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.


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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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:


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


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
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