1. Leadership and Lollipops (moments)

    Great video on everyday leadership:

  2. When you give your customers the option to simply reply to emails, this is what you may receive.

  3. The College Meltdown

    Great piece by Mark Cuban, The Coming Meltdown in College Education & Why The Economy Won’t Get Better Any Time Soon:

    Its far too easy to borrow money for college. Did you know that there is more outstanding debt for student loans than there is for Auto Loans or Credit Card loans ? Thats right. The 37mm holders of student loans have more debt than the 175mm or so credit card owners in this country and more than the all of the debt on cars in this country. While the average student loan debt is about 23k. The median is close to $12,500. And growing. Past 1 TRILLION DOLLARS.

    If you are interested in topic, check out James Altucher’s I was blind, but now I can see.

    And if you want a better glimpse into how what we actually define as education is broken, check out Seth Godin’s Stop Stealing Dreams.

  4. Dropbox for Semi-Git Hosting

    Very smart way to do Git with Dropbox. Simple FTW.

  5. Don’t work. Avoid telling the truth. Be hated. Love someone.

    A very interesting read on simply pursuing happiness.

    A couple of great quotes:

    Forget about your life expectancy. After all, it’s calculated based on an average. And you never, ever want to expect being average.

    And then:

    What you should prepare for is mess. Life’s a mess. You are not entitled to expect anything from it. Life is not fair. Everything does not balance out in the end. Life happens, and you have no control over it. Good and bad things happen to you day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. Your degree is a poor armor against fate.

    The last one in particular gels with my now favorite quote.

  6. Co-Hacking Yardley on May 10

    This week, I am going to do my co-hacking day in Yardley, PA. @briandonahue is going to be there and it looks like one or two others from the Philly Startup Hackers group may stop by as well.

    If you can make it out, please stop by and join us.

    When: May 10, 2012.

    Location:
    Yardley Starbucks.
    1 North Main Street
    Yardley, PA 190671409

  7. Expect nothing. Blame nobody. Do something.

    Apparently the quote source is unknown, but it is supposed to be the mantra if Bill Parcels.

    Regardless, this is definitely one of my all time favorite quotes.

  8. Replacing Finder with Path Finder

    Finder has always been the piece of OS X that has just felt wrong. This might be due to years of Windows use, simply over thinking it, or perhaps it really is just a turd.

    For the last year or so, I had been using TotalFinder. TotalFinder is a big improvement over Apple’s built in Finder. However, I found it to be a bit flaky, especially on Lion.

    I recently came across another alternative, Path Finder and it has been an absolute joy to use.

    Here are some of my favorite features:

    • It consistently just works.
    • Document previews in the footer
    • Dual views
    • Great breadcrumb navigation
    • Dual (side by side) views
    • Favorites

    Path Finder brings a ton of additional features (git,terminal/iterm, etc) to the table, but most importantly it just makes working with files simple. At $40 it is not exactly cheap, but for something you will use a couple of times a day every single day, it really ends up being a steal.

  9. Static Asset Caching and Compression on Heroku

    One of the best aspects of Heroku’s cedar stack is thecontrol and flexibility it offers you. Unfortunately, this also means you are on the hook for properly configuring many items in your app.

    An example of this is proper HTTP caching and gzip compression.

    For static asset caching, Heroku provides a great detailed support article, Using Rack::Cache with Memcached for Static Asset Caching in Rails 3.1+ on configuring your rails app and using memecached to help speed things up.

    On the compression side, there is a great simple article by Gaurish Sharma, Enable gzip compression on Heroku

    Total time to setup and deploy both…roughly 2 minutes.

  10. Great video by Simon Sinek on doing good and building trust.