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September 3, 2010

Hey Gruber, what about the users?
Makes you wonder why users put up with this crap. I guess some people never learn.

In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification
This is such a dumb argument. Once you move past Carr’s trite, science-y “cognitive load” it should be clear to everybody that links, more often than not, only deepen one’s understanding of material.

This is how I feel about buying apps
This makes difficult sense. Most apps are worthless, not even use-once-throw-away valuable.

The problems with ACID, and how to fix them without going NoSQL
That’s actually very nifty. Such a scheme makes perfect sense — when you’re not using disks at all. But this doesn’t describe all the problems with ACID, notably the problem of having to split different types of data across many different systems.

Goodbye Blog. Hello Letter.
Really? This seems like a huge step backwards to me. But at least it’s good to see the “amateurs” gravitating towards paid content.

Rely your web startup on Rackspace Cloud? Think again.
I expect this kind of horror story to become increasingly common going forwards…

The Future of Silverlight
I find it interesting that developing serious functionality in Javascript is so universally loathed and yet also still so popular. It explains a lot about C, Windows 95, and the universe.


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