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5 minute Primer on Venture Capital Term Sheets & Liquidation Preference

Posted in Business, Tech Industry on August 12th, 2007 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Here’s my deck from my recent Ignite/Gnomedex talk, hosted in web-viewable format by Thanks for the tip, Dave! If you’d like to read what I said to go along with the slides, download the PPT and read along in the notes section. I’m really pleased that a bunch of people seem to have found this talk useful. I’m not trying to give away any secrets, and I’m definitely not saying either side is good or bad in these situations. But by explaining how things work, I’m trying to move a little bit in the direction of openness in these…

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VC Term Sheets – Slides from Ignite Talk

Posted in Business, Tech Industry on August 9th, 2007 by leodirac – 4 Comments

Thanks to everybody who came out to Ignite last night to hear me talk. And extra thanks to everybody who voted for me. Looks like I’ll be giving my talk at Gnomedex on Saturday during the Ignite section. As promised, here is my slide deck from last night about VC Term Sheets. But I’m afraid after looking through my spreadsheets I’ve decided they’re not really ready to share yet. I put together some nice tools for visualizing waterfall charts, but they need a little work to make them user friendly. So stay tuned — I will post them. In 1996…

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Prediction about new iMacs

Posted in Tech Industry, User Experience on July 22nd, 2007 by leodirac – 2 Comments

I’m gonna make a guess at to what Apple’s going to announce in August. I’m thinking of the next gen iMacs with huge high-res touchscreens. They’ll support apps like the iPhone has with draggable windows and the cool 2-finger resizing thing and all that. It’ll merge Microsoft’s Surfaces technology with the iPhone’s UI and end up with something closer to the UI from Minority Report than anything we’ve yet seen. Or maybe they’re not there yet, and it’ll take another year or two. But this is what I think they should do.

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RSI in the pinkies

Posted in Ego, Health, Personal Growth, Tech Industry on July 10th, 2007 by leodirac – 5 Comments

A number of folks have been courting me for positions as a software development engineer recently. Many of them sound really fun. I love writing code, and even though it hasn’t been my professional focus for years, I think I’m still alright at it. But I’ve had to come to a sober realization that I simply cannot take a job where writing code is my primary function. I’m just not physically capable of it. I just about cried during a job interview once when explaining this. People come in my office and say “that’s a cool keyboard.” My response is…

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Safari for Windows

Posted in Apple, Business, Geek, Tech Industry on June 22nd, 2007 by leodirac – 1 Comment

So Apple is releasing the Safari browser for Windows. My first reaction is “great, just what we need — another minority browser.” It’s a funny move for Apple because IE will probably remain the #1 browser for quite a while just because of inertia, even as Firefox gains shares based on markedly superior features. So realistically the best Apple can hope for is #3, which really isn’t their style. Their claims about speed just aren’t going to win over users because application performance just isn’t that important for browsers on full-sized computers. On small computers with limited CPU people generally…

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Outlook 2007 hangs when receiving e-mail

Posted in Business, Geek, Tech Industry, User Experience on June 18th, 2007 by leodirac – 7 Comments

I recently started using Outlook 2007 for corporate e-mail as a POP3 client. Since “upgrading” whenever I receive e-mail, the whole system locks up for about 3-15 seconds. Doing something. Who knows what. Task Manager says Outlook has the CPU, but it’s got it with a high enough priority thread that basically nothing else can run. No other office apps. Even Firefox is non-responsive. Now my machine isn’t the switftest deer in the forest. But it’s got a 2GHz processor and 2 GB of ram so it’s not exactly archaic. What takes so long I have no idea. After a…

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Posted in Music, Tech Industry, Technology, Transhumanism, User Experience on June 17th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on

A little while ago I heard an interesting story on NPR about collaborative music software. They described a series of websites that empower geographically separated musicians to create music collaboratively. Using sites like ejamming, Musicians can find additional band members, share tracks and mix your own tracks with those of your partners across the net. They even hint at being able to practice with each other live, although I’ve never tried it. All this reminds me of the story behind the fabulous first album by The Postal Service, Give Up. For those who don’t know the story, this fabulous album…

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Microsoft’s 3 levels of Technical Support

Posted in Humor, Tech Industry on June 11th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Microsoft’s 3 levels of Technical Support

A fair bit has been written about a security fix for IE that Microsoft pushed out about a month ago — the now infamous KB931768 fix. This security fix has a bad habit of making IE unusable for a lot of people, particularly Vista users, because of problems opening the “navcancl” file. A couple of coworkers and I have had a slightly different problem. For us, as soon as we open IE, we get a file download dialog asking what to do with the HTML file that it should be displaying, and IE shuts itself down instantly upon answering the…

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Yahoo claims to launch legal lyrics service, but where is it?

Posted in Business, Music, Tech Industry on April 24th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Yahoo claims to launch legal lyrics service, but where is it?

Everybody’s reporting this morning stories about how Yahoo has launched the first legal lyrics website. This is an impressive feat considering how complex rights to song lyrics are. Two companies, Gracenote (formerly CDDB) and a Canadian startup, LyricFind, have been working for years to aggregate the rights to popular song lyrics to create such an offering. At CES this year, both were actively trying to drum up business. LyricFind has partnered with AMG to distribute their lyrics. Yahoo chose the better-established Gracenote as their data provider. I’ve spent some time looking around this morning, and I can’t find any lyrics…

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Apparent Google Bias

Posted in Business, Ego, Google, Tech Industry on April 16th, 2007 by leodirac – 4 Comments

First, I’d like to welcome everybody landing here after searching for something on Google. I hope you find what you’re looking for. I know Google has been crawling my site nearly since its launch, and I’ve been passively wondering when would this site show up in Google’s search index. It’s been in Yahoo and MSN for ages, and getting more and more links from high profile sites all the time. Well I just got the answer: as soon as I gave Google money. Surprised? As a birthday present to myself, I bought a few adwords like: Your Brain in a…

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