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The Horrifically Dystopian World of Software Engineering Interviews.

Map Quiz Game: 150 Largest Countries By Area.

I could do better.
I could do better.

Needs more diversity.

“I love the hidden champions.”

When we ask people to participate in #ilovefs (this year for the 10th time in a row!) by expressing their gratitude to contributors of their favourite Free Software projects, many think about the applications they often use and come up with obvious ones like Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird, LibreOffice, their Linux-based distribution, or CMSs like WordPress and Drupal. Not that I think this is not deserved, but what about the projects that actually form the foundations for these popular suites?

Why a rotary cellphone?

Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile, while also giving me an excuse for not texting.

Uncanny Valley.

“There’s no menu, so you can’t just order, you know, a martini,” the developer says, as if I would ever. “You tell the bartender three adjectives, and he’ll customize a drink for you accordingly. It’s great. It’s creative! I’ve been thinking about my adjectives all day.”

Efficiency is important, but it is time to get serious about sufficiency.

According to Kris De Decker, just making things more efficient isn't enough; we have to change the way we live.

The future we want: bikes and trams.
The future we want: bikes and trams.

Basically, don’t use Google products. Tough love.

How to fight back against Google AMP.

Many people complain about seeing Google AMP links and sites. This is what you can do to fight back against Google AMP as a user and a % developer.

Relevant: How Google Discovered the Value of Surveillance.

Critical Atlas of Internet.

Through a series of 15 hypotheses, this Critical Atlas of Internet aims to develop 15 conceptual spatialization exercises. The purpose of the atlas is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on Internet. The atlas seek to discern the shape of the Internet in order to understand the concrete issues and stakes involved.

The Rise And Fall Of Mobile.

Mobile platforms never really offered the same way to build complex interactions between components (sorry, “apps”) that earlier platforms did with languages like AppleScript, Rexx, and Bash. Designers told us our software should “do one thing well”, a catastrophic reduction in ambition from “making the simple things simple and the complex things possible”.

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