From the Notebook

Issue 52

Week 26, 2015


UI development

Things Web

How do you innovate media if you have to spend technical effor just trying to publish?

On a personal note, works on Palestine Remix took months of full-time engagement of a dozen of people. And while it is full of flaws, it still is an innovative approach of media content consumption. But as much of that development effort was spent on working around mobile experience quirks, and especially the poor browser performance, I’m here reassured that a proper client tech would yield better developer experience and, eventually, a more loveable product which would turn back a better news consumption experience and user engagement.

  • Safari is the new IE is another note in similarly bitter tone on the poor Safari performance and the overall negligence that Apple has been glowing with for a while.

  • The Web We Have to Save. A great essay on where online content consumption is going. Although I have experienced the power of the “old web” only for a very short time, having gone online sometime late 2002 I do fully support this nostalgia for the internet we had once and I’ve read so much about. Hossein Derakhshan’s story reminded me of a book I read once “We Are Iran: The Persian Blogs”. Recommended read for all folk interested in all things Iran, web, free speech and bloggers communities we once had. I liked this bits in particular:

…reading Iranian blogs in Toronto was the closest experience I could have to sitting in a shared taxi in Tehran and listening to collective conversations between the talkative driver and random passengers.

I miss when people took time to be exposed to different opinions, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. I miss the days when I could write something on my own blog, publish on my own domain, without taking an equal time to promote it on numerous social networks; when nobody cared about likes and reshares.

Technology stuff

  • I was reading this article for a while until my Mac run out of power. Plugged the thing in again, and then I read some more: What is Code. Lenghty. But goood.

Digital nomads

Being human

„Today’s wealth of information, especially online, is costing us another valuable resource: our attention, which is limited enough to begin with. The difficulty of spreading our already taxed attention over unprecedented amounts of information derives not just from our cognitive problem with prioritising, but also from our inability to consume and process it all.”

  • What are the secrets of a long marriage?. Communication, similarities in core values and commitment—says the outcome of Karl Pillemer’s study he briefly mentions in this note on AEON. I would only wish it would trigger a more heated discussion. Lovely piece of advice, nonetheless.

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