Email is Still Broken, but at Least People are Talking

Email is broken. I don't think the assertion really even requires an example for everyone to concur. Spam, ongoing wars over decades old standards and protocols, bacon (automatically generated email that you want), listservs, poorly written clients, and mixed expectations regarding replays, make email frustrating to deal with under the best of situations. Email is also inescapable. There's no other technology around at the moment which pushes messages out to users as effectively (every other thing is pull), provides administrators with as many tools and options, or has such ubiquitous adoption rates.…

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How I'd Like to Be Notified

In my last post on this topic I tried to avoid talking too much about the actual details of an implementation of what my ideal notification system would look like. In part because I think that the problem of staying on top of our digital (cyborg?) in a "real time" manner is something that transcends the specific method of implementation. I and many other awesome people have been thinking about this "real time" problem for a couple of years, and mostly we've thinking about things like microblogging (think twitter and identi.…

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Five. More. Things.

The latest in a fine tradition of tychoish posts... Five People I Enjoy on Twitter soliloqueer abstractnixon rickerje qunnorton tommorris and a bonus (DeleuzeGuatteri) Five Improvements to Web Browsers Enforce document structure standards on the server. Documents must be structured and organized within the constraints of a couple of conventions or else the server throws a 500 error. Locate all design and presentation on the client side, and allow designs to be fully independent of the design.…

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Doing Wikis Right

Wiki started as this weird idea that seemed to work against all odds. And then it seemed to really work. And now wiki is just a way to make and host a website without taking full responsibility for the generation of all the content. To say wiki is to say "collaboration" and "distributed authorship," in some vague handwaving way. But clearly, getting a wiki "right," is more difficult than just throwing up a wiki engine and saying "have at it people.…

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Notifications and Computing Contexts

Maybe it's just be but I think notifications of events on our computers suck. On OS X there's Growl, and GNU/Linux desktops have the libnotify stuff, and I'm sure there's something on windows, but I don't think this really addresses the problem at hand. Not that the software doesn't work, becuase it mostly does what it says it's going to do. The issue, I think is that we need, or will very shortly need, much more from a notification system than anything around can handle.…

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I Didn't Write A Novel Last Month

I didn't write a novel last month. I've always been a bit of a contrarian about NaNoWriMo, the project where writers and people who don't think of themselves as writers attempt a novel writing sprint during the month of November. Well, it's a 50,000 word "novel," which is in the end a bit short for a novel and a bit too long for a novella, but we'll call it a novel for the sake of simplicity.…

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Window Sizes in Tiling Window Managers

There's an issue in tiling window managers, that I think a lot folks who are used to floating window managers never expect. I wrote a post to the Awesome listserv a while back explaining this to someone, and it seems to have struck a chord (I saw the post linked to last week). I thought I'd write a brief post here to explain what's going on in a more clear and general way.…

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