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Choose Boring Technology

Probably the single best thing to happen to me in my career was having had Kellan placed in charge of me. I stuck around long enough to see Kellan's technical decisionmaking start to bear fruit. I learned a great deal from this, but I also learned a great deal as a result of this.

De gestage opmars van de Partij van de Principes

‘Geen ballonnen meer dankzij Partij voor de Dieren.’ Het stond begin deze maand met chocoladeletters op de website van Sp!ts. Geen ballonnen, geen feest, aldus Sp!ts.

Creative People Say No

Secretary to composer György Ligeti: “He is creative and, because of this, totally overworked. Therefore, the very reason you wish to study his creative process is also the reason why he (unfortunately) does not have time to help you in this study.

Jan Cocheret: Doe jij even de deur open?

Ook wil ik hier nadrukkelijk vermelden, dat ik met de informatie die op dit moment beschikbaar is, natuurlijk ook geen enkel idee heb wat er zich achter deze cockpitdeur heeft afgespeeld. Doe jij even de deur open? Het is al weer ruim tien jaar geleden dat de cockpitdeuren definitief dichtgingen.

10 Myths of Enterprise Python

PayPal enjoys a remarkable amount of linguistic pluralism in its programming culture. In addition to the long-standing popularity of C++ and Java, an increasing number of teams are choosing JavaScript and Scala, and Braintree‘s acquisition has introduced a sophisticated Ruby community.

How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where That Malaysia Airlines Plane Is?

In the year since the vanishing of MH370, I appeared on CNN more than 50 times, watched my spouse’s eyes glaze over at dinner, and fell in with a group of borderline-obsessive amateur aviation sleuths. A million theories bloomed, including my own.

Kom maar op met die belastingherziening

Zo mensen, het regeerakkoord is uitgevoerd en de verkiezingen zijn geweest, dus nu kan het kabinet zich gaan richten op het hervormen van het belastingstelsel. Lagere lasten op arbeid is het devies. Hoog tijd om even wat ammunitie voor het debat te verstrekken.

How I introduced a 27-year-old computer to the web

Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: there’s a thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world. So it was with my first “real” computer, my Mac Plus, when I decided to bring it forward three decades and introduce it to the modern web.

Despite Media Propaganda About Security, Microsoft Windows Remains the Least Secure Operating System, by Design

“It is no exaggeration to say that the national security is also implicated by the efforts of hackers to break into computing networks.

Chinese Mobile App UI Trends

This summer, I packed up all my things and moved from San Francisco to Guangzhou, China for work. Through an unlikely chain of coincidences that I don’t entirely recall, I’ve become a product manager on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China.

New female Thor panels show how much online anti-feminists destroy their own cause

Over the summer, Marvel announced that, in the comics at least, the long-running character of Thor was going to be replaced by a woman.

Look, Your Eyes Are Wired Backwards: Here’s Why

The human eye is optimised to have good colour vision at day and high sensitivity at night. But until recently it seemed as if the cells in the retina were wired the wrong way round, with light travelling through a mass of neurons before it reaches the light-detecting rod and cone cells.

Why Does The International Space Station Have Such A Weird Shape?

Where a fictional spacecraft has the luxury of having its design dictated by style, real spacecraft are constrained by budget, tradeoffs, and practicality. Every feature of the ISS can be explained by those words.

Thing Piece: The Ugliest Sign in America

I’m just going to come out and say it: This is the most ubiquitous ugly object in America. Sure, our nation is obsessed with miltary-sized automobiles for personal use, backyard Bigfoot statues, and chicken nuggets— and all those things are grotesque and common.

On Secretly Terrible Engineers

They lurk, unnoticed in the great halls of engineering that are the office strips along Highway 101. “Programmers” not programmers, people who have cheated, stolen, and lied their way through engineering careers without anyone realizing they can’t code.

Nooit meer straffen

Moeten we ophouden met onze kinderen te straffen en te belonen? Sommige opvoedkundigen vinden dat we zelfs met complimenten geven moeten opletten. ‘Schouderklopjes kunnen net als straffen een drukmiddel worden.’

Slootje is prima buffer groene stroom - Parlementaire monitor

AMSTERDAMSlootjes en kanalen in Noord-Holland blijken een prima buffer voor groene stroom. Waterschappen kunnen er bovendien flink mee besparen op stroomkosten, blijkt uit een proef van het Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK) .

On blogs

If you had to categorise this site, in terms of what it is, you’d almost certainly call it a blog. That’s what I usually call it, too, for ease more than anything else. The thing is, that’s sort of an ugly word.

Het zinkende schip van Oude Media: ook tijdschriften hebben het zwaar

Toegegeven, echt verrassend is het niet, maar tijdschriften hebben het ook in 2014 weer zwaar gehad. In 2014 daalde de omzet van de 100 grootste publiekstijdschriften met 6,8 procent. Dat blijkt uit de ‘Top 100 Publiekstijdschriften 2014′ van Mediafacts.

On having a totally reasonable amount of self-confidence

I was at a tech women's meetup organized by a close friend and colleague. She took the podium for a moment to talk about women in tech, to thank sponsors, and to share some encouraging words with the attendees. She suddenly called out to me from the spotlight.

On Burnout and The Year Of Hell

I hate it when I miss things. And I missed the telltale signs of burnout in her. She is a young designer with a lot of promise and loads of skill to back it up. I thought she would make a good fit for one of the best enterprise UX teams in town, so I made the connection between her and the company.

The smartwatch conundrum: Simplicity at odds with complexity and size

Last Monday, I had a chance to wear the Apple Watch for the first time. It wasn’t my first smartwatch experience by a long shot: I bought a Microsoft SPOT Watch in 2004 and have since owned several others ranging from a MotoACTV to a Pebble to a Sony Smartwatch 3 running Android Wear.

5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World

Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what it means.

Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it

Most millennials don’t seek out news on social media, but the vast majority of them get news from social networks once they see it there, according to a report released today by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center

The Hating Game

I was at an event the other day with a lot of local front-end developers. The leader of the group was presenting. I was excited. For the past three years, I’ve only been around other fronties at conferences where I’m presenting or at group lunches. will finish internet the way we know it, hurt India’s growth potential

Facebook and Reliance Communications Ltd have tied up to bring to India in an initiative described by Mark Zuckerberg as one to "bring connectivity for everyone".

Humans didn't even see the colour blue until modern times, research suggests

Last week we all had our minds torn apart by a dress that was clearly blue and black to some people, and 100 percent white and gold to others. But there's actually evidence that, until modern times, humans didn't really see the colour blue at all.

The Beauty of Things That Don’t Scale

When you ask a marketer about the future of the business these days, you get very different answers.

Over-testing kids is not the answer: Here’s how we really spark creativity

Too often we squelch curiosity in favor of tests, compliance and discipline.

Wake No More — Matter — Medium

For most teenagers, getting out of bed in the morning is a drag. But when Lloyd Johnson was 13 years old, he suddenly found waking up not just irritating, but agonizing and confusing.

An Autonomous Car Might Decide You

The “trolley problem” is an old, familiar thought experiment in ethics. Lately it has been enjoying a rather outlandish level of exposure. Much of the credit goes to journalists applying the problem to autonomous cars. Those discussions end up feeling remote and theoretical.

The sad state of sysadmin in the age of containers

System administration is in a sad state. It in a mess. I'm not complaining about old-school sysadmins. They know how to keep systems running, manage update and upgrade paths.

Waarom is het zo moeilijk e-mail goed te beveiligen?

It's personal. It's private. And it's no one's business but yours. Zo begint de Amerikaanse Phil Zimmermann de handleiding Op de site van Zimmermann kun je de hele verklaring lezen. voor zijn e-mailencryptieprogramma PGP, PGP is een afkorting van Pretty Good Privacy.

Shitphone: A Love Story

Last month my fourth iPhone in six years was, in medical terms, crashing. The screen, which had pulled away from its glue, was behaving strangely. The charging port, no matter how thoroughly I cleaned it, only occasionally took power.

One-man rule in Israel's hippy micro-state

While most Israelis vote for a new parliament next week there's one place in the north of Israel that will be an election-free zone - one-man rule has been the way there for more than 40 years. On Israel's coastal road, just south of Lebanon, lies a crossing into a land of another kind.

Ways to think about watches — Benedict Evans

Standing in Cupertino last week, holding an Apple watch in my hand, I was reminded very much of the original iPad launch. Here is an idea for a new thing, and the idea has been implemented very well, but it’s not quite clear if it’s a good idea.

The Hiring Post

The software developer job interview doesn’t work. Companies should stop relying on them. The savviest teams will outcompete their peers by devising alternative hiring schemes.

Coming to React from Angular

It's something I got used to, but like I mentioned, it contributes to a feeling of distance between the markup and rendered HTML. Also, I miss Angular's form validation.

That Way We’re All Writing Now

You’ve likely seen this style of writing all over the place — on Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Yik Yak, or anywhere that people communicate in writing. It goes like this: This style has been huge for some time now. Do you love it, or hate it?

What Happens When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days

Being without a phone can be an incapacitating feeling, possibly worse than leaving a wallet at home. Many adults can remember an analog era of living without a mobile phone.

Archaeologists find two lost cities deep in Honduras jungle

Archaeologists have discovered two lost cities in the deep jungle of Honduras, emerging from the forest with evidence of a pyramid, plazas and artifacts that include the effigy of a half-human, half-jaguar spirit.

Yes, Your Brand Can Survive A Material Redesign

Google's material design, which I've written about a number of times, has generally been received well by designers, developers, and press alike. We've seen numerous apps adopt it, developers explain and evangelize it, and users react positively to it.

Stop the presses: HTTPS-crippling “FREAK” bug affects Windows after all

Computers running all supported versions of Microsoft Windows are vulnerable to "FREAK," a bug disclosed Monday that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between vulnerable end-users and millions of websites.

Zo maak je van je pasgeboren baby een intensive care-patiënt

Een jonge moeder kijkt naar buiten. Het is prachtig weer. Ze neemt zich voor om met haar pasgeboren baby naar het park te gaan. Maar eerst een flesje.

25 maps that explain the English language

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha.

Short story: The Infinity Library

Dedicated to Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, with many thanks, on World Book Day March 5th 2015.

De clownsact van Hans de Boer

Hans de Boer, voorzitter van werkgeversorganisatie VNO-NCW, oog niet echt als een grappenmaker. Daar geeft zijn imposante cv ook geen enkele aanleiding toe.

The art of before-and-after pictures

Before-and-after adverts, showing pictures of people who have lost weight or become fitter, feature in thousands of magazines. But how reliable are they, asks Justin Parkinson. Wow, what a transformation. Two volunteers go from looking pale and unfit to tanned, toned and dynamic.


Dat de affaire-Verheijen voor zijn partij zo snel heeft kunnen uitgroeien tot een ‘ramp’ (De Telegraaf), geeft aan dat er meer aan de hand is dan een gedeclareerde fles wijn van 127 euro.

Why Mornings Don’t Make You Moral

The idea of the virtuous early bird goes back at least to Aristotle, who wrote, in his Economics, that “Rising before daylight is … to be commended; it is a healthy habit.

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

We came across the following article by Stephen King a little while ago. We believe it was originally published in a 1986 edition of The Writer magazine and republished in the 1988 edition of The Writer’s Handbook. We reproduce it here for educational purposes; copyright remains with Mr King. I.

Op het rechte spoor: de ontwikkeling van de spoorzone in Delft

Sinds deze week is er een einde gekomen aan de enorme geluidsoverlast van het spoorviaduct in Delft. De trein rijdt nu onder de grond waardoor het spoorviaduct na 52 jaar trouwe dienst kan worden gesloopt. Daarmee een einde makend aan de visuele barrière die de stad jaren in tweeën deelde.

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