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I feel like that's SourceForge's job. When something gets excitement, that's the last time you want to throw up a page like this. Poor user experience. Would, say, GitHub do this?

I suppose something else could be afoot, but I feel like controls should be in place for that elsewhere, e.g. you can't upload a gigantic binary.

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I choose Apple because I want good hardware with a *nix operating system. End of story. Show me an alternative, and you'll pique my interest. In the meantime, you should keep your ridiculous comments about conspicuous consumption to yourself.

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Goddamn this. I have been a linuxer all my life but getting older somehow really makes patching drivers all the time quite unattractive. Bought my first mac this year... good decision.

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Amen. It was a bit of a compromise having to deal with mac ports or fink for so long, but since homebrew became so usable as a package manager a couple if years ago, the argument has only gotten stronger.

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You seriously have had to regularly patch drivers?

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Lenovo Series W + Linux?

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Yes, there are other options.

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I actually clicked on the comments to post how much I enjoyed the experience of reading the post (though I was going to put an "off-topic" disclaimer. To each his own, I guess, but I really enjoyed the reading experience of the theme.

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I probably would not have bought this book, but I did get a copy because it's free. I hope there is a way to retroactively throw some scratch to the author should I find it useful. That seems like a good model, akin to music "piracy" where I find music I love and then buy it. Or, I guess I could "buy" it again...

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You can buy it again, or just overpay for one of his other Leanpub books. (He's also got the #5 and #9 selling Leanpub books.)

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Then give them a coding problem that takes a short amount of time but allows you to evaluate their skills. I relish these opportunities and respect the companies that ask me to do them.

To keep with your metaphor, ask the carpenter to make you a cabinet door.

Again, I agree with others here... if you're passionate about the startup you're working at (and you should be), that is your side project. I distrust people who work at startups that have side projects.

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A coding problem is less illustrative than a decent--LOC is always suspect, but let's say 10,000 LOC--corpus of work. Something to show much more than a toy problem.

Better still, however, is collaboration with open source projects--you can see individual communication between people as well as the developer's ability to enter a foreign codebase and be productive, (hopefully) without introducing bugs due to ill-advised changes without understanding what's being changed.

(We don't look at side projects or open source at my current employer. I wish we did.)

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Any coding problem that could feasibly be completed in an acceptable amount of time would be too small to actually tell me what I want to know. I mostly don't want to know what algorithms you're aware of or how quickly you can type. I want to know how you structure and modularize code. I want to know how you debug things. I want to know if you can refactor well. In short, I want to know about how you handle building and maintaining real software. If I hired people to do coding problems all day, that would be another thing, but I don't.

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When I clicked the link I saw a indeterminate progress bar which spun (and spun, and spun). Then I recalled this little gem about Gawker's redesign: Remove the hashbang and prepend domain with "ca":

http://ca.lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity...

Dunno how long this trick will work... Though if I were them, I'd take the hard-learned lesson and revert.

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I think the more relevant case here is United States v Paramount Pictures. To paraphrase (poorly) the decision: You can make movies, distribute movies and/or show movies, but you can't do all three. I hope at some point app stores as the only way to introduce software onto your purchased hardware will be struck down as violating anti-trust laws. But, I'm no lawyer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Paramount_Pict....

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I bypass the GUI all together and find battery life is increased even further!

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