Mike Ashley

01feb2014

February 01, 2014

Software in 2014
Tim Bray on the state of software development in 2014. Nothing surprising and nice to have a frustrating client-side landscape validated. It's sad that all the energy is in creating less capable interfaces in mobile and browser-based environments. UI design is taking a big step backward because of technology change.
Meanwhile at code.org
A reminder that Seymour Papert was trying to teach children to reason about mathematical ideas and that programming was a means to an end, not the end itself. This is a reaction to code.org's mission to bring programming to secondary schools.
Bitcoin - The Internet of Money
This author is optimistic about the opportunity to disrupt the financial sector, but he is still not very clear on what problems need to be solved...
Can Do vs Can't Do Cultures
...And related to that, Andreesen Horowitz has invested in Bitcoin, and Ben Horowitz suggests that people stop hating on Bitcoin just because we don't know what to do with it yet.
How Netflix Reinvented HR
This is a recent version of Netflix's culture deck. There is an interview with Netflix's CEO, but you will have to pay for a copy of it if not already subscribing to HBR. Caution: you have to consider what Netflix is doing in the context of your own industry to evaluate if all they do makes sense.
Trey Anastasio Band 2014 Winter Tour
TAB started their winter tour last week which will end in Indianapolis on February 15. Set lists and torrents of audience tapes are here. Scott Schneider's recordings of the Denver shows are pretty good.