Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hipmunk

If you're not using Hipmunk for flight search, you should be.

I'm going to Peru in May to see Machu Picchu. The flight I was about to book on Orbitz looked innocent enough, but it wasn't very clear that there was a 6-hour layover in there. Here's the same flight on Hipmunk:


As the proud holder of a corporate job, flight times matter a little more to me than money. Hipmunk is the ideal tool to help me inconvenience in tavel.

Disclaimer: I'm an investor in the site.

The Next Mark Zuckerberg

"There are a bunch of 19-year-old startup founders running around these days saying that they want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. Some of them don't say it, but they're still thinking it. The reality is that if you want to get funding being 19 years old, you have to get traction and growth. That's what set Zuckerberg apart and that's still what it takes to get funded when you're that young. If you don't have a track record, it's too hard to tell whether you're going to give up and go back to school."

-- An associate who's fielding deals for a top tier VC fund, to me

Thursday, March 03, 2011

glob.h and glob.c for the Android NDK

I've been playing around with the Android NDK (native development kit) recently, which lets you compile C and C++ code directly to your Android phone's ARM chip rather than writing Java. This is very useful for performance-critical apps. Unfortunately, the Android NDK doesn't have a full set of libraries, and when you're compiling third party libraries to Android, you often run into these missing pieces. One of the biggest missing pieces is glob.h / glob.c, libraries which are used for file name matching aka globbing (think the "*" in "*.txt").

I've massaged a glob.h / glob.c from FreeBSD to compile on Android. They might come in handy in your Android NDK adventures.

Download: glob.h | glob.c.

You'll need to add glob.c to the LOCAL_SRC_FILES in your Android.mk.