Our perception of quality is strongly influenced by internet ratings. We look out for Amazon reviews, movie ratings, how many stars that new game has, the reputation of restaurants in Yelp, or the "coolest" touristic attractions on TripAdvisor. Relying on the wisdom of the masses via online rating systems is a part of our internet culture. At some point as a programmer, you're
You might have heard of palindromic sentences. You can read the letters in these sentences forwards of backwards, and they'll still form the same words. Try reading these sentences backwards: But there is another word play that is even more impressive: a magic word square. This one was very famous in ancient roman times: It's the latin expression sator arepo tenet opera rotas.
Smartphones became the tool for reaping most of the magic modern society brought: they enable us to order lunch, get hotel rooms, consult the global knowledge, communicate with to each other, and so much more. In a world where the smartphone is akin to a magic wand, mobile apps are the spells. Everyone's more excited than ever to get more powerful spells from the mighty wizards, aka
With enough and time and programming skills, a single person can create an app that will do almost anything you can imagine. Yes, creating something that will change the world does not sound far-fetched for coders. Maybe that's why many of us are attracted to entrepreneurship. The problem is, most coders don't realize it takes a lot more than coding skills to create something people
Just a couple of days ago, I had a friend tell me something along those lines: “Hey, you’re a systems engineer, right? Can you help me upgrade my Windows? I wanna install the best version, but I don’t know how… I’m sure you’ve done it hundreds of times!” 🤦 “Well...” I said, “I haven’t been a Windows user for the past ten years…” Very surprised, she replied with: “Isn’t this what you
Coding is underneath nearly everything—from automation systems that drive our manufacturing plants to recommendation systems getting us addicted to Facebook. Coding is now the ultimate solution to problems. It's fascinating and inspiring: who hasn't seen the Iron-Man movies, and didn't dream of creating a Jarvis program of his own? It's engaging to think that complex products that