To Be Nice or Not to Be Nice?

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I stumbled upon this two-year-old article Why It's Safe for Founders to Be Nice, written by Paul Graham (a co-founder or Y Combinator), whom I honestly respect, and I decided to explain why I disagree. Not that I think we shouldn't be nice. Not at all. But I do think that "being nice" is not a solution for organizational, management, marketing, sales, or business development problems. Moreover, in most cases it is actually not safe for founders to be nice.

Bitcoin Is Not a Pyramid. Coinbase Is.

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In September 2016 I paid Coinbase $1,222 for two BTCs, $611 each. Seven months later, in April 2017, they paid me back $2,490, which was $1,245 for each BTC. My profit before tax was $1,268, over 100% of the investment, in just seven months. Moreover, if I had waited until today, I would have made $6,800 profit instead. Actually, I still have a few BTCs in my Coinbase account and I can make that 750% profit, if I sell now. Should I? The BTC price is over $4,000. Will it go up? Or down? What would you do?

RAII in Java

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Resource Acquisition Is Initialization (RAII) is a design idea introduced in C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup for exception-safe resource management. Thanks to garbage collection Java doesn't have this feature, but we can implement something similar, using try-with-resources.

How to Manage a Manager?

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No secret, we you all have managers. Some of them are great, while many are simply idiots. What do you do if you happen to have a boss that fits perfectly into this dominating category? Quit and try to find a better place? This may sound like good advice, but you know as well as I do that a new boss most likely won't be any better. Don't quit. Stay. Manage the manager. Most of them are manageable.

My Favorite Websites

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I recently published a summary of the software and hardware I'm using every day. Now I'll list my most favorite websites and online services, which help me do my daily job: write code and manage projects.

The Bigger Victim of Sexual Harassment

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You most probably are aware of the recent sexual harassment scandals in Silicon Valley, which led to serious career problems for Dave McClure (former CEO of 500 Startups), Travis Kalanick (former CEO of Uber), Chris Sacca, and a few others. Let's try to put emotions aside and analyze what's happening and what long-term consequences this panic may have for our male-dominated engineering environment.

How I Would Re-design equals()

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I want to rant a bit about Java design, in particular about the methods Object.equals() and Comparable.compareTo(). I've hated them for years, because, no matter how hard I try to like them, the code inside looks ugly. Now I know what exactly is wrong and how I would design this "object-to-object comparing" mechanism better.

Am I a Sexist?

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Recently I said a few words in my Telegram group about "women in tech," which led to some negative reaction on Twitter. I believe I owe my readers an explanation. Some of them already got confused and came to me with the question: "If you're so much against slavery, where is this male chauvinism coming from?" Let me explain what's going on. Indeed I am a big fan of freedom, but recent hysteria around gender equality is not helping us to become more free. Instead it is causing quite the opposite effect.

My Work Environment

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I was asked in my Telegram Group which tools and hardware I use in my daily work. Here is the full list of what I have and even how much I paid for them. Maybe it will be helpful for someone.

Object-Oriented Declarative Input/Output in Cactoos

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Cactoos is a library of object-oriented Java primitives we started to work on just a few weeks ago. The intent was to propose a clean and more declarative alternative to JDK, Guava, Apache Commons, and others. Instead of calling static procedures we want to use objects, the way they are supposed to be used. Let's see how input/output works in a pure object-oriented fashion.