Zach Roszczewski just launched his Flaticons icon collection (development courtesy yours truly). It has over 1000 icons, and includes fonts, PNGs, PSDs, and more. There's also a great search tool that lets you drag and drop the PSDs directly into Photoshop from the browser, or copy the CSS class names and unicode values for use with the fonts.
A pretty neat article on the OLPC project's distribution of 1000 Android tablets to an Ethiopian village. The children there had apparently never seen written words before, but still managed to use (and eventually “hack”) the tablets. After a few months, they figured out how to unlock the devices' cameras (which were disabled by the manufacturer or distributor, apparently).
Within four minutes, one kid … found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village.
I haven't been into jailbreaking since the iPhone 3G days, but Sam Sheffer has convinced me to give it another go. Some great, native-looking stuff; not to mention the awesome Nexus S-style “Old TV” lock animation.
Octopus Creative is bringing on another front-end developer. We spend our time helping awesome companies create great products, and need someone to help us pull all the front-end parts together.
Dan Benjamin, David Heinemeier Hansson, Shlok Vaidya, and Haddie Cooke talk about Yahoo's recent telecommuting ban.
They want you to come in, they want you to put on a suit while you do it. … [Because] they don't have real jobs. … Those guys are in there, they're in their suits, and they want you in there, in your suit, doing Suit Things that they can make sure you're doing.
“What, you wrote 40 lines of code today? I don't care what it does, you wrote forty; I need fifty”.
After the recent controversy over Opera's switch from their in-house rendering engine Presto to WebKit, John Siracusa argues that WebKit's ubiquity is more analogous to Linux than Internet Explorer.
Linux is the canonical open source success story. It succeeded for reasons that are now so boring they’re accepted as common sense. There’s still plenty of room for variation and innovation, but now all the significant achievements are shared with the world. If a company improves Linux, it’s not just improving its own products; it’s making Linux better for everyone.
Louis C.K. talks about the origins of his FX series.
Interesting idea from moorewr:
Everyone gets money equal to what the Government claims is the minimum income for subsistence. No questions asked. Want to sit on your ass? The Government [will] cut you a check for $14.5k per year. After that you’re on your own - no WIC, no subsidized rents, and so on.
I have no idea what kind of social and economic effects this would have, but it would be fascinating to compare against the cost of all the social programs and subsidies it would replace.
A great new icon set from my friend and coworker, Zach Roszczewski. He's giving away a free starter kit to everyone who joins the mailing list.
I've seen the still-in-progress full set; you'll definitely want to keep your eye on these.
h/t Scott Hanselman
It’s not a stretch to imagine that you could immediately be identified by [a] Google Glass user who gets on the bus and turns the camera toward you. Anything you say within earshot could be recorded, associated with the text, and tagged to your online identity. And stored in Google’s search index. Permanently.
Interesting thoughts on a possible dystopian future, starting with Google Glass. This isn't something that concerns me personally (at least not at the moment), but it's definitely important to keep in mind as wearable computing becomes more prevalent.