services as if they were LEGO blocks. The latest development is that you can now scan an actual live environment and import your real resources.

Right now (when not reading HN...) I'm working on making the grid infinite, adding zoom & pan, so it becomes usable for really large architectures. It's a lot of fun.

sbauch 1 day ago 1 reply      

My current side project is Vcardme. It's a service for hosting your contact information at a URL where it can be accessed or saved. Idea being you should put your Vcardme URL in your email sig.

For me, what really makes it awesome, is the iOS app that allows you to save Vcardme links to your iOS phone book and also subscribes you to updates for the contacts you saved. So your iOS Contacts would stay up to date, automagically.

scottbez1 1 day ago 1 reply      
DIY open source hardware split flap display: https://github.com/scottbez1/splitflap

It's one of those cool mechanical displays that were common in train/airport terminals before digital signage took over.

Demo video of my prototype so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslkflVv-Hw

matthiaswh 1 day ago 0 replies      

A very simple, quick movie rating app. Functional but not quite production ready.

Basically I wanted a list of every movie I've ever watched along with a quick star rating, and it was taking too long to go through the other sites or collect in a spreadsheet. I wanted something that I could browse through and very quickly say whether I've watched it.

xavivives 1 day ago 0 replies      
An audio-reactive, programable, super-awesome, buggy, free tool for visualizing animated gifs: http://ludovico.io/
hengheng 1 day ago 0 replies      
MAVinci - http://www.mavinci.de/

We're making high-end fixed wing surveying drones with custom autopilot, the best RTK GPS that money can buy, an excellent camera (that we modify) and an excellent flight planning software. We're making the whole package in-house to keep the whole toolchain under our control, up until Agisoft Photoscan which we heavily script. Surveying engineers seem to love the system, and rely on it working perfectly every day!

yaniksilver 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am working with http://www.cloudways.com/en/ these days.

We have built a platform to give front-end devs, designers and creative agencies a relief from the server management tasks.

Its an high tech alternative to old control panels like Plesk or CPanel.

We are coming with a newer, more finished version of control panel soon.

We always believed in user experience and that's what make any product tick.

And we are trying our best to focus on creating the UX that has never been achieved.

jishangiras 1 day ago 0 replies      
1News - http://www.1news.me/

- built this completely from scratch- gives you the right amount of text to read about a news article- custom algorithm to pick the best news phrases- iOS & Android

Latest News in Short.All the news in short bitsUpdated frequentlyArtificially Intelligent News Engine picks only the important phrases



World News / Choose your country. - Australia - India - USA - UK

dividuum 1 day ago 1 reply      
info-beamer - https://info-beamer.com/pi

I build a digital signage platform based on the Raspberry PI. It started as an open source "for fun" project (https://github.com/dividuum/info-beamer) but has now evolved into the most powerful software to build animated, hardware accelerated visualizations on the PI. As using the software on its own can be complicated (if you're not a programmer) I built a complete SaaS around it (https://info-beamer.com/hosted) which allows you to get your first screen running in a few minutes without any knowledge of Lua, Linux or even the PI. The software running on the PI is written in C/Lua and uses OpenGL/OMX to do its hardware acceleration. The hosted service is built using Python and includes a complete readonly and custom built Linux distribution that runs on the PI. On top of that it's possible to control the hosted service using the API so you can build your own digital signage around the technology. It's so much fun developing on all different parts of the product that I'll never get bored.

ifcologne 1 day ago 0 replies      

A database that you can use as a JSON document store or a graph database - or even both data models combined - within a single query.

Why it's awesome?

I can use one technology for so many different use cases, I'm not limited to one data model and can use a single query language that supports graph traversals and document JOINS.

It's designed to support modern microservice architectures and orchestration - e.g. via Mesosphere DCOS.

joshmanders 1 day ago 0 replies      

I work for a screen printing and embroidery company and the software to run the business is absolutely horrible and bad business model, but the alternatives aren't that great. We're building it for ourselves, and are going to open it up to other companies and offer a modern efficient approach to manage your whole business.

Dotnaught 1 day ago 0 replies      

About a year ago, I finished my second novel, Oversight, about advertising, virtual reality, and terrorism. It got some recognition recently from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. It's awesome, if you accept a fairly flexible definition of the term. Mostly, it has affirmed that promoting books is as difficult as promoting apps.

kartikkumar 1 day ago 0 replies      
satsearch: https://satsearch.co

We're building a search engine for satellite parts. Sourcing satellite parts that meet your design requirements is really painful and leads to wasted man-hours and procurement errors. With the advent of the small-satellite industry and companies like Planet Labs, Spire, Skybox Imaging etc., there's an explosion of activity in the supplier market across the world.

We're aiming to be THE place to get accurate, up-to-date information about the state of the market. We're in the process of acquiring data by on-boarding suppliers. We strongly believe that the data wants to be free, so we're going to be offering an API so the data can be embedded in engineering, procurement and market analysis tools.

We are in the process of positioning ourselves within the exciting push to open-source the space industry. Given our expertise, we're focussed on building open-source spacecraft design tools, and satsearch is a vital asset for that. If you're interested in getting involved in building FOSS for the space industry, drop me an email.

akavel 1 day ago 0 replies      
A well-tested, easily extensible & customizable, offset-capturing, robustly-specified Markdown parser in Go:


with a (long-term) plan of writing a WYSIWYG desktop Markdown editor around it. A hobby project in spare time, so pacing is on and off.

Also much too many other hobby projects. But hey, that's what makes them hobby!

needz 1 day ago 1 reply      
Pindigo - Social score-tracking for pinball players.

We're building an app to provide the first non-forum social network for pinball players.

- Score logging w/ image uploads

- Machine look-up w/ links to third-party resources

- Likes, comments, and following

- Score timelines, analytics, and leaderboards.

- Oauth integration of the world's leading pinball forum, Pinside

- Plenty of stuff in the works!

After 5 months of development, we're starting our v2.0.0 closed beta next week! http://www.pindigoapp.com

simlai 1 day ago 0 replies      
I created http://www.get3w.com with golang and js, and just put it online couple days ago.Get3W is Github for websites, combines site editor and web hosting. the vision is to build a creative community for discovering, sharing, and creating inspiring website.The most awesome part for me was static page editor. Get3W can edit static page(html, css, js) WYSIWYG.
Spectral 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on a way to buy a new car online and skip all the dealership salespeople, haggling, upselling, etc.

You can build your car online (colors & options) and set your price, and your customization gets distributed to all of our dealerships (LA only currently) and see who accepts it. Cuts down on the dealer sales funnel as well so it's a win-win on both sides!


mcone 1 day ago 0 replies      
Statusbot https://statusbot.io

An API for programmatically monitoring the status pages of hundreds of web-based applications.

gonchs 1 day ago 1 reply      
On https://upflow.co it's awesome because it saves people time researching and scheduling great content to social media.
derefnull 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am working on the "Fiera - Arouser for Her" product : http://fiera.com . It is awesome because it's an elegant product to enhance/jump-start arousal for women -- whether through stimulation or as a conversation starter between couples.

It has some very cool technology under the hood which, if we've done our job right, the user will never have to think about. :)

hotcool 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on the Wheatbin project management software and book: http://www.wheatbin.com

Early access to the software is available through my "Rule of Nine" deal (and helps me keep the lights on while I finish this): https://gumroad.com/l/ruleofnine/ruleofnine

daenz 1 day ago 1 reply      

It's not a startup, but I work on the performances like they are.

gxespino 1 day ago 1 reply      

I'm building the API for physical gifting.

Want to reward your best customers with chocolates, flowers, company swag, etc. but don't want the operational overhead?

Automate making a call to Melt's API and we'll handle the buying, customizing, and logistics.

The goal is to increase customer engagement, customer satisfaction, word-of-mouth growth and lifetime value.

orthecreedence 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on Market.Space (https://market.space): a competitive monitoring tool. We gather data from a lot of sources (news, social, youtube, apps, etc) and give high-level views of companies and their competition.

I spend nights/weekends working on Turtl (https://turtl.it) , an encrypted note-taking app (Evernote alternative).

andrew-lucker 1 day ago 0 replies      
Test all the things!https://jad.subarctic.org/services

Startups usually don't have much time or budget for testing, so we're improving the core technology to bring issue visibility to more businesses.

We manage writing tests/scenarios and customers get alerts, a dashboard, and optionally a public service-status page.

lowtecky 1 day ago 0 replies      
Daily audio reactive music visualizer experiments posted to twitter: https://twitter.com/preziotte

These are largely coded in Processing and leverage the Minim audio library. I'm doing this for several reasons: To get used to showing my work to other people (vulnerability) and to be able to mentally move on from a piece that I've finished so I can be more prolific.

mattcosta7 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://www.dailyc.ioAn RSS feed aggregator, that parses the articles and brings saves the 'meat' of it. Caches 20ish articles at a time, so you can flip through them, once loaded, even if there isn't service (on mobile). Also includes weather and train status (currently NYC,Chicago, Washington DC Supported).

Still working on formatting/parsing more feeds, but works for many.

vermosi 1 day ago 0 replies      

I wanted to create a de-stressing website for myself.

Right now it's in the baby stage, long-term goals are to have full motion video and audio based on weather and time of day. But for now, baby steps.

I made this as a challenge to make a site that is as compressed as possible, and mobile responsive so anyone in any browser can use it.

satyajitranjeev 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm working on an extensible notes platform for the web. Its called Saola: https://saola.in.There are several platforms that you can store notes/text etc in. Saola differs from them in the fact that it provides you a scriptable environment also. You can write JavaScript scripts to create/update/delete notes/text.
fabianlindfors 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm working on an online learning platform I'm calling Academiac. Teachers with some expertise can write and publish text-based courses which user then pay to enroll in.

Very similar to Udemy but really focused on text-based courses instead of videos. The goal is to create a high-quality alternative to regular ad-supported courses and tutorials

Not available yet but will be launching to course teachers soon!

steventhedev 1 day ago 0 replies      
A password wallet that syncs over Dropbox, Google Drive, Syncthing, even rsync.


Got fed up with Dropbox creating conflicted copies of my keepass database, and decided there must be a better way. I expect the base KV store will be easy to use for other apps in the future as well.

jraedisch 1 day ago 0 replies      
I work on https://markmyday.net no account needed).

It is awesome because it is rapidly becoming almost usable for simply tracking daily activities (think "Don't Break the Chain!") and will probably add a dash of microblogging soon. Since it is a one man spare-time project I am really glad about all the advice/feedback I can get.

cnork 1 day ago 0 replies      

Online CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) program for helping people with stress / depression / anxiety. We've built these modules (videos, exercises, etc) & a community for everyone to interact and find ways to improve their mental health. Feel free to check it out.

cbeach 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://www.caption.me/ - an ongoing caption competition that pulls three photos from Flickr per day and ranks amusing captions. Featuring real-time collaborative mind-mapping of caption ideas (D3/Faye) and an occasional cash prize funded from advertising revenue originating from the SeedingUp marketplace
monknomo 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm working on PyWE, which is a set of batch scripts that help install and switch between multiple pythons, as well as manage virtual environments. It's inspired by pyenv, but it works in Windows. It's awesome because it's a heck of a lot easier than doing all this by hand

PyWE: https://github.com/monknomo/pywe

palidanx 1 day ago 0 replies      
I created a site where anyone can find foods highest in any given nutrient given one serving size.


It is based on the usda-sr database, and a lot of manual work was required to determine one serving size.

The people who use the site are mainly registered dietitians, but some power consumers have occasionally used it.

nyddle 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mnemonic url shortener, https://github.com/nyddle/mnemonic
stephenhuey 1 day ago 0 replies      
Here at Luminare in Houston we're tackling the most expensive reason for hospitalization in the USA.


Every day the country spends $55 million on sepsis and Sagitta is a tablet-based, bedside sepsis-screening app for acute care hospitals that aims to drastically reduce this problem!

bruceb 1 day ago 0 replies      
CourseBuffet - http://www.coursebuffet.com Trying to have best search results of any aggregator of free MOOCs and we are only one to replicate bachelor's degree with our CourseBuffet Degree Paths. Take courses from different universities and providers but still have a focused learning path.
thedailylist 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Daily List: www.thedailylist.co

Designed to cultivate focus and diminish distraction so that regular people can achieve extraordinary goals.

Eliminates common pitfalls which turn most todo-lists into mental junk drawers.

Shows your progress over time.

Discourages analysis paralysis by focusing your mindset on action rather than thinking about action.

Designed for mobile browsers and for use in a narrow browser window off to the side of your desktop screen.

chuhnk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Micro - a microservice ecosystem

I'm building tools to simplify building and managing distributed systems based on my experiences at Google and Hailo.


ratpik 1 day ago 0 replies      
Diagnostics and disease management on your smartphone - http://www.janacare.com/

The hardware is a device connected to your phone via the audio jack that can do different types of blood tests and plugs into a system that helps patients and health care providers improve health outcomes.

Malankov 1 day ago 0 replies      
Togethr.TV : https://togethr.tvWith our website, you can watch videos in real time with your friends. Audio chat is also supported. It is awesome because it makes it very easy to show specific part of a video to anyone! :
ashleyhindle 1 day ago 0 replies      
My Conference Is On Fire - Frontend for Twilio conferencing system



oakio 1 day ago 0 replies      

Build web apps focused on user generated content, without coding.

- Register users- Create pages for user generated content.- Connect to Stripe.com for Subscriptions, Payments, Transactions fees, etc.

It's a builder like weebly or squarespace, except it allows you to build your own communities or marketplaces like Etsy. I think it's cool.

schizoidboy 1 day ago 0 replies      
Myplaceonline, an open source virtual life assistant: https://myplaceonline.com/

It's amorphous; just anything my roommate and I find useful for computers to automate. Latest feature is a way to share pictures and stories by email (with a way to unsubscribe).

MrMullen 1 day ago 0 replies      
Getting my AWS Solutions Architect Associate and Professional Certification so I can move up in the world and make more money.
wnpowell 1 day ago 0 replies      
To Wear With - http://towearwith.com/latest/

A Searchable - Shoppable Closet!

Find shoppable outfit ideas and street style inspiration to help you get dressed and out the door! Whether dressing for a wedding or a job interview To Wear With has outfit ideas you can actually shop!

m52go 1 day ago 1 reply      
BookStorm: an awesome way to explore the world of books.

Why it's awesome: we're helping to maximize intellectual freedom in a world dominated by "smart" algorithms and "social" recommendations with old-fashioned serendipity.


vital101 1 day ago 0 replies      
Private Wordpress Plugin & Theme updates + CI services - https://kernl.us

It's awesome because I get to work on fun technologies (MEAN stack), learn how to scale Node.js, and interact with a great community. Also, I have paying customers which makes it even better :)

leonelabs 1 day ago 0 replies      
Glow Glyphs : Chainable LED letters for making custom LED signs and displays. Crowdfunding on Crowd Supply next week. https://www.crowdsupply.com/leonelabs/glow-glyphs/
samfisher83 1 day ago 0 replies      
This is my ad blocking browser. Its based on qualcom code. It also has the eff privacy badger built into to it so people can't track you.


nsimoneaux 1 day ago 0 replies      

I produced some music for the 'Record Per Month' challenge.

http://coolguyradio.com -- raspberry pi radio station of improvised electronic music.

markneub 1 day ago 0 replies      
redditq - http://redditq.com/

Currently requires a physical keyboard to operate. Keyboard commands listed at https://github.com/markneub/redditq#navigation

redditq is an image browser for reddit. It features a minimal user interface and is designed to be controlled via keyboard shortcuts. This project was inspired by redditp[1], but I wanted to add support for image galleries and Flickr photo pages and experiment with a minimal UI. From a technical standpoint, I wanted practice using CommonJS modules for structuring my JavaScript, as well as using webpack for bundling static assets (including JS modules).

[1] http://redditp.com/

grinich 1 day ago 1 reply      
We're building a new mail app at Nylas! https://nylas.com

Oh and it's open source :) http://github.com/nylas/n1

dmcswain 1 day ago 0 replies      

I created a smartphone, smartwatch, web app that let's you tag photos with a voice command for easy retrieval later. I just published the iPhone / Apple Watch app and am looking for some early adopters.

ninjazee124 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://vetr.com/ - crowdsourced stock ratings.

Think of it as the yelp of the stock market, we get people to add projections on where a stock is headed and calculate a five-point star rating and a consensus target price.

nraynaud 1 day ago 0 replies      
Webgcode, a cam ironically without g-code. https://github.com/nraynaud/webgcode

I use a bunch of randomly hacked stuff to generate toolpaths, like webgl, svg etc.

It supports gerber, excellon, svg and stl files.

dgant 1 day ago 0 replies      

I'm building a faster, easier way to search for Magic: the Gathering cards.

The big question: how can you replace a clunky "advanced search" with a simple smart text box?

perlgeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm writing a book on getting started with continuous delivery: https://deploybook.com/

It's awesome because it has a low barrier to entry, saving you time pretty quickly.

Feedback very welcome!

david927 1 day ago 0 replies      
The sequel to SQL: It's a new approach to the relational database based on years of research.

Brodlist.com (http://brodlist.com) The name is bad, the site is a placeholder, but the project is really exciting.

drewrv 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm about to ship an app that lets you build and deploy crud web applications in the browser.
deweller 1 day ago 0 replies      
tokenly.com - Secure Digital Gift Certificates

We're building merchant and consumer tools for using digital gift certificates on the bitcoin blockchain. Our first use case is to enhance crowdfunding by letting projects sell redeemable gift certificates to backers that can be traded or sold before the product exists.

When you crowdfund Oculus Rift, you get a secure OCULUSRIFT token instead of just a promise. If you change your mind you can sell it to someone else who wants it even before the product releases. Or you can buy 10 at the pre-order price and sell 9 at 80% of the retail price right before the product launches.

wc- 1 day ago 0 replies      
PositiveEV - Using the latest and greatest in analytics, machine learning, and game simulation techniques to predict sports teams' performance. Hard work with big payoffs, reach out to me if you are interested and think you have something to contribute.
canonicalcoder 1 day ago 0 replies      
OpenStudio: https://www.openstudio.net

A desktop application and API for whole building energy simulation. Estimate energy consumption and identify opportunities for energy savings.

alexandercrohde 1 day ago 0 replies      

A programming test build around the long term. Can you write code that adapts well to the unknown?

ah- 1 day ago 0 replies      
Apache Kafka client for dotnet/C#: https://github.com/ah-/rdkafka-dotnet

Kafka is amazing, the new open source dotnet as well, and this brings both together.

eschutte2 1 day ago 0 replies      
Auto-complete from Stack Overflow: https://emilschutte.com/stackoverflow-autocomplete/

Ushering in a new era of productivity

blklane 1 day ago 1 reply      
Churndown: https://www.churndown.com

One click to get customer feedback, connected directly to Stripe. Easy to get feedback and reach out to customers about to churn.

thearn4 1 day ago 0 replies      
OpenMDAO: An open-source Python framework developed here at NASA for multi-disciplinary engineering systems analysis and numerical optimization.


niccolop 1 day ago 0 replies      
zenit: http://zenitanalytics.com

We pull all your data (DB, POS, analytics, etc.) into one place, and take the pain out of understanding, with an easy to use visual editor.

skdfhksdf 1 day ago 0 replies      
https://www.grimoire.org - using a graph database (Neo4j) to try to understand the content and relationships between historical texts on magic
markbnj 1 day ago 1 reply      

Work in progress but pretty complete. Packages a python virtualenv into a docker container.

monty5811 1 day ago 0 replies      
Open source sms software for your church https://github.com/monty5811/apostello

Been in production for over a year now.

chei0aiV 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on Debian.


klippa129 13 hours ago 0 replies      
DLN Shades aka Visor Shades - Awesome visor sunglasses with bright colors and charitable goals. 10% of sales are donated to cancer research.


ChicagoDave 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wizely: Social Wisdom App. I'd share a URL (wizely.net), but that's just a landing page. The app is still in development. It's essentially a marriage of quora, twitter, and a decision-tree format.
jamesharrington 1 day ago 0 replies      
I reinvented a website that saves a text file to your local storage. http://anythingyouwant.dumbpaste.com
kelvin0 1 day ago 0 replies      
The really cool stuff can't be showed or discussed here unfortunately (so called 'black projects'). But I admit many of the projects posted here do seem quite interesting.
sidcool 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on a web based mind mapping software. It has an Android app too!


onedayillbeokay 1 day ago 1 reply      

File system as a service. It's all in one file uploading, processing, storage and delivery for web and mobile apps.

devarist 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on new features and a new design for our developer's journal app https://devarist.com
shauntrennery 1 day ago 0 replies      
An open source contextual action platform called #do.

Imagine tapping a #hashtag in a @Nike tweet to buy their latest sneakers. http://hashdo.com

Just #do it.

jasonswett 1 day ago 0 replies      
A book about how to get freelance programming clients: http://www.jasonswett.net/book
rukugu 1 day ago 0 replies      
Zinnia (https://zinniapos.com) is a POS system for the retail and service industries, focusing on developing economies.
hoodoof 1 day ago 3 replies      
I'm not working on it but one idea is "camp country" in which farmers, country and rural landowners offer their land for camping for a small fee.

Anyone this this is a good idea?

mwarkentin 1 day ago 0 replies      
Shrinkray - https://shrinkray.io/

One-click image optimization for your Github repos.

dv_says 1 day ago 1 reply      
Enchat, my take on a Mac app for Facebook Messenger: https://www.mornings.com/enchat/
sedzia 1 day ago 0 replies      

because life's too short to implement yet another voucher system again

ilostmykeys 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm sick and can only breathe thru one nostril. Would be awesome to make use of the other one. I'm working on that!
hakvroot 1 day ago 0 replies      
geminee - https://gemin.ee

Simple file sharing between devices that don't have to be in the same network. Awesome because it (should :o) work on pretty much any device with a somewhat recent browser.

kelukelugames 1 day ago 0 replies      
I made something small to help me debug colors on android and people told me it was dumb. :( I thought it was helpful because there are no ARGB converters online.


saiko-chriskun 1 day ago 1 reply      
eatsimply.io - nutrition and meal planning app, hope to launch a prototype in a month or two, similar to the idea behind eatthismuch.com.
programminggeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
Static Hosting - http://www.statichosting.co/

It's a static website hosting service for making hosting jekyll/hugo/etc. sites way easier in terms of setup and updating. It's coming out of beta soon, but if you want to try it out sign up for the beta list and I'll let you in ASAP.

smilesnd 1 day ago 0 replies      
My resume because I am awesome
sdegutis 1 day ago 0 replies      
Clean Coders: https://cleancoders.com/

We have videos on how to apply clean coding principles. I'm really hopeful that every coder learns these principles and how to apply them, because when more people write clean code, everyone benefits. Plus Bob is just hilarious. I'm really enjoying working on it because it's a pure-Clojure backend. We have in only 80 lines of code a Clojure -> CSS generator that replaced Sass and Less for us. Stuff like that just makes me really love this job.

krapp 1 day ago 1 reply      
I decided, against my better judgement, that I should teach myself Hack (because why not), and by extension, how to set up a Vagrant box (since I'm using Windows and the tutorials I found for that assume Vagrant.) As an experiment, I'm porting over a HN clone I had written in PHP to it.

So far, I'm able to get the box working, get the database up and get everything running, and a basic XHP based layout, but the actual application barely exists. I do not guarantee the quality of anything since this project is still just days old but here is a repo[0] if anyone wants to take a look. It's awesome because I personally think it's awesome, or at least likely to be awesome in the future. You are welcome and, knowing HN, likely to disagree.

I'm also... three months into my first one game a month project[1]. It started as a Berzerk clone but will probably end up being some bog standard shooter. I recently got state machines and a quadtree working.



ArkyBeagle 1 day ago 0 replies      
I can't tell you.

There is no URL.

umut 1 day ago 1 reply      
www.truecaller.comBecause 250M users!
andrewmcwatters 1 day ago 0 replies      
Grid (game engine)



The Grid engine is a 2D game engine built on LVE.

Grid makes powerful concepts from 3D game engines accessible in a 2D game environment.

ilaksh 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://tinyvillages.org is a sustainable development concept that integrates a lot of ideas like tiny houses, urban farming, and net-zero construction.
cinquemb 1 day ago 0 replies      
Been working on a linearly constrained minimum variance beamformer with decorrelation filtration available any given sample data matrix from acquisition sensors[0] that I'll probably merge into a fork of the OpenEphys project I created to add neurofeedback functionality (only temporal filtering implemented now)[1].

[0]: https://github.com/cinquemb/LCMVBeamformer

[1]: https://github.com/cinquemb/OpenEphysGUI

hoodoof 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm working on UbNb (www.ubnb.com) which is "AirBNB for Uber" or "Uber for AirBNB" (not sure which is which).

Elevator pitch: UBNB.com lets you rent someone else's car to stay in for the night.

Optionally you can request food service and in this case the concept also ties in delivery hero in which the car you rent is being used for pizza delivery at the same time.

The company tag line is "UBNB, sleep well, travel well, eat well."

rajjalan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Device42 - http://www.device42.com/

CMDB for the cloud era with REST APIs that can be used as a single source of truth for automating your IT infrastructure.

We integrate with ITSM tools like JIRA/servicenow, automation tools like puppet/chef. Integration with monitoring tools is coming soon.

Ask HN: Delicious is falling apart alternatives?
16 points by macmac  21 hours ago   16 comments top 15
HoopleHead 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Another vote for http://pinboard.in I imported all my Delicious bookmarks into it a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. I also availed of a lifetime subscription for about $11 at the time although I think the pricing model has changed now.
macmac 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I went with Pinboard. I don't have a particular need to share my links but don't mind it either. Pinboard imported my links incl tags flawlessly and from what I have seen so far it looks exactly like the lean efficient replacement I have been looking for.
floatingatoll 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Pinboard maintains the same value that Delicious originally provided, without any of the successive improvements that we've come to associate with Delicious today.
usermac 7 hours ago 0 replies      
As much as I admire piboard.in, the getpocket UI seems to be everywhere; I see it in iOS I see it in Mozilla developer edition. It is so smooth and so amazing I really really like it.
chanux 18 hours ago 1 reply      
Check historio.usI use the free tier and fine with it so far (I don't bookmark a lot).
vladsanchez 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I thought Delicious was dead! They lost all my links the last time they went away/we're acquired. After that Delicious debacle, I've used Google Bookmarks, InstaPaper and ReadItLater. I recently bought a Pocket Pro license and I'll never use anything else. In fact, I'm working on how to merge them all into Pocket. Any references are appreciated.
tmaly 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I moved all my links out of delicious back when it fell apart the first time. I went to google bookmarks, it is always up, but finding the links is like searching for a needle in haystack.
austinjp 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I moved to diigo.com at the time Yahoo purchased Delicious. No problems since. Basic bookmarking service, bookmarklet available, private bookmarks, simple and functional.
rawfan 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow, they just updated the site. Looks like crap now and half of it is not working. I actually liked what the last owner did to Delicious but this is just ridiculous. I'm signing up with pinboard.in I guess.
murrayb 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I moved all mine from Delicious to Evernote around the time of the Yahoo purchase and haven't regretted it once. Bookmarks (and I now generally bookmark whole pages) which are searchable along side all my other notes.
benjamincharity 17 hours ago 0 replies      
pinboard.in hands down. I've tried so many different services but Pinboard is the best mix of minimalism and features. (Design isn't great but you can find style overrides on userstyles.org for Stylish)

Good API too.

benjamincharity 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Pinboard.in hands down. I've tried so many services but this one wins for me. Nice API too.
knightmare 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Help me understand the difference between Pocket and these services? I've recently upgraded to Pocket Pro and am loving it...
Huhty 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Try http://snapzu.com. It's more similar to Reddit though, but has most of the features Delicious has.
LorenzoLlamas 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I almost want to answer this as a more broad approach: X is falling apart - alternatives? And the answer is: If X is free, expect it to fall apart. Why would anyone host your content for free forever? What did you really expect? Eventually X could equal Twitter, Facebook, and even Hacker News. If you don't pay to play, you will go away. Or it will go away.

I routinely fail to understand how anyone can form a community of "links". It has no staying power in and of itself. Even Facebook and Google+ and Twitter are largely nothing more than a giant collection of links, albeit with comments. Curation is one thing. Following a group on Google+ or an account on Twitter is akin to saying, "show me more links on subject X". Fine and dandy.

But how much is that worth to you?

Of course, you could just post and host your own link-base on your own blog/website but you'd have to (likely) pay for hosting. Even GitHub will one day have to charge for hosting. If 1 billion people open up accounts on Github for free GitHub Pages hosting, they will have to charge. Even probably if 10 million people did it and, assuming those pages were reasonably popular and trafficked, they couldn't sustain a zero-advertising model and a zero-free model. Can't be done.

So, why not own your own data and post them on your own site? Simple: Either the information really isn't worth $10/year for you to "share" with others (and let's face it: if you had true stats on how often anyone was actually viewing your 14,000 links, you'd never pay for it, since that number probably comes awfully close to zero), OR you are challenged with how to format/share the data en masse such that others can do more than simply visit a single link, but see and share the whole sub-collection of links you have on any given topic. XML feeds aside, there really isn't a good easy way to do that. You could have pages within pages on your site of the links (and your comments, thumbnails if necessary, and so forth) and then at the bottom of the page a handy "Capture all links to your own Favorites folder" - maybe some kind of javascript bookmarklet. Or a file standard if one exists (outside of HTML itself).

So we join these feigned "communities" and "contribute" our time - only to have them repeatedly fail over and over. Delicious itself is a poster child for the service that not enough people want (to pay for) but has a vampire like quality that won't let it die. Delicious is the Undead of the Internet. And yet, just about as isolated as Bram Stoker's Dracula, too.

One guy (1!) runs Pinboard. Just one. As soon as he (choose one), (a) dies, (b) gets sick of it, (c) discovers a better place to live than SF and moves to Uruguay, (d) has his site hacked/destroyed, (e) gets Alzheimers, (f) or sells it to some clown/company who will stop developing it... it's all over. You'll get maybe 3 months notice if lucky and then a bunch of people will complain.

But a 1,000 voices screaming out will be "suddenly silenced" even faster than millions on Alderaan. Because on the internet, thousands of users are, in effect, no users at all. If Facebook can alter TOS at will under the protest of millions, along with Twitter, G+, and dozens of other massive sites, do you think any screaming user will cause Pinboard to stay up?

Look at it now... it almost makes Craigslist look modern. Pinboard mentions alternatives - some of which aren't even around still - so it's questionable if anyone is even actively working on Pinboard.

But even if they were working on Pinboard, it's still a free service and one that stands no chance of continuing forever. I doubt it will be here five years from now. It has almost zero chance of being around ten years from now.

So, save your own bookmarks and stop posting 14,000 websites for free on the internet. Nobody cares. It's just a bunch of noise. Just like Twitter. It's all over; the asteroid of internet-doom just hasn't hit us yet, but it's shadow is... right... there.

If you want/must publish them (ego?), then do it at your cost and pony up some hosting fees.

I could say (since this is HN) that you should develop your own paid solution, but (a) that isn't innovation at all, but merely repeating something that has been done a hundred times and we, the world, need innovation, not repeats of past mud, and (b) clearly no one will ever pay you for such a service such that you'll break even, much less make $100/year.

So, can we all just move on?

Parse team relates back{4}app as a hosted solution for migrating your Parse app
7 points by alyssoncm  11 hours ago   discuss
Ask HN: Is Silicon Valley slowing down?
3 points by ceallaigh49364  12 hours ago   6 comments top 4
kasey_junk 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Yes Silicon Valley is slowing down. Further, you'd be one of the most at risk workers in the technology sector in the city with your experience level and visa situation.

But that still puts it in one of the best job markets globally. The things that make SV less attractive for young job seekers now are the same things that make it unattractive all the time. Cost of living, lack of long term housing options and (only slightly tongue in cheek) the worst music scene of any major city in the US.

gamechangr 12 hours ago 2 replies      
It's not slowing down at all for Startups. That's just the media.

Only you can decide if it's worth it to move. I'm an American that has lived abroad twice. Weigh the decision. I'm am extremely happy that I had those opportunities.

I would guess that you would not risk losing much or that you would be able to get a job back in Ireland if things didn't work out, but I'm not real informed as to the Irish tech market.

I would say make the move, but I'm not you :)

sharemywin 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I would argue don't limit your search to SV(There other cities and 49 other states). Finding an opportunity to work in another country while your young would be an awesome experience you might not get another chance to pursue.
jkot 8 hours ago 0 replies      
It will be good experience. Bubble is going to pop out every year.
Ask HN: Moving Out of Silicon Valley because of housing? Where to?
188 points by Apocryphon  3 days ago   378 comments top 69
agentgt 3 days ago 4 replies      
I'm particularly biased as I went to school at GaTech but Atlanta has greatly improved over the last decade or so.

It obviously has a completely different social, ethnic and economic diversity than SF does as well as being far far more cost effective. It also has real BBQ as well as being not that far from Miami (my favorite city but not good to live/work in).

I would recommend Boston (where I currently live) except that it has brutal weather, fairly caustic hospitality to new comers and is not that much cheaper. Its great for college kids but no so much for early 30 somethings hoping to own something some day.

If your are going to live in or near Boston I highly recommend Waltham, MA where I currently live. Waltham is not as cool as parts of Boston or Cambridge but its a hell of lot cheaper. Waltham has so many things to do. I can fish on the Charles in the afternoon, walk down the river and watch a movie in the local theater and then hit up the massive bar and restaurant scene all in the same city with out hopping on the T or car.

spillihp 3 days ago 6 replies      
Want to put in a quick plug for Sacramento. Great quality of life here, generally great weather (sometimes a little hot in summer, but sunny most of the year), affordable housing with rents between $500 and $1,000 (and affordable to buy a house - still good places available for under $300k), nice neighborhoods, great amenities, bars, restaurants, all that. Good access to awesome outdoors. And really easy to get to the Bay if need be. By Amtrak and BART it takes me 2 hours 12 min to get from downtown Sac to Downtown SF - regardless of traffic (and you can easily work - or drink a beer - on the train). Given how much more affordable it is I am really surprised more folks don't set up shop out here and just head into the bay on occasion / when need be.
relaunched 3 days ago 6 replies      
Minneapolis. - Affordable, great culture / food, low unemployment, tons of public companies, rapidly growing startup scene (100 meetup groups)...If you have kids it gets even better. The suburbs are amazing, with great parks, schools, etc. Work life balance is the norm.
bkjelden 3 days ago 3 replies      
Seattle's housing costs are definitely rising but Washington's lack of an income tax is a boon for software engineers. Also, many of the big players in tech will pay within 10-20% of their bay area total comp packages in Seattle, so your take home pay might be almost the same, but of course your dollar is going to go a lot further.

I ran some numbers comparing Seattle, Denver, and Minneapolis, and found the descending housing prices and ascending state income taxes more or less cancelled each other out in my situation. Of course everyone's circumstances are a little different, so this may not be true for everyone.

Seattle definitely seemed to have the best opportunities at the big players in tech outside of SF/SV.

theli0nheart 3 days ago 1 reply      
My wife and I moved to Austin from LA about 3 years ago, and haven't looked back. Prices are climbing here (as they are everywhere else), but since the city is growing, the number of desirable areas continues to increase. I'd highly recommend coming here. The city has a very laid-back culture, and despite being relatively large, still isn't really overwhelming like other big cities can be.

Our key reasons for coming here:

 1. Cost of living. 2. No state income tax. 3. Laid-back culture. 4. Warm weather.*
Plus, you can't beat the BBQ.

* I feel required to add a qualifier to this bullet point, since so many people cite 100F summer days as a reason to not move here. I grew up in Miami, where it's humid to a fault, and 80 days there are about as uncomfortable as 100+ in Austin. The heat really isn't that bad.

WhatsName 3 days ago 1 reply      
Vienna (Austria). Great living standard, lifestyle and housing prices are growing, but regulated and mostly affordable.Fast growing startup and hacker scene, backed and supported not only by accelerators, but also by ongoing campaigns to support innovators and founders.

"Vienna named world's top city for quality of life" - http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/23/vienna-named...

mikekij 3 days ago 5 replies      
San Diego is awesome. The cost of living is probably 30% less than the bay area (I rent a 4 bedroom single family house for $2495), I live 3 miles from the beach, and there are a fair number of tech companies in the area, focusing primarily on healthcare and defense. And I love the outdoor activity opportunities. Direct flights to SFO are about $140 round trip, or less.
djb_hackernews 3 days ago 2 replies      
Boston/Cambridge is hot but there has always been a strong tech scene here so it's not so much up and coming. Cambridge is on top of their game, Boston is doing really well despite its city government. The issue with the Boston area is your COL is about the same as SF but your standard of living is a bit lower due to the usual culprits (NIMBY, poor govt leadership, New England conservatism, etc) and just plainly the housing stock is old. If I had to guess I'd guess your money actually goes further in SF than in Boston because you get newer construction, with bigger floor plans and more modern amenities.
Vnjjkkll 3 days ago 5 replies      
NYC. Its still expensive obviously but more diverse. Not a mono-culture. Cold/long winters are not much fun. But there are nicer small classic american town in NY and Long Island, which can be affordable. Train commute is ok if you can work remote a couple days per week and get some work done on the trains. Beaches are close, skiing upstate is decent. Lots of opportunity in NYC/Brooklyn. A very nice home (4 bedroom, good schools, 1 acre, pretty area) can be had for under $1M.
jason_slack 3 days ago 2 replies      
I moved from Cupertino to very upstate New York about 15 months ago.

I was able to buy a house, on a lake, forest on all sides of me and I spent less than $200,000 to buy the house, move, furnish a new place and remodel a bit to my liking.

No startup scene here. For me, it was the slower pace of life, peace and quiet and more time to work on my personal goals.

seancoleman 3 days ago 7 replies      
Phoenix is often not included when discussing tech cities, and I think it's a shame. I've lived here my entire life and have seen the startup and tech scenes evolve and mature having started 2 companies here. Just in the past few years, the number of quality startups and investments have soared and I believe we're at the inflection point that will make Phoenix equitable to SV.

We have a low cost of living, affordable housing (I bought my first house at 21 and I wasn't rich) and the weather is amazing.

If you ever check out Phoenix, I'm happy to show you around.

Edit: It's even an easy transition. We also call this the valley (of the sun)!

cbanek 3 days ago 3 replies      
I just moved out of California to Las Vegas because of the housing prices. Las Vegas cost of living is easily half that of LA/SF, and there's no income taxes. This can especially be a boon if you're leaving a company where you're exercising ISO options (you can exercise once you move to Nevada, and not pay CA AMT tax).

I wouldn't say there's a lot of tech jobs, but there are some, and if you're working remote, it's a great place with a lot of 24/7 life.

hexadec0079 3 days ago 3 replies      
Repping Raleigh here. There is a decent startup scene and housing is very reasonable. $1200 for a 2 bed/ 2 bath apartment with garage that is about 10 minutes from my office and less than 20 minutes to downtown.

Weather is nice and there are plenty of firms moving to the area. The only downside is that traffic is increasing, but there is enough sprawl it is not a huge issue. Startups are coming out of major universities and office space and co-work spaces abound. Aside from the hot months and increasing traffic, it is pretty great so far.

mjfern 3 days ago 2 replies      
I'm in Raleigh/Durham, NC. You have great universities here (UNC, Duke, NC State, etc.), nice weather with 4 seasons, blossoming startup culture, Research Triangle Park with Red Hat, SAS, and a variety of other big tech companies with a significant presence, and relatively inexpensive housing! I moved here 3 years ago from the Bay area for quality of life reasons. It's worth a serious look. :
atomic77 3 days ago 2 replies      
In Canada, Montreal is a great city with reasonable living costs and a decent tech scene (esp game development). Climate will probably scare away anyone not originally from the east coast or midwest though.

Toronto and Vancouver, despite having some pluses, unfortunately can't be recommended to anyone that cares about cost of housing.

HelloMcFly 3 days ago 4 replies      
Well, I'll give a plug for a different city: Atlanta. My wife and I moved from Atlanta to Seattle a few years back, and while we love the PNW we're definitely looking forward to moving back this summer. Seattle is wonderful, but the traffic has gotten noticeably worse since we've been here, and housing just never worked for us.

Atlanta has a lot of opportunity, including in the tech space. It's no Seattle or SF, obviously, but it's a bit of a job oasis on the south. I also personally feel like the city has about 5x the culture and character of either Seattle or SF (where my wife lived for awhile), but that's probably a preference on type of culture than absolute value of culture.

I'll miss all the craft brews of the PNW, but can't wait to be back near the heartland of BBQ.

ArtDev 3 days ago 3 replies      
Bend, Oregon. Direct flights to and from West Coast hubs. Active startup scene. https://youtube.com/watch?v=KxhA2jopebQ

Bend has already been "discovered". However, there is still affordable housing and you can't beat the weather, beer scene and the outdoors here.

If you want to check it out, you can stay in my awesome big house when we are traveling: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7497695

chris_va 3 days ago 5 replies      
We just moved to Seattle from SF. Highly recommended, but as you say more expensive than Portland (still 1/2 the price of the bay area). Cost follows opportunity, and it is harder to find a tech scene in Portland.

NYC is a great place to live (have done so), and I would pick it over Seattle (at least for a year or two) if you don't have kids, are young, and can afford it.

Chicago is great, less tech than NYC/Seattle, so I would set up a job before moving.

I would skip Denver, but I haven't spent as much time there. The city just felt uninteresting. I liked Boulder, but it is a small town.

edwhitesell 3 days ago 2 replies      
My wife and I lived in Dallas for 5 years, then spent 18 months in the Seattle area before deciding to move back to Dallas. Cost of living was _the_ deciding factor.

Tech jobs are very easy to come by and the tech scene in Dallas has been steadily growing over the last 7+ years.

kevan_ 3 days ago 2 replies      
Hijacking this a bit: for you folks who've relocated, how did you handle getting connected to the tech community in your new city, and eventually finding a job there? Did you find something beforehand (if so, how), or just start interviewing once you're on the ground and established?

I've contemplated this before, and make a point to check out jobs in other cities when I'm job hunting, but it's hard to ignore the local recruiters who just send me local jobs out of the blue so I always end up staying where I am. I'm currently in LA, and am somewhat interested in relocating to somewhere with a similar/warmer climate, lower cost of housing, equivalent/better outdoor recreation opportunities, and not-awful startup/software scene. I've considered Denver, SLC, Bend, and Phoenix pretty strongly, but haven't found anything that lines up yet.

Siimteller 3 days ago 0 replies      
Guys at teleport.org are solving exactly that problem by pooling tens and tens of data sources for living costs, transportation, crime, recreation etc. Check them out.
brianwawok 3 days ago 4 replies      
I am biased but I liked Chicago. You can get a good house for a decent price. If you want to raise a family though, inside the city schools suck - you have to play a lottery or try to test into a good school or pay for private.

That said you won't find startup jobs like SF, a lot of the top paying jobs like NYC are in finance.

codecamper 3 days ago 3 replies      
Maybe everyone leaving should just agree to locate somewhere that isn't some major city.

We can all go there & start a new tech scene. How about Wyoming? Or Montana? Utah?

What I mean is we should go somewhere beautiful. Somewhere we can take walks outdoors in between coding sprints.

Why walks? It's been scientifically shown that walking helps you remember things better. Also sitting too long shortens your lifespan.

Just some thoughts.

jlaurend 3 days ago 1 reply      
Been in Milwaukee for the past year and I have to say -- Milwaukee is underrated. We came from Boston to do an accelerator, gener8tor, in Madison (also a great city worth looking at) and ended up here.

* Cost of living is low and quality of life is high.* People know how to have a good time and there's always something to do (sports are huge - Packers, Brewers, Bucks, college sports, etc).* Summer is AMAZING. There's an incredible number of festivals going on (with summerfest at the forefront).* Commutes are super short.* Lake Michigan is awesome.* Chicago is only 75 minutes away by train or car.* The startup scene is on the rise.

The downsides are:

* Cold winters (comparable to Boston with less snow but colder winds).* While not necessary, a car is desirable.* The tech scene is relatively small. (But growing!)

jerf 3 days ago 2 replies      
As you point out, there's a lot of options; you've only really even scratched the surface. Some guidance on your interests (both professional and recreational/social), skills, and desires would be helpful.

I sometimes wonder, do people think that the rule is that you have to post an Ask HN, then you're not allowed to interact? Go ahead, interact!

For that matter, if you've got a similar question but you're not the OP, post your own answers to my questions and see what develops.

mcone 3 days ago 1 reply      
Pittsburgh. Housing prices are ~20% below the national average and we have a growing technology sector with CMU and offices for Google, Apple, and Uber employees. Some startups here, like Duolingo. This is technically the rust belt, but you can still find "big city" amenities with a small town feel.
nhumrich 3 days ago 1 reply      
There are a lot of startups in Salt Lake, UT. Billboards everywhere looking for devs. I really am surprised it never gets mentioned on posts like this. Salt lake area cost if living is about the same as Austin I believe l, but based on the fact that it isn't as well known that it is truly a tech hub, cost probably won't rise nearly as quickly as the other places.It has recently been called *Silicon Slopes" by Google (when they installed Google fiber), if that's not enough proof idk what is. Also Utah might be the first state to have Google fiber in two different cities. (Provo, and talk of Salt lake)
Balgair 3 days ago 1 reply      
Make sure to skip Denver. Nothing but stoners and Peyton fans. Terrible place to live.
bazqux2 3 days ago 2 replies      
Panama City Panama. Zero tax on foreign income. If you continue contracting for US companies all of your income will be foreign.

It makes a huge difference. I paid over 40% in tax in SF. Tons of tech people are doing it as they can more easily work remote and are already competing on a global stage. I've joined a share house of foreign tech workers who all doing the same thing for the same reasons. It is in one of the luxury apartment complexes.

* Note: Americans will still own the IRS money if they earn more than $100K. It's still worth doing. I'm not an American.

cscharenberg 3 days ago 0 replies      
Salt Lake City. Tons of jobs with expanding companies, both big old ones and hungry new ones. Beautiful scenery, low cost of living, pleasant people.

I just moved here 4 months ago and it's great. If you like hiking, national parks, outdoorsy stuff, Utah is almost unmatched for beauty and nice climate.

feathj 3 days ago 0 replies      
Salt Lake City. We have a ton of tech money being dumped into our state, and we just don't have enough engineers to fill seats. Low cost of living, lots of outdoor activities. I work < 20 mins away from world class ski resorts.
error53 15 hours ago 0 replies      
From San Francisco to Berlin. Housing is affordable and the startup scene is growing really quickly. Food is great and beer is outstanding. Full of young people and interesting events. The tech community is growing pretty quickly.

Only two things that are really bad:- payment network- internet network

LogicX 3 days ago 0 replies      
Myrtle Beach, SC.

Unlikely place.

Cost of Living is ridiculously low, right by the ocean, big city amenities, due to the short summer tourist season.Great weather, inexpensive flights to Northeastern Cities. I outline some of this on the (now out of date) http://WhyNotTheBeach.com site.

There's no tech scene to speak of. So you have to be a remote worker to get the value. I maintain a list of remote job opportunities: http://LX.tc/positions

Interestingly it's growing organically due to people having their parents retire here. And then either needing to move here to take care of them, or just discovering the city when coming to visit.

iends 1 day ago 1 reply      
I live in Raleigh and the startup scene is growing both downtown and especially in Durham next door. There is also a large corporate presence here too in a variety of industries so the job market is pretty solid.

If you want to work in an obscure stack, Raleigh isn't the best place to find jobs. Right now things are Java, C#, C++, Ruby on Rails, Python, & JavaScript. About 7 years ago I had trouble finding Python jobs. There are a few (think 2-3 companies) Scala jobs, a few Go jobs, etc but your company pool is much much smaller. It seems like SFO has much more opportunities for less mainstream stacks.

I think because of cost of living you can make 120k and that goes much much farther than 180k in SFO.

ChuckMcM 3 days ago 1 reply      
I've spent some time in Denver and I could easily see moving there full time from the SF Bay Area. That said, I like camping and hiking in my spare time which Denver has in abundance, and it has Sparkfun just outside of Boulder for your tech toys urges.

Denver is more of a burgers and beer town from a culinary perspective, but it has lots of young people and downtown is very walkable. Also, unlike the bay area, they have a pretty functional transit system. You could totally live there without a car.

linuxlizard 3 days ago 3 replies      
Boise has some good, small tech firms. Great area for quality of life.
cableshaft 3 days ago 1 reply      
I've been fighting to stay in Chicago and it's been difficult to get the next job when you're between jobs quickly (lots of recruiters that are really good at wasting your time here), and it's even harder to find advertised salary ranges where you want them to be (tech salaries are really depressed here compared to elsewhere).

I've been trying to stay here because it took me forever (as an introvert) to build a strong social circle and those people support me a lot in my creative endeavors, so I'm disinclined to leave and have to start all over again elsewhere.

The food here is excellent, though. With the exception of seafood (which tastes fine, but not nearly as fresh as on the Bay), just about every cuisine you can think of has a quality representative or two nearby (even in the suburbs, where I live).

The suburbs also has plenty of forest preserves to explore, if you're into hiking and trees (which I am also).

Housing prices are reasonable, depending on where you look. You can get a good home for ~$200k-230k in the suburbs if you keep an eye on the market and you're quick to make an offer.

CodexArcanum 3 days ago 0 replies      
I've been living in New Orleans for the last year, and I'd have to say it's been great. NOLA is a blossoming place, with lots of startups and a rapidly growing tech scene. The culture is incredible, full of its own unique charms, delicious food, and vibrant music.

I don't know, maybe it's not for everyone, but I love it!

nether 3 days ago 0 replies      
2015 article comparing programmer salaries in various major cities adjusted for taxes and cost of living: http://tgeonetta.com/cost-of-living-vs-salary-best-cities-fo.... Austin comes out on top.
kaishiro 3 days ago 1 reply      
I'm from the US, down here in Melbourne, via Shanghai, via Boston, via NY. Had no idea what a vibrant tech scene they had on my way down. Envato, Fastmail, and Atlassian give the city some cachet. I contract primarily with US agencies, and if that's the case you just need to set the tone early on with regard to availability. Neat city though.
eorge_g 3 days ago 1 reply      
Here's an HBR article talking about New Orleans push to become a relevant hub and the difficulties of stealing mindshare from "the big three":


wprapido 3 days ago 1 reply      
my vote goes to denver! affordable, laid back, socially liberal, safe, no huge social gap like in SF, very friendly people, great outdoors, growing tech startup ecosystem
Alex3917 3 days ago 0 replies      
New York isn't that expensive if you're willing to commute 45 min to work. It's only really bad if you want to live in a trendy apartment in a trendy neighborhood, otherwise it's very affordable.
gravypod 3 days ago 2 replies      
If you have enough money to start working remotely there are a few places that I want to move to.

 - Alaska: Pay you to stay, land is cheap, I like the cold. - PA: Land is cheap, I like the cold, next to Philadelphia - Poland: Everything is cheap: 1 z is 0.25 USD, great food and amazing nightlife. - India: 1 USD ~= 70 rupies, amazing food and culture
Every one of these places has its pros and cons, but they have all relatively nominal crime rates as well as some really cool food and people.

Edit: Forgot to mention Italy, but then you have to deal with the EU and VAT.

fhardaway 2 days ago 0 replies      
Or Phoenix, where I have lived for years after selling my SV home in 2010 because of traffic and living costs. We have an amazing tech community in Phoenix that has come together to work on cybersecurity, bioindustry, health care, edtech and SaaS. The weather is great, housing is inexpensive, and we've got Blue Apron, Uber, and all the stuff you need.
wpeterson 3 days ago 1 reply      
I've been living in Mountain View for several years, but we're moving back to Boston in a month.

We can get a house 3x as large for 2/3 the cost and have a much better quality of life.

brianbreslin 3 days ago 0 replies      
So what are your criteria? Do you have a job you'll be working remotely from? Looking for a new job?

I would chose in order of preference- Quality of life factors (life is about living, not about working)- Cost to income ratio - How interesting the place is- Local job market- How accessible the place is (airline hubs rule, travel the world)

I'm happy to answer any questions regarding Miami, or @afontaine can as well. However I don't know if Miami is a good fit (I'm clearly biased)

tnash 3 days ago 1 reply      
Columbus, OH is pretty great. The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center has cheap office space and access to the Metro Data Center on the same floor. There are a couple nice co-working spots too like 400 West Rich.

We have a burgeoning food scene that gets better every year. Cost of living is pretty cheap, we have an NHL team (not to mention NCAA powerhouse OSU), new apartments are going up seemingly everywhere, and Amazon's building a data center here.

peterarmstrong 3 days ago 1 reply      
I've worked remotely for Silicon Valley companies from Victoria, Canada, and it's great, even though the startup scene is just in its infancy. Same time zone, housing isn't insane like the valley or like Vancouver, beautiful climate, good university, etc. The largest drawback is that once you're ready to do your own startup, VCs are all "Victoria? WTF? You can't build a real company there...", so you're stuck bootstrapping...
Osiris 3 days ago 0 replies      
Denver/Boulder (Colorado) has a really strong technology and startup environment. There are some well-known technology companies based here.

In fact, Denver recently ranked as the #1 Best Places to Live[1]

[1] http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29585428/denver-no-1-u-s-n...

RIMR 3 days ago 0 replies      
Move to Cleveland Ohio. Rent might as well be free.

Not a lot of good work or recreation, but you could buy a house for the same cost as a year's rent in SF.

MalcolmDiggs 3 days ago 0 replies      
I moved from SF to LA, and then to NYC. All great places, but all very pricey.

If I was looking to keep costs down, I'd take a serious look at New Orleans. Obviously purchasing a house there might be riskier (since much of the city is below sea level), but they've got a burgeoning tech scene, lots of media companies, and the culture+food can't be beat.

fredgrott 3 days ago 0 replies      
What one can find is that if you are in another state bordering a big city you often can get huge savings at least in the USA..

An example, work in Chicago but reside in NW Indiana..guess what a house costs in NW Indiana? $250k and with rentals at $900 I am sure you can figure out that in a few years the house is paid for in cash and no mortgage to speak of...

spaceotter 2 days ago 0 replies      
I live in New Orleans and really div there tech scene. The cost of living is great. The best thing is probably the culture. It's not like any other place I've ever lived and you'll never lack for festivals or parades.
diiq 3 days ago 1 reply      
Consider Michigan: both Detroit and Grand Rapids are affordable, tech-friendly, and pleasant to be in.
pkinsky 2 days ago 1 reply      
I really like the idea of moving somewhere outside the US with better work-life balance norms, such as the fabled 6 weeks of vacation mandated by Germany. Has anyone done this?
SeaDude 2 days ago 0 replies      
Although everyone mentioned the cities covered in this resource, i'm sure vice'll create more soon: http://www.vice.com/cityguides

maybe useful

cyanbane 3 days ago 0 replies      
Alpharetta, Ga (or Atlanta in general). It's great. Home prices are not terrible, taxes are not bad, great schools & people are friendly. Only real problem is traffic - staggered commutes and working from home can mitigate that.
horv 3 days ago 2 replies      
I haven't seen anyone specifically comment on Nashville so I figure I'll chime in and give you my $.02.

I did my undergrad at Vanderbilt in Nashville, moved to Mountain View for two years to work at Google and moved back a year ago after realizing living in California didn't work for me.

Pros:- No state income tax in Tennessee- Tons of stuff to do. There's way more than just Honky Tonks and country music. Professional football and hockey teams and a decent minor league baseball team. People go to the symphony and see shows at TPAC regularly. The Frist usually has interesting art exhibits, as does Cheekwood (also a botanical garden). If you prefer to be outdoors, there are plenty of places to hike, climb, kayak, etc. It might not be quite as striking as Yosemite or Marin, but the nature here is still quite beautiful.- Housing is cheap (relatively). A lot of people (short and long timers) have taken to complaining about housing prices recently, and to be fair they have gone up quite a bit from where they were. It's not as cheap as Chattanooga or other smaller cities but it's still _very_ affordable compared to California. I recently closed on a house just using money I saved from working in CA for my down payment.- Growing tech scene. It's really night and day even from when I graduated 3 years ago. Tons of meet ups and the community is really awesome. A growing number of companies - and the companies here tend to be more focused on actually growing a business instead of just hitting a valuation.- Food. Awesome restaurant scene. Obviously more BBQ and Southern focused though.- Friendly. People in Nashville are very friendly. I think this is immediately noticeable, but I enjoy having conversations with random people I run into. - Centrally located. They've added direct flights to the Bay Area recently, and you're a day's drive from a good chunk of the eastern half of the country (you can get to Chicago, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Orlando, or Buffalo within a day's drive).

Cons:- Davidson County schools aren't great. Lots of people with kids live in other counties and commute in to get better schools. - Traffic. This isn't as bad as other major metro areas, but depending on where you live it can be significant. - Not very walkable. There are a few areas that are walkable (12 South, Hillsboro, places in East Nashville) but you need a car. Public transit is pretty bad.

Neutral:- More conservative state politics. Nashville is fairly liberal, but there's definitely still a conservative bent at the state level. I put this in neutral because I don't think it's all bad (remember, no state income tax) but you may end up getting upset about state legislation.- Weather. Really hot summers. Winters aren't too bad. Occasional snow, and it can actually get chilly. Lots of rain (compared to CA). I don't think this is bad because I actually enjoy having seasons.- Big healthcare focus (both small and large companies).

tl;dr - Nashville is awesome, and I'm really happy I moved back. It's not as easy as the Bay Area to job hop, but I'm not worried about finding work when I do decide to make a jump.

throwaway21816 2 days ago 0 replies      
Stay in California, you made your bed now lay in it.
amyjess 3 days ago 0 replies      
I'm fond of the Dallas area, especially the suburb Richardson.

Lots of tech jobs here, and the cost of living is very low (if you're paying more than $0.75 per square foot here, you're paying too much).

client4 3 days ago 1 reply      
Come to Montana. We have SoFi, Oracle, Vubiquity, Submittable, many other tech companies, and a great outdoor culture if you're into that.
Hydraulix989 3 days ago 0 replies      
Repping Pittsburgh and Vegas! The Burgh has Uber ATC, Oculus Research, and Google now, not to mention CMU.
Tempest1981 3 days ago 1 reply      
Anyone up north in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, or Petaluma? What's it like up there? Any jobs?
kleer001 2 days ago 0 replies      
moved out of east sf bay to vancouver bc. still astronomical prices on everything.
aprdm 2 days ago 0 replies      
Don't come to London :)

Berlin is a very nice choice!

oaf357 3 days ago 0 replies      
Come to the Palo Alto of the east coast: Raleigh
rch 3 days ago 0 replies      
Check out Kingston, NY. You'd be surprised.
grillvogel 3 days ago 0 replies      
youve all already ruined seattle
Ask HN: How do you build a healthy code review culture?
23 points by pinkunicorn  1 day ago   15 comments top 9
EliRivers 1 day ago 2 replies      
People get precious and personal about their code. They do. Some of them take any critique very personally. Some of them have a tantrum, some of them just ignore anything anyone says. Programming ego is a real problem.

A couple of jobs ago, I worked somewhere with an excellent code review culture, and it began with a simple, written standard, very small, that everyone had agreed to. I now refuse to review code unless I am able to say "This code doesn't conform to the document you agreed to; it's not that I think this is bad code, it's that it doesn't meet the document that you agreed to." If there's no document to point at, no objective standard to meet or not meet, I'm not reviewing it because it's just not worth the tantrums and screaming from precious programmers.

There also need to be consequences for code that doesn't meet the document; basically, it's not ready to merge/commit until it does. There needs to be a way to allow code that violates the standard to be waived and permitted, with agreement from the developer and reviewer, with the waiver recorded so the developer feels listened to and the reviewer feels protected.

You're going to have to get buy-in for this from someone with power and authority.

kat 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I worked at a company that started having code reviews. We started off by just "presenting" code to the team. The team would point out any thing that looked like a bug or areas that required extra QA effort. Just knowing you would have to present your code was enough to increase code quality. We didn't worry about style/best practices/subjective feedback at the beginning. Over a few months we all became more comfortable receiving and giving feedback and that's when we started to solidify the style guidelines. Also our ability to catch bugs without QA cycles helped increase buy-in for code reviews.
bzalasky 1 day ago 0 replies      
Code reviews shouldn't dwell on style issues that can be handled by linting. To the extent that you can automate some of the review process, and prevent sloppy commits from being merged in by having them fail CI, you'll eliminate part of the problem. Another thing that helps is reducing the semantic distance between what a commit message says a commit does, and what it actually does. This is pretty easy to enforce relative to more subjective aspects of coding. The last thing that can make a big difference is not getting hung up on wanting to rewrite a commit as you would have written it, but focusing on improving understanding and clarity for whoever will inherit the code next. If there are serious issues with the architecture and patterns the code is using, CR can be too late in the process to address them effectively (depends on the scale involved). I'd try to collaborate with other engineers earlier in the process to help set them on the right path.
seren 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am working in a team where code review are mandatory, but this was not so hard to implement because they are part of regulatory requirements.

Your culture change is a problem of change management[0]

There are different model, but some example of actions, are :

* finding a sponsor

* creating a common vision of the end result and benefits, communicate it

* identify early adopters to deploy it with them

* identify people resistant to change (and why ? Is there a way to convince them ? [1])

* communicate your early success

Most of it is basically common sense, but it is good to have a kind of check list to help you establish your plan.

One thing that is important, because it is otherwise frustrating, you have to lay out very clearly what are the "coding rules" and what the code reviewer will actually check up front. If the "contract" is clear, it is easier to follow it.

The most annoying situation is written a whole bunch of code and having to rewrite everything.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_management

[1] for example, a human tendency is to resist change because a fear of loss of power. So using that you could decide that the guy that is more resistant to change will actually be the one responsible for doing a fair share of code review.

pmiller2 1 day ago 0 replies      
We do a combination of things already mentioned here at work.

First, we have git hooks that prevent code that doesn't pass certain standards from even being committed. Mostly, that's stuff like PEP8 and eslint, but there are a few other automated checks.

Second, we require at least one other person to review and leave a comment that says the code is acceptable to merge. Anybody can look at anybody else's pull request, and anybody else can block a pull request from being merged if they feel it is necessary. These things are also enforced by automated tools.

Finally, we have CI tools that not only run our extensive test suite (which must pass before a PR can be merged), but also re-run the linting checks.

I've never seen anyone get defensive about a comment on their PR in this environment. The result isn't perfect code (there are still some hairy spots in our code, but when one has 300K+ LOC, one expects that), but it's rarely very bad, and that's the point.

panic 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Does management understand the benefits of a healthy code review culture? Managers often support code review in the abstract, but when faced with an actual decision between respecting code review or shipping a feature faster, they'll choose to ship faster. Your colleagues are probably just responding to this.
thisone 1 day ago 0 replies      
if you need to get heavy handed about it, people are probably going to leave. Which may be a good thing, since you shouldn't have to get heavy handed about simple things like styling.

I'm a big fan of strong linting where failure to pass linting will fail the build.

The general reason why I feel that way isn't anything to do with readability but because linting can teach you what NOT to do and make you a better programmer.

Code reviews shouldn't be "move this comma" let linting handle that.

Code reviews can then be more "is what this is doing sensible, are the test cases covering the change, and (possibly most importantly) do I understand how this changes the application"

deeteecee 1 day ago 0 replies      
at this point, you have to ask that specific question directly to either the team, the leader, or management and ask them why they don't look at the comments.
TerryADavis 1 day ago 0 replies      
When I was a young programmer, all the code I looked at was awful. If there was a different format indentation, that distracted me. All I could think about was code format and superficials.

I worked at Ticketamster 1990-1996.

I went back in 2003. I remembered my first assignment. In 1990, the Linker at Ticketmaster that Troy wrote ran out of room because the MAP file grew too big.

In 2003, I went back a found a terrible kludge that I did in 1990 because I was stupid. In 2003, I fixed it correctly. I looked at the code and thought how beautiful it was. In 1990, I thought the code was bad.

As you get more experience, it is a little easier to read code. Take my word that all code is bad, LOL.

Personally, I don't like code that is made of 5-line functions with no rhyme nor reason spread seven levels deep.

Somebody said the smaller your functions the better. Bad advice.

God says...helices mists gewgaw's specced mesdames Lyndon's favoritism's fable's unequal apportions radioactivity's besoms thicknesses cordoned towel's spryer bobcat's suppressed Petra windscreen neckline overproduce meridians cartons prophylaxis's shoestring's retrospection's flubs amen thatcher bombshells cantankerous

Ask HN: Great online communities?
13 points by ApplaudPumice  1 day ago   3 comments top 2
l33tbro 14 hours ago 0 replies      
It's a great question. I also would love to unearth an intelligent community where discourse isn't limited to growth hacking, jQuery plugins, and startup pivoting. HN is the closet I get, but people here tend not to take intellectual risks and experiment with creating new thought paradigms.

Don't get me wrong, there are some tremendously bright people here who I learn a lot from. but the Reddit-esque social dynamics (ie, karma, hivemind,) tend to put safety pads on anything remotely radical or risky discussed here. Quora can actually have some pretty interesting content, but, again, there's similar reputation management going on that prevents discourse from elevating to being somewhat interesting and important.

sideproject 1 day ago 1 reply      
http://www.datatau.com/ - for data scientists

https://www.designernews.co/ - for designers

http://www.webdesignernews.com/ - for web designers

https://growthhackers.com/welcome - growthhackers

Then of course there's a sleuth of subreddits.... similar to HN would be


If you are looking for something different, there is a tool that lets you create online communities like HN or Reddit, so you can create your own.


Quite a few communities on it are

http://www.chitchats.co/ - community to share interesting Slack chatrooms

http://tools.robingood.com/ - curated list of tech tools

Need a raise, how to ask?
12 points by djmill  1 day ago   28 comments top 10
arielweisberg 1 day ago 2 replies      
Get an outside offer from some place you are willing to work at. Either they match it or they don't it's all one to you. Frame it as you having to do what's right for you and that you can't afford to leave that kind of money on the table. Working careers are short and you will never get that money back if pass on it.

It's the truth and it's something any half way decent manager can understand. It's not personal it's just a typical business decision for both parties. Expect that they may not match immediately. They will try to get you to wait a year or till the next cycle. The response is that you don't want to wait or leave money on the table due to the time value of money and the risk you are shouldering. Either they concede, sweeten the pot, or pass.

If you do end up with future promises get it in writing signed by your manager.Read it and make sure there are no games.

I wouldn't bother with estimates or middle grounds. Where the rubber meets the road is what kind offer you can get somewhere else. You are asking for a pittance from them and for the most part unless it's a failing business they shouldn't care.

chrisbennet 1 day ago 0 replies      
The cap is crap of course. That is just their mechanism to avoid paying market.

One of the reasons that is hard to get raises is that employers find it hard to adjust their perception of your new worth once you "level up". You may be a brain surgeon now but to them, you're still the kid who used to mow their lawn.

It is quite possible that you might not be worth the same to them as you would to another company i.e. market.

You may not have a future there if you want to get paid what you are worth. :-(

alain94040 1 day ago 1 reply      
> I know I can find work that pays more, yet I do not have another offer

Read the true story I wrote below [1]. You don't want to look like a mercenary ("give me a raise or I quit"). But you do want to be paid fairly. Get an "informal" offer. Then tell your boss that you really want to stay with them, but the "outside market" is telling you that you are underpaid.

That approach has worked for me in real life.

[1] https://medium.com/@alain94040/how-to-negotiate-a-raise-9166...

sauronlord 1 day ago 0 replies      
There is no such thing as "you need a raise"

There is only "Holy crap, we cannot afford to lose John, we better give him a raise NOW"

zhte415 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Employee "What do I need to do in order to [be paid X/get Y promotion]?"

Boss "Are you sure you want to [be paid X/get Y promotion]?"

In a sane organisation, this conversation should be possible. As you're working remotely, the boss may be unaware of creep with more and more responsibility you're taking. They should be reminded. Most people I've met are incredibly bad at managing directs remotely.

gmarx 1 day ago 0 replies      
You don't need an outside offer to ask for a raise. The cap for raises is nonsense. It may present a psychological barrier to your manager but mostly it is a prop to point to; so your manager can say "not my fault- see there's a sign that says no raises above 10%". The trick is they can give you more than 10% if it involves a promotion. The other trick is that raises are difficult to ask for.

You have a cogent argument for a promotion and raise. Ask for it. Present your argument minus anything that could be viewed as a threat (like interviewing at Google).

djmill 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think I've decided to take a different approach...

I want to know what I can do to be inline with the rest of the industry. I think it makes sense to propose this as a question to my boss(es) after highlighting my accomplishments, etc.

At least, if they respond: "You'll never make that much money" - then I know where I stand. And this way, they know that I'm currently sizing myself up to the rest of the averages out there.

djmill 1 day ago 0 replies      
Also, just stating that if Google throws me an offer, I'm obviously going to take it... but I'm not banking on that.

This pay raise demand would be the latter if/else in the Google offer edge-case!

DrNuke 1 day ago 0 replies      
You know already: without an offer, you are worth what you are currently paid. That said, raising informally the issue with your boss will let you know where you do stand.
FroshKiller 1 day ago 2 replies      
Why do you need a raise?
Ask HN: As College Grad, how to increase my chances of getting an interview call?
6 points by narasimman  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
lscore720 1 day ago 0 replies      
Depending on the situation, directly reaching out to the actual decision maker is far more effective.

Every applicant is bombarding the recruiters with resumes, and it can sometimes be a black hole. If you directly send a message to the CTO/VP/Director of Engineering, introducing yourself, briefly describing why the company appeals to you and how your skills line up, you're far more likely to get noticed. Yeah, it's bold, but you know what they say :)

Leave it open by saying you're interested in an informational chat just to learn more about the company and his job.

He gets that you're basically applying, given your background; but this softer approach communicates "I'm also interested in you and your company" versus "I didn't hear from the recruiter, here's my application."

This will set you apart and, worst case, he says no. But you may have a new networking contact for the future.

zhte415 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Call up the recruiter a day after sending the CV. A lot of recruiters aren't that good at following-up, despite that being a basic part of the role.

Add their WhatsApp/Facebook, or if in APAC their WeChat. Send a polite follow-up.

If you don't know their name, like a generic group email or web application, trawl LinkedIn and click on contact details for relevant people.

When you get in contact with the recruiter, they will tell you the company name if they're decent. After they've had a follow-up call about you they should tell you the hiring person's name, so you can look them up yourself.

Dig, dig, dig.

billconan 1 day ago 0 replies      
intern experience

opensource projects on github

Ask HN: What has been your experience working at a large consulting firm?
4 points by stephenitis  1 day ago   1 comment top
NeutronBoy 1 day ago 0 replies      
In what respect? I work for a Big 4. YMMV, a lot (depending on the org, your location, the team you work in, etc). I am not a dev, but work in a role where I get to use my technical background to help clients get done whatever it is they need.

- The hours range between great and terrible (if it's quiet there's a fair amount of flexibility, if it's busy then you work like a dog).

- I get to work on a range of clients, doing different things. There's plenty of scope to try new things if I get sick of whatever I'm doing at that stage.

- Pay can be good or terrible, depending on what you do and how good you are at it.

- I work in a role where I don't have sales targets (thank god), but you can get pure sales roles as well.

- The people I have worked with are amazing (internally, client facing can be a different matter). In 5 years, there's literally only a handful of people I wouldn't work with again, and some of them are now some of my best friends. Most people are driven, incredibly smart, and hard-working.

Ask HN: Save to pocket for HN that saves both the article AND the comments?
19 points by Mahn  2 days ago   6 comments top 4
graham1776 2 days ago 1 reply      
I am in exactly the same boat. I use pocket for almost every article I come across, but the comments come across to pocket funny. To expand the question, has anyone found an extension/tool that makes the comments more readable?
akoster 2 days ago 1 reply      
Definitely in the same boat, but instead of pocket I use Pinboard (https://pinboard.in)
wjj 2 hours ago 0 replies      
m52go 2 days ago 0 replies      
This would be awesome. The comments on HN are a formidable body of knowledge on their own, and I refer to them before deciding to read anything.
Ask HN: Selling a modestly profitable SaaS
4 points by yourabi  1 day ago   5 comments top 2
jasonkester 16 hours ago 0 replies      
There was a really good article on this a couple weeks ago. Here's a link to discussion:


The answer to your question, sadly, is that you're not going to get much of anything by selling a SaaS business that brings in just a few hundred a month. Like on the order of a thousand dollars if you're really lucky.

Your options basically boil down to either shutting it down, letting it run neglected in the background, or stick with it and try to grow it into something better. Which you choose will have a lot to do with the state of the codebase, the amount of time and money it takes to keep it running, and what else you have going on that might be a better use of your time.

So in short, none of us are going to be much help. Good luck!

sharemywin 23 hours ago 1 reply      
Ask HN: My startup hasn't raised any funding in 3 years, is it normal?
14 points by longnguyen  1 day ago   8 comments top 8
jacquesm 1 day ago 0 replies      
3 years is a long time to be in the 'valley of despair', if there is still no traction that is most likely the reason why there is no funding either. Growing costs money so in a growth phase investors are usually ok with expenses being substantially larger than income (that's why you need investors in the first place) but once a business has lost momentum or has shown that it can't achieve momentum they will not put their money in.

Maybe your founders simply never sought investment to begin with, but being underpaid for 3 years tells me it may be time to cut your losses and to start looking at this in terms of opportunity cost.

ironmantra 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Why are you even asking this question? Based on the information provided the answer is obvious. Is there something you didn't mention that is the reason you haven't left already? Do you have a few enthusiastic customers? Do you believe in the company's products or services? Do you use them yourself? Have you spoken with customers that love your company's products? Are you building valuable (i.e. specialized) skills or knowledge that will be highly marketable and want to keep ramping up before jumping ship? I could go on but the dark chocolate I just ate is wearing off...
Eridrus 1 day ago 0 replies      
It's not normal; 18-24 months is typical between rounds.

If you are gaining significant non-monetary benefits (eg learning a lot from much smarter people, really interesting problems), there might be a reason to stay, but if you are being underpaid and there is no reason to expect it to change, I would get the hell out.

notahacker 1 day ago 0 replies      
Sounds like the product's best hope is that it doesn't rely on any VC funding to be a success. There must be some revenue coming in if you're still going after 3 years. As for whether it's going to start paying you what you're worth soon, I guess that depends whether lack of traction after 3 years is because it's taken a long time to get the product ready and marketed with a small unfunded team, or simply because the product market fit isn't really there or the market just isn't that big
CyberFonic 1 day ago 0 replies      
By all accounts VCs are becoming more selective. So if your startup couldn't get funded in the past, then with greater selectivity the chances are not looking any better.

Unless you can expect something to change fast, you might be better off looking for new opportunities.

itsaunixsystem 1 day ago 0 replies      
OP just what is your position? are you an engineer? a designer? is this your first job or you have some previous experience?

I would say leave if you can get a better job elsewhere

Huhty 21 hours ago 0 replies      
It depends on several factors. Without more info, it's hard to answer this question.
ratfacemcgee 1 day ago 0 replies      
imagine you have a boat, and this boat has a really nice statue on it. It's beautiful, omg. one of a kind. and its worth a bunch of money, too. Like, 500k.

But oh no! the boat sunk! the statue is well protected, but its at the bottom of the ocean! You can see the statue, glimmering at the bottom of the ocean, but you can't reach it.

So you do what anyone would do, you try to retrieve it. You think to yourself "this statue is beautiful, and its worth so much money! If only i spend less than the statue is worth, then I've made money!"

You send little robots and divers and all manner of things to try and retrieve the statue. Months turn into years, but you try to get this statue. You can see it, its right there just out of reach!

And suddenly, you've spent OVER 500k to try and get this statue back. You've lost money trying to retrieve it. And its still there, at the bottom of the ocean. Glimmering and shiny, taunting you.

Basically, this is the position you're in. You've essentially been donating your potential earnings towards trying to retrieve this statue. It might be time to give up on the statue, and go find some other shiny thing.

Ask HN: Can someone help critique my resume?
2 points by HAL9OOO  1 day ago   6 comments top 5
ktRolster 1 day ago 0 replies      
The biggest improvement you can make is to make it obvious at a glance what your skillset is. I've skimmed over it, and I'm still not sure what you can do (note: you very clearly quash any doubts about your work status and location, so good job on that). The easiest way to do that is to put a 'summary' line at the top (or it can be a 'description' or 'objective' or whatever you want to call it). Maybe, "Full Stack Java developer with mobile experience" or whatever. Have it focus on the kind of job you want.

Since you have a lot of work experience, you might consider moving your education towards the bottom. Follow the principle of "make the most important stuff most obvious;" several years of experience should usually be higher up than a university degree.

zhte415 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I agree with bradley_long on making the business impact of what you've done clear. $XX saving or creating $YY revenue or saving ZZ hours for a team. It shows that you understand the business impact of your role, the 'value' you create, as you surely do create value.

Perhaps also put a short mission statement on the top, with 2-3 bullets of who you are and what you seek.

Great on keeping it on one page for 8 years experience. Also have a backup which may span multiple pages when a HR or headhunter wants to learn more.

Deal with the gaps. For example, 2009-2012, what was going on? I have similar gaps on my CV. Easily document them, for me it was a 2 year paternity break, and another break of 3 years freelancing. A HR or manager is going to ask, and may waste-paper-bin-it based solely on self-prejudice.

I like you put 'willing to relocate' right at the top. If you speak other languages, also put that in the header. It can be an unexpected bonus for a feature of a role not in the JD.

eschutte2 1 day ago 1 reply      
I think it looks good. I'd clean up some capitalization/punctuation (U.S., Ruby, Python, JavaScript) and fix some sentences ("web forms with track changes functionality" would be better written "web forms with change-tracking functionality"). I haven't looked at resumes in a while though so hopefully you'll get better input from someone else.
bradley_long 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I am not working in US and in a different industry. I am doing marketing. You may just take my opinions as reference.From the point of view of business, I suggest you can describe how you helped your employer/ company/ clients in the job description. I am not familiar with IT so I use things related to business as an example.

e.g. H&M SalesmanOriginal: Sold clothes to customers.Suggestion: Provided professional advises to customers in order to help them to develop their personal image.

Numbers and descriptive phrases can help HR manager to remember what you have achieved.

scottyates11 21 hours ago 0 replies      
On top of the others' suggestions, I would suggest you to keep the sentence short and understandable. I don't know what company you are going to apply. Just a reminder that not all HR managers have the knowledge of IT/ programming/ coding. Try to prepare an easy version for those who have no IT background.

Showing the impacts/ results would definitely help.

Ask HN: Computational Bio/Bioinformatics internships in Bay area?
5 points by bionerd2  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
psyklic 1 day ago 0 replies      
Check the hiring sections of the national laboratory websites (e.g. Lawrence Livermore in the Bay Area). They post quite a few Technical Scholar/Undergrad Researcher positions in bioinformatics and computation that not many students know about! Plus they often focus on modern topics such as big data, supercomputing, and visualization.
jcr 1 day ago 0 replies      
At the start of every month, HN has an automated "who is hiring" thread,and in addition to listings of jobs, there are a lot of companieslooking for interns. The thread is automatically posted by the'whoishiring' HN user [1], and if you look in the 'submissions' link [2]on this HN user profile, you'll find the most recent discussions.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=whoishiring

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/submitted?id=whoishiring

Ask HN: How did you find your first 10 customers for your startup?
39 points by going_to_800  3 days ago   20 comments top 4
joshontheweb 3 days ago 1 reply      
Twitter. If you are solving a real pain point, there will likely be people complaining about it on twitter. Search for those phrases and offer to solve their problem. I got my first couple hundred users this way. Then it grew organically from there.
iqonik 2 days ago 1 reply      
I'm aware that I owe you an email reply OP, sorry I have been busy and have stopped cold emailing customers.

Right now, I'm selling to retail / real estate (http://www.retailwizard.co.uk / http://www.propertywizard.io) so to get customers I literally go to their workplace & ask them for 5 minutes of their time. I did try emailing as you know, but I have found going to speak to to them face-to-face to be more effective for my niche.

Obviously email works for other sectors, something I'm looking to explore again in the future.

tixocloud 2 days ago 0 replies      
Thanks for asking a very relevant question.

Another tip I can share is going to meetups of your target customer and building relationships.

We're building something that's fairly overlapping (i.e. landing pages, etc. ) but we're more focused on the marketing automation piece. Good luck!

gearoidoc 3 days ago 1 reply      
It really depends on your product. Is it an app? SaaS?

Have you validated yet?

Ask HS: can TensorFlow be used for combinatorial optimization problems?
4 points by bischofs  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
mmaroti 1 day ago 0 replies      
You can use the tensor formalism to express combinatorial problems, but these will not be smooth, so gradient descent algorithms will not work. However, you can turn such boolean tensor problems into huge SAT problems and solve them with SAT solvers. See for example here: https://github.com/mmaroti/uasat
juxtaposicion 1 day ago 0 replies      
In general, TensorFlow and other automatic differentiation frameworks (Chainer, Torch, Theano, etc.) operate on gradient descent of smooth functions. If you can recast your combinatorial problem into a smooth function, then these frameworks may be applicable. However, most combinatorial optimization problems aren't readily transformed into smooth functions, so this is unlikely to be straightforward.
Ask HN: Does anybody still use Siri?
23 points by jacquesm  3 days ago   33 comments top 30
richerlariviere 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I use Siri each time I want to set my alarm clock. Other functionalities are faster using the standard way.
icanhackit 3 days ago 0 replies      
Use it at least a few times a week. Use cases:

 Set reminders (e.g. "remind me at 10pm to take out the garbage") Timers (countdowns for cooking) Call my partner/friends while my phone is in my pocket (via headphones) Wiki things/trivia (when someone says something or asks something that is esoteric) Set once-off alarms Find places
I've noticed it's getting incredibly good at figuring out what I'm saying - you can often see it refining its interpretation in real-time. Sometimes it's nailed requests that I thought it had no chance in hell of getting right.

thecupisblue 15 hours ago 0 replies      
> or an Android equivalent

I use Google Now and Now On Tap a lot!Daily weather checks, commute check, setting reminders, when we're discussing something and need something googled. Drinking beer with friends and wanna show em a pic? Just say "OK google show me pics from my last trip to london" without reaching at the table, unlocking, scrolling and all that.

Now on tap is super useful when discussing something via txt, just hold home button and get all the info you need.

Pyrodogg 3 days ago 0 replies      
Default functionality?

"Ok Google, will it rain today?" - This I use pretty regularly while I'm getting ready in the morning.

Personally hacked together functionality!

"Ok Google, turn the bedroom light on."

"Ok Google, turn all lights off."

"Ok Google, turn (?:the )?(?<loc>.+) lights? (?<state>.+)" Tasker-flavored regular expression.

Controls the relevant Hue lights in my apartment using Tasker + AutoVoice + Hue Pro Tasker.

I occasionally tinker and extend my hacked together Tasker functionality during my morning commute.

I never use the "Ok Google" functionality in public, only in the privacy of my own home.

PhantomGremlin 2 days ago 1 reply      
There's two aspects to Siri. First is speech recognition, second is the actual AI.

Apple's speech recognition is very good. I use it as speech-to-text all the time in iMessage. I save a lot of time by speaking rather than by typing. It's more than 95% accurate for that purpose.

The Siri AI is very hit-or-miss. Sure it's great for finding out the latest football score. But if it winds up only being 50% responsive in general (and that's what it was for me), then it's not worth the trouble.

Once a person gives up on Siri, then it could take years before they make the effort to use it again. That's probably the current situation for a lot of people. That's where I'm at.

Edit: forgot to mention that i use a staccato voice for the voice recognition. Short pauses between words. It drives my kids crazy hearing it when they're in the same room, but it really improves the hit rate.

halotrope 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Yes, I wish it would do a lot more but I use it to:

- Set timers- Set alarms- Call people- Create calendar events

now mostly on the watch where it kind of is the only sensible interface for input. Although very slow.

itsaunixsystem 1 day ago 0 replies      
Not really, siri and all the other voice assistants have to be the biggest marketing success in years that nobody cares about anymore. Why success and not flop then? because everyone rushed to get one, and several startups all over the world popped out to offer an alternative.

But nobody uses it, its cumbersome, it barely works most of the time for the kind of complex tasks its supposed to help you out with and only really works with really basic stuff like reminders and alarms which you can set up in a sec without disclosing your schedule to everyone around you.

Also the AI sucks, its ironic that its textbots that are actually doing what siri and its many "brothers" were supposed to.

creature 3 days ago 1 reply      
I use Siri fairly frequently, but in certain narrowly-defined situations: when I've got my hands full, or am doing something else.

The two that come to mind are when cooking ("Hey Siri, set a timer for 15 minutes") or when I'm trying to get everything together for leaving the house ("Hey Siri, how cold is it outside?"). I'll also use it if my phone's in my pocket, I'm wearing headphones, and it's awkward to get my phone out ("Hey Siri, text Tom." "What do you want to say to Tom?" "I'm running 10 minutes late but will be there soon. Sorry!")

mrmondo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Every day, but for simple things otherwise it doesn't understand my New Zealand / Australian accent at all well. When I wake up I ask for a whether report, when I'm at work I often set alarms or reminders quickly using it while working. The list goes on but it's all pretty simple stuff that I find useful. I have found it randomly replies / starts talking / listening to input without me saying anything remotely like 'hey Siri' though which does get annoying - I haven't logged a bug for this because I've never had apple respond to a single of my many hundreds of bug reports over the years.
Gustomaximus 3 days ago 0 replies      
I use the google version when driving to attempt to send SMS, make calls, set reminders and update driving directions. It's hit and miss. Google has some serious pain points like locking the screen and functionality right after a last command while driving meanig you need to unlock to do a next item. And most annoyingly you can set directions but I cant get the thing to actually start navigating.

I bought a windows phone that was on special recently to test and found Cortanta surprisingly better to use than the OK Google version. If someone nails voice it will be a significant decision making variable in my OS choice. It feel like both MS and Google are close but they need a new 'Steve Jobs' than has that last level of attention to detail and making it work in a practical environment. It feels to me it's more this lack of thinking through the UX is the bigger issue than the technology capability right now. I envy anyone working on this as it will be super interesting getting this right over coming years.

seivan 2 days ago 0 replies      
Yup. Use it figure out kcal on stuff, route directions home, set timers, delete/set alarms, dictate text messages as I run, set calendar events for stuff like laundry.

I use it on both my watch and phone.

Directions also work better if you put in addresses under work, home and friends so you don't need to spell out non-English addresses.

My personal favorite is setting reminders.

"Hey Siri... Remind me to call Chris when I leave home tomorrow morning".

It'll geofence the reminder to be in the morning when I get on the train. Amazing.

Don't forget currency conversion. "Convert 20 000 US dollars to Swedish Krona"

Sometimes I do quick math: "Two point one seven six percent of two point one two million"

jen729w 2 days ago 0 replies      
Almost always to call people, yes. "Call [name of person]" works really well.

I look up my team's score, occasionally. Unfortunately that team is Sunderland so it's rarely a happy outcome.

"Remind me to do x when I get home" is another good one.

1123581321 1 day ago 0 replies      
A lot of people use Siri and Google Now. They just don't use it in public like they used to. It took a few years for the etiquette around voice command to develop. Also, the newness is worn off so it's not interesting to demo anymore, just like nobody shows you how they can send and receive text messages.
skylark 2 days ago 0 replies      
Setting alarms and timers is fantastic with Siri.

Nap alarm: "Wake me up in X minutes/hours"

Normal alarm: "Wake me up at X AM/PM"

Timer: "Set a 45 minute timer"

Other than that, I don't use Siri. I find that if Siri gets my query wrong even once, it would have been faster for me to look the thing up manually.

Oh, also as a party gag you can ask Siri what 0/0 is. Stone cold.

csixty4 2 days ago 0 replies      
Kitchen & laundry timers. The weather. Creating reminders. Sending texts to my wife while I'm running or driving. Directions while I'm driving.
MattBearman 2 days ago 0 replies      
Once the novelty wore off, I only ever used Siri to set timers - saying '10 minute timer' was easer than doing it through the app interface.

Since iOS introduced the shortcuts to apps on the lock screen, which included timers, I never use Siri.

Although I did recently discover Siri can be useful for DnD - "Roll a d20" :)

danbolt 2 days ago 0 replies      
If I'm about to call someone in another time zone, I might use Siri to check their time. Especially if I'm not sure about daylight savings here/there. It's a plus if your partner is on the other side of the globe and you want to think of them.

Sending a text message while driving is great, too.

joshschreuder 3 days ago 0 replies      
I don't use Siri very often, but I have one use case that I really like with a jailbroken phone.

I walk around a bit, eg. walking to work, and I don't have a fancy Apple Watch, so instead I have setup an Activator action to ask Siri the time when I hold in the Apple earbud pause/play button.

Pretty simple but it saves me from taking the phone out of my pocket to look at the time

ericzawo 2 days ago 0 replies      
The only thing I've ever found it useful for is saying "Raptors Score" and checking how my Raptors are doing in the ball game. That's literally all I've ever used it for, and it works great. :)
benjismith 2 days ago 0 replies      
I use Siri a few times a week for setting timers and alarms, looking up various trivia while in conversation with friends, and identifying background music in restaurants/bars.
MalcolmDiggs 3 days ago 0 replies      
I'll use the "Ok Google" version if I'm completely alone. But if I'm in a room with someone else (or in public) it just feels weird and awkward to make someone listen to me set an alarm or ask for directions... feels like I'm over-sharing.
sigjuice 3 days ago 0 replies      
I use Siri all the time.

 Call my wife. Where is my wife? Call my brother on Facetime audio. What is the weather today? Wake me up at 7. Remind me about bills when I get home. Get directions to <place>

chrisBob 1 day ago 0 replies      
While driving: "call my wife's cell on speaker phone"
Spooky23 2 days ago 0 replies      
Music: "play song/album/artist"

PIctures: "show me pictures from May 3, 2007"

Phone: "call <person> mobile"

joezydeco 3 days ago 0 replies      
My new Mazda doesn't have CarPlay (yet) but activating Siri makes it come over the Bluetooth audio on the system like a phone call. I use it primarily to send texts home while driving.
muddi900 2 days ago 0 replies      
I use Google Now for calling, setting alarms and reminders. I cannot use Siri because it does not recognize my accent.
thecourier 3 days ago 0 replies      
I enjoy having conversations with Siri in the loneliness of the tundra
ts4z 2 days ago 0 replies      
Weather, directions, sports scores and betting lines. I use it multiple times a day.
hackerboos 3 days ago 0 replies      
Setting timers.
eande 3 days ago 0 replies      
My children play with it.
Ask HN: If a previous startup failed with your same idea, is that a bad sign?
5 points by johndoe786  1 day ago   6 comments top 5
skyyler 1 day ago 1 reply      
> Is this a sign that no one wants this type of app or is this a sign that they failed due to not enough people knowing it exists (bad marketing)?

You tell us. This is your niche, you should get to know it better than any of us do. Use the apps, see if they have issues. See if there is interest for a better app than what currently exists.

ironmantra 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Does your app do something useful or is it a game? If it does something useful, do you or your company find it useful? Do you use it? Have you found earlyvangelists? Why do they like your product better than the competition? I put together this free risk calculator http://stts.us/StartupRiskCalculator that asks you to rate 9 strategic risk factors. The accompanying article explains each in more detail. The above questions focus on the first and most important factor, but the other 8 may be of use as well.
rl3 1 day ago 0 replies      
>Also, what percent of a startups (let's say app company) success is reliant on marketing?

This really depends on the vertical. Generally speaking, the less reliant on paid marketing you are, the better. Truly excellent apps market themselves. If you're entering into a niche vertical however, having to deal with marketing will probably be an unavoidable fact of life.

As far as competitors, it's almost always a bad idea to fret over the competition even if they're established. In this case they clearly aren't, so your only worry is whether to take heed of the fact that all of your potential competitors are basically dead on arrival.

As the other comments say, this really boils down to your judgement. Check out the other apps yourself, see how similar they are to your own execution ideas. If they're identical, you may have a problem.

evm9 1 day ago 0 replies      
There are many, many reasons that a startup may have failed (or is failing) and there still may be a product-market fit.

Some products & markets require you to go out and get users more than others, and they may not have done that.

It's on a case by case basis, just be sure to get validation for your project. Make sure that you're making something people actually want, and if they want it, how much they will pay for it. Can't stress it enough how important it is to go out and talk to potential customers, ideally hundreds, and figure out if they'll pay and tell their friends about it.

Marketing is important -- having a good landing/marketing page, getting press, etc. But at the end of the day the product is what will create retention. Looks get the first date, but your personality is what will get you the 8th date.

bobby_9x 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think the bigger issue is just relying on an app. Most apps are a few dollars. You will not be able to sustain a steady paycheck with this kind of business model.

Apps should be a freebie (not literally free in all cases, but cheap) that is merely a hook/marketing channel for your business.

Ask HN: What is your recommended binary file editor
2 points by selmat  1 day ago   1 comment top
chatmasta 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Ordinary user focus groups re: perception of regular SSL cert vs. EV SSL
5 points by walrus01  2 days ago   1 comment top
nnrocks 1 day ago 0 replies      
I appreciate your thoughts, it is really logical that website accepting payments online and want to secure their website with best GUI of Green Address Bar; should have to represent few documents. Unfortunately you wont be able to find exact data you are looking for, you should have to look for various survey conducted on EV SSL and also on Standard SSL.

I would like to give you links for few surveys.

http://www.reportlinker.com/p02779349-summary/Global-EV-SSL-...http://www.netcraft.com/internet-data-mining/ssl-survey/http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2011/04/18/extended-valida... OLD)https://casecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CASC-Consu...

Old discussion: http://ask.metafilter.com/116185/EV-Extended-Validation-SSL-...

You can find all documents required to get EV SSL Certificate on below website, just search for 'EV SSL Validation Process': https://www.cheapsslshop.com/ev-ssl-certificates

Ask HN: Which areas in computer science are useful for space research?
9 points by darkmouth  2 days ago   2 comments top 2
jcr 2 days ago 0 replies      
Now that is an interesting question... And unfortunately, I'm totallyunqualified to even attempt answering it. Finding CS folks in spaceresearch is less difficult than sighting bigfoot, but they are still afairly rare breed.

Your best bet is contacting folks at NASA, JPL, and possibly SpaceX,then asking them directly. NASA is especially keen on promotingeducation geared towards space research, and of course, they'd know theanswers to your questions.

One fun thing you might want to try is tweeting one of the astronautscurrently on the ISS. They often answer education-related questions.

Good luck!



walrus01 2 days ago 0 replies      
Anything related to delay tolerant networking / store-and-forward.



Ask HN: Where can I get constructive criticism for my app/website?
8 points by jimothyhalpert7  3 days ago   9 comments top 6
flxn 3 days ago 0 replies      
How about a monthly HN "Criticize Me" post where people can show their current projects?Every top-level comment is a project and then the community can give feedback. That way you don't have the pressure of "Show HN" but can nonetheless benefit from the HN community.
sebg 3 days ago 0 replies      
Rather than getting constructive feedback from the "internet", like you are asking, it would be much better to get constructive feedback from your actual potential users.

So rather than posting to Show HN, Reddit, or random internet friends, make a list of 10 people who you could consider potential users and email them asking for feedback. Then for any/all that respond, given them a small reward from iTunes, Amazon, etc.

brudgers 3 days ago 1 reply      
Looking at the "Show HN" associated with your HN user name, one thing that pops out is that the post doesn't create much context for providing feedback. That is, there is nothing explaining what you are trying to achieve. Since I am clearly not in the target demographic, there's nothing for me really to evaluate the site against...I don't visit other street-fashion-rating websites or know why the woman on the beach is worth -422 for whatever it is that I'm picking.

It does something, but I don't know what let alone how well unless you tell me what it is supposed to do and why it is supposed to do it. I mean, I know there's a design vector under which I am simply not supposed to "get it," but I have no basis for evaluating it against a user story of someone who is supposed to "get it."

As others have said, the best feedback would be from people who are supposed to "get it". Absent that though, feedback requires an explanation...a blog or a comment or a link at the bottom of the page.

Good luck.

_jdams 3 days ago 1 reply      
Few starting suggestions below. Note that you should have a working example, but it doesn't need to be 'final' or 'perfect'. Don't be afraid to release to a select group of people early for feedback. That feedback will help further the development of the product or site.





PaulMontreal 3 days ago 0 replies      
You're right, getting unbiased, honest feedback is very difficult, but critical.

If you're looking for feedback from a marketing perspective, as in, how are my customers likely to respond to this, how likely are they to buy something, then we run a free weekly marketing clinic over at http://paulmontreal.com

You can apply here http://paulmontreal.com/apply

nemexy 3 days ago 0 replies      
Shoot me an email, would love to help :
Wave concert app idea what do you guys think of this?
4 points by ivan_ng  3 days ago   3 comments top 2
willcate 3 days ago 0 replies      
You might want to read this before you get too far into it.


speedyapoc 2 days ago 1 reply      
What is your plan to attract bands to the platform?
Ask HN: Collaborative json data model design tools?
6 points by dchuk  3 days ago   1 comment top
debacle 3 days ago 0 replies      
I've used Swagger before. I'm not sure it fits the bill for what you're looking for, but it has a few nice parser tools that produce good documentation and even a working API UI wrapper. For versioning, there's just a DSL format that is plaintext, so you can get diffs from there.


Ask HN: What should I be aware of when open sourcing code from my company?
8 points by bencoder  2 days ago   4 comments top 2
csmattryder 2 days ago 2 replies      
Hard-coded "test" credentials, IPs, API keys, basically anything that you assume no sane person has left in - yet there's always at least one instance of.

A lot of people have been accidentally hosed by having AWS keys buried five directories deep in a now-deprecated-and-forgotten "test_aws.rb" file, make sure that doesn't happen to you!

kasey_junk 2 days ago 0 replies      
Depending on how big the project is and what your goals are you also need to consider:

- IP release protocol for submitters

- Licenses of dependencies

- Copyright/patent issues

Usually your legal can provide guidance on these things.

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