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How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland

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kOoLiNuS:

GREAT stuff, Luca. Thanks for sharing with us…

Originally posted on Luca Sartoni:

In 2001, I was 21 years old and had just started freelancing. Like many of us, it fell into my lap: someone asked me to make their website and so it went.

When I started, I had no clue how to run my business. So I did what I thought was right: I copied everything other people in the market were doing.

I made a stamp, business cards, templates for my business stationery. I bought a paper pad and a nice pen to take notes. I remember once I spent four hours refining my hourly rate with a friend. I had a multi-tiered system according to how many hours of service were required and so on.

I used the stamp maybe once, I haven’t printed a single paper invoice since then and every single client was treated as an exception, so the hourly rate never applied, the way it was…

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Apple’s decision to make a wholesale shift from Lucida to Helvetica defies my expectations. Criticize the company as much as you’d like, but it treats user experience with reverence. So, this leaves me wondering: What possible reason is there for this shift? Why make a change that impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy?

The answer: Tomorrow.

— Eric Karjaluoto

Apple Doesn’t Design for Yesterday

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Google Refine

ITB CNR, Software

WOW! This project by Google is extremely interesting and versatile. A colleague of mine has discovered it while studying some solution for a bioinformatics problem he’s facing. This kind of tool will be extremely important for data normalization in biological datasets…

Discover more on the project home page: Google Refine, a power tool for working with messy data (formerly Freebase Gridworks) →