Creating a PDF out of several scanned papers

I needed to create a single PDF that contains all the scanned papers of my academic transcript for admission to MBA programs. Once the papers...

Argument list too long

Say you’re looking to count how many unique lines there are in a bunch of *.csv files. The below snippet will work as long as...

Success is paved with failures

The more I exercise the more I realize that exercising is similar to product growth. What I mean is that once you set aggressive weekly...

Classical music

Just got back from the Benaroya Hall in Seattle where I listened to a few pieces of classical music composed by George Enescu (1881-1955). I’ve...

Testing a used server

You can find pretty cheap servers on eBay these days, and they’re worth it! RAM testing Use the memtest86+ utility that comes with every Ubuntu...

UX effort matrix

They say that a design is good when you can’t simplify it further. So I was thinking how can this simplification strategy be converted to...

Things worth it in life

A good haircut. Waking up at 5am. Listening to Leonard Cohen’s Take this waltz and In my secret life. May he rest in peace. The...

It's the product, stupid

I’ve been oscillating on the issue of why a product isn’t successful for many years. Is the product not getting traction: because of lack of...

$1.66 for 1 GB of RAM

Memory got so cheap: $1.66 for 1 GB of registered ECC RAM. Unbuffered is about 3X the price of registered, but still, pretty cheap. I...

MBA profile

MBA.com provides a free GMAT prep. software that allows candidates to test themselves against. But in order to download that software, you have to, of...

Broken window theory of engineering best practices

Two of my favorite FxCop violations are excessive cyclomatic complexity and excessive class coupling. If engineers, rather than refactoring code, are starting to suppress those...

Bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive on Mac

Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive on a Mac is pretty cumbersome. There are a few GUI-based apps out there that do the job,...

AMP: Accelerated Mobile Pages

This blog is AMP-accelerated. You can verify this by adding the fragment #development=1 to the current URL and checking the console of the web development...

1st or 10X better

In order for a product to succeed, the product has to be either: 1st to market, or 10X better than the competition. I forgot in...

I'm much more me when I'm with you

I’m attending my friend’s wedding in San Francisco this weekend; and the most exquisite Chinese-Indian wedding just ended. Each attendee got a little red box...

Structure a.k.a. Game Plan

As stated in previous blog posts, I’ve started focusing on going to the gym and studying for GMAT every single day, while keeping track of...

App Stores

A list of online stores where apps, games, themes, watchfaces etc. can be published: Apple App Store (apps and games) Apple iMessage Store (stickers and...

Block Tor Project exit node IP addresses with nginx

I got pretty upset today to see that some folks were using the Tor Project exit nodes to scrape my website. Since I’m pushing nginx...

Discipline

Discipline, or the art of repetitive personal growth, goes hand in hand with perspective. Once goals are set via the perspective framework of though, discipline...

Small agile teams powered by JavaScript

The more I think of business requirements, the more I understand that to succeed in the years to come you need to iterate fast; the...

Perspective

You got to have a clear sense of what’s important to you. And by important I mean what’s really really important. If you think about...

Skitch and Sketch

Two superb apps: Skitch and Sketch. Enough said.

Counting down to zero

I’ve started going to a circuit training class at Pro Sports Club for the past half of year. For those who don’t know, circuit training...

Weizmann street

There’s a Weizmann street in almost every single Israeli city. This is because Chaim Weizmann was the first president of Israel. Just got back from...

Time Runs Out, Logic Lasts

Troll (Time Runs Out, Logic Lasts) is the brand name of a few escape rooms in Bucharest. Love the name! I hear there are over...

clip.exe

If you weren’t aware of clip.exe on Windows, you are now. Anything you pipe into clip.exe will be copied to clipboard so that you don’t...

Best advice I got: exercise daily

Best advice I got in life was from an ex-girlfriend who kept insisting that I should exercise more. And I blindly kept ignoring it. This...

Steal customers or grow the market

Was talking to a friend of mine who owns and runs a $900K/year business about the best approach to keep growing a business year over...

Marry well – at least once

A friend of mine recommended me a really good book. It’s called 10% Happier and it’s written by Dan Harris. He’s a correspondent for ABC...

Don't lose the war

It’s okay to lose a battle, but it’s not okay to lose the war. I like that saying. My high school physics professor kept telling...

Stop using SSH

Use autossh instead. It’s the same as ssh just that if the connection drops it reconnects automatically. This is of utmost importance when you’re tunneling....

The networking cable

I was just talking to an old friend and neighbor who remembered that in 2000 we wanted to be able to play Starcraft together. And...

Hi! I'm Paul Borza

Hi! I’m Paul Borza, a software engineer who left Romania in order to work for Microsoft in the United States.