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Larry’s blog

Live Photos on the Web

I made Live Photos work on the web and it brought my computer to a grinding halt.

The Genesis Block

The Genesis Block is a token of the consensus that was achieved at Scaling Bitcoin in Hong Kong.

#StartupThisSunday

I built a new product in 24 hours. Learn from my experience!!

Remembering Zhao Ziyang

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the death of former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang

Apple Pay: 4 lessons Bitcoin needs to learn

Apple Pay launched in the US on October 20, 2014, and has been doing very well. 1 million cards added in the first 3 days. In the first 3 weeks, just one me...

Why Apple Watch needs the iPhone

Apple has done it again. It’s taken a product category filled for decades with failed products that saw little success even among dedicated nerds and re-inve...

Racism in Hong Kong

You don’t move to a foreign country where most people look different than you and stay for very long if you can’t put up with mild racism. I always expected...

Bitcoin's end game

I had the good fortune to (literally) travel around the world last month with multiple stops in the USA, Europe and Asia talking with customers and friends a...

How English Killed Bitcoin

Mt. Gox finally died and may be taking Bitcoin with it. Cause of death? English. Here’s how:

Why do we hate stuff?

There’s a growing divide in this world. It’s not the wealth gap or the digital gap, or the education gap.

Why you should work until you drown

In the past few years movements like “lean startup,” the “four hour work week” and “start up weekend” have gain a lot of popularity. The gospel they preach?...

Chinese: Your Kids Don't Care

There seems to be a mini epidemic of Taiwanese having kids in English speaking countries, finding difficultly teaching their kids Chinese and creating Kickst...

Bitcoin Payout for Testers

Many Pay4Bugs testers have asked us to offer an alternative to PayPal. Our testers would rather be earning money finding problems in Pay4Bugs customer projec...

The Death of Walled Social

Privacy and ad-supported services don’t go together. Former Sun Microsystems CEO and fellow Wesleyan alum, Jonathan Schwartz, writes that companies such as ...

Just fucking do it!

“Just fucking do it!” New York Islanders owner and tech entrepreneur Charles Wang told a couple of wild-eyed kids who were trying to raise seed capital to f...

People are it

I’ve spent a lot of time studying foreign languages. One thing I’ve learned is that language isn’t about logic and persuasive arguments—language is what it i...

Adam Smith is Pro Obamacare

I am a classical liberal. Adam Smith’s proposition that individuals pursuing their own self-interest serve the common good is right. Violence is behind ever...

Outcasts on Chinese Subways

Friend Tricia Wang is spending a year in China doing fascinating research on poor migrants and their use of technology.  She recently shared an excellent wri...

Startup Visa Act: Pay to Play in the USA?

I’m a foreign entrepreneur in South China who has taken advantage of similar existing provisions in both Hong Kong and PRC law to sponsor my own work visas. ...

Cleveland is Not a Place for Young Talent

I grew up in Cleveland.  Like many people my age who wanted to do “more” than “just” graduate from college, get a job and have a family. I moved away from Cl...

Assets & IPv6 on Ruby on Rails

All of our internal production sites starting in 2009 have been launched with dual stack IPv4/IPv6 from day one.  We typically serve static assets (images an...

China Real Estate Bubble?

You should be worried when the CEO of Beijing’s largest real estate company Zhang Xin has this to say: My view is that the real estate business has a lot of ...

3 Italy's 3G Network Overloaded by iPhones?

There has been plenty of news about data traffic growth caused by iPhone popular overloading networks in the USA and more recently the UK. I have been in No...

Centralization and Censorship

For those of you that don’t know, Facebook and Twitter have been blocked here in the People’s Republic of China for the past several months. While most woul...

Google IPv6 SSL Certificate Problem

I have been accessing Google via IPv6 for the past few months thanks to the nice people at Hurricane Electric. Every once in a while when using Gmail, I will...

China Unicom 3-Year iPhone Exclusive

Chinese media is reporting that China Unicom and Apple have signed a 3 year deal to sell the iPhone in mainland China.  Reports are that Unicom will purchase...

Yogurt Workshop

My friend Karen and her business partner Andy have been hard at work introducing the concept of gourmet frozen yogurt to the Guangzhou consumer. Their brainc...

Newspaper Blackout Poetry in Chinese

I have been a fan Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout Poetry since I came across them on Facebook. Last week, while walking by a newspaper stand in Guangzhou, ...

Find your bugs faster...

We have heard both from Pay4Bugs customers and testers that they needed a better way to manage the ever increasing number of bugs our testers have helped cus...

3.0 Locks 1st Gen iPhone

Despite what some other blogs claim restoring my jailbroken/unlocked 1st generation iPhone with 3.0 software did result in it being re-locked to AT&T mak...

Cachefly seems to be down

The CDN Cachefly seems to be partially down.  As of 4:24pm HKT, their homepage and FTP upload server are both not responding.  Data currently deployed on the...

Organizing Photos on SmugMug

Those that know me well, or have had the opportunity (or perhaps bad luck) to travel with me know that I enjoy taking pictures. Late last year, I started loo...

High School Calculus and Economic Recovery

"But history also shows that when fear [from the financial crisis] lifts, the economy returns not to normalcy but to wherever it was when the crisis began, M...

Radical Technology Decisions

Designing Pay4Bugs, our new global software testing marketplace, provided us with much more flexibility in our technology choices when compared with designin...

Ruby Regex Tool

Awesome web-based tool that helps to generate ruby regex! http://www.rubular.com/

New Supplement Price Comparison Launches

Congratulations to Friends at ClutchWave LLC for launching PricePlow.com, soon to be the leader in shopping for supplements. Whatever you’re looking for, be ...

Symmetric Cone NAT using Linux IPTables

I spent quite a long time googling for a way of re-creating symmetric cone nat in house without buying Cisco hardware. Hopefully someone else will find this...

Rails and J2EE Deployment

Hongli Lai asks why some think Rails deployment is difficult. First, a disclaimer. I am not a Ruby on Rails expert. I have only used Rails for one small prod...

How to ban smoking...

Ohio voters passed the SmokeFreeOhio late last year. Ten months after the voters spoke, the first fines were issued against offending businesses. The pena...