An example of the Novacula Occami in the technology’s world is the conclusion of the (really long and detailed) post on Why Does Windows Really Use Backslash as Path Separator?
I won’t tell you anything more on this. Just have a read yourself and see…
- Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This – Cal Newport: “The devices have become our constant companions. This was not the plan.”
- It’s almost impossible to function without the big five tech giants — last February a journalist tried living without using any servive of the 5 tech giants that rule the world. It made some noise, but not enough in my opinion;
- Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs
- The Secret History of Women in Coding — today we’re always talking about diversity in the programming scene. Once upon a time (when a formal training was somewhat needed) male programmers were the exception, not the norm. It’s always good to remember from where we come from …
- In Praise of Extreme Moderation — Today seems that everyone’s is always busy. But it’s all worth it???
… we don’t need to concoct a new Internet Bill of Rights or a Magna Carta for the Web or any such nonsense: all we need to do is to apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the human rights we already have – to the digital era. There isn’t a digital world and a real world. There isn’t human rights and “digital rights”. The things that we are talking about are one and the same.Aral Balkan
- Childhood’s End. The digital revolution isn’t over but has turned into something else
- Maybe Only Tim Cook Can Fix Facebook’s Privacy Problem
- It’s 2019 and I Still Make Websites with my Bare Hands
- The Tech Revolt – A sometimes pointed, sometimes resigned conversation with engineers, designers, research scientists, and job candidates who are pushing for a more ethical Silicon Valley
- The Teens Who Rack Up Thousands of Followers by Posting the Same Photo Every Day – A new meme format on Instagram is giving kids a low-pressure way to express themselves, make friends—and go viral;
Much of this, remarkably, was envisaged by E. M. Forster in his 1909 story “The Machine Stops,” in which he imagined a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only by audio and visual devices. In this world, original thought and direct observation are discouraged—“Beware of first-hand ideas!” people are told. Humanity has been overtaken by “the Machine,” which provides all comforts and meets all needs—except the need for human contact. One young man, Kuno, pleads with his mother via a Skype-like technology, “I want to see you not through the Machine. . . . I want to speak to you not through the wearisome Machine.”Oliver Sacks, the New Yorker
He says to his mother, who is absorbed in her hectic, meaningless life, “We have lost the sense of space. . . . We have lost a part of ourselves. . . . Cannot you see . . . that it is we that are dying, and that down here the only thing that really lives is the Machine?”
This is how I feel increasingly often about our bewitched, besotted society, too.