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May 23 2013
Skype spying on you in Russia, China and who knows where else?

Russian newspaper "Vedomosti" - a reputable Russian periodical co-founded by Dow Jones, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal - has reported that both the national security agency and the police are able to tap Skype conversations without even filing a court order.

Since I'm originally from Russia, I will translate the article for you: continued...

Mar 17 2013
Don’t Choose a SaaS Helpdesk! Really?

This is a guest post by Dean Mitchell about the objections people raise against on-demand help desk apps. And since we're a saas help desk vendor we figured it fits our blog just perfectly.

It’s obvious to everyone but a crazy hermit living in a cave eating dried frogs and drinking unsavoury and unmentionable liquids that a helpdesk solution of some kind is an unquestionable necessity for the smooth running of your business. You may already have one that causes you to tear your hair out and scream creative and colourful profanities due to its convoluted and counter-intuitive nature. Bin it now! Life is way too short for that crap! continued...

Jan 11 2013
Julian Assange vs Mark Zuckerberg


Dec 11 2012
Hit the Tail: Marketing Hacks from Jitbit

Over the last couple of years we came up with a number of great marketing "hacks" here at Jitbit Software, that include: continued...

Dec 5 2012
Non-obvious time-management hacks

Have fun!

This is my favorite time management principle. Even though it's hardly about saving time per se, but still... Don't be afraid to have fun! It's OK to have fun. Don't feel guilty for having it. Having fun is not losing time. So go ahead, grab your snowboard and go to the mountains for a week. Have a dinner with your wife. Take your kids to the waterpark. Try skydiving. Have a motorcycle trip across a couple of states (I did this two months ago on a rented bike, and it was amazing). Play a video game. Heck, write some code, if that's fun to you!

Have fun. It's fine. Don't put it off for the "better days" - there's no such thing as "better days" when all the work is done and the goals are achieved. By that time your body might not be capable of having fun anymore. You're getting old, remember? Human intelligence peaks at age 26 and keeps declining afterwards. We all get dumber over time. So go out and have fun right now before it's too late.
"The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work."
is my favorite quote by Paul Graham.

Now, the actual hacks: continued...

Sep 3 2012
Google Search is only 18% Search

I was recently testing some of the keywords and positions for our hosted help-desk app and it suddenly occurred to me that 80% of the page were not actually the search results. Check this out:

My brain got used to filtering the ads out, so it never popped into my head before... We are used to this picture. I actually had to get up from my laptop, grab a coffee and then glance back at my monitor from across the room to notice this.

ADs vs Results: area size

Now, we're all technical people so let's do the math continued...

Jun 25 2012
Visual Studio & ReSharper performance tips

Another post for ASP.NET/C# developers reading this blog. If you think these posts do not belong here, please leave a comment, and I'll consider moving my development articles to a separate blog.
Everyone knows Visual Studio 2010 can be slow. Even on my laptop with 8 gigs of RAM and Intel Core i7 it gets sluggish. Especially when editing Razor MVC views - every keystroke takes 1-3 seconds to register.

Below are a few tips on how to make it a bit faster: continued...

Jun 9 2012
IT Designation Definitions

Continuing the "IT-humor" series of posts (previous: What If Drivers Were Hired Like Programmers) here goes:

Definitions of Designations

Project Manager is a Person who thinks nine women can deliver a baby in One month.

May 30 2012
Microconf vs. Business of Software

Being a long time fan of the Business of Software conference, I finally decided to try something else and went to MicroConf - a conference for self-funded startups run by Mike Taber and Rob Walling. continued...

Apr 3 2012
Once there was a search engine

This is a sad story of an Internet giant. Started by two guys in a garage it eventually grew to control over 80% of the Internet search market and practically owned the whole Internet.

It was innovative and agile. The stock market loved it - at times the company stock doubled in price within just a month. It was one of the very few surviving companies after the dot-com bubble burst. continued...

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