The tape obsolescence problem I’ve seen some of this myself, back when I was involved in tape duplication and conversion. Writing the software to read, write and manage the data was the easier part. (Most of the time—getting technical documents from hardware makers took a bit of hoop-jumping, while data specifications were sometimes closely guarded.) …Continue reading "The tape obsolescence problem"
Have you heard about Silicon Valley’s unpaid research and development department? It’s called the EU. Aral Balkan: Who should you thank for Facebook’s Libra? “One of the UK’s leading privacy researchers” University College London The DECODE project And, if you’re an EU citizen who pays their taxes, You. Surprised? Don’t be.Continue reading "Oops!"
Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake—and Google Profits “It’s less harmful to piss off the government than piss off Google,” Mr. Abuhazim said. “The government will hit me with a fine. But if Google suspends my listings, I’m out of a job. Google could make me homeless.”Continue reading "“It’s less harmful to piss off the government than piss off Google”"
Boris Johnson: brilliant, warm, funny – and totally unfit to be PM Max Hastings, writing in 2012: Most politicians are ambitious and ruthless, but Boris is a gold medal egomaniac. I would not trust him with my wife nor – from painful experience – my wallet.Continue reading
I reset my daily & weekly goals to zero in Todoist. Why? I was fixating too much on hitting those rather than getting meaningful work done and achieving my goals. Now, I just do what I can each day, and that is enough. Find my own rhythm.Continue reading
Misunderstandings of the Past The story of the people who really programmed ENIAC back in the 1940s. (Spoiler alert: not all white, all male.) Apparently, some historians don’t like that part…Continue reading
Post-WWDC thoughts Riccardo Mori’s thoughts on macOS Catalina and iPadOS.Continue reading
The Anita Sarkeesian story I was one of the backers of the Kickstarter campaign for Tropes vs Women in Video Games, and remember reading about what Anita and others were dealing with trying to get that done, and having to part ways with a misogynist friend over it.Continue reading
Nick Heer’s recent blog post Theft With Permission nails the problem with adding more and more permissions dialog boxes to apps. It’s not dealing with privacy violations, it’s just abdicating the responsibility onto the user.Continue reading
Subway History: How OS/2 Powered The NYC Subway For Decades Despite the failure of OS/2 in the consumer market, it was hilariously robust, leading to a long life in industrial and enterprise systems—with one other famous example being ATMsContinue reading