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The Questioners

Peter-Paul Kock:

[T]he IE6 era forced us to think about what we web developers really wanted. We had to define and defend every single feature we requested … and set priorities.

Two links hardly prove a thing, and there are plenty of people who disagree. But there’s been a recent trend questioning the web we’ve created (c.f. The Verge’s Web Sucks) and I tend to side with the questioners.

Posted on July 28th, 2015 | Software, Technology

Software Treadmill

Maciej Cegłowski:

Rather than offer users persuasive reasons to upgrade software, vendors insist we look on upgrading as our moral duty. The idea that something might work fine the way it is has no place in tech culture.

From his talk, “Web Design: The First 100 Years” – an insightful take on how the tyranny of the new has shaped web and tech culture.

Posted on July 21st, 2015 | Software, Technology

The gods in Our Pocket

John Dyer

But information, music, and coffee are not the trade of the church. Ours is truth, worship, and communion which together offer us not a product we can download and consume with diminishing return, but an inexhausible encounter with a living being, the risen Christ.

Posted on May 21st, 2015 | Culture, Jesus, Technology

The Programmer’s Dream

Nick Bradbury

Like our software, our society just kind of happened over the years and it’s always on the verge of coming tumbling down. Nobody really knows what they’re doing or what they’re talking about.

Posted on December 17th, 2014 | Culture, Technology

Encouraged Behavior

William Van Hecke

The internet is like a car horn that you can honk at the entire world.

William Van Hecke – Your App Is Good and You Should Feel Good from CocoaLove on Vimeo.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 | Culture, Technology

Yosemite’s Look and Feel

Khoi Vinh:

My biggest complaint, personally, is that this fresh coat of paint does a poor job on visual contrast. Interface elements are often so light in color and/or so close to one another in color that they “bleed” into each other all the time. The effect is a blown-out look, as if a novice photographer stepped up the exposure on her camera well beyond advisability.

Posted on October 24th, 2014 | Technology

Distracting Ourselves to Death

Arthur Hunt

We are losing the capacity for attention. By which I mean the ability to focus on something and to think about it. And if we lose that ability, how then is God going to be the central, organizing thing in our lives? How are we going to become God-centered in our thoughts if we are fragmented in our thoughts? And God-honoring in our lives, if in fact our lives are just bits and pieces of information? That’s the problem.

A great interview by Tony Reinke at Desiring God with David Wells and Arthur Hunt. There’s also a good summary if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing.

Posted on October 8th, 2014 | Culture, Technology, The Gospel

iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus

Gabe Weatherhead

The ride up the hill was torture but the ride back home was like a two-wheel limo. That’s the best way I can explain the iPhone 6 Plus.

Posted on October 6th, 2014 | Technology

Get Alone Undistracted

Arthur Hunt

We are now under a Technopoly, which says absolutely nothing is going to stand in our way of technological progress. We put so much cultural stock in sort of headlong rush into the future without any clear telos [goal]. The only real telos is it has got to be bigger, it has got to be faster, and it has got to be newer. Somebody might ask: Well, what is wrong with this? Well, it advances the notion that our purpose in life is to be a satisfied consumer of material goods. So the next big thing is not the coming of God’s kingdom, but the coming of the curved TV screen.

Posted on October 5th, 2014 | Culture, Technology, The Gospel

A Distraction-free iPhone

Jake Knapp

I wanted to get control, but I didn’t want to give up my iPhone altogether. I loved having Google Maps and Uber and Find Friends and an amazing camera.

So I decided to try an experiment. I disabled Safari. I deleted my mail account. I uninstalled every app I couldn’t handle. I thought I’d try it for a week.

Posted on September 1st, 2014 | Culture, Technology

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