2000, the Year Formerly Known as the Future

2000, the Year Formerly Known as the Future

Let’s time-travel back to the year 2000 and have a look.

“Build them with the most boring technology you can find”

Pick Your Battles – yes, new technology is amazing. Seriously. But there is a lot of value in an established software stack.

Alone Together, Again

Alone Together, Again – Alex Payne on his divorce. Well worth reading.

Our true needs are not complex

Technology runs counter to our personhood; technology is complicated and shallow, but people are simple and deep. Our true needs are not complex.

Frank ChimeroThe Space between You & Me

Bookmarks for August 23rd through August 24th

Spidergoat-silk + human skin = (nearly) bulletproof flesh – Boing Boing
"Jalila Essaïdi attempted to create bulletproof human skin by implanting transgenic spider-silk with human skin."
Let’s give those a try | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Chinese sneakers. Build quality of a Soviet-era Škoda, but rather comfortable so far.
Derek Powazek – “Nobody Uses Their Real Name” and Other Outdated Notions
The Redditor
HTML5 Rocks – How Browsers Work: Behind the Scenes of Modern Web Browsers

Why I Steal Movies… Even Ones I’m In

Why I Steal Movies… Even Ones I’m In

"Like a billion other people, I download things illegally. I'm also an actor, writer and director whose income depends on revenue from DVDs, movies and books. This leads to many conflicts in my head, in my heart, and in bars."

Cellphones Now Used More for Data Than for Calls

Please do not change your password

Please do not change your password

"abc123", "hello" and "darling"

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

"But robots will never be able to create art." Yeah, right.

Clive Thompson in Praise of Online Obscurity

Clive Thompson in Praise of Online Obscurity

"[..] when the conversation gets big enough, it shuts down."

I need to talk to you about computers.

I need to talk to you about computers.

Insightful essay about the history of computers in the light of the iPad.

Alex Payne — On the iPad

Alex Payne — On the iPad

"The future of personal computing that the iPad shows us is both seductive and dystopian. It’s not a future I want to bring into my home."

Styrofoam Androids and Cowbells at Home Depot

These are my links for January 5th from 11:10 to 23:01:

Bookmarks for November 5th through November 7th

Bookmarks for October 30th through October 31st