Between the Numbers

21. November 2013 00:05 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I am a huge baseball fan, and I am especially excited that my Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. Part of my love for the game and math came from following the statistical performance of different players and comparing them. I can remember the endless debates with my friends as a kid about who was better, Wade Boggs or Don Mattingly. My dad and his friends debated their generation’s stars - Ted Williams vs. Joe Dimaggio vs. Mickey Mantle. Until the past 10-15 years, there was a stan... [More]

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Adding Facebook Comments to BlogEngine.Net

15. November 2013 00:03 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
This blog runs using the open source BlogEngine.net platform using ASP.Net 4.0. So far I have been pretty happy with the features provided overall, as it was pretty straight forward to set up and there are many themes/widgets. The issue I had with using the out of the box comments system was seeing about 15 spams comments posted a day. I've seen some of the bigger blogs use Facebook Comments and they had less of the spammy junk, like ESPN in the screenshot below:  ... [More]

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Decorating sites with Browser Extensions

9. November 2013 23:57 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
We’re big fans of internet grocer FreshDirect in my household. When we lived in Brooklyn and now in North Jersey, we place a delivery order about once a week. While there is a lot I like about the service offering, there are a few features that could improve the user experience. One of the big ones for me would be to associate WeightWatchers points values for each food on the site. It would save me a bunch of time and frustration if my wife and I would be able to see them while we were fi... [More]

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Calculating WeightWatchers points from a picture of the Nutritional Information

19. October 2013 00:00 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
When I have tried to track the food I am eating as part of a diet, entering the key nutrition elements was not always convenient. Since I haven't seen a WeightWatchers product for reading nutritional values from a picture, I thought it would be a cool thing to prototype. One of the guys in my office had a box of oatmeal packets on his desk, so he took a picture with his iPhone 5 -  (oatmeal_photo.JPG (2.99 mb)). Below is a lower resolution version:   I had never previo... [More]

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Powershell Module for transferring files via SFTP

22. June 2013 23:50 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
I had the need for several automated jobs to be able to exchange files securely with partners via the Secure FTP (SFTP). I chose powershell because the jobs: get executed on windows nodes. It is less overhead than creating console apps in .NET required things like querying databases, transforming data, and archiving files I spent a little bit of time looking into different options, and decided to utilize the latest version of the WinSCP library provided the required options... [More]

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Predicting eBay Auction Sales with Machine Learning

Abstract:  Online auctions are one the most popular methods to buy and sell items on the internet.  With more than 100 million active users globally (as of Q4 2011), eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. The total value of goods sold on eBay was $68.6 billion, more than $2,100 every second. This kind of volume produces huge amounts of data that can be utilized to provide services to the buyers and sell... [More]

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Show my startup the money…or not.

26. April 2013 23:46 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Living/working in the New York City area I get to meet quite a few people starting up their own ventures and I am intrigued by how the small, early companies start out. There are all sorts of interesting dynamics to consider: How many founders do they have? If more than one, why? Did they hire employees/interns/partners at the beginning? If so, why? Did they look for outside investment? If so, did they need it? What is their plan for growth/expansion/scale? Since every business and foun... [More]

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Personal Roadtrip Hackathon

17. February 2013 23:44 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
A hackathon is generally an event a small group collaborates together to build a product or prototype in a very short period. Some of the more popular sponsored examples (such as the ones during the TechCrunch Disrupt series) usually last for 24 hours.  For a while, I have been intrigued by the concept and have wanted to see what I can accomplish. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to enter one with my always busy schedule and family commitments.  This weekend I had a ... [More]

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2013 NBA All Star Weekend

16. February 2013 23:42 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
My buddy Mike Dolan runs a very cool magazine targeted to professional athletes called Athletes Quaterly. Each issue is loaded with content/interviews about current and former pro athletes.    Mike and I are both very big NBA fans, especially from 70-90's eras. This weekend I had a very cool opportunity to join him in Houston, the host city of the 2013 All Star game. Mike has interviewed or knows various members of the NBA Retired Players Association, so we got to hang out w... [More]

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When do you start investing in people and stop investing in software?

13. February 2013 23:39 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Yesterday a friend IM’d me this question out of the blue with a really interesting question: When do you start investing in people and stop investing in software? Before I get into my answer, let’s explore more about investments and how they relate to software and people. What is an investment?  A generic definition for investment is allocating money and /or resources into some initiative with the expectation of gain. Most investment scenarios carry an associated set of risk... [More]

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About the author

Jay Grossman

techie / entrepreneur that enjoys:
 1) my kids + awesome wife
 2) building software projects/products
 3) digging for gold in data sets
 4) rooting for my Boston sports teams:New England PatriotsBoston PatriotsBoston Red SoxBoston CelticsBoston Bruins

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