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research process - How did researchers find articles before the Internet and the computer era? - Academia Stack Exchange
Notice that today, too many papers are published (and most of them repeat a little bit the ideas of previously published papers by same authors) I heard that the average paper has today just 2 readers. In 1970 it was probably more. – Basile Starynkevitch 5 hours ago
thewaythingswere  research  science  preinternet 
june 2019 by kme
jwz: Palm's App Catalog, part 2 |
Echoes of the App Store?
We still really have no idea what this second-class-citizen app catalog will look like, since they say it won't exist for two to three months. That means it doesn't help those of us who have working apps today that we would like to get into the hands of our users today, but it's a step in the right direction, assuming that getting things into the second-class-citizen catalog is a whole lot easier than getting it into the "real" catalog has been so far. (It won't surprise you to learn that based on their past behavior, I don't think that's a particularly likely assumption. But we'll see.)

But this is all needlessly complicated.

Here's what I want:

A developer makes the executable of their application available on their own web site.
A user visits the developer's web site via the web browser on their phone, and clicks on the link.
A dialog box asks, "Are you sure you want to do this crazy thing?"
The application installs. Done.

That's how it worked on PalmOS. That's how it works on desktop computers! Anything more complicated than that is just stupid.
appstore  palmpre  thewaythingswere  opensource  distribution 
january 2019 by kme
Need To Know |
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"
technology  news  uk  newsletter  thewaythingswere 
december 2018 by kme
Ask HN: Were we more productive 10, 15, or 20 years ago? | Hacker News |
I am super-uber productive. I am lead developer of 3 libraries, and 2 of the 3 flagship products of the facial recognition company I work. My background includes VFX production as a developer and digital artist for 9 major release feature films, lead 3D game console developer for 15 years, and OS developer of the original PlayStation. Through ALL that, I still use the same "make" I used back in the 80's, I hand write my make files, just give me a text editor and a compiler. That is ALL I need, that and to be left alone.

No slack/chat app bullshit, no trying out of tools, just doing the job with the tools I know very well. Delivering early, or over delivering on time, with 100% certainty of what I'm delivering because I know the libs and tool chain from years of experience with them.
productivity  webdevel  frameworks  history  tooling  thewaythingswere 
december 2018 by kme
WordPerfect - Wikipedia |
At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, it was a dominant player in the word processor market, partly because of extensive, no-cost support, with "hold jockeys" entertaining users on hold.
wordprocessing  dtp  dos  thewaythingswere  techsupport 
november 2017 by kme
John Resig - Thoughts on querySelectorAll |
The way it's actually implemented in 2017 seems to be what they're suggesting: a subset of elements rooted at the parent, matching the query selector.

Unless I misunderstood the whole discussion.
javascript  queryselector  selector  dom  standard  webdevel  thewaythingswere 
october 2017 by kme
FaceFacts — May 7, 2011
Facebook is a living computer nightmare. Just as viruses took the advantages of sharing information on floppies and modems and revealed a devastating undercarriage to the whole process, making every computer transaction suspect… and just as spyware/malware took advantage of beautiful advances in computer strength and horsepower to turn your beloved machine of expression into a gatling gun of misery and assholery… Facebook now stands as taking over a decade and a half of the dream of the World Wide Web and turning it into a miserable IT cube farm of pseudo human interaction, a bastardized form of e-mail, of mailing lists, of photo albums, of friendship. While I can’t really imply that it was going to be any other way, I can not sit by and act like this whole turn of events hasn’t resulted in an epidemic of ruin that will have consequences far-reaching from anything related to archiving.

So asking me about the archiving-ness or containering or long-term prospect of Facebook for anything, the answer is: none. None. Not a whit or a jot or a tiddle. It is like an ever-burning fire of our memories, gleefully growing as we toss endless amounts of information and self and knowledge into it, only to have it added to columns of advertiser-related facts we do not see and do not control and do not understand.
facebook  internet  history  thewaythingswere  privacy 
june 2017 by kme
Unix System - YouTube
A look at the many new versions of Unix and its challenge to DOS and OS/2.

Guests: Rick Davis, Frame Technology; Karen Lusardi, Sun Microsystem; Janet Dobbs, Hewlett Packard; Bill Jacobs, Apple; Karen Christian, Wiesel Lab; Doug Michels, SCOMichael Karels, UC Berkeley

Products/Demos: Sun 386i Unix Workstation; Sun; Write; Sun; Paint; Sun; Draw; Sun File Manager; Open Look; OSF/Motif; HP 9000 360 Unix Workstation; X Windows with A/UXSCO Xenix
unix  video  thewaythingswere  history 
june 2017 by kme
Choose Your Own Adventure books: How The Cave of Time taught us to love interactive entertainment. []
But the books will never again achieve the massive impact they once had. "These books were the gateway drugs of interactive entertainment," says Swinehart. "The Infocom people and the Choose Your Own Adventure people are hybrid folks. You don't often see people combining the hacker perspective with the literary perspective. You don't see typing and programming mix together that much." David Lebling agrees, "Computers push graphics, books push reading, but there was a brief shining moment when computers pushed reading." And, inversely, during that same time, the Choose Your Own Adventure books pushed programming.
"The most important thing is to get people reading," Montgomery says. "It's not the format. It's not even the writing. It's the reading. And the reading happened because kids were put in the driver's seat. They were the mountain climber, they were the doctor, they were the deep sea explorer. They made choices, and so they read." The Choose Your Own Adventure books were part of a cultural shift that saw entertainment become more interactive. It was a moment when entertainment became, in a way, more like real life. As the introduction to each of the books states:

"Remember—you cannot go back! Think carefully before you make a move! One mistake can be your last … or it may lead to fame and fortune.

"Good luck!"
books  interactivefiction  culture  thewaythingswere  forkids  gaming 
june 2016 by kme
Ajax file upload with pure JavaScript -
This article has been updated to say that a recent version of Firefox removed the relevant APIs, and that there's presumably another more HTML5-y way to do it now.
ajax  draganddrop  upload  html5  javascript  thewaythingswere  webdevel  reference 
january 2016 by kme
Javascript Madness: Mouse Events -

Note: I have stopped updating this page. At this point nearly all popular browsers are have achieved a good level of compatibility on most of these features, and their behavior with respect to them just isn't changing much anymore. The only thing web designers really need to still watch out for is IE8, which is lingering due to the fact that it is the best version of IE that works on windows XP.
thewaythingswere  javascript  mouseevents  eventhandling  webdevel  reference 
august 2015 by kme
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