Fingerframes

Framer Concept Camera is an easy to use digital camera that makes picture-take a less stressful job. Forefingers and thumbs have often been used as an intuitive benchmark for focusing and clicking photos; Chun uses this same principle in making his device more user-centric. We are a photography-inclined generation and innovations that focus on not overwhelming us by simplifying tech advancements are always welcome.

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A Thermometer That Communicates Via Touch

iPhone SDK: In-App Purchases

In-App Purchase Programming Guide

Invalid Product IDs

The lessons of Steve Jobs

At the end of this month Jeff Atwood is leaving Stack Exchange, a company he cofounded with Joel Spolsky. In a post on his blog, he explains why:

Startup life is hard on families. We just welcomed two new members into our family, and running as fast as you can isn’t sustainible for parents of multiple small children. The death of Steve Jobs, and his subsequent posthumous biography, highlighted the risks for a lot of folks. […] Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange have been wildly successful, but I finally realized that success at the cost of my children is not success. It is failure.

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Three Magic Numbers

Every company I’m involved in keeps track of numbers. Daily numbers, weekly numbers, monthly numbers. Ultimately, all the numbers translate into three financial statements – the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. While these numbers are sacrosanct in the accounting and finance professions, they are lagging indicators for most startup companies. Important, but they tell the story of the past, not what is going on right now.

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Snapshots by Pep Ventosa

Pep Ventosa’s work is focused on an exploration of the medium itself–deconstructing and reconstructing photographic images to create new visual experiences. His photographs have received top honors, exhibited in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland, and been jury selected for special exhibitions by the late Robert Rosenblum, curator of 20th Century Art at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid, among others. Ventosa’s work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum and his creative work processes are used as a teaching guide for photography students.

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Bedrock programming

“Bedrock programming” is a phrase used to describe a style of programming that favors building code from the ground up versus reusing existing open-source or proprietary code.

In my first programming job out of college our bosses told us to entirely rebuild our product. The person in charge of the networking layer decided the best way to do this was to write our own low-level networking toolkit, using some new, relatively untested networking techniques. We also wrote our own versions of core Java libraries (because, it was said, the existing ones weren’t sufficiently thread safe). This decision ended up leading to repeated delays and bugs, and a codebase that most of the other employees didn’t understand. It also made it much harder to train new hires and find replacements for departed employees.

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The Failure of Two-Factor Authentication

In 2005, I wrote an essay called “The Failure of Two-Factor Authentication,” where I predicted that attackers would get around multi-factor authentication systems with tools that attack the transactions in real time: man-in-the-middle attacks and Trojan attacks against the client endpoint.

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