Web Design: The First 100 Years

“It’s 2014, and consider one hot blogging site, Medium. On a late-model computer it takes me ten seconds for a Medium page (which is literally a formatted text file) to load and render. This experience was faster in the sixties.”

The Web We Have to Save

“The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.”

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

“Many other files, described as useless by the analysts but nonetheless retained, have a startlingly intimate, even voyeuristic quality. They tell stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes. The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted are catalogued and recorded nevertheless.”

Leaving The Nest

“We’re teaching the next generation in a way that prevents them from ever creating things we have not already created for them.”

On the XARA Mac and iOS exploits

“As a Mac developer, I know that getting through the rigorous review process is sometimes an even bigger hurdle than actually writing an app. I’d like to think that this stringent and detail-focused process at least ends up providing security and quality.

The ‘malware’ that passed through the review wasn’t detectable by static analyzers, and the trojan didn’t do anything a ‘normal’ app wouldn’t do. It used existing systems, such as url handler registration and bundle id spoofing, in ways that exposed serious weaknesses.”