Category Archives: Development

How to crash a computer by sound

I remember Raymond Chen as one of the developers in charge of making Windows 95 the success it was. I also seem to remember that he was almost obsessed with backwards compatibility. Here he is telling the story from the … Continue reading

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Mobile games are time wasters

You know all the “2048” games on smartphones? They are actually simplified clones of an original game called “Threes“, that some indie developers spent a very long time perfecting. And I have to agree with Yahtzee, mobile games are – … Continue reading

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Owlbear Rodeo

At the beginning of the lockdown a couple of developers, who are also avid Role Players, had a problem. How to continue their game when the friends couldn’t meet? There’s the big solution of Roll20 which probably has all the … Continue reading

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A fun story about emergent patterns

From one of the developers of the game Skyrim: Among Skyrim players, you’ll occasionally see this tip: if you see a wild fox, follow it and you’ll be led to treasure. Sometime shortly after shipping, we saw this going around … Continue reading

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So, about Facebook going offline

For those that didn’t notice, Facebook had an extensive period downtime due to a simple mistake: a bunch of friends have texted me asking for a basic explanation as to what the hell happened to knock off all of Facebook … Continue reading

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The legacy of Google Reader

I used Google Reader until it was discontinued at Google and yes, it taught me a valuable lesson: Don’t trust a tool from Google. I use Feedly now. They have one product. I still see, after 8 years, people mentioning … Continue reading

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Cheap clients

Some of the strangest experiences I’ve had sound like this: Charge more and your clients are nicer The truest and most reliable lesson in freelancing. — Alex Napier Holland A long time ago when I did web dev, we found … Continue reading

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The inventor of the pocket calculator has passed away

At its launch the Sinclair Executive cost twice the average weekly wage, but it was the first slimline pocket calculator and it was the brain-child of Sir Clive Sinclair. He correctly surmised that the market for such a calculator would … Continue reading

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One of those Gmail features that sound great on paper

If you get a confirmation email for an event, a restaurant or hotel, Google will likely add this to your Calendar automatically. This sounds great on paper and once I found out, I disabled the feature for my account. Which … Continue reading

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Subscriptions must be the future

This is one of those predictions I make that I absolutely believe in but also kind of doubt, because they fit so well with how I consume media. Matthew Inman, the artist behind “The Oatmeal“, “Exploding Kittens“, and much more, … Continue reading

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