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Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Information
archive  digitization  archival  datastorage  permanence  tipsandtricks  science  article 
january 2019 by kme
The Thing About Git []
And then there's git rebase --interactive, which is a bit like git commit --amend hopped up on acid and holding a chainsaw - completely insane and quite dangerous but capable of exposing entirely new states of mind. Here you can edit, squash, reorder, tease apart, and annotate existing commits in a way that's easier and more intuitive than it ought to be. The "INTERACTIVE MODE" section of the git-rebase(1) manual page is instructive but Pierre Habouzit's demonstration is what flipped the light on for me.
git  versioncontrol  devel  scm  article  svn  whenthingsgowrong 
october 2014 by kme
A Stiff Upper Lip Is Killing British Men | VICE United Kingdom []
Alcoholism is also significantly more prevalent in men, linked largely to self-medicating mental illness. My paternal grandfather fought at Normandy and survived by technicality alone, the untold horrors he’d seen gouging away at his sanity until he was able to do little else but drink. Born six years after D-Day, my dad grew up like so many baby-boomers, with a father whose deep emotional repression left him unable to love, let alone talk about any of his feelings. It’s a hereditary condition; men raised by men unable to communicate emotionally, the symptoms of what we now know as PTSD becoming synonymous with masculinity. Which is wildly fucked up when you stop to consider it.
manhood  health  article  uk 
october 2014 by kme
in defense of Microsoft Word []
and finally, he calls the Revision Marking feature of Word “psychopathic” and “passive-aggressive”. I wonder if he’s ever actually collaborated on a document? The revision feature has literally transformed how I collaborate with my colleagues and is probably the single most useful feature in Word. It’s trivially easy to accept a single specific change or to do a global “Accept All” between revisions and users. The interface, with color-coded balloons for different users in the margin rather than in-line is elegant and readable. Scocca gripes that “No change is too small to pass without the writer’s explicit approval” – would he rather the software decide which revisions are worthy of highlighting and which aren’t? This complaint is utterly baffling to anyone who has ever actually used the feature.
msword  indefenseof  article 
october 2014 by kme
How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica
Perhaps the best thing about being naive, though, is that you tend to plow forward without the hesitation that attends someone who knows how difficult the road ahead will be.
html  web  standards  mobile  webdesign  responsive  article 
september 2014 by kme
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: It’s possible to use social media mindfully.
It's also true, though, that for some people, talking too much or taking a thousand photographs is the way they experience the world. They are not interested in your Zen moments. A life of frantic self-interruption may be their therapy.
writing  theobservedlife  thedocumentedlife  socialmedia  article 
may 2014 by kme
Separate beds in marriage: I love my husband, but I don’t want to share a mattress with him.
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sleep  marriage  article  funny  webdesign 
april 2014 by kme
Facebook’s polluted graph | ROUGH TYPE
"People often assume that Google and Facebook have come close to collecting all the world’s knowledge. This is especially the case, the chorus goes, since people are compulsive and uninhibited on the web, and therefore more liable to reveal “the truth” about themselves.

I protest against this view of human knowledge–against its stupidity and its philistinism. The great resource of world literature teaches us nothing if not that we are most intimately attuned to ourselves when we take the time and care to meditate upon the subtleties and nuances of our subjective experience.

Facebook’s Social Graph is therefore severely limited, and necessarily so. It is precisely that realm of our humanity that is most mysterious to us that our search engines fail to penetrate.

Marcel Proust, that great man of solitude and introspection, suggests that “a very slight degree of self-acquaintance” teaches us that “a book is the product of a different self from the self we manifest in our habits, in our social life, in our vices. If we would try to understand that particular self, it is by searching our own bosoms, and trying to reconstruct it there, that we may arrive at it.”

“In fact,” Proust writes, “it is the secretions of one’s innermost self, written in solitude and for oneself alone that one gives to the public. What one bestows on private life – in conversation…or in those drawing-room essays that are scarcely more than conversation in print – is the product of a quite superficial self, not of the innermost self which one can only recover by putting aside the world and the self that frequents the world.”

“The beautiful things we shall write if we have talent,” Proust says, “are inside us, indistinct, like the memory of a melody which delights us though we are unable to recapture its outline. Those who are obsessed by this blurred memory of truths they have never known are the men who are gifted … Talent is like a sort of memory which will enable them finally to bring this indistinct music closer to them, to hear it clearly, to note it down …”

If we allow Facebook to dominate our lives, and to become the primary medium of discourse, we impoverish out culture immeasurably. But my suspicion is that the more we trumpet the social network as a revolutionary force for transparency and unification, the more its shallowness and poverty will make itself apparent.

The combination of naked greed and cheerful utopianism, which characterizes Facebook and Google, and which has characterized so many dangerous and creepy regimes in the past, is not indefinitely sustainable.

Some things can’t be easily ignored, even by those who have announced their intention to make the world a better place, and to do so at the cost of our art and our individuality."
searchengine  facebook  graphsearch  google  socialmedia  interesting  article  forthecomments 
january 2013 by kme
Errata Security: I conceal my identity the same way Aaron was indicted for
"Besides taking the “civil liberty” angle, I’m trying to get to the “witchcraft” angle. As Arthur C Clarke puts it, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Here is my corollary: “Any sufficiently technical expert is indistinguishable from a witch”. People fear magic they don’t understand, and distrust those who wield that magic. Things that seem reasonable to technical geeks seem illegal to the non-technical"
mac  osx  macspoofing  networking  security  privacy  aaronsw  interesting  article 
january 2013 by kme
Homeland Security spent $430M on radios its employees don’t know how to use | Ars Technica
From the comments "tl;dr: A lot of these agencies could be far more effective and responsive if they were managed locally and had a narrowly defined mission."
interesting  article  dhs  forthecomments 
november 2012 by kme
Missouri Pastor's Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending
Back in August, during a Springfield City Council public hearing on amending the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections, Rev. Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church lashed out at the council for "inviting the judgement of God upon our land" by making "special rights for gays and lesbians."

He goes on to invoke the bible and morality and the end of days a few more times before suddenly appearing to lose his train of thought.

And then something pretty amazing happens.

(Unfortunately, the bill was tabled by the council to allow for a "cooling down period," whatever that means.)

Spoiler follows:
"You see, the right of segregation... is clearly established by the holy scriptures..."

I'm sorry.

I've brought the wrong notes with me this evening. I've borrowed my argument from the wrong century. It turns out that what I've been reading to you this whole time have been direct quotes from white preachers in the 1950s and the 1960s, all in support of racial segregation. All I have done is simply take out the phrase "racial integration" and substituted it with the phrase "gay rights."
humanrights  interesting  article  video  forthecomments 
october 2012 by kme
Fighting Hackers: Everything You've Been Told About Passwords Is Wrong | Wired Opinion |
Security is not just about strong encryption, good anti-virus software, or techniques like two-factor authentication. It's also about the "fuzzy" things ... involving people. That's where the security game is often won or lost. Just ask Mat Honan.

We – the users – are supposed to be responsible, and are told what to do to stay secure. For example: "Don’t use the same password on different sites." "Use strong passwords." "Give good answers to security questions." But here’s the troublesome equation:

more services used = more passwords needed = more user pain

... which means it only gets harder and harder to follow such advice. Why? Because security and practicality are in conflict.
passwords  security  encryption  interesting  article  forthecomments 
october 2012 by kme

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