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This list summarises some of the most important lessons I've learned in life.

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There must be a host of legitimate uses for the same data. The obvious ones: 1) Verifiy or correct the date/timestamps on recordings. 2) Geo-locate based on hum signature. Could apply to recordings or "live" conversations (e.g. skype). 3) Synchronising recordings.

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I'm often disappointed to find comments veer off track and never return. In rare cases the digressions are more valuable than the original article, but it sure would be great to be able to collapse ego wars, etc.

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Thank you - the light just went on for me! Is this what is meant by Domain Specific Languages (DSL's) ?

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A good architect doesn't pretend to have a monopoly on ideas or trending technologies. Their job is to make sure that the really good ideas aren't ignored and get adopted more broadly.

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In the beginning "likes" had value because there was no incentive to lie. Now they are so gamed they've become meaningless. Couple that with the sheer number of "friends" who are little more than strangers and it's no wonder social reputation counts for very little. You get better recommendations from experts in forums - in the form of text, not scores.

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That's a great analogy. It will be interesting to see if agile storytelling becomes as popular as agile development, and how both those approaches will have evolved in 10 (or 20) years time.

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It's hard to answer that question because so much depends on your specific circumstances but I'll try. I'm assuming you're able to do your own programming because $1000 won't get you very far if you need to hire developers.

Find an area where you think you can provide something of value. It could be a hobby or a problem in your community. Figure out how to solve it and have a go. Get feedback early and keep an open mind try lots of things and understand what's working and why.

If you don't already know patio11's Bingo Card Creator story, then probably the best advice you will find is on his website:

http://www.kalzumeus.com/

Read the earlier ones on how to prioritize your time and validate your work (the more recent posts are more geared towards SEO and marketing).

Also Eric Rees's blog about the Minimal Viable Product approach: http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/

But you've been on HN for a while, so you probably already know all that?

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In my experience it's the programmers who can ONLY program that get little respect. The ones that can also understand other problem domains (business/people/processes) tend to get respect no matter what their job title, even in technology companies. So Zed is right - programming is most powerful as a tool to be applied to more interesting problems.

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Over the years I have gradually come to prefer VB too. I find it slightly easier to read and also easier to explain to noobs. I particularly prefer ... End If Next i End Sub

to ... } } }

That said it's easy enough to adjust and I often don't even notice which language sample code is written in.

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