False Starts: What’s rewarded is repeated.

For some, they don’t know any better – such is the nature of experience, right? For others, they don’t care – if it’s true that “what’s rewarded is repeated” and someone is able to turn a profit off of creating crappy products, then what’s the incentive to spend more time becoming a better developer when you continue to do the same thing and make a profit?

via WordPress at the Risk of First Impressions | Tom McFarlin.

Desiccated little husks of technocratic meaningese.

The New Oxford American dictionary, by the way, is not like singularly bad. Google’s dictionary, the modern Merriam-Webster, the dictionary at dictionary.com: they’re all like this. They’re all a chore to read. There’s no play, no delight in the language. The definitions are these desiccated little husks of technocratic meaningese, as if a word were no more than its coordinates in semantic space.

via You’re probably using the wrong dictionary « the jsomers.net blog.

On Google scaring webmasters away from links.

This has to stop. As a web publisher and author you have a right (and an obligation) to naturally link to resources that you find valuable for your audience. It’s not just about giving your readers what they want, but it’s also crediting the original source for their efforts.

via Jeremy Palmer — Google is Breaking the Internet.

Amen to that.

The TTC is neglected.

For a city that ranks consistently at the top of the list of priciest transit cities in North America, a subway closure time that falls half an hour before last call makes me feel a little irate. But Ross says our comparatively early closure time is a function of our system’s infrastructure.

via Will TTC subways ever run really late into the night?.

Underfunded, outdated, and overburdened – that’s the TTC.

For decades Toronto has neglected it’s transportation infrastructure — see also, the decaying state of the Gardiner Expressway — and these are the consequences.

Empowerment through Microsoft Office

For all that people discuss teaching kids to code, or how the Web gives people a voice, Microsoft Office is the most empowering software in the world. Word is used to write memos and novels; PowerPoint is used to sell ideas and teach classes; and Excel is used to share budgets for freelancers and giant companies alike. These tools are used to do schoolwork, and to set up billion-dollar deals. While their hegemony is no longer total—Google Docs and the like are nibbling at Office’s heels—the programs in the suite remain the mass instruments of economic power. To use anything else invites suspicion. Who wants to be the person who sends a spreadsheet that doesn’t open in Excel?

via The Great Works of Software — Medium.

On WordPress in the marketplace.

WordPress is in a market as competitive as it has ever been, especially on the proprietary and closed side. I believe WordPress will win, first and foremost, because of its community — the hundreds of core developers and large commercial companies, the tens of thousands of plugin and theme developers, and the millions of people who build beautiful things with WordPress every day.

via New Funding for Automattic | Matt Mullenweg.

Thoughts on UserConf 2014.

UserConf was interesting in that many folks outright apologized if they felt they were getting too sales-y. We were all there to share stories and experiences, not close deals or walk away with a list of leads.

via Takeaways from UserConf Chicago 2014 |  SIDEKICK.

A look back at my last few days in Chicago. (Fun fact: I missed my 1.5 hour flight down and instead took a 12-hour Greyhound bus through Michigan. Interesting experience, but I do not recommend it.)