May 8 2011

Making NTFS Play Nicely With Mac OS X

Mac OS X does not support writing to Microsoft Windows formatted NTFS volumes out-of-the box.  Having only one Mac and a whole bunch of Windows machines, I’ve been looking for a way to easily share files between them, particularly using an external harddrive.  After trying a bunch of solutions, I found the one that works best – Tuxera NTFS for Mac.  It is easy to install, easy to use, and seems to work reliably.

May 7 2011

Stanford Teaches How to Succeed: Cut Corners!

Interesting article at Gizmodo here.

Basically, don’t worry about perfecting anything, just release as-is and worry about rounding the corners and smoothing the rough edges after you have money flowing in.  Might make good sense from the point of the person making the money but can often be frustrating as the consumer.  How do you achieve the appropriate balance?

May 4 2011

The MacGyver of Wall Street

Saw this article this morning:

Wall Street traders mine tweets to gain a trading edge

It is very interesting to think about: i) the analytical value that twitter and other social media actually has; and ii) how Wall Street can seemingly use anything to gain an edge.  It’s like they have MacGyver in the back room, but with a smartphone instead of a paperclip and rubberband.

Also made me think of Big Spaceship’s “Hope vs. Despair” that Joshua Hirsch spoke about at Geeky By Nature 2011 a few weeks back.  Take a look here. Uses phidgets and some clever design to measure the mood on Twitter, comparing 🙂 vs. 🙁 .  I hope @bigspaceship, @joshuahirsch is getting a kickback here!

May 2 2011

Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 7

Apparently you can’t use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a computer running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium editions.  This strikes me as ridiculous, especially since most new machines are shipping with Windows 7 Home Premium.

But, I found an interesting posting that discusses How To Enable Remote Desktop Connection In Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

May 2 2011

Some information and reviews for ecommerce software

Recently I had to look into some possible ecommerce software for work.  Here are a few links I found that discuss and compare various options, both free and paid, built on a variety of technologies including PHP, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, etc.