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What is it like to write a technical book? at Xaprb

76 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)

What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC.

81 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)

Architectures of Control in Design

97 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".

Flight Patterns

108 month ago

Rod Begbie : Flight Patterns - Some beautiful visualizations generated from FAA data of all flights over the USA one day in March. [via#

veen : Flight Patterns - Beautiful visualizations of North American air traffic

jkottke : Flight pattern visualizations - Beautiful flight pattern visualizations over the US based on data from the FAA. (via ia) [via]

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)

Wolfram Tones

109 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

Eric Meyer : WolframTones: An Experiment in a New Kind of Music - Incredible. I've already generated a tone I'm ready to buy. [via Tantek] [via]

Matthew M. Boedicker : WolframTones, music generator - (via metafilter) [via]

gleuschk : WolframTones: An Experiment in a New Kind of Music - they're almost all completely intolerable (latin is the best), but fascinating nonetheless

Localhost

109 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

GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS?

110 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

Why every student should own a Mac

114 month ago

Simon Willison : Why every student should own a Mac - Michelle Levesque on student laptop culture. (via) [via]

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.'

how not to do pr

121 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."

the world's pickiest programming contract

122 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#

Image: Google circa 1960

123 month ago

Andy Baio : Image: Google circa 1960 -

jkottke : Google search, circa 1960

Rod Begbie : Google circa 1960 - From the archives [via#

Kayode Okeyode : Google, circa 1960

veen : Google Circa 1960 - HAHAHAHAHA

Tom Coates : Retro Google from the past!

MP3Blogs Aggregator

123 month ago

Andy Baio : MP3Blogs Aggregator - the full-text feed is brilliant, but brings up ethical issues of hotlinking [via]  [via]

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

The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work

124 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

The Location Field Is the New Command Line

124 month ago

Anne van Kesteren : The Location Field Is the New Command Line - "It's also rather easy to ignore the times when you’ve been proven wrong." #

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."

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