Making QR codes with cloud functions Jun 07, 2019 How to use Google's Cloud Functions to... cope with Google's deprecation of their own APIs. ...
Apple ID's two-factor and app-specific passwords leave a lot to be desired May 08, 2019 A grumpy discussion of why usable security matters. ...
Facebook Instant Articles: why hiding URLs hinders careful reading of media Apr 01, 2019 Free the URLs! They’re beautiful! ...
Instamuseums and the Tyranny of Engagement Metrics Sep 20, 2018 Pop-up “Instamuseums” are a thing, according to this video from Vox and this article by Sophie Haigney in The New Yorker: people will queue around the block and pay $40 for the privilege of taking photos of themselves alongside works of installation art specifically designed for social sharing at places like the Museum of Ice Cream in New York. I’ll spare you extensive thoughts on influencer culture, and instead say this: this kind of degradation of any actual discernible point to museums was an entirely predictable consequence of arts policy. ...
Quietism Sep 13, 2018 Some technical and personal reflections on this website. ...
Hello World Sep 13, 2018 Greetings humans.
Open plan offices are basically terrible in every way Dec 15, 2015 There’s a growing consensus in the scientific literature that open plan offices damage the mental and physical health of employees, destroy their morale and generally make their work lives less pleasant. Let us first look at some studies. Evans and Johnson, 2000: Forty female clerical workers were randomly assigned to a control condition or to 3-hr exposure to low-intensity noise designed to simulate typical open-office noise levels. The simulated open-office noise elevated workers’ urinary epinephrine levels, but not their norepinephrine or cortisol levels, and it produced behavioral aftereffects (fewer attempts at unsolvable puzzles) indicative of motivational deficits. ...
Why primary identity documents matter (and why the DVLA is incompetent at it) Aug 05, 2015 I’ve been grumbling on Twitter about the DVLA. A long time ago, I applied for and received a provisional driving license with the intention to learn to drive. That provisional driving license expired (I had other things to do besides take driving lessons), so I renewed it recently. The license I had included a number of errors. Firstly, it had the wrong date of birth and it also had the wrong address. ...
On showing URLs and why security and usability will always have a rocky relationship May 04, 2014 Jeremy and Jake are debating the merits of Chrome’s plan to hide away the path segment of the URL. I have only a few things to say: If Firefox starts hiding the path of the URL I’m looking at, I’ll find whatever extension, plugin, haxie or user script I need to make it stop. It’s bad enough that it hides the protocol from me. I want to see what page I’m on. ...
How to quit vim's easy mode (vim -y) May 20, 2009 You think quitting normal mode is hard to leave? ...