Thursday, May 27, 2010

You can't love iPhone more than this guy

When Witter was waiting at the counter of a Gresham, Oregon AT&T store, two young men grabbed four iPhones and ran out the front door, according to the Portland Oregonian. Witter chased after them, dropped to one knee outside the store, pulled out a five-shot Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, and fired at the front tire of the getaway car. The car swerved, Witter fired again, and missed again.

He is a tough guy. Imagine what happens when somebody looks at his Mac screen in the coffee shop.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The best and the worst beaches in LA

Still, five of the worst beaches in the state were in L.A. County: Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island, Cabrillo Beach harborside, Santa Monica Municipal Pier, Colorado Lagoon and Sunset Blvd. and PCH at Santa Ynez drain. Poche Beach in Orange County was also listed.

But a good number of local beaches earned perfect A+ scores:

  • Nicholas Beach at San Nicholas Canyon Creek mouth
  • El Pescador State Beach, between Lachusa and Los Aliso creeks
  • Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon drain
  • Santa Monica Beach at Strand St. (in front of the restrooms)
  • Venice City Beach at Topsail St.
  • Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Hwy drain
  • Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates
  • Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
  • Wilder Annex, San Pedro

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I definitely need to learn English

Well, I am keeping pretty stable position on the quantitative side, scoring 47-48Q on the most of practice tests.  However, my verbal drives me mad.  I didn't realize it's going to be that big issue as it's now.  

Okay, after running a few practice tests, I found out that my verbal sucks (in general), but gradually looks like the following:

  1. The best thing I'm scoring is Critical Reasoning.  I don't know why, maybe because it is what it is. :)
  2. Sentence Correction is something in the middle.  I'd say, it's closer to CR, than to RC.  It's still bad.  Even while I'm starting to think I'm catching up, I'm still failing.
  3. The worst thing is my Reading Comprehension.  It is like 20% away from the SC, which is already bad enough.

So I'm pretty much gearing towards verbal now.

  1. I grabbed PowerScore Critical Reasoning Bible for CR.  It's one of the most recommended book for it, although I've heard complaints of it being boring.
  2. Manhattan's Sentence Correction is also a sure leader for SC.  A lot of memorization though, as it seemed to me from the first sight.
  3. And none for RC.  Harvard Business Review was recommended many times, as well as many other books and magazines.  However, they don't seem to me helping.  I need to come up with a better strategy here.

We'll see how it works out for me.

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Promotion System @ Google

When I looked at Google's promotion system through this lens, I was very impressed. It seemed as though the system was designed to create disgruntled employees out of people who might otherwise be perfectly happy.

That's an interesting look at promotion systems, the way how they should be and the ways how they are in some big-name companies.

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Про компьютер в Кукусике

Очень круто. Как только куплю следующий SUV, изучу этот вопрос подробнее.

В ТТ-шке это конструкция врядли будет к месту. :)

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The Launch Conference

Mike is doing TechCrunch Disrupt–his spin on TechCrunch50–in New
York City later this month, and I will be continuing my plain vanilla
vision of TechCrunch50 at a new event called simply Launch (or “The
Launch Conference” if you like) in early 2011 (date will be announced
shortly). I will be speaking at his Disrupt conference later this
month, and he will be speaking and covering mine. There are no hard
feelings. We’re still friends, and as such, I’m not going to do any
press or comment further on the dissolution of TechCrunch50. It’s
painful enough to see a legendary brand die in year three (tear drop).

It looks like Calacanis' and Arrington's conflict during last year TechCrunch50 probably took a place. So Jason is about to start his own version of TechCrunch50 - The Launch Conference.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Freaking "fees"

My family cell plan is very moderate. It's just $59.99 + $5.99 for two lines. And, yes, we still have minutes leftover. At least 30% of them. We don't use messaging, so I'm find with occasional few bucks of charges. However, this month I've ended up paying $77.27 instead of $65.98. So more than 17% of all charges is running away as different forms of "fees" and "taxes". Even while I knew that California has one of the highest sales tax out there (which can be as high as 10.75% including local taxes), but the communication taxes and fees are just insane. I don't want *that*.

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Entrepreneurial Finishing School

I usually hear the “Should I get my MBA?” question at least once a month.

If you’re an entrepreneur, the glib answer is “no.”  It’s also the wrong answer.

Great post by Steven Blank. This is the first well written post (on this subject) that really discusses all the why's, but not just the trendy (in the specific circles) "you don't need MBA, because the wash your brains, they make you a monkey that can't be an entrepreneur".

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Google Apps To Become More Connected

Google says 9 of the top 20 requests from Apps customers are for their accounts to work with more services from Google. Currently, Apps works with Gmail, Docs, Chat, Groups, Video and Calendar. Later this year, Google will roll out functionality with Apps for Picasa, Google Reader, AdWords, News, Finance, and other products. Users won’t need to switch between their personal and work account to interact with these products from within the Apps interface.

What a terrible choice to expand. The only thing I would agree is *Reader*. It was ridiculous not to have it in place before. However, damn, who cares about AdWords, News, Finance and all other crap? What about Analytics instead?

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It's all about HTML5

Lennart Schoors, web designer from Netlog, briefly speaks about what HTML 5 is and why you (might) want it, now.

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DOW is going down

At one point, Accenture fell more than 90 percent to a penny. P.& G. plunged to $39.37 from more than $60 within minutes.

The crisis in Greece, high-speed computer program trading, the debate over regulatory reform in Washington, talk of errant trades — all were pointed to as possible catalysts. But most agreed the plunge would not have been as bad had the markets not already been on edge over the debt crisis in Europe.

That was pretty eventful day, sir.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hackers playground

Want to beat the hackers at their own game?

  • Learn how hackers find security vulnerabilities!
  • Learn how hackers exploit web applications!
  • Learn how to stop them!

This codelab shows how web application vulnerabilities can be exploited and how to defend against these attacks. The best way to learn things is by doing, so you'll get a chance to do some real penetration testing, actually exploiting a real application. Specifically, you'll learn the following:

  • How an application can be attacked using common web security vulnerabilities, like cross-site scripting vulnerabilities (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (XSRF).
  • How to find, fix, and avoid these common vulnerabilities and other bugs that have a security impact, such as denial-of-service, information disclosure, or remote code execution.

To get the most out of this lab, you should have some familiarity with how a web application works (e.g., general knowledge of HTML, templates, cookies, AJAX, etc.).

Google, you just don't get it. It's not interesting to mess with something that you're allowed to. :) You should kept your disclaimer notes hidden, so once somebody gets in there, he can read and then PR is all yours.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Usability testing

  1. $29 introductory price
  2. Instantly tap into our 24x7 panel of users
  3. Users match your target demographics
  4. Observe users in their natural environment
  5. Watch screen activity
  6. Listen to the users' voices
  7. Ask users follow-up questions
  8. Annotate and share results
  9. Export to QuickTime and .wmv
  10. 1-year money-back guarantee

Well, after being recently featured in the TC, is coming up with a panel of users, who'd be willing to user-test your site, record the video and talk-talk-talk about it. And this is all for a silly introductory price of... $29 per head.

Let me paraphrase it. You are ask some weird guy (or gal - you can choose the gender), within some age bracket (you can choose two or three age brackets), from some country (it can be as wide as "United States"), with some household income (definitely, there is some income - he needs to pay for his Internet connection, unless he's stealing his neighbor's wireless) to open your site, do *something* (if you're good enough in delivering your thoughts to the person in writing, you have fair chances to have it right) and than tell you about it. And this is all for... $29. Oh, don't forget that the guy will have "roughly 15 minutes" to complete the task (don't be silly to say "tasks"). It's... like... $116/hour. *I'm not paid that much.* Even close.

And the normal price is $39 per head. They do have some ideas or plans about revenue sharing (or they probably do this already), and it looks like $10 goes to a user, $29 stays in the pocket. It's sorta $30/hour for a user (decent paycheck for somebody sitting at home and just browsing sites, don't ya think?), and the company keeps the cream.

I mean, I don't want to rant or trash the idea. It's good, there is a need for it and it's probably useful. But come on. That's a decent cost. For such a premium I can bring a perspective client to the office, ask him to do the same shit, run a show for him, do the freaking sales pitch and he will still be smiling!

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