11 posts tagged severe geekdom

How do I learn to program?

I’m a designer who learned to program out of shear frustration. I didn’t have the resources to hire a programmer yet I had ideas that I wanted to execute and was tired of feeling helpless. I let the frustration motivate me, and now I can play both ends—design and development—it’s the best thing I ever did for my career.

Where are the open source designers? copywriters? information architects? interface designers?

The developer in me only would’ve tested 45 shades of blue. The designer in me would’ve used orange. I don’t know how I get any work done.

But, seriously, good challenge. The norm of the web industry is to integrate multiple disciplines (dev, copy, design) into a finished product. Open source software is a glaring omission to this norm.

HTML5 For Drunks

Astute analysis, as always.

The Failure of Empathy

I might be over-posting on these iPad-related quotes, but I kinda think this stuff will be of growing importance. If you’re “in the industry” and still “underwhelmed” by the iPad’s release, give this one a read.

Passenger: Command line done right

Huh. Maybe the command line doesn’t have to suck after all.

Paul Campbell over at Contrast has a great review of the little touches that went into making Phusion Passenger’s command line installation process more human-friendly.

It’s such a great example of the power of a) good copyrighting and b) meeting user’s where they’re at.

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I won’t support IE 6 in 2009

Let’s be realistic…

Here’s the one thing that’s always bugged me on some level about the “support IE6” argument: Why is there an expectation that everyone will eventually upgrade?

Why isn’t support for old browsers (any old browser, regardless of market-share), an extra line-item on everyone’s invoices by default?

The Ranting Rubyists

For a lot of reasons Ruby (and, by implication, Ruby on Rails) is polarizing. I love that people are really passionate about it—one way or the other.

But more importantly, I’m with Renae. I love what it allows me to do. I love that it has introduced me to a world where I can create solutions to problems, where I can build things that other people use in a way I never could before, for my clients, and for myself. But I don’t lose perspective about it. It’s a tool. Right now it’s one of the best I have available to me and I love using it. But there will be others.


This is a great write-up of Shopify’s transition to Passenger and the benefits. I first mentioned Passenger in this post. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s fun to read how it’s working out for other people. I’ve always thought that a solution like this would make Rails that much more viable.

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