Weekend Reading — Time has stopped
So car park payment machines teach us that the best user interface is no interface.
Car park payment machines teach us that usability is a differentiator only when customers have a choice.
A Map of White Space for Product Managers On finding and addressing the critical gaps between users, developers and the business.
The Technology behind Hyperlapse from Instagram Remarkable and yet so simple.
Some Dark Patterns now illegal in UK The UK is regulating these dark patterns away.
Tools of the Trade
Kitematic A beautiful, open source, OS X app for working with Docker.
artoo.js Web scraping that runs in your the browser.
Chartist.js Responsive SVG charts with a simple API.
Medium’s CSS is actually pretty f#$^ing good. How Medium cleaned up their CSS and arrived at a good set of guidelines.
Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need? How can such a simple feature be so complex?
A single div Objects drawn with CSS and a single
jekyll is easy to install. Just XCode, homebrew, rbenv, bundler, nodejs, the jekyll gem and the npm dependencies. Easy!
Lines of Code
Keep a CHANGELOG A well maintained changelog is one of the best features you can add to your open source project. Read the link for tips on how to write a great
CHANGELOG.md. See also The Semantics of Software.
Because software tools are for people. If you don’t care, why are you contributing to open source? Surely, there must be a kernel (ha!) of care somewhere in that lovely little brain of yours.
Staying sane with small incremental releases I can't think of any other way to manage releases. All features can be sliced down to small, incremental, manageable, chunks.
A bird on the wall … A simple hack that gets meetings to run on time and stay on topic.
The one word men never see in their performance reviews Care to guess the bias?
Reject the arrogant notion that with proper advance planning, you'll have a project that goes smoothly and results in a usable solution. Most of the time, from what I've seen, it doesn't work out that way. Not at all.
Instead of looking for employees that thrive in complex environments, how about looking for ones that excel at simplifying that environment?
Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search I present you this link with no comments.
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe Apparently cell providers coordinate via a network called SS7, which is about as secure as the average WordPress blog.
Researchers Made a Fake Social Network to Infiltrate China's Internet Censors Ingenious. And interesting what China does and doesn't filter:
It's generally OK to criticize the government in China, as long as you aren't inciting others to act.
None of the Above
The girl with three biological parents Why and how people end up with the DNA of three biological parents.
Ebola doctor reveals how infected Americans were cured TL;DR Ebola does not survive contact with modern medical care.
Finding an ISIS Training Camp An interesting pook at how ground photos and satellite imagery analysis works.
GITenberg If you can't tell from the name, a collaborative digital library for books, rooted in Git.
LightMode - Electroluminescent Motorcycle Helmets An LED kit to light up your motorcycle helmets. Great for visiblity or that Tron look.
SMS Racing A time trial arcade racer that captures the “thrill” of texting and driving.
Don’t do what you love "Do what you love" is a privilege only afforded to a few.