Right on my birthday, Ars Technica posts a long, detailed history of Flash from its humble beginnings to its relatively recent demise, complete with testimonies from key people. And you know... Steve Jobs may have been a jerk and the bane of good engineering, but in that infamous essay he only echoed the concerns of industry at large. Flash wasn't just proprietary, insecure and a resource hog. It was such a mess that even after key components were open-sourced, and the rest extensively documented, 3rd-party clones just couldn't come close to playing anything but the simplest animations properly. Successful preservation efforts leverage the official player, not open source implementations. No, Flash was terrible engineering even by IT's abysmal standards. And frankly? Its much vaunted ease of use was never apparent to me. Even as an authoring tool, Flash sucked. There, I said it.
Tags: long, technology, history, interview
I didn't mention it last time, but the big change was partly prompted (and enabled) by a new version of the software powering this linklog. Four days ago, I wasn't yet started; now it's working well enough to let me migrate the data and even add back some of the links I had removed, this time in the right place. In the interest of historical accuracy, it's going to be just those articles published starting September 2018, when this section was created. The rest will remain in the archive where they belong.
Tags: meta, technology
A short history of procedurally generated text, which both humans and computers have had a hand in making throughout history.
Tags: concepts, cool, technology