The billionaire's typewriter
A thought-provoking essay on typography, toolmaking, business models, and ethics. By Matthew Butterick. Two excerpts:
Medium proves that typography can be used as a tool of economic leverage and control.
Although the typewriter did impose homogeneous (and ugly) typography, it had excellent ethics.
C is Manly, Python is for "n00bs": How False Stereotypes Turn Into Technical "Truths"
But algorithms are also a reminder that visualization is more than a tool for finding patterns in data. Visualization leverages the human visual system to augment human intellect: we can use it to better understand these important abstract processes, and perhaps other things, too.
rm -rf remains
No grand ideas here. This was just a really cool experiment by Kyle Kelley:
Just for fun, I decided to launch a new Linux server and run
rm -rf /as root to see what remains. As I found out,
rmlives in the future with idiots like me, so you have to specify
--no-preserve-rootto kick this exercise off.
The Confidence Gap
This sounds familiar:
A review of personnel records found that women working at HP applied for a promotion only when they believed they met 100 percent of the qualifications listed for the job. Men were happy to apply when they thought they could meet 60 percent of the job requirements.