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About softwaregravy

Software Engineer, aspiring financial guru, and entrepreneur; all mixed with a bit of awesome.

Prediction: Change at HBO

Prediction: Eric Kessler will change his views on cable cutters, or he will no longer works at HBO. Only a matter of time. He epitomizes how out of touch media companies are with technology. This quote is: “At that time, Kessler also said his comp… Continue reading

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Applicable University

CS 193H High Performance Websites Good work Stanford! Producing graduates with applicable skills ??? so valuable. I???ve thought Universities needed more applicable tracks for a long time. I???ve head people argue against me, too, and I???ve never felt th… Continue reading

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What’s going on in your app?

I just read a blog post off hacker news: Why loading third party scripts async is not good enough. It reminded me of someone I used to work with at Amazon who would regularly find errors in our applications. This was quite a feat at Amazon because… Continue reading

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Applying for a job?

Applying for a job as a software engineer? The odds are you have a bad resume (since >50% of the resumes I???ve seen are bad) The Resume Objective No! Waste of space. It can only hurt. Your objective is to get a phone call or email. Don???t apply for … Continue reading

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Learn to Complain

There’s a very undervalued skill I’ve observed over the years writing software, and that is complaining (to be valuable, you do have to be good at it). I’ve observed it in Amazon’s trouble ticket system, in open source communities, asking question… Continue reading

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Waterloo fails a lot of students, and that’s okay

Part 1: Waterloo fails a lot of studnets majoring in Computer Science. A lot! When I was attending, you needed to maintain a 65% major average, and every class kept it’s averages under 70%. In my first year, I was enrolled in Software Engineering … Continue reading

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The Math class I never had

As I get deeper into AI, I realize that there was a math class I never had which would have been incredibly valuable as an undergrad. This class should have been day 1 of my undergrad, perhaps repeated every year, and certainly addressed for 20-30… Continue reading

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Know anything, but know it well

When we interview for technical ability here at ThinkNear, we are seeking raw talent. Raw, not to mean that you???re lacking experience, or applied ability, but to mean that underneath everything you can do, there is real, innate talent. The thought… Continue reading

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Know anything, but know it well

When we interview for technical ability here at ThinkNear, we are seeking raw talent. Raw, not to mean that you???re lacking experience, or applied ability, but to mean that underneath everything you can do, there is real, innate talent. The thought… Continue reading

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The Username is Dead

I just went to pay my bill on the LADWP (don’t worry about it), and I didn’t know what my username was. I have had a few over the years. Turns out the one I had used for this side was ‘jehinnegan’. In order to be reminded of this, I had to supply … Continue reading

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