These are the things I've written that are tagged "software"

“How I Judge the Quality of Documentation in 30 Seconds”

A quick-ish post buy Eric Holscher, of Read the Docs. I agree with all of this, therefore I am linking to it. tl;dr: Have a website, not a directory of text files. Use prose, not auto-generated bullshit. Use permalinks. Have the language and version # in your URLs. Keep docs keyed to version #s.

Marco Arment sells majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks

Didn’t see that one coming. I use Instapaper every single day, and I hope this keeps Instapaper around for a long time and frees up Marco to make more new stuff. From his post: I’m happy to announce that I’ve sold a majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks. We’ve structured the deal with Instapaper’s health […]

Pinry

A self-hosted, open source, Pinterest clone. Built with Python, from the looks of it.

Storyboard

“Read the TV and Movies you don’t want to watch,” they say. Storyboard is a package that takes subtitled input videos and creates a PDF of every line and every scene change. I could see using this for a lot of weird/interesting data analysis.

Tent

A sort of counterpoint to App.net, Tent is a truly decentralized social media protocol. It even integrated with Tor to help those in nations that which to stifle free speech. It’s a protocol, like HTTP or email, not just a service. It’s fully open source. This is interesting. I hope that it becomes more friendly […]

Acorn 3

A great-looking update to the self-described “image editor for humans.” I’ve been using Acorn since version 1, and I spend more time with Acorn and less with Photoshop every week.

Isotope

A jQuery plugin that makes reordering rows, sorting, and show/hide look absolutely great. The plugin’s page is itself a perfect demo for the tech. At something like 2kb minified I’m wondering how I lived without it.

FluidDB

This’ll make it a lot easier to socially tag our window gardens in the favela future: FluidDB is a platform for the web of things, each represented by an openly writable “social” object.

A Tale of Two Developers (and the Mac App Store)

The Mac App Store, not even 48 hours old, has already set off small ripples and large waves of change across the Mac OS X development space. From Thursday every single new Mac user knows the Mac App Store as the primary place to purchase software. Even long-time users such as myself will slowly adapt. […]

Flying Meat, Inc. T-Shirts

Flying Meat, makers of fine Macintosh softwares such as Acron (the image editor for humans), are selling t-shirts. A Flying Meat t-shirt is your ticket to me buying you a beer.

Panic State of the Union

A progress and “what comes next” report for every active project from what is possibly the most beloved (and accomplished) Mac software house.

Startup Tools

A fairly exhaustive list of tools for startups and individuals who live like startups. Bug-tracking, performance monitoring, analytics, life, the universe, everything. via @kenseto.

Vanilla Forums 2.0

The smoothest forum package you’ll find right now hits version 2.0 (finally). I missed this when it happened on July 21st, but better late than never.

Wikipedia Is Broken In Dictionary.app

I’m not sure if this is due to Wikipedia’s new skin (with the “usability” enhancements), some other MediaWiki update, or if the problem is on Apple’s end (Update: It is a problem with Wikipedia’s new skin), but this is another good example of why Apple doesn’t want to rely on third-party vendors for anything. The […]

Commercial MMORPG “Ryzom” Goes Open Source

This is the first commercial game I can think of taking this step while the game is still live. All of the Ryzom source including tools, client, and server codebases are fully open source free software. For more, see the FAQ. It sounds to me a lot like a MUD codebase, and that makes me […]

The Bob Chronicles

“Save all the money on the manuals and just give me this duck to always be there and tell me what to do.” Looking back on the 15-year anniversary of Microsoft Bob, one of Microsoft’s most famous failures.

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