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  A Programmer’s Greatest Enemy


A programmer’s greatest enemy is getting stuck. A crucial skill in programming—and one that many of my beginning game programming students lack—is the ability to recognize when they’re stuck, to get out of being stuck, and to avoid getting stuck in the first place.Indeed, it’s a skill I’m still learning myself, although the contexts in which I still get stuck are shrinking with time, study, and experience.This morning, as I downloaded crash reports from Apple, I realized I was d...

   Programming,Enemy,Stuck,Game design,Crash     2011-10-15 15:06:46


  HP's Apotheker recounts TouchPad disaster in post mortem


Summary: “The tablet effect is real and sales of the TouchPad are not meeting our expectations,” says HP’s CEO. The TouchPad was quickly becoming a money pit. HP CEO Leo Apotheker wasn’t shy about outlining the company’s challenges. He noted that the “tablet effect is real” and dinged HP’s PC business. In addition, the TouchPad failure was about to become a money pit. That reality led HP to move forward on plans to discontinue Web...

   HP,webOs,Death,Palm,Touchpad,Diaster     2011-08-19 07:35:17


  Google launched new Chromebook in cooperation with Samsung


According to report from technology blog GigaOm, Google and its partner Samsung launched a new Chromebook and Chromebox yesterday, mainly targeting at education and corporation market.New Chromebook looks like any other 12.1 inch computer, while Chromebox is a mini PC that can be connected to peripherals such as keyboard, mouse and monitor, just like Apple’s Mac Mini. Currently prices for Chromebook and Chromebox are $499 and $329 respectively.They both are equipped with Intel Core processor, ...

   Google,Chromebook,Samsung     2012-05-30 04:58:28


  Facebook steps into the $100 billion club


According to 36 Kr, investors and analysts seemed to be inspired by the Q2 earnings report released on 24th July by Facebook, Facebook share price increased by more than 50% post that. As the U.S. stock market closed, Facebook share price rose $0.79 yesterday, closing at $41.34. As of now, Facebook's market capitalization has reached 100.676 billion U.S. dollars.The reason why Facebook share price kept dropping since its IPO is because investors doubted,the ability of Facebook on selling advert...

   Facebook,Share price     2013-08-27 03:48:12


  Stanford Computer Science '10-'11 Salary Survey Results


CS/EE UndergradsData: I received 140 responses which described 360 job offers. 95% of the job offers were primarily located in the Bay Area, 5% were from the Midwest and East Coast. 10% of the job offers were from start-ups.Salary offers ranged from $64,400 to $100,000. The average salary offer was $79,914. The median salary offer was $ 82,200.About 70% of students were offered stock options. About 80% of students were offered signing bonuses. And about 60% were offered relocation assistan...

   Stanford,Computer science,Salary,Survey     2011-12-25 00:54:41


  China's search engine war becomes tough


According to CNZZ, the new search engine market share report for August shows that the war of search engine is becoming tough in China. In August, four major players took almost all the search engine market share.  Among these four, Baidu still tops the market share with 63.16 percent, but it experienced a 1.09 percent drop compared to July. In contrast, its main competitor Qihoo continued to inch upwards, Qihoo's market share increased by around one percent compared to July. In the third ...

   CNZZ,Search engine,Baidu     2013-09-17 02:46:02


  Microsoft is filing a new patent about transparent display


Microsoft is filing a new patent about transparent display screen, it may be used on augmented reality technologies of tablets, phones and laptops. Similar to the scenes in the movie Minority Report. Minority Report was showed in 2002, it described a world of 2054, at that time 3D technology is mature. But after 10 years of this movie, Microsoft not only invented the basis of this technology, but also make it more portable.Patent Bolt recently revealed a patent application of Microsoft about tra...

   Microsoft,Transparent display,3D,Patent     2012-05-10 05:31:16


  The price of information


SOMETIMES it takes but a single pebble to start an avalanche. On January 21st Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, which is based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including such top-ranking titles as Cell and the Lancet. However Dr Gowers, who won the Fields medal, mathematics’s equivalent of a Nobel prize, in 1998, is n...

   Information,Price,Value,Facebook,Social network     2012-02-07 06:24:53


  var in JavaScript


Geoff published an article sometime ago--"How one missing var ruined our launch". This article described one case where MelonCard uses Node.js as their backend system, suddenly there was a small registration peak period--50-100 people registered concurrently, then the entire website stopped responding and many other strange problems showed up. When they were investigating the source of the problem, they found one missing var in the following code.app.all(‘/apps/:user_id/status’, function(req...

   JavaScript,Scope,variable     2012-05-26 12:35:36


  What Happens When Apps Go On Sale?: Revenue Up 22% On iPhone, 29% On Android


In a new research report from Distimo, the app store analytics provider examined two different ways that allow mobile developers to get a bump in both their download numbers and revenue. One way, which is within the developers’ control, is putting the app on sale. Within the first day, iPhone developers see an average increase of 41% in revenue using this method, and see revenue increases of 22% by the sale’s end. Android apps, however, rose just 7% on day one, but closed out the sale...

   Mobile apps,Sale,Revenue,Android and Apple     2012-01-28 07:19:28