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Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/29/15 (2:39pm)

Interesting article looking at the transitory nature of the web. Technology and formats change all the time. In a sense, you never step into the same web twice. That said, the article subtitle, "If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can" -- just isn't true. I found most of the original "vanished" articles using the database Newsbank.

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Steve Jobs and the Role of the Humanities in a World of Tech

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/15/14 (9:47pm)

I always thought the best preparation for any computer-based activity, such as web development, was a thorough knowledge of English poetry. Who knew that Steve Jobs agreed with me?

When asked if he was a "computer nerd", he replied: "I wasn’t completely in any one world for too long. There was so much else going on. Between my sophomore and junior years, I got stoned for the first time; I discovered Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and all that classic stuff." (Playboy Interview with Steve Jobs, 1985)

Something to be Thankful for

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/28/09 (10:42am)

With all the troubles in the world, at least we don't have these people running around anymore:

Chicago Tribune (12/6/1909): The call to arms for the Gettysburg of the war against the saloon was sounded in a hundred churches of Chicago yesterday by the militant leaders of the National Anti-Saloon league.

Scholarship on Steroids

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 7/19/09 (9:17pm)

Is the pace of scholarship being significantly sped up thanks to the 'Net? We've known for years that the process of scholarship has changed thanks to the existence of things like full-text databases but what I'm been reading in a couple of places seems to suggest a decline of traditional publishing models in favor of a far more dynamic system of self-generated content.

First we have Michael Nielsen pointing to the effect blogs are having on scientific scholarship:

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Javascript is the "Lingua Franca of the Web"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/22/07 (11:14am)

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror composes a love song to the popular scripting language:

Despite all the pretenders to the throne, JavaScript isn't going away any time soon. JavaScript is the world's most ubiquitous computing runtime. It's time we learned to accept and embrace JavaScript rather than blindly fighting it. That doesn't mean we can't explore alternatives-- but the best way to transcend the limitations of JavaScript is to immerse yourself in those limitations. At least that way you know what you're fighting for, and what the alternatives really mean.

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End-User Manifesto

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/30/07 (5:53pm)

gapingvoid posts an interesting list called the "End-User Manifesto". It's billed as "things that need to be in the mind of anyone building software, particularly for the Web." Here are the first four items:

1. Don't waste my time.

2. Help me do the right thing.

3. Respect my decisions.

4. Design well, and guide me to make the right decisions by that design.

Book: 'Getting Real' by 37signals

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/17/06 (7:15pm)

This came out in March but it's still worth a mention -- particularly in the context of the "Kuckoo for Features" approach discussed here earlier.

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