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Re: Framework fatigue: How many frameworks do I need to know?

I totally agree. I find myself listing frameworks and languages on my resume like advertisers use keywords to target Google searches. Yea, I’ve developed for the iPhone and have some experience with Ruby on Rails, but just because I don’t have much experience with NodeJS and Express (and they’re not on my resume) doesn’t mean I couldn’t figure it out in a short amount of time. Would you really whether hire a guy with 10 years experience using the same language or framework compared to a guy who has successfully learned multiple languages and frameworks to complete multiple projects?


Lean Startup – Approaching customers

This is how I was trying to explain to my last business partner how to approach clients. This is the way to do it:

You want to talk to customers about their problem first, and then only if you get confirmation that your hypothesis is mostly correct, should you proceed to talk about your solution.

Business Cards Solved – iPhone



Finally, someone really figured out how to keep track of all your business cards.

  • No more Rolodex (who really has these anymore anyway?)
  • No manual typing in the contact
  • No scanners with half-baked optical character recognition (OCR)

Just take a picture and let humans enter the information and send it back to you.

The End of Facebook?

Imagine if all your information and pictures on Facebook lived on your own computer or a server of your own control, and the only people that could get access to that information were your actual friends that you approved. That’s what 4 (previous) NYU students are trying do with Diaspora.


They started with just an idea and a modest goal of raising $10,000 on, an online funding platform. Instead, they raised $200,000. It’s clear how disgruntled people are with Facebook and their privacy settings. Not to mention, have you seen The Social Network? Do you really trust Mark Zuckerburg with personal information?

A lot of people are rooting for these guys. And if they make the hosting of your own data dead-simple to setup, I think they’ll be well on their way. Otherwise, we’ll end up with a privacy-controlled, social group of hackers.

According to Maxwell Salzberg, one of the Diaspora founders, they expect to release a beta in the next month (see interview at This Week In Startups). They couldn’t of picked a better time. For more information, check out their site at or a basic overview in a New York Times article.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule.


King of Kong is a documentary about the struggle between two guys to get the world record for the highest score in Donkey Kong. It may sound like an uber nerdy flick about who has the largest pocket protector, but the oddly fascinating characters and plot twists suck you in. (Though I don’t have much credibility given I’m posting this on a Saturday night.) You can find it on Netflix streaming.

The last level is unofficially known as the kill screen, due to an error in the game’s programming when it runs out of memory, effectively ending the game.

9 Myths About Building iPhone/iPad Apps


9 Myths About Building iPhone/iPad Apps – Ken Yarmosh

Ken is the same guy who wrote App Savvy, which I linked to in a previous post. There are some great nuggets in the video for app developers of all ranges. I listed the myths below, but you need to watch the video to find out the answer to why it’s a myth.

  1. Building Websites == Building Apps
  2. My Idea is Unique
  3. Being Artistically or Technically Challenged Makes You Useless
  4. My App Needs 42 Features
  5. iPad Apps Are Big iPhone Apps
  6. Apps Take 6 Months to Build
  7. Testing is the Developer’s Job
  8. Marketing Starts Once My App is Launched
  9. Once My App is in the App Store, I’m Done

Here are the websites he mentions in the video:

Stay tuned for a review of App Savvy; It should be arriving at my house tomorrow.



TabbedOut: Pay your tab from your iPhone or Android



I heard about this application a few weeks ago and finally had a chance to try it out last weekend at Kickstand Burgers & Bar. It’s pretty simple to use: add a credit card, start a tab, show the server the generated tab code, the server matches that code to your order, and now you can pay your tab and leave a tip at your will. In addition to the convenience factor, the app really seems to shine when you’re out at popular bars:

  • When you start a tab, you don’t have to give up your card to the bartender for others to potentially see or accidentally give away.
  • You don’t have to worry about people putting drinks on your tab, given you can monitor your tab.
  • Order drinks faster and move on to the next bar faster, and you never have to worry about forgetting your card at the bar after a crazy night.

There are also advantages for restaurants. As of this writing, there are only two locations in Charlotte: Kickstand Burgers & Bar and Savor Cafe. But considering there were zero locations in Charlotte about a month ago, I suspect they’ll be more soon.

How does it work

The TabbedOut software is installed at an establishment’s point-of-sale terminal and syncs with the customer’s smartphone. Currently they support the iPhone and Android, however other mobile devices are in the works. 

TabbedOut: The Company

The Austin-based company, ATX Innovation, Inc, has raised $2.8 million in venture capital and angel funding, and are currently in 28 cities in nine states. They make money by charging a 99-cent convenience charge per transaction to the patron (though it is currently free in Charlotte), nevertheless the company is also testing a subsidized model in which restaurants would pay all, or a portion of, the fee.