On Enterpreneurship

Warning To All Entrepreneurs About Bad Investor Behavior
If the person was offering to put in $25k – $100k in the round and asking for 1% or 2% as an “active advisor” to help out with the company, I’d still be skeptical of the equity ask at this stage and encourage the founders to (a) vest it over time and (b) make sure there was a tangible commitment associated with it that was different from other investors.

Steal This Start-Up!
If you have a hot idea for an Internet start-up, conventional wisdom goes, do not tell anyone. Draw up a non-disclosure agreement, file a provisional patent, and have your friends sign frieNDAs. Skip the therapist. Do not go out. Stop tweeting. Thieves, copycats and precocious 17-year olds are everywhere, handing you cocktails, eavesdropping on your Sunday brunch, eager to make a Winklevoss of you.

God, memories and hypercards

It was decades ago, when me and a couple of good friends, started our business vision in this world, by editing an anti-fanzine, mixing copy-art, some selected interviews, hand-drawing illustrations, besides a lot of funny crap, to make the thing.

Those were the early eighties. Our anti-fanzine was annual and, in the city of Barcelona, South Europe, it gave us a certain notoriety and glamour in the scene.

My first paid job came a few months later, as graphic designer for a trend magazine, at the age of eighteen. Then followed the music, studies and yhe career at the University start, and my first business project, my firstbrand,my first company, being this yours twenty-three years old.

There was no Internet then, just HyperMedia, so writing code for games in tape-recording, was as exciting as recording music in those same tapes.

Addenda: I learn how to program, write code, when I was fifteen years old at La Salle, yeah that was too early, days of BASIC Pascal and FORTRAN and COBOL, circa 1981.

Delfi Ramirez Design 1983
 Besides business, as a plus, of course.

Life went on, we grew, some departed, and I come back again to the fields of communication and new media.

We, and me in the middle, were the first and the best, remember? . Our naiveness was born, I guess by the strong beliefs against beliefs we had when we started our anti-fanzine. Imprimatur included.

On the road again.

Thanks God, it's not Friday.

Return to 2001

Now we are in the year 2011, Google Inc has developed Swiffy, at their labs. Great tool and a great initiative too.

Swiffy allows you, basically, to convert .swf applications into HTML version 5 aplications.

Alas, the converted document does not has all the needs, neither the goals of the original source format. And I am speaking about ActionScript version Two.  lA web programming language dated in the year 2004. Then, imagine going further in your professional calendar of milestones and projects..

Here, some alerts from this site:

Color transformations with an alpha addition term are not supported. (78 occurrences)
The ActionScript function clearInterval is not supported. (3 occurrences)
The ActionScript class ContextMenuItem is not supported. (4 occurrences)
The ActionScript method MovieClip.getBytesLoaded() is not supported. (1 occurrences)
The global ActionScript property _global is not supported. (1 occurrences)
The ActionScript method MovieClip.stopDrag() is not supported. (2 occurrences)
The ActionScript class BlurFilter is not supported. (2 occurrences)
The ActionScript function setInterval is not supported. (4 occurrences)

Well, for a person trained in the delights and possibilities of that ECMAScript children language known aby the name of ActionScript, this is no less that being back into 2001. Like in A Space Odissey.

Render Naive

Spot on. The illusion that corporations like Facebook or Twitter are public utilities is not only naive, it's positively pernicious because it enables them to get away with the pretence that they are solely forces for good, rather than single-minded corporations whose loyalties are ultimately to their shareholders, no matter how soothing their bedside manners are.

Mr. John Naughton bangs on the nail, here.

System 7

Mac OS 7.6 is a fascinating operating system that was much more powerful than people credit it as being. Remember, the System 7 era spanned two major releases of Microsoft Windows (3.1 and 95), a true testament to it's power and longevity. So, if you have an older beige Mac lying around, why not give Mac OS 7 a try? You may find it surprisingly fun to use.

Here, and there.


Why it’s hard to make JS fast: Because JavaScript is an untyped language. untyped = no type declarations.


I would add the same 'motives' for enhancing ActionScript , intended as a language, either.

Cheap and Nasty

Nasty Mondays Website ©  Delfi Ramirez 2009-2012
Nasty Mondays Website ©  Delfi Ramirez 2009-2012. ©Video: Magdalena Esteve
Nasty is essentially asynchronous, terse, silent, and stable. A Nasty message carries minimal information that practically never changes. Your goal as designer is to make this information ultrafast to parse, and possibly even impossible to extend and experiment with.
Here, Cheap and Nasty, two essential patterns

Advice From

Programming as a profession is only moderately interesting. It can be a good job, but if you want to make about the same money and be happier, you could actually just go run a fast food joint. You are much better off using code as your secret weapon in another profession.

People who can code in the world of technology companies are a dime a dozen and get no respect. People who can code in biology, medicine, government, sociology, physics, history, and mathematics are respected and can do amazing things to advance those disciplines.

Here, by Zed.

The Love Boat

This is what you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn't released something publicly.

Read the complete manifesto from those evil bastards from twitter, here. A funny, quite delightful and entertaining reading experience, I promise.


If those old guys were so smart, why didn't they build amazon.com, eBay, and Google? Well, many of them died before the 50,000th person obtained Internet access. There wasn't much point in having an online store when there were only 50 or 100 computers on the Internet.

Nice thoughts on Internet Software Patents, by Mr. Philip Greenspun, explained here.

The Reduceron

Hardware-Assisted and Target-Directed Evaluation of Functional Programs
by Mr. Matthew Francis Naylor.
A dissertation submitted for the degree
Doctor of Philosophy,
September 2008.

Read it here

Marketing Myopia

The railroads did not stop growing because the need for passenger and freight transportation declined. That grew. The railroads are in trouble today not because that need was filled by others (cars, trucks, airplanes, and even telephones) but because it was not filled by the railroads themselves. They let others take customers away from them because they assumed themselves to be in the railroad business rather than in the transportation business. The reason they defined their industry incorrectly was that they were railroad oriented instead of transportation oriented; they were product oriented instead of customer oriented.

Read the complete essay,written 1n 1960 by Mr. Theodore Levitt, here

Mustapha Mond

What Mr. Pariser discovered is that the Internet (and Internet-based education) has the potential to create an electronic Skinner Box. Inside a Skinner Box, or “operant conditioning chamber,” behaviour theoretically can be determined and predicted by controlling the occupant’s every input and reward. In a sense, that’s what Internet personalization filters are already doing, creating an echo chamber where we only hear what we already believe.
Written by Mr. David Clemens, a brave and concise analysis, on how one can get success in Maths subjects, or what we can knowledge by preposition; but however- at the same time - one can fail in the History subjects, or any other deeper field of what we can knowledge by induction.
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. ( A. Huxley )
This article can be read here.

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