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Trouble with decluttering? Being dependent on stuff is part of being human, Stanford scholar says
So it seems to me that we have to do something about our core way of being. Minimalism, the lifestyle of living with less, and other recent movements that criticize consumerism are an important step in the right direction.

But we need to do more at a global scale to bring about significant change. We need to seek social, economic and political solutions that lessen our headlong drive toward material accumulation.
minimalism  energy  development  business  creativity  design  archaeology  history 
17 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Imagining a Past Future
On any given workday in downtown Oakland, thousands of commuters enter and exit the 12th Street City Center station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, rushing past a large bronze bust of John B. Williams.
development  urban  oakland  cities  politics  california  1960s  1970s  BART 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Unbearable Sameness of Cities: What my journey across the United States taught me about indie cafés and Ikea lights.
Just as the essential structure of the atom is prescribed by nature, so, too, are there only so many ways to lay out a city, it seems, and most of them, weirdly, feel like atoms. Even in cities that sprawl, like Indianapolis or Oklahoma City or Little Rock, you’ve got your downtown nucleus, your gentrifying neighborhoods orbiting close to the center — artist and queer quarters — fading into outer circles of chains and strip malls and body shops constricted by the interstates.
cities  marketing  aesthetics  capitalism  development  architecture  shopping  urban 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Programming Is Not for Everybody « Symbo1ics Ideas
It is rarely an invigorating social activity. A lot of time, it’s sitting in front of a computer screen, looking at a colorful text document, and thinking, and thinking, and typing, getting angry, and wondering why the hell you’re living a life sitting down.
programming  code  technology  development 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running - Simon Owens - Technology - The Atlantic
"You tend to deal with things as they come up," he said. "There are a lot of short-term needs but you find common problems over time and you try to predict the things that you can. From there the one-off stuff isn't going to be relevant every time; you don't want to take this hammer and treat everything like a nail and make the conversation or the story into what you already have, so it's better to try to pull in systems that can back it and do what the right thing is for every project."
technology  newspapers  media  language  journalism  software  development  washington 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans
The interesting thing is that mobile is inherently social; afterall, before all these apps it was used to talk to people with your voice. And social is inherently mobile too: you don’t only want to be connected to people while you’re at your desk at work, you want to talk to them when you’re out in the world, doing the things you love, and have something to say or something to share.

Facebook’s commitment to mobile is what will solidify their social dominance.
facebook  mobile  social  android  technology  software  identity  business  development 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Market Is Attracting More App Developers - NYTimes.com
"The promise of Android goes beyond one device. We're going to see products running Android that no one has ever envisioned possible."
android  google  mobile  development  software  apple  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What App Makers Say About Nokia’s Store - Digits - WSJ
“I had no idea of their scale and size…As a U.S. developer, we don’t get the visibility that Nokia can give us on a daily basis."
nokia  software  mobile  development  technology  apple  google  android 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Nokia releases Qt 4.7 with terrific new mobile UI framework
Nokia's new Symbian^3 handsets, such as the N8, will ship with Qt 4.6 instead of Qt 4.7. This raised some concerns in my mind about potential fragmentation issues, because I was a bit worried that developers wouldn't be able to start using Qt Quick right away if Nokia ships millions of devices with an older version of the toolkit. Fortunately, Nokia seems to have the situation under control. During the NokiaWorld conference, I discussed this issue with Purnima Kochikar, Nokia's vice president of developer community.

She explained that Nokia intends to roll out Qt 4.7 to the first batch of the new Symbian^3 devices in a planned update. The second batch of the devices, she said, would likely ship with 4.7 preinstalled.
development  mobile  nokia  programming  technology  symbian 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
UPDATED: All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.
ipod  iphone  apple  software  business  mobile  copyright  law  development  eff 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Growth of city neighborhoods
San Francisco may have a reputation as a world-class city, but it is also one of the biggest small towns you can find anywhere. According to the city's official Web site, San Francisco has more than 40 individual neighborhoods. The Chamber of Commerce counts 48, and any San Franciscan can tell you there are more than that, from the famous to the obscure.

The best-known neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro - are known everywhere. A lot of San Franciscans couldn't locate Little Hollywood or the Sherwood Forest on a map.

It turns out, however, that San Francisco was always divided into neighborhoods, even back before the place was called San Francisco.
sanfrancisco  cities  urban  california  local  identity  development  transit 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
KRT Wire | 12/11/2006 | Cuba's aging society straining resources
"You want to give your children absolutely everything in life. If you are in a situation where you can't give your child absolutely everything, then why have more kids?"
cuba  children  parenting  politics  caribbean  society  aging  development 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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