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Do Artifacts Have Ethics? | The Frailest Thing
“I can safely say that we in tech don’t understand the emotional aspect of our work, just as we don’t understand the moral imperative of what we do. It is not that all players are bad; it is just not part of the thinking process the way, say, ‘minimum viable product’ or ‘growth hacking’ are.”
artifacts  culture  ethics  technology 
december 2014 by tysone
The Hole In FON Theory : CJR
To be clear, this discussion is not about institutions versus technology or institutions versus networks. It’s about, institutions for what? Technology for what? Neither is an end in itself.
journalism  technology 
december 2011 by tysone
In Defense of Building Tools :: The Scoop
If you’re at the geekier end of the journalism spectrum, then chances are your colleagues know about the stuff you can do. They may not understand it or be able to explain it; a former managing editor of mine, when told about the various technical steps to accomplish something useful, would invariably respond with a touch of wonder: “Fuckin’ Internet!” You can explain your work to a decent percentage of your colleagues by invoking Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings and leave it at that.
derek_willis  nytimes  technology  nytint  hilarious  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
New York Times Opens Up Its Software Lab | Epicenter | Wired.com
All modern media companies are really software companies. It’s simple necessity. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about Facebook or The Washington Post; the production and display of so much information in so many different media requires serious digital chops. Even if you’re leveraging tools developed elsewhere, someone has to put it all together. You can be good or bad at this, but you can’t avoid it.
journalism  nytimes  beta620  innovation  technology  development  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
Please Stop Calling Gadgets Sexy
Dear technology journalists of the world: You know how you called that gadget you just reviewed sexy? Tell me, do you intend to fuck it, or do you simply plan to shove it up your ass?
technology  writing  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
Netflix Relief Fund with Jason Alexander from Funny Or Die, Jason Alexander, and Alex Fernie
Netflix just recently announced that they would be raising the prices of their services making it impossible for any of their customers to continue living.
netflix  technology  video  hilarious  from delicious
july 2011 by tysone
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
women  diversity  management  facebook  sandberg  technology  from delicious
july 2011 by tysone
The end of the IT department
The problem with IT departments seems to be that they’re set up as a forced internal vendor. From the start, they have a monopoly on the “computer problem” – such monopolies have a tendency to produce the customer service you’d expect from the US Postal Service. The IT department has all the power, they’re not going anywhere (at least not in the short term), and their customers are seen as mindless peons. There’s no feedback loop for improvement.
forsnd  technology  innovation  from delicious
february 2011 by tysone
RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried
"The browser RSS button is the worst piece of UI since 2004."
rss  technology  prediction  webdev  ui  from delicious
january 2011 by tysone
Survival Glossary | Hacks/Hackers
Confused? So were we, which is why we put together this Hacks/Hackers Survival Glossary as an explanation of terms that help us understand the information landscape.
toteach  terminology  technology  programming 
november 2010 by tysone
What happens when it's all glass? - (37signals)
I wonder if Apple will soon lose their perceived industrial design edge. It’s not that they aren’t incredibly good at it — they are the best in the business — it’s that industrial design is trending towards transparency. It’s all going glass. Everything is turning into a screen, from edge to edge. Once it’s all about glass, it’s all about software.
apple  prediction  technology  software  hardware 
september 2010 by tysone
shut up about gutenberg already - library ad infinitum
"The form of the book hasn't changed fundamentally in five hundred years," they tell us. It's like saying the form of the wheel hasn't changed fundamentally since the Bronze Age. Which is true enough—until you try putting a wagon wheel on your car.
gutenberg  history  future  prediction  media  technology 
august 2010 by tysone
After a Battery of Tests We Now Recommend "The Newspaper" As the Best e-Reader
For the past three weeks our team of engineers has analyzed the most popular e-readers on the market in order to confer our annual "Editor's Choice" Award.
forsnd  mcsweeneys  hilarious  technology 
august 2010 by tysone
The present future
That all seems like the present and past, not the future, no? "Web 2.0" arrived a year or two ago at least and we're still talking about it like it's just around the corner. What else is out there? Anything?
prediction  kottke  technology  web2.0  web 
august 2010 by tysone
How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad... 23 years ago
Ars asks about their impressions of the iPad and how eerily similar it is to their vision of 24th century technology, how science fiction often influences technology, and what they believe is the future of human-machine interaction.
forsnd  technology  apple  ipad  ui  startrek  design 
august 2010 by tysone
Real Editors Ship
Paul Ford writes, "No one wrote a book called Editors: Get Real and Ship or suggested that publishers use agile; they don't live in a "culture" of shipping, any more than we live in a culture of breathing. It's just that not shipping would kill the organism."
process  editing  technology  journalism  agile 
july 2010 by tysone
Digital Journalist Survival Guide: Glossary of Tech Terms
The days are over when a journalist could ignore those geeks in the corner who typed lines of code, worked on the website and spoke in a bizarre language populated with acronyms.
forsnd  technology  journalism  glossary 
june 2010 by tysone
The Technium: Predicting the Present, First Five Years of Wired
"Predictions of the future are really just predictions of the present." ... "It is the arrogance of every age to believe that yesterday was calm."
prediction  history  technology  future  wired  quotes 
june 2010 by tysone
New Social Networking Site Changing The Way Oh, Christ, Forget It | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Launched last year, Foursquare is unique in that it not only allows users to broadcast their whereabouts, but also offers a number of built-in incentives, including some innovative new crap The New York Times surely has a throbbing hard-on for.
theonion  nytimes  technology  startup 
may 2010 by tysone
Apple: A good problem to have
"The reward we’ve reaped as a society for shoving greenbacks into Apple’s bank account for the last decade is that we have much better stuff now. It’s the exact opposite effect we got from making Microsoft big."
apple  prediction  microsoft  technology  forsnd 
may 2010 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Why 960 x 640
The next-gen iPhone is shooting for that caliber of resolution — not merely to exceed the resolution of competing devices, but to rival the optical quality of print.
prediction  iphone  apple  technology 
april 2010 by tysone
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The iPad Luddites
What these folks are ranting against, or at least gnashing their teeth over, is progress - or, more precisely, progress that goes down a path they don't approve of. They want progress to, as Bray admits, follow their own ideological bent, and when it takes a turn they don't like they start grumbling like granddads, yearning for the days of their idealized Apple IIs, when men were men and computers were computers. ... But I'm not under any illusion that progress gives a damn about what I want. While progress may be spurred by the hobbyist, it does not share the hobbyist's ethic.
ipad  prediction  apple  technology  programming 
april 2010 by tysone
Scott Adams Blog: Complexity 01/27/2010
"The real problem is that the world has become so complex that simple tasks are nearly impossible."
technology  simplicity  complexity 
march 2010 by tysone
Jonathan Harris . World Building in a Crazy World . Language
"If you use Java or Flash instead of HTML, you will be able to build more nuanced worlds, but your audience will likely be smaller. You have to decide if you want to make operas that affect a few people deeply, or folk songs that spread far and wide."
technology  jonathan_harris 
february 2010 by tysone
Jonathan Harris . World Building in a Crazy World . Our Digital Crisis
"The Internet is causing mass homogenization of human identity, making us all look the same. We use the same tools and social networks, fitting into the same templates, designed by companies to maximize page views and profits. Most online experiences are made, like fast food, to be cheap, easy, and addictive: appealing to our hunger for connection but rarely serving up nourishment. Shrink-wrapped junk food experiences are handed to us for free by social media companies, and we swallow them up eagerly, like kids given buckets of candy with ads on all the wrappers."
jonathan_harris  prediction  culture  technology 
february 2010 by tysone
Is ChatRoulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past? -- New York Magazine
The internet has always been defined by (and drawn much of its energy from) the tension between chaos and control—and over the last ten years, web culture has skewed heavily toward control.
culture  technology  nymag 
february 2010 by tysone
funkatron.com : We’re the Stupid Ones: Facebook, Google, and Our Failure as Developers
When folks need an elevator, we should give them an elevator, not an airplane. We’ve been giving them airplanes for 30 years, and then laughing at them for being too stupid to fly them right.
innovation  ui  technology  apple  ipad 
february 2010 by tysone
lonelysandwich - Adaptation
"What we want from our technology, in its most elemental form, is to make our thoughts happen."
ipad  prediction  technology  apple 
february 2010 by tysone
Neither Luddite nor Biltonite: Interesting Times : The New Yorker
"The Internet and the devices it’s spawned are systematically changing our intellectual activities with breathtaking speed, and more profoundly than over the past seven centuries combined. It shouldn’t be an act of heresy to ask about the trade-offs that come with this revolution. In fact, I’d think asking such questions would be an important part of the job of a media critic, or a lead Bits blogger."
nytimes  criticism  culture  technology  newyorker 
february 2010 by tysone
Why a Computer is Not Like A Toaster – And Why It Should Be « First Today, Then Tomorrow
"Personal computing has been stuck far too long in the hobbyist stages. ... Computers are not appliances. But they should be."
technology  ipad  culture 
february 2010 by tysone
stevenf.com - A friend
"Since the days of the Apple ][, C64, and Atari 400, all we’ve done is add, add, add. Add more features to sell more computers. We’ve never stopped to take anything away. Because we’re afraid to let go of what we’re used to for something that might be better. Better for everyone, not just you."
amen  computers  technology  digital_divide  ipad 
february 2010 by tysone
We Are All Gadget Nerds Now - NYTimes.com
"The intersection of culture and technology has always been a rich, mashed-up place, but today’s burgeoning army of electronic devices, rather than just hosting stories, seems to be authoring them," writes David Carr.
technology  innovation  forsnd 
january 2010 by tysone
This Dumb Decade: The 87 Lamest Moments in Tech, 2000-2009 | Technologizer
"After ten years like these, the remaining 990 in this millennium have gotta be at least a little less goofy, right?"
technology  2000s  history 
december 2009 by tysone
The Technium: Penny Thoughts on the Technium
I‘m interested in how people personally decide to refuse a technology. I’m interested in that process, because I think that will happen more and more as the number of technologies keep increasing. The only way we can sort our identity is by not using technology. We’re used to be that you define yourself by what you use now. You define yourself by what you don’t use.
technology  prediction  culture  identity 
december 2009 by tysone
Why You Can't Use Personal Technology at the Office - WSJ.com
This is the double life many people lead: yesterday's technology for work, today's technology for everything else. The past decade has brought awesome innovations to the marketplace—Internet search, the iPhone, Twitter and so on—but consumers, not companies, embrace them first and with the most gusto.
technology  it 
november 2009 by tysone
The Meaning of Information Technology « Magic Scaling Sprinkles
"The modern world is profoundly inhumane. Mankind is incapable of reasoning about the heaping constructs of mass culture using the technes of intimacy that are an hundred thousand years old. For example, we need to be constantly reassured that celebrities are just like us. They eat waffles and pick up dry cleaning. If we do not share this understanding of Ashton Kutcher, we become overwhelmed by existential anomie and commit suicide."
software  psychology  socialnetworks  technology  culture  history 
november 2009 by tysone
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works
"How is it that everything about Microsoft’s business is backward looking? This is the real problem they have now. They’re fighting wars that are already over. They’re investing huge energy into defending things they already control, like Windows. As they do this, as they put so much effort into lost causes like search (Bing v. Google) they keep missing out on new things. So their problems just keep getting bigger and bigger, like a snowball rolling down a hill."
microsoft  apple  strategy  technology  google 
october 2009 by tysone
Shouts & Murmurs: Spousal Support : The New Yorker
"Don’t get me wrong; my wife is great. I bristle when I overhear someone say that my DVR is smarter than she is. Chloe went to SUNY-Binghamton. She’s plenty smart. My DVR knows French, but so what? It’s not like I go to French restaurants with my DVR. . . . O.K., one time I went to Le Pescadou with my DVR."
newyorker  satire  technology 
october 2009 by tysone
On Language - The Age of Undoing - NYTimes.com
em. Note that this is different from disliking something, since unliking simply returns you to a neutral state. This kind of instant reversibility is now an inescapable facet of our digitized life — like it or un-.
language  nytimes  technology 
september 2009 by tysone
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Stuart McMillen - cartoon Recombinant Records
"Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."
orwell  huxley  literature  culture  technology 
august 2009 by tysone
Digibarn: Xerox Star 8010 Interfaces, high quality polaroids (1981)
The following are scans of high quality polaroid photographs of the screen of the Xerox Star 8010 workstation on its launch in 1981.
history  computer  gui  ui  interface  design  technology 
august 2009 by tysone
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Giving up my iPod for a Walkman
When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.
ipod  apple  technology  youth 
june 2009 by tysone
Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era focuses on the creation of short-form prose that is not intended to be reproduced on pulp fibers.
mcsweeneys  hilarious  literature  technology  language 
may 2009 by tysone
A Digital Myth: Technology Doesn't Make Life Easier - Advertising Age - DigitalNext
The truth is simply this: Technology makes tasks easier, but it does not make our lives easier.
technology  myth  culture 
may 2009 by tysone
Data is the pollution of the information age -- BBC NEWS | Technology | The Tech Lab: Bruce Schneier
And just as 100 years ago people ignored pollution in our rush to build the Industrial Age, today we're ignoring data in our rush to build the Information Age.
prediction  culture  facebook  data  technology  privacy  transparency  pollution 
march 2009 by tysone
Terry Heaton’s PoMo Blog » Blog Archive » The personal media revolution in one picture
This amazing picture is worth more than a thousand words I could write about how much things have changed in just a few short years
photography  politics  mobile  technology 
february 2009 by tysone
Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology - washingtonpost.com
"The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software."
apple  obama  hilarious  microsoft  technology  whitehouse 
january 2009 by tysone
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: The Elements of Spam.
With apologies to Strunk and White... "1. Form the possessive of nouns by adding 's, just an apostrophe, just an s, a semicolon, a w, an ampersand, a 9, or anything."
writing  hilarious  mcsweeneys  technology  spam 
january 2009 by tysone
Enjoying the show, avoiding the flamethrower: life inside Apple | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Even two years after I left Apple, I still feel like I celebrate two Christmases: the one I celebrate with my family, and the one in January that we celebrate when Steve Jobs gets up on stage and says: "I have a few things to show you today that I think you'll really like."
stevejobs  apple  guardian  technology 
january 2009 by tysone
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.
strategy  longtail  technology 
october 2008 by tysone
Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene
wow.. "We present a framework for automatically enhancing videos of a static scene using a few photographs of the same scene."
video  technology  photography 
august 2008 by tysone
Gearheads don't get it - (37signals)
Figure out what you have to say that’s interesting and then unleash it. Use whatever tools you’ve got already or what you can afford cheaply. Then go. It’s not the gear that matters. It’s you and your ideas that matter. Tone is in your fingers.
technology  design  creativity  business  strategy 
august 2008 by tysone
Marc Frons - Talk to The Times - The New York Times - Reader Questions and Answers - Question - NYTimes.com
we have succeeded largely because beneath the obvious cultural (and sartorial) differences, journalists and technologists are really kindred spirits... once journalists and technologists start to breathe the same air, they begin to understand one another.
nytimes  newspapers  journalism  technology 
august 2008 by tysone
Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web | Video on TED.com
"This is amazing, but we're not amazed." ... The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?
web  prediction  technology  ted  future 
august 2008 by tysone
Talk to The Times: Chief Technology Officer, Digital Operations - New York TImes
In fact, later this year we will be releasing a version of our home page we call Times Extra that will contain links to other news sites and blogs alongside the articles we publish.
nytimes  technology  newspapers  journalism 
july 2008 by tysone
Somebody Should Do Something About All the Problems | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Why isn't anyone doing anything about all the problems? We're living in a time with super computers and underwater sea stations and million-dollar laboratories. And still, everyday when I watch the TV news shows I see all sorts of problems!
hilarious  technology  future  theonion  brilliant 
july 2008 by tysone
Military Supercomputer Surpasses Petaflop Milestone - NYTimes.com
if all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can in one day.
technology  science  computers 
june 2008 by tysone
CIO India - IT's Recovering Complexaholics
There’s a standing joke that business people never have to ask IT how long something will take and what it will cost because they already know the answers: it always takes a year and costs millions — and that’s just for the simple stuff.
business  technology  strategy 
march 2008 by tysone
stevenf.com: Trees Reviewed
Trees. It seems like you see them everywhere these days. But are trees viable in the long-term, or just another flash-in-the-pan fad for the under-30 crowd?
satire  technology 
january 2008 by tysone
TED | Talks | Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law (video)
Larry Lessig pins down the key shortcomings of our dusty, pre-digital intellectual property laws, and reveals how bad laws beget bad code.
culture  technology  copyright  media 
november 2007 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Apple Needs a Nikon
If Apple is BMW, who is the Audi pushing them to be more elegant, or the Acura or Lexus pushing them to be more reliable?
design  technology  apple 
november 2007 by tysone
Stephen Fry: Welcome to dork talk | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
So, yes, beauty matters. Boy, does it matter. It is not surface, it is not an extra, it is the thing itself. Le style, c'est le truc, as De Buffon would have written today.
funny  journalism  guardian  technology  design 
november 2007 by tysone

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