Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scripting News: Writing code in an outliner, day 1.

With “Fargo” out and with its evolving connection with JavaScript, I hope more people will be coding with an outliner. I’ve been doing it pretty much exclusively for about 20 years, but I don’t think I’ve ever written anything about … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Rich people behaving rich.

Farhad Manjoo, a tech writer at Slate, wrote a piece about Valleywag yesterday. The point of the piece, as I read it, is that Valleywag writes about the follies of rich people behaving rich, and as vain, flawed human beings … Continue reading

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Scripting News: A light-hearted use-case for encryption.

Mary Jones, programmer, is dating Joe Smith, a sysadmin at the NSA. On the side, Mary is secretly seeing entrepreneur Paul Morris, and is keeping a diary of her feelings in “Fargo”. Of course she doesn’t want Joe to see … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Encryption in Fargo 1.14.

This morning “Fargo” has an exciting new feature, encryption. Why encryption is important Encryption is important in a Dropbox-based notetaking tool because, like every hugely popular web service, Dropbox has had security issues. And recent revelations about the power of … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Programming philosophy — factoring.

As you’re writing a complex piece of software, you have the opportunity to break chunks of code out into separate procedures or functions, or write the code inline. I think programmers tend to do too much inline, and should modularize … Continue reading

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Scripting News: The Butler — feh.

It’s been a really awful summer for movies, at least the ones I’ve gotten to see — they’ve all been terrible or just boring. So I decided to change my strategy and avoid the blockbusters and science fiction movies that … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Breaking Bad has gone off the rails.

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers — we got tons of them! If you haven’t seen all of Breaking Bad up to this point you have been warned. What I’m going to say in this post will seem like heresy to most Breaking … Continue reading

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Scripting News: The Atlantic on diffs betw genders.

Thanks to Nathan Ferguson for posting a link to this piece by Derek Thompson on the Atlantic website. Here are some bits from the piece, including the title and sub-title: Women prefer working together and men prefer working alone. Men … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Students can run their own servers.

I’ve had two academic jobs, one at Harvard and one at NYU. At Harvard, my assignment was to get a blogging program started. It was imho a big success. Harvard was the first American university to offer blogs to its … Continue reading

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Scripting News: Where “fear is frozen fun” came from.

Most of the mottos and slogans I use on Scripting News are either original or derived from ideas pioneered by others. But some are wholesale lifted from other people’s work, which is an invocation of yet another motto — “Only … Continue reading

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