Four short links: 1 November 2011

Code Bloat, Chinese Startups, Font Fun, and Businesses Embracing Open Source

  1. Things Turbo Pascal is Smaller Than — next time you’re bragging about your efficient code, spare a thought for the Pascal IDE and compiler that lived in 39,731 bytes. This list of more bloated things is hilarious.
  2. The China Startup Report (Slideshare) — interesting to see the low salary comes with expectation of bonuses but little interest in equity (as there are few exits other than IPO, for reasons the presentation goes into).
  3. Shape Method — fun HTML5 challenge that will also expand your appreciation of fonts.
  4. Open Source All The Things! — SparkFun looking aggressively for things to “open source” from their business. I have a lot of time for companies that contribute to the commons above and beyond their legally-mandated minimum, particularly those who aren’t just dumping their unwanted junk there. Google does this well, Facebook is learning. Good on ya, SparkFun.
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  • James

    About the China link and the little interest in equity, Frank Yu write at Techrice (

    When I hired Chinese male developers in Beijing for my company, I was always puzzled by their disinterest in equity shares and their desire for cash as compensation. One of my friends from China explained it to me this way: ” many of your guys want to get married or get girlfriends, in order to do this, they NEED to buy an apartment now so they can get married or to make them more eligible to prospective girlfriends as a stable and responsible spouse. Keep in mind that the gender ratio for young Chinese is heavily skewed towards boys with girls being a smaller and pickier group.”