June 2017 Archives

“Trading” Your 20’s For Your 30’s

David Heinemeier Hansson recently wrote a post about trickle-down workaholism in startups that got me thinking. I don’t have many career regrets, but if I do have one it’s that I spent most of my twenties working with the mentality that I was overworking myself now so that I wouldn’t have to overwork myself later. I thought I could “trade” my twenties for a more enjoyable thirties (and forties and fifties and so on). I worked 7 days a week, typically very long and very… Continue reading

6/27/17

Turning My Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Into a Retro Gaming Machine

Back in college my friends and I would pass the time during class by playing classic NES, SNES, and SEGA Genesis games with emulators on our laptops. The recent popularity of the NES Classic Edition has resulted in a revival of classic 8 bit and 16 bit emulation. I’ve long kept emulators on my Android phones (I prefer the ones made by Robert Broglia), but after purchasing my Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet last year I got the idea that I would really enjoy being… Continue reading

6/20/17

Letting Go to Grow: Why Delegating “Ownership” Matters

I accepted my first and only full-time engineering job at Schick with a few months left in my last semester of college. I had done a nine-month internship at the company. But the main reason that I decided to go back without even interviewing anywhere else had nothing to do with my previous experience there. It was my new boss. The department that he ran didn’t exist when I had interned there. He was young, energetic, and extraordinarily intelligent. We hit it off when I… Continue reading

6/13/17

Z.ips.ME 2.0 – Why I Updated Our Dormant Open Source URL Shortener

A Brief History Lesson Back in 2009 I created an open source URL shortener called Z.ips.ME as an alternative to using bit.ly and other services on Twitter. At the time, Twitter counted the characters in a link against your 140 characters, so link shortening was a big deal. I updated it a few times, the last being in April of 2010, and then…nothing. In 2011 Twitter rolled out their t.co URL shortener, minimizing the usefulness of a project like Z.ips.ME. Every link now counts as… Continue reading

6/6/17