Archive for May, 2012

To protect your personal interests

May 29, 2012  |  Tags: ,   |  

HSBC’s login page:

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“To protect your personal interests, repeated incorrect submissions of your Password or Security Code will disable your access to Internet Banking.”

Clearly, my ‘personal interests’ include:

  • Calling to reset my password
  • Yelling at customer service reps, then feeling guilty because it’s not their fault
  • Allowing other people to easily lock me out of my account if they know my user ID, or if they’re annoyed enough at having been locked out that they write a script to guess all possible user IDs and then proceed to lock them out to prove a point not that I’m doing that right now really
  • Being generally annoyed as fuck

Idiots.

By the same people who brought you Kids React. The lady in pink’s reactions were great:

“I feel like that animal is my friend!”

“I thought the cat loved me, and oh, that’s a good thing.”

Also, obligatory link to Nyan Cat.

  Memory Lane →  May 26

Christopher, a comic:

The following strips were done from February 6, 2012 to April 27, 2012, and are a collection of memories I have regarding my childhood. While they are not all of the memories I have, they are the ones that have affected me the most. This is, in essence, a short story of the abuse I suffered at the hands of my mother.

Very difficult to read, but such a fantastic use of the medium.

A great piece on how Google can win social: by empowering users of their existing products, rather than setting up yet another destination. I, for one, sorely miss my shared list from Google Reader.

(Also, The Atlantic for tech analysis? When did that happen? Not complaining.)

Jeff Atwood went and set fire to the Internet a couple of days ago:

The “everyone should learn to code” movement isn’t just wrong because it falsely equates coding with essential life skills like reading, writing, and math. I wish. It is wrong in so many other ways.

This point feels a little stretched to me. I’m not sure where Atwood is getting these “coding is as important as reading/writing/math” vibes from, but why isn’t there a place for coding in schools beyond the core curriculum? Put another way: why exclude Computer Science / programming from that seemingly arbitrary list of auxiliary subjects that we make our schoolchildren learn over their 12 years of pre-university education?

The general populace (and its political leadership) could probably benefit most of all from a basic understanding of how computers, and the Internet, work. Being able to get around on the Internet is becoming a basic life skill, and we should be worried about fixing that first and most of all, before we start jumping all the way into code.

This part makes perfect sense. However, what he proposes here doesn’t have to be at the exclusion of teaching more people programming, yes?

Here’s a response, by Zed Shaw of Learn Code The Hard Way:

I wonder if he’s going to tell his kids they shouldn’t learn to code when they want to become just like Daddy? Probably not. He’ll gleefully run over and show them how to code and tell them it’s so much fun and that they should all do it and it’s the best thing ever! But, of course, your kids shouldn’t learn to code, and you shouldn’t, and your friends shouldn’t, just Jeff and his kids should.

I do think Shaw’s taking a bit far when he cites resentment as Atwood’s motivation for telling people not to learn how to code, but then, running a (very good, supposedly) programming education website could do that to your perspective. Both articles make good points, but I’d recommend Shaw’s to anyone feeling a bit deflated after reading Atwood’s.

The Economist, on the incensed hordes:

Wait a second! Did Eduardo Saverin plunder us? Are we now a desolate husk of a country, sucked dry by Eduardo Saverin’s rapine?

Ah, Americans.

What a movie. Credit where it’s due (and not just to Stan and Jack!).

  Send2Mac →  May 5

A great little tool for sending webpages directly from one browser a bookmarklet (i.e. from any browser–iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows) to your Mac’s default browser. Much handier than Safari’s Reading List, and the website has some of the best design & copy ever:

  • “Send2Mac: It will probably drive you nuts!”
  • “Imagine a shitty icon here”
  • “THIS IS ALPHA SOFTWARE, IT MIGHT BE REALLY BUGGY”
  • “It is easy and awkward at the same time.”
  • “Keep your API key private! If someone else knows it, they can drive you crazy.”

Garrett Murray digs into The Verge’s Paul Miller’s stunt to leave the Internet for a year:

If you feel you have a problem with using the internet too much, use the internet less. Nothing is gained by making it ten times harder to order a pizza on a Friday night or find a homeopathic cure for a rash.

Ahh! Stupid tech bloggers.

Five movies that lead up to this.