Guidelines for URL Display | Chromium
This document covers the best practices and pitfalls for building UI to display URLs in browsers and other apps. It covers the main categories of problems and challenges that we’ve seen in building Chrome. The guidance is intended to be generally applicable, but includes some Chrome-specific notes throughout.
url  web 
6 days ago
Display A Dialog From The ViewModel | Jesse Liberty
I discussed the problem of being in your ViewModel yet having to display a dialog to the user. You can’t interact with the page from the ViewModel, but you don’t want the logic of your program in the code-behind.
xamarin  dev-mvvm 
12 days ago
MSX History: The Platform Microsoft Forgot
The MSX computer standard was big in both Japan and Brazil. But despite a sizable cult, it may be the most obscure part of Microsoft’s history. Here’s why.
history-computers  history-games  microsoft  msx 
16 days ago
Ask Angry: The Suckiest Ability Scores Ever! | The Angry GM
First of all, mental stats problematic in role-playing games because the whole point of a role-playing game is for the player to make choices and solve problems.
25 days ago
New Feature! Visualize your AIML – pandorabots-blog – Medium
The development team at Pandorabots have been busy creating a brand new tool to help you see how your AIML looks in a neat graphical display. It’s still in its very early stages but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at how it looks.
pandora  aiml 
4 weeks ago
On America(na) — Paul Deanʼs blog
Trust me, you will never fully know America and you will never fully know yourself. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t love both.
paul-dean  culture-usa 
5 weeks ago
Frankincense and myrrh were not only holy but heretical too | Aeon Essays
In the traditional Christmas narrative, wise men from the East brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold for the infant Christ. Many explanations exist for the choice of these three items. Most centre on the idea that frankincense was for the birth of a divinity, myrrh was for his embalmment after death, and gold was a recognition of his status as king.
aeon  theology  religion  culture-religion 
6 weeks ago
The Dangers of YouTube for Young Children - The Atlantic
Most parents feel some version of this horror. Watching them poke and pinch at our devices, we realize that these rectangles of light and compulsion are not going away, and we are all dosing ourselves with their pleasures and conveniences without knowing the consequences.
parenting  education  the-atlantic 
7 weeks ago
HTTPS in the real world | Robert Heaton
The real world is much messier. Sometimes Certificate Authorities screw up. Sometimes private keys get compromised. And sometimes even the systems that are meant to alert people when these things happen are interfered with. None of these problems affect the world of the HTTPS introduction, but the real world is plagued by them.
https  security 
8 weeks ago
What’s your text’s appearance? – Android Developers – Medium
Understanding how to declaratively style text on Android.
9 weeks ago
Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture - Code as Craft
Why shouldn’t they be punished or reprimanded? Because an engineer who thinks they’re going to be reprimanded are disincentivized to give the details necessary to get an understanding of the mechanism, pathology, and operation of the failure. This lack of understanding of how the accident occurred all but guarantees that it will repeat. If not with the original engineer, another one in the future.
dev  devops  dev-culture 
11 weeks ago
The Problem of Package Manager Trust | You’ve Been Haacked
As you can imagine, many took to their pitchforks and directed a lot of blame and vitriol towards the maintainer. Just stop.
dev  phil-haack 
11 weeks ago
Thief: The Dark Project is 20 years old, and you should play it today •
Thief's legacy may be as a progenitor of the stealth genre, but the game itself is so much very more than that, and as such, it deserves more than simply to be remembered.
gaming  eurogamer  history-games 
12 weeks ago
Best Point and Click Adventure Games of All Time | Shop Now | Bitmap Books
A visual celebration of one of the most loved genres in gaming history, The Art of Point-and-Click Adventure Games is a sumptuous 460 page, hardback coffee table book packed with the very best pixel art and classic scenes from the most defining games of this genre. It will also contain extensive and exclusive interviews with the key developers, designers and artists behind some of the most beloved games and characters in the history of the medium. The book starts with a foreword by Gary Whitta (PC Gamer magazine/Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
history-games  retrogaming 
12 weeks ago
Apologia di Baricco - Link
Baricco è un facile catalizzatore di sarcasmo e ironie. Ma è uno dei pochi divulgatori capaci di aprire orizzonti, di stimolare ricerche. Anche in The Game, il suo ultimo libro.
alessandro-baricco  literature  link 
november 2018
Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe - The Atlantic
The emotional appeal of a conspiracy theory is in its simplicity. It explains away complex phenomena, accounts for chance and accidents, offers the believer the satisfying sense of having special, privileged access to the truth.
politics-poland  culture-fake-news  the-atlantic 
october 2018
Electron is flash for the desktop
Performance matters. Memory usage matters. […] Slow is a bug. The fastest program is the one you don't run. So stop embedding the entirety of chrome in your app.
electron  performance  dev 
october 2018
Software disenchantment @
Only in software, it’s fine if a program runs at 1% or even 0.01% of the possible performance. Everybody just seems to be ok with it. People are often even proud about how much inefficient it is, as in “why should we worry, computers are fast enough”.
rant  dev  performance  electron 
october 2018
Central Limit Theorem
This is an attempt to visually explain the core concepts of the Central Limit Theorem.
october 2018
CSS Border-Radius Can Do That? – 9elements – Medium
When you use eight values specifying border-radius in CSS, you can create organic looking shapes. WOW.
css  web-design 
october 2018
How to Email Your Professor (without being annoying AF)
But now, clueless students have no excuse, because they can read this post. Profs, share it with your students. Students, share it with your friends. Or don’t, and be the one person in the class your prof enjoys receiving email from.
academia  email 
october 2018
A History of .NET Runtimes · Performance is a Feature!
The rest of the post will look at the different .NET runtimes in more detail. Why they were created, What they can do and How they compare to each other.
dotnet  history-computers  windows-history 
october 2018
The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile | The New Yorker
Through their work, and now hers, one can see a legacy of personal touch that one hopes will continue into our digital future on a deeper level than fingerprint readers. She gave the Mac a smile—where’s the smile now?
the-new-yorker  history-computers  apple 
october 2018
L'uomo che legalizzò gli spaghetti
Adriano Tallarini è stato uno dei pionieri della cucina italiana a Berna. Nella capitale svizzera la sua eccezionale vocazione da ristoratore ha anche giocato un ruolo importante nel processo di integrazione della più grande comunità straniera della Confederazione.
food-history  food-restaurants  bern 
october 2018
La scienza democratica - il Tascabile
Storia e successi della citizen science, la ricerca scientifica in mano ai cittadini.
citizen-science  science  il-tascabile  wisdom-of-crowds  crowdsourcing 
september 2018
A complete guide to working with custom fonts in your Windows and Windows Phone app — Blendrocks
One thing that really make an app stand out is using a special font or typeface (set of fonts in different weights and styles). It's not without reason that it's said that the font / typeface is one of the corner stones in visual indentity branding.
dev-windows  dev-uwp 
september 2018
What Really Happened with Vista – Hacker Noon
I generally have posted about things that I have been directly involved with — either code I wrote or projects I managed. In this post I am taking a different…
history-computers  windows-vista  windows-history  terry-crowley 
september 2018
What Really Happened with Vista: An Insider’s Retrospective
He correctly identified many of the problems that dogged [Windows Vista] and I don’t mean to rehash any of them here. I figured it was only fair to try to offer an insider’s view of the same events. I can’t hope to be as eloquent or thorough as Terry but hope to shed some light on what went wrong. Ten years have gone by since the original release date of Windows Vista but the lessons seem more relevant now than ever.
windows-history  history-computers  windows-vista 
september 2018
Case Study: Upper App. UI Design for To-Do List. – UX Planet
The basic idea set behind Upper was creating helpful to-do list, deeply concentrating user’s attention on the tasks and deadline.
september 2018
A zero-knowledge proof for the existence of God | Robert Heaton
Judeo-Christian God was in trouble. The latest polls were in, and belief in him was down, especially amongst the key millennial demographic. He needed to come up with a punchy viral marketing campaign to regain control of the conversation.
cryptography  zero-knowledge  short-story 
september 2018
Grandi scoperte alla corte di Francia: Lady Oscar - Link
Pensavamo di guardare un cartone animato, e invece assorbivamo lezioni di vita. Una rilettura di Lady Oscar, che a decenni di distanza ancora lascia il segno.
link  lady-oscar  tv-series 
september 2018
How to nail a great chatbot experience –
Even though it felt like the entire world was building a next generation experience using chat bots in 2017, the reality is that we’re at the beginning of a slow-burn revolution that’s going to take decades.
bots  owen-williams 
september 2018
YAML: probably not so great after all
I previously wrote why using JSON for human-editable configuration files is a bad idea. Today we’re going to look at some general problems with the YAML format.
json  yaml  dev  encoding  martin-tournoij 
september 2018
JSON as configuration files: please don’t
Please don’t. Ever. Not even once. It’s a really bad idea.

It’s just not what JSON was designed to do, and consequently not what it’s good at. JSON is intended to be a “lightweight data-interchange format”, and claims that it is “easy for humans to read and write” and “easy for machines to parse and generate”.
json  encoding  dev  martin-tournoij 
september 2018
A Parigi un pizzaiolo (italiano) fa pizze con lo champagne - MUNCHIES
E qui, affacciato su una piazzetta e sui tetti color carta da zucchero, si trova un locale che sembra una deliziosa e innocua brasserie parigina, ma in realtà è una delle pizzerie migliori in circolazione.
food-restaurants  pizza  cookingbydummies 
september 2018
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train.
aeon  traveling  trains 
september 2018
The Deathbed Fallacy
People on their deathbeds regret not spending more time of their life with their family, traveling more, worrying less, etc. I’ve heard this truism echoed by growth gurus and spiritualists. It is amplified by newspapers. It comes up at dinner discussions.
august 2018
Managers who brag about their stress and exhaustion don’t need our applauds
And yet it seems that far too many managers have internalized a deep sense of guilt from that era, so they desperately try to convince themselves and others just how hard they’re working! How worthy they are of their perched position on the hierarchy.
work  work-life-balance  dhh 
august 2018
Best Pesto Recipe | Bon Appetit
The key for this classic pesto recipe is to add the basil at the very end instead of blending everything all at once. That way the basil doesn’t get bruised or lose its flavor and maintains its vibrant green color.
recipe  bon-appetit  cookingbydummies 
august 2018
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