What I learned about code efficiency

simple

When I just started to code I discovered how beautifully logical and tidy you could build software. I grew convinced that good software should be like paintings, sculptures, digital haiku’s. I started to apply conventions in my code which I then deemed very important! Correctly indenting, coding in paragraphs, using curly brackets with all if and else‘s even if only one line would follow. I used to make a big issue about whether or not to use a semicolon after every line of code.

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Not Just Spinning the Wheels

Spinning roundaboutSome co-creators in Gumroad’s Small Product Lab were talking about the Fizzle show podcast. After listening to a couple of (really funny) episodes, I realised this couldn’t have come at a better time. For quite a while now I’ve been feeling like something was a little bit off in my work. Working with customers I love on projects I really care about, making a decent living. That doesn’t sound like “off”?! What am I whining about then? Continue Reading

10 days to Create and Launch: Gumroad’s Small Product Lab

Small Product LabI’ve got about 6 or 7 online services at 85% of completion. Next to the dozens of started side projects that never got beyond the initial “Yeah, this sounds great, let’s give it a try!” part. I’m definitely not unique, every developer friend has a large number of side projects on their laptop.

Why is that? Why do developers not finish their side projects? Is it just that the last mile is the longest?

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How to change the world

Sometimes I run into video’s which grab my attention so crudely, I cannot stop watching. It then feels like the video found a direct entrance to my emotive center and keeps hammering away!

Alexa Fischer showed me this video which is created around a part of a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace in 2005 at the Kenyon College.
It shows you how you can change the world, simply by changing your world, decide what you think.

The end of video

I first started thinking about creating a new video service because of an often recurring situation:

I work with some people who need or like to put video on their website. They’re not YouTube and don’t have hundred thousands of visitors but they do need or want to insert videos.

No problem, they upload it through the CMS and there it is. Sweet.

But then a friend calls and says they’re unable to view the video! Continue Reading

Acceptance (in 16 digits please)

When looking for a way to accept online payment for metered services I came across some service providers who seem to think that a half baked service is a solution. Continue Reading