Tag: hack

  • NYC’s Dollar Bus Network

    NYC’s Dollar Bus Network

    Every vibrant city has its public transportation woes and homegrown hacks to resolve them. I experienced Mexico City’s Pesero buses when I was directed by a local to jump into passing VW Bus that took me where I wanted to go as long as I didn’t mind dropping off a few other people along the […]

  • Fukushima MacGyver

    Fukushima MacGyver

    I tuned into Frontline last night to watch Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown which was quite topical after Martin Fackler’s New York Times front page story harrowing tale of how close the Japanese government had come to abandoning the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant and evacuating Tokyo. Most of what happened I already knew but the one […]

  • Clever Hack for Mobile User Studies

    For less than $100 you too can whip together a pocket cam rig to film test users of your mobile app and spot trouble areas. From the Artefact blog: Staring over your participant’s shoulder isn’t creating the most natural situation when testing user experiences. You get less than ideal viewing angles, participants can’t get into […]

  • Oulu Open Hack

    Oulu Open Hack

    I spent a couple days last week in Oulu (a city in Northern Finland) helping out on a hackfest. For more on the what, who and why, check out my previous post (Why we Hack). This post is to thank the sponsors and share how it went. What always amazes me with these type of […]

  • Why We Hack

    Why We Hack

    Reposted (with modifications) from ouluopenhack where I’ll be tomorrow. It all starts with an itch. Something that bugs you. It’s some kind of “pattern” that you identify. A manual task that you find yourself doing over and over again that you want to automate. Why is the color  printer always default to printing in black […]

  • Are you a Hacker or a Hustler?

    Micah Baldwin has a great post on what it takes to make a successful startup. One of the first questions you need to ask is if you have both a Hacker and a Hustler. A Hacker is more than a code monkey, who can quickly build software and find interesting ways to hack together code. […]