how I hire programmers

December 1, 2009

by Aaron Swartz

There are three questions you have when you’re hiring a programmer (or anyone, for that matter): Are they smart? Can they get stuff done? Can you work with them? Someone who’s smart but doesn’t get stuff done should be your friend, not your employee. You can talk your problems over with them while they procrastinate on their actual job. Someone who gets stuff done but isn’t smart is inefficient: non-smart people get stuff done by doing it the hard way and working with them is slow and frustrating. Someone you can’t work with, you can’t work with.

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OS Xbox Pro

December 1, 2009
  • Xbox case
  • 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550s
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 16GB solid state drive
  • 4 booting hard drives
  • boots Windows 7, OS X and Ubuntu

[from: willudesign]

Steve Jobs’ hits and misses

December 1, 2009

click for full graph (huge image)

[from: fortune]

it’s like twitter. except we charge people to use it

December 1, 2009

From: Simon Edhouse
Date: Monday 16 November 2009 2.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Logo Design

Hello David,

I would like to catch up as I am working on a really exciting project at the moment and need a logo designed. Basically something representing peer to peer networking. I have to have something to show prospective clients this week so would you be able to pull something together in the next few days? I will also need a couple of pie charts done for a 1 page website. If deal goes ahead there will be some good money in it for you.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 16 November 2009 3.52pm
To: Simon Edhouse
Subject: Re: Logo Design

Dear Simon,

Disregarding the fact that you have still not paid me for work I completed earlier this year despite several assertions that you would do so, I would be delighted to spend my free time creating logos and pie charts for you based on further vague promises of future possible payment. Please find attached pie chart as requested and let me know of any changes required.

Regards, David.

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rarely seen Steve Jobs

December 1, 2009
click to see the full set

click to see the full set

Here’s a collection of rarely seen photographs of Steve Jobs, from the early days with Steve Wozniak to recent times.

Click on the image to see them all.

[from: fortune]

a comparative study of user intellect based on anti-productivity applications included in operating systems

December 1, 2009

[from: airbag]

how critics reviewed the Macintosh in 1984

November 30, 2009

Byte, Gregg Williams, February 1984

The Macintosh brings us one step closer to the ideal of computer as appliance.

Bill Gates

Anybody who could write a good application on a 128K Mac deserves a medal.

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iPhone Backup Battery Pack (2200mAh)

November 30, 2009

From 39 to 14 USD here:

(update 11/08/2010 – no more available). :[

[from: tuaw]

the reality distortion field caught on video

November 30, 2009

From Apple’s Keynote address in September 2009. ;]

[from: tuaw]

two simple tips to make photoshop faster

November 30, 2009

Single-serving two-tip site from Dan Rubin.

[from: daring fireball]