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I'm a technologist, a graduate, a full time software maker.

Thinker. Dreamer. Realist. Idealist.
This is a linked list of stuff I find. You can find me as @simonsc on twitter.

PHP Developer Needed in Columbus, OH! »

This is such a great piece by Marco Arment:

After looking over my resume with me in person, which was pretty light since I was applying for my first job after getting my computer science degree, they said I couldn’t and shouldn’t be a programmer, and should stick to basic IT jobs instead.

[The recruiting firm] assigned me one awful weekend job where I, and about 50 other similar chumps, sat around and watched a huge company’s PCs upgrade to Windows 2000 and occasionally clicked buttons when necessary. I quit after two days when I got a real job offer — as a programmer.

But that was mostly luck: a friend from college had just been hired there and connected us. I narrowly escaped a career of working for cheap IT body-farms, always regretting not starting out as a programmer like I wanted to.

So, Robert Half Technology, kindly fuck off.1

Material Design recreated in Keynote App »

Last month at I/O 2014, Google introduced Android “L”, a preview of the next release. It showcases a new design language that Google (and Matias Duarte) are extremely proud of, called Material Design.

Material Design in particular stresses on animation as a core principle. Indeed, the animations in the promo videos are very attractively done.

This video is amazing to me. Doing these kinds of animations in Keynote is incredible, not something I’ve thought of before.

Recruiting a Designer? Here's What You Should Know »

Min Ming Lo:

Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, other publications) to tech (websites, mobile apps). With the relatively recent influx of tech companies focused on creating interfaces for screens, many new design roles have emerged. Job titles like UX or UI designer are confusing to the uninitiated and unfamiliar even to designers who come from other industries.

Let’s attempt to distill what each of these titles really mean within the context of the tech industry.

Finally, proper and distinct definitions between the different kinds of designers: UX, UI, graphic, interaction, and product.

A must-read.

BBC News - eBay pulls sales of Chinese 'spyware phones' »

BBC:

EBay [sic] is barring listings for a smartphone after reports the model is pre-installed with spyware in its Chinese factory.

It said the malware was disguised as the legitimate Google Play Store app.

Everything you would guess Chinese knockoffs do is true. This is absurd.

"The spyware runs in the background and cannot be detected by users," it said.

"Unbeknownst to the user, the smartphone sends personal data to a server located in China and is able to covertly install additional applications.

"This makes it possible to retrieve personal data, intercept calls and online banking data, read emails and text messages or control the camera and microphone remotely.

"The program also blocks the installation of security updates."

Nobody. Understands. Punctuation. »

A great little essay on the English language by Peter Welch.

English is a mutt of a language, inheriting ludicrously contradictory spellings and grammars from other languages. The fact that word and whirred are pronounced exactly the same while lead and lead sound different depending on what you mean (unless the former is in the past tense in which case it’s spelled differently and pronounced like the latter) should tell us English is not so much a black tie affair as it is a soccer riot with a body count. But if we accept the chaos that informs the language, there’s a lot of expressive power to be found.