Josh Ferrara

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It’s not a matter of if, but rather when your life will meet with adversity. Laid off at work. Family drama. A passing relative. Financial strains. Lack of direction. The list goes on and on, and no one is safe from the experience. It’s not a bad thing, it’s life.

If there is no avoiding the pitfall themselves, it follows that your focus should remain on your response when the pitfalls do indeed come. Your reaction can mean the difference between a good day or a bad one.

As I examine my life, I realize that the success I seek has far less to do with the heights that I achieve. Rather, it has everything to do with my ability to handle what comes at me in the low moments. How do I deal with the things money can’t fix?

I want to live a life of perseverance; a life that isn’t landmarked by ups and downs, but by consistency and resolve. Do I lose motivation after failure? Is my vision...

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It’s Like _____, But Better

In light of upcoming changes in the Twitter app climate, developers the world over are up in arms. As a result, internet pundits have begun to rally forces behind Dalton Caldwell and his remade service.

It’s hard to dislike the concept of a network with complete favor toward developers, but I’m having trouble looking to as a Twitter replacement.

The first reason is that despite what it means for my favorite twitter apps, or how bad the current line-up of official Twitter apps is, I think Twitter is trying to do what is best for Twitter as a platform. They have always valued context in Tweets, so it doesn’t surprise me to see them tighten the reins, even at the cost of unhappy developers.

The second reason is more rudimentary. You can’t beat someone at a game when they are making up the rules as they go. Twitter is Twitter. They are the best at it, and they already...

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Backward Compatability

It’s wonderful idea, right? The concept that new innovations should still support past methods. We’ve seen it touted in video game consoles and computer systems for years, always to the praise of consumers. If I had to guess, at sometime in your life have heard or said something along the lines of this:


You may have been talking about Game Boy Color supporting original Game Boy games. Maybe it was BluRay players accepting standard DVDs. Either way, it always seemed like a good idea. Until someone challenged it.

Apple, or perhaps more famously Steve Jobs, made and continue to make headlines by turning their back on backward compatibility. The first episode that comes to mind was the apocalypses that ensued when Apple made the jump to Intel-based systems. The Power PC world was enraged, software developers cried...

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My Name Is Josh, I’m A Neophile

I don’t know when it first started. I’ve always considered myself a fairly traditional guy, but in the last year I’ve noticed a shift.

Wikipedia has this to say:

A neophile or neophiliac can be defined as a personality type characterized by a strong affinity for novelty.

Not bad. A little further in you’ll find this list of characteristics:

  1. The ability to adapt rapidly to extreme change
  2. A distaste or downright loathing of tradition, repetition, and routine
  3. A tendency to become bored quickly with old things
  4. A desire, bordering on obsession in some cases, to experience novelty
  5. A corresponding and related desire to create novelty by creating or achieving something and/or by stirring social or other forms of unrest

Now we’re in the ballpark. Where once I would have held a strong grip on the traditional, I’m now finding myself with a craving — a need, even — for the novel. While...

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