NYT on the Secret History of Women in Coding

Posted on Mon 18 February 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with history, tech • 2 min read

The NYT recently ran a wonderfully in-depth story covering the history of women in coding. The issue of note for the article is that in the beginning of computer science the gender balance among programmers was basically equal. In fact, it was seen as one of the most viable careers …


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Cal Newport on digital minimalism

Posted on Sun 27 January 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, tech • 1 min read

To succeed with this approach, a useful first step is to remove from your smartphone any apps that make money from your attention. This includes social media, addictive games and newsfeeds that clutter your screen with “breaking” notifications. Unless you’re a cable news producer, you don’t need minute-by-minute …


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18 Essential Apps for Getting Shit Done

Posted on Tue 05 September 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, productivity, security, tech, writing • 10 min read

OMG, a workflow post! Apps, tools, productivity, oh my!

Listen, we all know that no app can make you more productive by itself. Your methods are always more important than your tools. But even knowing that, l love reading about what other people are using in their day to day …


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Using Ulysses

Posted on Tue 14 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with ios, mac, reviews, tech, ulysses, writing • 5 min read

I struggle with the notion of app-evangelizing. In the past, I was as guilty of it as anyone. I would proudly proclaim such-and-such as the ultimate app for something or other. Part of that is an aspect of nerdy fandom, and another large part of it was learned behavior from other online writers. However, I think we can all agree that such statements are disingenous and certainly not an accurate representation of any given market.


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Second Life Begins Preparations for Next Gen Virtual Reality

Posted on Sun 29 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, second life, tech, vr • 1 min read

Second Life has always been one the pioneering efforts for Virtual Reality, and its in-sim economy has always been really impressive. Now, it sounds like the folks at Linden Labs are getting ready to prep its platform for integration with gear such as the Oculus Rift.

Linden Lab is marshaling …


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Mars One Is Deeply Flawed

Posted on Sat 21 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, space, tech • 1 min read

Elmo Keep’s interview with Mars One applicant Joseph Roche reveals that the program is deeply flawed. Indeed, some elements such as having applicants donate their speaking fees to the program in exchange for points even sounds like a scam.

So, here are the facts as we understand them: Mars …


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Wired Writes Up Slack: The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup

Posted on Tue 19 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with flickr, profiles, slack, tech • 1 min read

Outstanding article from Wired on Steward Butterfield, the founder of Flickr and Glitch, and how his business software Slack is growing at an unbelievable rate.

We’ve been running a trial of Slack at work for select teams, and it’s an amazing product. The hype around it is well …


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Explaining Bitcoin

Posted on Tue 28 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with bitcoin, economics, politics, tech • 1 min read

Nik Custodio has put together a wonderfully easy to read primer on Bitcoin titled “Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five”. I think there are valid concerns out there about Bitcoin (more of that another time), but it doesn’t stop it from being a remarkable technological achievement, and this article …


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Quote: Andy Ihnatko on Tech Tribalism

Posted on Thu 07 March 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, tech • 1 min read

If you give half a damn about which multi-billion-dollar corporation “wins” a totally made-up contest, then you need to drop acid and spend some time in an ashram.

Andy Ihnatko, Pros and Cons, Why I Switched from iPhone to Android

Andy Ihnatko often rubs me the wrong way, but he …


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The Mechanic Muse — From Scroll to Screen

Posted on Mon 05 September 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, culture, tech • 1 min read

Great piece from Lev Grossman on the radical changes that the codex introduced into reading, specifically the ability to interact with the text in a non-linear manner. He makes a valid point that e-readers make similar interaction a clumsy affair.

I do love my Kindle, and I read a lot …


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