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Leo's Technical Blog

Mostly about computer programming.


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Patents, Litigations and the Russian Mafia

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I just found this very interesting statement buried at the end of a somewhat unrelated article by Paul Graham: "I once explained this to some founders who had recently arrived from Russia. They found it novel that if you threatened a company they'd pay a pre…

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marketing, startups

Startup Marketing Basics

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Here is a pretty extensive interview featuring Sean Ellis on getting Product/Market fit. If you have the time go and listen or read it. If you don't here you can find the main takeaways: 1. There is little point in using the full force of marketing to scale yo…

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software_engineering, rants

It's always a tradeoff

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I started my professional life in a company where I was the main force pushing for unit testing. Years later I worked in a company where TDD and Pair programming was the strict norm. Today I work in  Continuum where we occasionally practice pair prog…

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tips, imovie

Convert MPG videos to MP4 (to edit them in iMovie)

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I just filmed a couple of clips to edit them later in iMovie. Surprisingly, the MPG files generated by my (consumer, low end) camera were not importable in iMovie. Armed with ffmpeg $ brew install ffmpeg if you don't have it already installed) and bash, it was…

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tips, osx

Some OSX Command Line Stuff

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A couple of neat tricks that I use from time to time: $ mdfind: How could I be a Mac user for almost 3 years without knowing that you could use spotlight from the command line!? $ purge: Flushes the disk cache. Usually, you don't mess with that stuff and just…

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rants

Frameworkitis

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I think I have said before (either here or on twitter) that I'm starting to hate the oversimplified models that are pushed to us in Business School. Qualitative 2x2 matrices are their favorite tools: you focus on two binary dimensions of the problem and..…

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rants, economics

Chicago boys and the "imaginary" Microsoft monopoly

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When you are a Chilean and you hear about something from Chicago school of economics, that rings close to you. Basically because what we call the "Chicago Boys" shaped our current economy. Chile is, in fact, a living application of many ideas of the Chicago sc…