101 month ago
deusx : What is it like to write a technical book? at Xaprb - "I would say that avoiding the temptation to write, and outlining in fanatical detail, is a very high-value activity for writing a book that’s hierarchically organized like this. "
Jeremy Zawodny : What is it like to write a technical book? - What is it like to write a technical book?: 'You can cut your work down by about 75% if you keep working on more and more detailed outlines, long past the point you think you ought to start “writing.”' True. Lots of good stuff in that
Simon Willison : What is it like to write a technical book? - What is it like to write a technical book?. Plenty of food for thought from the lead author of the new edition of High Performance MySQL. It’s amazing how Word is still an integral part of most technical book projects despite its obvious inadequacies
philgyford : What is it like to write a technical book? at Xaprb - Great write-up of what it was really like to write a big complicated book, managed by rather disorganised people. (via Simon Willison)#
107 month ago
gleuschk : What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC. - the United States is arguably more isolated and less educated about the world than it was a half-century ago. In a time of such broad technological change, how can this possibly be the case?
Ethan Marcotte : "You Don’t Understand Our Audience": What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC - "To me, the term 'shareholder value' sounded like Mao's 'right path,' although this was not something I shared at the employee reëducation meetings." ∞
philgyford : "You Don't Understand Our Audience" by John Hockenberry - "...a series of lessons I learned about how television news had lost its most basic journalistic instincts in its search for the audience-driven sweet spot, the 'emotional center' of the American people." (via Oblinks)#
122 month ago
plasticbag : Architectures of Control in Design - "How products increasingly control and restrict your behaviour" - weblog by Dan Lockton. Really interesting.
joshua : Architectures of Control in Design
veen : Architectures of Control in Design - "Increasingly, many products are being designed with features that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour."
Nelson Minar : Architecture of Control - Blog about design that intentionally makes things difficult (via HotLinks)
jkottke : A weblog about "architectures of control in design", an ongoing exploration of products "designed with features that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour" - A weblog about "architectures of control in design", an ongoing exploration of products "designed with features that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour".#
133 month ago
veen : Flight Patterns - Beautiful visualizations of North American air traffic
gleuschk : Amazing Flight Pattern simulations - reminds me of War Games
philgyford : Flight Patterns - Gorgeous animations of flights over the US. Better than it sounds. (via Kottke)#
135 month ago
Andy Baio : Wolfram Tones - fun with generative music, but actually listenable
joshua : A NEW KIND OF MUSIC - mostly, they sound awful
jimray : WolframTones: An Experiment in a New Kind of Music - You can get 'em as ringtones, which is kinda cool, I guess
gleuschk : WolframTones: An Experiment in a New Kind of Music - they're almost all completely intolerable (latin is the best), but fascinating nonetheless#
135 month ago
joshua : Localhost - fascinating peer-based distributed naming system. shame about the name
deusx : Localhost - "Localhost is a program that lets you access a shared, world-wide file system through your web browser. "
Matthew M. Boedicker : Localhost, shared world-wide filesystem#
135 month ago
jkottke : GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS?
gleuschk : GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS? (kottke.org) - maaaan, I don'wanna read all that
kayodeok : GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS? - The Web browser becomes the primary application interface through which the user views content, performs services, and manages data on their local machine and on the Web, often without even knowing the difference
Andy Baio : Kottke's essay on WebOS - lots of good thoughts and predictions
Paul Hammond : GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS? (kottke.org) - Now that your hyperbole meter has pegged a few times, hopefully the rest of this will seem tame in comparison#
139 month ago
kayodeok : An example of collaborative notetaking with SubEthaEdit - "One student types in the main content of what is being said. Another follows behind and corrects spelling mistakes while a third adds a few extra points. Perhaps another is ahead of the rest, creating structure for the rest of the document -- preparing H
Matthew M. Boedicker : how students use laptops in class (collaborative note-taking, Google searches)
deusx : Catspaw's Guide to the Inevitably Insane - 'In my classes where a handful of people always have a laptop open, there's a subculture of wired (well, I guess "wireless") students who are busy engaging in their own academic experience.'#
147 month ago
Jeremy Zawodny : how not to do pr - how not to do pr: no shit
Nelson Minar : Bad marketing - Hysterical story of a sub-par marketing person mishandling some PR
veen : Brian D. Foy: How not to do public relations - "All I wanted was an evaluation license, but I figure I can listen to what they have to say."#
148 month ago
anildash : the world's pickiest programming contract - most of this makes a lot of sense, but i wonder why a person in the USA is required
veen : ColdFusion Support Forums - Cold Fusion/SQL Server programmer needed - "You're the type of person who uses profanity or inappropriate material in naming your variables or in your testing. \"Got really drunk last night\" is not appropriate in a business environment. Naming variables after sexual organs is also not appropriate
Rod Begbie : Cold Fusion/SQL Server programmer needed - Spectacularly dreadful programmer job ad. If they've been fucked over in so many spectacular ways, I can't help but feel they're piss-poor managers. [via] ##
149 month ago
Andy Baio : Image: Google circa 1960 -
jkottke : Google search, circa 1960
Kayode Okeyode : Google, circa 1960
veen : Google Circa 1960 - HAHAHAHAHA
Tom Coates : Retro Google from the past!#
149 month ago
Phil Gyford : MP3Blogs Aggregator - Quite handy, although I currently prefer sticking with a few blogs whose tastes I'm liking.
veen : MP3Blogs Aggregator - Like my wget hack, but with context!
Matthew M. Boedicker : mp3 blogs aggregator#
149 month ago
anildash : The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work - A Conversation with Ward Cunningham
Paul Hammond : The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work - complexity that empowers versus complexity that creates difficulty
veen : The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work - An interview with Mr. Wiki, Ward Cunningham#
149 month ago
Paul Hammond : Daring Fireball: The Location Field Is the New Command Line - they're losing this war despite the fact that they won the browser war
Graham Leuschke : The Location Field Is the New Command Line - everyone's linking it, but I was thinking about exactly this earlier today, thinking about buying a new computer and asking "where do I spend most of my computer time? in what application?" The answer, of course, is "in the web."
Isofarro : The Location Field Is the New Command Line - Microsoft totally fucked up when they took aim at Netscape.
veen : Daring Fireball: The Location Field Is the New Command Line - "[S]aying that web apps would never become popular was like a theater critic in the early 1950s dismissing television."#