… on software complexity

“Under the hood, most critical software you use every day (like Mac OS X, or Facebook) contains a terrifying number of hacks and shortcuts that happen to barely fit together into a working whole. It would be like taking apart a brand-new 747 and discovering that the fuel line is held in place by a coat-hanger and the landing gear is attached with duct tape.”
— Ben Cherry

Who are you gonna call? WordPress!

Thanks to a post by Luca Sartoni on his Facebook stream, I got to know the result of this Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s research on the topic:

Who Has Your Back? 2014: When Copyright and Trademark Bullies Threaten Free Speech

This is the premise:

When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. For many years, EFF has worked with people whose lawful speech has been unfairly targeted by these sorts of complaints. We’ve observed that some approaches tend to work better than others in preventing that sort of deliberate abuse, as well as the casual censorship that comes from haphazard and dragnet approaches to policing online infringement.

Read carefully the rest of EFF post & report!

Who Has Your Back Electronic Frontier Foundation (20150619)

SaneBox – prioritize your emails

From a mention on the The Modern Desk newsletter, I got to know this SaneBox tool:

SaneBox works on top of your email account. It prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest. Nothing to download, install or learn – it just works.

Personally I am not fond of this kind of tools given how I manage my emails, but I can – at least – see many different people need getting benefits by this kind of approach…

Zoommy, the stock photo explorer

Zoommy helps you find awesome free stock photos for your creative product or inspiration

Can’t remember where I found mentioned this app, but Zoommy seems to me quite an interesting app for browsing and discovering stock-photography to use on our blogs or project when on Mac OS X.

Now it’s in a Beta status, and requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later (WOW a non Yosemite-only app these days, a rarity). The major issue by now it’s that it seems it cannot do a search by “tag” over the (huge) image collection it makes available…

zoommyapp

Infinit coming to iPad

Venture Beat has wrote this informative article on this file sharing app called Infinit that is coming from France.

Infinit brings its slick P2P file-transfer app to iPad →

I am linking to much this app I’ve begun using it to send big files or a quick screenshot to people. Exclusively, abandoning CloudApp and proposing myself as a volunteer translator for Italian localization [and they took me!].

I’m currently testing the Beta (and Universal) iOS app and I can say we have made a good work.

The only ‘issue’ I have with the app it’s that it goes Yosemite only