through sewell's eyes

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sites I Can't Live Without

So, on TechCrunch posted their list of 2009: Products I Can't Live Without.  I decided to evaluate websites that I visit on a regular basis and wouldn't know what to do if they didn't exist. 
  • Google - do I have to explain this?
  • Facebook - connecting with old friends and relatives.
  • LinkedIn - business networking as well as understanding people's background.
  • Google Docs - helpful sharing documents with people.
  • Google Reader - a MUST have for reading blogs. 
  • Google Analytics - great for understanding web traffic.
  • Meetup - helpful to find new clubs around NYC.
  • Wikipedia - great in researching/learning about things.
  • ****** -  my stock trading account.
  • ****** - my banking account. 
  • WSJ  - I love reading business and finance news.
  • Hulu - great way to catch up on TV shows I miss.
  • Twitter - starting to become a big user of this service. Need some more followers --hint, hint.
  • booksmoothie - finding cheap books online (shameless plug)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

First Post of 2009

My first post of 2009. I have been quite negligent about my blog for the last few months of 2008. I hope that I will be able to post a little more regularly even if that just means one post per month. 

Now since it is the beginning of the new year,  I'm listing out the planned changes that will occur this year.
  • Love Life: I'll be getting married during the second half of the year. It will be an exciting day.
  • Health: Shed a few extra pounds, hopefully in time for the wedding.
  • Job/Financially: Something will happen in this area. Not exactly sure what, but definitely a big change is needed. 
There is always going to be unexpected events that will occur during the course of the year, and plans always will need to be refocused. 

Saturday, August 02, 2008

How old do you have to be?

If thirty isn't old enough, that what age is?

Off To China for Vacation

Well,  I'm off to China for vacation. I'm going to be in Beijing to see part of the Olympics -- that is going to be awesome!  I'm trying to post some pictures while I'm there for people to view, assuming I can find Internet access.  If I'm successful, you will be able to see them at

Wish me luck.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Password Overloaded

I've had it was passwords!
10+ passwords the various servers at work. 5+ passwords for various personal servers I maintain. My different email accounts have their own passwords.  And don't forget the various other stuff I need to have passwords for: facebook, linkedin, google, yahoo, online banking and a whole mess of other online apps.

It just drives me nuts!!!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Recently, I have started posted various photos to Flickr. Here are a couple collections that have been posted up in the last couple of weeks.

Link to all my photos:

Monday, March 17, 2008

BarCampNYC3 Wrapup

Got home from BarCampNYC3 and took a nice long shower.
I had an awesome time at the event. I learned a lot of new things and meet a lot of great people. I definitely will be attending other BarCamps in the future. In the coming days, I plan on putting up some of my notes from the different discussion topics I sat in on.

In the meantime, check out the pics on Flickr -

Off to bed now -- sleeping in a nice soft bed is going to be so much better than last night's Wunsch great looking HARDwood floors.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Time to dust off the C/C++ books

With the announcements of iPhone SDK today, I'm definitely jazzed about doing some development for the phone just even if it for fun. Can you say 3axis accelerometer!! Now, I just need to get my Mac now...

Also, I noticed that the SQLite is going to be a core piece of the iPhone now. I wonder how that will affect Sybase's marketshare for their mobile db solution, SQLAnywhere, as well as their other mobile SDKs in the future. Chen maybe should chat Jobs up at the next Disney board meeting. =)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

BarCampMoneyNYC 2008

We finally set a date for BarCampMoneyNYC. Below is the PR blurb about it. As one of the organizers, we are looking for a couple sponsors for the event. If you are interested, give me a shout.

BarCampMoneyNYC 2008 is an ad-hoc gathering for the people who work in, cover or seek to revolutionize the finance industry to share and learn in an open environment will be held on Saturday April 12th, 2008 in New York City.

The event is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from all attendees focused on the trends and future of the Financial Industry. It costs nothing to attend, but there is a price: all attendees must lead a discussion, give a demo, a session, or help with one. With BarCampMoneyNYC based in the heart of the Financial Capital of the World, organizers expect a diverse group of individuals and companies from the Financial Industry to participate at this unique event.

BarCampMoneyNYC Event Details:
Date: April 12, 2008
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, 1301 Avenue of the Americas (between 52nd & 53rd street), 40th Floor.

For more information, please visit

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Webcomic - xkcd

Recently someone introduced me to a web comic called xkcd. The comic deals with math, technology, love and other wacky topics. It is quirky but VERY, VERY enjoyable. Below are some of my favorites. Hope you enjoy them.

Movie Seating
Donald Knuth
Open Source
Cat Proximity
Online Package Tracking

Sunday, January 27, 2008

BarCampNYC3 - Registration

BarCampNYC3's registration has commenced. Please register if you are interested in attending. It will be held at PolyTech, Brooklyn, NY on March 15th and 16th.

Don't know what BarCamp is, read it about here.

BTW, along with volunteering to help organize with BarCampNYC3, I'm also involved in organizing another BarCamp called BarCampMoneyNYC. BarCampMoneyNYC will be focusing on innovation within the financial industry; more information on that soon.

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