Founder's blog

May 21 2019
If Arabs read right-to-left, do they see "700" as "007"?

If Arabs read right-to-left, do they see "700" as "007"?

This post has nothing to do with tech nor startups. Today, while adding proper "right-to-left" support to our app UI (for Hebrew and Arabic languages) I got a little carried away and found myself discovering a lot about Aramaic languages and ancient numeric systems.

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Mar 28 2019
Back to PC after 14 years on a MacBook

Back to PC after 14 years on a MacBook

I've been a happy MacBook user for almost 14 years. Tried all of them - from a tiny 11" MacBook Air to the enormous 17" Pro - and in 2014 I finally ended up with the 15-inch retina model.

The best laptop I ever owned.

Even if you need to occasionally run Windows for work - MBP is still the best possible hardware to do that. The 15-inch retina MacBook had that unique blend or elegance, power, durability... And by "durability" I mean I fell off a motorcycle with this thing in my backpack - not once, not twice, but thrice.

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Jan 30 2019
Thoughts on Tech Stacks for Bootstrapped Startups

Thoughts on Tech Stacks for Bootstrapped Startups

So you're starting a bootstrapped web-based business and you're deciding on the tech stack. After running a software startup with zero funding for 13 years, here's what I have to say about this.

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Nov 20 2018
CSS: always use transparent colors for your shadows

CSS: always use transparent colors for your shadows

I see a lot of websites and apps using "box-shadow" like this box-shadow: 0px 0px 20px 5px #ddd. Which literally means "lets have a #ddd-colored shadow, with zero offset, 5 pixels wide and 20 pixels blurred".

Which is perfectly fine, for the most part.

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Oct 29 2018
The REAL reasons to be concerned about AI

The REAL reasons to be concerned about AI

Everyone's being paranoid about AI these days. And the less people are familiar with the subject, the more concerned they are. Even some of my tech friends, even - believe it or not - software engineers, the ones have a very vague idea of how AI/ML works, are expressing their concerns.

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Jun 11 2018
ASP.NET MVC: Allowing Html for Particular Action Parameters

ASP.NET MVC: Allowing Html for Particular Action Parameters

Sometimes you need to allow users to post HTML to the server. And, by default, this is the error you're going to get:

A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client
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Mar 5 2018
Cool Regex performance hacks I bumped into

Cool Regex performance hacks I bumped into

The first part of this post applies only if you run ASP.NET on Windows, you can simply skip to the regex hack if not interested, but I strongly recommend you read the whole post.

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Jan 6 2018
CPU usage stats after patching for Meltdown

CPU usage stats after patching for Meltdown

The following chart shows the impact on CPU usage after applying the Meltdown patch.

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Dec 11 2017
Google doesn't need its own social network

Google doesn't need its own social network

Seems like Google is finally giving up trying to build their own social network. They have found another way of sneaking into your personal life: Google Photos

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Oct 6 2017
Finding first customers and increasing sales - Indiehackers followup

Finding first customers and increasing sales - Indiehackers followup

I have received dozens of emails after my recent IndieHackers interview and this is just awesome. Nothing I like more than chatting with fellow entrepreneurs.

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