Silicon Valley’s “New Morality”: Venture-Backed Homework Farm?

March 12, 2015

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Last month, @CBS Bay Area wrote about Silicon Valley’s Jonathan Hart (@jonathanhartsf), lead mobile engineer for Idle Games, who hacked into the Burning Man servers to snag tickets ahead of the 80,000 people waiting in line – then tweeted about it leading to some 200 more of similar morality doing the same.

Francisco Dao, a Los Angles-based Venture Beat columnist and Founder of SEAL CAMP and 50Kings, posted about the hacking of Ticketfly on Facebook. When I commented,

[the hackers] are the equivalent of looters walking through a broken window in Ticketfly’s business. – me

Francisco pointed to the “new morality” pervasive in Silicon Valley.

In the “new morality” it’s not cheating or cutting in line. It’s “hacking Burning Man!” – Francisco Dao

Is there a “New Morality”
in Silicon Valley?

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The Six Elements of “Team”

February 25, 2015

Everyone knows that “team” is important. Every venture capitalist will tell you “we invest in teams.” We all seek to hire “team players” and to “be on the same team.” Search Google for ‘”the importance of team’ (intentional open quote to capture ‘teamwork’ for example) and you’ll get 477,000,000 hits – 477 million!

“Team” is an essential element of success. But what is team exactly? What are the elements of team?

rugby scrum team

The 2013 All Blacks most experienced team in their history with the most well-drilled front row in world rugby.

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I hate Foursquare’s Swarm and here’s why:

July 27, 2014

I hate Swarm and here’s why:

OK, I’m not a millennial.  And like everyone else who is ‘old’ – lets say 30’s and up, can no longer read micro-fonts of light colors on backgrounds of slightly lighter colors.  The pale orange on white color scheme of Swarm is impossible to read in daylight without specs.  IMHO, stupid.  People check in all over the world in all kinds of conditions.  Using pale orange on white is a 20-something design decision.  That’s fine if you want to cut out the +30’s market – I get it.  But if you don’t, and want to include the part of your 50M+ subs that are +30’s, then your designers are not thinking.

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Adobe Flash Installer Hangs on Mac? Solved!

June 25, 2014

For some days now on two machines Adobe Flash has been attempting to update itself.

Each time, the installer gets to the down loader and hangs like this:

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The solution, fortunately, was easy to implement – nonetheless, obscure.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why do swimmers peak so young?

February 11, 2014

Last year, this question was posted on Quora:

Just yesterday another world record broken by a 16 year old., most swimmers (especially female) seem to retire in their early 20’s, yet for most other sports, athletes peak in their late 20’s.

It’s been a year, and since then I was fortunate to be on two national top-ten relays, and move from “speed club Bronze” to “speed club Silver” (oh that elusive Gold!) – which reminded me of this post which is worth sharing again for my aging friends (and yes, we are all aging :-)

I completed from age eight to age 19.  Read the rest of this entry »

Firefox 27 breaks images – DON’T RESET FIREFOX!

February 10, 2014

Seriously, don’t reset your Firefox solve this problem.

That’s what I did, and it took me down a rat-hole of re-installation that I did not have to pursue.

I had the unwelcome experience today of opening up pages within Firefox only to find that the images were not rendering. Some would, but more would not.  One tell-tale image was Facebook’s logo.  Just gone.

Images were sometimes gone completely, sometimes shown with a broken image icon, or some times with the image’s alt-image text.

Usually when I have a problem with Firefox, it is the result of a bad-acting plug in. In this case though, I had not installed any new plug-ins and was surprised to find this disruption of my browsing experience.

The first troubleshooting step, as usual, is to restart Firefox in safe mode. In safe mode, Firefox ignores all of your browser plug-ins, extensions, and all the whatnots if you’ve used to tune your Firefox browser.  But this time, it didn’t work. The images were still broken. Now, I was totally flummoxed.

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Convert .rtf Word docs to HTML format – Lifesaver!

January 30, 2014

If you’ve ever had a Word document that you needed to post on the web – you realize that Word does a perfect job of making the document look just like it’s still in Word.

The problem is that the web is not Word – and all we really need is the text in HTML tags with basic formatting (bold, italics, font, etc.).  Word, outputs pages of complicated CSS styles – and to strip all the junk out would take days.

Welcome RTF2HTML.

With RTF2HTML, simply save your Word doc in RTF format, open in RTF2HTML, choose whether you want in-line styles (bold, font, etc.), or styles at the head of the document and press convert.


Thank you “From Concentrate Software:-)

via Download RTF2HTML for Mac – Concert .rtf Word docs to HTML format.


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