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Links for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

  • Pierre Khawand:Tip-Of-The-Month: From 500 Hats to 5 Hats: How to Focus, Collaborate, Play, do E-Mail, and Get Accomplished! – “Put on your Focus Hat and dive deep into an important task that is going to make a difference. Meaningful accomplishments don’t come from working a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Meaningful accomplishments require focused and purposeful effort. When you are working in few minutes increments, or even seconds nowadays, you may be getting things done and getting some immediate gratification, but hardly thinking strategically and creatively, and rarely solving important and complex problems.
  • In Traction: Fun With Python, OpenCV and Face Detection – “I had some fun with Gary Bishop’s OpenCV Python wrapper this morning. I wanted to try out OpenCV for detecting faces using a web cam. This could be used for instance to see if someone is sitting behind his desk or not. I used Gary’s Python wrapper since I didn’t want to code in C++.
  • Ross Hudgens: 76 Powerful Thoughts from Paul Graham – “21. Empathy is probably the single most important difference between a good hacker and a great one. Some hackers are quite smart, but practically solipsists when it comes to empathy. It’s hard for such people to design great software, because they can’t see things from the user’s point of view.
  • Startup Monkeys: Building a Scrabble MMO in 48 Hours – “I’m not sure what it is about these weekend coding competitions, but they’ve always fascinated me. I love seeing real life demonstrations of the fact that technology has progressed to the point where you can go from a harebrained idea to deployed and functional product in a few intense dev days. Or maybe it’s because I remember my previous life as an ASP.NET developer where the first week of a project would barely cover the schema design and data access layer.