The One Minute Manager takes about 20 minutes to read through.

And I can save you 19 minutes by summarizing the three things that the managerial protagonist in the book learns from the One Minute Manager (OMM):

The one-minute gimmick aside, this is good advice on management — a good reminder on the importance of setting and meeting expectations along with immediate and relevant feedback. Just getting out of the way is an important skill to hone.

Then again, the OMM doesn’t have to worry about all those other issues, like career…


As arbitrary as it may be, the end of the year is a good milestone and reminder to reflect on the events and thoughts of the past 12 months. It’s a great excuse to read back through what I was thinking throughout the early and middle parts of the year, and to reminiscence on what I’ve experienced and learned since 2014.

Personal

After all the major life events in the past couple of years — marriage, first family home, and first-born child — this year was one of simple lifestyle acclamation. …


I’ve been down on apps — specifically, mobile apps — for a while now. Of course, I use and buy and enjoy them on my phone[footnote]I also used to work for a company whose main product is an app.[/footnote], but I’ve watched as the mobile app marketplace and economics have deteriorated.

The app-ization of everything is now taking its toll outside of the smartphone. Apple can’t help but try to replicate its app store across everything from Macs to iPads to smartwatches to TV boxes, but the price points have just made these forays on other, non-smartphone platforms wildly unprofitable…


I don’t buy the popular notion that we’re in an post-PC era.

Of course, the proliferation of mobile devices has outpaced PCs to a large degree. They are accessible in a way that PCs never managed — the combination of low costs, mobility, and ease of use has given the phone a reach that cannot be matched by any other technological device to date. On the high end, the latest smartphones are starting to rival laptops in computing power, and more than ever it seems like PCs can truly be replaced.

The huge downside to this mobile movement is that…


Tech companies love to vilify the H1B lottery and quota system. The pro-argument is that the likes of Google and Facebook and Microsoft can’t find enough talent in their established office locations, and would like to just hire the best talent from around the world and have them immigrate to the United States. The counter-argument is that accepting more H1B workers depress wages, and that the STEM shortage is artificial: it’d be easily solved by matching demand with increased compensation[footnote]This point stings in particular because the successful wage-fixing lawsuit showed tech companies had no qualms about depressing salaries.[/footnote].

Admittedly, American…


This blog started its life as a Wordpress blog, but on a previous site, I had actually migrated from my custom blog framework over to Wordpress back in 2008 or so. Even back then, Wordpress had taken over the blogging world and its robust plugins did much more than I could have tried to code in my spare time.

I’ve also spent the past 4 years or so building single-page web applications (SPA) — you know, those complex sites written almost entirely in JavaScript and responsible for the explosion of MV* JavaScript frameworks. …


Common advice for people going on vacation is to just don’t do it. Seeing that most workers have a lot of trouble unplugging from work as it is, keeping the email app closed is one strategy to stop yourself from doing work when you’re supposed to be relaxing.

Except that there’s some merit to checking-email-while-on-break as well.

The idea of not checking email is really just a technique to prevent you from taking any work-related actions. There’s nothing inherently bad about keeping up with company proceedings, but the danger lies in actual engagement; email has a way to suck people…


Chalk it up to bad purchase timing.

A week after I decided to wear a watch and went with the Whitings Activité, they announce a new, cheaper watch in the Withings Activité Steel: basically the same watch, with a cheaper strap and a single monochromic color scheme (which I think is substantially worse than the two available on the Activité proper), but almost $300 cheaper in MSRP. I did use a 20% off coupon with my order, so the difference narrows to $200.

Of course, my first thought is that of buyer’s remorse, at least on the timing. Technology is…


It seems inevitable that cars will be the next victim in the technologicalization of everything™. Tesla has successfully shown incumbant car manufacturers one way to look beyond fossil fuels — though they still have a ways to go to produce profitable cars for the mass market — while others like Apple and Google and Uber are making the automated automobile a likely future. The interesting dynamic revolves around whether traditionally technology-focused companies can simply barge their way into the car industry, whose companies and teams have established themselves over the course of 80+ years in the business.

From drivers’ and…


I have to credit the Apple Watch. Even though I don’t think the current iterations of smartwatches make much sense — low battery life, weak apps, and mostly gaudy (Though to be fair, some of those luxury watches that sell for (at least) thousands are also unacceptably gaudy.) and ugly designs — they have made me think about wearing a watch again. And it may not be just me; I’ve definitely noticed more watches being worn around town, of both the smart and traditional variety.

For the time being, smartwatches excel at a handful of tasks:

Allen Cheung

Formerly at @square, @google. Father. Plays games, enjoys #longreads.

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