Héctor Ramos

2012 Cliff Notes

  • For the third year in a row, told everyone this was the year I would finally move to San Francisco.
  • Wrote a few posts in January and February… and that’s it.
  • While at Polsense, shipped Mi Banco, an iPhone app for Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, my old, indirect, employer from 2006 - 2010.
  • Actually moved to San Francisco.
  • Joined Parse. Boom.
  • Moved into an amazing apartment overlooking the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • Attended Apple’s WWDC for the fourth year in a row.
  • Shipped Anypic at Parse.
  • Learned to surf.
  • Did a lot of hiking.
  • Started doing more public speaking.
  • Shipped IVU Loto App 3.0.
  • Visited Napa, Yosemite Valley, and Las Vegas for the first time.
  • Learned how to shave with a double edge safety razor.
  • Still haven’t sold my old apartment in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
  • Anyone interested in buying my black 2003 Toyota Matrix?

On Amazon Prime, Free Super Saver Shipping and Silly Fines

Amazon offers free Super Saver shipping on all orders over $25. For years, this benefit applied to all shipping within the United States, Puerto Rico included. Eventually, Amazon introduced the Amazon Prime program, where for a $79 annual fee, consumers could get free two day shipping on all orders, regardless of the total transaction amount. This, however, didn’t apply to Puerto Rico. The reasoning for it is obvious: we are an island, and the only way to get two day shipping is by air. While Amazon could recoup costs by using ground shipping for all orders made within a given distance of one of their warehouses, this is just not possible for Puerto Rico (or Hawaii, for that matter).

Barcamp Mayagüez

Barcamp Mayagüez will be taking place on February 28, 2012 at Madridz. The first two Barcamps in Puerto Rico were held in San Juan, and now its time to shift our attention to the west coast. Giovanni Collazo and José Padilla, through Startups of Puerto Rico, have recruited a group of UPR Mayagüez engineering students to take charge of the logistics of the event. Hopefully, Barcamp Mayagüez will serve as a catalyst to other similarly themed events in the future. It is time to nip the problem in the bud and inspire our fellow college students.

Barcamp Mayagüez is open to everyone, just make sure to confirm your assistance on Facebook.

Why English?

One of the common questions I get from my friends in Puerto Rico, shortly after visiting my website or following me on Twitter, is about my choice of language. As you can see, everything here is written in English, even though I carry most of my daily conversation in Spanish. Why, then, do I choose English over Spanish when writing online?


There’s something about non-Apple laptops that bugs me. It’s a very small detail, admittedly, but when you’re paying hundreds of dollars for a piece of equipment that is essential to my line of work, every little detail counts.

The ports.