Sunday, February 14, 2010

Twitter trending topic

It is funny to see people trying to bring up a trending topic on twitter by repeating the word thousands of time with a hashtag and in different tweets. Some are even asking people to retweet those tweets containing multiple hashtagged words. I doubt this would help them. From a logical point of view, a trending topic should not be identified by how many times a word appears on twitter, because that would be very easy to trick it. Anybody would be able to create trending topic by spamming a word on twitter. I am not sure how twitter determines what makes a topic a trending topic, but it would definitely make more sense if it was determined by how many different people are saying the same word. When something is being talked about by many different people, that's what you may call a true trending topic!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Ring Free Call Reminder Service

Ring has been officially launched at the technology fair E2Tech in Haiti. So many people and companies were interested in the services it's not even funny. Among the great services they have, the Free Call Reminder Service was attracting many people to the booth. The service is developed for the Haitian market and as of now it is still in an early stage and still attracting more and more users everyday. It can be very promising. More features will be added soon, and at the same time, a paid enterprise version is in progress.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Evolve CG Computer Graphic Challenge

Evolve CG is calling for entries in its first annual student contest – The Hunter. This challenge will be open to all students currently enrolled in any computer graphic art or animation program (at any college or animation school), or who has graduated within seven months of entering this challenge.

Check them out:
http://evolve3d.net/the_hunter/

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Friday, August 28, 2009

My journey at the FDA

The Office of Generic Drug at FDA has decided to rollout the review flow system I was developing for them. Right before the end of my term with them and after days of testing and fixing bugs, they finally roll it out live, and everything went well. I Cannot give that much information about it because of NDA, but I can tell you it is a great web application that will help the reviewers, project managers and the directors to perform their daily task better, while increasing productivity and decrease delays in approving new drug application.

On monday, the Director of the office along with a project manager and a supervisor treated me to dinner to thank me for my hard work. I was given a certificate/plaque of appreciation the next day. I felt very special that day while he was explaining me the impact the project will have in the office and that they were dreaming to have a tool like that to work with. He told me if I come back in 10 years, this same system might still be in use (which I doubt), because most of the time, that is the way things work in the government (Legacy Systems) :-)

Yes, I have developed great tools at Box Telecom, and did great stuff since I started programming, but this is the first time I worked on such a huge project which I did about 80-90% of it and that will be used by soooooooo many people in the long run (2000+ ppl).

That's cool!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Rejecting job offers...

Yes, I did that 3 times in less than 3 months. It's not that I am dumb or I have my dream job, but I already committed to doing that project at the FDA, and this experience working for the government is very valuable to me. The funny thing is I know for sure when I am done at the FDA next week, no more job offers will come my way. But it's all good. I have a great plan for the rest of the year, and depending on how it goes, might carry over for the years I have to live :-) Also, I still have lots of freelance development projects coming my way. I am making couple of bucks here and there and I am holding up. Moreover, my start-up should be UP and RUNNING soon, very promising start-up and can be pretty profitable if I put in some efforts and find the right people to help me out and grow. This is exactly what I am doing, and that's why I go to bed a 2:30 am everyday. I have to put in efforts to make this happen, and find people with the right mindset that can help on what I need to get done.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Domain name is up!

More than one week after my domain name was paid for, the folks at www.gama.ht finally provisioned my domain name. I wonder why a simple domain name registration has to be such a big deal to do. What are they doing at Gama? The first day they said it would take up to 48 hrs to work, but after more than 168 hrs nothing was done. I believe its only today, after I called them a second time that they actually did something.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The future of communications

I believe in a near future (< 15 years) from now all types of communication and data transfer would be done through an ethernet cable. The PSTN will phase out and all communications will be based on IP. Even your TV will be equiped with an RJ45 jack, and you get your TV cable channel through an IP network. Coax cable will be gone. How great would that be if even you TV could be powered over ethernet?

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