Opening the link caused Medium to open their ‘helpful’ overlay inviting me to create an account. Thankfully, Reader View kicked in so I didn’t have to glare at it for long. However, because of the ‘clever’ lazy-load way that Medium loads images in their articles, I then had to turn off Reader View, and close the overlay, in order to see any of the images in full rather than fuzzy low-res. Another reason why I tend to avoid Medium as a source for reading or inspiration.
I first got access to Usenet around the end of 1989, via the Compulink Information eXchange (Cix) here in the UK, and used it on-and-off until the early 2000s.
Heydon Pickering, from his critique of Google’s Material Design:
Here’s the thing: Google are not successful because they know how to design inputs. Astonishing, I know, but Google are not the artisan purveyors of fine forms for which you may have mistaken them. They make their money by other means.
This isn’t a new problem, either. While it’s great that a company will ‘dog-food’ its own products to prove that they work, that just proves that it works for them. Failing to take the needs of your users or customers into consideration, or worse still adopting a not-invented-here attitude, is just storing up problems that could come back to bite you, hard. Microsoft should know that by now. So should Apple.
Great piece by Richard Murphy on what motivates him to get up and start blogging first thing in the morning.
I’ll be passing on my copy of the book to my sister, who’s trying to declutter her own house.
A site says it has an RSS feed, but the RSS feed is not discoverable from the page header. I had to copy the RSS feed address, paste it into Reeder… and be informed that the feed isn’t valid.
In $DEITY’s name, whyyy?????
Wherein Apple continues its tireless work to drive developers away from the App Store. (It certainly seems that way, judging from this and similar stories.) At least on the Mac, I have the option to buy and install my apps from elsewhere. (And have.) Of course, on my iPad and iPhone that’s not an option, at least not without jailbreaking or other means.
It’s bad enough that Apple are rejecting apps on spurious or even unknowable ground. It’s even worse because they seem prepared to cut larger app-makers a lot of slack.
You’re likely familiar with the old tale about how Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple and started his own company, NeXT. Apple then bought NeXT and their technologies and brought Jobs back as CEO once again. However, Jobs’ path wasn’t unique, and the history of computing since then could’ve gone a whole lot different.
In 1990, Jean-Louis Gassée, who replaced Jobs in Apple as the head of Macintosh development, was also fired from the company. He then also formed his own computer company with the help of another ex-Apple employee, Steve Sakoman. They called it Be Inc, and their goal was to create a more modern operating system from scratch based on the object-oriented design of C++, using proprietary hardware that could allow for greater media capabilities unseen in personal computers at the time.
I remember BeOS vaguely at the time it first came out, and it seemed really interesting. But the closest I got to it was using Stardock’s Object Desktop suite to re-skin Windows XP back in the 2000s.
I’d completely forgotten about FOAF. This article over at Two Bit History explains what it was. Sadly, it’s currently ‘in stasis’, but maybe it can be revived somehow?