State of Technology #54
April 15, 2012
- FaceBook paid $1B mostly for the scalable platform of Instagram. Here’s how they scaled (Hat Tip: Nirav Shah)
- Brilliant Twitter Art – Keep hitting “j” to see it
- DuckDuckGo search engine does not keep ANY data (unlike Google) and its popularity is bursting through the chart
#architecture – Java Tuning in a Nutshell – Part 1
#code – Mathematics for Computer Science (pdf) – latest full course material/book from MIT
#design – 60 Examples of Responsive Website Design
#essay – Is Facebook making us lonely?
“If you use Facebook to communicate..—by using the “like” button, commenting on friends’ posts, and so on—it can increase your social capital. Personalized messages, or what Burke calls “composed communication,” are more satisfying than “one-click communication”—the lazy click of a like. “People who received composed communication became less lonely, while people who received one-click communication experienced no change in loneliness,” “
#mobile – Where is energy spent inside my app – eprof (a fine-grained energy profiler) design details (pdf)
“Eprof sheds lights on internal energy dissipation of these apps and exposes surprising ﬁndings like 65%-75% of energy in free apps is spent in third-party advertisement modules”
#saas – Ideaschema takes your ideas (on product, sales, support, engineering) and converts into comics. Very high value!
#service – Is Twitter just a modern day complaint department?
#social – The ‘blog’ from 17th Century suggests the infrastructure lifecycle is for about a decade
#tool – Collection of Software Engineering Tools from Microsoft Research
#tweaks n’ hacks – A lightweight reusable water bottle that can be folded
#parting_thought – ‘Believe you are the baddest ass in town-and you suck!..Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideals alive and well inside of your heart and head at all times. If it doesn’t drive you crazy, it will make you strong. And stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.’ – Bruce Springsteen, SXSW, 2012