Tab sweep January 2014
- A potential to end HIV/AIDS: Pledge to the Immunity Project.
- A designer tells you how to knock off his luxury bags. Harder than it looks :-)
- Diabetes is everywhere; a smart contact lens from Google? Looks interesting. I’m not sure diabetics are allowed to wear contact lenses to begin with, but I have to say, interesting to watch.
- Blogger nails a major problem with facebook’s newsfeed – I can’t agree more. Why do people buy fans? Why do people then buy post boosts? He wants his Facebook friends back.
- Why Southeast Asia’s Boom is a Bubble-Driven Illusion.
- I really enjoyed reading this Jason Calacanis piece about how techbrats do not represent the tech industry. This is a great piece; Malaysia (and even Asia) can learn a lot from this.
- The Google Technology Stack is a pretty good read. It’s missing information on Spanner, but I’d say it’s a good resource.
- How to become uber productive while working for yourself. It talks a lot about fake work (browsing, etc.), email isn’t work (yes!), how to set good goals, but what stands out is the grouping of tasks (that I think is unique/smart). I wish that when I’m in KL I can walk around more, though that’s where I drive; but in newer cities, this makes a lot of sense. And of course, close those tabs!
- The one reason why most startups fail. Quite simply, this whole “building runway” and trying to monetize users is a tough business (the exception, not the rule). It’s like they say in Jerry McGuire, “Show me the money!!!”.
- UK Government plans to switch from Microsoft Office to open source. They spent over 200m UKP since 2010 for the office suite alone! I like how they mention OpenOffice.org, but I’m a bit concerned that Google Docs isn’t the best solution (its free, not open source).
- Work-life haven: why entrepreneurs and digital nomads are settling in Bali. I love Bali, I had no idea there was a tech scene there too. Might interesting.
- More for productivity: The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It.
- Value is created by doing. Stuff that feels like work, isn’t.
- On The Death of Expertise.