Labnotes

Weekend Reading — In defense of snuggies

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Shen Me. Every night.


Design Objective

PEENT PEENT So that got me to stop and rethink a few things:

Like, 90% of infomercial style products were designed by/for disabled people, but you wouldn’t know that, because there is no viable market for them. THey have to be marketted and sold to abled people just so that any money can be made of off them and so the people who actually need them will have access.

I think snuggies are the one example almost everyone knows. They were invented for wheelchair users (Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a coat on and off of someone in a wheelchair? Cause it’s PRETTY FUCKIN HARD.) But now everyone just acts like they’re some ~quirky, white people thing~ and not A PRODUCT DESIGNED TO MAKE PEOPLES DAY TO DAY LIVES 10000X EASIER.

Take the Time to Use Fewer Words LT;DR If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.

Using science to make truly tappable user interfaces Understanding target size.

A truly tappable UI is built with elements that are at minimum around 10mm, with the optimum touch element size around 13mm, which is at Microsoft's standard.

Forget about the Golden Ratio and let's talk about Order vs Complexity The mathematics of aesthetics.

Birkhoff defines a typical aesthetic experience as a compound of three successive phases: (1) the act of attention, that increases proportionally to the observed object's complexity (C); (2) the feeling of value or aesthetic measure (M); and (3) the realization that the object is characterized by a certain harmony or order (O).

Best Practices for Cards On designing UIs that use cards.

Mission to Mercury: Designing a clean reading experience for web articles Behind the design of Mercury Reader, successor to Readability.

The Futures of Typography What Gutenberg and Manutius can teach us about web design:

Which of these two readers are we designing for? Is the reader familiar with the ideas being presented? Are they likely to read more about the product or service? How do we encourage the right type of reading? And how much information is vital, how much is superfluous? Our future typography will have to cater to both of these groups of readers.

Paco Hope Thoughtful CLI: "The 'at' command is so quirky. Moans about grammar but does its job anyways. Knows 'teatime'."


Tools of the Trade

Global Git Ignores How to use ~/.gitignore effectively.

Isn’t our code just the BEST 🙄 "Views from the 6 weeks in hell I spent rewriting bumpers in react." If you're starting with React, read this first. I don't agree with all of it, but always good to learn from the mistakes/explorations of others.

json.browse() jq in the browser.

3 New CSS Features to Learn in 2017 Feature queries, grid layout, and native variables. Not yet supported by all browsers, but soon enough.

Animate to Different End States Using One Set of CSS Keyframes Cool CSS trick.

Webhooks do’s and dont’s: what we learned after integrating +100 APIs "The webhook landspace is still fragmented but common patterns are eventually coming up tough."

Writefull This app that gives feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of correct language.

Tom Morris Guilty as charged:

I love it when programmers get all huffy about having to upgrade to Python 3 while also grumbling about IE9 holdouts.


Lines of Code

Learning the Fundamentals of Functional Programming A free email course explaining the basics of functional programming.

Julia Evans Pretty much:

getting better at software: when I write "if something goes wrong" I try to erase it and replace it with "when something goes wrong"

marius eriksen

It’s really amazing to think that Ken Thomson and Dennis Ritchie managed to make Unix without StackOverflow.


Architectural

How Long Would Your Organisation Last Without Programmers? The poll results are telling.

Abstraction for the sake of Abstraction KISS

I like tooling and automation. I think writing unit tests is a freaking fantastic and very rewarding endeavor. However, I feel that there is a point at which the tools we use to automate rudimentary tasks add too much complexity. I'm seeing more and more of this everyday, thanks to the speed at which the web development ecosystem is progressing.

Kelsey Hightower

The best technical discussions focus on trade offs under a given set of constraints; not better or worse comparisons.


Techtopia

Manisha Agarwal

Nomads: people who have larger collections of coffee shop wifi passwords than clothes - Stevie Nix

Fred Lambert "A bunch of Tesla Model Xs in training flapping their wings. Closest thing we have to flying cars right now"


Locked Doors

A look at how private messengers handle key changes Ignore what the Guardian has to say about WhatsApp, and read this post instead to understand which messaging app is right for you. TL;DR

WhatsApp: Some nice features and functionality, but needs to change the behavior for key changes while messages are in flight. Getting this right while supporting groups is probably tricky.

Signal: Safest choice, but borrowing a few features from WhatsApp could be nice.

We reverse engineered 16k apps, here’s what we found Your regular reminder to check your codebase for hardcoded secrets.

A Threat Intelligence Thought Exercise Interesting thought experiment for anyone dealing with security/threat modeling:

I was at dinner on Tuesday with 6 security professionals and I proposed this hypothetical situation and I thought it was worth writing up and sharing.

Let them paste passwords "Improve your security by supporting your users. Let them paste passwords."


None of the Above

Steven Shorrock "When you find yourself reading something on the plane that is probably better saved for another time."

Japanese toilet industry agrees to standardize complex bidet controls “But figuring out the bidet controls is half the fun” — wife

Who’s winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course Adorable, furry animals, also pose biggest risk to our infrastructure.

trevor beattie "Stalin mocked Churchill for the crocodile skin case on his iPhone. Yet the Tweets he received from Bletchley Park helped us win the War.."