What we do know is that in technology, we’ve never been served well by monocultures — we know this for sure. I worry that in our desire for clearer definition, easier standards, faster progress, we’re forgetting that we know this. Same as it ever was, I suppose.
Interesting insight on Opera’s decision to move to webkit as their rendering engine
"If you’re only filling your head with a single source of inspiration, sitting in a single environment, thinking about a single topic, you’ll only ever have a single output. We are the sum of our experiences, so when asked to generate new thought, we’ll be calling upon the existing thought in our heads, breaking it down and recombining it."
"I’ll pay you $5000 to build the MVP of that idea you’ve been kicking around in your head for the last year."
Interesting proposition on Hacker News for a way to get startups started. Mutually beneficial as both parties end up with 50% of something (rather than the developer having 100% of nothing) and the risk is shared (as the investor is paying for the time spent developing the MVP)
"Here’s the secret that every successful software company is based on: You can domesticate programmers the way beekeepers tame bees. You can’t exactly communicate with them, but you can get them to swarm in one place and when they’re not looking, you can carry off the honey."
Insight on how coders work and how software companies die
"What was Iceland’s approach? To do the exact opposite of everything the bankers running our own economies told us to do. The bankers (naturally) told us that we needed to bail out the criminal Big Banks, at taxpayer expense (they were Too Big To Fail). Iceland gave the banksters nothing."
Apparently Iceland is doing a better job of fixing it’s economy than the rest of us - and austerity isn’t the answer