TheSunnyMag: Bad Guys of Engineering; Secrets of Bezos & More


TheSunnyMag: Bad Guys of Engineering; Secrets of Bezos & More

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to read another edition of TheSunnyMag, the weekly magazine which curates all the beautifully written stories on technology, startups, India and other things from around the web. If you enjoyed reading the post on why Generation Y Yuppies are unhappy in the last edition, you will like the post on the Hacker News Generation. Dont’ forget to read the Wired story on Amazon and the Bad Guys of Design in the sections below. Happy reading!


The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store: rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider. It will rake in about $75 billion this year. For his book,Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone spoke to hundreds of current and former friends of founder Jeff Bezos. In the process, he discovered the poignant story of how Amazon became the Everything Store. More here

Twitter to investors: We are the anti-Facebook: The instant gratification of the Web now comes in IPO form. With Facebook’s IPO, we speculated and debated and analyzed for months waiting for an S-1 to be filed. Intrepid bloggers hit refresh on the SEC’s Web site, racing to copy and paste Zuck’s investor letter into WordPress first. Once we finally got it, and everyone had to wait another four months for the IPO. We had time to write a whole e-book about it. More here.

Just How Inept Was Nokia’s Board? Did the board in fact end up promising Elop more compensation in case he sells the phone division than if he runs it with modest success? More here.

Is Google Wrecking Our Memory? Is the Internet ruining our ability to remember facts? If you’ve ever lunged for your smartphone during a bar argument (“one-hit father of twerking pop star”—Billy Ray Cyrus!), then you’ve no doubt felt the nagging fear that your in-brain memory is slowly draining away. More here.

How Software Is Eating Venture Capital: Introducing the Founder’s b****: These days, entrepreneurs don’t need VCs as much as VC’s need entrepreneurs. AngelList processes as much as 500 introductions and moves $10 million each month. More here.

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading: This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real abomination of ebooks is often overlooked: Some are so ingrained in the product itself that they are hiding in plain sight, while others are well concealed beneath layers of commerce and government. More here.


How I Made $4000 Selling A Product I Didn’t Have: But I didn’t just want to validate the idea and the value proposition; I wanted to make sure that customers would actually pay for this. After I had an insightful Clarity call with Dan Martell, I decided that the only way to gauge whether customers would pay for PublicBeta was to require a credit card upon registration. More here.

Jimmy Wales To Silicon Valley: Grow Up And Get Over Your Age Bias: Silicon Valley frowns on age, yet several of its most successful entrepreneurs argue experience tends to trump youthful exuberance. More here.

Life Hack

The Hacker News Generation (Afraid of Hard Work): It is really sad to see someone peak at 22 or 23 years of age and then go down the crapper from there. It doesn’t happen because they work really hard and burn out. It doesn’t happen because, as they like to imagine, the world wasn’t ready for their genius. It happens because they don’t know how to work. Read more here.

The sneaky, sucky way distraction punctures your productivity: It’s a full 23 minutes until we get back on track, meaning that we’re losing hours of work to all these interruptions. Every day. More here.

Why clever and lazy people make great leaders: “You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person,” says Warren Buffett. “Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.” Ideally you want all three but people don’t always cooperate. These qualities tend to be difficult to judge in hiring someone. More here.

Everything You Thought You Knew About Creativity Is Wrong: Contrary to popular belief, no one is born without a creative bone in his or her body, and not all creative types are starving artists. In other words, we’ve all got it, but our personalities play a role in the kind of creative we are, and how we best feed into it. More here.

Gadget Vice

They’re (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks: Thanks to AndreiF7’s excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away with a couple of conclusions. More here.

Android: A visual history: With the release of Android 4.3 — Jelly Bean — on Asus’ 2013 model Nexus 7, we wanted to take a look back through the years at how Andy Rubin’s brainchild has evolved into the industry titan that it is today. What’s changed? What has (sometimes stubbornly) stayed the same? More here.

David Byrne: ‘The internet will suck all creative content out of the world’: The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today’s artists across the creative industries. More here.

Hard Code

The 5 Most Important Algorithms In Tech: Algorithms, simple functions that hover between mathematical problems and computer programs, are everywhere. Here are just five which you couldn’t live without. More here.

What is the best comment in source code you have ever encountered?


* For the brave souls who get this far: You are the chosen ones,
* the valiant knights of programming who toil away, without rest,
* fixing our most awful code. To you, true saviors, kings of men,
* I say this: never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down,
* never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry,
* never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.
*/ More here.

Big Picture

The “Bad Guys” Of Engineering: What Defines “Design-Centric” Companies Like Apple: n the back of every iPhone and iPad, on the underside of every iPod and iMac, glistens the signature of Apple’s products: “Designed by Apple in California.” Apple, it’s often said, is a design-centric company; its products are not “Engineered by Apple in California,” like they might be in, say, Redmond, where Microsoft is widely regarded as an engineering-focused company. What actually divides the two approaches though? More here.

Slavoj Žižek: “Most of the idiots I know are academics”: Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit – Rammstein. More here.


What the great-grandson didn’t learn: Should Rahul Gandhi read the correspondence between Nehru and Patel, he would know that differences can be expressed with greater finesse than what he has shown us. More here.

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