Don’t read headlines or news feeds on your favorite websites. Do use RSS. Save a lot of time by collecting the RSS feeds of your favorite sites then use a feed reader to keep up with the latest things. There’s a cool site called Bloglines where you can keep track of all your favorite feeds. […]

Dual boot

Don’t decide between Windows and Linux. Do dual boot. There’s no reason to choose one operating system. If you have some reason to be using Linux (e.g. just for fun, for some software development projects, etc) install your Linux distribution of choice, partition your drive and install Windows too. Tips: Install Windows first then use […]

RAID your hard drives

Don’t go out and buy the latest largest hard drive to store your piles of data. Do get the most value out of your existing drives by adding them to a RAID array. You can join an array of drives of any sizes to create a huge volume. You can even install Windows on a […]


Don’t buy the top of the line video card. Do buy two older GPUs and SLI them. If you’ve got an ATI chipset you’ll need to shop for CrossFire compatible video cards. Let me crunch some numbers for you: You can buy a GeForce 8800GTX with 575MHz core clock and 1800MHz memory speed for around […]

Build your own computer

Don’t buy a crappy eMachine or a Dell. Do build your own computer. Or at least choose a prebuilt model that has flexible and upgradeable components. has a small selection of barebones machines but they look kind of lame. Just buy a good case, a decent motherboard, and a power supply with at least […]

Microsoft does u-turn on DRM

This is my response to a post over at TheInquirer: I think you’ve got it wrong. Microsoft has always taken the position that DRM is a bad idea. I say this with confidence because I am good friends with a developer in the DRM group at MS and have had in-depth conversations regarding Microsoft’s stand […]

Venture Brothers

I’d like to let the Internet know that The Venture Brothers is my favorite animated series of all time. I know it’s not the most cleverly scripted or well-animated show ever made but I love it. I used to get up at 8am on Saturdays to watch Jonny Quest. In fact I spent a day […]

Why Programming is So Hard

This is an interview with one of the co-founders of Salon which does a good job of articulating why programming takes so long. Some of the major points I have found to be completely true: · You can accurately estimate the portion of a project that many people have done already. You can’t accurately estimate […]

Welcome to the future

Ok, I realize this is not the future. This is the present. But I’d like to usher in a new era of the Blogosphere. I have made a new resolution to blog more this year. I guess I shouldn’t say more but better. I’m going to blog better this year. The truth is that I’ve […]

Is Computer Science Still Worth It

from slashdot: “Is it a good idea to go into Computer Science? Yes, there are certainly pending labor shortages as Indian companies outsource to the United States, but speakers of Stanford Computer Forum generally agree that it’s a good career choice. From the article: ‘To ensure job security, students must learn business, communication and interpersonal […]