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@20 (
Paul Ford's website is 20. I have always liked it.
paulford  writing  internet 
october 2017 by infovore
On File Formats, Very Briefly, by Paul Ford · The Manual
"WordPerfect was always the best word processor. Because it allowed for insight into its very structure. You could hit a certain key combination and suddenly the screen would split and you’d reveal the codes, the bolds and italics and so forth, that would define your text when it was printed. It was beloved of legal secretaries and journalists alike. Because when you work with words, at the practical, everyday level, the ability to look under the hood is essential. Words are not simple. And WordPerfect acknowledged that." I grew up on WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, and Reveal Codes. Some days, I wonder if it's why I got on with markup so well.
paulford  writing  technology  history  revealcodes  markup 
december 2014 by infovore
Paul Ford's home page
"I'm less nostalgic for old kinds of HTML than for the part of myself that was young and fearless and desperate to connect to the wider world. I get a kick out of the under construction images but, I mean, they actually are hosted and served on a perfectly modern boxes into browsers that are essentially virtualized supercomputers." Paul Ford: still the best.
paulford  ftrain  unix 
october 2014 by infovore
How to Be Polite — The Message — Medium
Paul is right. And: I will endeavour to remember his point about holding off talking about jobs (or yourself) as long as possible. I keep working on this stuff, because it's important and makes the world easier, so often. Listening first is always a good start.
paulford  ftrain  etiquette  politeness  writing 
august 2014 by infovore
10 Timeframes | Contents Magazine
Paul Ford is always a joy, but this is a particular joy. To be savoured, and to let filter through you. There are lots of pithy quotations, but what sticks is what lies between the lines.
paulford  writing  speech  design  time  measurement  quantification  culture 
june 2012 by infovore
The Age of Mechanical Reproduction - The Morning News
"My wife and I talk about this. We talk about the protocol of the fertility clinic. We talk about her support group, and failure to produce. We talk about adoption, which is expensive and ambiguous. We talk about giving up on the process and living our lives without the ghosts of unconceived children (the most adorable ghosts there are). We talk, and talk, and wait." Powerful, sad, brave writing from Paul Ford. Sometimes, you wish things were nice for the good people in the world.
paulford  writing  fertility  themorningnews  medicine 
july 2011 by infovore
Woods+ (
"In this scenario one sunny day you're working on low-level NoSQL projects at the Gootch or wherever, and you get an email from Facebook and you go for the interview and Zuckerberg is talking about scaling PHP and suddenly pauses, gets this look in his eye, pulls his hoodie over his head and says “You have sixty seconds. You should be running.” Because engineers, as we are often reminded, are the ultimate prey."
facebook  google  plus  social  interviewtechnique  paulford 
july 2011 by infovore
Nanolaw with Daughter (
"My daughter was first sued in the womb. It was all very new then. I'd posted ultrasound scans online for friends and family. I didn't know the scans had steganographic thumbprints. A giant electronics company that made ultrasound machines acquired a speculative law firm for many tens of millions of dollars. The new legal division cut a deal with all five Big Socials to dig out contact information for anyone who'd posted pictures of their babies in-utero. It turns out the ultrasounds had no clear rights story; I didn't actually own mine. It sounds stupid now but we didn't know. The first backsuits named millions of people, and the Big Socials just caved, ripped up their privacy policies in exchange for a cut. So five months after I posted the ultrasounds, one month before my daughter was born, we received a letter (back then a paper letter) naming myself, my wife, and one or more unidentified fetal defendants in a suit. We faced, I learned, unspecified penalties for copyright violation and theft of trade secrets, and risked, it was implied, that my daughter would be born bankrupt." This is marvellous
paulford  writing  fiction  law  microfiction  futures 
may 2011 by infovore
Things Have Rules (
“I guess you could ask people to make recommendations on LinkedIn,” said Scott. Scott and I both work in information technology. “ 'Working with Cynthia was an amazing experience as she always made deadlines and was incredibly prepared for meetings and she is as good as her word when it comes to not dropping a deuce on your floor.'” Marvellous writing, as ever, from Paul Ford.
writing  art  programming  paulford 
may 2011 by infovore
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (
"That is the point that I am trying to make. The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. “Intense moderation” in a customer service medium is what “editing” was for publishing." Paul Ford is great.
wwic  writing  internet  media  paulford  opinion  curation 
january 2011 by infovore

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