Three of a kind [070713]


Great bit of writing from Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper. It reminds me of the post from Anil Dash ‘The web we lost‘ and I’m not sure there is much greater praise I could offer at the moment. Marco rails at the way Google has treated RSS and how they have damaged the promise of an open web. You won’t be shocked to read that I agree.

Computer Visionary Who Invented the Mouse

I hadn’t heard of Douglas Engelbart until he passed away this week (I don’t really know much about ‘computing’ before the birth of the web). I feel bad about that now as I have found myself amazed by the impact he had on the world in which I make a living these days. The more I read about ‘the mother of all demos‘ the more impressed I am. A true visionary.

Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves

Lovely essay from Cory Doctorow that in particular focuses on the issues around ‘real names’ on the internet and what that really means. My opinion has changed on this over the years as I have become more aware of some of the real issues especially as I met people who had real concerns. His example of how even a ‘real’ name can evolve over time was interesting and the section on attempts to try and ‘encode’ the definition of families demonstrated just how futile that is these days.

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