Tony Tam

Father, Software Engineer, Future Barista

The only sure way to safely destroy data on a harddrive

We spent the weekend destroying data on a hard drive  

July 3, 2014

link: Google’s Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile – Businessweek

A good read on leader of Android.  I learned about him during the Google I/O 2014 conference. Tony — – Japanese fushion restaurant

July 2, 2014

Math Get To 24 iOS App

My daughter Cate designed the logo, intro video and the entire app screen for this fun math game. Try it out and let me know what you think. download on … Continue reading

June 8, 2014

Read: John Resig – Write Code Every Day

I want to learn from others on how to maintain good habits, one of those is to code everyday. I have missed a few days, but I’m very happy with … Continue reading

May 31, 2014

Saturday reading on senior iOS Developers Let me tell you how it actually is, because I write iOS apps.  A fully-dedicated senior iOS developer is way more expensive than you think.  I’m not talking … Continue reading

May 31, 2014

Read: An iOS Developer Takes On Android

Nice article about some of the differences between development in iOS and Android.

May 31, 2014

When not coding everyday, I am building a new sushi restaurant

My best friend Stan and I are building a new Japanese restaurant in Burlingame

May 16, 2014

read: Larry Page: The Untold Story – Business Insider

Larry Page: The Untold Story – Business Insider.

April 26, 2014

link: Apps To Help You Get More Done In A Day – Business Insider

Apps To Help You Get More Done In A Day – Business Insider.

April 26, 2014

What is the best advice you have ever received? (from Quora)

This is from Quora Find something that fully engages your mind. And your heart. For that is the way to happiness. Push harder. Do better. Never give into complacency. Be … Continue reading

January 8, 2014

iPhone version of How To Tip app

A quick follow up to the simple tipping app for Andoroid This is the iOS version of the How To Tip app

January 4, 2014

Trello to track life goals

I use Trello to keep track of my long term life goals.  I setup ‘organizations’ for ‘health goals’, ‘work goals’, ‘money goals’, ‘family goals’. Then setup boards for each goal. … Continue reading

December 26, 2013

Yahoo Open House on Node.js, Olympics, Personalization

’Tis the season to talk tech, have some drinks, and hang out at Yahoo!    This Thursday we’re hosting our Pre-Holiday Engineering Open House and Good Time.  If you made it to … Continue reading

December 17, 2013

Yahoo Homepage and Verticals Open House

Ever wonder how often we release the Yahoo Homepage? Or how big a speed boost Yahoo Sports gets by doing Edge-side Assembly?  Curious to hear the tricks we use to … Continue reading

November 19, 2013

1-liner setup for your development environment

ydev setup <anything> I did an informal poll at Yahoo, and also with candidates who interview with Yahoo. When they join a new team, how long did it take to … Continue reading

November 7, 2013

Join Yahoo! to build tools to increase the productivity of thousands of engineers

Do you like to build automation to help others to productive? Do you see in-efficiencies when thousands of developers are doing something that can be done better? Join me at … Continue reading

September 20, 2013

First Android App: How To Tip Calculator

How To Tip Calculator – Android Apps on Google Play. Calculate how much tips to pay. 10%, 15% or 20% Also includes a guideline on tipping in restaurants, bartender, barista, … Continue reading

June 3, 2013

Link: How To Use Email To Alienate Your Users

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

28 Brilliant Tips for Living Life

Tips for living My favorite is the one about expecting less and the one about telling the one you love that you want to spend the rest of your … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Picking Samsung Galaxy S3 over iPhone 5

In trying to pick iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 to replace my Blackberry. I was torn and have switched back and forth for the last 4 days. I finally found … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

So far, the best Father’s day card

So far, the best Father’s day card/letter from Cate.

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: zen habits: The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad

zen habits: The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad “vision without execution is hallucination” –

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Heard In A Meeting : “Leaders Inspires Others To Follow Him, That’s All”

Also heard someone else added, either you are a leader or you are not.

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: NYTimes: Picking Stocks After Facebook

Picking individual stocks over the long haul is not a winning strategy. Read it at NYTimes

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inspired By Alice Water’s Fireplace Fried Egg

All I Wanted Was for Alice Waters to Feed Me Then she picked up a large copper spoon with a two-foot handle. She rubbed olive oil into the spoon’s cup … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

link: “Happiness Without a Good Work Ethic Is Pretty Impossible.” via Byline Happiness interview: Hugh MacLeod. Hugh is a cartoonist with a wildly popular blog, gapingvoid. He is the master of capturing a large idea in a single drawing, … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

link: State of the Computer Book Market, part 4: The Languages – O’Reilly Radar Large Programming Languages — 50,000 — 200,000 units in 2011

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: as happy as possible And I don’t believe having any of those would contribute to greater happiness than I already have. Here’s what I do have that contribute to my happiness: Time Loving … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Goodbye Facebook, it’s been 3 months and I don’t miss you

Reasons I’m disconnecting from Facebook I don’t visit it often anymore, maybe 2-3 times a week It’s hard even for a technologist like me to keep track of new privacy … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

link: Stanford class on Designing Happiness

2 papers from Jennifer L. Aakar from her Stanford class on Designing Happiness

March 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pencil Sketch Of Cate

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

podcast: We Don’t Know What Makes Us Happy (But We Think We Do)

We Don’t Know What Makes Us Happy (But We Think We Do)

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

What Makes Us Happy And Motivated At Work?

It’s that time of year for me to reflect on why we are here working everyday.  Please chime in with your thoughts. What motivates us to be happy and motivated … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

As A Leader, Do You Communicate Enough?

Heads up… Do you communication enough with your direct reports? What about your peers in the same group? What about other peers across the company? And your management chain, 1 … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

wow: Happy 17th Birthday Yahoo!

Yahoo! as a company is 17 years old today. I am very proud to be part of this ship for the last 13 years. Thank you for allowing me to … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

BJ Fogg’s Behavior Grid: How To Form Habits

This is an interesting read from a Stanford professor, on how to form healthy habits as well as how Facebook became a habit for many people. I personally have been using … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wedding Wishes from the kids

Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 1 Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 2 Drawings from Ryan, Will, Cate for Wedding – 3 Drawings from Ryan, … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chinese Word A Day For Cate 1. 从

February 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

We Got Married!

February 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Valentines Day 2012

February 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

11 Days Until…

I’ll be married to the woman of my dreams. Katherine and I have been a part of each other’s lives for 3 years.  She is the most intelligent, kind, warm … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Whether to use parental control for a 10 year old

  My daughter has her own laptop and for a while, I’ve told her that she can use up to 30 minutes of screen time on her laptop, my iPad … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Espresso Machine

January 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: “My Focus? The Overlap Between Things I Can Control and Things That Matter.” via Byline Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness? Because I spend a huge amount of my time thinking about … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tony’s Metabolic Rate

I spent $40 today at Yahoo! to measure how many calories my body burns if I were just sitting down.  I spent 15 minutes breathing in a tube and out … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: Check out SF’s Coffee Innovators.

You can find the Podcast at To get BlackBerryR Podcasts for free please visit “vision without execution is hallucination” –

January 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Link: NYTimes: The Joy of Quiet

From The New York Times: OPINION: The Joy of Quiet Trying to escape the constant stream of too much information.

December 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

I Believe in Consistency And Persistence « Tony | This I Believe

I submitted this to This I Believe website 10 months ago, and I received an email from them that it is finally posted. Here it is: I Believe in Consistency And … Continue reading

December 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Thankful For Good Health

I’m thankful for having good health.  I’m thankful for having enough time left on this earth to still dedicate my life to things that are meaningful.

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment