On using the Western name order

Media outlets consistently refer to people with Asian full names in the Eastern name order (i.e. last name, then first name). I soon found that there was a reason behind this: The AP Stylebook, a grammar style guide which most American journalists follow, states that Asian (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese) names should follow the Eastern name order. While…

The problem with trends

I was fortunate to be born in the era of the internet. I grew up hearing all the tales of Facebook, Google, Apple, and their founders… and of course, Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba. As a child, adults often asked what I wanted to be in the future. I could not give an exact answer. So…

Paul Graham: What You’ll Wish You’d Known

Paul Graham is definitely one of my favorite essayists. He wrote a piece which was originally a speech draft to a group of high school students in 2005. As an American high school student, I personally resonate greatly with many of his points in the essay as I juxtapose my own blueprint with Graham’s thoughts….

SMS verification is making Telegram insecure

这篇文章已被翻译至中文:Telegram 的短信验证让你的隐私聊天变得不安全。 The world sucks on the second you come to the realization that governments, online advertising companies, your credit card company, and your ISP, are all extremely eager to know what you (and millions and billions of other Internet users) do online. And almost everybody feels that way, even Mark Zuckerburg. Pavel Durov, the founder…