tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:/posts Tuyen's Blog 2013-10-08T17:26:31Z Tuyen Vo tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/584595 2013-06-17T18:28:00Z 2013-10-08T17:26:31Z Forget RAM, CPU, etc. The most cost effective way to speed up your Mac is with an SSD Someone asked me the other day about upgrading to a new laptop.  Specifically they wanted to grab a new MacBook Pro (non-retina) to upgrade from their 2011 MacBook Pro which seemed to be getting slower for them.  Applications loaded slower, startup seemed to take forever, etc.  As I am a current user of a 2011 MacBook Pro, I was a little confused as to what they meant by slower since my machine is still very snappy for a 2 year old machine.  When I showed them what I meant by cold booting my machine from off to login screen in less than 15 seconds, they were floored.  Even when their machine was brand new, it never booted that quickly.  Opening up applications was even faster.  The difference between our machines?  I have an SSD and they have the stock 5400RPM hard drive.  My recommendation to them was to keep their still pristine looking laptop and simply swap out the hard drive for an SSD.  The one I run in my MacBook is a Crucial M4 512GB.  They're relatively cheap - Amazon has this particular model for less than $400 - and it truly is like upgrading to a brand new MacBook.  It's no wonder Apple is starting to move all of their products over to SSD. 

The great thing about the non-retina MacBooks is that it's still relatively easy to do upgrades yourself.  Check out the tutorial from the iFixIt guys.  Remember to back up all of your data before doing any hard drive swap out.  To me, CPU and RAM upgrades haven't provided nearly the same punch as going from a standard hard drive to SSD.  Once you've experienced it, you'll never go back and you can keep that old trusty laptop even longer before needing to upgrade.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/584159 2013-06-14T19:31:10Z 2013-10-08T17:26:26Z Jumping into Ruby Still not 100% confident in my HTML/CSS/Javascript skills but had an opportunity come up for me to jump into Ruby.  So far I'm picking up the very very very basics of it and so far so good.  Struggled forever trying to toggle between integers, floats and strings and getting my puts to work.  But had that a-ha moment last night when it clicked.  Methods was actually very easy to pick up.  Some of the higher math functions seem oddly configured but that's a minor issue.  Now working on flow control.

For those looking for a very good beginner's tutorial, check out Chris Pine's Learn to Program.  Of course, there's always Codecademy and LearnStreet as additional resources.  What I've found though is that reading Chris' tutorial and actually doing the coding in a "real world" environment with an actual text editor and Terminal forces me to do things with less training wheels.  There are times when things don't work no matter how many times I rewrite them but once they finally do work, that amazing a-ha moment is immensely greater than doing things in a more hand holding fashion.  I also find that when I'm not fed the answer and have to actually hunt and figure it out myself that it sticks with me more.  The journey of discovery is much more important than the destination.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/580164 2013-05-21T05:47:03Z 2013-10-08T17:25:36Z 8 days in ... a nice brush up on HTML basics So eight days into my code education and I've brushed up on the basics of HTML.  As someone who mainly used GUI's to create HTML pages, I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to hand code HTML.  On to the next lesson!

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/578829 2013-05-13T17:27:43Z 2013-10-08T17:25:20Z Teaching myself to code I am by training, a product person. I've spent the last 10+ years of my life conceiving of concepts and corralling enough cats to get a product from idea to reality. The one bottle-neck I always seem to encounter is that beyond rudimentary HTML/CSS (and Apple IIe BASIC), I can't code. It hasn't stopped me from getting products built but it seems to be the biggest lag as it relates to getting things out of my head and into production. I'll have an idea or a new feature for an existing one and then spend a fair amont of time conveying that to other people to get them to make it all work. It's in that conveying that most of the lag exists. As a problem solver, something needs to change.

Today I walk a path I should have taken 10 years ago when I was younger, had more energy and less responsibilities. I am teaching myself how to code. I don't expect any short cuts and probably won't produce anything worth diddly anytime soon. I'll lean on friends and colleagues who are actual real coders and hope I don't annoy them too much with my questions. One benefit of learning to code today is the wealth of resources out there from online books to tutorial websites like Codeacademy, Learnstreet, etc. Most of my time will be spent pouring over these but I've already started writing actual code. Mind, you it's stuff similar to this:

10 Print "Hello"
20 Goto 10

But hey we all have to start somewhere. I'm starting at the bottom and seeing how far I can get.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/417104 2013-04-18T18:17:01Z 2013-10-08T16:51:36Z Seriously Apple. Time to step up your game with your default apps. Yahoo! Weather iOS app is gorgeous. Just saw the below demo and immediately downloaded the app.  The really stupid part is that I believe Apple pulls its data from Yahoo! Weather.  Just another example of Apple really dropping the ball as it relates to the default (UNDELETE-ABLE) apps they have on the iPhone.


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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/411174 2013-04-17T20:43:07Z 2013-10-08T16:50:20Z SendHub.com - What Google Voice could/should have been I've been using Sendhub for a few days now and love it.  Best integration to date I've seen of a hosted phone service.  I am a Google Voice user and it's not bad but Sendhub is a major improvement.  The iOS app actually functions closer to what making calls is like on the native iOS Phone app.  Pricing seems decent though would love a tier in between the $25 and $50 level.  I could see this being something I implement for employees moving forward who BYOD.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/342206 2013-04-06T00:01:39Z 2013-10-08T16:34:48Z Zito pitches a gem Are we seeing the 2002 Barry Zito?  It's hard to believe that he hasn't lost since August 2nd of last year!  Kudos to him for finally living up to that huge contract.  Ironically Zito's $18M a year average on his contract makes him only the 9th highest paid pitcher in 2012 (and likely to fall in 2013 when new contracts are announced).  Of course he stunk from 2007 to 2011 as one the highest paid pitchers in the league but it never seemed to be for lack of trying.  My hope is that he rewards the Giants faithful by resigning with them for a discount next year.  But then again, baseball is business and he's getting hot just in time for contract renegotiations.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/301225 2013-04-01T19:23:28Z 2013-10-08T16:26:00Z Vietnam schools teaching kids skills for the future This is a must read.  It's pretty sad that it takes a foreigner to teach me new things about my motherland.  Neil Fraser is an engineer at Google who made a recent trip to Vietnam and found that Computer Science is being taught at all levels.  What surprised me even more was that he said some of the school work they are doing would allow half of the 11th graders to pass the Google interview process.  That's worth repeating ... 11TH GRADERS PASSING THE GOOGLE INTERVIEW PROCESS.  How many 11th graders in the US could say the same?  We need to wake up to the fact that the world is passing us by in terms of educating the next generation.  I for one shall be enrolling my daughter for computer camp as soon as I can.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/242366 2013-03-27T06:13:17Z 2013-10-08T16:13:20Z Warriors ... iPhone on T-Mobile ... Co-working Spaces Been absent for a while but now I'm back.  Been very busy lately but hopefully will be able to post more.

Warriors!
Beat the Lakers last night.  Strong performance from Curry and Lee.  After a slump last month, they seem to be rolling.  Still need more production from Bogut.  He's definitely an upgrade from Biedrins or Ezeli but for $14M a year, he should be doing more.  Question is will he get healthy/better next year?

T-Mobile iPhone ... FINALLY!
News hit today that T-Mobile will finally be getting the iPhone.  I have to admit a certain fondness for T-Mobile.  I joined when the original Sidekick came out and never had an issue with the service.  The only reason I switched to AT&T was the iPhone.  If their LTE footprint were a bit wider, I might be convinced to join up again.  They seem to be much more reasonable with their subscriptions and this new "un-subsidy" is a good idea.  It's also reported that the T-Mobile version of the iPhone 5 actually is a newer version than the one with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.  It makes use of the HD Voice calling feature talked about during the iPhone 5 launch and has access to more radio bands across the world.  Overall, glad to see more competition in the wireless marketplace.  Could only mean good things for consumers.

Co-working Spaces
I recently moved out of the large office space my company has occupied for over 2 years.  Just didn't need the space and needed to be more economical.  We found some co-working space nearby in Jack London Square.  So far so good.  From a financial standpoint it makes a lot of sense.  Month to month rentals, shared resources, etc.  The one benefit I haven't quite seen yet is the creativity/buzz when people from multiple businesses hang out in one space.  Maybe it's the quality of the tenants as most of the folks seem to be lawyers, contractors, etc.  Would be great if there were more start-ups in the co-working space but that will take time.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/25996 2012-09-22T01:24:13Z 2013-10-08T15:27:06Z LTE? WTF?!

Pretty respectable. I sometimes can get 10MB-15MB down but 5MB+ is the usual norm. Now check out the speed when I turned WIFI off...

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26061 2012-09-20T18:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:07Z New iPhone, iOS6, etc. Can't believe it's been two months since I last posted.  Things got busy, I got lazy, etc.  But lots of things coming up so felt it was a good time to get back on the saddle...

According to UPS, my new iPhone 5 arrives by 10:30am tomorrow.  Should be sweet.  

The biggest thing I'm looking forward to?  64GB of memory since I've got about 1.5GB left on my 32GB iPhone 4S (damn baby pictures/videos).

I've been reading about a ton of backlash with iOS6, especially maps.  I think this is great!  When everyone is constantly patting you on the back, you get complacent.  I even think all the success coming from the Android camp is welcome because it forces Apple to be better.  Competition helps everyone.  On a side note, I think the iOS6 maps aren't as bad as everyone makes it out to be.  Sure, there are some warped looking satellite images but I don't rely on that as much as I do the turn-by-turn directions which though aren't perfect, don't seem to be any worse than apps like Waze or TomTom.  I've gotten plenty of wrong directions from those guys.  Plus it's free and Apple will make it better.  I've been using the iOS6 developer beta for a couple of months now and trust me, after a few months of usage, you do get used to the maps.  The only glaring exception is Street View which I liked.  If Google decides to release a new Maps app for iOS, I'll probably download it.  If they decide to give it turn-by-turn directions, I'll probably use it over the Apple Maps app.  Outside of that and the occasional need to use Street View, I'll be using Apple's Map app most of the time as I'm sure most people will.
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26093 2012-07-18T16:53:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:07Z Jeremy Lin goes to Houston... Good luck... You should never feel sorry for a man who just got a $25M. But something tells me that Jeremy Lin will never live up to that contract in Houston. Not that he's a bad player but in my opinion, he was in the right place at the right time in New York. Houston seems like the wrong place at the wrong time.

Some would argue that even if he stayed in New York without D'Antoni, he would not have the same level of success, which I agree. However, he has so much good will built up with that team that the Knicks would feel somewhat compelled to see him succeed. And let's not disregard the fact that he's playing with All-Stars in NY versus scrubs in Houston. If Jeremy Lin is the best player on your team, you are not going to succeed. Something tells me the Rockets will be actively shopping him before that $14M final year comes into effect...

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26113 2012-07-16T23:30:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:07Z I so called this 4 years ago...
Yahoo! Appoints Marissa Mayer Chief Executive Officer

A stopped watch is right at least twice a day, right? Let's not get into analog or digital (though it is a great song). Maybe Marissa needed that 4 years of extra seasoning but regardless I think she's exactly what Yahoo needs. Enough big company internet experience mixed with just enough technical chops to keep a technology company focused on of all things, technology. Good luck to her and hopefully she gets someone to fix all the bugs in the My Yahoo product.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26130 2012-07-16T16:39:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:08Z Another figure from my youth passes on...
Donald J. Sobol, author of the popular "Encyclopedia Brown" series of children's mysteries, has died. He was 87.

Encyclopedia Brown was (correction, IS) one of my favorite literary characters. His stories were what led me to start reading other detective/mystery novels like Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie. Donald J. Sobol created a character kids could relate to and cases that were just challenging enough for a young mind. More than anything, they taught young nerds and geeks that it was cool to be smart even as the world around you was saying otherwise. His books will definitely be one I pass on to the next generation.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26153 2012-07-05T23:57:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:08Z Don't do it Jeremy!
Jeremy Lin has verbally agreed to sign a four-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets on July 11, according to a source close to the talks.

Not that I have any love for the Knicks but signing in Houston for a few million more would not be a good move on Lin's part. First off, he'd be leaving all the good will he built up in the New York area and the huge marketing potential that offers him. Second, he's going to a team that is frankly going to not be good for the next couple of years as they've traded away much of their assets in an effort to get younger/better through the draft. Thirdly, what makes Lin think that a few good games in NY would change how the Rockets view him seeing as how they cut him last year? Unless there's been a big change in the playbook, Kevin McHale didn't see much value in Lin last year so why would he start changing this coaching style to match Lin now?

It's not to say that New York couldn't match Houston's offer but given the backloaded nature of the offer, I have a hard time seeing the Knicks doing that and taking on the luxury tax costs in year three and four of that deal. Plus with their signing of Jason Kidd, they somewhat have the PG position covered somewhat. Still, the idea was for Kidd to mentor Lin into becoming an upper echelon PG. Now who will do that for him in Houston? Kyle Lowry? Oh wait, he just got traded to Toronto......

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26183 2012-07-03T18:17:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:08Z Like Final Fantasy music and Parappa the Rapper style of gameplay? Theatrhythm has got you covered. I got a chance to see Nobuo Uematsu in concert and it was a great experience.  The Final Fantasy series of games were well regarded not just for gameplay but its cinematic story telling.  The closest thing to an interactive movie, in my opinion.  And just as music is a huge part of any great movie, so was the music of the entire FF series.  Here's a vid I took of the man himself performing on stage in Chicago

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1006921/FF-Distant%20Worlds%20-%20Encore.mp4

Just released today, Theatrhythm is a great blend of beats style game play and the great music of Final Fantasy.  See the gameplay trailer below.  Great introduction for anyone not familiar with the FF franchise.  I hope it gets people to consider playing some of the old titles.  Like great movies, they are worth revisiting periodically to remind folks that games can be more than just heavy handed graphics and shooting people.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26203 2012-06-29T02:41:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:09Z Warriors pick Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the 1st Round of the NBA Draft The first round is in and the Warriors may have gotten a gift at #7. Perhaps the Dion Waiters rumors were just a smoke screen to get Cleveland to pick him up at #4 because once that pick came in, it was almost a lock that Barnes would slide to #7. Outside of the Warriors getting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, this has to be the best possible outcome. They fulfill their biggest need at SF and get an almost certain long time future NBA starter in Barnes. This leaves Dorell Wright on the outs but rumors have been swirling that they were looking to move him, anyway. As for their second pick, Festus Ezeli, not much to say here. Not a huge risk and they get a big body who can hopefully defend and rebound.

A starting five of Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Bogut has a ton of potential. Only question marks are the health of Curry and Bogut. I see Barnes coming off the bunch at the beginning of the year but towards the end should crack the start line up. Let's hope it's because he's improved his game so much to merit a spot there and not that the Warriors are so out of the running that they want to give him minutes like Klay Thompson last year.]]>
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26227 2012-06-28T17:42:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:09Z NBA Draft today! NBA Draft is today. Interesting draft for the Warriors in that it's the first draft with the new brain trust completely in place - Lacob, West and Myers. With two first rounders and two second rounders, the Warriors have options. Their biggest need is SF and there are rumors that they are looking to trade their picks for a veteran SF. Definitely a good deal if they can swing a Rudy Gay or Andre Iguodala. The Wilson Chandler rumors are just crazy talk...

But let's say they do keep the picks, who to get? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes are the top two SF's in this class and either one would make an immediate impact. But since they both look likely to be off the board at #7, the most likely option is a project big man in Drummond or there has been talk of trading down and getting Terrence Ross. Another possibility is Dion Waiters who Jerry West is very high on. Problem there is that you would most likely have to slide Klay Thompson over to SF which is not his natural position. Regardless of who they choose, this seems to be a deep draft so whoever they get won't be a totally dud. They may not a future all-star but they'll get a nice serviceable player. But then again, it could be another Anthony Randolph, as well.]]>
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26245 2012-06-17T18:46:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:09Z Once you go solid state, you'll never have to wait My hard drive died about a week ago and I've been in limbo. For all that the iPad can do, it is NOT a laptop replacement. It can do about 80% of the things a laptop can do but that other 20% is pretty darn important.

So if you're counting, this is the 2nd hard drive failure I've had in the last 3 months. Each time I was visited by the infamous click of death (hear below). I decided that the aggravation and loss of productivity was not worth the price-to-storage ratio of the standard platter hard drive. I vowed to never again hear the dreaded clicking of my hard drive failing so I upgraded to an solid state drive. Though these things aren't cheap ($400 versus $100 for 500GB of storage), I figured that it was worth it for a more reliable and faster storage solution. Well I can't speak to the reliability since I've only had the drive running for a few hours but the speed is unbelievable. From pressing the power button to being on the desktop took less than 10 seconds. Mac OS X opens all the previous programs I had open before shut down, so that means I'll have anywhere from 6-9 separate programs that need to open before I can really start working. This process usually took about 3 minutes but with this new drive, I'm ready to go in under 30 seconds. Opening Excel or Word would take 20-30 seconds each but now take less than 5 seconds. There is no way I can ever go back and would actually trade off CPU or RAM upgrades in place of an SSD.

So next time you think your computer is slow, the best thing you can do to speed things up is just get an SSD. The performance improvement is dramatic.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26263 2012-06-11T23:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:09Z To MacBook Pro Retina or not to MacBook Pro Retina… That is the question... Now that the WWDC Keynote has come and gone, the question I have to ask myself is whether to get the new MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display. I was hoping that they would release a 13" version but alas, no. Judging by how the internals of the device are a big departure from the "regular" MacBook Pro, I'm thinking a smaller version won't be out any time soon. Plus, Apple is probably trying to differentiate their product lines to basically three classes of laptops - ultra portable, consumer and professional. Looking at the price/specs, there is virtually no reason anyone would buy the non-Retina Display 15" MacBook Pro. For $400 more, you're getting double the memory (+$100), SSD (+$500) and that before mentioned gorgeous Retina Display (besides the fact that it is thinner and lighter, plus has those "hidden" design improvements - quieter fan, stronger construction, etc). But hey, you do get a nice DVD drive on the old MBP that you'll use a handful of times a year.

The bigger question is whether I should upgrade from a 13" to a 15" MacBook Pro, at all. I like the portability of the 13" model but the new MBP is actually slightly less heavy even though it's 15". I'd have to probably get a new bag because the Brenthaven one I have is specifically designed for 13" laptops. Still, $2,199 is more money than I've ever spent on a laptop and I'm having a hard time justifying the cost. If it were $200-$300 less, it would be a no brainer but that psychological $2K number just makes me cringe. Perhaps I should go demo it at the Apple Store first.....................]]>
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26271 2012-05-31T06:33:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:09Z Why my Twitter feed is private... In a moment of foolish bravery, I turned my Twitter feed to public from private. A few minutes later, this is what I was greeted with...

Thinking someone was replying to my rant about Sleep Train, I clicked on the link and got this.

Oh Internet! You never fail to put me in my place. Twitter feed back to private.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26291 2012-05-22T17:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:10Z Warriors to unveil plans to move to San Francisco - Yahoo! Sports
The NBA team, Commissioner David Stern and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee scheduled a news conference at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday to announce the decision to leave Oakland.

Definitely a sad day for Oakland but this needed to be done. As a Warrior's fan this move was needed to boost the visibility of the team and attract much needed corporate sponsorship. Much has been written about how the move will change the culture of the fan base which is considered among the most loyal fans in the NBA. The Giants went through a similar culture shift when they moved from Candlestick to PacBell/SBC/AT&T Park. My hope is that management works to keep these loyal fans by not raising ticket prices so that only the wealthier and less committed fans go (or not go) to games. But winning will always be the best deodorant. Once we start seeing the W's consistently making the playoffs and at some point becoming a contender, all of the initial shocks of leaving Oakland will be moot.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26306 2012-04-27T23:28:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:10Z Warriors win coin flip for 7th spot in lottery
An hour and 15 minutes after a coin was supposed to be flipped at the NBA’s New York office, the league announced that the Warriors won the toss for the lottery’s seventh slot and will have a 72.4 percent chance of keeping their 2012 draft choice.

A bit of good news on the Warrior's part. Winning the coin flip allows them to have a greater chance to retain their 2012 draft pick. There still is a 27.6% chance that someone below them will jump up to the 1, 2 or 3 spot which will knock them to 8, 9 or 10 and their pick goes to Utah. I'll reserve judgement for when the lottery is done on May 30th before I get too excited about the possibilities for this pick.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26318 2012-04-25T02:51:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:10Z Warriors need to lose these next two games... Warriors are playing the Hornets now and are off to a hot start. THEY. NEED. TO. STOP.

With the Raptors playing the Nets in the last game of the season, one of them will have a 23-43 record. If the Warriors lose the next two games they will have an identical 23-43 record and be in a tie for the 7th worst record. This means they'll split the number of ping pong balls between them for the lottery but more importantly, they will be in a coin flip for the 7th or 8th spot should neither of them win the lottery. This gives the Warriors a shot at keeping their pick since it's only 1-7 protected. Otherwise, the pick goes to Utah for the disastrous trade for Marcus Williams. On that note, it's somewhat good news that Larry Riley is out as Warriors GM. Who knows if Bob Myers will do any better but it's good to see the last of the old guard out.]]>
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26333 2012-04-20T21:39:12Z 2013-10-08T15:27:10Z One fine afternoon at the office

Working barefoot on the balcony at the office. It's a damn fine day to be outside.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26342 2012-04-18T16:07:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:11Z Jeremy Lin named one of Time’s ’100 Most Influential People in the World'
The electric atmosphere of Linsanity may feel like a distant memory now, but the folks at Time magazine haven't forgotten the impact of Jeremy Lin's emergence. In their estimation, the New York Knicks point guard is still one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Not that he doesn't deserve it, but in my opinion, some of the picks for the 100 Most Influential are pretty suspect. Don't get me wrong, Jeremy Lin was a great story in the NBA this year but all the hype can do little to help him. In 25 games as a starter he has averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 assists. Great numbers for any NBA point guard rookie or not. But dissect that a little further and you'll see that most of that was in his first 12 games where he averaged 22 points and 9.2 assists. Over his last 13 games? 14.6 points and 6.4 assists. Still good numbers but more along the lines of Ty Lawson (16 points and 6.6 assists) versus Deron Williams (21 points and 8.8 assists). Ask yourself if he would be getting this much hype if he was just a middle of the road NBA player.

Teams are now game planning for him and he's essentially a rookie who has never had to play this many minutes over such a compressed period of time. His knee giving out is a clear sign of this. He needs time away from the hype to recuperate from surgery, build up his body to play the full rigors of an NBA season and improve his game. If his career mirrors his first 13 games, then there's no question he is worthy of the hype. Let's hope he gets there.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26359 2012-04-12T23:05:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:11Z NBA Rumor - Lamar Odom to Golden State? No way it happens...
There really isn't a perfect spot for a player like Lamar Odom, who is buried under a mountain of turmoil and mental anguish, but he could do a whole lot worse than the Golden State Warriors.

This is a rumor circulating about Odom coming to the Warriors next year for the mid-level exception. First off, he'll get better offers once his contract is bought out by the Mavs. Secondly, he'll want to play for an immediate contender. Third, he'll want to be in LA where his wife is and his reality show is based. However, it won't be with the Lakers. My guess is there's too much bad blood. The obvious choice is the Clippers (whom it played for years ago). They are the glamorous franchise now with Griffin and Paul. I could see Odom coming off the bench and having a positive impact. Plus he'll get to stick it to the Lakers four times a year in their own backyard.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26373 2012-04-06T18:15:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:11Z Opening Day for the Giants ... Much optimism but more doubt
Cain and the Giants agreed Monday to a $127.5 million, six-year contract, the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history.

It's that time of year again. The baseball season is underway (actually it's been underway). The Giants made some big splashes in the off-season, most notably the above mentioned extension on Matt Cain. I'm not sure if we are in a pitcher salary bubble but $21.25M a year for a guy who never won more than 14 games or struck out more than 186 a year seems a little much. Giants fans should rightfully have Zito nightmares over this signing. At least Zito had a Cy Young under his belt and a season or two of dominance on his resume. Does it make sense for Cain to be paid more than Roy Halladay ($20M a year)? For this contract to make any sense, Cain has to pitch like a #1 and he's had many years to prove he can and just hasn't. Some will argue that he doesn't get much run support and that's a valid point. But does anyone think the Giants are magically going to start bumping up the offense? Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera won't scare many opposing pitchers.

And let's not forget that Lincecum's contract is up in two years and he'll want more than Cain given his resume. Can you afford to pay him the $25M+ a year he'll most likely want? I'm hoping for the best this year but have more doubts than ever.

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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26381 2012-03-20T06:24:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:11Z Doritos Locos Tacos … Not worth it

Just had to pick one of these up.  On the surface it just sounds like a great idea.  In reality, not so much.  It basically tastes like a regular Taco Bell taco except saltier.  You don't really get the Doritos flavor but you do get all of the orange powder.  My suggestion would be to order a regular taco and a bag of Doritos.  Great marketing, bad product.
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tag:www.tuyennhatvo.com,2013:Post/26027 2012-03-14T04:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:27:06Z Warriors trade Ellis to Bucks for Bogut - All Risk, Very Little Reward
The Warriors have been trying to get a top-notch center for some time, and they paid a steep price to get Bogut because they gave up one of the NBA's top scoring guards in Ellis...

How many ways is this a bad trade?

1) Bogut is out for the rest of the year with a fractured ankle. Not something you come back from with no long term issues (see Curry).

2) The Warriors tack on about $25M more in salaries over the next two years.

3) They basically traded away their best scorer AND best defender for Captain Jack.

4) They lose Kwame Brown's expiring $7M contract which could have been excellent trade bait.

The only way this trade even begins to make sense is if Bogut can be better than he has ever been. Given his immaturity and propensity for injury, I have a hard time seeing that happening. Jackson may have another renaissance in the Bay Area but he's also 4 years older and declining which makes the likelihood of that happening very low.

If the rumors were true that another trade was available and turned down, then it's just business as usual for the inept front office and ownership, no matter who's in charge.

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