Working with Enterprise

– By @BorisDinkevich (296 words) We need you to help us deliver a package, just there, across the hill. That was my introduction to a freelance gig, given to me by a senior manager at a large Enterprise company. “No problem, Ill just take it there and be back in a few hours”. That got me …

Making Gmail a little more secure

I love Gmail, but there have been some security concerns haunting me ever since I started carrying a smart-phone, having my gmail accessible behind nothing more than a simple swipe gesture or 4 digits PIN. My entire life is in GMail and anyone getting access to my phone will be able to get a lot …

What if I lost my laptop

So, I work for a web development agency. And today I thought I lost my Laptop. Oh no.. Bought three years ago at ~$1,499 (lets say ~500$) Add a day to re-install and re-configure a new one: +$1K. Wait.. did I use an encrypted FS ? A nice surprise awaits the smarter thief: The source …

The Bitcoin and the Taxi driver

I am worried again. Whats this about the taxi driver ? Back in 2007 I was “investing” in the stock market. The global prices of potash were on the rise and a local stock was climbing up like there was no tomorrow. I was in, I was in deep. And then it happened, my taxi …

Have you paid the global tax ?

Bought a can of Coca-Cola lately ? How about “Old Navy” ? Maybe even a BMW ? You probably never gave it any thought but that money didn’t go to the “Coke producing Cows”. Part of it went to manufacturing, part to supply chains, retailers, wages, profit.. and part… to marketing. Lets do an experiment Look at …

Seriously ? Ads ?

Some Facts Facebook now has close to one billion people (that is 1,000,000,000). It is one of the most recognized brands online. One year after launching ‘Facebook connect’ was everywhere Can easily spend a billion dollar (case in point Instagram) So what can you do with that power ? Option 1 Ads, continue trying to …

Outside the AB testing box

How we got rid of 80% of our support calls The year is 2010 and yours truly is deciding on opening a Groupon like coupon site back in his country. A bit of coding + a bit of selling and we were up in the air. Beyond being the VP-RnD, CFO and Janitor, I had the dubious …

We are the McDonnalds of Shoe stores

  “I am opening a new shoe store” That is what a good friend of mine, happily announced to me. “Not just a shoe store, we are going to be the McDonnalds of shoe stores !” Shoe store ? Frankly I wasn’t too surprised, having heard that quite a few times already. And he proceeded …

True web security from Javascript injections ?

With the coming of FireFox 4, a new (and wildly unnoticed) feature was added to the browser: CSP – Content Security Policy. The idea behind the CSP, was to try to mitigate many of attacks and abuses we have been seeing on the web in recent years. From Click hijackings, unexpected cross-site-scripting, injections by corporate …