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Every time you direct somebody to GitHub and ask them to file an issue or use it for some other kind of work (esp. without even stopping to consider whether they even have an account), imagine you have a Facebook group instead, and you're telling them to post in it. Stop and think about why you feel that doing the same thing with GitHub is any different.

Being a GitHub user should not be a prerequisite for public participation.

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Suggestion: World Takeout Day

* celebrate the spirit of the Data Transfer Project and bring awareness about personal data portability
* encourage everyone to export their data from Google Takeout and other DTP "signatories"
* encourage indies to implement takeout options
* public shaming for large orgs (like GitHub [maxlaumeister.com/articles/git]) that still haven't implemented an easy and straightforward takeout option

datatransferproject.dev/

PSA, folks: Chrome does not use WebKit. If you've been misleading yourself, or letting people get away with misleading others, it's past time to stop.

People will act like the prospect of maintaining private forks of some derpy NPM modules is a major crisis, but then think that 8+ years of diverging development by two software giants pouring $billions of engineering resources into what are some of the most complex pieces of software that exist... is, like, nbd or something.

@raucao the "What can I do for remoteStorage?" link on 5apps Storage landing page points to a non-existent page on the wiki.

5apps.com/storage

wiki.remotestorage.io/What_can

Proposal: when conjugating singular they, "they is" and "they's" are correct.

In addition to everything else that's wrong with the world, Laffy Taffy is botching jokes now. It's "tooth-hurty", not "tooth-thirty", ya dumdums. C'mon.

(The earlier mention of Korzybski was just for exposition and not really what I meant for all this to be *about*, but he does have some things to say about how memes are ableto survive the death of its carriers' generation stick around "permanently".)

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It acts in ways that don't always bear the mark of thoughtfulness or evidence that it has given consideration to others.

I hope that by the time I've personally reached late middle age, the Web will have reached a point where it exhibits true maturation, stability, and wisdom. And hopefully the metaphor is able to end there, so that everyone can experience a WWW in that state of being permanently in its prime.

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Korzybski wrote in Manhood of Humanity that WWII ended humanity's childhood and marked its transition into "manhood" (read: adulthood).

The Web and the industry around it is probably in the early part of its adulthood. Hypermedia tailored for use by the general public is def. past its infancy—I'd put it at having recently exited its period of adolescence. It's now in that stage where it has responsibilities, maybe it's even self-sufficient. But it's also a little too bold and reckless.

There's a worthwhile cultural critique in the form of an essay waiting to be written on this topic. I wish someone would write it down and it were widely read and actually ended up having an impact. But that's unlikely to happen.

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This is fucking stupid:

hey.science/dumpster-fire/

... and emblematic of all bad ideas in tech that get celebrated only out of appreciation of the layers of technology involved and the follow-through in producing the arrangement from the initial idea.

Ever think about the origin of the word "movie" and realize how silly it is?

And of course the other scenario that is likely to frustrate is to approach one problem as if it's distinct unto itself while doing the same somewhere else and not realizing that they're the same problem.

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One trap is to approach a problem without realizing that it's two distinct problems. Failure to recognize this leads to muddled thinking and bad attempts at a solution. Those attempts will be thwarted as being unsalvageable. Untold human effort has been wasted in this vein, including a lot of energy exchanging words—usually not out of disagreement, but because *all* parties are falling into the trap! They (rightly) react with upset at the inherent conflicts that emerge in these system.

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Jim Barksdale speaking of business said it comes down to two things. "[O]nly two ways to make money in business: One is to bundle; the other is unbundle."

Without making a strong claim about a limit of two in what follows, I'll say that in other disciplines, problem solving seems to be easiest when you keep two things in mind, striving to always remain acutely aware of them, so as not to fall into their traps—i.e. to not make simple errors in just *thinking* about the problem.

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Too often people creating demos are so besot with the kind of navelgazing caused by focused work, that they carry it over and focus too much on their solution in the demo instead of the problem.

Demos should be 80% about outlining the problem, clearly dissecting it and identifying the constraints, and then remainder dedicated to, "Look, watch my thing solve it."

You have a README, but it's zero bytes. What are you even doing, really?

How much of the world’s shares of good stuff never sees the light of day because it never gets polished enough to ever seem presentable?

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Every time you direct somebody to GitHub and ask them to file an issue or use it for some other kind of work (esp. without even stopping to consider whether they even have an account), imagine you have a Facebook group instead, and you're telling them to post in it. Stop and think about why you feel that doing the same thing with GitHub is any different.

Being a GitHub user should not be a prerequisite for public participation.

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In response to new Pi 400, with shades of usesthis.com:

Ideal hardware platform: integrated but standardized (:extensible/hackable) keyboard+mobo, but the external display is a Chromebook-like Web appliance in its own right.

So you have a full-powered creators' workstation when plugged in, but it decays into hyperportable, Web-powered smart screen—i.e., a tablet made for content consumption.

Raises (interesting!) challenges wrt pulling off seamless cooperating systems / distributed computing.

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