Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Computer science literature is often uninteresting, un-animated, and unreadable. The Best Software Writing goes to show that a technical author can be creative and informative at the same time. Is there any reason why a definition of a concept cannot be humorous? Is there a set of rules that do not allow a manual to have a personality? Who wants to read an 800 page book made of drowning terms, and absolutely no hint of imagination? If you're going to write something of a technical nature, at least do your audience a favor and make your work readable.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Internet is a melting pot of both good and bad. Users determine what content is online. It is up to each user to make the internet a worthwhile place. There's enough trashy-slizy content on the Internet. Word's have the ability to motivate; so, when posting, choose meaningful words, preferably the profane-free kind. Art and music can touch the heart and sole. Share art and music that inspires hope, and a positive life. Make the internet as positive as possible takes the effort of every user.
Monday, March 22, 2010
NBC news recently reported on a teen who contracted carpal tunnel from excessive texting. The teen averaged 3,146 text messages a month. Her diagnosis resulted in the need to wear un-average arm braces and other treatments for the shooting pains in her wrists. In hindsight, the girl regrets her texting habits. But who wouldn't, after the fact of being diagnosed. Texting requires balance. It needs limits. There's no need for anyone to experience physical pain, in the form of a side affect, due to texting.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The open source development structure is a stable and cost effective way to create software. Software companies create software in a closed proprietary environment so that the company can make a profit. Open source's free-labor free-results makeup does not allow for profit–if anything profit from open source comes in the form of pyramid scheme, where those on top reap the benefits. Companies need to design a development structure that takes advantage of open source development tactics, but allows contributors to be compensated. If companies cannot design such a structure, then open source saturation will ensue. Saturation will happen when a piece of open source software becomes an industry leader, which causes real businesses to close their doors. An example of such saturation is Wikipedia and the ever-diminishing Encyclopedia Britannica.
Monday, March 15, 2010
As an American, I've been raised to believe that America is the best nation. The greatest inventions with their intelligent inventors reside here. The worlds leading companies are headquartered in one of the fifty states. The cluster of creation and innovation that is America has created an upward spiral of progress and prosperity that absorbs and includes any willing citizen. It's easy to be proud of America. It's easy to be an American. I do realize; however, my pride in America comes with a downfall. The downfall is located in the heart of my American pride. My pride is selfish. It wants for America and for myself, and does not want for others. I'm involved in a self-serving struggling to become successful. I want to experience prosperity. I want to be swept up in American opulence. To me, the flattened world is spreading the American "good life" over the surface of the planet, causing American abundance and plenty to become thin and less concentrated. I've always been told about the American dream, and now that dream exists for the innovative where ever they may be. "So, be creative and compete." I tell myself "Be better than the best." But, I wonder if there's enough prosperity to go around. I have to be capable of being successful not on the American stage, but on the world stage. As an American on the world stage, where do I fall?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I'm imagining a world without copyright laws. I've completed my magnum opus–a rock n' roll album. I released the album to several distributors and I am waiting for revenue to start rolling in. But the big bucks will never come. After a few thousand purchases, the sales of my album drop despite its number-one spot on music charts. Instead of purchasing the album, fans are downloading and sharing my work for free on the Internet. In the end I hardly cover the production cost of the album. In the real world, a world with copyright laws, my album would be able to make a profit. Extremists are motioning there is no need to copyright anymore, and copyrighting itself stifles creativity. However, copyrights create money. Part of the fuel behind creativity is compensation for a job well done. Without the income that copyrighting creates, I would be less motivated to produce a high quality version of my album.