I am in the process of deleting my presence on the last social networking
website I have left, LinkedIn. This has
been triggered by their latest
In “You Are Not A Gadget”, Jaron Larnier argues that the choices when
designing a technology, such as the limitations made for simplicity’s sake, can
shape the way we think about not just the piece of technology itself, but also
the domain it applies to. That process of lock-in, for especially
persistent and successful designs, can end up shaping the way we interact with
the real world.
In no particular order.
Listening to podcasts. I’m very fond of podcasts. Having something interesting to listen to all the time has gotten me to walk more, do more dishes, and enjoy an otherwise bad commute (remember those?) Plus, like any new medium, it feels like a close community: there are so many creators I feel very close to. Many years in, however, the downsides are very clear: constant craving for novelty and entertainment, mindlessness, reluctance to connect to people nearby (the few people who are not wearing headphones anyway.
After re-reading some of the papers from Bell Labs, something clicked in my
mind, and I’m hooked. I’m now reading “The UNIX Programming
by Kernighan and Pike. It’s got that fun style you’re probably familiar with, if
you’ve read K&R or the blue book. One of the first exercise
questions, on the chapter on file systems: