Monday, September 24, 2007

Blogs I Read

This post is one that will keep evolving as I find more interesting blogs.

The first one is Fake Steve Jobs. Although there is no mystery anymore over identity of Fake Steve Jobs, his posts are still hilarious. Here are a few of his posts I like a lot
  1. Regarding my management style : The picture at the top is worth a thousand words. But here are a few gems.
    1. "Never let people know where they stand."
    2. You don't have to hire the best people. You can hire anyone, as long as you scare the bejesus out of them.
    3. Hold people to an impossibly high standard, but here's the twist -- don't tell them what that standard is.
  2. Regarding our iPhone
  3. My lunch with Nancy Pelosi
  4. Hassles with Yoko : This one is about licensing Beatles on iTunes and how Yoko wants the band to be named "John Lennon and the Beatles"
Then there is Joel on Software. This is techie blog; to use his own words "Since 2000, I've been writing about software development, management, business, and the Internet". Some of the articles I have liked are
  1. The Law of Leaky Abstraction: This article shows how most abstractions (a concept widely used in software engineering) fail for various reasons and reveal the underlying details they are meant to hide or abstract away. He uses the TCP/IP as a example of an abstraction to hide the network.
  2. Pretty much every other article
I also like several article from Paul Graham. He was a founder of a company that was acquired by Yahoo and now he is a VC. He also is a great fan of Lisp and has written several articles on the subject.
  1. Why startups condense in America? describes the conditions that make america an ideal place for startups. It also analyzes the reason other regions have not be so prolific.
  2. Beating the Averages : This is also titled "Lisp for web based Development"
  3. Pretty much every other article
I have also read a few blogs of Guy Kawasaki.
  1. The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint
  2. An open letter to CXO is a reference to a very nice post a from Pam Slim where she exhorts management to not treat employees with dignity and respect, "to avoid endless hours of PowerPoint, buzzwords and meaningless jargon like "our employees are our most valuable asset." If you suffer from (mis) management (or even otherwise) please read this.