As we speak the new editor is taking WordPress to the next stage of its existence and because of this there are countless “battles” ahead. To take something to a new stage is hard. It is hard because we all venture into an unknown where new things change the old, and sometimes the old is… Continue reading WordPress themes – still a good business
Did you or a friend ever start to move furniture around the house? For any reason. Like making more “space”, or adding order to chaos? Or removing clutter, unearthing things to throw away? Did you, or a friend, got at the end of exhausting days of work only to realize that you solved none of… Continue reading Gutenberg, more than an editor, the future of web editing
Is that too much courage? Oh wait, in fact there is no such thing, it’s only cost optimisation and packaging design. I find it unacceptable to buy a ten dolla’ sticker to make useable all these “pro” devices . This is nonsense. People who use their 3k laptops for showing off and entertainment are the… Continue reading I want Apple to have the courage for a matte screen
An opinion. Google and Facebook live and breathe privacy sold to advertisers, governments and manipulative systems of mass deception. Old news. However, for business purposes, I wonder, how much tracking and fingerprinting is enough? Do businesses actually want to strip the consumer of any kind of cognitive effort? Then what kind of experience is that?… Continue reading The people who buy the Pixels are to blame for our privacy voes
So I have three devices from Apple currently serviced, all three bought last year. My iPhone SE’s touchID stopped working, my iPad Pro 10.5 started to feature white spots on the screen, and today my “made to order” iMac 21″ shut down all by itself and won’t power up anymore. What is this? What are… Continue reading My Apple lock down because of Google’s greed
With an Advertising ID I could be in charge of the things I want tracked about myself, an opt in participation, not only a generic yes or no, instead, a detailed approach on tracking. If I had an advertising ID that the browser allows me to manage, and which would be common across all browsers,… Continue reading What if we had an Advertising ID API in the browser?
Aren’t we lovely when we’re delusional? Er, I mean all high on hope. When you think of software eating the world you imagine: an automated heaven, filled with people being paid for leisure time a symphony of orchestrated machinery, working for some hard coded greater good hidden, but constantly communicating, systems that combine streams of data… Continue reading Actually, the world is eating software
This whole “apple” name thing, with the bite in that logo, you know it is about the biblical genesis, right? Yeah, I know you did, I was just making sure. If I was the biblical snake today, that’s how I’d make sure everyone takes a bite out of the fruit of knowledge: I’d make it… Continue reading Apple Is The Fruit, Google Is The Tree
Listen, there currently is no “next big thing.” Internet of shit. The “cloud” of no server admin. Ai. Yes, no capital “i” there. Voice Assistants. Text Assistants. Seriously? Everybody is busy crunching numbers, to analyse the present and predict the future, in an industry made by geeks to pleasure simpletons. The iPhone, with all its… Continue reading It’s Samsung’s fault for Apple’s shitty products
The computer is an asshole Learning to program a computer is a lot like talking to a person you’ve barely met. You are kinda awkward for a while, they are also a bit of holding back on emotions and both of you try not to screw it up. When you program a computer you will write… Continue reading How to code
The checkbox people I am one. Has a list, must check it all. The radio button people They find one aspect of life and identify completely with it. The textarea people I’d like to be one of these. The interesting ones but also potentially boring folk. The text input people They’re very good at oneliners. The dropdown select people Like… Continue reading The 14 Forms Of People
JX = Justification Experience What? You never heard of JX? Well that’s because I invented it, half an hour ago. And because I am not famous, yet. But hey, you’re here, aren’t you, reading this, so let me explain. “Justification Experience” is when we reply to legit questions with justifications instead of real answers. That’s… Continue reading Top Five JX Patterns
I work on web development projects for over 15 years and the biggest challenge has constantly been: quality human capital. It is really a weird situation, in a domain that is so technically inclined, where people face with problems that may boggle some of the greatest minds, to be set aside instead by problems of… Continue reading Why finding “10x” developers is so hard
Did you notice how we create complexity to solve complexity? I did, and then I wanted to delete everything. Tabula rasa means blank slate. It is coming from the requirement of erasing by melting the layer of wax used to write things on back in the Roman days. In time it has transcended this mundane… Continue reading When to Delete Everything
I’m finding it harder and harder to write on Medium. First of all, apparently I currently write only for a few members of Medium.com, which I could name by heart if I wanted to, and that’s actually a problem because I shouldn’t know their names, because I have over 2000 followers. Yet, the more followers I… Continue reading Medium feels worse than blogging
P = NP is a simple and short notation for a problem that “asks whether every problem whose solution can be quickly verified by a computer (NP) can also be quickly solved by a computer (P)”. P = NP means yes, P != NP means no. The golden rule is NP. A moral compass is P. The… Continue reading The uncanny problem with autonomous AI
Culture fit means shared experience Most things that we believe were “invented” by universities were actually discovered by tinkering and later legitimized by some type of formalization — N. Taleb, Incerto You know, I never care to know random things. Like that life saver when you write your PHP scripts: How is a PHP array implemented internally? Who… Continue reading Nothing beats experience
Just like with computer security, or any security at all in fact, if you seal any outside access you won’t be able to get out yourself. So, because all security has to primordially be practical, it advertises its own vulnerabilities. A news algorithm is not the solution to media manipulation. I see the optimism and… Continue reading If it’s man made it serves the man
Here is a very popular article: I read it. It hurts. The author is great, don’t get me wrong, Romain Serman is doing a great job with the article. The article is good as a story. The content is the problem, the fact it describes a desirable behavior and a present reality, in a place… Continue reading Silicon Valley Etiquette made me sick
I wonder will PCs revert to being dumb terminals with a twist. I imagine buying this hardware that can’t do much, like a chrome book, that connects to everything and learns all there is online about me and it “knows” what to do next. I connect to Facebook and suddenly my computer knows my funny bone.… Continue reading The return of the mainframe?
If this is the best way to visually explain ML we’re fucked.
What will be to [web] development what the phone was to photography? Machine Learning Lauren Mendoza said it right in her Coding is over rant. But because she has the beginner’s view all over her sentences everyone got so so so mad. The problem why coding is over is not CRUD, frameworks, CMS’s or because… Continue reading Coding shall be another solved problem
– Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the dumbest of them all? – You are. – Fuck you! – You’re shitting me. WTF, wasn’t you the one who asked? – Well yeah, but I didn’t expect such sincerity. Maybe a speech on the relativity of stupidity would have done a better job …. – Seriously? –… Continue reading Artificial sincerity
I don’t understand thid whole Slack glorification. I mean, really, everyone is behaving liks it’s a damn second coming of productivity! What has productivity got to do with it anyway? It’s a messaging app. Don’t get me wrong, I championed the adoption of slack at the company I work with. I like it. But the… Continue reading Slack is boring, barebones, hype, lazy and rude
1) First create an UX (user experience) a) What is the experience? b) Who are your users? personas market research c) What do your users want? user stories customer journey d) How are you going to give them what they want? communication design information design funnels design UI design 2) Second engineer the IA (information… Continue reading How to build software in 3 steps
I don’t know about you, but one of the things I like best about Medium is not the writing, it is the reading. I mean, lets be honest, my most successful written stuff are random replies to posts and a drawing that Ev Williams recommended. Seriously, that was a laugh, because I have written a… Continue reading Medium for the “reader” personna
The world of messaging is on fire: 2016 is supposed to be the year of the command line, Chris Messina says, and Clippy would finally get its revenge. predicts Sarah Guo . The problem is we apparently need someone to own the command line. We are blind for some reason to the fact that we already… Continue reading Gmail, why is Slack eating your lunch?
I love Medium. I am afraid though that it is still a product in its infancy and that after all it is prone to the same issues haunting all social platforms: pollution and dilution of authority. Some people are “influencers” and some are “followers” and that’s that. Therefore i strongly believe that someone who really… Continue reading Medium to WordPress in quirks mode
And because of this I am not saying “no”. I am saying “I don’t have the time for it”. The thing is I have a very narrow view about what the life I dream of is. So, if you ask me why I don’t do this and why I don’t do that, well it is… Continue reading I want to live the life I’ve always dreamt I would live.
The story of launching our mobile site Greetings from Romania. Running a start up, while fending off vampires, can be a tough business. Being so busy with these blood suckers, we postponed our mobile website just until Father Google woke up one day and said: “that information which is not mobile friendly, shall be cast… Continue reading Maybe broccoli loves you
Lately i keep seeing articles like the one linked here. This idea that we developers like to promote, that its all havoc and mess (like this article itself is) does two things, perfectly well: keeps people off this industry as a career option makes everyone else think we’re simply lucky that the first ones want… Continue reading I hate bacon, kill me.
a framework even designers can understand ^-^ Ok, this has to be appreciated at least for the nerve — making a PHP framework in 2014, the year of the node, is both uncool and hard to promote. But you’re here, and so please carry on, you might be impressed. Raster PHP is a super small footprint collection… Continue reading Introducing Raster PHP
An unruly take on the notion of performance In building this scale of skill, the units I am considering are as follows: Amount of effort — the quantity of individual time (based on a pondering coefficient) that the person is spending on the test task. Outcome — how much procentually did the person accomplish from the assignment. Cadence — how often… Continue reading A skill scale for developers
Easy, peasy but not measly I have heard among colleagues, and also among some people I follow online, a bunch of grumpy talk about how freelancing and independent work is doubtfully a progress, about how working from home makes you not leave the house at all, or about how hard it is to have a stable… Continue reading Be happy working on your own