Quotes I like

In append-to-bottom order.

A man does not acquire a full skill-set to be told, "Take Care"
be careful" by amateurs. Raw action solves everything. Caution
breeds fear.

Paul Vixie wrote
The Internet is not for sissies.

Keyan Kousha wrote

Edward Tufte wrote
It is also notable that the Feynman lectures (3 volumes) write about
all of physics in 1800 pages, using only 2 levels of hierarchical
headings: chapters and A-level heads in the text. It also uses
the methodology of sentences which then cumulate sequentially into
paragraphs, rather than the grunts of bullet points. Undergraduate
Caltech physics is very complicated material, but it didn't require
an elaborate hierarchy to organize.

Matthew Butterick wrote
Mr. Berners-Lee, after 30 years, we thank you for the things you
got right; we forgive you for the things you got wrong. But if
the web is really “for everyone”, then it’s long outgrown
your mother-knows-best myopia.

Authorship is unclear for this one
When you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather
than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create.

This whole thread
and this blog post pretty much based on it

Neal Stephenson wrote
I use emacs, which might be thought of as a thermonuclear word
processor. It was created by Richard Stallman; enough said. It
is written in Lisp, which is the only computer language that is
beautiful. It is colossal, and yet it only edits straight ASCII text
files, which is to say, no fonts, no boldface, no underlining. In
other words, the engineer-hours that, in the case of Microsoft
Word, were devoted to features like mail merge, and the ability
to embed feature-length motion pictures in corporate memoranda,
were, in the case of emacs, focused with maniacal intensity on
the deceptively simple-seeming problem of editing text.

@solderpunk wrote
@rek :) That website obesity article was a big inspiration behind a
lot of stuff I've done, most directly my "serve no evil" webserver
Shizaru (https://tildegit.org/solderpunk/shizaru/). From the README:
"The website obesity crisis is combatted with strict file size
limits, to ensure that your website does not end up larger than
the major works of Russian literature. Besides being limited to
32 KiB in size, HTML pages are limited to 3 images and HTML tags
cannot be nested more than 10 levels deep."

Roni Horm wrote
I will tell you a story I love. There was a hermit discovered in
the middle of Southern Russia. This woman was the only survivor
of her inheritance. Her family was one of many groups of families
that were trying to escape Stalinism and religious intolerance
and they wound up in this remote location. This woman didn’t
even know there was a second World War. Could you imagine being
in a place where you had no information? She’s illiterate,
and now she’s alone. All of her family is gone. She was the
only one living in this area. Her group had all passed away. This
journalist asked her, “What do you see as the difference between
now and then? Is there a big difference?” And she said, “Well,
back then, we had no salt.” And I just thought… You dream
about that. I don’t know what’s political now. You know,
what is political? Trump? No. That’s political, right there:
“You had no salt.”


        Par began in July 1993 as a small program designed to do
        one narrow task: reformat a single paragraph that might
        have a border on either side. It was pretty clean back
        then. Over the next three months, it very rapidly expanded
        to handle multiple paragraphs, offer more options, and
        take better guesses, at the cost of becoming extremely
        complex, and very unclean. It is nowhere near the optimal
        design for the larger task it now tries to address. Its
        only redeeming features are that it is extremely useful
        (I find it indispensable), extremely portable, and very
        stable since version 1.41 released on 1993-Oct-31.

        Back in 1993 I had very little experience at writing
        documentation for users, so the documentation for Par
        became rather nightmarish. There is no separation between
        how-it-works (which is painfully complex) and how-to-use-it
        (which is fairly simple, if you can ever figure it out).

        Someday I ought to reexamine the problem, and redesign
        a new, clean solution from scratch. I don't know when I
        might get enough free time to start on such a project. Text
        files may be obsolete by then.

The software industry is currently going through the “disposable
plastic” crisis the physical world went through in the mid-20th
century (and is still paying down the debt for). You can run
software from 1980 or 2005 on a modern desktop without too much
hassle, but anything between there and 2-3 years ago? Black hole
of fad frameworks and brittle dependencies. Computer Archaeology
is going to become a full-time job.

rawtext.club's signup page reads
If you are emailing from one of the corporate email giants (like
Microsoft, Gmail, etc), please check your spam mail bucket for
the response from rawtext.club. We are a small mail server and
the big bullies treat small mailers like spam by default.

Current consumer-oriented computing systems often go to ridiculous
lengths to actually prevent the user from knowing what is going
on. Even error messages have become unfashionable; many websites
and apps just pretend everything is fine even if it isn't. This
kind of extreme unobservability is a major source of technological
alienation among computer users.
The fossil-industrial story of linear progress has made many people
believe that the main driver for computer innovation would be the
constant increase of computing capacity. I strongly disagree. I
actually think it would be more accurate to state that some innovation
has been possible despite the stunting effect of rapid hardware
growth (although this is not a particularly accurate statement either).

● A frozen feature set means fewer bugs over time 

Good editors have (for lack of a better description) an aesthetic,
and either you like that aesthetic or you don't