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Unrolled thread from @patio11
"Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before." Mostly related to the tech business.

In that spirit, here's some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
programming  business  technology 
february 2018 by pw201
Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down? - The Globe and Mail
We're doomed! Interesting for this bit: "It takes office workers an average of 25 minutes to get back on task after an interruption, he notes, while workers who are habitually interrupted by e-mail become likelier to "self-interrupt" with little procrastination breaks". That's true of me: if I'm constantly getting interrupted I give up and procastinate in anticipation of the next interruption.
technology  culture  psychology  smartphones  facebook  work 
january 2018 by pw201
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Funny and worrying talk. Pinboard is always good for "Internet of shit" stories, but has a wider point here.
robots  facebook  twitter  amazon  work  po  politics  surveillance  technology  automation  iot 
november 2016 by pw201
Don’t Feed the Beast – the Great Tech Recruiter Infestation | mockyblog
A fun rant against tech recruiters in the UK, who are apparently a bunch of wide-boys (or spivs, to use the old fashioned term). I haven't used one for over ten years, so I don't know how accurate it is, but HN's discussion on it had some people saying it rings true.
recruiters  jobs  technology  work 
october 2015 by pw201
Start-up Costs: ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ and How Microserfdom Ate the World «
It's 20 years since "Microserfs" was published. Here's an article looking at the changing portrayals of the tech industry in fiction, from Microserf's optimism to a more cynical view today.
microserfs  douglas-coupland  technology  silicon-valley  programming 
july 2015 by pw201
When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR
I remember seeing a photo of an old-ish computer surrounded by its programming team in the computing museum at Bletchley Park. Most of the team were women. This blog/podcast looks at what happened in the USA.
women  coding  computers  feminism  sexism  technology 
november 2014 by pw201
The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing
Emulation of old computers and grief over the death of a friend who used them. Via Mefi.
emulation  technology  grief  nostalgia 
november 2014 by pw201
What The Fuck Is My Wearable Strategy?
"MONEYCLIP THAT POSTS TO FACEBOOK WHEN YOU NEED A SHIT" "TEMPORARY TATTOO THAT TWEETS WHEN YOU HAVE NIGHTMARES"
funny  humour  technology  wearable  strategy 
january 2014 by pw201
YCRFS 9: Kill Hollywood
"Hollywood appears to have peaked. If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline. But this is not an ordinary industry. The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down. It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise." Y Combinator requests that startups come up with ways to kill Hollywood.
internet  startups  technology  sopa  hollywood  ycombinator 
january 2012 by pw201

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