It was about time to upgrade my 2009 Macbook Pro, and the new 13" Macbook Air seemed just the right upgrade choice (with 256 SSD drive, 8GB memory and OSX Mountain Lion). First impression: the Macbook Air is blazing fast and it's screen is superb. A new computer is always a good cleanup time. I never auto-migrate … Continue reading What Applications Do I Use on my new Macbook Air?
"Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers!". Steve Ballmer's stage performance was a massive Internet hit and emphasized how important is the developer eco-system for Microsoft. Why are developers so important? Simply put, An Operating System (Windows, OSX, Linux) is a form of a marketplace, just like eBay. On one side there are developers (the "sellers"), and on … Continue reading Does Microsoft Stand a Chance?
Sometimes, inheriting a piece of art can cause you lots of trouble. NY Times brings a catch-22 story about the heirs of a NY art dealer who inherited a 1959 work by Rauschenberg called "Canyon". The story goes like this: Because the work includes a stuffed bald eagle, a bird under federal protection, it is … Continue reading A Kafka Art Story Involving an Oil Painting and an Eagle
A few weeks ago it was announced that Facebook acquired face.com - a face recognition startup founded and headed by the uber-talented Gil Hirsch. Face.com's was mainly a B2B company, with individual developers and technology companies building products that rely on their face-recognition API. Alas, comes the exciting Facebook acquisition day, the new owners in the house … Continue reading The Danger of Relying on 3rd Party APIs
In the last couple of weeks my feed has been contaminated by an uber-spammy application called Glassdoor (no link, I don't want to contribute to their SEO). I was curious why so many of my friends were interested in this app so I conducted a little research. The result was not surprising: they had no … Continue reading Glassdoor and Facebook Spam
The Greek island of Paros is a kitesurfing heaven. Beautiful, relaxed island with great, nearly constant, wind and crystal clear water. Here are some travel tips: * Arrival - We arrived in Athens by place, took a bus from the airport to Pireaus (1 hour), and continued with a fast afternoon ferry directly to the island (3 … Continue reading Kiteboarding in Paros