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James Yu
Sci-fi writer, angel investor, hacker. Before: Parse (YC S11), VR media, psychoacoustics @ Dolby Labs. Published in , ,
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James Yu 6h
Replying to @paulg
I usually change the font or send it to my kindle to read.
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James Yu 6h
Replying to @eugenewei
Really buying into dopamine fasts huh
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James Yu 17h
Replying to @cwervo
And etched into nickel and titanium can last up to 10k years.
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James Yu 17h
Replying to @immad
I think it’s the same steering wheel as the forthcoming roadster
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James Yu 17h
Replying to @devonzuegel
You don’t even need to hum, just tap. Turns out rhythm is unique enough for ID.
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James Yu 18h
Replying to @mikechenwriter
Yeah none of this 56k BS.
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
For me, BBS's showed me that tech was compelling for its ability to create new forms of communication and interaction with people. The next year, we all moved to the internet. But for that one year, the BBS showed me the future, one SysOp's isolated world at a time.
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
It was the first time that something I built was used by people I didn't know. Running a BBS taught me how to get feedback, iterate, and build a product in realtime for users. I was hooked.
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
My most cherished memories as a SysOp was chatting with my users. I ran the BBS only at night, and I would hear that soft *click* from my modem and jump out of bed and have long conversations over text chat. Yes, I was a thirsty SysOp.
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
I geeked out on BBS software, curated a set of door games I loved, writing copy, and compiling software to download. At the time, software was distributed on floppies, so downloading from a BBS via your modem was cutting edge. This is the admin screen. (Renegade on DOS!)
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
Then I launched a BBS on my house's second phone line. It was called the Fifth Dimension on the 405 area code, and it was awesome. I spent hours creating ASCII art. (The logo had a big flaming "V")
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @jamesjyu
The year was 1994. The internet wasn't mainstream yet. Instead, I was hooked on bulletin board systems. Dialing into one was like exploring an isolated world—perhaps even more intimate than websites.
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James Yu 19h
Going to show my age with this one. Running a BBS was a pivotal moment for how I got into tech, but not for the reasons you may think.
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James Yu 19h
"Abandon all hope ye who enter here"
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James Yu 19h
Replying to @hoverbird
If there were any place that needed tighter copy, this would be it.
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James Yu 20h
Replying to @dbasch
Lol totally took it seriously bc I have met lots of ppl who think that way. 😛
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James Yu 20h
Replying to @dbasch
Ppl have natural strengths and weaknesses. Not cogs.
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James Yu 20h
Replying to @dbasch
I don’t agree. I think many devs could be placed on jobs that better utilize their talent w/ better terms. But many don’t play the field enough or negotiate.
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James Yu 21h
Replying to @gotwalt
This kinda happens in acquisitions.
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James Yu 21h
Should software developers have agents?
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