Tech & Culture

How airport security should work

"I showed up an hour and a half early to the airport, because you know, the security theater one has to go through. And this time, it sucked even more than usual."

Buttons and switches

"The way the buttons and switches affected these virtual worlds, made me look at my interactions with objects of the real world differently, or, more carefully."

RIP Flash

"Recently, Adobe officially announced it is discontinuing support for its Flash browser plugin by 2020."

The shift in politics and media

"This election is showing us how the Republicans and Democrats continue to make sure they are the only choices for president as traditional media continues to decline to media on the web."

Being an Apple fan

"I'm an Apple user because I want technology to fade into the background of what I'm doing."

Let's vote for sanity

"It turns out that libertarian ideas are very much for everyone. Whether you consider yourself Democrat or Republican."

The FBI vs Apple and our civil liberties

"You may have heard about the FBI demanding that Apple crack into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters. Apple has refused because they feel that it is a huge security risk to their customers."

My Soylent experience

"You may have heard of Soylent by now: the meal hack for geeks. If you haven’t, it’s basically a meal replacement drink designed to give you the nutrition your body needs while making it easy to prepare and consume."

What makes a good ebook

"Besides a great story of course, what's involved in producing a good ebook? Here's what I think the right components are and how we built Indie Aisle around them."

Re-Wired: Issues 4-6

"Wired Magazine has all of its sections archived online since its very first issue."

Why ebooks took so long

"ebooks are becoming more common today, quickly turning into a new standard for reading books. It's pretty interesting how long the idea of an ebook has actually been around, since even before the mainstream Internet."

Demos: digital art for computers

"Demos were audio-visual presentations that ran in real-time on a computer. They started as a way to show off computer performance, but quickly became an art form, mixing graphics, music and coding mastery into unique compositions."

Re-Wired: Issues 1-3

"I've been a Wired magazine subscriber for a few years now and I figured they would be a great source for learning about how the world viewed early personal computing and the internet in its early stages."

No more hardware tinkering

"In recent years, the buzz around hardware components has shifted to entire system upgrades. Hardware has become so much cheaper that it's just more convenient to get a new box or laptop every 2-3 years."

Wrong default web cursor

"This past year, I've tried an experiment on the site. I've replaced the 'text select' cursor that shows when mousing over text on a website with the default arrow cursor."

iPad and the trend towards reading digitally

"...devices like the Kindle and the iPad make ereading more accessible for people in a similar way that the iPod made downloadable music more accessible to a wider audience."

On Web Standards and rounded corners

"While general web practices make sense, the need for having formal standards seems unnecessary. Website-building technologies have in a lot of ways standardized themselves because of individual developers deciding what is appropriate to use."