The biggest problem—and this isn’t limited to web development—is how it has baked exploitation into the core worldview of so many people. We use open-source software. We get paid to use open-source software. Our employers benefit, but the money never trickles down—money never trickles down. This is fine when the project in question is directly funded by a tech multinational. Less so when the project is something specialised, a little bit niche, or inventive, and therefore not financed by a gigantic corporation.
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In reply to: Plan 9 Foundation
Nokia Bell Labs has handed Plan9 to the Plan9 Foundation.
Editions 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been released under MIT license by the foundation.
Inferno OS too!
In reply to: What's wrong with the Raspberry Pi | Own your bits
Some interesting insights on the architecture of Raspberry Pi. Namely that Linux runs on top of another, closed source, operating system called ThreadX on Raspberry Pi. ThreadX was recently purchased by Microsoft.
By no means a deal breaker, for me, but a nice insight into the architectural interconnectedness of modern computing and how inescapable some giants are.
If I set up a BBS would you want in? What would you want to BBS “about?”
I thought about the last time I’d actually typed ttfn. I imagine it was at least 18 years ago, on my family’s Gateway desktop during the era of dial-up AOL. And then I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I said “g2g,” or even “bye,” in an online conversation.
The medium is the message, and the message is nearly always deliverable. So easy to be alone when you can’t ever be apart. Never say “good bye,” but are you then always alone?
Go! Make a game — play a game.
- Phaser is a fun, free and fast 2D game framework for making HTML5 games for desktop and mobile web browsers, supporting Canvas and WebGL rendering
- PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs
Also see Jack de Quidt on this.
here’s the wild thing that it feels almost impossible to say in the games industry: the game doesn’t mean shit! it’s lights and colours! it’s nice to play one and it’s nice to make a good one, sure
but — and i mean this very sincerely — if the production of the object ruins the lives and health of the people making it, the object doesn’t mean shit! what — you shipped a fun mech game? or a good cowboy game? great. who’s taking medical leave?
I love that strange homemade games like The Frogs Of War and Legacy Of The Golden Hammer exist, these unpolished mishmashes of ideas and design as a form of creative expression. Enjoying these games is a way to enjoy all games, to accept that everything is from the same cloth, a different flawed piece of creativity, a different glimpse into what can be created.
And how much discovery can there be, really, with the same critics occupying the same space?
Hard left turn to allow me to insert a different conversation/question at this point on algorithmic curation.
Does algorithmic curation cutout the human element in what would elsewise be an artistic effort of mixing, or does it simply push the person a little further away — algorithm programmer as space builder, and us the “viewing audience” as participant in a shared effort of consumptive curation…
So, you know, Derrida?
Also see @kicks on roundups. (Thanks for the link-love, btw! (I enjoy collecting things, and this exercise is a good way of scratching that itch. My favorite part of collecting is making the collage at the end — by putting disparate things in proximity to one another making a new thing. These posts are my trying to do that. If you are interested in the unfiltered stream oh-links that are eventually paired down to become this, check out my profile on reading.am))
Sometimes the sites that are lost echo even more seismic changes; the deaths and births of nations themselves. “It happened with Yugoslavia; .yu was the top-level domain for Yugoslavia, and that ended when it collapsed. There’s a researcher who is trying to rebuild what was there before the break-up,” she says.
Parameters are dead last on my list of powerful interventions. Diddling with the details, arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Probably 90, no 95, no 99 percent of our attention goes to parameters, but there’s not a lot of leverage in them.
Object Oriented Ontology says no. Enter the “Hyperobjects.”
This is the request web dev resources link.
🙌 Liked: Introducing a new blog about Plerd
How open source works is: If you want something, you can build it.
This isn’t exactly true, Ghost. As the stated stewards of an open source project it is your responsibility to cultivate a community and tooling to support that community…open source isn’t a free-to-play sandbox.
🙌 Liked: styled-components: Documentation
🙌 Liked: rbspy docs
🙌 Liked: alda.io :: Alda
Do you ever hire developers? Do you review applicants’ GitHub profiles? Do you place a heap of weight on public code/contributions? I’m wondering if I should use github more than I do 🧐🤓
BOOM! Just released v1.0.0b of Pneumatic Post, the thing powering my website. Selfdogfooding is fun…but also exhausting.