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Sunday, 12 July 2020

The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

quote [ Around the same time, Jackson had been struggling to convince retailers to stock SmartSketch. Then he noticed that CompUSA had kiosks and shelves of products in prime positioning with the phrase 'made for the Web' stamped on them. So, he told Gay they needed to do something for the Web. ]

SmartSketch, huh? Insightful accounts in this one. Actually a great story about prosumer software and random creative input.
[SFW] [art]
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Friday, 10 July 2020

The history of the hottest, most ill-advised theme park ever made: The Wooz

quote [ Throughout 1988, hype had been building for the new theme park. The giant maze, right off I-80 in Vacaville, promised an experience never-before-seen in America ]

And indeed they got the Woz to test the Wooz.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
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Thursday, 9 July 2020

The People’s Graphic Design Archive

quote [ forgotten or nearly forgotten designers as Marion Sampler, a Black designer who worked for Gruen Associates, an LA design studio […]. Or Group Five who produced thousands of genre record cover designs. Who, you say? Exactly my point.

Then there’s design for the alternative press and protest graphics in the sixties and seventies that was created by designers without formal training using cheap or readily available tools ]

A categorized Notion archive gravitating around the Californian 70s.

Curated by Louise Sandhaus.
[SFW] [art] [+1 Good]
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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Father Funk - Lockdown Lover

quote [ I knew you as soon as you sent nudes to me. ]

Found out about this Bristol guy via over-the-top funk mixes and 2 months ago he did this over-the-top confinement song.
[SFW] [music] [+2]
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Monday, 6 July 2020

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

quote [ “Why aren’t you enjoying the extra quality time with your kid?” lays bare what is really simmering below the surface — a retrograde view that maybe one parent (they mean the mom) shouldn’t be working, that doing so is bad for children, that it’s selfish to pursue financial gains (or solvency, as working parents will tell you). ]

Tune in to the nod-along. Full in extended.

[SFW] [people] [+6 Good]
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Friday, 3 July 2020

Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook

quote [ Except for one or two premium-tier media properties, journalism needs Facebook more than Facebook needs journalism. ]

An interesting peace on the position of media vs social media.

[Edit:] Adding this: Just after posting, another tech-account of bashing reporters (Vice) came up.
[SFW] [crime & punishment]
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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Guy Who Reverse-Engineered TikTok Reveals The Scary Things He Learned, Advises People To Stay Away From It

quote [ Facebook got itself into a sensitive data scandal when it did shady business with Cambridge Analytica, Instagram confirmed a security issue exposing user accounts and phone numbers, but these apps are basically online security havens compared to TikTok, according to one senior software engineer with about 15 years of professional experience. ]

Ah well, if even TikTok did not use HTTPS on their endpoints, maybe SE is not that far behind.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+2]
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

quote [ “Let’s give the government the benefit of the doubt: if the output the government wants is a UK-branded positioning system, a projection of UK power around the world and supporting the UK satellite industry base, then it is probably quicker and cheaper to smash the square peg of OneWeb into the round hole of a Galileo replacement than it is to do it from scratch,” said Thorne. ]

Mhh, who's trumping whom here?
[SFW] [science & technology]
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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Aging on Nautilus: Why You Can’t Help But Act Your Age

quote [ “Many people, because of societal expectations, all too often say, ‘Well, what do you expect, as you get older you fall apart,’ ” says Langer. “So, they don’t do the things to make themselves better, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” ]

Feeling older already. Also, very tired.

Thumb via New Old Stock.
[SFW] [health]
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