Amazon is building a smart hone ecosystem that's easy to integrate and has a much simpler out-of-the-box experience: https://staceyoniot.com/amazon-just-pulled-an-apple-on-the-smart-home/
It's funny how competing tools get created around similar times. Both git and mercurial were created in 2005!
Rust 2018 has a much simpler approach to importing modules: https://rust-lang-nursery.github.io/edition-guide/rust-2018/module-system/path-clarity.html
The article also includes this interesting graph of file format popularity.
Looks like CSV is growing, even though it's hardly a new format! I'd speculate that the growth of machine learning has driven this.
It's striking how the 'yellow screen of death' is sometimes cited as a fatal flaw in XML (particularly XHTML) but JSON parsers are often strict in what they accept too.
Good read on the early history of JSON, and how it became the ubiquitous format it is today: https://twobithistory.org/2017/09/21/the-rise-and-rise-of-json.html
Today I learnt that Emacs has a notion of 'permanent' variables! https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Creating-Buffer_002dLocal.html
These are variables that persist even when you change major mode (which generally resets buffer-local variables).
If you download an Emacs source tarball, it comes with .elc files so you don't need to byte compile anything.
This enables you to compile the remaining (much smaller) C parts quickly: I've seen installs take under a minute!
Emacs as a platform: https://two-wrongs.com/why-you-should-buy-into-the-emacs-platform
Great overview of some of the Emacs killer apps!
Google is setting up an independent committee for the AMP standard: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/17871666/google-amp-open-source-committee-governance-instant-article
Fun short article on the need for new and innovative computer architectures now Moore's Law has ended: https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/computing/hardware/david-patterson-says-its-time-for-new-computer-architectures-and-software-languages
Chronological is hard though. If Alice retweets something on Monday and Bob retweets the same thing on Tuesday, should I see it in my feed twice?
It still feels rather weird when my Twitter feed shows me things that others have liked. We've come a long way from chronological: likes and retweets are probably just inputs into some machine learning algorithm.
Great interview with the Twitter CEO on goals, tradeoffs, and some interesting discussion of emergent behaviour after allowing users to make long display names. https://www.recode.net/2018/9/14/17857486/twitter-jack-dorsey-nyu-jay-rosen-bias-neutrality-presence-politics-recode-media-podcast
Command line tools offer increasingly complex query languages as CLI arguments (e.g. git, hg, journalctl). These help, but they're not orthogonal.
Other tools let you override the output format (e.g. docker) or just use structured text (verbose, but allows use of e.g. jq).
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