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Blog Profile / assertTrue


URL :http://asserttrue.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Technology / Programming
Posts on Regator:565
Posts / Week:1.9
Archived Since:March 20, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Jodorowski: Why Not?

I was recently privileged to watch the documentary Jodorowski's Dune, which has been showing on cable TV in the U.S. If you haven't seen it, seek it out as soon as you can. It may have the same remarkable effect on you that it has had on me.It has changed how I think of what I do as a writer. Show More Summary

Why We Need to Study Comets

News wires are full of stories today about the detection of organic molecules by the comet lander Philae. The more exciting news, arguably, is that Rosetta scientists are "very confident" Philae will wake up again as the comet gets closer to the sun. Show More Summary

A Virus Where It Shouldn't Be

Words like "bizarre" and "unexpected" hardly suffice when describing the results published this week in PNAS (one of the most respected journals in all of science) by Robert H. Yolken and 17 coworkers from Johns Hopkins, University of...Show More Summary

An Amazon Lesson

I wrote a week ago about how I made 57% on my money overnight when Amazon stock crashed. It's time to add a footnote.My strategy of buying put options (ahead of the earnings announcement) was to protect my actual shares; and it worked. Show More Summary

Making Money from Twitter

A few days ago, I blogged about how I made money from the recent sharp drop in Amazon's stock price. Well, I repeated the trick (to the tune of a 62% overnight net gain) with Twitter. Except this time, it wasn't a hedge but an all-out bare-naked bearish bet. Show More Summary

How I Made 57% Overnight When Amazon Stock Got Crushed

DISCLAIMER: I am not an investment advisor. Before entering into any trading strategy based on anything presented here, consult a qualified professional (or better yet, half a dozen of them). This post is meant to be educational, not advisory.With that out of the way, let me explain an investment tactic I have sometimes used with great results. Show More Summary

Grab Twitter Names from a Web Page

I've been remiss in not posting more often here. Been carried away curating news for my Twitter account. But speaking of which: I want to share a hack with you (please stay with me here even if you're not a coder) for getting a list of Twitter names from a web page. Show More Summary

Can Apple Win Back Market Share from Android?

Android has roughly 70% market share in most countries. Apple hovers around 30%. What's the outlook for Apple? Can it hope to make a dent in Android's overdog status? Can it hope to reverse a longstanding trend toward Android dominance?I...Show More Summary

Adobe, Amazon, and the Great "Spying" Scandal

Alarmist stories at Gigaom, Arstechnica, and elsewhere have recently villainized Adobe Systems for collecting e-book analytics (in unencrypted form) from readers, surreptitiously. "Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries." a headline from http://the-digital-reader.com blares. Show More Summary

And Now for a Bit of Perspective

A little perspective can be a good thing, so the next time you feel a need to have your mind blown, just watch this short video and you're sure to come away with a "perspective reset."Some additional perspective: On a clear night, using...Show More Summary

Don't Just Mind the Gap, Trade It

I don't often write about investing tips, but this morning's market action was such a classic example of a money-making situation, I feel obliged to share what I (think I) know.Many investors know about the principle of "trading theShow More Summary

What Young People Don't Know

Young people today don't realize what has happened to the U.S. economy over the past 40 years. Their sense of what's "normal" is shaped by current reality, not the reality their parents grew up in. They don't know how things were; how...Show More Summary

Don't Grinfck Me

You've seen the scenario play itself out a million times before. A client or coworker comes to you for advice; you offer your very best insights. The other person nods, smiles, thanks you, and agrees to put some of your ideas into action. Show More Summary

Google Plus Is Irrelevant

It's interesting to compare the social media sites on Google Trends to see how they're doing. Twitter and Facebook dwarf all the others, so I'm not going to dwell on them (but see discussion further below). What's fascinating is the comparison of Google Plus against Pinterest, LinkedIn, and challenger Wattpad. Show More Summary

Do Dashboards Have to Be Shitty?

Paul Cothenet has written a terrific blog called "The Laws of Shitty Dashboards," which resonated with me and apparently, also, with thousands of other people. How do I know? I checked my Twitter Analytics dashboard. I found that only...Show More Summary

How Automated Comments Work

Anyone who runs a popular blog knows that many Comments are posted by bots. But they often sound surprisingly human. How does that work?The answer is, certain text-generating programs, like Manhood, exist that can be scripted to produce...Show More Summary

A Caution about Killing Apps with Task Manager

I just encountered a situation with Firefox that's distressing and potentially dangerous (but for which I discovered the workaround).I'm a heavy user of Firefox (and Chrome) and often finish the day with Firefox eating 2 gigs of RAM or more. Show More Summary

Are You Up to Speed on Microdata?

Today's post is reblogged (with permission) from Author-Zone.com. Do you have a web site? Do you care about Google search ranking? Do you tag blog posts with keywords? Practice safe SEO?Well, everything you know is about to change. But first a bit of backstory. Show More Summary

How to Get JavaScript to Work in a WordPress Page

Why does it so often happen that the things you thought were going to be easy turn out to be hard, and the things you knew were going to be hard turn out to be easy?Case in point: I wanted to get a bunch of RSS feeds onto a news page at Author-Zone.com, and did. Show More Summary

Putting a News Stream into a WordPress Site

Over at Author-Zone.com, I managed to put together a News page in record time using the WordPress plugin HungryFEED. The (free) plugin was worth its weight in gold. And validates (in my mind) the superiority of the WordPress platform as a blogging platform.Most plugins are easy to install or uninstall on WordPress and can be figured out quickly. Show More Summary

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