Four by Four

Four thoughts on four subjects.

  • Four Types of Statistics: Those from statisticians, those from politician, those from pundits, and those from advertisers.
  • Four Types of Managers: Some appreciate end results, others time/effort, a few reward problem solving, and those that value consultants.
  • Four Types of People: Those that stop to smell the flowers, those that miss them outright, those that cut them, and those that pay for them.
  • Four Types of Gifts: Those you want, those you may need, those you can’t use, and those that will cost you.

Favorite Tweets January 2010

There are some funny people on Twitter. Whenever I find a funny, witty, or thought provoking I usually retweet it and favorite it. Here is a small collection of recent tweets that stoop out to me.

  • @Twiggy185: people often say that motivation doesn’t last. well neither does bathing that’s y we recommend it daily
  • @wafflesgirls: the sun is god’s ninja star
  • @brooksbayne: little people have their own gnomenclature
  • @jeffcannata: I wish I had a way to find out which song has been stuck in my head most times in my lIfe.
  • @peterc: OH: Can vegans eat animal crackers?
  • @jeffreytmoore: too many things tied together – #LinkedIn, #Twitter, #Facebook #FourSquare – social media overload!!!!!
  • @davenavarro6767: Wearing only black means never having to separate your laundry.
  • @gabbycat: Dear laundry, just go do yourself!
  • @lecitykitty: I write emotional algebra.
  • @zeldman: The ends justify the memes.

One Tweet Breakup

Here is a collection of humorous tweets from the recent trending hashtag #1tweetbreakup.

  • @SaafirJ: #1tweetbreakup I found a man who can tweeet 150 characters..
  • @Maestro: #1tweetbreakup i’m tired of being followed. i need myspace
  • @clstilwell: #1tweetbreakup You’re a Twitter whore & I don’t want any sloppy 389,896 th’s
  • @IsaacHayes3: #1tweetbreakup and I won’t need all 140 characters cause woman I just found out you slept with 140 characters! Done.
  • @BKcirca1989: #1tweetbreakup you mistweeted me
  • @Hard88: #1tweetbreakup You don’t think I’m a trending topic. I’m through with you.
  • @Yimisia: #1TweetBreakUp I deserve somebody that will tweet me right.
  • @Yimisia: #1TweetBreakUp I need space… on my timeline.
  • @austriasian: #1TweetBreakUp i feel like i need to follow other people, will still tweet each other right?
  • @reosnipes_MOMS: #1tweetbreakup i cant do this anymore, im unfollowing you
  • @WriteLilMonster: #1tweetbreakup i saw you @replying all them ppl & flirting, dont lie
  • @iSpeakLife2u: #1tweetbreakup she just couldn’t tweet me right, so I had to end it…smh
  • @Missitalyxox: #1tweetbreakup you stole all my followers..we are thru!
  • @ruckermusic: #1tweetbreakup: I think we should follow other people lol
  • @uuTellMeWhy: #1tweetbreakup i’m following someone else.
  • @AudiFarizan: #1tweetbreakup I think it’s more than 140 character to write it down
  • @LilMzSexAppeal: #1tweetbreakup Its not you….its your tweets
  • @501_Kevo: #1tweetbreakup relationships wass for facebook, we on twitter now gotta move on.
  • @sha_asshole: #1tweetBreakUP ima not a playa i jst tweet a lot
  • @OfficialNiko: #1tweetbreakup I think it’s time we follow other people. .

Common Sense Parenting Advice

Sometimes I see some thoughtlessness on behalf parents, it seems that sometimes the parents have just given up on parenting. I often see kids running up and down and into people at department stores. But the worst parenting behavior is that one when the parent does not realize the potential hazard of the situation. Here is my number one common sense parenting advice. Never play football with your kid in the street near a blind turn, especially in what is considered a quite street. If you think the street is quite, so will some crazy teenager driving taking that turn at 45 mph while sexting on his phone.

10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You

Here is a draft post that has been waiting to be published. The October 2009 issue of Smart Money had a short list of top 10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You. I think these are still applicable now.

  • Put in the hours-when it counts.
  • Empathize
  • Defuse a bad situation
  • Be a conduit
  • Ask for help
  • Connect the boss’s way
  • Show initiative
  • Be positive
  • Make like mini-me
  • Get your face time

Free Million Dollar Product Ideas

Tweet Fortune Cookies – Have a line of fortune cookies with tweets that other users have suggested because of their humor or insight. It would be nice if, you could submit your own tweets so that you can use these personalize fortune cookies as promotional giveaways.

Gun Accelerometer – Have an accelerometer built into guns so that when they are shot, it can record the direction and speed at which it was drawn and fired. It should record five seconds before and after a gun is fired to help aid investigations involving guns.

Gun Safety Code – Guns should have a passcode protected gun safety. To unlock a gun, a responsible gun owner would need to tap on it the gun with morse-like code to unlock it.

Page Anything – I like the ability to page a cordless phone. This feature should be built into so many other devices and gadgets. I would love the ability to page my keys, cell phone, wireless video game controllers, television remote, and sometimes even wallet.

Camdar – One problem with anti-air defense systems that rally on radar is that radar systems can easily be jammed, stealth aircraft are hard to detect, and radar equipment can be targeted by anti radar missiles. One possible way to track enemy aircraft over a region, especially in daylight, is to use a system of high resolution cameras and controller software to scan the skies for aircraft. Jet fighters have been shot down by using nothing more than spotters and land lines to communicate the enemy movements. A system like this can be developed with over the counter digital equipment and would be hard to detect and target.

Silent Mouse – Someone needs to invent a quite mouse, click, click, click. It used to be that the only thing you hear in the library was people shushing anyone talking, but now all you hear is the clicking of mice.

News AI – The act of writing a news article is very mechanical. Add a few facts, some quotes, and some past history as background and you have a news post. Such and such happened today on main street to Joe Smith blah blah blah. Many news sites read like they are either planted by the CIA or written by robots. Given a few facts, quotes, and background a algorithm can be used to generate a article with a certain point of view, left, right, centralist, etc. A system like this would go beyond aggregator sites like Google News.

Bacon Burger Beef Paddy – This is an invention I always wanted, a big beef paddy with bacon and cheese mixed in. Bacon just makes everything taste better.

Speed Limit Black Box – Cars are getting smarter, forget fuel injection, cars are now running on software to control all aspects of your morning commute. A critical piece of control software that will need to be developed, and required by Big Brother, is the ability to control impose the speed limit on a vehicle based on the neighborhood. Imagine a car that will report you if you speed in a residential area, or a that will not exceed 25 mph in a school zone, or having police chasing a suspect force all cars in the highway to crawl to a stop.

Wireless Cable Box – I don’t know why cable companies are so slow to innovate. Why don’t cable companies develop a wireless cable box. I should be able to rearrange my television any which way I want without having to pull cables nd drill holes and wait for the cable guy to install my cable box. Wireless routers have made it so easy to setup a home office with n-number of machines but adding another television to the cable isn’t so easy.

Worst Lies

Here is a collection of humorous tweets from the recent trending hashtag #worstlies.

  • @rjay2hot4u: #worstlies I tried callin u back but kept goin strait 2 ur voicemail
  • @O_Marks_Da_Spot #worstlies I’ll always be here for you…even if you serving a 30 year prison bid
  • @mysone: #worstlies – I aint that type of girl, N never did that before
  • @MrSuperJay: “I have nothing to Lie to You about..” Honestly just heard this one. #worstlies
  • @mz_frenchie: #worstlies Its not you….its me..( Lies..its definitely you lol )
  • @georgie_vip: #worstlies Looks don’t matter.
  • @ShaneEMiller: #worstlies I forgot my wallet at the house, can u spot me, I’ll get u next time!
  • @feyisolaa: #worstlies i was drunk
  • @gscottking: #worstlies I Have Indian and Trinidadian in me, i got good hair —#CMON NO U DONT
  • @fierce_native: #worstlies He’s just my friend.
  • @ConKreteDoll: #worstlies ive never done that
  • @SB_jad0re: RT @RAVISHINGtai: #worstlies ill never make u cry
  • @bowx23: #worstlies I never had sexual relations with that woman!
  • @DjHypa: RT @ShaunieLeigh818 #worstlies IMA PAY U BACK WHEN I GET MY TAX RETURN CHECK
  • @iL8on: #WorstLies I didn’t get your text.
  • @gorgeousSHANTI: #worstlies I’m not white I’m german
  • @TiffanyNicole08: #worstlies size doesn’t matter…….:/
  • @alienamedROXY: #worstlies i dont mess with my baby momma, she just be over here because of my child.
  • @DJALLSTAR: #worstlies he just my friend on Twitter I don’t know him. #checkherdm asap!!
  • @jrickz: RT @brikasha: #worstlies i was JUST about to call you, but you called first
  • @THANKmeLAT3R: #worstlies I’m on my way
  • @yooitzkc: “My dog ate my homework”. #worstlies
  • @ChiNichole: #worstlies “thats my cousin”
  • @TroubleGod: #Worstlies yea i stay wit my parents but they live wit me #Wheretheydothatat
  • @Topmodeltiff: #WorstLies “im jus tryna get 2 kno u ma”….im not stupid nigga u jus tryna get 2kno my friend name vagina #curve duke lol
  • @DjBlakWidow24: #worstlies ” she came up on me…..I aint kiss her….she kiss me “
  • @tooSKYhigh: #worstlies “I’m not drunk, I know exactly what I’m doing”
  • @cutenconvinced: #worstlies : “imam just stick the head in”.
  • @June_CaliBred: #worstlies we’re just friends
  • @MishGoddess: #WorstLies – I don’t need his money, I got my own shit.
  • @TSUNAMiiBiTCH: #worstlies IF U FOLLOW ME I WILL FOLLOW U BACK
  • @Blkberryaddic “I am in the process of getting a divorce.” #worstlies

Who Does Mark Zuckerberg Follow on Google Buzz

It took me about a day an half to get on Google Buzz after it was announced. The first thing I noticed was that I was already following a half dozen accounts and worst off that some people where following who I had only emailed but a few times. Google Buzz’s first failure was that it auto-followed certain contacts in your address book based on some ‘algorithm.’ The second mistake in Google Buzz was that it pushes you to make your profile public, even an experienced social media maven can inadvertently make their profile page public. A third oversight in Google Buzz is that your profile name is your email address. The fourth mistake is you can see, by default, the people that other people are followings and their followers. There are many more mistakes and hiccups, like blocking not working correctly, and these have been covered many times over. The problems I have listed here have a perfect privacy shit storm. The Eric Schmidt, CEO of “do no evil” Google, has defended Buzz and their lack of privacy awareness as a end user confusion. So maybe this is the perfect Schmidt storm as I don’t think he is using Google Buzz.

It was reported that the Google boss said the following:

I would say that we did not understand how to communicate Google Buzz and its privacy. There was a lot of confusion when it came out… [last] Tuesday, and people thought that somehow we were publishing their email addresses and private information, which was not true.

Eric Schmidt is either a liar or a dummy, pick any two! With the issues outlined above, it is possible to find out peoples email address, and worst, find out people close to however you are virtually stalking, I mean friending. Let’s take a public example, let’s see if we can find Mark Zuckerberg’s close contacts and email address using Google Buzz.

First you will need to log into your GMail account and click into the Buzz inbox. If this is your first time, you will probably already have a few followers. Under the text area to enter your buzz, you will see a link that reads ‘Find people.’ There is a search box where you can find more people to follow. In this box, enter Mark Zuckerberg. Mark of Facebook fame should be one of the first few people that comes up. Originally I was going to do this experiment with Eric Schmidt but I had a tougher time finding his profile. You can follow Mark or view his public profile. Mark is probably busy playing Farm Ville or working on new Twitter features to copy so he probably has not configured the privacy settings of his Google Buzz account.

It might also be worth while to question if this is the real Mark Zuckerberg, we can not be sure, but if you see the people that are following this profile you will see that very connected Silicon Valley technologists are following this person.

Mark Zuckerberg's Google Buzz contacts

Mark Zuckerberg's Google Buzz contacts

In Mark’s public profile you will see that he is currently following 16 people. A quick glance of said followers shows Mark Zuckerberg is following Charles Cheever, Dustin Moskovitz, Adam D’Angelo, Paul Buchheit, amongst others. So now you can do this to each person that Mark follows on Google Buzz, etc. and easily develop a social graph of people Mark Zuckerberg contacts and connects with via email. Looking these folks up, on Google, you will find that they are early Facebook founders and fellow Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

If you click on his public profile you will see that his Google Profile vanity URL is the following.

http://www.google.com/profiles/mark.zuckerberg#buzz

Notice his user name, mark.zuckerberg. If you append “@gmail.com” to his profile name, you will get Mark Zuckerberg’s GMail address. Feel free to send him a note telling him how much you enjoy getting updates about your friends finding alien cows on Facebook. Mark is a private guy, I mean you can’t just add Mark Zuckerberg as a friend through his Facebook profile page. As the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark is tech savvy so I can’t imagine him intentionally making his GMail address publicly available.

It is evident, that Eric Schmidt is not aware how easily it is to find private email address of Google Buzz users or he is lying. I think that Google should change their motto from “do no evil” to “it’s okay to do dumb shit with your privacy.” What I can’t believe is that apparently Google Buzz was in use inside of Google and by some of their 20,000++ super genius bar qualified engineers for a year or so and no one caught this.

Mark Zuckerberg's Friends on Google Buzz

Mark Zuckerberg's Friends on Google Buzz

Social Networking Bill of Rights

After the multiple privacy disasters at Facebook and more recently with Google Buzz, it is clear that users of social networking sites need to define Bill of Rights. We have the unalienable rights to our data, and right to request any other data collected on our us, whether it be social graph data, usage patterns, or marketing analytics. Having rights to our data means that we have the right to share it with any one at any level at any time, we have the right to leave a given service taking our data with us and purging our profile completely. We should be given adequate time to review any new Terms of Service carefully and not be force to just click away our rights. We have the right to our own vanity urls where it does not blatantly infringe on trademarks, and this right includes the right to sale and transfer said vanity urls.

Bill of Rights

  • You have the right to retain copyright of all your data.
  • You have the right to own your vanity url, copyright, and trademarks.
  • You have the right to import/export data in different formats.
  • You have the right to set privacy settings including name, profile name, email, phone number, address, friend list, etc.
  • You have the right to not use your real name.
  • You have the right to not be spammed, and opt out of any marketing email or contact.
  • You have the right to share data at the individual post with the whomever you wish at whatever time you desire.
  • You have the right to delete your profile or data at the individual post at any time.
  • You have the right to review all data collected about you, your profile, your usage.
  • You have the right to opt-out out of any system that collects data on your profile.
  • You have the right to review any change in Terms of Service and be given enough time to accept, decline, or export your data.

Are there any other rights that we are users of social networking sites we need to defend.

Hacker News: Social News Site for Entrepreneurs

Many content producers, such as blogger and online publishers, are familiar with social news and bookmarking sites such as Digg.com, Reddit.com, and Slashdot.org. To have your blog or article listed on the front page of these sites will garner a lot of attention and hits, so much so that sites often go down with the extra traffic that this event is known as ‘digg effect’ or ‘slashdot effect.’ In the case of Digg and Reddit, users can submit links to news breaking blog posts or interesting articles online and other users vote up and down, add comments, and share the link on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Buzz while an algorithm selects which articles to promote to the front page. In the case of Slashdot, users submit articles and human editors weed out the interesting articles to publish on the front page. Hacker News is a social news site much like Digg or Reddit but for startup news, entrepreneur resources, and technology tutorials.

Hacker News was founded by Paul Graham through his startup funding firm Y Combinator. Paul Graham is a angel investor, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, hacker, and writer. Back in the Web 1.0 era, Paul founded and later sold one of the first online stores to Yahoo! His startup later was branded as Yahoo! Store. His background and startup experience led to writing essay on startup and business, which led to Y Combinator, which in turn led to Hacker News.

Like many other sites, such as Digg and Reddit, the true value lies within the community and Hacker News is no different. What make Hacker News different is the calibre of user and contributors which leads to quality of resources for those starting a online business. One of the reason why Hacker News has so much traction amongst the entrepreneurs is that many of the founding team members of the startups that Y Combinator funds end up contributing to it. As of February 2010, Y Combinator has founded over 170 startups. Contributors to Hacker News includes the likes of Paul Graham himself, Alexis Ohanian founder of Reddit, Andrew Warner founder of Mixergy, amongst others.

Hacker news is more that just a social news sites, it’s also a forum for startup founders. One of the most value aspect is the pool of entrepreneurs and like minded individuals on the site. A common request from users that post on Hacker News is to ask fellow users to rate and provide constructive feedback on their web application, iPhone app, or startup. You will also see, questions and polls being asked of the Hacker News community that are relevant to startup founders, such as questions about certain technology, surveys about the Hacker News users, and sign-up for folks looking for a co-founder.