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

Apple

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) →

“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.”

Richard Stallman, on The Guardian – 2008

Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman

on the Web

The Problem With Medium

on the Web

Funny how things works on the Internet. Since a couple of weeks ago with some friends on Twitter we started a conversation – in italian, sorry – about the editorial business models available today, and how an Author should publish his staff and eventually get back some kind of revenue. Money, job offers, popularity, authorship… whatever!

Many clever and insightful post are published on Medium.com, which, over the last year has become THE network where you publish clever, long, detailed, documented articles on the subject of your choice. They have reinvented the comments on the web, they have boosted the writers’ writing experience over a browser. But…

By furnishing your User Content to Medium, you give Medium a broad license to use and exploit your User Content as it operates and evolves its business.

What does this mean? It means you’re giving your writing to a corporation for free, and they can do anything they want with it. Forever. Without paying you. Ever.

Andrea Phillips, The Problem With Medium

This piece from Andrea Phillips it today over one year old, and Medium Terms of Service have changed dramatically. But the question on how they’ll make a profit over a platform that lives with OUR provided content stands whatsoever.

So, if you are an author you should double guess writing anything really valuable to you only over that platform. Be sure to point your main business website. And always publish it also under the umbrella of your own domain of on a platform – like WordPress.com – which does not get into your business so badly…

Hacking protonmail – with a browser

Software

ProtonMail was founded in summer 2013 by scientists who met at CERN and were drawn together by a shared vision of a more secure and private Internet. Early ProtonMail hackathons were held at the famous CERN Restaurant One and at MIT. ProtonMail is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with a satellite office by the MIT campus. We are advised by the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.

This video is 3 months old… I’m speechless, anyway!