ianh boosted

brain learning &
self improvement tips:

- strong your learn muscle
- improvement.
- 3. succeed success

ianh boosted

(you, a programmer, weak): "I must automate this task so that I will do no manual work! my editor software crashing is unacceptable!"

(a 3D artist, poweful): "I will place 2000 vertices manually doing retopo. then my program will crash, and I will start over doing the same thing again."

Show thread
ianh boosted

anyway while we're all talking about maps here's the best tumblr post ever made

ianh boosted

As a programmer it's been really hard to wean myself off of thinking in terms of global solutions. This, in comparison to building local or community technology.

Thinking this way can make things harder (now your tech needs need to scale to the world) and not useful (different people in different places have different needs).

This kind of blew my mind: like, you can just go and build a piece of tech and only give it to your friends & the immediate people it's helpful for. You don't *need* to design for The World. I think this kind of thinking is really important for breaking away from capitalistic modes of thinking.

ianh boosted

spoons are basically sort of just bowls on the end of a stick

ianh boosted

we need to reclaim programming as something for everyone

we need to reclaim it as a thing to use for fun and as a personal tool, instead of something you learn for careers to impress corporations

computer programming should be a place where misogyny, sexism, corporations, and capitalism don't belong

Show thread
ianh boosted

@pixelpaperyarn @grainloom
Absolutely. The main barrier between non-technical users and programming is not 'learning to code' but the assumption of a division of labor between non-technical users (who are assumed to run away screaming at the sight of a config file) & programmers. It's enforced by the use of binaries: our software is packaged in hermetically sealed containers in faraway factories, & only wizards can change the running code.

ianh boosted

its ok to be lazy and leave your kitchen messy sometimes, treat yourself!

:promoted: Promoted by Ants

ianh boosted
ianh boosted

workbench 3.1 on amiga 2000 with MNT ZZ9000 graphics card (in development)

ianh boosted

"University of California terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research"

universityofcalifornia.edu/pre

Context for those not in the US: this is huge. UC is a uniquely enormous and influential university system in our country. When they do things, many other universities follow suit.

ianh boosted

Did you know? You can tell the approximate era of a circuit board by how the traces are laid out and spaced. I’d say this is mid to late 70s. Hand-traced, with beautiful curves!

ianh boosted

you use an IDE to write your code, huh. which one?? visual studio? xcode? or maybe you use eclipse?ah, i see, youre actually an emacs fan huh??

well..... the program *I* use is

ianh boosted

Random thought:

a. software dev lies at the intersection of tech and arts & humanities.
b. the other industry at that intersection is fashion
c. the two industries have similar dynamics
d. comparing the history of fashion with the history of software would be a very fun project

ianh boosted

Off the back of what I posted last night about language and ideology I want to do a thread (probably fairly long) about language and history in Scotland because it's near and dear to my heart and also it informs a lot of today's politics here even if people don't realise it. Also I see well-meaning people reproducing bad history related to this all the time

ianh boosted
ianh boosted
ianh boosted

@clacke @Shamar @scolobb @strypey @z428 @Purism @aral @ente Seconded. Funding FOSS development directly risks turning it into a de-facto business, with donating parties de-facto customers (as has happened with Mozilla). Ensure developers' basic needs are met & then let them work on whatever they feel needs work, and the result will be less business-oriented (and thus, more user-oriented) software.

Show older
Mastodon

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!