Loving Spirit. Happy Festives.

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.
Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
Shirley Temple


Or how to take care of your project, why to analyse and to prevent the facts because of minding your ideas is important ; especially if a lovely child can ruin your brand.

The many faces of loving spirits and its inaccuracies. Think 'bout this,  if you belong to the world of the analysis of risks. Or the world of digital innovation. Or whatever.

Via Lapham's Quarterly

Happy Festives, dearest reader.

Sass Is More

Now we have Sass-lang and LessJS.

Both languages to programme and build for the web, in a functional mode, a declarative language like CSS we know it is.

After those years of  having pre-processors;  after hundreds of posts pleading about the necessity and usefulness of these task-oriented languages, after deepening into the knowledge of these pair as tools and, of course, appreciating and taking in into consideration the enormous value pre-processors have brought into the arena of the web development.

That after all said, let me guess: I still do not conceive the need and the obligation for a human to download nearly 10.6MB (!!) of information and libraries into  my  her/his personal computer.

This is, to install Ruby first if you want to play safe with Sass. when there is no real need to and it will not be the use of  for this language in your step of development.

The process to be able to build some useful stuff  using a pre-processor like Sass-lang for the needs of CSS deployment, looks like but does not seems rational.

Install Ruby Gems for the need of Sass-lang @ Segonquart Studio
Install Ruby Gems for the need of Sass-lang
 If, in the process of web development we do ever have to make space for a language and its correspondent libraries, which will have no use if, for example, in spite of the fact that you have to deploy or code your project in some other language; if this pre-processor just give you the sense of perfection, then, in my humble opinion, we are complicating things.

Ten megabytes to compile a pre-processor to compile to.

I do not mind of a single click, really. But I do not buy a thing for its simplicity. In business, we all know time is a resource that can be or well spent or bad spent. And saving time is not always the best way to build a project.  Rome was not built in one day.

If these things and minds are happening, is because m
Maybe, just maybe, We’ve Made Web Development Complicated.

 No comments allowed. Back to work.

Now we have Sass-lang and LessJS.

I Like Cats Better, too.

Veronica-2's internals have been substantially rewritten (again). Currently, as the database now carries close to 4 million selectors

There are other protocols in the net suite, one of them is strongly oriented towards a menu-document design and presented as an alternative to the World Wide Web.

Cameron has done an excellent work, noticed to us by email, my applause on the re-vamp with more predictive logic and even more aggressive results-stage caching  of the Gopher search engine widely known as Veronica-2.


It's time to have a taste. 

Via Cameron at floodgap

Protecting Against Predators

“Before you build your business model around platforms, you need to think about how to minimize the risk from these platforms.”
Reflections in an essay of use for SMEs or future new valuables companies, and why you should not to put all your dreams in a basket inside the competitive threaten.

By Mr. Feng Zhu, via Working Knowledge.

Handy Tricks

My favourite IDE editor, NetBeans IDE 8.1 is now ready for production and ready to be downloaded as a fresh install.

In my case, to avoid extra installations, to be productive, and to preserve and save space in the HD disc of the device, I have opt for the following:

Go to  Settings > Edit > Update Center Customizer 

Modify the route of your actual version ad hoc as it follows:

http://updates.netbeans.org/netbeans/updates/8.1/uc/final/certified/catalog.xml.gz

Just by changing the number version of the updates, you accomplish the installation process in a fast and clean mode. No downloads

You may find it of use, in case you are using and do not need a previous version of Netbeans.Less freshy, but practical. Isn't that?

No Single Target Audience

John Gruber writes a profound review of the IPad Pro.

IPad Pro is, undoubtedly, the new gadget/device that will change, in less than five earthly years, the way in which we humans do communicate and make things.

Updating Dependencies

Art By Contrast - Deployment
Here figured, the magic that lies behind a e-commercial digital solution for the web. Like those ones you enjoy from your device.

An app expecting to be live in the next hours. By this yours truly , and the valuable work of mezod.

Applying Mitigation Steps

Oracle has released a Security Alert, named CVE-2015-4852 on November 10th, 2015, also available in an XML format.

This vulnerability, which involves the Apache Commons and Oracle WebLogic Server, has received a CVSS Base Score of 7.5.

For newbies: Apache Commons is an Apache project focused on all aspects of reusable Java components.

For people like you and me: This security does not affect  neither compromise the MySQL, neither other open-sourced catalogue.

In case you work in the cloud with --say --  WebLogic, and you are a subscriber, you my want to see a solution here

The Success Of Ideas.

When the researchers drilled down into the data, however, they found some marked differences in the ability to forecast success based on the industry of the proposed idea.
Expert interest was highly predictive of success in sectors that were R&D intensive, such as energy, hardware, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. However, in non-R&D-intensive sectors, such as mobile apps and software, the ability to predict success was no better than random.

How to Predict if a New Business Idea is Any Good, a short article by Pian Shu.

Read it here

Programmatic

Programmatic is a broad and somewhat ill-defined category that has as its core attribute the automated buying, selling and fulfillment of ads. The programmatic infrastructure is already in place, and its momentum is accelerating.

There remain questions, however, about “brand safety”, fulfillment and the accuracy of data inputs into the ecosystem.
Interesting mumblings on a trend that will dominate the way humans will communicate in 2017.

Via MarketingLand

Increasingly Subtle

While the 'history of philosophy' contains some metaphysics, the majority of the great philosophers were primarily not metaphysicians but analysts.
Sir Alfred Jules Ayer quoted in an elegant, crystalline prose.

We’ve Made Web Development Complicated

When I first made my transition from front-end development into back-end development in ~2002, I had two things to learn:

.- a server-side language
.- how to talk to a database (SQL)

on top of my knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. With these five basic things, I was able to build some useful stuff.

I’m working on a web app now and it recently struck me how much more complicated things have become.
In the memory of Alex King.

Who was Alex?. An independent web developer. A genious. A human being who made our live easier. Working on the medium, and on the content. Design and code. Thanks to his imagination, we are able to represent the generic action of sharing a web page. Thanks to his devotion to the social ecosphere, you are deploying webs and calling yourself a webmaster today using these tool we called b2, later  known as Wordpress.  ( Sorry for newcomers, it must be completely overwhelming ).

Read his complete article here.

 Read on his obituary here.

How many … are there?

Having visual impressions is, of course, necessary for seeing things, but it is not sufficient.

What must be added is not anything sensible. And it is precisely this that unlocks the outer world for us; for without this non-sensible something, each of us would remain locked up in his inner world.

Read what about the mainly ignored Herr Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege is written here.

Don't Maltreat Users

Tim says the phrase "Web 2.0" first arose in "a brainstorming session between O'Reilly and Medialive International." What is Medialive International? "Producers of technology tradeshows and conferences," according to their site. So presumably that's what this brainstorming session was about. O'Reilly wanted to organize a conference about the web, and they were wondering what to call it.

I don't think there was any deliberate plan to suggest there was a new version of the web. They just wanted to make the point that the web mattered again. It was a kind of semantic deficit spending: they knew new things were coming, and the "2.0" referred to whatever those might turn out to be.

Via Paul Graham  in a visionary article, Web 2.0,( November 2005 )

Get into the Passion

There is still two weeks left to enter the 4th annual MobileWebAwards hosted by the Web Marketing Association (deadline September 30th). The best mobile websites, responsive websites and mobile apps in 86 industries will all be recognized.

Now is your chance to enter and win recognition for yourself and your company while receiving all of the benefits of being a winner.

Get into the passion, and flavour your creative app here

A Renderer

Three wishes:


style sheet

A CSS style sheet.

renderer

A UA that interprets the semantics of a style sheet and renders documents that use them.

authoring tool

A UA that writes a style sheet.



A style sheet is (..)  valid according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature defined.

A renderer (..) in addition to interpreting the style sheet as defined by the appropriate specifications, it supports all the features defined (..) by parsing them correctly and rendering the document accordingly.


An authoring tool (..) writes style sheets that are syntactically correct according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature (..), and meet all other conformance requirements of style sheets as described.



Via the W3C, CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 4, working draft.

This Indecision is Bugging Me

 Summer ends, so here goes a couple of links  that may enhance your vision and goals or serve as inspiration in your future and present projects. Choose between GET or POST.

Methods GET and POST in HTML forms - what's the difference?

The HTML specifications technically define the difference between "GET" and "POST" so that former means that form data is to be encoded (by a browser) into a URL while the latter means that the form data is to appear within a message body..

Dropbox starts using POST

Switching to POST discards a number of very useful features though. POST is defined as a non-safe, non-idempotent method. This means that if a POST request fails, an intermediate (such as a proxy) cannot just assume they can make the same request again.

The Definitive Guide to GET vs POST

Because query strings are transferred openly in GET requests, we have to consider our security and that of our users when dealing with sensitive data like passwords or credit card numbers.

Limitations of the GET method in HTTP

HTTP-based APIs take advantage of this by using GET for API calls that don’t modify server state. So if an app makes an API call using GET and the network request fails, the app’s HTTP client library might decide to retry the request. The library doesn’t need to understand the specifics of the API call.

Hack

Hack is a designed typeface for screen, to make coders' everyday living easy and pleasant.
The face has been re-designed with an expanded glyph set, modifications of the original glyph shapes, and meticulous attention to metrics.
Hack is multilingual, and based on the unfamous Bitstream Vera face. Get hacked, at sourcefoundry.

After hours of using it, I am quite impressed.

Credits and kudos for Christopher Simpkins, the designer.

Adieu to the little blue “g” icon

There was a time in the history of the web that everything, nearly every website look ugly, pretty ugly.

There was a real tendency for ugliness and dirtiness in that gutter, while quite few of us were looking at the stars. That time was until four or five years ago.

Now we have devices with cameras that may unconsciously reflect a world where design counts and is present, standardized, as physical methods of payment are, we realize design might be to embrace standards. Proportion, structure, pattern, measure, vision, use. Beauty in code is design.

Google has embraced  today, 2015, ( mark-da-date) the basic elements of visual design  ( colour and  symbol ) in a formal manner and has unveiled his new logo. Temperate, proportional, adaptable, foreseen more than one simple use ( the metaphor of a desktop through a screen).

This is what design is about: Analysis and execution. Express using a collection of signs and colours the same as you might refer or say using Swedish german language. 

You design things to fit into other things that still do not exist. And when they will exist, the thing you have designed has to fit well.

At Google, is call it an update. This old cow, coming from a business model driven education, coming from a culture where the Internet Web was made to be printed, and heard, name to this change branding.  Perfect Sans deserve less.

Congrats Google. Welcome to a visual future spelled backwards.

‘Analysis’ is ‘design’ spelled backwards

Live Templating, allready finished

Part two, of a series. Like an unfinished symphony, this, your, weblog crafted live templating is nearly finished.

Template is entitled, for obvious reasons, "Russell", and you might see below a detail of the result


Russell, a blogger custom template - gently crafted by Delfi Ramirez  at Segonquart Studio HQ, 2015
Russell, a blogger custom template - gently crafted at Segonquart Studio HQ, 2015

Instructions and the how-tos, can be found there

It is my personal hope that some of you might find it of use.

Built with faith, for you to write and post about things in Life.

HTML spec now on GitHub

Just a heads-up to those of you who like to follow the nitty gritty of spec development here: The HTML spec has joined the other WHATWG specs on GitHub, rather than being alone in the svn.whatwg.org SVN repository. This will enable other WHATWG editors to also contribute to the HTML spec, so you might get replies from Anne, Domenic, or Philip rather than just me.
Good news for followers like me, via Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML spec. This is 2015.

In theory this shouldn't really have any practical impact on anyone except them editors and those of you filing bugs, still tracked in the W3C Bugzilla.

Dancing the Mantra Ray

This is not a commercial, not a promotional post, but a personal recommendation.

OWASP Mantra is a must, if you are into app or web development , webmarketing or digital business ( formerly known as e-comm), or if you are a cat.

Mantra is a web application security testing framework built on top of a browser, free and open-source.

By having such a product, more people will come to know the easiness and flexibility of being able to follow basic testing procedures within the browser. Mantra believes that having such a portable, easy to use and yet powerful platform can be helpful for the industry.

Here below, a visual example taken from the desk of this yours truly:

OWASP Mantra delfiramirez.info screenshoot
OWASP Mantra


Mantra does not need plugins or extensions. I like that. Sometimes it may be bore me the build-it-yourself culture the open-source industry widely spreads.

For professionals, Mantra comes with many built in tools to modify headers, manipulate input strings, replay GET/POST requests, edit cookies, quickly switch between multiple proxies, control forced redirects and all that matters. For aficionados too. For cats is suitable, if not ideal.

So if you ever dream of to take part of this industry, the web industry, do yourself a favour, and dance with Mantra. Your audience will notice it. Perfection lies in the details.

Download is here.

62.210.181.15:3130 revisited

There is no great mystery about I.P. no. 62.210.181.15.
It simply relates to an unregistered proxy. That means that you or I or absolutely anybody can use it to surf the net anonymously.

The way to surf the internet anonymously via this I.P. number is to quite simply:

Take
http://62.210.181.15:3130/get?url=http%3A%2F%2F and then add the address of whichever website you want to look at (remember to remove the http:// bit from the start of the address though).

Put the resulting url into your browser, click enter and you are viewing the site anonymously via the proxy number.
via Inspector Hacker Investigates

Read part one, here

On Open Source

Today an Objective-C bridge for porting iOS apps to Windows as open source on GitHub.
 Think about this news, five years ago.

via Daring Fireball

Unsolved Problems In The Open Web

These are the kinds of problems made for individual creative people, the kinds of people we enabled with blogging software. But because the leadership turned to silos, we never got to really explore them. This is why it would be a good idea for Google to realize that our interests are aligned, and that they could show some leadership. Would be easy for them.
Winer, proposing Google Inc. to finally embrace the weblog culture. Expertise and union for the Open Web.

Nice move.

Live Templating

This, your favourite weblog is being re-designed in live production, part kind of a personal experiment on UX and other methods, part to practice , and part to entertain you.

For that reason, you dearest reader,  might experience some visual annoyances  -- or unknown pleasures, who knows -- in the next few days.

Apologize for the inconveniences.  

Relax. Take a sit. Enjoy the show.

The mean of PWYW

Oftentimes, businesses use the strategy as a promotion to get new customers, sometimes with a social tie-in for extra incentive—for example, a restaurant will run a PWYW promotion and donate part of the proceeds to a charity to feed the hungry.
Name your Price, really by Mr. Richard Blanding,

The hypotheses, research methods and conclusion of a study on the PWYW trend, conducted by Mrs. Shelle M. SantanaA valuable classified read.

Via Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Real people don’t say

Databases use primitive verbs, because they have no knowledge of the meaning of the data.
An enlightening observation by Mr. Mathias Verraes.

The upper cite is an excerpt of the comments -- a.k.a. replies -- featured in the dialog section of his excellent article CRUD is an antipattern.

Circa 2013.

What's The Use?

Usablenet, a pioner company in the arena of mobile UX, has kindly start a U-campaign to promote the benefits and present the current scenario of the mobile apps vs. the web mobile.

A helpful sixteen page document, delivered by its knowledge-center,  perfectly designed and composed, that might provide you with some interest for the mobile field, and -- of course, being this not a promotional post --  for the wealth and value of the company behind this initiative.

A company that is focused, not just in production, but in making usable -- or accessible -- mobile products.

I am not a customer of mobile products, not a salesman, but a producer myself, as you dearest reader should know. And , unfortunately, I buy few of them. Loyalty has nothing to do with disposability.

As the producer of content and websites, and apps et al, myself finds good and profitable that companies like Usablenet, promote a knowledege-center production for the benefit of all us. May be an app the key strategy for your company to success.

The best knowledge is the shared knowledge. The best technique is the one that your company, or society or community, holds and creates. In a unique way.  And this idea is strong in the mind of Usablenet as a company.

Today, in my email, there was an hyperlink pointing me to theirs "A Guide to Mobile Apps"

I  found it good and  would like to share it with you. Get your copy here.

Pieces and Patches

 Dan Geer wrote
"Open source abandoned software: When software companies stop releasing updates for code, they should be required to make it open-source so that others can patch and update it."
True. You may want to take a piece of this yours truly past released and now abandoned code here, 

Enjoy the update. Enjoy the Source.

Bemerkungen über die Farben


Perhaps you want to know a little about the current standard for the web known as HTML version 5.

In the time I spend working, my interests are aimed at training and consultancy in the field of web standards.For about four or five years or so ago, 

This slide show that you attached underneath serves as accompaniment to any of my speeches given around the South Mediterranean area.

Which it is novel gives way to what is usual or normal. Normal, regulatory drifting.

I would highlight as an interesting aspect of the slides, not the content, which in 2015 became obvious for professionals like us , but the choice of colours and forms that were applied, as well as the arrangement of the elements in the slides.

I guess this helps to properly convey the information that is of interest of those attending the talks. 

There is a link below, not to be smug about something simple, but if you find it of interest, or if maybe they can serve you and be helpful as a remark.

Innovation

It seems there is a misconception in the use of "innovation" considered as one verbal form. And this misconception, is wide spread.

The misconception mentioned above prevails, and seems to come from an incorrect use of what we know as the sense and the reference.

Innovation, as an expert in the field of linguistics -- who, besides, is a close friend of mine --  kindly explained to me, derives from the infinitive form of the verb "to innovate".

This is, you and me perceive a referenced term as if it meant not a single entity, but a whole transformation. For this, maybe, we get confused on what might be a correct referral of "innovation" and its sense : "a small change for the better ".

Old terms to coin new values. Here we go.

Universals. Metaphysics into metadata. A verbal form like "to innovate" is, by definition, a universal concept. Repeatable or recurrent entities that can be instantiated or exemplified by many particular things. Patterns. References.

Let's make this point clear. Universal is  a term can be applied to more than one single reference. A term that can be understood being part of an assertion or phrase.

Subscriptions. Today I have been reading my subscriptions, and there is an interesting article written by Mr. Dave Winer, written four months ago, that still impacts me.

 In his article, Mr. Winer expresses his thoughts and his personal vision on the actual failure of the concept innovation, associated to the false expectations for the possibility to change the world through innovating.

Here comes the mistake in the sense. Innovation understood as a way to change the world. Change the world? For the better? Define better.

To define it better, you have to stare and think yourself about Thomas Kuhn. Think yourself, please,about the meaning of the term evolution. Think about the fact to discover these anomalies in the real world, and how to take profit of these discoveries, and of these anomalies. Think of enthralling your community, too, or even your audience. Think that change is a verb, not a noun, and that, as a verbal form, is too a universal term.

So we need to find an empirical example that gives a sense to this universal term. Just a second. Let's have a toast and trigger a space there to hold a place for dirt memoirs.

It was that band of youngsters named The Beatles who  -- in the seventies age of our past century  -- sang something like this:
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
(...)

That was then. If you want to innovate you must have in mind the year 1987, and perhaps bitter moments of the year 1995; because those were the real milestones of our present world. People who were in charge then and before kept in mind the sixties, the early seventies, and what could be done from that on. Same pattern happens in the field of  classical design, for example. You grow from a basis you have learned and studied with patience. Not to mention effort. You do not innovate by re-creating baroque.

Being myself raised during that time of Johns and Marks and Andys in Europe, means that I was raised inside a conservative and respectful society.

Not having in mind the sixties, being myself not a millennial, I feel old enough to remember in the news the death of John Lennon.  Old enough even to remember the news spreading that Mark Chapman was arrested for shooting John. That John was a Briton. That John had a picture cover for one of his works done by Andy Warhol. That person Andy wearied glasses and looked quite cool.

John was born in the basement, the place where the ideas really flow up. His famous haircut was done by a hairdresser woman who I had the pleasure to know, and with whom I was pleased to share some beers and some laughs while I was residing in Hamburg.

In Europe, then, there were two kind of societies where humans lived, if my memory serves me well.  It was the best of times, it was kind the worst of times. Europeans were at that time divided, not by states, were taught at school.

Those learning lessons we receive were that there was an East and there was a West. Both geographical parts of Europe. One is shown, the other one is hidden. We innovate one against the other. Like in a  mirror, we saw the reflection like an upside image. Two models in which a human could have the choice to grow and to become or either an astronaut or a cosmonaut. Night and day. Your choice.

If you tickle us, do we not laugh?

Mr. Dave Winner writes:

They've thought of everything by now. There isn't room to be innovative in lifestyle anymore. Back when I was a kid, that's what we thought we were doing. Creating something new in life. But the hippies are either gone or very old. Did you see what Joni Mitchell says about Bob Dylan? She looks like my grandmother!

No kidding. To grow up means you may see things clearer, such in a holistic way.

John Lennon was the former member and guitar player of a music band named The Beatles. They managed and build  they own publishing label compàny, named Apple Records.  An indie label linked to a major label. A publisher music company, Apple, that reach business success selling some songs like that A life in a Day.

A hippy anthem. From the outside, and being  honest -- and pretty rude --  for a moment, Mrs. Joni Mitchell always looked like our grandmother. Guess it's because that look she wear beg something inherent to the hippie culture. The flower-power discourse, beside the aesthetics involved within, was appealing to the older ones, not to the youngsters, in those days. They were not making any kind of innovation for its own generation, but a will for  a return to the roots of a primitive  society and also a lust for shocking while pleasing the older. No way. No future.

The past. And the sense of innovation doing something for the better against our common experiences. Define innovation, not fashion, nor trend.

Chips on my shoulder.  The past as a reference. I still hold an impression of the face of the man who played the role of my grandfather. The one who gave me, as a birthday present, the whole The Beatles Collection in a cage full of compact cassettes. I was ten years old. ( And I never used later that collection of compact cassettes to write data in, I promise ). He -- that grand stepfather of mine -- was not a hippie, because he could not. Too late. Or too dangerous. Or he did not feel the need to. At least externally.  But he always wondered about innovation. How is it possible...? Why, when I was young never we did not reach...?  That man gave me that day, as a birthday present, two innovations made in our era.

Two gifts in one. Modern music, and the modern way we used to record and preserve data. Innovative lifestyle is about making a difference. A subtle difference.

Apples and oranges. Apple and the Beatles and John and before. We never though we could browse the vinyl album covers through an electronic device named IPad. That was innovation. Because it reached the all of us, without notice. And changed the way we use to do things.

End of memoirs.

Innovation might be what you expect and dream, and make those expectations feasible. Think of patterns, think about universals. Think of aspects.

Aspects surrounding innovation: A process, perseverance, a methodology, the work of a collective, a step further. A step further, using mechanical methods, electronic devices, new components from our everyday living life.

Stop and rewind. Return to the source. The article. An excerpt of this article,

And it would have been nice if each of us had a way to feel our life had meaning, that we were making a difference, and being creative, heard and understood -- by someone, anyone. I think that's the real crisis of our times, in the first world at least.
An excellent post written last February, that has lead this yours truly to write the bunch of words you have read.

Some of us never though to change the world, except if it was done in a subtle manner.

Innovation, comes step by step, hand in hand, together  subtlety and adaptable.

Period. Press the eject and give me the tape.  Via scripting-com.

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From the wiktionary

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på      (of machines, etc) turned on; functioning.

You may want to subscribe yourself, to this river in a social private buzz, to learn and stay informed periodically about vintage sources, trends and tech , here.

InterCommunity 2015

Ted has written to me:

Registration for InterCommunity 2015, 7/8 July, is now open! 

And  kind invitation to join InterCommunity 2015, an event for us, the Internet Society Members, -- this yours truly is member of the ISOC since 1999 -- and for you, too.

InterCommunity 2015 is an ideal opportunity to talk with the ISOC Board, share ideas and viewpoints, and discuss topics that we all care deeply about -- issues including Collaborative Security, Internet governance and bringing the next billion people online.

Want to help promote InterCommunity? You can download postcards and posters to share with your friends:

https://www.internetsociety.org/intercommunity2015/downloads 

Plan to join them at InterCommunity -- THE place to connect and inspire each other as we work together to make a difference.

You may want to visit the InterCommunity webpage

http://www.internetsociety.org/intercommunity2015/

for more information, and stay in touch.

See you there.

Addenda: My Internet Society Member Number is 36154.

I am number 36154 ;)

Why Robots Should Learn To Write Code

One might tend to think that, more sooner than later, robots will replace the human coders. And that's nothing we have to worry about. It happened the same with hand-washing, and the World we know still rounds and cycles.

This thinking of mine, the replacement, above all other circumstances and behavioural factors I won't explain here to not amuse you, is due to the existence of entities that we name patterns.

An example of a pattern is:

define('REGEX_EMAIL', '/^[^\W][a-zA-Z0-9_-]+(\.[a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)*\@[a-zA-Z0-9-]+(\.[a-zA-Z0-9-]+)*\.[a-zA-Z]{2,6}$/'); 

define('REGEX_DOMAIN', '/^(([a-zA-Z0-9-]+)\.?)([a-zA-Z0-9-]+)\.(([a-zA-Z]{2,6})|([a-zA-Z]{2,3}\.[a-zA-Z]{2}))$/'); 

 
Make a test on yourself with a simple PHP script.  And imagine that script, the pattern, that snippet, is written a long, long time ago. By this, yours truly, Here. We call 'em  snippets in those early days. It was precisely written when coding was like the fine art of surfacing the web.

Follow the test and now, ten or plus years later, with our actual knowledge, guess yourself who has to type the pattern, the robot or the human.  Is there really the need for a human to re-type this pattern?

I am still enhancing the posts of this -- your --  blog with hand-written code, but robots make most of the task. Be not afraid of robots to learn.

Web 3.0

Well, it seems that Mr. Lawrence Mills Davis, goes ahead of its time and introduces us the Web 3.0 manifesto
Semantic technologies are digital tools that represent meanings and knowledge (e.g., knowledge of something, knowledge about something, and knowledge how to do something, etc.) separately from content or behavior artifacts such as documents, data files, and program code. This knowledge is encoded in a digital form that both people and machines can access and interpret.

via Semantic XBRL

Blindness

A web page must be media independent.

Do not assume hardware, browser or OS. Do not assume turing completeness. Do not assume JavaScript. Do not assume bandwith. Do not assume plugins. Do not assume fonts. Do not assume CSS.
The Uncomplicated Web, via Die Welt ist gar nicht so.

Outstanding

There is less than three weeks left before the deadline for entries for the 19th annual international WebAward competition.

The WebAwards recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites.

The deadline for entry is May 29, 2015 and the entry form can be found at www.webaward.org

This yours truly, as a past participant, past and current outstanding judge of the Award -- uhm, eight years ago from now -- encourages you to show the perfection and kindness you have in the digital arena, and to submit your works or "award-winning" projects to the Awards. Those that your agency considers less than excellent.
Web Marketing Association Annual awards

See you there.

PS: Thank you Bill, for the accreditation and the kind outstanding diploma received last week.  Mom is happy and glad, too, for this kind detail.

Touché

You don’t need a phone to take photos. It’s called a camera.
Taylor Hunt -- proud member of the [whatwg] community -- hits the nail on us, precisely here.

First Known Use: 1904

62.210.181.15:3130

"62.210.181.15" is probably some kidz, setting up an old computer, connected to their Mom's Internet service.
Some old computers, useless for gaming, can be refurbished - and used as proxy servers. That's a popular activity, for geeks.
Using a proxy server shall it not be that difficult.

Read what 62.210.181.15 means to you, at The Mysterious StatCounter Log Proxy Address Entry.

Note: we all know that pòrt 3130 is for Squid.

Happy Re-Birthday, Dave

Now the big wheel has turned and today I'm in the situation Engelbart was in in the 80s. Unlike Engelbart, I have re-tooled. I now work in JavaScript in the browser and on the server. I had to walk away from the codebase that I loved. I understood that the price of relevance is to give up fighting at some point and settle for a partial victory. I think I was right in the development environment I created. But right doesn't mean the world uses what you created. Maybe 20 or 30 years from now these ideas will have gained traction. I won't be programming then. I almost certainly won't even be alive. 
I turned 60 over the weekend. It's a tough birthday, or it was for me. I didn't want to have it in public, so I told Facebook not to announce it. I think younger people don't understand.
I finally think I understand how they don't understand. The ones that love me say I'm really young, and I appreciate that. I think they mean my thinking is flexible, and I'm excited about the future, like a young person might be. But the clock ticks in predictable ways. My body is that of a 60 year-old. And the world treats me as one as well. Most people can't see or feel the enthusiasm an older person has. Or they don't believe. Or they don't think.
Mr. Dave Winer a pioneer and a toreador in the arena of the open source web, a source of inspiration and model to some of us through our professional career, walks the same path as we do effectively walk. And now, he is one year sharper. For the good of us.

For  cerainDue to certain circumstances, I never have had the pleasure to meet Dave in person, neither had the chance know him through close-friends or any others. I am a follower of him. I know and learn from him in a digital manner of speaking. I am a fierce reader of his posts, and also  an early adopter of his creations in software. This one you are using -- the weblog -- is a perfect example. Sometimes you learn more from the ones who do not know you. Happy Birthday, Mr. Winer.

Addenda: Throughout my life, and looking back on it, I observe that if --  from someone I have learned something profitable, and if I could understand or get an answer to some questions or problems that professional projects presents -- it has been of people who were of age.

This, the search of a knowledge and  business model that comes with age, might be one of the reasons I have always been fascinated by that profession, or professional ability, known by the name of Architecture. Who knows.


Anyone of us that there born after hatching the so-called baby-boomer, any of those us, it has grown under the false expectation that only youth is a value in continuing rise, and that -- from a certain moment in our lives -- our capabilities deplete, and decline. This is not a scientific neither a rational approach.

I shall agree with Mr. Winer, when he writes that to be relevant you must pay a certain price. It occurs in Sports, in Maths or even in Music. Your relevance and strenght at your twenties or before, will give you the passion needed to success in those fields of human knowledge. But other fields or boxes cannot be filled except with age. When you still look at the future but you are conveniently unbodied and free from the cage you should wear during your apprentice process.

Then, you reach the field of leadership, and if you're good
enough in that field, you might be kind of the leader of the gang. But being that leader, you still do not have wisdom. Profitable wisdom, comes with age.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Talks featured in the Deep Wild Web. A selfie.

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

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

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  • Mumblings on the CSS language, as featured in a spaniard subscription list, circa 2006
  • Thinking of that new branded and then unknown gadget namedIPhone, circa 2007.
  • A list of future librarians and experts in the pre-history, circa 2004.
  • CSS language doubts found at Google Groups, circa 2006.
  • Apple Macintosh and its enormous deb to the Xerox Park, circa 2004.
  • The state of inspiration and design of the web, circa 2006
  • .Firefox, Opera and Omniweb, circa 2005
  • Bug in KDE’s Safari, a popular OS Browser that conforms to your Iphone experience, circa 2009.
  • A bitter analysis on spaniard newspapers, circa 2006.
  • Accesibility and Javascript circa 2005.
  • Usability, an introduction, circa 2003.
  • Still that old black magic, avoiding Iframes using PHP, circa 2006.
  • The Web 2.0 is a trademar, circa 2006

  • 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 a social mailing list ).

    Networked communication was 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 your physical life, because then you know mailing and public communications were traditionally done through the postal system.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Delfi Ramirez is floating in the space


    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, unnecessitious was a part of the medium, too.

    We, subscribers and creators in those lists, were know as followers, without a leader. In this scenario, we call the leader, 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 know 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) a sort of conversations and mumblings.

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

    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. They represent the pleasure to talk and the need to communicate and to collaborate between us, human beings.

    The most important feature of these links, these old data, is that you -- dearest reader --  have still disposable and accessible now through the use of our modern devices  this golden jewels. That was why the web was invented for, isn't that?

    A final consideration: You might want to take all  the information contained within, as a useful resource, or as an example of impersonal improvement. Think of them as a credential letter. Opened to the stream.

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

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

    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.

    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.
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