Archives

#126 - jul 5th 2015

Look

Examples of UI/UX, graphic performance, web design and flashy things.
Bruno Quintela design
Graphic designer website, very visual.

Use

Web applications, resources and tools, available for making our life easier or funnier.
The Art of Command Line tool
Master the command line, in one page.

Install

A selection of gems or applications updated during past week.
Squib rb
A Ruby DSL for prototyping card and board games.
Protector rb
Whitelist security restrictions for AR models on a field level.
Maktoub rb
A simple newsletter engine for Rails.
IsoLatte rb
Clean up after background jobs.
Lockr js
Lightweight library to facilitate interaction with localStorage.
Code Climate platform tool
Code climate open sourced its static analysis tool last month.
Endless tool
iOS web browser with a focus on security and privacy.

Read

From the blogosphere or news feeds ...
Printing images in the terminal with 9 lines of Ruby jun 29 rb
Easily turns your picture to ASCII art.
Weighted Quick Union & Quick Find Algorithm in Ruby jun 29 rb
Ruby implementation of node connection finding algorithm.
Creating Easy, Readable Attributes With ActiveRecord Enums jun 30 rb
How to use Rails Enum.
Three Little Hacks jul 1 rb
Find deep nested hash key, symbol's respond_to, and unary method.
Kiba: ETL Done Right jul 1 rb
ETL is another way to say data migration with Kiba gem.
Build a RealTime Markdown Editor with Node.js jul 1 js
Raw markdown on the left and the converted markdown on the right.
Working with Shapes in Web Design jul 1 css3
Components on a website are just rectangles after all.
WebAssembly & Life After JavaScript jul 1 web
Wasm makes the web platform a more attractive compilation target for other languages.
Change the process name of your Ruby script jul 2 rb
Ruby process show in top or ps can be innacurrate, here is how to change it.
Introduction to the Fetch API jul 2 js
The Fetch API aims to replace XMLHttpRequest as the foundation of communication with remote resources.
Implementing Lazy Enumerables in Ruby jul 3 rb
Learn how Ruby implements this interesting programming technique by making your own lazy enumerable.
A Beginner’s Guide to Handlebars jul 3 js
Handlebars is a logic-less templating engine that dynamically generates your HTML page.
Browser Trends July 2015: Stalled Safari? jul 3 web
Worldwide Desktop & Tablet Browser Statistics, May to June 2015.
Delivering Power with Wi-Fi Signals jul 4 web
We can harvest small amounts of power from these signals, tens of microwatts of power.

Watch

Screencasts and conferences videos, or other video feeds ...
8 days Open source vlog (8 videos) jul 1 rb
8 consecutive videos, one per day, about various ruby coding topics.
Elasticsearch primer (5 videos) jul 1 ops
Become an expert (kinda) in ElasticSearch by watching these 5 videos.
Goruco 2015 (13 videos) jul 3 rb
Videos from the Goruco in New York this year.
Links curated by mose (publisher), xenor, tysliu (editors) .

Rant

The random rant of the week by mose.

Digital Generations

I enjoyed very much watching the keynote from Grady Booch at ICSE last week. He retraces the whole history of computing and software engineering in a very talented way.

Later on I also watched the keynote of Stephen Bourne at BSDCan, which also talked about history, but on a specific topic of the creation of Unix and the shell.

Usually, I have to say, I consider myself as an old geek. But I'm a kid compared to those guys. It made me wonder what are generations based on the computerized world. In the physical world it's easy, there are births and generations are around 20-30 years long. But in our accelerated time frame in the digital age, what is the measure for generations and where are the gaps ?

We could consider that some breakthrough are the base of generational shifts. On the top of my head I would say:

  • the dinosaurs age, before 70, where computing was just emerging
  • the university age, appearing with the interconnectivity between universities between 70 and 80
  • the personal computer age, between 80 and 94, with various evolutions of pc available to larger audience
  • the hypertext age, between 94 and 2002, start of the public internet, the bubble, the web
  • the online age, from 2002 to 2012, with consolidation of big companies, web 2.0 and all
  • the mobile age, from 2012 to now, even if mobile appeared previously, it dominates since recently

So I can see an average of 8-15 years in the generations that I feel create disruptions between each others. People that jump in at one age will suffer a gap between their age and the next one. Many won't evolve. Few brave ones will constantly update and jump on the next train.

But the overlap in digital generations is also different than in traditional generations. We still have a lot of legacy in our current systems inherited form the university age. And they don't seem to die, like the TCP stack or the C language.

The next age may be the one of the Internet of things and the massive required switch to IPv6 as default. Which will include automated and autonomous systems, because they will be things and not part of a contained system. In something like 3 to 5 years, if I follow the same rough pattern I drew above. Unless next gap will come with VR and immersive technologies ?

But I suspect that my simplistic characterization misses all the multi-layered aspect of the digital age, between the hardware advancements, the software improvements, the usages evolutions, the protocols modifications, the data models transformations, etc. I'm sure a more complex generational matrix could be designed if some more thought was given to it. But the gaps are real.

It feels to me that people that predict that machines are going to take over the world are actually late, it already happened 40 years ago. It was just having a limited impact on people lives. Each digital generation dragging more human in its trails.

Don't let yourself enclosed in a generation. Our computer overlords won't make any effort to include you if you drag your feet.

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