Monthly Archives: January 2013

Scripting News: NYT open newsroom to bloggers.

The NYT just announced that they’re opening up their newsroom to a few tech startups. It’s a fun idea, but also a safe one. If I were starting something I wouldn’t want to put my office in the NYT. That’s … Continue reading

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Innovation: Javascript w/o curly braces.

Python doesn’t have curly braces and semicolons because it considers the structure of the source code syntactically significant. We have something similar working with Javascript. Because I edit my code in an outliner, I have the curly braces and semicolons … Continue reading

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Podcast: Beautiful software.

Jason Pontin of Tech Review asked a challenging question on Twitter today. What’s the most beautiful software? I answered his challenge with a podcast. I felt the idea needed verbal explanation. I offered three examples. Two written by others, and … Continue reading

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Everybody smile, you’re about to see the best commercial ever! :-)

I bet they play this one in Colorado and Washington State. 🙂 Yah man!!

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History: What early software was influential?

On Thursday I wrote a piece about MacWrite and MacPaint, two pieces of software that influenced much if not all the software that followed. There are many other examples of seminal software products. In most cases, the products are not … Continue reading

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History: MacWrite and MacPaint, a coral reef.

I was talking yesterday with a programmer friend who is 28. I wanted to use an example, but first wanted to be sure he knew about it. I asked if he knew what MacWrite and MacPaint was. He said no. … Continue reading

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Question: Quora is a blogging platform?

I just heard that Quora is repositioning as a blogging platform. That’s (might be) very cool. Hopefully that means that they’re going to support the APIs that blogging platforms support. That would include the Blogger API and the MetaWeblog API. … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Preserving the early blogosphere.

A story in a list. 1. I love archive.org. It’s essential. Without it, we would have absolutely no record of the early sites that are gone. Hooray for Brewster Kahle. No sarcasm. He should get a Turing Award. Researchers of … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Outage theater. Twitter down? Come chat here.

It appears Twitter is down. This is like using candles or hanging out at a camp fire? If you have anything to say, leave a comment here, or on Hacker News.

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Scripting: Football post-season ads are grand.

Football post-season ads are grand. Two ads during the NFC championship, one from Apple, the other from Google. Both are selling the same product. One wins, the other a loser. Apple has a protagonist playing ping pong with the Williams … Continue reading

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