In which I share an online publishing lesson: why you’re better off keeping your back-end software transitions separate from your front-end design revamps.
The Bay Bridge’s new eastern span is about to open. When they started building it over a decade ago, I was beginning work on my book Dreaming in Code. As I began digging into the history of software development projects and their myriad delays and disasters, I kept encountering the same line: Managers and executives […]
A miscellany today: Amazon’s Kindle for the Web, WordPress’s new Offsite Redirects feature, and a little complaint about iTunes. Kindle for the Web Kindle for the Web lets you embed a chunk of a book onto a Web page. I thought it would be a fun thing to experiment with here and played with it […]
A couple of weeks ago I posted a manifesto. I said Web publishers should let themselves change published articles and posts whenever they need to — and make each superseded version accessible to readers, the way Wikipedians and software developers do. This one simple addition to the content-management arsenal, known as versioning, would allow us […]
My “versioning for all news stories!” manifesto inspired lots of feedback. A good amount of it was along the lines of, “What are you talking about? How would this work?” I’ve been pointing people to Wikipedia’s “view history” tabs, which are a great start. (I also notice that the Guardian UK now posts, on each […]
Here’s what turns out to be the most intractable problem I’ve encountered in my move to OSX as my primary work platform: For years I used a programmers’ text editor tool in Windows called Ultraedit. It worked great and allowed me to record macros. The most indispensible one, which I used constantly, was for automating […]
For years I organized my life with the wonderful, now-orphaned and somewhat antiquated Windows outliner Ecco Pro. For me Ecco was versatile enough to function effectively as both a todo-list manager and a repository for random information, scattered ideas and research. It really could do it all. I’ve always used both Macs and PCs but […]