18.4.15

Song of Songs

Thomas Aquinas wrote about different matters and subjects: The composition of physical objects, the order of philosophical inquiries, perception and though, or human identity. 

And he was, from an historical perspective, way cool. Ars longa, Vita brevis.

The Temptation of Thomas Aquinas, by Alonso Cano

It is evident that material substances exist contingently. They come into being and they pass out of being. While they exist, their existing is not what they are.
Not being busy myself these days, I have spent my spare my time empathizing and help in the work and writings of and old french colleague, who invested in me, in my advice and he consequently learned the extensive and apropiate use of this blogger tool to publish.

For him and his mission, I was adapting,customizing, templates and enhancing the plain design with code.

For a friend, who is interested in the fine art investigation and the research of veracity in the realm from sources of the Fine Arts.

See the results obtained here, here or there.

Call the result an F from Fake revisited. Again, but in a digital manner.

16.4.15

Telendo

It can be a bad thing, however, when you fail to transition your native talent into a process of refinement, leveraging the principles of consistent hard work
Being talented is an insult, a funny note from Mr. Travis Neilson.

In case of doubt.

9.4.15

A More Subtle Approach

If the Apple Watch is a hit, it won’t be because Apple is winning over would-be Tag Heuer or Rolex customers. It’ll be because Apple will have convinced tens of millions of people to wear tiny computers on their wrists.
An opinionated article from Dan Frommer , that you can read here.

1.4.15

An Oblivion for the Good Manners

Even in a Web 2.0 age, conventional wisdom for a web site that delivers chunks of static content (rather than a fully interactive web application), you deliver the majority of your content from your CMS as HTML pages; meanwhile JavaScript is used to control interactions on that content within each page.
A report on a failed experiment, written by Mr. Chris Applegate, here

27.3.15

A Bunch of Useful Links For This Week-end

A list of links about trends, information design and web computing that you may find of use. Have a nice week-end.
The importance and unimportance of ports
The initial reaction of many people has been that its having only one port—and a non-standard one, at that—makes the MacBook a non-starter. The re-reaction has been that while it may not be for power users, it’ll be a perfectly usable computer for lots of people.
Apple's Web?
The Pointer Events specification just became a W3C Recommendation. For those unfamiliar, it’s an intriguing attempt to unify pointer events regardless of the input device in use.
Bind and the Problem of Version Control for Designers
To my knowledge, no one has yet tried to solve the problem at the file layer; a universal wrapper to which any application can write that stores its version control in a rich metadata file.
Axiom
Using the years of service of the captains as a guide (around 140 years), assuming a captain could attain the rank at the age of 20, suggests the average lifespan of humans was, at the very least, around 160 years.
Digital native, there is no such thing
There's no such thing as winning on your own terms, and there is also no such thing as a Digital Native. If you believe there is such thing you are not one, that's for sure. And the reason there is no such thing is that "digital" is a constantly moving target, though to any given generation it seems like it isn't. There will always be a next thing that strips the gears off any mind that was raised in the previous thing.

16.3.15

Aesthetics

Given the extreme importance that Wittgenstein attached to the aesthetic dimension of life, it is in one sense surprising that he wrote so little on the subject.
Garry Hargberg, on the importance of a holistic and tempered vision in our common understanding of the things.

Hagberg, Garry, "Wittgenstein's Aesthetics", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

Read the complete essay, here.

9.3.15

A Naïve Place

These days, before the dawn, I am doing kind of extra-work

Non-profit work, if you dare. I am spending part of my time coding and developing a future app, which I want to represent a social place I have in mind

My idea is quite simple: One thing -- the app -- delivered via TCP/IP, allowing humans to interact between and share their own experiences

I am thinking to recover the now obsolete but essential figure of the moderator, it is planned to figure the abandoned figure of the super-admin too.
Who knows if I will succeed in to put the real values for these sub-applications

For this purpose, to make my idea alive, I am investing my time using a language that belongs to the old century. A language that was alive until the past decade

The language I am referring is named PHP, an acronym which does not stand for Personal Home Page anymore

Scripter. Even if writing programs or code, even if constructing or deconstructing, are not part of your daily life, even if you prefer to run projects or manage a business to make your daily live, it is a good and healthy habit to mantain the practice and to recover those good manners that made you to become the good person you are. A smart person has present no one gets hurt
by you, for writing a few lines of code. Scrivener

 
Below, you can see an excerpt of the future app. It's a simple interface

namespace model;

interface IDataBase
{

abstract function get($memberKey);
abstract function insert(array $memberValues);
abstract function update($idMember, array $memberValues);
abstract function delete($memberKey);

}
 
Interfaces. I do love interfaces

If you are able to figure, by the means of interfaces, that place I have in mind, you will realize why I am using on purpose PHP instead of any other modern language. The place I have in mind, is a place that was physically alive until the beggining of the past decade. A language may refer to a unique Lebensform, This app will be flavoured with a way of life of human beings. This is my honest intention. the presence of the more than 2000+ people that still, today, follow the brand all over the network. People born under punches and the new so-called millenials, too. Thus the reason to choose a language that was in its inception  focused in building personal home pages inside a unique domain 

You, dearest reader, can kill the cat around the flat, and unveil the skeleton of this future app, pointing your finger to this hyperlink

Say you will. You're welcome, again

Sympatico

(...) I kept trying to get behind the network interface, and kept being locked out, until the web came along. That was the opening I had been waiting for. All of a sudden I could write software that ran between the users. And some great things came out of it, from all of us. (...)
(..) They're nice to me, no complaints on a personal level, but when you come down to it, to them I'm a user, not a creative person. (...)
(...) I saw this when Microsoft wanted to "work with me" on RSS around the time Vista was in development. I thought they meant their code would work with mine. Eventually I realized that they wanted me to use their software and tell everyone it was wonderful. They saw me as a user. A weird kind of reporter. An unpaid PR consultant.
Dave Winer hits the nail, again. On being locked out. Here

3.3.15

Test Your System

Failed. We have detected that your operating system does not meet the optimal webcast specifications for listening to and/or viewing webcasts. (...)
We recommend the following operating systems: Windows 7 or Windows XP SP2, and Mac OS X 10.4. (...) Please note that users with older versions of Windows (Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 95), Mac, Linux, and Unix operating systems may or may not experience difficulties listening to and/or viewing webcasts. (...) Please contact your network administrator regarding any operating system upgrades.
 
Damn it, Jane. I though we were living in the XXIst century. Aren't we yet?

Here

2.3.15

Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity

The romantic image of an über-programmer is someone who fires up Emacs, types like a machine gun, and delivers a flawless final product from scratch.
A more accurate image would be someone who stares quietly into space for a few minutes and then says “Hmm. I think I’ve seen something like this before"
This is a cite taken from Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity, a great article written in the year 2009 by John D. Cook.

1.3.15

Nothing You Post Actually Matters

Very few people care what you're doing, whom you're with, where you're eating, or what you just bought, and the people who do were probably right next to you when you did it.

Uh, uh. Read it here.

17.2.15

Unretouched body

Recently I have been doing some backstage work for the team at BlogramaFM.

They choice Dreamhost Inc. as their trusted company to provide the hosting for its brilliant inititive.

BlogramaFM is, as amost start-ups are, in its inception. Their next step into the digital arena will be to reach the goal to to monetize ( via selected subscribers or ads ) the journalism they are offering, spreading and printing in the app.

To print is still a verb ( an action ) we use in deployment or/and development. An archaism.

The service behind the app deployed is provided by Dreamhost, a service dreamed up in Los Angeles, that works like a charm. The system , for the purpose to identify youas a client, uses a recognizing method less than excellent. See the image below.  It appears the form field and the gravatar associated to one, or two, email accounts. Thus, we can see that the corresponding gravatar appears linked email profile that we introduce in the form field.

Segonquart login at Dreamhost Inc.
Login Panel indicator
This action provides trust in me as a user, because of I see and perceive myself recognized and identified. No fingerprints. After I introduce my email, I clearly can recognize the logo that identifies me -- in this given example -- like an afficionado in this field. No doubt the system is talking to me, as a persona, which is a pretty good thing in business.

That's all.

In a forthcoming post, you will have more data, about how and why this service provider was choose. Having never used them before; it  did impress me a lot, the focus and efforts put on security and care for the customer by this company. This will be explained in second chapter, whenever it will, of what is named as case study.

14.2.15

Superfloppy

That was then, and was funny.
Hypermedia may be developed a number of ways.
Any programming tool can be used to write programs that link data from internal variables and nodes for external data files.
Multimedia development software such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Director, Macromedia Authorware, and MatchWare Mediator may be used to create stand-alone hypermedia applications, with emphasis on entertainment content.
Some database software such as Visual FoxPro and FileMaker Developer may be used to develop stand-alone hypermedia applications, with emphasis on educational and business content management.
via the Wikipedia.

Yes, might I miss the floppy disks, and also the black cats on the ceiling roof. But to have and to hold a SCSI Zip drive is priceless. Superfloppy.

11.2.15

Talks featured in the Deep Wild Web. A selfie.

Years ago, nearly a decade ago, the web and its standards were in its inception.

Or don't. Some of us -- my apologies for being as pedant as to include me (this yours truly ) in the Hall of the Voices Fame -- the so called freaks, or tender lovers, of the web standards, or the  semi-leaders Web 2.0 generation, were quite active with and in an Internet way of communication named mailing-lists. Call it, simply, "the list".


Mailing lists preceded web forums and can provide similar functionalities. When used in that fashion, mailing list are known as discussion lists or discussion forums.

Mailing lists preceded, too, what we know today as the social networks, ( i.e.: think of Mailchimp, to mention one ).

Networked communication through the use of hypermedia, newsgroups in the Internets, places where those announcement lists could be seen like an analogy to our corporate daily activity stream news or personal wall.

An imitation of life, because you know that mailing and public communications were traditionally done through the postal system.

Let's imagine a society with another form of digital communication. This was then. Build upon the shoulder of our preceding giants. The Internet was, in the beginning of our century, still a field reserved to pioneers who really understood the potential of the medium, aside of its technological basis.

Yes, unnecessity was part of the medium, too.

We, subscribers and creators in those lists, were like in our present world know as followers, but without a leader. In this scenario, we call her/him -- the leader --  a moderator. No likes, just dones. We are the mods.

One observation: These links I present to you here in this post, contain information and data.

They were arbitrated on what we know today as UX/UI, on the need of the use of web standards considered as a fine art, on communication in the field of technology, or on human relationships that were located inside the business ecosphere. Other subjects of attention can be mentioned too. Virtual spaces and virtual cities.

Most of this public talks were preceding, were also the foundation, of what we knew today as the Web 2.0: The slow process taking in the web to make subtly disappear the promoter admin figure.

Couple of  those links and threads belong to the castillian-speaking audience. Yes, there is always a good reason to learn or practice a new language. The web was that reason.

You might find in these links (URIs) conversations and mumblings.

Some of these conversations were far away from the needs of the wired net. No references to protocols, no references to chips neither storage, no mention either to any aspect of the web as a computational tool. No mention to technical publications. Not directly.

A mailing list is simply a list of e-mail addresses of people that are interested in the same subject, are members of the same work group, or who are taking class together.

You may face that this primitive form of publishing is not really far away from the tools we know and we use now to publish: Emoticons, attached files, polls, other features, et al. It represents the pleasure to talk and the need to communicate and collaborate between us, humans.

What it is most important of these old data, is that  you --  dearest reader  -- might realize that, this informations, are still disposable and accessible now with the use of our modern devices. That was the web invented for, isn't that?

A final consideration: You might want to take all these links and the information contained within, as a useful resource, or as an example of impersonal improvement.

No sockpuppets. Good for you. Not even a selfie, self-promoter, besides the irony hidden in the title of this post.

Think of it as a credential letter. Opened to the stream.

Quite normal. In the year 2014, the self-ism was finally conceived as a not-really-good-thing to do.


9.2.15

Reassuming Work: A Theme

Rotulos Sagarra SA - copyright Segonquart Studio 2013
Rotulos Sagarra SA - Segonquart Studio 2013

Rotulos Sagarra SA is a century-old company, based in BCN.
They are dedicated to signage, monoliths, ceilings, and corporate signage elements.

In the year 2013, this centenary company relied on the expertise of Segonquart Studio, and this yours truly, and put their trust in us; for their digital marketing strategy, art direction, advice and consultancy, for their presence in the web, and their commerce in the digital world. The project, the approach and solution I offered, was finished in 2014 and this year 2015 has its renewal. What means that it works.

The app was conceived, drawed and crafted by hand; and published as a unique theme to be used inside that fabulous content management system named Wordpress CMS.

Done as an exercise of coding. n innovate model of navigation that follows the present standards. Some cracking ideas were left in the boxes. Because for the needs of this company, Wordpress offers a clear, intuitive and strong back-end management system for those team-officers who will manage the enterprise app.

An app for the desktop and the tablet surfaces.

Mobile version is slightly different. Have a look.

17.1.15

PHP in the year 2015

Conceived as a good practice tool, like steroids.

Segonquart Studio on PHP steroids

10.1.15

Meaningful

The first thing we mean is that life should be about more than material success. The person leading a meaningful life has found some way of serving others that leads to a feeling of significance.
The Problem With Meaning, an opinion written in the form of an article by Mr. David Brooks. Read it there, at the NYT.

21.12.14

Van

I do not do anything with computers, although one of my little results in mathematical logic has become a tool of the computer theory, the Quine McCluskey principle. And corresponds to terminals in series, or to those in parallel, so that if you simplify mathematical logical steps, you have simplified your wiring.
I arrived at it not from an interest in computers, but as a pedagogical device, a slick way of introducing that way of teaching mathematical logic.

Willard Van Orman Quine, author of The Web of Belief ,whom I had the honor and pleasure of attending, as one of the audience at one of his lectures at the UB, in Europe. Circa the late eighties or early nineties, who minds. Who knows.

30.11.14

You are the product

Segonquart Studio has re-edited its public page in this social network named Facebook.

Not part from a strategy of advertisement neither promotion, but a simple step to get a virtual presence in which once was the best community platform.

This social platform is used for the convenience of the so-called rivers ; also known as activity streams [ A word you well know, in case you are still one of those mates that makes an extensive use of Drupal ].

This social platform, that has been, as we have heard in the news, and since 2011, surfing against other social initiatives like Google+, my favourite one.

Today, the Facebook Team of developers are ahead of its time. Truly. hey produce and deliver products that, from a developer and scienific perspective of view, are less but excellent.

This is the simple reason why Segonquart, as a services and communications company, owns  a presence and a space in the social network referred.

Join us. Here

29.11.14

Meteor-ized

Segonquart Studio on Meteorids
SegonquartStudio 2014

11.11.14

Productivity

SegonquartStudio
2qt at work

2.11.14

Stereotypes On Middle Aged Men and Women

here:
These technologies will make it possible to create the next trillion-dollar industries and to better our lives. But they require knowledge of fields such as medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and nanotechnology. They require experience, an understanding of the problems people face, and cross-disciplinary skills. All of these come with age and experience, which middle-aged entrepreneurs have in abundance. That is why we need to get beyond the stereotypes and realize that older entrepreneurs are going to better the world.
and there:
“It’s unclear to me how long VCs will subsidize experiments to see what else 24 year olds can do with their iPhone that has close to zero intrinsic value and does not solve even a perceived problem.”
via venturebeat news, and marketwatch.

1.11.14

The State of HTML5

These are some of my impressions on the current state of the HTML5 spec , and other interesting facts.
I am quite impressed after reading -- myself me just staring at the list, and not feeling able to comment commenting because of a mix of respect and an intrinsical shyness -- part of the content discussed in the public mailing list, of the wonderful team at [whatwg], the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.
  1. The behavior of HTML is well-defined. 
  2. Rendering is the domain of CSS
  3. "%" does not have an RFC 3986 representation.
  4. There is a HTML4  test suite - but it is not executable yet.

Thanks for these imprints, Via Tab Atkins Jr., Anne Van Kesteren, and all the team.

Note: Terms explained. If in doubt. The public list is here, and you might want too take part. Since 2004.

29.10.14

Multitasking

Many times, most of them, we all use neologisms, or oxymorons, to refer to our daily activities.

Take a simple and clear example: Multitasking.

We hear or read this neologism, daily, in our present times.

The word refers, as I am able to understand and to interpret it, to some kind of capacity that a human being has,
canbeing her able to perform more than one task with simultaneity, through the use of a medium
a medium that we useto make ordinary, or extraordinary, things. For example, to use a computer.

The compound word multitasking arises from our everyday experience. An experience we daily have with the means of production each of us use. It does not refer to something alien to our intrinsic lives, but to the perception of an activity, until now, not widely noticed.

Segonquart Stuido Desktop screen
Multitasking: An example in Delfi Ramirez's desktop

The visual metaphor of the "desktop" --- showed to us by the mean of "the screen from a computer" -- is like a simile to the physical object we
knowrefer as the classic desktop. The table, the desk, the object we have in the shop or in the office, or in our workplace.

Through a computer, we feel the sense and perception to be "from the outside". For this, We,"the observers" could
beneed a new compuond word, a neologism that refers to an activity that,so far,
weit has been
had goneunnoticed. This is :

Multitasking comes after the onset of the visual metaphor of "the desktop", and after the perception of it, through the peripherial screen of a computer. One
or seenrealizes that it's true; that, for a moment, our desktop is cluttered and messy.

But thisMultitasking, as a fact, is nothing new. Engineers should not be concerned among. It has always been part of our daily lives.

21.10.14

Links For Tonight

Ending October,  a couple of links to articles and writings that may enhance your vision and goals or serve as inspiration in your future and present projects. Choose between REST or SOAP.

Why Google is Hurrying the Web to Kill SHA-1
And it's a funny story about MD5, because, like SHA-1, it was discovered to be breakably weak a very long time ago, and then, like SHA-1, it took a horrifying number of years to rid the internet of it.
Gradually sunsetting SHA-1
SHA-1's use on the Internet has been deprecated since 2011, when the CA/Browser Forum, an industry group of leading web browsers and certificate authorities (CAs) working together to establish basic security requirements for SSL certificates, published their Baseline Requirements for SSL.
SHA1 Deprecation: What You Need to Know
Ensure new certificate and their chains use SHA256; this is critical—if your new certificates are not guaranteed to be SHA256 then all your other efforts will be pointless.
End to End security, or why you shouldn’t drive your motorcycle naked
Today I had to explain to my girlfriend the difference between the expressive power of WS-Security as opposed to HTTPS. She’s a computer scientist, so even if she doesn’t know all the XML mumbo jumbo she understands (maybe better than me) what encryption or signature means.
Secure Web Services: REST over HTTPS vs SOAP + WS-Security.
Which is better? [closed]

19.10.14

1994

Dave Winer explains at Scripting why he started blogging in 1994, so you should do it, too.
The Mac was the best machine for creating content for the web.

18.10.14

Helvetica

Years ago, it was trendy in our website design/develop little world, a film entitled "Helvetica" .

Today I have read the following in an article:

What about this change to Helvetica?” you ask. It ties to the only significant point in yesterday’s iMac announcement: Retina displays. Just take a look at Helvetica on any high-fidelity screen, and you see a crisp, economical, and adaptable type system.

Apple Doesn't design for yesterday, is the article written by Mr.Eric Karjaluoto where he exposes the explain of the Tomorrow, as the choice for the change to Helvetica featured in the new Apple devices.

Apple  Inc. -- for  dinosaurs m like me -- is one of the most conservative companies capable in our days  to respect and to understand the origins and the meanings of the human culture and the sense and mean of communications and representation of information.

The choice for Helvetica is an homage to the past and the classicism. Back in 1995, there was floating around our screens the Helvetica, a typography, which few electronical devices were capable to represent it through zeros and bytes.

Few electronical devices and computers, but Macintosh, where the swiss font was native from the beginning to its operating system. And that was good, because in other case, you would have -- and  you still have -- to buy a license for using it.

Don't believe it?, Just go to Linotype and see it for yourself.
Helvetica is a sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 (!!!) by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann.

It wasn't called like this always. Not in its origin. In 1960 the name was changed to Helvetica (an adaptation of "Helvetia", the Latin name for Switzerland).

 The choice for Helvetica is not a simple minded look at the forthcoming future; but an homage to the design of the yesterday and first and last and always.

17.10.14

96 bit leaders

Jon Postel Internet Map 82
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Painting Canvases

 Mr. Chad Austin says:

".. a low level API is exactly what's missing. IMO, the idea that browsers should provide convenient, high-level, spot solutions to some common problems is flawed. 

Instead, the browser should expose the lowest-level, most-capable APIs and let libraries sort out the convenience and common idioms. [...] 

 I want to be able to fill a page with a thousand img tags and specify that they download in order of distance from the viewport. I want to be able to set priorities of XMLHttpRequests. I want to be able to set XHR priorities relative to image loads (that actually came up _today_ in profiling our application). I want to be able to deprioritize arbitrary resources after first paint. I want to adjust priorities as the application is being used."

Excellent observation. Start from the base. A clever, savvy detection of needs required, or desired, by people like you and me, in order to publish and play with standards in the web browsers. The most-capable APIs. The ability to set priorities.

An observation figured in the the public mailing list for technical discussion of WHAT Working Group specifications, a community of people interested in evolving HTML and related technologies.

You may want to follow, read or communicate in their/our thread [whatwg] Preloading and deferred loading of scripts and other resources, here.


11.10.14

How Green Was Your Valley

Developers might have noticed a subtle change of methods and tools during the last decade.

Only seven years ago, a photographer, an artist, an scripter, a cartoonist, they all were  people who brought culture to the products,  people who could develop fantastic ideas and bring them to the web using mostly an authoring tool.

The client speaks. The client needs. You figure out what you like about it and what you want to incorporate into your idea, and you take it further and do something new with it.

That was then, when the goal was "to bring a liberal arts perspective and a liberal arts audience to what had traditionally been a very geeky technology and a very geeky audience".

Authoring tools helped to spread this noble vision. And brought something new, personal, glittering to the fine art of surfacing the Web.

Authoring tools were , only seven years ago or less, the ones you needed to become a professional and entitle you as developer.

CSS or Javascript were only for artists then, remember that Johnny?.

Authoring tools were funny to use. Sometimes, I must confess, I miss them a little bit.

Flasn MX Web Authoring Tool
Macromedia Flash MX

Editor's note: The image above shows one of the possible authoring tools that were used at the time for publishing  to the web. So that kind of web was something like the one we know today.

This authoring tool figured, was active and operational from 1999 until 2002, although it was used by developers until late 2010 from our era. It was feasible for both operation systems, Windows and Macintosh.


How things are.