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Author Archives: David Megginson
It’s never the end of history
Remember when we thought the web was stuck in a rut, with IE, Flash preroll, fixed-width layouts, and endless browser incompatibilities? Continue reading
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Hashtags and data standards
Could #hashtags help us share data during a humanitarian crisis? Continue reading
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Advertising and the startup
What if people will pay a subscription fee for something they really want (like Netflix), but almost everything on the net is stuff people don’t actually want much? Continue reading
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Netflix, Philips, and the fragility of APIs
Update: Either Philips or Netflix has now fixed the problem described below (2014-03-29). I bought an inexpensive 29″ Philips 4000 series TV for the basement, and its built-in Netflix app isn’t working. Why doesn’t Netflix work on my TV? Time … Continue reading
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Mobile web app or web site?
If you’re creating an HTML5 mobile web application, this is the minimum you need to give your users what Google calls a “homescreen launch experience” on an iOS or Android mobile device: <!doctype html> <html> <head> <title>Awesome app</title> <meta name=”viewport” … Continue reading
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How to install a usable Emacs in Android (Feb 2014)
Update: these instructions no longer work for Android L (Lollipop). For a first pass at installing Gnu Emacs in Lollipop, see this update. Since I mentioned in a review that I’m using Emacs on my Android Nexus 7 tablet, I’ve … Continue reading
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Why did I never get into Evernote?
I just noticed that the Evernote app updated itself on my phone, and that got me thinking about how I just don’t use it much. I made a serious effort a year or two ago, in the middle of my … Continue reading
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Can open data route around damage?
Today, the US government’s data.gov temporarily went dark, and along with it, what is likely the world’s most important collection of open data sets: You are welcome to use this as a chance to rail against the juvenile hijinks in … Continue reading
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A technology architect’s disclaimer
I’m working on a large application architecture for an international organisation right now, and am including this disclaimer in the introduction: 1.1. Limitations Like all technology-related architectural designs, this is a vision of how XXX could work, not a blueprint … Continue reading
The diffusion of innovations, or of products?
If you work anywhere near IT, you’ve probably been confronted with Everett Rogers’ Bell Curve on more than one eager PowerPoint slide deck, explaining how the presenter’s new standard, product, or initiative will move through the five audiences of Innovators, … Continue reading
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