Computers & Technology

Job Scooper Update: 70+ sites supported & Now User Friendly!

A few friends have asked me if they can get similar new job alerts to what I’d set up for myself by writing Jobs Scooper.  After sending them one test alert, it was immediately clear to me that I had to make it actually usable for others if they were going to get value from    […]

That Was Fast: Facial Detection Can Now Find Genetic Diseases

Several months ago, I wrote about how well iPhoto and others were detecting matches across generations of relatives.  That post asked “How Long Before Family Trees Can Be Built of Facial Recognition?”   Crazily, we got a partial “yes” answer already! A pair of scientists, Christoffer Nellåker and Andrew Zisserman, from the University of Oxford have apparently developed software    […]

The Invisible Parts of Facebook and the Internet

Gizmodo posted a great article today about Facebook’s new data center in Sweden and the process Facebook went through to design it.  The title, “Building the Part of Facebook No One Ever Sees”, was pretty dead on.  It got me thinking about all the craziness that goes into building a data center for the cloud-based world    […]

Tracking 20+ Job Sites Every Day? Job Scooper Can Help

There are way too many job listings sites out there today. I’ve come across at least 40 of them personally already and I’m sure there are many, many more. Trying to track postings across all these sites can drive you a bit batty. The job aggregator sites usually have a way to get email alerts    […]

Scooper v2: Now Export Any Data from CrunchBase to CSV

Scooper just got a pretty hefty upgrade in the v2 release. The v2 version adds a new ability to export any data from a CrunchBase API call to Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets (as a .CSV file.)  It also majorly beefs up the amount of data it exported for any company.  Instead of just returning the first level data, it now will include all columns, even if they may have    […]

How To Easily Give Free Money to Charity… Thanks to

Amazon started this amazing charity program,  AmazonSmile. They’ve made it drop-dead easy for you to donate Amazon’s money to your favorite charity – at zero cost to you — just by doing what you’re probably already doing: shopping on Of course, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer like I am, then there’s really no    […]

Scooper: Export Data for Any Company from Crunchbase, Moz

I threw together a PHP script (called “Scooper“) that exports information for any company name or website URL from a couple of sites, with the two biggest being and TechCrunch’s Crunchbase.  You can also give it a whole list of companies and it’ll crank them all out at once. In the past, it’s the    […]

Feeling Insecure? You Probably Are. Time for 2-Factor Verification.

Mihajlo Prerad posted on LinkedIn that 2013 was the “Year of the Breach.”   Sadly, that’s probably only “Year of the Breach…So Far“. As the mainstream continues to move more services to the cloud, the prize for hackers just gets juicier and juicier.  Mihajlo states nearly 1 in 9 people worldwide were affected by one of the 2013    […]

The TurboTax Pricing Model is Even More Crazy This Year

I finally got the last of my tax documents from the bank, so I figured I’d load up TurboTax to see what the damage is this year.  (Answer:  blech.)   You can download the TurboTax app for free from the Mac App Store, but be careful, they might get you in the end with their    […]

How Long Before Family Trees Can Be Built of Facial Recognition?

Recently, I wanted to find photos of a particular friend in my photo library.  I’m pretty religious about file naming and organization, so it wouldn’t be a major task if I could remember all the events we were both at.  But finding him in ~25,000 photos of friends and family wasn’t really something I could    […]