The Problem with Programming

Software developers have become adept at the difficult art of building reasonably reliable systems out of unreliable parts. The snag is that often we do not know exactly how we did it: a system just “sort of evolved” into something minimally acceptable. Personally, I prefer to know when a system will work, and why it will.
Bjarne Stroustrup

From a 2006 interview by Jason Pontin on the MIT Technology Review

A Women’s History of Silicon Valley

What happens when you tell the history of the birth of Silicon Valley a different way? It offers a map to a generation of young men and women looking for new leadership models.

This is one of the most interesting and inspiring post read in a while over the ‘making of’ Silicon Valley. With a perspective on womens. A. Great. Read.

Intelligence’s test …

The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how to behave when we don’t know what to do.
— John Holt

via The Modern Desk, issue 71

Generosity comes back

15 Lessons Of Creativity For 2016
What we can learn from the 2016 Most Creative People.

The Biggest Threat to WordPress Isn’t Another CMS

As open source communities develop, you begin to attract a dedicated group of cheerleaders, advocates, and enthusiasts–people who are so grateful to be involved that they will bend over backwards to help advance the cause. But on the flip side, as you become more mainstream, you also begin to see the other crowds that gather–the cynical, the skeptical, the trolls, the people with literally zero respect for anyone. People who would rather see you fail than succeed. People who think their opinions and perspectives are so much righter than yours, they don’t care how bad it makes them look to take a proverbial dump on the people who actually *built* the thing in the first place.

Let’s all take a few minutes to be grateful for the opportunity to make a living off the hard work of thousands of other people who donated their time and code to build something that has made a huge impact on the Internet and in people’s actual lives.
Chris Wallace

The 4th industrial revolution

Business is not just interconnecting virtually, but also in reality. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will not work without relationships between people.

UI stencils

I am thorough a phase of personal rediscovery of pen & paper. Taking notes, using different colors on different ‘diaries’ or notebooks. So I remembered this UI Stencil toolkit saw on a Curly Brackets post. I am not a designer, but I love the idea. Do you like it too?

Because above all, design is about people.

Unfortunately the progress we have made is not distributed equally. The forces working against strong design are still powerful. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not so naive or arrogant as to believe we should all quit our jobs and relocate to an Ebola-stricken place in West-Africa in order to give a real meaning to our work. And I don’t have any practical advice as to what you should or could do after reading this. All I know is that I discovered what feels like and alternate reality –one in which even the smallest improvement can have an enormous impact on people’s most basic needs. As a designer and a fellow human being, I believe we need to work harder on re-aligning those realities. We need to honour what makes up the nucleus of our discipline: empathy and compassion. Because above all, design is about people.
Francesco Kirkhoff, Offscreen Magazine n°13

Turbocharging the Web with PHP 7


The Zend Performance Team provides insight into the upcoming impact of PHP 7 with this simple, but effective, infographic. I am lucky enough to have SiteGround as my ISP for my personal projects and since a couple of days ago I’m testing it … and in a couple of situations the websites increased speed is clearly visible…

how will our perception of privacy change in coming decades?

Our perceptions of privacy have already changed. It used to be that we were private by default, and public with effort. Now we’re public by default, and private with effort.
Bruce Schneier, Offscreen Magazine n°13