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Andrew C (✔)
The OMGPOP guys were evil geniuses. They didn't just sell at the top of the market (Draw Something dropped off sharply in users just a month later), but they sold to Zynga in an all-cash transaction, so they didn't get hit by the $13ish->$3 drop in Zynga's stock at all.
Or lucky. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Amit Patel
Jeff Dean facts: How a Google programmer became the Chuck Norris of the Internet. - Slate Magazine -
Jeff Dean facts: How a Google programmer became the Chuck Norris of the Internet. - Slate Magazine
"How Google’s Jeff Dean became the Chuck Norris of the Internet." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And here's the original Jeff Dean Facts story: - Amit Patel
That started with Kenton Varda. Awesome. I remember him because he has a crazy LAN house, that he wrote about a few years ago. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
"Unsatisfied with constant time, Jeff Dean created the world's first O(1/n) algorithm." - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Amit Patel Facts: "I had lunch with him last week and my brain is still intact!" - Amit Patel
/me starts rumor that Amit is coming back to Google. - Louis Gray
I did come back to Google! On Jan 9, Jan 16, and Jan 17. ;-) I have a huge pile of visitor stickers now. - Amit Patel
Congrats, sir. I am happy to provide you with one more, any time. - Louis Gray
I'd love to! :) - Amit Patel
Piaw Na
Amit Patel
Annie Murphy Paul: The Myth of 'Practice Makes Perfect' | -
Annie Murphy Paul: The Myth of 'Practice Makes Perfect' |
"Without deliberate practice, even the most talented individuals will reach a plateau and stay there. For most of us, that’s just fine. But don’t delude yourself that you’ll see much improvement unless you’re ready to tackle your mistakes as well as your successes." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
IME, ABSOLUTELY TRUE: “a constant sense of self-evaluation, of focusing on one’s weaknesses, rather than simply fooling around and playing to one’s strengths. Studies show that practice aimed at remedying weaknesses is a better predictor of expertise than raw number of hours; playing for fun and repeating what you already know is not necessarily the same as efficiently reaching a new... more... - Big Joe Silenced
"Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.". (I forget the source.) - Andrew C (✔) from Android
the trick is understanding what "perfect practice" actually MEANS and then implementing it consistently. - Big Joe Silenced
I was playing Guitar Hero many years ago, playing Easy level until I felt good enough to go to Medium. But my daughter got to Medium before me, so I said, what the heck, let me jump to Hard. I failed miserably. It was unpleasant. Not a fun game at all. But that one Hard game instantly leveled me up from Easy to Medium. - Amit Patel
Paul Buchheit
"Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you."
Not sure where it came from. Possibly Jack Kornfield. Heard it quoted in a song. - Paul Buchheit
Is that your answer to my question about HGTV? - Clare Dibble
Before you can program your mind you need to deprogram it, and the best way to deprogram it is to get to the bottom of and master intellectual history -- the invented and artificial but influential ideological tape loops that control collective human behavior among all cultures, and about which most people are entirely unconscious. Fully conscious people create and control cultural and ideological systems and loops, they are not controlled by them. - Sean McBride
Too much work. Just tell me the answer. - sofarsoShawn
I googled it for Shawn. It's a quote from Jack Kornfield ( and it's found in Evil Nine's Cakehole ( - imabonehead
Thanks imabonehead :) I was being I guess, very lamely sarcastic to highlight that our minds "programming" or its deprogramming comes as a result of the world itself telling us how to. ~ In short, I'd like to thank this quote for telling me how to think, oh shit... kinda back where I started... ~ ~~> Russell's quote, with your 1st link, has much more explanatory relevance - sofarsoShawn
Many years ago I had a self hypnosis tape and "Every facet, every dept of your mind etc etc...." were the opening words. I can't remember the title of the tape and have been trying to find it. I remembered the opening lines and typed them in when they came up i thought I had finally found the CD i was looking for. can any-one here help me with this? - Sweetdreams Johnny
I never heard this quote but believe it is a great one! - Fred Bucheit
iam 35 and i just now got it - James O'brien
from the bible - James O'brien
i might be some one u might want to talk to - James O'brien
Piaw Na
Inside Google's Internal Meme Generator -
Amit Patel
Sweet Tangy Crispy Oven Baked Chicken | Mumblegrits -
Sweet Tangy Crispy Oven Baked Chicken | Mumblegrits
"This was an attempt at using a sweet glaze with panko breadcrumbs, based on apricot preserves and mustard. I kind of threw the kitchen sink at this to get the flavor where I wanted, but this is how it went for me. Experiment for yourself!" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"It's sweet, crispy, and flavorful using these ingredients, and more of a mustardy back flavor. Sweet, sour, spicy garlicky, what's not to love?" - Amit Patel
Oh hai Patrick! - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Piaw Na
Here's The Big Edge Amazon Has Over Google In Tablets -
Piaw Na
Steve  Schimmel
You are destined for what you relentlessly pursue
Super-like this quote. - Space Cowboy
Nelson Minar
Nice profile of two of Google's most brilliant systems engineers - Nelson Minar
Mohin Khan
Jessica Livingston
Meteor (YC S11) raises $11.2M from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners to create the next Ruby on Rails -
Meteor (YC S11) raises $11.2M from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners to create the next Ruby on Rails
Matt Cutts
New 30 day challenge: No sending email after 9 p.m. -
Amit Patel
Work on unimportant problems -
"Working on unimportant problems can create important side-effects. A whole lot of mission-critical, world-changing and even life-saving tech is a by-product of “unimportant” things - time-wasting infotainment products, or personal pet projects started without a grand noble cause." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Karma's only a bitch if you are!"
Peter Norvig
Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom -
My talk at the TED conference. Six minute video. - Peter Norvig
You have a really engaging voice. - Todd Hoff
Peter Norvig
Google's Hybrid Approach to Research -
An article printed in the Communications of the ACM describing Google's research, both within Google Research and within Engineering as a whole. Alfred Spector, Peter Norvig and Slav Petrov. - Peter Norvig
Louis Gray
Congratulations Bret on achieving all you have with Google, FriendFeed and Facebook. Looking forward to the news of the next journey. We're all proud of you.
"He left the search giant to found FriendFeed, a once-popular social aggregator." ONCE POPULAR? :( :( :( - Rochelle
Makes you wonder even more what will happen to this place now that Paul and Bret are gone. - chrisofspades
Good point, Chris. - Rochelle
I hope Chris didn't point out the beginning of the end.... again. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
:( - ؛ patrick
What Rochelle said. And what Louis Gray said squared. - John Craft
Pretty interesting development. Curious to see what Bret does next. - Mark Krynsky
The startup I would like to see is a service where I can feed in all of my RSS feeds and things, and people can comment on them, and the most recent comment or like bumps it to the top. To make it marketable, maybe ads on the side of the page can be sold that matches the discussion that people are having. For example, a discussion like this would pull up adds for Google + and Facebook and Ground Coffee. Wait, that is like FriendFeed without the ads. - Joe
LOL @Joe - Harold Cabezas from Android
Piaw Na
shitmydadsays: "No Father's day gifts. Just write me a card...Of course I'm kidding. Buy me shit, I created you." (New book out now: -
Piaw Na
How Headphones Affect Your Work - -
Piaw Na
Square (company): Is Square an unpleasant place to work? - Quora -
Now that's harsh. I've long had a low opinion of San Francisco startups (as opposed to Silicon Valley startups), and this confirms it. I don't know what it is about SF startups that make them so engineer unappreciative. - Piaw Na
Matt Cutts
Here's a peek into how Google developers use Ubuntu: #goobuntu
Letters to a Young Engineer: How to Decide Where to Work -
Piaw Na
Note To Google: You Can't Bully Users Into Loving A New Product -
Piaw Na
Why I left Google - JW on Tech - Site Home - MSDN Blogs -
In such an environment you don’t have to be part of some executive’s inner circle to succeed. You don’t have to get lucky and land on a sexy project to have a great career. Anyone with ideas or the skills to contribute could get involved. I had any number of opportunities to leave Google during this period, but it was hard to imagine a better place to work. But that was then, as the saying goes, and this is now. - Piaw Na
My experience doesn't mirror James'. Clearly Google isn't the same company it was when I joined 7.5 years ago. In some ways it is actually better. If I am going to work at a big company, Google is the best I've seen. Honestly, you couldn't pay me enough to go back to Microsoft. At some point I'll leave Google... but to Microsoft? Of course, the 'you couldn't pay me enough' might be just... more... - Joe Beda
Joe, what does a level 70 mean ? - Space Cowboy
They're cleansed of all operating thetans? - Andrew C (✔)
Ah -- the mysterious Microsoft level system. Back in the old days, they had levels that were pretty chunky and are similar in some ways to Google. Things started at 9 for engineers out of school and everyone was expected to make it to 12. Moving past 12 was hard and those were considered super senior engineers. Lots of times doing that really, practically required moving into management. Note that management at Microsoft at that time might be one guy managing a single other guy. Pretty lame. - Joe Beda
Starting in 2000 (Comp 2000) Microsoft did 2 things. They set the target comp to be higher (75th percentile vs. median for the industry? Don't remember the numbers) and they also expanded the levels. They doubled all of the levels and assigned everyone a new level. New engineers out of school were 59. Level 12 actually got split into three levels -- 63, 64 and 65. - Joe Beda
As Microsoft stagnated, there were much fewer people calling in rich and the pressure on career growth increased. There was a certain amount of grade inflation and a need to provide a reward structure comparable to the old days when the stock was doubling every 18 months. They ended up introducing the 'partner program'. This started at level 68 and the comp is pretty crazy. Also... more... - Joe Beda
Now, my understanding is that the partner program is actually limited to something like 700 people. This means that competition to that level is pretty fierce and those guys have to prove themselves. Also, in recent years, they've been working on creating more of a career path for ICs. They aren't there yet but clearly things are improving. - Joe Beda
As for level 70 -- that is the next strata above partner. It is VP level. Comp is really pretty crazy then. I've never been there so I don't have a lot of first hand experience. I think for ICs the title is Distinguished Engineer. - Joe Beda
What's an "IC"? - Andrew C (✔)
IC = Individual Contributor. Meaning an engineer that is concentrating on technology and not management. In my mind it is a good sign if a company has room for high level ICs. This is one of the things that attracted me to Google. - Joe Beda
If I was into testing as much as JW sounds like he is, MS isn't necessarily a bad choice. They have some pretty awesome test technology, e.g. Joe, is Dave Cutler still the only senior distinguished engineer? - Private Sanjeev
Yeah -- test is a Big Deal at Microsoft. As for Cutler being a the only senior DE -- I have no clue. It looks like he is a Technical Fellow: Here is the DE list: Dave's bio is out of date so this whole thing may be old. - Joe Beda
It's amazing how not minting new millionaires regularly causes a re-jiggling of corporate culture and ladders. :-) - Piaw Na
What are you talking about Piaw, Google still mints new millionaires regularly :) - Private Sanjeev
Yes they do. But in a very weird political way that's opaque. :-) - Piaw Na
It's completely transparent -- just get a Facebook offer :) - Private Sanjeev
The thing with Microsoft and partners is that it is a steady state thing. These people have target comp every year going forward. I get the feeling that Google is doing a bunch of one time grants and such. It is more scatter shot than Microsoft. I can see pluses and minuses to both. The scattershot model seems random and bad for morale but keeps people on their toes to deliver. The steady target comp model encourages complacency. - Joe Beda
No, the new Google secret packages are a steady grant every year. It's a fairly large grant. Of course, getting one requires quite a bit of political skill either on your part or on the part of your manager. - Piaw Na
Heh -- I've only seen/heard about the one time grants. Some of them have been pretty eye popping though. I must not be cool enough :) - Joe Beda
Why do you think I had to start charging for my negotiation services? - Piaw Na
I'm pretty sure I'm doing okay. ;) - Joe Beda
I'm sure you are. I'm always surprised by the disparity of pay amongst otherwise similar engineers playing similar roles in big companies. The spread is quite incredible, indicating that ability to play the political game is more important than just about anything else when it comes to pay. - Piaw Na
An interesting thing that I've seen is that the game tends to be different at different companies. For instance, there are plenty of examples of high level managers and engineers at Microsoft that played that game well that flamed out when put in a new environment like Google. It takes time to learn the new game and some otherwise smart people just can't do it. - Joe Beda
That's a phenomena well understood and documented in the book, Chasing Stars: Highly recommended reading if you really want to understand the background behind contextual performance. - Piaw Na
Dave Cutler -- Second-hand info: in '07 I was given to understand that he has always wanted the top title, alone. As the organization grew and he had to share it, they created a new one for him, one notch more impressive. Of course, as his bio states, he is "generally considered one of the top programmers worldwide". - Ace
Kevin Fox
It's been 2.5 years since Facebook acquired Friendfeed. Let's raise a glass for a moment and give thanks that the service is still running. I can't think of another acquired service that has continued on so well in a mothballed state.
This message motivated by the announcement that AOL is shutting down Brizzly after 18 months. - Kevin Fox
You guys really designed it well! *cheers* - Spidra Webster
I wonder how long it will stay open after the IPO exodus? - Todd Hoff
friendfeed kapanacakmış :/ - feraye
I am still in awe at how well FriendFeed was designed and implemented. Even mothballed, it remains light years ahead of the rest. Well done, Ana, Ben, Ben, Bret, Casey, Dan, Gary, Goutham, Jim, Kevin, Paul, Ross, Sanjeev and Tudor! - Stephen Mack
Yup. Even with little maintenance, it's still a better tool than anything else out there. Yet people keep going to whatever the "new black" is... - Spidra Webster
Stephen +1 - Ahmet Yükseltürk
The FriendFeed team are like prophets of social networking interfaces or something and don't seem to get credit for it. It's amazing how all the hot new ish is still borrowing from FriendFeed and FriendFeed's illegitimate children. - Rahsheen
shhhhhh! someone at FB will hear you and remember it's still going! ;) - holly #ravingfangirl
I'm glad it's still here. I hope we continue, unnoticed in a dark corner of the Internet and the Facebook data center. - Eric - Final Countdown
Stephen, I liked that you alphabetized the employee roster, but you need to swap #2 and #3. - Kevin Fox
Kevin: Good catch. Fixed. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Excellent. - Kevin Fox
I imagine it's quite like this: - Akiva
ditto Rah. - Jim #teamFFrank
Love it, Akiva! "We've switched off the datacenters one by one and FF is still running. *shrug* So be it." - Kevin Fox
I really wish I'd trusted those folks who speculated that things would keep cranking along... I'd actually have suggested FF as a platform for a couple different online communities. You suppose we're at a steady state at this point? - Ken Sheppardson
Has anybody heard Bret mention FF lately? - Ken Sheppardson
He sometimes wakes up from a deep sleep with the word 'FriendFeed' on his lips. He's usually covered in sweat. Don't ask me how I know this. - Akiva
I'm one of the folks who speculated that things would keep cranking along. But I also thought Facebook would succeed in bringing a near-FriendFeed experience to Facebook in two years. I was wrong about that. Today I'm concerned that the original team doesn't use it as much -- Paul comes in and Likes things (April's gone), Bret is barely here. I think it would be easy for FB to let it go. But I'm thankful it's lasted this long. - Bruce Lewis
Would be pretty killer if they got around to open sourcing the whole thing. - Ken Sheppardson
YES (all of the above) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Ken, isn't that Tornado? - Akiva
FeedBurner? :) - Louis Gray
Louis, was Feedburner mothballed when it came into Google? - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Mothball would be a fantastic name for a newfangled service. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
It is really amazing. And, AJ, I loved your post. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
What Stephen says. :-) - Maitani
Akiva: No, Tornado's just part of the system. I want to install a turn-key, behind the firewall FriendFeed system in much the same way I'd install Wordpress or Drupal. - Ken Sheppardson
FF like service for companies? Groups for projects and depts... - Me
Yep. I'd kill to have FriendFeed in place of IRC, Campfire, Yammer, etc... Although come to think of it, Yammer might be the closest. - Ken Sheppardson
Yammer doesn't look like its self-hostable which I know many enterprises would prefer to control and "own" the data. - Me
Ha-ha, Micah, Mothball is a great name for some kind of cloud storage! As far as FF NOT being mothballed, it may have something to do with Bret having a soft spot for it and his being so high up in the Facebook hierarchy. - Laura Norvig
I like to imagine the friendfeed servers being like WOPR from War Games 2. Sitting all alone in some remote location, completely forgotten, nobody has any idea what it really is, just chugging along. - April Russo (FForever!)
I just remember how excited I was when this tool started out. Now I essentially use the e-mail digests to see the latest posts, but haven't had the heart to discontinue them. The service definitely struck a chord with many of us. - Phil Ashman
Cheers!! - Starepolsky smok
Facebook is down (in Europe, at least), but FriendFeed is up. :) - Jemm
Ken, self-hosted FriendFeed would really interesting for companies. Yes, yammer works (we use it,) but isn't a *great* real-time conversation tool what one would really want? Add to that owning the data and it's a winner. Based on its performance in "mothballed" state, I'd hope the person $$ in administration would be low, too... - Eric Borisch
Maybe we shouldn't have said anything. Seems flakey today. Maybe they're getting things cleaned up to release it as OSS! :-) - Ken Sheppardson
Louis Gray
Storming the Googleplex at 8 wearing the uniform of social networking history. :)
Photo on 2012-01-27 at 07.57.jpg
Tell them, tell them the stories. Tell the children about the great social network. Let them learn and build a better future. #soapbox - Eric - Final Countdown
We are all Friendfeed. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Hush, Chris. - Jenny H.
*dusts historic self off* - Laura Norvig
I <3 Cristo. - Louis Gray
And no, I am not wearing a Google+ shirt. I am wearing a FriendFeed shirt. :) - Louis Gray
Dont 4get, underall that SAWG.. he's wearing his Google+ boxers !! - Peter Dawson
Prove it, Peter. :) - Louis Gray
I'll leave that to Barry of SEW to prove !! ..LOL - Peter Dawson
do you have spare t-shirt? I'd be happy to spread FF round Groupon - Bojan Babic
Woot! - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Ich bin ein Friendfeeder... - RobertoC
Apparently FriendFeed shirts attract the opposite sex… - Amit Patel
h... - Key Rabara
I am so happy that I am not the only one who still likes this site so much! - Space Cowboy
I don't have any Friendfeed swag but I cherish my FFundercats coffee mug - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
hawwt - sofarsoShawn
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