Hacker Monthly #02

not much tech leaning stuff


I'm dealing with my host not updating, so just writing this in the hopes once I can update my site it will get published.

Hacker Monthly #2 can be found here. I'm collecting links to all issues here.

I said a benefit of the magazine version of Hacker News was there's no comments. Then on the first page, it says they are adding comments to the magazine because "the most interesting thing about Hacker News is the comments." No it is not, it's the links, that's literally the point of the web site. Or maybe the comments are to the people there, I wouldn't be surprised if they read comments and respond to comments and never look at the link.

This issue didn't have too much technical. I liked Scoop the Loop Snooper, a poem version of the halting problem proof which is clever.

It has a good review of the book The C Programming language.

There's a funny article on if Super Mario Bros. was created in 2010. And iPad usability article, because this is the year it first came out.

Then there's the comments. It's as bad as you'd think. The best (in the worst way) is in response to the article (not one in these magazines) "Humans prefer cockiness to expertise". The commentor finds cockiness works better than actually knowing what you're talking about. He claims he'd prefer to be honest...

but I've found it's a losing strategy in most situations. If you do know your stuff, you'll just get shouted down by idiots. Better to shout the idiots down first and then do the research to make sure you're not wrong.

The lack of awareness that he's the loud idiot is hilarious. And with this being the mindset of the Hacker News commentors, you see where my ridicule of the comments comes from.

An interesting article to read now is on working remote. Back then it was probably a wild idea, but this was a start up called Stack Overflow which was started two years before this article, and now has a team of 5, and just this year they raised their first $6 million in VC money. But now remote has been the default for anyone that could possibly do it for two and a half years.

Some defunct bussinesses include cloud computing companies catn and cloudkick, programming screencast company thinkcode.tv, and programming topic sharing site coder.io.

Today's link is some art bits from HyperCard. I recently realized the new Playdate conslle is only black and white, much like HyperCard.