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.

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+, or Medium my favourites.

In our days it is necessary obligatory to say that the Facebook team of developers are ahead of its time. Truly. They produce and deliver products that, from a developer and scientific perspective of view, are less but excellent.

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

Join us. Here

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.

The State of HTML5

Here comes a brief of my impressions on the current state of the HTML5 spec, mixed together with other facts that may be of your interest.

HTML5 spec refers to the entities, objects, models and etceteras of the structural language HTML used in part by humans and partly by this communication tools we know as the web and the hypertext and the transfers.


  1. The behaviour 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.


WHATWG is the acronym for the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. a group you must have heard about. They are experts, really.

Gratitude for these imprints, via Tab Atkins Jr., Anne Van Kesteren, and all the team.

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

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, for humans 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 all the perception of the it, through the peripherial screen of a computer. One
or seenrealizes that this might be true; and that, for a moment, our desktop is cluttered and messy.
However, this
Multitasking, as a fact, is nothing new. Engineers should not be concerned among. It has always been part of our daily lives.

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]

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.

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 electronic devices were capable to represent it through zeros and bytes.

Few electronic 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.

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, savvied detection of needs required, or desired, by people like you and me, in order to publish and play with standards and 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 at [whatwg] Preloading and deferred loading of scripts and other resources, here.


How Green Was Your Valley

Developers might have noticed a subtle change of methods and tools over the past decade.

just seven years ago, a photographer, an artist, an scripter, a cartoonist, 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, 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 to the new, personal, glittering fine art of surfacing and building 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 which were in heavily used then for publishing into 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. How things gone.

A Labour Of Love.

The web of 2014 is in the middle of a huge battle to force people to write the stuff in the same place people read it. Whether you hate advertising or not doesn't matter, it's all part of the same system. You make me, as a writer, choose either to give it all to you, or none to you. And yet the underlying network that doesn't have these limits.
The manifesto for web writing, by and via Scripting. Feel free to comment.

.StartsWith ( "Windows 9" )

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 ran into a bit of a snag with "family 8."  For those not schooled in the ways of binary, the decimal number 8 is "1000" in binary.  That's four binary digits . . . four bits.
Four bits.  Remember that, because it's important.
When Windows NT 4.0 and its six service packs were released, the largest CPU family code was 6. That's "110" in binary . . . only three bits.  So the NT code only looks at the first three bits of the CPU family when configuring the system.
If you haven't figured it out by now, the first three bits of 8 are zero, zero and, you guessed it, zero.  Windows NT goes wacko when it sees a CPU family zero.  Serious wacko.  Jack with an axe at the end of The Shining wacko.
Since Windows 2000 wasn't in wide release at the time, and Intel wanted to avoid this tech support issue, the family code had to be changed to avoid a conflict with Windows NT.
So now the family code for the Pentium 4 is 15,  or "1111" in binary,  so the first three bits look like 'CPU family 7' to Windows NT.  Of course, this wasn't revealed to software developers outside of a non-disclosure agreement ( NDA ) till the official release of the Pentium 4.

Truth is hard. A story originally published oneWednesday, 20 December 2000; that you can fully read here.

Via Jeff Atwood.

Serve It Chilled

Yahoo! quickly became the most popular search engine on the web.

By search engine, I mean the generic term of any service that helps you locate information, rather than the more technical one of a service that locates information by “crawling” pages automatically and allowing you to keyword search to find any pages that match your keywords.

The distinction is important, because it lead to Yahoo’s eventual downturn as a search resource and directly to the coming closure of the Yahoo! Directory that was announced today.

A “directoryrelies on humans to review websites, summarise them with short descriptions and organize them into a categories.

When Yahoo! started, this system was effective, because there weren’t that many pages on the web (relatively speaking) and automated search technology to organise websites wasn’t very good.


We are hearing today the sad news: Yahoo!Directory, an initiative built twenty years ago, closes it doors forever. Yahoo! Directory was the first service that Yahoo! offered. It is closing today, after twenty years of service.

Some random toughs and a short collection of memories that you may find of use,  come to my mind. 

Look, I still hold a personal email account, the one I solicited in the year 1996. My first email account, before then, was with Netscape Inc. A sadly missed one. delfin@netscape.com

From those two email accounts, years ago, This yours truly started a life into a whole new world: Subscriptions, search engines, lots -- if not tons -- of websites, of stories, of protocols which offered me and you a kind of an invisible invitation to be and take part of the Internet.

Technique and approaches used in the Middle Age


Those were the days when we build webpages in a similar manner as you build  today cool webpages using, for example, AngularJS .

Not every browser supported then Javascript.

Clients wanted to track their benefits and cookies were not allowed in the banking ecosphere. Just to mention one.

Design was cool. To code for the web was cool.  Actionscript was new and cooler too. It was an hybrid between Javascript and Perl, embedded in the Macromedia Flash. virtual machine. Like Docker. WithActionScript,  we were good and capable to ...Well, to build animated GIFs.

Optimised, small-sized and unsharpen bitmaps of information.


No PNGs allowed. Just GIFs. That was really an advance!. Imagine: 28kpb/s.

Okay, nothing was ideal neither perfect, then.

 In those early days, some huge companies built their entire sites using only tables, links and images ( remember that Adobe ImageReady's ability to File > Save For Web & Devices?) . Click and go, click and buy. IFrames. Image Maps.

Then was when  indie agencies took over the role. The web development market. Cyberpunks.

We are humans using machines. A tool is just a tool for our purposes. You need a perfectly hand-crafted website. The one that would let you be indexed in a human controlled search directory. We were aware of the fragile ecosystem the web was then. Optimized pages for slow connections and also to prevent a saturation of the web- servers around. We had a conscience that nothing was free, and that the Energy was a simple transformation of Energy itself. So we used and discriminated the information served carefully. Servers crashed.

Hand-crafted websites where more than a simple template modified. Hand-crafted websites were your real business, built with web standards or with sophisticate plugins in a digital manner. Hand-crafted websites and clean code are information structured, clean code and meta names were a real necessity for you and for the humans who were behind collecting data and serve the web using the services a Directory offers. A service that helps you locate information.

Human beings then, were enough smart to classify, to discriminate, to interpret and to write correctly the meta descriptions or meta keywords that would flavoured your web content. Are you real a human?. Welcome. No captcha's needed. A naïve world.  Web Standards were here to stay.

And it is very difficult nearly impossible -- believe me -- to understand the philosophy behind the Web Standards or its real meaning, if you never relied upon the experience that a real human being is working behind a directory of re-collected websites.

We -- people from the web -- a.k.a. designers, coders, hypercard afficionados, marketers, software-makers, sysadmins et al didn't know neither meet us one each other in person. We were living in different continents all over the world.
Couple of  us had then names figuring cats or pets as identity. Hey, inno456Bett, how d'ydo?.

It was like a huge IRC Channel disco party were everybody was invited.

Always accepting the common rules of a not written nettiquete.

And far away that personal and mutual acknowledgement between us, we helped us mutually as colleagues do. Really.

It was in that scenario the urgent  need to work with the simple finality to help and to serve on each other, being the other that person or this company which wanted a website and needed to be found in the World Wide Web.

We were there to avoid that your website was rejected from a directory for not accomplishing it needs. For you, to be found and read and to be known worldwide, directories were huge and cool.

Directories are, still, cool.



Mr. Danny Sullivan offers a complete explanation and a short story come, of this sad news and of the beginnings of the search engines as we knew it, here.

A highly recommended read for you, my dearest newbie, to understand the digital web world we are living in. Your turn.

The Importance of Being A Performer

Quoted from Jeff , who brings some light into our circus arena:
A great conference is like a great playlist or LP; every song should contribute, and the sequence in which they are heard should have an inevitability to it, like the song sequence on your favorite albums. The order in which sessions take place is critical; there should be music to the ebb and flow; related ideas should be presented in blocks that help attendees see connections across sessions and topics.
A brief note, written in the form of paragraphs, to make us understand why a name does not really matter when you are experiencing the flying trapeze method.

 In case you have ever been on stage giving a conference, or there is a plan to will, you might want offer not a personal, but a designed experience.

Read his delightful introduction on this subject here.

Standalone

The tech just isn’t there yet. Apple is already setting expectations for single-day battery life for the Apple Watch, at best. Adding cellular networking would make that significantly worse — and add physical heft.
Well noticed. Via Daring Fireball.

Some Links of Use

Ending September,  a couple of links to articles and writings that may enhance your vision and goals or serve as inspiration, when tiime arrives to fix the scope or the initial steps for a business project. Choose between Data or Graph.

Starbucks Reinvented
Could the company continue to grow while preserving its culture and values? In some areas, the drive to expand, egged on by Wall Street, was compromising the company's ability to invest in its partners (Starbucks' term for its employees), deliver personalized customer service, and maintain a close connection to the local community.
The Business of Climate Change
What is the role of business and its leaders in creating positive climate change?
It wouldn't kill Twitter to do text
Each tweet comes with a huge amount of metadata. Would it spoil the magic of Twitter to accept a few paragraphs of text along with a tweet the same way it works for pictures and videos?.
5 Ways To Monitor DNS Traffic For Security Threats
This involves using sensors at resolvers to create a database that contains every DNS transaction (query/response) through a given resolver or set of resolvers.

The Thrill Was Gone

 An excerpt. A sharp observation figured in the blog Scripting News:
"(...) I pointed to a Seth Godin piece that I loved that said if you give up your keyboard you give up your power. He wasn't saying that virtual keyboards are no good. Though that's how Scoble (and honestly quite a few others) responded. He was saying (to me) let's not turn the Internet into another television."
 Let's not turn it  into another actual or present form of television.  I must say that the  television --  that talking box with talking heads inside it -- is as boredom as any other channel of mass-media communication known until now. Except the original Internet, of course. That was amazing. New, simple, naïve, thrilling. Geocities was gone, the thrill was gone.

Television, the kind of entertaintment that is measured by an audience. That might sound good.  If audience were less than lonely people with nothing to do each other. Maybe your target is a respectable audience of lovely and lonely grandmothers needed of human companion. 
I still remember the phrase that man told to us a  decade ago "ads between programs serve to the purpose that the families can leave their sits, and go for a moment or to the kitchen or to the sink". 
The actual television,  must evolve and become something profitable , for you, for  me and for the common wealth of the unknown audience worldwide.
This is not about the need to build or re-vamp a new kind of gadget. You do not need that. To turn the Internet into another form of television is the need of the people that actually works in this televised medium.  Because they -- the actual makers -- do not know any other form of living. They have been too much time into it, to see other interesting aspects of this televised medium.  The need for the Internet to not become another form of television is our real need, if some form of Television must go on.

Listen, we do not have enough space in the room  for more gadgets. Really. Now that we will have robots, there is no need for you to have,  nor to  hold,  in your room another dummy robotic silver screen with sound incorporated.  Having the IRC Channels, who needs to chat in front of other people?

There is a a chance for that future Televison and for the Internet. A real option. There is a  subtle possibility to turn on Television into something magic. This is : To stay away, far away from  the model of communication this Television we know has represented until now. The Internet meant sharing common knowledge while having some kind of privacy. The Television never meant that.

Let's face it: We do not have yet a generation of humans, human beings where the so called millenials are included, who are really able to decide or  evenmake how the future model of television will be and look like.

Simply because we have no model from the past.  Simply because of the reason that there has not been yet any sophisticated , neither a suitable model for the broadcasting of a still or moving image via radiowaves to receivers that project a view of the image on a picture tube.  Apart from the one we know since the fifties in the past century.  Simply because of those reasons,  it does not mean there is no other model.
Hey millenial, mention to me one suitable new aspect of that television if you can. Define Television. I do not see one. I can code, you can code, we all use the Internet, but have some advantage: I also know the tricks of the mass-media model. I have been working in and out and for huge media corporations, during my professional career.

The term vision  has disappeared from the compound word "television". If it ever was. Popcorn and farts. From black and white to colour, and viceversa. This is over.

Now, in the second decennium of our XXIst century, we have plenty of time to not spare time. Not at all.

So you , television man or television woman,  do imagine a new form of communication using that old form of stained glass.

Java 7 AND Windows OS 7

Might you need help in case you are working under a Netbeans IDE on Windows version 6.0.6002 [ aka Windows 7 ] if, for several reasons your system is dealing with an obsolete  File Transfer Protocol

Well, take these four easy steps:
  1. Run command cmd
  2. crtl+Shift+Enter to assign administrator privileges
  3. type: netsh advfirewall set global StatefulFTP disable  
  4. Upload 


Do not forget we are living in the second decennial of this, our XXIst millenium.

Return to the future, rewind the tape, and please, upgrade your operating system.

Those instructions given can make up your day.

Welcome to VAX/VMS Version 1.60

'Analysis' is 'design' spelled backwards

Re-reading Plan 9, a source of inspiration, by the missed genius and human person too,  Mr. Dennis Ritchie.

Addenda:
Deepening into his life, in my modest opinion, one of his best advices is figured in Wikiquote, cited here below as a reminder:
Computer science research is different from these more traditional disciplines. Philosophically it differs from the physical sciences because it seeks not to discover, explain, or exploit the natural world, but instead to study the properties of machines of human creation.

In this it as analogous to mathematics, and indeed the "science" part of computer science is, for the most part mathematical in spirit. But an inevitable aspect of computer science is the creation of computer programs: objects that, though intangible, are subject to commercial exchange.

Blograma FM

Blograma FM, a dedicated child theme of the superb Nowell theme, is the last dish refactored by your favourite new media and development studio : Segonquart Studio.

Blograma FM by Segonquart Studio
Blograma FM by Segonquart Studio 2014

Funny isn't that?

The receipt: The main idea for the whole development was, as you may perceive, to not touch, not to distort, but rather enhance the excellent work done by the team of developers of the theme Nowell.For this reason, time were spent in the enhancement of security protocols and server responses, following the agile approach to use as less plugins as possible.

The cooking: Following the motto "Mobile first" we concentrated our efforts working on the details, leaving the main resolution of this app to the original template.  For the main resolution I mean the process of visual communication and treatment of data.

As an example: To force an HTTPS display -- yes, that trend --  we wrote a customized .ht implementationn, considering it was a best approach than the plugin solution the Wordpress framework platform offers for free.

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule ^ 
https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Two simple lines of code, for a software extension -- a subtheme - which required more or less than 2000 lines of  hand-madecode.

The table: You might want to browse the code to dicosver or find a little bunches of subtle aromated etceteras.

The result: Blograma FM is our last re-creation. You might want to have a look at the final result here. Worth its value.

Stunneling

Due to the importance and relevance of the HTTP +TSL protocol { a.k.a. HTTPS } in our days and in the future of the web, this yours truly has been practising and playing these days located in Europe, not with fire, but with Stunnel.

The stunnel program is designed to work as an SSL encryption wrapper between remote client and local ( inetd-startable ) or remote server.

Nearly a decade ago, circa October 2004, one of Stunnel's most common uses was encrypting communications between POP or IMAP mail servers and e-mail clients.

Stunnel in a PC local machine
It could be tricky for permissions, but back onto those days Stunnel was useful even to encrypt other services like MySQL transactions to prevent wiretapping, as Mr. Barry O'Donovan pointed in Linux Gazzette.
This method can be used to encrypt any service where neither the server nor the client are SSL-enabled. Common examples include CVS, MySQL, etc.
The last update of Stunnel is dated

There is an Android, a desktop and other port downloadable ready for you to be installed. The source code is released under the GNU General Public License and, as such, is freely available for download and installation.

Garamond

Ecofont saves toxic ink and toner, while maintaining readability. We believe it is important to save the precious natural resources of our planet. For ourselves and for future generations.
Developing the last project, here at the Segonquart Studio headquarters, I faced a problem:

There is the real need for the content to be printed, or at least the need to facilitate this possibility to the audience and visitors.

For this simple reason, there has to be decides what favours over the interests of the audience and community solution. 

After investigating and conducting a brief feasibility study, I found EcoFont


A solution belonging to typographic world enabling sustainable resource-saving and clear evidence of its usefulness. I calculate the savings our client may have by offering this tempered solution.

Then, I wrote a simple declaration pointing to an URI in the CSS print stylesheet which goes to the directory from where resource is served,

So one can print in paper the complete edition or some single articles from the server/website, in a sustainable way.

As you may have noticed -- looking at the clean code of the mentioned project, the choice was Ecofont. They believe -- like we do -- that it is important to save the precious natural resources of our planet for ourselves and future generations.

RFC 3987 Handling

...an IRI is defined as a sequence of characters, not as a sequence of octets. This definition accommodates the fact that IRIs may be written on paper or read over the radio as well as stored or transmitted digitally.
Internationalized Resource Identifiers are a complement to URIs , and a new protocol element that is in common use for internationalization.

Language on the Web is a good point to get started.

Autumn 2014

Some brave news from your favourite new media & design studio { a.k.a Segonquart}.

As it has been said, as I've heard, the team are branding and cooking , and this yours truly is somehow involved on to that, an old cow.

They say it will be ready to serve chilled -- that is , it will be in beta -- around Autumn. 2104.

If you are hungry,  you can have a taste and see the flavour and how it will look like.

Click here, download the archive and use MS Excel to view it.

More than words

Mr. Jason Thibeault says in his article via The Pulse
...status post after status post about themselves and their kids... And I’d venture to guess that you are checking these status updates more often than you realise. Which is a clear sign that you need to check, just like you might need another cigarette, or another drink.
Well, why not, instead, keep maintaining social moods through a blog?

What I do most like about we-blogging is its un-addictiveness. Weblogs are a non-addictive process of communication behaviour expressed in the formal way of doing things by example.

Communication is not only inherent to our human nature, it also conforms itself our daily activities. We are born into language. A dialect for each buying, each talking, each waving, each liking or even each disliking.

A weblog is a collection of thinks, or remarks, or bookmaklets, or guess whatever is a collection of personal content or of -- using marketing terms -- interests.

Weblogs face the two aspects of interaction and communication: the self and the social.

And face those aspects in a much wider, discrete and human way than focusing as a simple but effective activity stream of generated content. A weblog reflects those interests an editor/publisher/narrator/photographer/marketer wants to express by creating content and publishing it to the web.

You interact with weblogs ( We-blog, I-blog, She-blogs ) in quite different and interesting moods, enhancing the way communication flows and the data interacts. Not only as a reader. You can subscribe to them, or you might get involved with another them, in a elegant manner.

A weblog is more than a simple set or collection of words subtly curated and carefully published by its editor. Imagine: You can even alter the chronological fact tied behind them.

A weblog is not only social. Is much more than a simple social thing.

The Coolest Protocol Ever

  • Email was a newsfeed
  • Email was the primary means of direct social communication on the Internet. 
  • Email was a digital package-delivery service
  • Email was the primary mode of networked work communication
Alexis C. Madrigal bangs on the door with a stirring and yet exciting article about the Email, also known as the SMTP Internet protocol. The best tool, ever.
Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled "web we lost." It's an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.
Being a younger-than-millenial does not equals to be stupid neither a fool. Your personal data belongs to you. And email fits well your need for proprietorship. If any.

Relax, have a read to this article, use your email, and stay well.

#strongerthan


I have been kindly invited by  Jason, Karina and Sinead - The Blog Action Day Team, to spread Malala day, so you are too.

Blog Action Day was founded by Collis & Cyan Ta’eed in 2007. With the support of their team at Envato in Australia, as well as numerous volunteers, they recruited thousands of bloggers to blog about the issue of Environment on October 15, 2007 – making the first Blog Action Day an immediate and quite unexpected success.

Your choice.

Purple

Picasso made ​​an extensive use of the colour purple in his works. Purple is -- as I learned -- a completely artificial colour, only seen in nature when one takes his/her glasses off and blinks her/his own eyes. Purple is the new black.

Thinking on the post of Jeff

Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399.
Heaven and angels look purple from now on.

ID

The Philip K. Dick novel “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said” is about a minor celebrity that loses his identity overnight. He wakes up to find that he has no identification, no record in databases, and a very real problem: He was once known by many, but now is no longer even a citizen. 
 Deranges of the virtual non-physical identity that we must consider before making hypotheses.

Swear It Out Loud

...Of course, I’m old enough to re­mem­ber when we had to haul the in­di­vid­u­al bits that made up our pro­grams an hour up­hill in a rag­ing snow­storm and put them to­geth­er with white glue… Se­ri­ous­ly, the tools get bet­ter and bet­ter each year.
When a programmer’s writ­ing or chang­ing code, she or he is ac­tu­al­ly edit­ing a text file. So the tool is at some lev­el a text ed­i­tor; but it’s not like any­thing you’d use to write a son­net or bud­get overview...
An excellent approach and a short narration about the fine art of programming, about over­priv­i­leged males with an ex­clu­sion prob­lem, about --most at all-- what programers do.

From the savvied knowledge point of view of  Mr. Tim Bray.

An article that you might want to read in his blog, here.

Carpe Noctem

The wrong market was chosen
Google Glass could be a very important tool for professional use, and not just some kind of consumer tech toy on the face of a Stanford educated hipster from Mission Bay. Anyone operating a truck, a train, a taxi, a boat or an airplane could be demanding better data to help them navigate quicker and safer. Machine operators could be fed up to the minute information about a manufacturing process. Police and security personnel could receive data about threats around them to better protect the public. The list goes on. 
Google should have taken this device to a specific market and worked with the developers in that industry to create business-use applications that would be used to help companies provide better services. In turn, the public would be intrigued about this important and serious tool. It would not be ridiculed if it were shown to have a useful business application. And it would’ve gone a long way to justifying the $1,500 per unit price too.
Gene Marks, on Forbes, about the miss in making an idea wearable before it goes to the common good.

Singularity

The Singularity is a concept that has gained enormous currency in Silicon Valley. Several decades from now, the story goes, man will effectively merge with machine. This is seen not so much as a bold prediction but an inevitability. And the benefits will be historic. We will be able to solve problems that once seemed insurmountable. The exponential growth of computing power will create a future of abundance. We will live forever, in one form or another.
That singularity concept seemed to be right, before Geocities was closed, or down, might I say. Circa 2009.

Rights and Creators

The only secure method of protecting software is not giving it to the user.
You'll notice you can't "pirate" Google Docs, for example.
Ultimately, if you're trying to secure something, you have to assume they have full knowledge of anything you give them. You can't trust the client. This applies to preventing piracy just as much as it does to protecting a system against being compromised.

Via Ars Technica.

The Weight Of Perfection

... CSS and JavaScript joined forces to form the Technology of Terror: DHTML ... DHTML, which stands for "distributed HTML", was the final feather in our cap of web development tools. It would stand the test of time, ensuring that we could make snowflakes fall from the top of the page, or build an accordion menu animated image map, or building your own custom marquee except using semantic tags like div ... DHTML helped transition web development from a hobbyist pastime into a full-fledged profession. Sites like Dynamic Drive meant that instead of thinking through creative solutions for problems you face, you could just copy and paste this 50 line block of code and everything would be fixed ...
In effect, DHTML was the Twitter Bootstrap of the time.
Zacharias Holman nails the nail in your memory card, with his excellent article Only 90s Web Developers Remember This .
I miss the good ol' days, too. Worth a read.

Focusing

And so we had to decide, what are the fundamental directions we’re going in? And what makes sense and what doesn’t? And there were a bunch of things that didn’t. And microcosmically they might have made sense; macrocosmically they made no sense. And you know, the hardest thing is… you think about focusing, right? You think, “Well, focusing is saying yes”. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.
John Gruber quoting Steve Jobs. An excellent article that can be read here

Widget

The actual physical representation of an interface element. The term widget is most often used when discussing the physical appearance of a document. Widgets include buttons, listboxes, and checkboxes.
Programming Firefox, written by Mr. Kenneth C. Feldt, includes an excellent definition of the widely sprtead term widget. The book it's available through O'Reilly publishers here.

In case XUL matters to you. And XML, of course.

Case Studies in Miscommunication

...the CEO is really seeking, and the CEO calmly responds “I want GOD! I want a rockstar programmer who has developed highly sophisticated machine learning algorithms, has built a distributed back-end big data platform, and has started a company!
Dmitri respectfully responds back: “I wish you the best of luck finding that person.”
Analyzing the Analyzers, a brand new introspective survey of Data scientists and their work, published in June 2013 by O'Reilly Strata, is a book I have on my nighstand. Highly recommended.

Model Driven Semantic Web

In contrast to GPML, domain - specific modeling languages (DSML) capture the essential concepts of a limited domain. They address specific applications.
An Example of DSML is the W3C HyperText Markup Language (HTML).
Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering is a book written by Fernando Rivas, focusing on the next enterprise computing era, that I have the pleasure to read these days, and I bought it, here

Server Error

Things that happens in our everyday living. Might be good to know that lovely corporations like Dell, might have exceptions, like you and me do have. Because of exceptions are the norm, in most of the cases, in our everyday living.

Unhandled Exception
Use the stack tracer
Unhandled exceptions during the execution of the current web request, were and still are our daily bread. The rest is silence.

Note from the editor:  Please, do not read this post as if it was kind of a critical post, neither a mention of  failure, but a plea on how things in the Internet, and in the code of web applications works: Requests, and handling them against a server.
If machines behave like humans, to err is human. 

Update [12:53.00 January,31 2014] The matter of this post, Ausnahme, begleitet von einem Bild, has been quickly and professionally solved by now. The link placed outside the object image points to the expected URL
 

Ghosts

Ghost is my favourite blogging  framework in these, our days.

It might sound strange that I recommend a you bloggin platform - I mean, a platform specifically build to write posts and publish them in the www - from here, your favourite blog. Because of I have no personal interest in promoting a paltform of which I have no direct involvement, one may only guess that when a product is well done, one must tip the hat. And Ghost is really good,and using it becomes a pleasure.

Dedicated writers, professors, scientists or literates who want to have control of their work should have a try to the Ghost platform. Developers and marketers may find an opportunity in the Ghost marketplace.

To fell in love with a ghost, you only need a personal server, a domain and the ability to write.

Ghost now is version 0.4. Kids are growing up faster in these, our days.



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