Author: Vincent

May

I had to calm the f*ck down

About 3 years ago, the stress was slowly killing me. So back then I was working on my own business, using some of the money I earned as a software consultant, and running a company as the CEO/director. The consultancy job required me to travel an obscene distance taking an absurd amount of time to […]

May

Food Rolodex

I should have listened to my gut and my brain. On hindsight there were so many obvious signs that it’s a bad idea and a bad business relationship. But my heart wanted to really make it work. My heart can go take a bench break. So back in October 2013, my soon-to-be Troublesome Business Partner […]

May

Closing my company was painful

I never thought closing my company would be such a relief. Three years ago, about this time of the year, I was preparing the final documents for the very last Annual General Meeting for my company. I was doing so as both the (sole) company director and the CEO. Before that, I had already sent […]

Feb

How to found a company

Just do it. But jokes aside, the bigger question is not how. It’s why. [Disclaimer: any information you read here pertains to Singapore laws and regulations. Your country’s laws and regulations might differ.] I have people emailing me “Wow Vincent, you’re running your own business! That’s totally awesome. I wish I could do something like […]

Jan

Regular polygon equation (solved)

So I’ve finally solved this. You can read about the background and context for the question on: Is there an equation to describe regular polygons? Regular polygon equation This is the Wolfram Alpha friendly command: polarplot [ cos(Pi/7)/cos( | (t mod (2Pi/7)) – (2Pi/(2*7)) | ) , {t,0,2Pi}] That will generate a regular polygon with […]

Jun

Considerations for storing Excel cell value in code

You may hate Excel, but you may find a discussion of how Excel stores cell values interesting. So I have a spreadsheet library. The biggest concern at the initial stage was how to store all the spreadsheet data efficiently. I hear people talking about millions of cells, so I’m scared. If my program stores a […]

Jun

File upload size limit in IIS

Yay file uploads. As if letting the users to type in stuff into the web application giving me SQL injection nightmares weren’t enough, now I have to let users upload files. Peachy. So during my investigations into the limits of file uploading, I found that I couldn’t upload a file more than 30MB on my […]

Jun

Academic self-publishing

As of this writing, I’ve worked in the academic industry for slightly over 3 months. More on this later. Claire Morgan sent me this article on academic self-publishing. There are good points and bad points regarding self-publishing, which are exaggerated particularly so for the academic industry. I should know, since I’m making a web application […]