Validate your problems, startup ideas to create products which people want http://needgap.com Find your customers by the problem you are solving for them. Thu, 06 Oct 2022 23:55:00 +0000 Inclusive browser challenge #cybersecurity #captcha You've seen your parents (or) grand parents struggle with captcha no matter how simple it might be for you. The <a href="https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/ai-making-captcha-increasingly-cruel-disabled-users">struggle is more for those with visual and motor disabilities</a>.<br><br><div>I'm currently building an web application which would be used by the elderly, Even simple math captcha here would cause very high friction. But simple captcha (or) not having captcha would make attacking my application easier. So, I have to resort to complex back-end security mechanisms to protect against attacks without a captcha.<br><br>This is a catch 22 which affects almost all web applications now, Most just choose to not serve the <a href="https://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1186&amp;context=ism">elderly</a> and the disabled by using captcha. This is a <a href="https://www.w3.org/TR/turingtest/">large need-gap for an inclusive browser challenge</a>.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/411-inclusive-browser-challenge-cybersecurity-captcha 411 Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:40:00 +0000 Boilerplate for building API products #SaaS #API An Application Programming Interface(API) product is where the consumer is usually a developer who uses our product to perform a task within their own product to save cost and time in building it themselves.<br><br><div>Just like when building any SaaS product, A boilerplate ( /problems/345 ) is useful for reducing the time and effort in building our API product. But unlike a SaaS product, We need limited number of features as an API product doesn't usually have complex front-ends.</div><div><br></div><div>Namely,</div><div> <ul><li><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">user management</li> <li><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">api quota &amp; pricing</li> <li><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">&nbsp;security</li> </ul></div><div>But there seems to be a <a href="https://twitter.com/tibo_maker/status/1569227255318216705">need-gap in boilerplate</a> for building API products, As available ones seem to be built for typical SaaS products and thereby charge more for the features we don't need and the reasonably priced ones seem to be unreliable(Which matters a lot since our customers depend on our API to run their business). <br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/410-boilerplate-for-building-api-products-saas-api 410 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 05:36:00 +0000 Live recommendation for Obsidian #knowledgebase #recommendation Obsidian is a knowledge base <a href="https://obsidian.md/">tool</a> used to store and organize information as notes, Often called as a <b>second brain</b>.<br><div><br></div><div>Well but a brain is only as useful as its <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/41-human-memory-lack-of-thereof-psychology-neuroscience">memory</a> is and we should be able to <b>recall the information</b> when we need it.&nbsp; Although Obsidian provides ways to manually link notes, It doesn't provide any <b>live recommendation</b> as of writing this.<br><br>Say, When we are typing about something which matches the content(context) of existing notes then such content should be displayed to us; <i>Essentially mimicking the recall ability of human brain</i> but better due to near infinite memory of tools like Obsidian.<br><br>There are others who feel this way [<a href="https://forum.obsidian.md/t/live-recommender-system-that-suggests-similar-related-notes-while-we-edit-notes/2626/4">1</a>] [<a href="https://forum.obsidian.md/t/connections-similar-notes-as-per-nvultra/876/16">2</a>].<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/409-live-recommendation-for-obsidian-knowledgebase-recommendation 409 Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:18:00 +0000 Automatic tag generator for Obsidian #knowledgebase #tags <div>Obsidian is a <a href="https://obsidian.md/">knowledge base software</a> using local markdown files used by many including myself for <a href="https://abishekmuthian.com/my-hacker-news-knowledge-assimilation-stack/">knowledge assimilation</a>.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://help.obsidian.md/How+to/Working+with+tags">Tags</a> in Obsidian helps to group similar files, But the tags have to be created manually in the YAML front matter.</div><div><br></div><div>Automatic generation of tags based on the content can save time in organizing the notes. There seems to be need-gap for this as other Obsidian users <a href="https://forum.obsidian.md/t/automatic-tag-generator/14574">have asked for a automatic tag generator</a>.<br></div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/408-automatic-tag-generator-for-obsidian-knowledgebase-tags 408 Mon, 29 Aug 2022 15:27:00 +0000 Following Twitter Threads #socialmedia #twitter <div>Twitter threads are a way to write long form content on the micro blogging website, It's often used by the entrepreneurial community and yet there's no straightforward mechanism to follow Twitter threads.</div><div><br></div><div>There are some Twitter threads which have been running for years, I myself post to my threads running for months for the products I build in public and there needs to be a way for those who'd like to be intimated about a new tweet to the thread. Twitter was supposedly <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/15/twitter-confirms-a-new-subscribe-to-conversation-feature-for-following-tweets-of-interest/">testing such a feature in 2019</a> and it never saw day light as of writing this, Even in for the premium Twitter Blue subscribers; Which is funny as the ability to 'Mute a conversation' has been there for a long time.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Do you need a tool to follow Twitter threads?<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/407-following-twitter-threads-socialmedia-twitter 407 Mon, 29 Aug 2022 14:24:00 +0000 Create awareness about free educational content #education #EdTech <div>Due to the pandemic induced e-learning, <a href="https://kunalsharda.com/2021/03/22/whitehat-jr-scam/">Morally </a><a>bankrupt</a> Education Technology startups with Unicorn status in India are <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20220829091154/https://twitter.com/anmolm_/status/1564097196395581440">exploiting parents from marginalized communities</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>I believe if we could create awareness about the availability of high quality education content like that of <a href="https://support.khanacademy.org/hc/en-us/articles/226457308-What-languages-is-Khan-Academy-available-in-">Khan Academy in regional languages</a>, It could mitigate the instances of parents and students falling prey to these fraudulent education startups. After all they anyways steal content from free educational courses and charge a premium.</div><div><br></div><div>For those content which are only available in English, We need startups which can put consistent effort to localize them into different regional languages of developing countries.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/406-create-awareness-about-free-educational-content-education-edtech 406 Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:25:00 +0000 Social media handles of companies #socialmedia #webscrapping <div>I would like to tag the companies I tweet or post about, But have to search for the company's Twitter (or) Facebook handle manually each time and If don't find them on the platform, I have to visit their website to find them.<br></div><div><br></div><div>It would be easier if I am able to get the social media handles of the companies I'm tweeting about automatically.<br></div> 1 points posted by Jonas /problems/405-social-media-handles-of-companies-socialmedia-webscrapping 405 Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:40:00 +0000 Show IMDB, RT ratings on any website #movies #ratings <div>Any website which is related to movies, tv/web series link to the IMDB (or) Rotten Tomatoes page of that movie or show, But there is no way to see the current rating without clicking the link.</div><div><br></div><div>If we can see the rating when we hover over the link, It can save our time.<br></div> 1 points posted by Jen /problems/404-show-imdb-rt-ratings-on-any-website-movies-ratings 404 Fri, 22 Jul 2022 13:58:00 +0000 Shopify alternative #eCommerce #website <div>The story is same as with Patreon ( /problems/390 ) and Gumroad ( /problems/399 ) with Shopify, The small businesses are at mercy of obscure policies and lackluster support often leading to payment delays and account blocking.</div><div><br></div><div>Famous TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz had recently shared his <a href="https://twitter.com/mattzollerseitz/status/1541994356521013248">ordeal with Shopify</a> where it froze his bookstore account while continuing to take payments from his customers.</div><div><br></div><div>There are numerous other stories from those who have faced <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=32034643">similar issues with Shopify</a>. It's clear that there's large need-gap in the space of eCommerce websites in-spite of <a href="https://startuptoolchain.com/#website">numerous alternatives</a>.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/403-shopify-alternative-ecommerce-website 403 Mon, 11 Jul 2022 15:51:00 +0000 Writing faster on Mac #writing #assitant Every day, we write a lot of things, such as emails and blogs. According to a McKinsey analysis, the average professional spends 28% of the work day reading and answering email. Not to mention the time needed to write blogs for content creators. A lot of AI-based SaaS tools are costlier. There is a gap between Grammarly and AI writing tools. A simple tool that runs on our Mac system and helps us with writing would be a good addition.&nbsp; 3 points posted by Kamban /problems/401-writing-faster-on-mac-writing-assitant 401 Wed, 06 Jul 2022 04:58:00 +0000 Increasing engagement with our Twitter followers #socialmedia #engagement <div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">Most of our time on Twitter is spent either rage dumping or doom scrolling. Much of it I think stems from the fact that we're forced to engage with random people on Twitter.</div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><b>We can have a fruitful experience on Twitter, If we can engage people with common interests.</b><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">Fortunately, Twitter already does offer a way to find people with common interests - <b>Our followers</b>; <i>But it doesn't offer a way to find the common interest with our followers</i>.<br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">If we could identify the common interest with our Twitter followers, We can build a meaningful relationship.<br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/400-increasing-engagement-with-our-twitter-followers-socialmedia-engagement 400 Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:56:00 +0000 On-premise gumroad alternative #paymenthost #payment <div><a href="https://www.gumroad.com/">Gumroad</a> is a digital marketplace platform/payment host using which one can sell their digital files and services. It can serve as a host for digital files with paywall.</div><div><br></div><div>It's widely used by indies to sell their books, music, art etc. Yet their reviews at trust pilot is <a href="https://www.trustpilot.com/review/gumroad.com">poor</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Much of the grievances seems to be related to,</div><div> <ul><li>Payments (Failures, Delays, Refunds).</li> <li>Two-sided marketplace issues (End user unhappy with the purchase).</li> <li>Account Suspension (Likely due to the violation of policies <a href="https://help.gumroad.com/article/160-suspension">largely dictated by Gumroad's banking partners</a>).</li> <li>Customer service (Lack of thereof).</li> </ul><div>I believe all the above issues could be resolved with an On-premise Gumroad alternative, Are you looking for one?<br></div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/399-on-premise-gumroad-alternative-paymenthost-payment 399 Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:36:00 +0000 Do you forget to read all your books? #publishing #books I download lots of books and start reading them. Then I forget about them.<br><br>It’s like buying physical books, getting a big pile and only reading the books at the top. I need a system that reminds me every week to read each book.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br> 0 points posted by Serialist /problems/398-do-you-forget-to-read-all-your-books-publishing-books 398 Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:30:00 +0000 Retrieving baggage lost at airport #logistics #lostandfound <div>Retrieving baggage lost during transit at busy international airports are a huge hassle if not impossible. Since hundreds of baggage pass through the conveyor belts at these airports at any given moment it's easy for a baggage to be misplaced.</div><div><br></div><div>Locating such lost baggage could take weeks at busy airports where thousands of baggage are added to the lost&amp;found section every day, If our baggage was lost at a connecting airport we would be in a different city or country by the time we realize that our baggage was lost.</div><div><br></div><div>Even the top-rated premium airlines do a bad job at repatriating lost baggage due to the sheer volume that they often prefer to reimburse instead, But some lost items could have emotional value.</div><div><br></div>There could be a need-gap for a service which could help repatriate lost luggage to the owner by coordinating with the airline/airport.<br> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/397-retrieving-baggage-lost-at-airport-logistics-lostandfound 397 Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:40:00 +0000 Wordpress-like tool for mobile apps development #nocode #apps It always bugged me how expensive mobile app development is comparing to developing website. For example, it is perfectly standard for someone to quickly build simple website for a friend for a few bucks/coffee, while app development starts with a few thousands $, even for quite a simple use cases. This is especially concerning given how mobile apps perform much better for many use cases (like e-commerce). <div><br><div>Current "app builders" doesn't really address the problem, as they very much focus on designing the screens. They are also more similar to services like Wix than Wordpress (this means that it may be quite easy to build an app, but in case you need new and more specific features in the future, there is a big risk that you will need to rewrite it in different technology anyway, while in Wordpress, you can achieve pretty much anything through plugins or writing your own code).</div></div><div><br></div><div>I feel like there is a great room for technology similar to Wordpress in philosophy that would focus on rapid mobile app development that would focus more on covering common use cases and good plugin support instead of drag and drop design tool similar to Elementor.</div> 3 points posted by silten /problems/396-wordpress-like-tool-for-mobile-apps-development-nocode-apps 396 Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:04:00 +0000 Automatically arrange leisure activities #events #recommendation <div>I often face the issue of being indecisive on how to spend my evenings or weekends. Be it laziness, not having any ideas/knowing where to start or difficulty in deciding between the many options that come up in event sourcing platforms.</div><div><br></div><div>A platform where once added some personal interests/details and date/time, it sends like 3 curated suggestions of things to do. Once one of the suggestions is accepted, it takes care of arranging it for the user. The suggestions can be sent on a regular cadence if there's a subscription model in place.</div><div><br></div><div>Basically, similar to one of those meal-kit services (BlueApron, HelloFresh, etc..) but for recreational activities.</div><div>I wasn't able to find a similar platform, but there's an endless numbers of websites for finding events or finding restaurants. Personally, when using them I find it a very time consuming and tedious process. Also because of the huge amount of options it makes it hard to choose one.</div><div>I'd like some feedback on where the holes in my thought process are, what issues I might face if I end up pursuing this and how to find out if there's demand for something like this. Thanks!</div> 5 points posted by aggravating109 /problems/394-automatically-arrange-leisure-activities-events-recommendation 394 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 01:50:00 +0000 Mental health tracker #mentalhealth #lifestyle <div>I have tools and system to track blood pressure, blood sugar etc. and could take actions to maintain them at healthy levels.</div><div><br></div><div>I need tools like that for mental health.</div><div><br></div><div>There seems to be a related problem ( /problems/61 ) but that seems to focus on those who are already know that they are suffering from a mental health disease and require a way to track it; Mine is about those who are relatively healthy and would like to keep their mental health in check.<br></div> 3 points posted by Tezerak /problems/393-mental-health-tracker-mentalhealth-lifestyle 393 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 15:16:00 +0000 How to know if your ad campaigns are effective? #advertising #marketing After watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcNbIm0fRxk<div><br></div><div>I've realised that many companies put a ton of money into ads which helps people to recognize the product but the issue is that those companies don't know if they are targeting the right type of customer and if they are having positive responses from said ads.</div> 1 points posted by rgm48 /problems/392-how-to-know-if-your-ad-campaigns-are-effective-advertising-marketing 392 Thu, 02 Jun 2022 16:23:00 +0000 Getting quaterly financials is a tedious process #finance #stocks I ocasionally invest in the stock market from time to time, and it is very hard to find and read company financials in which they takes minutes to read and learn about how the company is performing. Doing the research takes a lot of time and can be time-wasting which could be used to make quicker decisiones. 1 points posted by rgm48 /problems/391-getting-quaterly-financials-is-a-tedious-process-finance-stocks 391 Tue, 31 May 2022 19:37:00 +0000 Self-hosted Patreon alternative #patreon #payment <div><a href="https://www.patreon.com/">Patreon</a> is the de-facto solution for collecting recurring donation payments, When compared to solutions which charge commissions by transactions ( /problems/313 ) they charge a percentage over monthly revenue according to the plan.</div><div><br></div><div>At the time where anyone could create a <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/389-geo-redirection-for-stripe-payment-links-payment-stripe">payment workflow easily</a>, Patreon still seems to be holding relevance due to its membership-communication and tier based features.</div><div><br></div><div>But Patreon has several shortcomings,</div><div> <ul><li>Stripe option only available for U.S. residents.</li> <li>Different projects require separate accounts.</li> <li>Tax collection support is limited to select countries.</li> <li>Lack of configurable tax-invoice/receipt support.</li> <li>Patreon commission/month + Payment gateway commission/transaction is expensive for small-time creators.</li> </ul><div>I think a self-hosted patreon alternative can address these issues, Are you looking for a Patreon alternative?<br></div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/390-self-hosted-patreon-alternative-patreon-payment 390 Mon, 30 May 2022 15:30:00 +0000 Geo-redirection for stripe payment links #payment #stripe <div>Stripe <a href="https://stripe.com/en-in/payments/payment-links">payment links</a> allows payment workflows to be created without any code and hence has wide range of applications from casual payments to small-business transactions even without a website.</div><div><br></div><div><b>For multiple-currencies, Separate payment links has to be created i.e. one for USD, another of GBP etc. and there's no built-in option to redirect the customers from different locations to the correct payment link.<br></b></div><div><b><br></b></div><div>This defeats the purpose of payment links as complete no-code tool as the business owner has now got to implement Geo-redirection on their website to present the payment link for appropriate currency as per the location of their customer.</div><div><br></div><div>Let me know if you're facing such a problem and would like to have no-code solution.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/389-geo-redirection-for-stripe-payment-links-payment-stripe 389 Mon, 30 May 2022 14:14:00 +0000 E-commerce returns #e-commerce #logistics <div>Currently when customers want to return something they bought online they box up take to mail center, this is not how they received it so inconvenient this has cost companies roughly 500 billion dollars.</div><div><br></div><div>Sometimes they let you keep and get refund also under fire for destroying unused &nbsp;products.<br></div> 3 points posted by TheIceMan /problems/388-e-commerce-returns-e-commerce-logistics 388 Fri, 20 May 2022 19:57:00 +0000 Image sharing for creatives #portfolio #sharing Most image sharing sites are not designed towards providing illustrator, artist and photographers a clean, professional presentation, that can also be made as easily made without login or needing to use your current image storage solutions. A modern day version of a drop off portfolio, sample sheets.Think IMGUR meets dribbble, a<a href="https://folio.ink"> micro-portfolio platform</a>. -4 points posted by folioink 386 Mon, 16 May 2022 00:40:00 +0000 Simple Anime Info Platform #anime #information So I watch anime, and the problem I have now was that there was no simple way to find information such as "Synopsis"<div><div>"year of release" or "the episode count". Yes sites like MAL (My anime List) and AniList exist but the problem with those </div><div>sites is that they have a overload of information and you had to "get used to the site" before knowing where to look.</div><div>I myself haven't been interested in other details such as cast and staff as I've only needed the synopsis of a show to get into it </div><div>and this led to my solution. </div></div> 1 points posted by Mini-Sylar /problems/385-simple-anime-info-platform-anime-information 385 Mon, 09 May 2022 17:25:00 +0000 Anki accumulated reviews #flashcards #education <div>Anki is a leading <a href="https://apps.ankiweb.net/">flashcard application</a> used extensively by students for learning new languages to medical courses. It uses scientifically proven <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition">spaced-repetition</a> technique to improve our memory retention and recalling abilities.</div><div><br></div><div>But if the review schedule of Anki is not followed religiously, The cards start to leech and very soon there would be <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Anki/comments/bf7hql/an_addon_idearequest_dealing_with_accumulated/">thousands of due cards</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>This demotivates many Anki users and stops them from using Anki altogether.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/384-anki-accumulated-reviews-flashcards-education 384 Mon, 09 May 2022 14:07:00 +0000 Teaching chess to kids #education #chess <div>Unless kids have access to parents who are passionate about chess or someone to tutor them systematically they would miss their chance to learn, play and enjoy chess properly.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Chess offers high returns in the form of second-order thinking</b> ( /problems/263 ) for very little investment, Which is important than ever before since limited-attention content is harassing impressionable minds.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there's a large need-gap for solutions to teach chess to children.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/383-teaching-chess-to-kids-education-chess 383 Mon, 09 May 2022 13:38:00 +0000 Heat wave survival #weather #climatecrisis <div>As living with the extreme weather events from climate change has become a reality, heatwaves are breaking <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/02/asia/india-pakistan-heatwave-climate-intl-hnk/index.html">new thresholds </a>with each passing year.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Even though access to air-conditioning can mean life or death</b> it's still not accessible to everyone,&nbsp; <a href="https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2021-10-07/as-heat-waves-intensify-access-to-air-conditioning-can-mean-life-or-death">even in developed countries</a> largely due to energy bills.<br></div><div><br></div><div>There is a need-gap for accessible solutions to improve survivability of heatwaves.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/382-heat-wave-survival-weather-climatecrisis 382 Mon, 09 May 2022 12:59:00 +0000 Finding apartment #housing #search <div>In an discussion regarding finding apartment, User haswell on HN <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30969270">says</a>:</div><div><br></div><blockquote><div><span class="commtext c00">I'm in the middle of an apartment search. I was reflecting the other day on how much searching for an apartment has changed over the last 10 years.<p>Conclusion: it hasn't changed much at all.</p> <p>It's still necessary to search on a myriad of sites. Most of the time, by the time you inquire, a place is gone. Or the ad was misleading and that "$2000 2BR" is actually "$2000 for the cheapest Studio we have, but we also have 2BR for $3.5K".</p> <p>Finding places that match my criteria still requires careful inspection of the description. Checking a filter box for "Parking" excludes places that only mention parking in the description.</p> <p>With all of the modernization and streamlining that has happened in other parts of our lives, apartment hunting remains unstructured, messy, frustrating, stressful.</p> <p>Aggregators like Padmapper helped for awhile, but these days, it seems like most listings are posted by scammy middlemen just trying to make a commission on the listing, and now the site actively makes the process even harder.</p> <p>Is hunting for an apartment doomed to be this messy forever? It seems like an area that is ripe for disruption or a better option, but what would it take to actually solve this?</p> <p>---</p> <p>With all of that said, this post is exactly what I needed right now. I've been toying with a very similar idea to improve the efficiency of my search process and this is good inspiration. </p></div></blockquote><div>Are you facing issues with apartment search and/or solving for that?<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/381-finding-apartment-housing-search 381 Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:46:00 +0000 Aerial imaging through commercial airplanes #mapping #AerialImaging <div>In an discussion on Billion-dollar airline routes, User csteubs on HN <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=29153232">says</a>:</div><div><br></div><div><blockquote><span class="commtext c00">There's still money on the table for airline operators where routes are concerned. It sounds a bit fringe, but most of these flights take off and land at airports in large cities. International airports are often zoned around industrial centers that are typically set off away from the city core. Coupled with the high frequency of inbound and outbound traffic depending on the airport, commercial flights are excellent candidates for capturing high resolution aerial imagery in near-real time. In many cases, those images can be transmitted back down while the plane is in the air thanks to in-flight internet.<p>There have been past attempts to harness the passive residual capabilities of air travel for photography, but none have stuck based on the difficulty of scaling such a system. If successful, crowdsourced aerial photography for cartography could add a layer of temporal resolution we just can't achieve with fewer than 500 imaging satellites currently in orbit, and for 1/10,000th the cost of satellite-based imaging. Add on concerns about LEO crowding and the thousands of use cases near-real-time aerial imaging could provide at a fraction of the cost, it becomes an interesting problem to solve.</p> <p>There are plenty of barriers to this kind of scheme, regulation in particular, that could keep airlines from participating; the first major carrier who does, however, may find themselves with a new multi-billion dollar revenue stream.</p> <p>(Disclosure: Founder @ <a href="https://notasatellite.com" rel="nofollow">https://notasatellite.com</a></p><span class="commtext c00"><br></blockquote><span class="commtext c00"> <p>Considering the use for up-to-date mapping is growing exponentially due to navigation related apps there could indeed be a need-gap for aerial real-time imaging through commercial airplanes.<br></p></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/380-aerial-imaging-through-commercial-airplanes-mapping-aerialimaging 380 Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:38:00 +0000 Testing cloud services without surprise bills #cloud #cost <div>In an discussion of avoiding surprise AWS bills, User Havoc on HN <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=29154607">says</a>:</div><div><br></div><blockquote><div>Somewhat surprised none of the major clouds off true sandboxed learning environments as a competitive advantage. i.e. We will not charge you more than $100 no matter what. Sure that doesn't work for enterprise stuff that has to be online, but there is a big market for people that can swallow $100 accidents but not 15k. And whoever offers that first will attract the cautious crowd. I've got friends that point blank refuse to use cloud due to the open ended billing. (Azure comes closes as best as I can tell...their MSDN style credits seem to be true hard capped) [Invariably this get's the "but what to do about the data...can't just delete it...yes you can. The $100 crowd is ok with that. 30 day grace then delete it...much like anyone with an unpaid bill]</div></blockquote><div><br></div><div>Setting budget limit can help in avoiding surprise bills, But there could be a need-gap for providing learning environments for cloud services with fixed costs.<br></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/379-testing-cloud-services-without-surprise-bills-cloud-cost 379 Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:23:00 +0000 There are too many places to buy/rent a tuxedo #rental #clothing There are too many places to go buy/rent a tuxedo and this causes the customer a headache to go and drive to each location to find out which one suits (no pun intended) them the best. If you want to get a tuxedo in today's world you would need to go to different stores to try them and select the one that's best for you. However, this approach is very time-consuming and can get the customer tired in search of the tuxedo that suits his needs. 1 points posted by rgm48 /problems/378-rent-a-tuxedo-rental-clothing 378 Sun, 24 Apr 2022 19:26:00 +0000 Single subscription for multiple news sources #news #subscription User yummybear on HN <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30526127">says</a>, <blockquote>Not OC, but the thing with most of these international media articles is I want to read an ft.com article maybe once per year. Tomorrow it's another media with another article. Why would I want a subscription to read one single article?</blockquote> To which user guerrilla <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30526264">says</a>, <blockquote>Sounds like you just hit on a business model... multi-subscriptions to news. You could change the world with that.<br></blockquote><div><br> </div><div>And I seem to agree with them, Subscription for news is the best way to monetize and for fair reporting, free from the clutches of the advertisers. But a typical news consumer reads news from multiple sources and so subscribing to each one of them is not viable for most.<br></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/377-single-subscription-for-multiple-news-sources-news-subscription 377 Mon, 18 Apr 2022 14:36:00 +0000 Smartphone Addiction #addiction #behaviour <div>Smartphone addiction has become a menace to the society, Some are able identify the detrimental effects of a smartphone's hold on their life early enough to reduce its usage or switch to a <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/business-60763168">dumbphone</a> but many realize it a bit too late and end up in a <a href="https://theprint.in/features/generationnowhere-indias-young-are-fighting-an-invisible-epidemic-smartphone-addiction/880750/">de-addiction center</a> <i>if lucky</i>.</div><div><br></div><div><i>I don't think the problem can be just pinned on the lack of self-control of the individual</i> when <b>Billions of&nbsp; dollars are poured into making apps addictive in the name of increasing the engagement</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>Smartphones are the first computer to the majority of the world population today, Unlike those who had the luxury of witnessing nascent Internet as a resource for Information &amp; Knowledge through computers, <b>the current younger generation is subjected to a barrage of assaults on their senses in the name of entertainment from addiction-optimized apps targeted individually through the exploitation of their privacy</b>.<br><br>Imagine if opioid drugs optimized to each individual for maximum effect is widely available in the society?<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/375-smartphone-addiction-addiction-behaviour 375 Mon, 11 Apr 2022 14:08:00 +0000 Reading screenplays takes too long #screenplay #TextToSpeech My friend who works in Hollywood was complaining about how much reading he has to do, and how he wished someone could just read his screenplays to him in the car while he sat in LA traffic. We looked at the existing text to speech options out there, but because screenplays have atypical formatting the existing solutions didn't sound great. 3 points posted by egibney /problems/374-reading-screenplays-takes-too-long-screenplay-texttospeech 374 Sun, 10 Apr 2022 12:23:00 +0000 A simple event management platform #events #web <p>I was speaking to my 19-year-old sister recently, and she was telling me about how she and her friends create a WhatsApp group for any social event they plan together. I thought this is a little crazy, since those groups just become stale soon after the event is over, and WhatsApp gets filled with unnecessary items.</p> <p>Then I realized, that this is the younger generation, many of whom have never been on Facebook. I'm fairly confident that many in this group are not even aware that something like Facebook Events even exists. I'm 26, and my friends would always use Facebook Events for planning such events.</p> <p>I know that there are also many others, who want to leave Facebook, but benefit from using Facebook Events to plan events.</p> <p>I have a good feeling that it would be great to have a simple platform that helps create and manage small events, like birthday parties.</p> <p><br></p> 3 points posted by perry /problems/371-a-simple-event-management-platform-events-web 371 Mon, 04 Apr 2022 18:02:00 +0000 Analytics data without cookies or fingerprinting #analytics #web All industry-standard methods to collect data for web analytics are relying on the identification of recurring visitors and transmitting personal data to third-party companies. The problem here is the data privacy aspect.<div><br></div><div>Within the European Union this constellation leads to incomplete data in web analytics. Consent banners are implemented on websites to block any trackers and only allow tracking once visitors click something like 'yes please track me'. Obviously, a high number of visitors does not accept that.</div><div><br></div><div>For some use-cases, there is no alternative to visitor consent and profiling-based tracking. Just think of aggregating customer data within your CRM or tracking conversions and reporting them to ad networks. But there are other analytics tasks that would not require personal data or the identification of visitors.</div><div><br></div><div>Plain statistics about the number of website sessions, acquisition channels, or the performance of your content could be generated from technical website activity data without any connection to a visitor. We would not even require the IP addresses for this.</div> 3 points posted by matthias /problems/370-analytics-data-without-cookies-or-fingerprinting-analytics-web 370 Fri, 01 Apr 2022 16:43:00 +0000 Learning to make music as an adult #music #education <div>Hi all!</div><div><br></div><div>I've been interesting in learning to play and produce music as an adult, and been feeling quite intimidated by the concepts of music theory and all the things that need to be remembered. I've been finding that many of the online resources seem overly complicated and tedious to follow.<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div> 1 points posted by thisisseb /problems/369-learning-to-make-music-as-an-adult-music-education 369 Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:53:00 +0000 Automatic checking of downloaded file integrity #cybersecurity #hash We are at higher risk of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_chain_attack">supply-chain attacks</a> than ever before, A seemingly innocuous file we download from a trusted website could have been maliciously altered to compromise our systems by an attacker but the file integrity checking mechanisms are beyond the reach for an average Internet user.<br><br><div>Websites which care about the security of their users provide hash(MD5/SHA) or GPG signature file which can be used to verify the integrity of the file with a couple of commands, Although its straightforward for the power users it's not ideal for those who have never executed commands in the terminal/command prompt.</div><div><br></div><div>If the file verification can be automated at browser through standardized specification of hash signatures then end users need not verify the integrity of the files manually.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/368-automatic-checking-of-downloaded-file-integrity-cybersecurity-hash 368 Mon, 28 Mar 2022 14:58:00 +0000 Existing deployment services aren't portable #web #jamstack Currently, existing deployment platform such as Vercel or Netlify, enforce users to use their own CDN. This turns out to be an expensive solution when traffic is high or team is large. It'd be nice to benefit from their nice developer experience while still owning our deployment artifacts and deciding where to upload / host these files. 3 points posted by svedova /problems/366-existing-deployment-services-arent-portable-web-jamstack 366 Sun, 27 Mar 2022 20:07:00 +0000 find software system requirement for any domain #software #research When developing software systems, knowledge of a domain (possibly many) is required to come up with the requirements of that system. often times, It's very hard to gather these domain requirements, and requires someone who's delved in the domain. This is especially problematic for a single person or a technical-only team.<div><br></div><div>Of course, technical people who develop such software systems try to learn about the domain. For example, they Google about the topic, go to <i>Statista </i>to read research made in the domain, and they might even talk to (or hire) domain experts about the system they are developing. However, this is not always feasible due to time, cost and/or nature of domains.</div> <p>Personally, this problem occurred to me when brewing up an E-Commerce SaaS idea. I looked at other players in this field: Shopify, WordPress. etc. and I found it very hard to find to<i> find the domain&nbsp;problems of E-Commerce </i>as someone who has 0 domain experience.</p> <p>Finally, this problem affects all domains and sub-domains. Here is a list of industries (domains) published by BLS<br><a href="https://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_alpha.htm">https://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_alpha.htm</a><br></p> 1 points posted by fawaz /problems/365-find-software-system-requirement-for-any-domain-software-research 365 Sun, 20 Mar 2022 13:24:00 +0000 No job opportunities for self-taught programmers #programming #jobs I've been learning a lot of programming (full stack development) and while checking the job boards, most jobs will require you to have a CS degree, which many programmers don't have and it will be a disadvantage once they begin applying for jobs. Since most people can't afford to go to college once again, it will be difficult for a person to acquire a CS degree so they can have that kinds of advantages in the real world. 1 points posted by rgm48 /problems/364-no-job-opportunities-for-self-taught-programmers-programming-jobs 364 Tue, 15 Mar 2022 19:25:00 +0000 OkCupid for Jobs #employment #jobboard <div>In a discussion about replacement for StackOverflow jobs in HN; User 0xbadcafebee comments about the <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30554840#30556165">need-gap in job search websites</a>,</div><div><br></div><blockquote><div>Somebody please make OkCupid for Jobs. Both employers and applicants fill out questions that the community curates (so they can be job-specific, industry-specific, etc). Both employers and employees get matches via algorithm rather than receiving 100 random resumes or 100 random job suggestions that have nothing to do with you. Existing sites do this, but very poorly, because they only try to detect information out of a resume and detect keywords in a job listing. There is only so much data you can gleam from those sources and it's highly variable. You need to ask specific questions, like "Is Functional Programming the best form of programming?" or "Do you prefer asynchronous communication when dealing with coworkers?", or "Do you like being in an office?", or "Do you like working in finance?".</div></blockquote><div><br></div><div><br></div><div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/363-okcupid-for-jobs-employment-jobboard 363 Mon, 07 Mar 2022 15:18:00 +0000 Daily digest of most liked tweets by followers #twitter #digest I'm young enough to not know a world without Social media and smartphones. I've been using both all my life. Since then the platforms changed, the world changed, but so have i. I owe a lot to the internet, it made me who i am and give me a future, but i feel in my bones that the modern web slaved me. It made me a dopamine inducing machine, a behavioral addict for&nbsp; profit. At my lowest i spent 12 hours/day browsing mindlessly various platforms. Few days ago after 3 years of fighting i finally deleted Facebook. I tried to find various ways to use it specifically for the value it created for me, but it in end it wasn't possible. The negatives outgrow the positives by far...<br><br>The only social media i currently use is Twitter. I use it but in a very constrained way. I follow mostly people from a specific field i'm interested and i see it as a platform that gives me access to people, information/knowledge, and discussions that i would never had access otherwise.<br><br>I need a script for twitter where it would grep the most liked/retweeted tweets by my followers from my timeline and exports them to a pdf for later read. <br><br>Twitter can only be valuable to me this way. Without keeping me addicted. 1 points posted by Loin /problems/361-daily-digest-of-most-liked-tweets-by-followers-twitter-digest 361 Sat, 19 Feb 2022 15:21:00 +0000 Typical freelancer needs to use too many tools #freelancer #productivity A lot of people who freelance already use too many tools in the stack. e.g. a lot of freelancers use Freshbooks, Asana, Toggl, Jira, Calend.ly to manage their business. They have either to integrate it or manually rewrite information between apps. Not to mention some features missing like simply tracking invoices sent/invoices paid.<div><div><br></div><div>Also, many people right now are quitting their jobs and moving to freelance, and they are worried about how to choose the right tools, which won't be very expensive (for example they were working in enterprise segment, and they had all the tools paid by their company - now they have to buy it on their own).<br></div><div><div><br></div><div>There are number of solutions which lacks some of the features of "all-in-one" stack, or are too expensive to buy.</div></div></div> 3 points posted by tomw /problems/359-typical-freelancer-needs-to-use-too-many-tools-freelancer-productivity 359 Fri, 11 Feb 2022 00:07:00 +0000 Platform to publish mangas / comics #publishing #revenue There's tons of skilled manga artists out there but only very few are making a living off of it.<div><br></div><div>It's very hard to sell manga art or even a whole series.</div><div>There are some apps where you can publish but you only receive a share of their ad revenue (e.g. webtoon, mangatoon). </div><div><br></div><div>Given the surge in manga in the Western hemisphere there should be more people willing to pay some money for reading art by independent manga artists. </div><div>Same is true for traditional western comics.</div><div><br></div><div>I guess people could support you by sending money through Patreon or similar sites but would be great to have a more reliable source of income and get paid directly for the product and art you deliver. </div> 4 points posted by crispin /problems/358-comics-publishing-revenue 358 Wed, 09 Feb 2022 19:33:00 +0000 Personal advice for online shopping #shopping #eCommerce Online shopping is great but often I miss the advice by a professional sales worker, especially on higher priced / more complex products.<div><br></div><div>Think anything electronics (smartphone, laptops, etc.) for example - before I buy something these days, I have to go through rigorous research before making any decision. Used to be easier where you would go into 2-3 stores and talked to the local sales rep.</div><div>Especially true for non technical people like me. In the end, I find myself reading some benchmark tests I have no idea what they mean. </div><div><br></div><div>That being said, you do get some advice at some online retailers but obviously only for products they have in store. </div><div>They don't compare it to other items and even if you have settled on one item, the price comparison only begins... </div> 1 points posted by crispin /problems/357-personal-advice-for-online-shopping-shopping-ecommerce 357 Wed, 09 Feb 2022 19:28:00 +0000 Outdated answers on stackoverflow #programming #information <div><a href="https://stackoverflow.com">stack overflow</a> has been the go to programming Q&amp;A forum for over a decade, Hence much of its answers is outdated while the questions remain valid. Unless those who answered it initially update their answer regularly, The answers contain old information which may not be true currently.</div><div><br></div><div>This leads to new programmers consuming wrong information when newer and better solutions exist.</div><div><br></div><div>We need a way to mark outdated answers on stackoverflow and possibly replace it with current accurate information.<br></div> 4 points posted by Jonas /problems/356-outdated-answers-on-stackoverflow-programming-information 356 Wed, 09 Feb 2022 04:56:00 +0000 Web page categorization #web #category <div>Website categorization is the process of classifying websites into different categories using its content. Categorization of websites is useful for aggregation, security, moderation, archiving etc.</div><div><br></div><div>There are are <a href="https://hackernoon.com/5-best-website-categorization-tools-5s2337ny">several website categorization tools</a> which work fine for well-known websites, But fail for newer websites or web pages with lesser text content.&nbsp; This limits the use cases for which those tools could be used.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm exploring whether there's a need-gap for more robust website categorization tool which can identify the category of modern websites, web pages with lesser text content.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/355-web-page-categorization-web-category 355 Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:33:00 +0000 Track the p/l of multiple investment accounts #investment #reports I have a stock/options brokerage account and a crypto account and I can’t find a single platform that allows me to track my overall p/l with ease. All the tools available online have one or more of the following:<div> <ul> <li>requires me to tediously enter information of my every single stock trade using a poorly-designed web interface</li> <li>has a limitation on the number of trades that I can enter</li> <li>doesn't show the performance metrics that I want (e.g. time-weighted return, money-weighted return, on a monthly/annualized basis, CAGR, IRR, Sharpe Ratio, Omega Ratio etc..)</li> <li>limited benchmarking options</li> <li>charges a monthly subscription</li> <li>does not support data logging of my options trading</li> <li>does not support crypto</li> <li>cannot unify the p/l of multiple accounts / assets / currencies into a single report</li> <li>low customizability of the portfolio reports</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by JMaven /problems/350-l-of-multiple-investment-accounts-investment-reports 350 Fri, 21 Jan 2022 04:35:00 +0000 Small social bits like memes aren't interactive #photo #socialmedia <h2>Missing a simple way to create small interactive experiences</h2>The range of small content creation on mobile encompasses single photos, customising gifs and composing entire movies. There are no options for users who want to make interactive experiences. <h2>Workarounds</h2><div>Two common ways for users to create an interactive experience are building a website or a game. There are a few website builders that run on mobile (eg: <a href="https://onuniverse.com/">Universe</a>) but these are still deployed via web, not providing content you can deliver directly.</div> <h2>Historical Technology</h2><div>Two generations of technology have allowed end users to easily create experiences. These pre-date the rise of mobile devices. Both created a document which could be played on a commonly-available runtime. The Hypercard environment was bundled with Mac computers for several years (pre-Web).</div><div> <ol> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash">Flash</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperCard">Hypercard</a></li> </ol></div> 3 points posted by andydentperth /problems/349-small-social-bits-like-memes-arent-interactive-photo-socialmedia 349 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:02:00 +0000