What more do I need to say?
How awesome is that?
by Augie De Blieck Jr.
What more do I need to say?
How awesome is that?
The topic of spacing after a period (or “full stop” in some parts of the world) has received a lot of attention in recent years. The vitriol that the single-space camp has toward the double-spacers these days is quite amazing, and typographers have made up an entire fake history to justify their position. [...]
Unfortunately, this whole story is a fairy tale, made up by typographers to make themselves feel like they are correct in some absolute way. The account is riddled with historical fabrication. Here are some facts…
Such a good read ripping apart the modern notion that using two spaces at the end of a sentence is wrong. And he backs it up with a ridiculous amount of proof and history
If you go to VariousAndSundry.com/cs, you’ll find my new blog. Spinning off from this one, it’s for all the computer programming things I want to talk about. That’ll be mostly Ruby, with some Perl, iOS/Objective-C, and whatever else strikes my fancy. (Elixir? Go?)
The first programming I ever did was on the family’s Commodore 64, typing in programs from the pages of “Enter” magazine. I recently came across two or three issues that survived that era, plus a folder full of pages I had ripped out to save for whatever reason. I might be scanning those in to show off here. This stuff is golden for programmers of my age, I imagine. There’s a lot of memories to come flooding back from these pages.
I haven’t found one that’ll work in IE8, which is what I’m stuck with at work.
I haven’t tried Feed Wrangler yet, mostly because it would cost me $24 to try it and I kind of doubt it’ll work on IE8, too.
So, maybe I’ll be going cold turkey on reading the news starting Monday.
Stumbled across this and felt the need to post it on the eve of WWDC 2013.
This is from my first Apple computer purchase/unboxing. Pictured are the Power Mac G5 box, extra RAM from Crucial, and an OS X “Missing Manual” book I bought at Amazon. This picture is from September 2004.
These days, I’m on a 27″ iMac. That PowerMac was replaced a couple of Christmases ago, though it’s still on the floor underneath my desk.
I love this story, but this part made me laugh out loud:
More specifically, I’m married, have a mortgage and we just had our first child in October. So in November when my firetruck appeared on eBay and I brought up the topic of purchasing a large red truck for the millionth time in our relationship, my wife had more important things on her mind. In a moment of weakness, she angrily said “I guess I can’t stop you!” making it enthusiastically clear that she wanted me to immediately buy this particular truck and not pass on an epic opportunity to put a check mark next to a lifelong goal.
As guys, that’s what we do. Whittle down our wives until they don’t say “no” explicitly, then use that as our permission. =)
Google today announced that they’re shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. It’s a product they’ve willed out of existence, with a steady stream of neglect. That’s why this quote seems a little two-faced:
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle writes in the blog post. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined….”
Of course it has. It’s been broken for months for many people and Google did nothing about it. They’ve decided to put all their eggs in the Google+ basket and gave up on Reader a long time ago. And Google honestly wonders why usage declined? Because they abandoned the ship! Nobody knew is coming on board a sinking ship. Google is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The good news is that with Google relinquishing its overwhelming majority of the RSS Reader market, this might just pave the way for others to “innovate” in “the space” and give us something new and better. And, as many have already joked, that’s when Google will swoop in and buy them. UGH
One of the competitors, Feedly is down for the count tonight. Too much traffic in the wake of Reader’s demise, I bet.
But who can replace Google Reader for me? Here’s what I need:
It doesn’t need to be free. In fact, I’d happily pay for this service, just because it makes it less attractive a company to be bought up and dismantled by the likes of vultures like Google.
Google also announced the departure of Android guru, Andy Rubin, who’s moving on to other projects at Google. I’d put my bets on a Google Watch. They need to catch up faster to Apple than they did with the MacBook Air, so now they’re trying to catch up to the rumors of what Apple might be doing. (Seriously, take a look at the Chromebook and tell me it doesn’t just look like a cheap MacBook Air, years later. Hey, it’s got a Samsung logo on it, so the pattern holds…)
Stick with it to the eight-three-naught mark. That is where he drops his bomb. Post-bomb, it is a strong talk that makes lots of sense. I give you now, Guy Steele:
As a programmer, never underestimate your ability to come up with ridiculously complex solutions for simple problems.— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) January 29, 2013
I could write a book on the craziness that goes on in men’s rooms. I could name it something like “Blowing the Stall Door Open,” but I’m sure someone’s seen that happen already. Here’s a recent example of the kind of nuttiness that will either make you cringe or laugh or want to strangle someone:
Guy finishes his business at the urinal. It’s self-flushing, so he’s safe from germs so far.
Then he goes over to the paper towel dispenser and pushes on the handle to get some paper towels. This man — who we’re about to discover is a germaphobe — just used his dirty hands to soil the paper towel dispenser. Thanks, pal!
He goes over to the sink to do a full handwashing. The water is automatic, but the soap is in a dispenser you have to touch to get. I’m guessing — though I couldn’t see at the time — that he used one of the paper towels to prevent his dirty hands from touching the dirty soap dispenser. Too bad the towel dispenser didn’t get such courtesy.
So he scrubs his hands like a doctor. The soap goes between each pair of fingers vigorously. He’s seriously about this. When he’s done, he dries his hands carefully with the paper towels he previously pulled off and touched with his dirty dirty hands.
Once dried, he disposes of the towels in the open garbage receptable, takes a step towards the door, and GRABS THE DOOR HANDLE WITH HIS BARE HAND, opens the door, and walks out.
He went through that whole charade to keep his hands “clean” only to fail on the last step and touch the bare door handle.
This man has a lot to learn from Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann.