24 August 2014

Lifehacker: The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation


Happy people are more productive.

Happiness and positive interactions can have a great impact on daily productivity in the office.

In the end, motivation and productivity don't depend as much on happiness as they do on positive thinking. Positive thinking will keep you glued to the task at hand when the going gets hard, and anticipation of success is likely to bring about success.

31 July 2014

UBS picks Barclays algo specialist for FX e-trading role

UBS picks Barclays algo specialist for FX e-trading role

"It is the third time Purves has hired former colleagues from Barclays: Soon after he joined UBS as its global head of FX e-trading in October 2010, he hired Mark Meredith as head of FX e-trading quantitative analytics and Parwinder Sekhon as head of FX algorithmic technology.

The three were tasked with completely revamping UBS’s electronic FX offering, though Meredith left last October to join Citigroup."

20 May 2014

Android and no write access to the external SD card

It absolutely sucks that Android has prevented most apps from writing to the external SD card, as can be read here: AnandTech | Examining MicroSD changes in Android 4.4.  Apps can write to their sandboxed areas, so Google Music sync works fine and stores GBs of music on the external SD card at /storage/extSdCard/Android/data/com.google.android.music.  However, I sync my photos to my phone via FolderSync and with many GBs of photos can only do this to the external 64GB SD card I installed on my Samsung S5.  Samsung's recent update of Android 4.4 prevented this working and has forced me to enable root on the phone and then follow the instructions at Unlock external SD Card writing for all apps in Android 4.4 KitKat.

17 May 2014

Why Most Product Managers Suck

Why Most Product Managers Suck

A link to someone's views how what makes a good product manager.

19 March 2014

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

In this talk, Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an "authority" versus a true "leader."

05 January 2014


Six Sweet Things You Can Automate With NFC and Your Android Phone

Gonna try out some NFC tags, first one is two switch on bluetooth when I place my phone in the car and switch it off when I remove it from the car.