Developers should be banned to bring their laptops

New MacBook Pro is not a Laptop for Developers Anymore has been written. Which is very very good news, and a ten for Apple.

If you want to plan your career as a developer, you need to make some choices. And work with solid tools. The choice for a real computer, if you have ever been a Mac member is not a laptop but Mac ProCustomizotable, extensible, robust and, of course. more expensive to care and to maintain than a laptop. Same as your job is. A pro, a silent tower just sells at  for $3,999. Incredible.

In first step, take in consideration that developers are not a bunch of freaks who write code in a public park under the trees while feeding the ducks.

In second step, To develop is an art, a gem that requires more than the simple ability to write code.

For this, professionals know there is the need for a space, a studio if you prefer, a chair and a desk.

Once in there, a huge screen and a real computer for professionals who live for and by developing.

In third step, you do not keep the hard work, the code,your company's treasure, on a laptop. This attitude is done mostly by amateurs or freelancers. ( Everybody knows a freelancer is not a professional developer ). Public libraries were no meant to hold a collective bunch of freaks writing code inside its dependencies. Dreamers developing under a laptop or developing, using a public Wi-Fi. If this is the laptop case, dearest reader, the first rule of security is broken.

Every single person with a minimum of aesthetics, knows there is nothing that hurts more to the eye, than the fact to to see a kid, a man a woman, writing code on a laptop.

Laptops are instead, for journalists, for travellers, for professional people who needs access to the Internet and the social networks, laptops, are good to write "hi, let's make an appointment". No one keeps secrets - code - on a laptop. No one keeps branches, neither push nor commit to a central station through a personal laptop any more.

If you want to write code using a laptop, write code directly on the Github platform. Use a cloud system like OpenStack. Who needs RAM to code on and against servers?

Laptops are good, were good, at the following natural functions : to draw sketches or  prototypes, to read emails, to - sigh -- prepare keynotes. And to listen to music. If you want to impress your friends, plan a barbecue at home. They will like you more for this, than for writing code in public.

This is, in my humble opinion, some solid reasons why Apple, a company that knows perfectly how developers work and what developer needs,  is so clever to take a step further and make its Mac Book Pro not a laptop feasible for developers any more.

Another subtle lesson of tech etiquette brought to you by the company that once said: Hello PC.

Great short-term gains but long-term prospects

Visionary CEOs are not “just” great at assuring world-class execution of a tested and successful business model, they are also world-class innovators. Visionary CEOs are product and business model centric and extremely customer focused.

The best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. The very best of them shape markets – they know how to create new markets by seeing opportunities before anyone else. They remain entrepreneurs.
Steve Blank, on why the second principle of entropy occurs in business ecosystems, noticing that a certain mediocrity does not equals to poverty. Sucession planning might be a science, too.

Every app needs a website

Because of the user manual (the docs) are, in itself, another app. Think about it.

Because of the trends : What modern app doesn't use data? 

Because of the brand. You do not sell code, you sell an experience.

Every app needs a website.

 An inspirational quote, via the  LiveCode team  gently delivered into my email.

The virtue of saying No

The very best technology companies excel at saying no. This was, after all, the mantra of the late Steve Jobs, who liked to say that Apple said no to more good ideas than it said yes to. He prized focus and discipline almost as much as smooth edges and elegant presentations.
Quoting the great Adam Lashinsky from his short written letter via Fortune

OverbiteFF isn't dead yet

OverbiteFF stands for a plugin. Over the lasts months there has been the fear, yes fear, that OverbiteFF ( FF stands for the fox ) , as a way to surf the net space using modern tools  from your favourite Firefox flavour. An efficient, low-impact way to collect and organize documents, files and services.

What is the state. There was a positive debate when a couple of months ago, when scaring news advert that Mozilla will no longer offer chance, neither support, to plugins like OverBiteFF. Mozilla's dedicated team, was correctly preventing some plugins to be implemented into the Firefox browser, and that would mean the end of plumbing tunnels as we learned: A mind-set on making structure out of chaos.

Good news are that still there is a proxy. No need and no use if you are using lynx to browse the net. But, what happens if you need a GUI Browser tool like  Firefox?

Second good news are later on, thanks to the work and personal time spent by a team of brave gophers, OverbiteFF is still alive. And kicking.

Welcome aboard for funtime. Stay tuned.

She's the Dawning Of a New Era

Imagine. It's 2015 . And the way you code the web is changing.

What is WebAssembly?
Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and a few other people have been secretly toiling away in a new W3C WebAssembly Community Group, and what they have been working on is no small thing.
About Emscripten
Emscripten makes native code immediately available on the Web: a platform that is standards-based, has numerous independent compatible implementations, and runs everywhere from PCs to iPads.
How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016
It’s 2016. No one codes HTML directly anymore.
WebAssembly Community Group
The mission of this group is to promote early-stage cross-browser collaboration on a new, portable, size- and load-time-efficient format suitable for compilation to the web.

Enquire Within upon Everything

Precise control over responsive typography
It is possible to have precise control over responsive typography. Using calc() and viewport units you can create fluid type that scales perfectly between specific pixel values, within a specific viewport range.
The Face Header
Since the mid-nineties the X-Face header has gotten somewhat popular in certain circles. The X-Face header allows people to include a black-and-white 48x48 image in the headers of the news and mail messages they send out, and many news and mail readers display this image.
Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, and Invention of the World Wide Web
The book fascinated young Tim with the suggestion that it magically contained the answer to any problem in the world.
Why Standardization Efforts Fail
Standardization is a poorly understood discipline in practice. While there are excellent studies of standardization as an economic phenomenon, or as technical a phenomenon, or as a policy initiative, most of these are ex post facto and written from a dispassionate academic view. .

Taking Tiger Mountains

NISO is undertaking a substantive review of our publications portfolio to determine our best focus and attention in the future.
In addition to formal standards, NISO also publishes recommended practices, technical reports and other consensus documents, and offers continuing education for librarians and information professionals.

To help fully understand the broader impacts of the various standards, recommended practices, technical reports, white papers and other documents that NISO has published, they want include as much community input to this process as possible.

Perhaps you would like to participate, to share with them some of your professional time, and complete a survey subtle that they have put at our disposal. I have already done. What are you waiting for? Take the survey here.


...A computer engineer named Ivan Sutherland invented the first AR headset in 1968. It was an unwieldy thing—a massive contraption of wires and pipes suspended above the user. It was known as the Sword of Damocles, thanks to its terrifying appearance. Compared to today’s technology, it provided an unimpressive user experience...

Here’s Why Mobile Applications Are the Augmented-Reality Hybrid, an article by Daniel Newman exploring the chances of AR and the mobile ecosystem.

Below of impressions on the subject from this yours truly, circa 2012.

Little Fox

Last months I have been practicing with one of my favourite browsers, due to sentimental and practical reasons. Mostly due to professional reasons.

Firefox, the company browser that is on my desk now,  has been revamped.  And its  a must.

Below, some links of use that may catch your attention
Thank you, Sheila, for the remind. Back to the space room

Pedro lives out of the Wilshire Hotel

ISOC has kindly invited you and me to their next live event: New York Metro Joint Cyber Security Conference 2016, next Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 4:00 PM CEST on internetsociety
The New York Metro Joint Cyber Security Conference is a collaborative event cooperatively developed, organized and sponsored by the leading information security industry organizations and chapters. Driven by the collaboration between members of this coalition, the strength of organizational membership, the provision of desirable CPE credits and the concurrence of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NYMJCSC promises -- once again -- to be a well-attended by members of the information...
Mhhh, it sounds pretty good and seems quite interesting.

Save your seat and meet you in the livestream. On Wednesday. No chewing gum allowed.

Get the hashtag #NYMJCSC and follow the path
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