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Weiran Zhang

Hi, I'm Weiran Zhang. I work as a Software Engineering Manager at Capital One. I have a passion for iOS and building thriving software teams. This blog is a place for me to document things I've learned and things I find interesting. You should follow me on Twitter.


I find that the longer I run the site, the more resistant I become to the idea of ever giving it up, even if I need to take the occasional break. It is pleasant to work on something that people draw benefit from. It is especially pleasant to work on something lasting. And I enjoy the looking-glass aspect of our industry, where running a mildly profitable small business makes me a crazy maverick not afraid to break all the rules.

Pinboard is the outlier, it bucks the trend, or maybe its the trend setter. I know I’ve been a very happy customer for over four years.

We can learn a lot from Maciej Cegłowski.


Apple’s interest in Beats Electronics got me thinking about their headphones. I know Apple is probably buying Beats for their music streaming rather than their hardware, but one doesn’t come with the other and the most iconic product of Beats are their headphones.

A glance at your Twitter feed today and you would’ve seen endless comments comparing Beats customers to uninformed sheep willing to make Dr Dre rich by buying his ridiculously oversized yet mediocre sounding headphones. After that, theres the inevitable link to some headphones half the price and twice as good.

To an extent I agree with them, Beats headphones are overpriced, but I’m not sure anyone buying a pair is under the impression they’re getting a bargain, or even that they’re getting the best headphones for their money. They’re buying Beats headphones because they want them.

What Jimmy Iovine achieved is to explode a niche industry into the mainstream. How many people did you see buying £250 heaphones before Beats? That is nothing short of a miracle. This makes me think the deeper reason Apple wants Beats Electronic, is because they want Jimmy Iovine.

Yet somehow, in all this news about headphones and music streaming, they forgot about Iovine.


Marvin Rounce and I are thrilled to announce dot net notts, a user group for .NET stack developers. We hoping to build a first-class…


As far as cases go, Snugg’s Bamboo Case for iPhone is a pretty good one. I’ve never really used cases, much to the detriment of the exterior…


Why push back against 24/192? Because it’s a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, a business model based on willful ignorance and…


“Don’t be evil” is synonymous with Google, it’s their corporate identity. But have you ever stopped and wondered why? Why does Google need…


Lots of people were worried when the new-old Mac Pro was released last June. It was an incredibly incremental update, with slightly newer…


Apple’s new budget iPod Touch is the first iOS device with a black bezel and silver metal back since the first iPhone. It’s no coincidence…


David Celis: Just send your users an email. The activation email is a practice that’s been in use for years, but it’s often paired with…


What’s that about a reality distortion field?


My favourite iOS podcasting app now out on the Mac.


The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss…