Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 31, 2014 7:15 pm
Product Launch Strategies (Besides Press)

alexstechthoughts:

We launched SocialRank 2.0 yesterday and a lot of planning went into it. There are obvious outlets to get the word out about a new product or company, namely press from tech blogs and mainstream press. But there are other product launch strategies worth noting. Here are three:

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6:54 pm July 29, 2014 7:04 pm
enhatch:

The Real History of Sales Technology via Enhatch Blog
A look at where we have been with various iterations of sales technologies which have been very data entry oriented and data model centric and how the future will be a break from the past.  The first task is to get back to building technology that is built for users first and then proceed from there.

enhatch:

The Real History of Sales Technology via Enhatch Blog

A look at where we have been with various iterations of sales technologies which have been very data entry oriented and data model centric and how the future will be a break from the past.  The first task is to get back to building technology that is built for users first and then proceed from there.

July 28, 2014 11:24 pm
Building a self-serve platform for Hadoop

nosql:

What big users, in this case Pinterest, would get, ideally, from Hadoop:

Though Hadoop is a powerful processing and storage system, it’s not a plug and play technology. Because it doesn’t have cloud or elastic computing, or non-technical users in mind, its original design falls short as a self-serve platform. Fortunately there are many Hadoop libraries/applications and service providers that offer solutions to these limitations. Before choosing from these solutions, we mapped out our Hadoop setup requirements.

If you go through the 7 items listed in this post, you’ll have to agree that none sounds unreasonable. Some of these requirements might be Pinterest specific, or at least derived from their size, but I can see how each of them would simplify things. On the other hand, I’m not aware of work being done in any of these areas (nb: security is a hairy topic and everyone wants exactly what they are using).

Original title and link: Building a self-serve platform for Hadoop (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

6:41 pm
"The majority of people who weren’t primed by media reports to be angry didn’t care much about Facebook’s actions at all."
July 27, 2014 8:42 pm
"This legislation is about giving consumers more choices and options for their phones,” says our colleague George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, about the passing of this bill. “Restoring the option to unlock a phone gives consumers the ability to pick another wireless service without having to give up a perfectly good, working phone for a new one. This legislation can help consumers save some money, and it can help drive competition in both mobile phone technology and wireless service."
July 26, 2014 10:59 am July 25, 2014 11:38 pm
How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care
July 24, 2014 9:20 pm
"In the early days I would often let potential customers think we already had a feature they wanted and, if they signed, would come back to the team and say “we’ve got to build this before they launch!” No harm, no foul, I thought, so long as we knew we were able to build the feature before they started using the product. This is a tactic commonly suggested by lean practitioners. My co-founders, though, would often frown on this behavior, worrying it was unethical, causing a huge amount of tension to grow beneath the surface."

Mistakes You Should Never Make

This is incredibly key. Having a cofounder come back after a meeting with clients or investors and re-prioritize features—or, worse, the whole product road map—is the biggest single moral-killer outside of actual layoffs or bad working conditions.

This behavior is almost unethical—not because the founder is being dishonest with customers; they might get the feature done in time. But the founder is ignoring and devaluing their team, who have likely already set up a thoughtful product feature road map that is being ignored.

(This assumes you have a product road map, of course. If you don’t, then by all means build out a product piecemeal based on potential customer whims; it’s as good a goalpost as nothing. But instead of more customer meetings, you should likely sit down and figure out what you’re doing.)

(via timoni)

July 23, 2014 6:39 pm
"If the company wants to abruptly, drastically change the nature of their work, it can do so at will, and its employees have zero recourse if their bottom line is slashed. That’s because they aren’t technically employees, but contractors, bereft of the same protections and benefits granted to full-time workers. Management is invisible. When Rabbits stormed the company discussion forum with complaints, it was shut down, while the company, like Uber, balks at the idea that it’s an employer of any Rabbits at all. TaskRabbit is a platform. TaskRabbit is a mediator. TaskRabbit is not a bad boss, because it was never a boss to begin with — it’s just operating an algorithm. The notion of unionization in the “sharing economy” is of course preposterous and unheard of — not even Facebook has organized — so who needs collective bargaining when you’ve got trust, and community, and other ukelele-and-Vimeo startup platitudes?"