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
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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.
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