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Type Anything
"We created Type Anything in the need of a simple tool to create great font combinations. To put focus on typography. Type Anything lets you customize the most necessary font settings for your next project. From font families and letter spacing to font weights. Our goal was to create a great user experience, whilst working on the perfect match."
web-design  typography  design  tool  utility  online 
july 2016 by tsuomela
meldmerge.org
"Meld is packaged for most Linux/Unix distributions, including Fedora, Ubuntu, and Suse. Unless you want the absolutely latest version, you should install Meld through your package manager."
software  utility  diff  linux 
march 2014 by tsuomela
SourceGear | DiffMerge
"DiffMerge is an application to visually compare and merge files on Windows, OS X and Linux."
software  utility  diff  macintosh  windows  linux 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Archives Don't Matter | AVPreserve
"Archival Environments matter because they help support the longevity of discovery and access, but if that access to playable content is not provided the nominal archive is remiss in its duties. Until such time as that duty is met we cannot rightfully distinguish between or value the role of the traditional archive over the lay archive of something like a YouTube merely on the tenets of description, storage, and best practices alone."
archives  philosophy  purpose  profession  laypeople  utility 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Deirdre N. McCloskey: Happyism | The New Republic
"But nowadays there is a new science of happiness, and some of the psychologists and almost all the economists involved want you to think that happiness is just pleasure. Further, they propose to calculate your happiness, by asking you where you fall on a three-point scale, 1-2-3: “not too happy,” “pretty happy,” “very happy.” They then want to move to technical manipulations of the numbers, showing that you, too, can be “happy,” if you will but let the psychologists and the economists show you (and the government) how."
economics  utility  happiness  utilitarianism  measurement  psychology  philosophy 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Contingent valuation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Contingent valuation is a survey-based economic technique for the valuation of non-market resources, such as environmental preservation or the impact of contamination. While these resources do give people utility, certain aspects of them do not have a market price as they are not directly sold – for example, people receive benefit from a beautiful view of a mountain, but it would be tough to value using price-based models. Contingent valuation surveys are one technique which is used to measure these aspects. Contingent valuation is often referred to as a stated preference model, in contrast to a price-based revealed preference model. Both models are utility-based. Typically the survey asks how much money people would be willing to pay (or willing to accept) to maintain the existence of (or be compensated for the loss of) an environmental feature, such as biodiversity."
reference  surveys  method  preferences  utility  economics  public-goods  markets 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Generalized Hawthorne Effect
"So we can formulate a generalized version of the Hawthorne Effect: the effectiveness of a tool depends almost entirely on the amount of mindful attention being devoted in its use, not the specific form the attention takes. "
psychology  technology  habit  attention  utility  tools  deliberate  practice 
july 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Sen on well-being
"One of Sen's most fundamental contributions in economics is to question the theory of subjective utility and revealed preference. He thinks that we can give a substantive, not formal, account of wellbeing that permits us to analyze the individual's behavior and choices in a more meaningful way"
economics  philosophy  theory  utility  value  capabilities  ethics 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Philip Pilkington: Marginal Utility Theory as a Blueprint for Social Control « naked capitalism
"This is why the theory of marginal utility is still so popular today. It satisfies the controlling desires of its adherents – if only in fantasy. It provides a sort of imaginary Panopticon in which the adherent can sit and watch humanity and ensure that they are acting in the appropriate manner. From such a position the neoclassical can then dictate to governments and populations what sorts of policies should be enacted to ensure that everyone acts as much in line with their fantasies as possible."
economics  ideology  philosophy  psychology  marginal  utility  theory  control 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Divvy · Window management at its finest.
"Divvy is an entirely new way of managing your workspace. It allows you to quickly and efficiently "divvy up" your screen into exact portions. "
macintosh  software  utility 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Skills, Competencies and Literacies, Oh My « Easily Distracted
"What I worry about when I hear this pushback against talk of skills, literacies and competencies is that it is easy for that to slide into a belief that liberal arts inquiry is distinguished by its comprehensive resistance to or rejection of the language of practicality, applicability or usage. Or that such talk, if not rejected, should be swallowed up in a fog of opacity and evasion, dissolved by irreducible complexities."
skill-development  skills  pedagogy  teaching  justification  utility  humanities  college 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Fallible preferences & universities
20-year-olds cannot predict the specific skills they’ll need in the labour market in 10-20 years time. This is not just because they don‘t know what jobs they‘ll have then, but because they don‘t know how occupations will change. For this reason, there’s a huge danger that purely vocational skills will quickly date. Instead, the key is to teach them more general skills: how to interpret evidence; how to write, and so on. One good way to do this is to give them a rigorous education in anything; how else do you explain the economic success of Oxford classics graduates?
education  purpose  business  utility  career  prediction  preference  university 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Bibutils
The bibutils program set interconverts between various bibliography formats using a common MODS-format XML intermediate. For example, one can convert RIS-format files to Bibtex by doing two transformations: RIS->MODS->Bibtex. By using a common intermediate for N formats, only 2N programs are required and not N²-N. These programs operate on the command line and are styled after standard UNIX-like filters.
bibliography  software  utility  citation  tools  research  academic 
october 2010 by tsuomela
5 Useful Mac Utilities
Notational Velocity, Cinch, F.Lux, Bettertouchtool, Capsee, etc.
macintosh  software  recommendations  list  utility 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Facebook: The Privatization of our Privates and Life in the Company Town | technosociology
What is currently happening is the privatization of our privates, not just our publics. And this is not a mere question of legality but a lack of legal protections being carried over to a new medium. In some sense, this parallels the lack of carrying of wiretap protections on the phone to the Internet – the social relations did not change but the medium changed allowing for a gap in legal protections.

The correct analogy to the current situation would be if tenants had no rights to privacy in their homes because they happen to be renting the walls and doors. This week, you are allowed to close the door but, oops, we changed the terms-of-service. No more closed doors! You had locks last week but we don’t allow them as of this week. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media  commons  public-sphere 
may 2010 by tsuomela
apophenia » Blog Archive » Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated
Facebook speaks of itself as a utility while also telling people they have a choice. But there’s a conflict here.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Q6 Fall 2009: What are the economics of happiness?
Economists have begun to use research into happiness to explore questions in economics, policy, and management. Betsey Stevenson of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveys the work in this emerging field.
economics  happiness  behavior  utility 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Poverty - Karelis, Charles - Yale University Press
In this important book, one of our boldest and most original thinkers charges that conventional explanations of poverty are mistaken, and that the anti-poverty policies built upon them are doomed to fail. Using science, history, fables, philosophical analysis, and common observation, Charles Karelis engages us and takes us to a deeper grasp of the link between consumption and satisfaction—and from there to a new and persuasive explanation of what keeps poor people poor. Above all, he shows how this fresh perspective can reinspire the long-stalled campaign against poverty.
book  publisher  poverty  economics  utility  philosophy  theory  consumption  class  policy 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Democracy & the left
The thing is, the left should be ambivalent about democracy, at least in its current forms, for two reasons.
First, in prioritizing stated preferences over justice, it gives too much weight to the interests of the noisy but wrongly discontented privileged and not enough weight to those of the silent poor who have resigned themselves to their fate.
Secondly, cognitive biases research has shown that Marx was wholly correct on an important point. There are mechanisms which generate false beliefs, and these beliefs tend to support the existing order and hostility to the worst-off.
democracy  leftism  liberal  critique  poverty  utility  economics  justice  fairness 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Privilege, poverty & adaptation
Unfortunately, our pseudo-democracy does just this. It gives too little weight to the quietly oppressed, and too much to the noisy but discontented privileged.
economics  politics  justice  fairness  income  utility  utilitarianism  democracy  power  poverty  happiness 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Academia’s Function
Yes one might save the idealistic theory via various ad hoc assumptions, such as that people are ignorant in various specific ways and use prestige only as a heuristic to achieve their altruistic ends. But it seems far simpler to me to just postulate that people care primarily about affiliating with others who have been certified as prestigious.
academia  purpose  credential  signals  utility  academic 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Philosophy Talk: The Blog: The Place of Scepticism and Sceptical Arguments
"it seems to me that the real question of philosophical interest isn't what to say about the slippery concept of "knowledge" but what to say about rational inquiry and rational belief fixation."
philosophy  epistemology  skepticism  utility  belief 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias: Fairness vs. Goodness
"Life doesn't always hand you fair games, and the best we can do for each other is play them positive-sum." illustrated with a bit of history from game theory.
game-theory  history  fairness  prisoners-dilemma  asymmetrical  payoff  utility 
february 2009 by tsuomela
TextCite Publication Quotation Manager
TextCite is a program for organizing and commenting textual citations from texts (books, articles, or other published works) for use in producing scientific or academic publications. You can organize by publication, author, category, or outline. It works with bibliographic management programs like Citation, EndNote, RefWorks, and BibTeX, providing important text/citation management capabilities that these programs lack, while still allowing for rapid footnote and bibliography generation by means of your favorite bibliography manager. It also exports to PDF and Word (RTF).
bibliography  bibtex  citation  database  education  macintosh  software  utility  writing  notetaking  open-source  tools  research 
february 2008 by tsuomela
AppZapper - Making uninstalls as simple as installs
removes preference, cache, library files for applications
macintosh  software  utility 
august 2006 by tsuomela

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