“Everything is amazing and nobody is happy” is a sentiment expressed by Louis CK and explained fairly well in The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker. Similarly, we are in the most usable time of technology and human ability ever. Access to information and functionality has never been more available to more people at any time in history than now.
I’m sure many of frequent pedestrians in Atlanta have experienced the absurdities of the sidewalk conditions in the city. From just your basic “sidewalkus interruptus” to “sidewalk closed, use other side” on both sides of the street to just a big muddy hole you have to walk in, we have all been victims of the cruel joke of Atlanta’s best sidewalks.
People love to hate their ISP/Television/Telecom providers, even more than their health insurers somtimes. Why the ire? Why do companies that provide what most people think of as an added-value service seem to hold so much emotional power over them? There seem to be many answers: high prices, missed appointments, service outages, bad support, pushy sales, and monopoly tactics. None of those could account for the absolute contempt that people have for their ISPs.
There’s been a lot of discussion of public transit and urbanism in Atlanta recently. I wanted to touch on some observations I’ve made recently about public space.
Another day, another politician saying that law enforcement needs the ability to define mathematics: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/carly-fiorina-encryption-backdoors-crypto-wars-2016/… not that I’m saying that Fiorina would make a bad president or a bad tech company CEO (she most certainly would and has). Plenty of other politicians, actually most of them, have made some kind of statement saying that we need TSA locks on every digital door.
The FCC chairman has come out in support of Network Neutrality and it looks like they will start enforcing a modified Title II very soon: www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality. I think it’s good that the FCC is finally thinking about consumers, but I do have some concerns that the proposals don’t address the heart of the issue and can do us a different kind of harm.
So I’ve decided to spill the beans on some of the cool things we do at HUGECITY to get all those delicious events and event recommendations to you. Here we go with part one of a series of tech showcases: HUGECITY Secret Sauce.
We use Pivotal Tracker for our development management at HUGEcity. It’s an implementation of Scrum methodology which uses an estimated point system to track velocity to enable estimation of complete dates. In essence, “score how I did to predict how I’ll do.”
So a few weeks ago, when I was writing the home page for hugecity.us, I was really excited to be putting together an entire site with no back-end processing whatsoever. After writing a few Ruby on Rails apps recently it was nice to be able to fit a bunch of separate applications on the same small Rackspace instance.
Here’s a little tech tip I just learned. I can usually find solutions to problems like this from a quick google search, but couldn’t find anything about this. Hopefully this will be indexed and the next person will not waste as much time as me:
So yeah, twitter does it. If twitter started putting up unskippable flash ads, would you put them on your site? No? Of course not, because it’s a bad idea. URLs are supposed to represent an actual resource on the server that you’re asking for, even for your fancy one-page site. Yes it’s impossible to make HTML5 URLs work universally (seriously IE, still?), but that doesn’t mean that we need to break URLs for well behaved browsers.
It’s VERY easy to unintentionally create security holes using the asynchronous features of modern web browsers. Time was when the only holes in a web server were the HTTP request for a file and the occasional CGI script. Now, ajax requests can outnumber the normal page requests by a significant margin. We don’t always consider that these request are coming from the client space.