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On intellectual property

“From the earliest days of Apple I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies… Read more →

Why is programming fun?

“Why is programming fun? The sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud pie, so the adult enjoys building things.” ~ Frederick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man Month

On finicking with trifles

“To anyone who finds that linguistic study is a worthless finicking with trifles, I would reply that life consists of little things; the important matter is to see them largely.” ~ Otto Jespersen [From The Chronicle via Daring Fireball]

On leadership and authenticity

Jack Welch, from his book Winning had this to say about authenticity and leadership: A person cannot make hard decisions, hold unpopular positions, or stand tall for what he believes unless he knows who he is and feels comfortable in his own skin. I am talking about self-confidence and conviction. These traits make a leader… Read more →

Default corporate stupidity

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, in an interview with The New York Times We always try to ask whether a particular policy exists because it’s a default piece of corporate stupidity that everyone expects you to have, or does it actually help you accomplish something? And very often you realize that you don’t really know… Read more →

On writing and coding

Michael Lopp, Please Learn to Write Writing appears more forgiving because there is no compiler or interpreter catching your its/it’s issues or reminding you of the rules regarding that or which. Here’s the rub: there is a compiler and it’s fucking brutal. It’s your readers. Your readers are far more critical than the Python interpreter.… Read more →

On farming and product

Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. Replace the word “farm” in the first sentence with the word… Read more →

Why doing something new is hard

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this… Read more →

The magic line of code

“What we found a long time ago was the line of code that a developer can write the fastest, the line of code that a developer can maintain the cheapest and the line of code that never breaks for the user is the line of code the developer never had to write.” ~ Steve Jobs… Read more →