The ergonomic mouse that saved my wrist

Have you ever had wrist-pain from using a mouse all day? I have. And recently it got a lot worse.

A while ago, my employer had sent me a shiny iMac to work from home. For security reasons, they required that I use it for work. Unfortunately for my wrist, this also meant that I would be stuck at a desk, whereby my hand and wrist would be in the same unnatural position for 40 hours a week. Gone were the days that I could freestyle around my room with my laptop, switching between my desk and my bed. Read more »

August, 2020

Things I’ve built

This article contains a list of things I’ve built. Read more »

August, 2020

“I never wanna go to an office again”

I’ve spoken to a few friends who work in tech. Lately, all of us are working from home. I usually ask them “How do you feel to work from home nowadays?”, and I found a pattern in their answers. Many of them said the exact words “I never wanna go to an office again”.

Footnotes:
1) The people I talk to might be similar to me, and will not be a fair representation of the overall work-force. Aso, N = negligibly low.
2) This article is not GPT-3 generated

July, 2020

Bitcoin is a fiat currency

I have some friends who are proponents of bitcoin, and opponents of fiat currencies. This is odd, because bitcoin itself is a fiat currency.

A fiat currency is any currency that is not tied to an underlying commodity. A long time ago, US dollars, as well as many other currencies, were exchangeable to gold. Bills were easier to carry around than grains of gold, or coins that had gold processed in them.  Sometimes, currencies were backed by other commodities such as tobacco and cotton.

The problem with fiat currencies isn’t that they are not backed by a commodity such as gold. The problem is that central banks have the ability to print more money, which inflates the existing money in circulation, and decreases its value. This process slowly makes you poorer.

I would be totally OK with a fiat currency being the legal tender, if it meant that no one could print more of it.

July, 2020

Instagram co-founder on failing

“It’s about going through false starts, Burbn was a false start. The best companies in the world have all had predecessors. YouTube was a dating site. You always have to evolve into something else.” – Kevin Systrom

March, 2020

School

School promotes herd mentality, and is detrimental to original thought.

July, 2018

Morrissey on sexuality

“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans, but, of course … not many.” – Morrissey

May, 2018

Information wants to be free

“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” – Stewart Brand

June, 2017

Drugs

List of drugs that I have used recreationally:

  1. MDMA Crystals
  2. XTC
  3. Ketamine
  4. 4FA
  5. 4FMP
  6. 2CB
  7. Magic Mushrooms
  8. Magic Truffles
  9. Nitrous Oxide
  10. Alkyl Nitrites
  11. Amphetamine
  12. Cannabis
  13. Alcohol
  14. Ritalin
  15. Codeine
May, 2017

Graham on history

“It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise.

Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right.” – Paul Graham

December, 2016

Harf Videochat

I built a simple videochat platform, it’s called Harf. It allows anyone to create a room to broadcast video to people who can watch. All the rooms are listed on the front page. The next step is to add chat, so that users can interact with the people on camera.

Update: After Harf launched, many users from all over the world got addicted to the platform, and used it all day to videochat with each other. I had to upgrade servers several times, to accomodate the terabytes worth of traffic and live videoprocessing. When Harf launched, it was still full of bugs that we fixed every day while adding new functionality. Harf closed a few months after launch, because to maintain the growth of a project like this, I would need at least one million USD and a small team of incredibly smart hackers. I reached out to a few investors in the Netherlands, with no success. At the time (2016) I was too incompetent and unmotivated to pursue this more seriously. To this day, I still believe a platform like this, if executed well, could be very succesful. Billions of dollars are just waiting to be made.

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November, 2016

Pando Interview

In 2013 I was featured on Pando for an interview about Wordo.

“It’s not often that someone starts an interview with me by insulting PandoDaily, but that’s exactly what Amin Eftegarie did when I asked him how he came up with his startup idea.”

October, 2016

Systrom on learning

“Sometimes it’s not about the idea that you are working on, but instead the skills that you learn while you are working on it” – Kevin Systrom

September, 2016

Mental firewall

When you are in love with what you are doing, you automatically develop a mental firewall to block anything remotely distracting.

September, 2016

Shrekli on profits

“I have a sworn duty to my shareholders to maximize profit.” – Martin Shkreli

February, 2016

I made a free Alexa tracker

I needed a tool that tracks the Alexa rank of my website. Alexa wants $100 a year to do this simple task. So my friend Anas and me created a site that does the same for free: AlexaRank.io.

January, 2016

Believing untrue things

results in believing more untrue things.

January, 2016

Disney on money

“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies” – Walt Disney

January, 2016

School

is prison

December, 2015

Identifying smart people

“It’s easy to tell how smart people are. In 10 minutes, hit a few tennis balls over the net, and do they hit back at you, or into the net?” – Paul Graham

December, 2015

Apple on app rejection

“We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”.” – Apple App Store Guidelines

December, 2015

Zuck on doing things

“I have this big fear of getting locked into doing things, that aren’t actually the most impactful things.” – Mark Zuckerberg

December, 2015

Parker on social media

“I’m a father now, and I have two children. And I constantly think about what will I do when they grow up using products that I helped design. And I generally think that I’m going to discourage them from using those products the way I tried to trick people into using them when I was younger.” – Sean Parker

December, 2015

Spend time alone

“There are many things you can accomplish, many thoughts you can have, that are only possible during long stretches of solitary time. You may even wish, at times, to be painfully alone – longing for social contact. Sometimes this is a period of maximal productivity.” Patrick McGillivray

September, 2015

Steve on innovation

Q: How do you systematise innovation?
Steve Jobs: The system is that there is no system.

September, 2015

We are wild Homo Sapiens

born in the civilised world.

April, 2015

School

Fuck school.

February, 2015

Kubrick’s $10K film

“I found out the feature films were being made for millions, and I had calculated that I could create a feature film for about $10K” –  A young and naive Stanley Kubrick

December, 2014

David Lynch on School

“For me, back then, school was a crime against young people. It destroyed the seeds of liberty. The teachers didn’t encourage knowledge or a positive attitude.” – David Lynch

August, 2014

Larry Ellison on school

“The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that helped me succeed in the world.”

June, 2014

What great company

is nobody starting?

May, 2014

Privacy

is the new celebrity.

April, 2014

I’m unable to conform

to something I don’t agree with in the first place.

January, 2014

The government

Fuck the government.

November, 2013

Numair on life

“Most of the best things that have ever happened to me have been a direct result of completely accidental situations that might have otherwise been considered “mistakes.” – Numair Faraz

October, 2013

Autodidacticism

is the new Harvard.

October, 2013

Einstein on Income tax

“The hardest thing to understand in this world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein

September, 2013

Wordo

Today Chi and I launched Wordo. Wordo is the clean dictionary. It’s made within 3 hours. It gives you definitions of English words, that’s all it does at this moment. But gosh, it’s so refreshing compared to what some of the other guys are doing. For example, check the definition for a random word Detail and compare them yourself:

Compared to the biggest and most used online dictionaries, Wordo is the clutter-free alternative. If anything, we removed too much, and if that’s the case we will gladly add things others find useful (synonyms, related words, other languages etc).

September, 2013

The greatest pleasure

is solving problems. – Paul Rand

August, 2013

Response times & UX

Click here

August, 2013

The best way to manage complexity

is to prevent it from happening.

August, 2013

“Insanely great”

“Steve wasn’t just using “insanely” as a synonym for “very.” He meant it more literally—that one should focus on quality of execution to a degree that in everyday life would be considered pathological.” – Paul Graham

July, 2013

HAL 9000 on the purpose of life

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do”

May, 2013

John Nash in school

“Nash rarely attended class, claiming it would blunt his originality.” – A Brilliant Madness

May, 2013

It’s not about the name

It’s about the brand.

May, 2013

RyanAir CEO on efficiency

“We have over ten thousand passengers per employee. Britsh Airways has 750 passengers per employee. Our people are 14 times more productive.” – Michael Cawley (Interim CEO RyanAir)

April, 2013

Zuck on the web

“Virtually every important service that you use, online but eventually offline too, are going to get remade and designed from the botom up with people at their center.” – Mark Zuckerberg

January, 2013

Aaron Swartz

“The only thing I’ve really done is followed my curiosity wherever it led, even if that meant crazy things like leaving school or not taking a “real” job.” – Aaron Swartz

January, 2013

Paradox of choice

The more choice you’re given, the less likely you are to choose anything.

January, 2013

Only dead fish

swim with the current

January, 2013

Path Dependance

“Path dependence explains how the set of decisions one faces for any given circumstance is limited by the decisions one has made in the past, even though past circumstances may no longer be relevant.” – Wikipedia

January, 2013

What do you believe very strongly

that nobody else agrees on?

December, 2012

Being personal

is more professional than being professional.

December, 2012

Hamming on productivity

“Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity – it is very much like compound interest.”

Richard W. Hamming

November, 2012

Thoughts on

Thoughts on Design, Paul Rand
Thoughts on Flash, Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
Thoughts on Beacon, Mark Zuckerberg

November, 2012

Wilde on dandies

“The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites and rare who are going to rule”. – Oscar Wilde

August, 2012

If it’s important to you

You will find a way.

August, 2012

If not,

You’ll find an excuse.

August, 2012

iPhone sales

“Each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” – Phil Schiller

August, 2012

Picasso on life

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

July, 2012

My favorite movies

 

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Baraka
  • Fucking Amal
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • American Beauty
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • The Truman Show
  • American Psycho
  • Clerks
  • Beijing Bicycle
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • Full Metal Jacket (The first 40 minutes ♥)
July, 2012

Wikipedia on eccentrics

“They are simply unconcerned by society’s disapproval of their habits or beliefs.”

July, 2012

Aristotle on criticism

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

June, 2012

Donal Trump on his hair

“I wash it with Head & Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour” – Trump

June, 2012

Sean Parker on drugs

“I’m a believer in any method of mind expansion whether facilitated by meditation, religious experience or drug use. There is a value in using tools available to us, even if it is pharmacological in nature, if it expands the mind.”

Sean Parker when asked whether he had used drugs

June, 2012

Twister Random Generator

A while ago we decided to play Twister at a party, we had the floor mat but somehow lost the spinner board (we’ve mostly used it while we were drunk). I told my friends not to worry and created this little Twister Random Generator.

June, 2012

The Strokes on drugs

Nick Valensi: “If half the band does drugs and the other half of the band doesn’t do drugs, you will break up in the next six months.”
Julian Casablancas: “So we all do drugs.”

May, 2012

Karen Lamb

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

April, 2012

“hacker” meaning

“To the popular press, “hacker” means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer.” – Paul Graham

March, 2012

Jobs on Super Bowl

“I don’t know a single person who watches the Super Bowl.” – Steve Jobs

March, 2012