A profile—published on Ada Lovelace Day—of Margaret Hamilton’s work on the Apollo project.
This article first appeared in Fast Company almost twenty years ago. It’s a fascinating look into the culture and process that created and maintained the software for the space shuttle. It’s the opposite of Silicon Valley’s “move fast and break things.”
To be this good, the on-board shuttle group has to be very different — the antithesis of the up-all-night, pizza-and-roller-hockey software coders who have captured the public imagination. To be this good, the on-board shuttle group has to be very ordinary — indistinguishable from any focused, disciplined, and methodically managed creative enterprise.
Léonie gives a great, clear description of how screen readers switch modes as they traverse the DOM snapshot.
An astute comparison of the early years of the web with the early years of the app store. If there’s anything to this, then the most interesting native apps are yet to come. App Store 2.0?
The image-stitching algorithm is trying its best.
The first Lunar Orbiter, Andy Warhol’s Amiga, and George R.R. Martin’s WordStar …the opening address to the Digital Preservation 2014 conference July 22 in Washington, DC.
Just as early filmmakers couldn’t have predicted the level of ongoing interest in their work over a hundred years later, who can say what future generations will find important to know and preserve about the early history of software?
(Mind you, I can’t help but feel that the chances of this particular text have a long life at a Medium URL are pretty slim.)
I’m not sure if I agree completely with every point, but this is a great shortlist of things you can do to make your code more resilient and understandable (thereby making you, by any sensible definition, a better programmer).
This nifty place in Brighton is just down the street from me:
Our classes allow kids to get creative with exciting, cutting-edge technology and software.
Craig recently had a piece published in the New Yorker called Goodbye, Cameras. It’s good …but this follow-on piece on his own site is truly wonderful.
Read. Absorb. Ponder.
Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image’s distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.
Ben is rightly worried by the blasé attitude in the tech world to the PRISM revelations. Perhaps that attitude stems from a culture of “log everything by default”?
I think there’s a deep rooted trait within this industry that sedates the outrage. That is the normality, complicity, and dependency on ‘surveillance’ in the software we make.
This looks like it could be a handy app for synchronising a whole bunch of devices when testing. I’ll have to give it a whirl on the device lab.
Also, it has a perfectly fair one-off price, rather than the Mafia-style protection fee model that Adobe uses for Edge Inspect.
A classic of writing on the fundamental differences between programming languages.
Oh, dear. Adobe Shadow gets a new name and a hefty price tag. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $119.88 per year. It’s useful but it’s not that useful.
So, lazy web, who’s working on an open-source alternative?
This starts out a bit hand-wavy with analogue nostalgia, but it wraps up with some genuinely good ideas for social software.
A nifty little Mac app from Tom: it changes your desktop wallpaper to a satellite view of your current location.
Alas, it requires Lion, an operating system I’ve been trying to avoid installing.
This is very, very good. It gets a little unhinged towards the end but Jonathan Harris’s initial comparisons of software with medicine are spot-on.
From Kornel, the genius who gave us ImageOptim, comes another Mac desktop tool for optimising PNGs, this time converting 24-bit PNG to 8-bit with full alpha channel.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
impress.js | presentation tool based on the power of CSS3 transforms and transitions in modern browsers | by Bartek Szopka @bartaz
Maciej delivers a rant worthy of Paul Robert Lloyd.
This Mac desktop GUI should go some way to making designers less fearful of getting stuck in with GitHub.
A cute little lorem ipusm generator for the mac.
This code editor for OS X looks interesting.
This looks like it could be a handy tool for backing up Flickr photos.
A Mac app for creating animations with canvas and video.
The influence of science on science-fiction and the influence of science-fiction on science. Or rather, how science-fiction mods science, and how science (and software) mods science-fiction.
Yet even as it has become ever more familiar and commonplace, this mash‐up of the word “science” with the word “fiction” still seems to insist on a certain internal incoherence, as if the tiny typographic space inside the label of “science fiction” were to signify a vast chasm, a void between alien worlds.
Personality in software. Pieces of technology are people too.
A filter (for Mac and PC) to block violence, misogyny, superstition and other mainstays of religious content.
Charles Stross peers into his dilithium crystal ball and tells tales of the future as decided by Apple.
A beautiful call to arms against engineerism in design. Software cries out for love.
PPK offers a rebuttal to Paul Graham's attack on Apple's App Store policies by placing the blame firmly at the feet of developers who refuse to embrace web technologies.
Some very handy Textmate tips from Emil ....especially the bit about doing calculations for vertical rhythm.
The iPhone App of Magnetic North's wonderful serendipitous Flickr photo viewer is now available for free. It's lovely.
Two little tips courtesy of Dan.
A free open source planetarium for your computer.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
A sweet little Skyhook/FireEagle desktop app from Tom. It updates your FireEagle location every five minutes by pinging Skyhook's API to triangulate your position. A small piece, loosely joining two small pieces.
It looks Wheel of Tea is going to face some stiff competition from this iPhone app.
Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.
Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.
Bean is a free word processor for OS X. Looks nice and simple.
If, like me, you were going cold turkey on Mobile Scrobbler after updating your jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch, you can stop sweating now. The official Last.fm app is really, really nice ...and it's free.
Garrett's in-depth look at Silverback, the Mac app that we've been cooking up at Clearleft.
A cute little Mac app that exports your address book contacts in multiple formats ...including an HTML file with hCards!
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
Camino 1.6 is out. Get it while it's hot.
A free screen reader. If this turns out to be any good, it could be a game-changer: a long overdue kick in the behind for Freedom Scientific.
Garrett's bug tracking software is one step closer to completion.
The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.
I just learned from Kelly that Webkit is supporting local storage and database queries, as proposed in HTML5. Kinda like Google Gears. Potentially excited for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.
A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.
For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.
An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.
Best. Dialogue box. Ever.
This is the secret I've been keeping ever since I visited Six Apart a few weeks back: Movable Type is going open source.
Use jQuery? Use a mac? Here's a handy dashboard reference.
A very handy little app that sits in your menu bar on OS X and can instantly show you how your screen would look if you were colour blind.
"You can’t “semi-release” your 1.0 just because you want it out there but aren’t yet finished. Being semi-released is like being semi-pregnant."
S5 has a posse.
This is a tool for embedding licensing information in files (like MP3s). I'm going to try this out and see how it goes.
From Dan Cederholm and Dan Benjamin: a lovely looking piece of social software all about wine. I've been trying it in pre-release and it's really, really nice. This is my kind of website.
Best. Help menu. Ever.
Danah Boyd writes an essay that would've been a blog post but it got too long.
In a very meta move, I've seeded Newsvine with my post about comments (and Newsvine) with an eye to soliciting comments.
Danah Boyd's talk at ETech 2006.
Camino 1.0 is out. Come and get it.
You can skin Adium using just XHTML and CSS. Who knew?
A nifty app for OS X that allows you to browse your iTunes music by album cover.