Year: 2014

Quora Answer: I know almost nothing about the stock market but have strong programming skills. Will I be able to make profitable trading software?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. The world is littered with the empty wallets of engineers that approached the stock market as a math, algorithmic, or engineering problem. The largest investment banks all have algorithmic trading programs, and they often lose large chunks of money. And sometimes they make

Quora Answer: What are some ways that programming was better in the past?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. In the “bad old days” the actual programming work wasn’t much different, just worse. Monitors were smaller and lower-resolution, chairs more uncomfortable, you had to spend a lot more time waiting for the computer to finish what it was doing, hardware was much

Quora Answer: Which career is more fun, networking or programming?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. Full question: “Say networking is a blanket, for IT, systems administration, and network security. We’ll say programming is basically web app development. Can anyone with experience in either of these fields give some pros and cons about what they do and do not

Basternae Project Officially Abandoned

If you have any interest in working with the Basternae code as it is today, fork the repository on Github: https://github.com/Xangis/ModernMUD Good luck and happy travels, Xangis

Analysis of Search Engine Crowdfunding Campaigns on IndieGoGo

This was originally posted on wbsrch.com. It is reproduced here to preserve history. In the process of researching crowdfunding campaigns, I searched IndieGoGo for search engine pitches. I found 22 attempts to fund “actual search engines”. Here is a list (with links to the IndieGoGo campaign): TheNet101 Thumbar Jixty.com Xense Iyiyes Aspinosa Rexyo Asim Shah

AdSense Alternatives for Startups and Small Websites

This was originally posted on wbsrch.com. It is reproduced here to preserve history. In starting WbSrch, a search competitor to Google, I knew that at some point Google would find a way to “invite us to leave” AdSense. The Terms of Service make it clear that it is incompatible with a search engine (can’t have ads on

Why I Decided to Build a Search Engine (And You Should Too)

This was originally posted on wbsrch.com. It is reproduced here to preserve history. I’ve always wanted to build something big, but never had a burning desire to create any one specific thing. Instead I built lots of little things – small desktop apps, weekend websites, etc. It wasn’t until AltaVista shut down that I realized that the world