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Don't Panic!
The Good Bad News:

* You're not crazy: The dark powers that be are conspiring against you.
* A lot of stuff is complicated on purpose with the intent to make you feel like a failure
* (Seriously! Consider HDMI, it's purpose is literally to make it difficult to watch a movie you've purchased. The technology world is riddled with such false solutions that capitalize on making things intentionally difficult and unintuitive.)
* A lot more stuff is complicated because it wasn't designed to by someone who uses it

It's always an uphill battle when someone is already out to get you, so if you can fight the power and win even one out of four times, you ought to feel really great about yourself!

So don't give up just because it's hard. You can do it! You're smart. Just take guesses, believe in yourself, and give it time. You'll get there!
affirmations  tech  drm  perspective 
15 days ago by kme
GitHub - alex/what-happens-when: An attempt to answer the age old interview question "What happens when you type google.com into your browser and press enter?"
An attempt to answer the age old interview question "What happens when you type google.com into your browser and press enter?" - alex/what-happens-when
interviewquestions  tech  explained 
june 2019 by kme
Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical • The Register | https://www.theregister.co.uk/
Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that happened last month or might happen next month. You can read it on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent. Registered at the Post Office as "well, you wouldn't want to pull teeth too often"

Here at El Reg we have no reason to be nice to Apple. They're not nice to us. A petty-minded animus against The Register has lingered long after Steve Jobs' death. But thank you. You have actually done something right. You've behaved ethically, putting long-term consumer concerns first.®
apple  cellphones  plannedobsolescence  tech 
december 2018 by kme
Against Minimalism
On a planet with so many artists, so many visionaries, who are forced to broadcast their art online to try and make a living in a brutally unforgiving economy, it’s so heartbreaking to see so many young visionaries who can clearly see taking a bold step forward with technology ignored, for this mass, focus tested aesthetic of “minimalism,” with its dry, unfeeling plastic and lack of character — and you wonder how we strayed so far from the bold visions of masterpieces like Blade Runner and Akira.
tech  thefuture  design  minimalism  rant  stopthistrainiwanttogetoff 
september 2016 by kme
Ways Men In Tech Are Unintentionally Sexist | this is not a pattern
Related: Referring to hardware (or cars, or whatever) by female names or pronouns. Yeah, okay, grand naval tradition and all that, but it’s still kind of weird. Can you not tell the difference between women and objects?
tech  culture  sexism  gender 
january 2016 by kme
Interview with a Wadhwa | The Verge
The equivalent this time were those DMs to Ellis. In the initial TLDR episode, Haggerty said DMs were "the hand on the knee of social media communication." In the follow-up episode, she stood by the phrase. Probably because it's 2015! Women are starting to build a vocabulary to talk about the gray-area interactions they face online. Managing the expectations of a "mentions pest," for example, is incredibly energy-zapping, but I never had a word for it until Lily Benson's etiquette guide list this month. Wadhwa blames the "hand on knee" comment for allegations of sexual harassment and being called a sexual predator, but Wadhwa is the one who keeps bringing it up.
feminism  tech  womenintech  twitter  socialmedia  etiquette 
february 2015 by kme
BraceLand — The GitHub Debacle and Why Holacracy is Bullshit
The problem with management isn’t managers, the problem with management is bad managers. And it’s not hard to imagine that people who don’t understand how power works aren’t going to be very good managers.
management  github  siliconvalley  tech  culture  criticism 
march 2014 by kme
Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends - Slashdot
(Source: https://twitter.com/slashdot/statuses/229223796480045057)
"Hackers/crackers who get arrested are typically male and young adults — if not minors. Why is that? According to research by online psychology expert Grainne Kirwan, it's because the typical hacker 'ages out' once they get a girlfriend, job, kids, and other responsibilities that make it difficult to maintain their hacking/cracking/hacktivist lifecycle. Could that finding offer a way to help keep more young hacking enthusiasts out of jail?"
insightful  forthecomments  tech  anthropology 
july 2012 by kme

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