Archive for 2013

Startup ideas

Apparently there is a very straight forward way to figure out an idea for your next startup. 🙂


The word for bear in various languages

The word for bear in various languages

P.S.: Now it makes sense why this special agent is called Oso. 🙂

Buddy System


And here is a little more serious write up about the buddy system at SlideShare Engineering Blog.

The Old Reader

The Old ReaderIt seems majority of Google Reader subscribers migrated over to Feedly after the former was shut down over a month ago. While Feedly is indeed a nice and well thought app, I still felt it was an overkill for my mere need of staying up to date with several blogs via RSS.

After trying a few more competitors, I finally settled with The Old Reader: simple and familiar UI, easy export, and also important – no unnecessary bells and whistles. On top of that guys at Cerca Apps already had their first beta of the unofficial client for Android rolled out.

The problem with Google Reader going away seemed to be solved almost seamlessly. Well that is what I thought until couple weeks later The Old Reader went public with Desperate times call for desperate measures blog post. Turned out the team behind The Old Reader simply could not handle current exponential growth since the site was created well before announcement of Google Reader shut down with intention to run it for “friends and family”. There was a call for help though and therefore a good chance that things will not be back to square one.

As of now things seemed to settle down. The site was migrated to a new data center to serve current needs better and, of course, faster.

Kudos to Dmitry and Elena and others involved for keeping The Old Reader up and running!

Astrid is back as Tasquid Tasks

An ex-colleague of mine, @shaded2, has been working tirelessly to bring Astrid Android app back as Tasquid Tasks.

While currently it is mostly stabilized fork of the original open sourced Astrid, it does have a new name and logo. Based on current plans the next upcoming feature is adding an alternative (open source) website backend for Tasquid to sync with (since is not available anymore).


Stay tuned – hopefully Tasquid will keep up with Astrid’s original level of awesomeness!

JavaScript: Serialize JSON object to a query string

JavaScript (of course nested objects would require more efforts)

var data = { one: 'first', two: 'second' };
var result = '';
for(key in data) {
    result += key + '=' + data[key] + '&';
result = result.slice(0, result.length - 1); 

jQuery (

var data = { one: 'first', two: 'second' };
var result = $.param(data);


var data = { one: 'first', two: 'second' };
var result = Y.QueryString.stringify(data);

Android file transfer

It’s been a while since Android is out but apparently there is still no way to connect an Android device to a Mac OS computer without extra efforts.

If you ran into this problem then look no further as Google has an official Android File Transfer desktop app. No need for any third party solutions.


P.S.: It is interesting how it says: “For Mac users only. You don’t need extra software to connect your Android device to a Windows computer.”

SAT Vocabulary made it to

Another win for SAT Vocabulary as it has been selected to be listed on among other sites and apps for ACT/SAT preparation.


It’s #59 out 100 but still a huge success for the app!

Introducing JIRA Jr. Project Tracking… for Kids!

MySQL: sort by case sensitive varchar

Figuring out how to apply unique index on a case sensitive varchar column turned out to be only a part of the solution.

Another thing to take into account is sorting. Once a column is case sensitive, ORDER BY starts working in a bit different way:


To address this ORDER BY should look as follows:

SELECT name FROM file

In this case the result set is sorted “as usual”:


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