White Board Quotes

When you walk around the building you find white boards being used for different things. Sorry for the glare. This was found next to our help desk folks and reads:
“When you hold the power button down to turn something off, it feels like you’re choking the life out of it and watching it die.”

What’s the best thing you’ve found on a whiteboard at your work?

Michael Invented Pong

Actually according to Wikipedia:

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games. It is a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. The game was originally manufactured by Atari, which released it in 1972. Allan Alcorn created Pong as a training exercise assigned to him by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell based the idea on an electronic ping-pong game included in the Magnavox Odyssey, which later resulted in a lawsuit against Atari. Surprised by the quality of Alcorn’s work, Bushnell and Atari co-founder Ted Dabney decided to manufacture the game.

Pong quickly became a success and was the first commercially successful video game, which helped to establish the video game industry along with the first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey. Soon after its release, several companies began producing games that copied Pong’s gameplay, and eventually released new types of games. As a result, Atari encouraged its staff to produce more innovative games. The company released several sequels that built upon the original’s gameplay by adding new features. During the 1975 Christmas season, Atari released a home version of Pong exclusively through Sears retail stores. It was also a commercial success and led to numerous copies. The game has been remade on numerous home and portable platforms following its release. Pong is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. due to its cultural impact. Pong has been referenced and parodied in multiple television shows and video games, and has been a part of several video game and cultural exhibitions.

So, Michael didn’t invent Pong, but it is available to program on the Kano which her older brother recently gave her.  #ProudDad

 

Rediscovering RSS Feeds

There was a day in the internet when the who experience online felt new and exciting.  In those days one of the ways I used to get the content I wanted was through an RSS feed.  An app or website would go fetch the latest feed from the list I had given it and the newest articles would appear in my reader without me having to visit the websites and work through each of their navigation methods to get at the content they contained.

This week I found a blog that’s only posted on Wednesdays and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to remember to put it into my routine to follow it.  What blog you ask?  Well, the Etymology blog at the Oxford University Press (OUP) of course!

I was able to find an RSS feed reader and can now subscribe to the blog that inspired this resurgence.  It’s been years since google killed Google Reader.  I wondered if any other sites other than OUP were still using RSS.  It turns out, most of the content I enjoy has an RSS feed reader.  Now I can go on living my life and making the internet work for me.

While I am enjoying Vivaldi as my browser, I’ve also become aware of how much of the internet requires a browser.  The browser should be one component of enjoying the world having this marvelously beautiful interconnected system, but it shouldn’t be the total of the experience.

As far as apps go, I’m agnostic.  A good RSS feed reader simply needs to let me store the various feeds and be able to read them effectively.  On Linux right now I’m using Akregator.  It’s not a perfect app, but it’s solving a problem and I’m loving the solution.

The internet works for me again!

Vivaldi

Vivaldi was a great composer.  His Four Seasons were awesome.

Four Seasons 1st Movement

Now, he’s a browser.  ArsTechnica did a great write-up on the features and functionality and I took the bait.  It’s a great tool and really gives power users control over their workflow online.

I enjoy having the web panels on the left hand side.  This allows me to have a compact version of the web page for my social media/messaging applications in a way that lets me get right to the content.

Happy News

If the news you’re watching encourages you to see the what’s wrong in the world instead of all the wonderful things that are going well, then maybe you need a different source of news.

I love my feeds!  Today I saw that:

  •  a racoon climbed a 23 story building

  • you can still contribute to the State of DevOps report

  • Prophets are alive and speaking to us with messages of encouragement

  • Endless OS is a thing

  • Some friends of mine had their first kid

Yes, there are things in this world that aren’t going well.  Yes, they need attention to be addressed, but I find that traditional media outlets don’t call attention to things so they can get fixed.  They call attention to things so we’ll pay attention to the source instead of the people and things that are around us and making our lives better.

Choose your source of news, and make sure the news it chooses reflects who you want to become.

What I’ve Learned From The GDPR

According to Wikipedia: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.[

My guess is that anything government related is probably going to do the opposite of whatever is advertized. So if you were guessing this was a post about me being optimistic about the EU bureacrats actually being able to protect user data, you’re wrong.

But, that’s not what I’ve learned from the GDPR.

I’ve had my current email address for more than a decade. During that time I’ve done a lot of projects and signed up for accounts at different websites. Thanks to the GDPR every one of them is contacting me via email to update me on their terms of service.

What have I learned from the GDPR? Over the last ten years I’ve visited and created accounts at a lot of websites.