Monday 15th July, 2013
Monday Links - Week 235
A rats nest of wires on a breadboard is not a finished project, it is an easily damaged mess.
This is basically the motivation that drove me towards Printer – I’d made a hacky thing (Timmy) that ended up being such a hassle to re-assemble when I came back to it, and such a weight on my mind, that I decided to re-build it in such a way that I (or, as it happens, anyone) could come back to it and find a useful artefact. — JA
‘A new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London shows just how wrong public opinion can be on key social issues such as crime, benefit fraud and immigration.’ That’s the official description taken from these survey results, but what I think it shows is that Goebbels was right: if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth. The Daily Mail constantly appeals to its readers natural xenophobic tendencies to such an extent that people believe their propaganda. They make money by stirring up outrage, consequences be damned. — TW
I told Chris that I’d dig up this link a few weeks ago, and then totally forgot. The hosting provider we use (Linode) is excellent and can supply some pretty powerful machines, with up to 40GB of RAM. However, sometimes the application you want to deploy doesn’t really need more than a few hundred megabytes of RAM or access to a lot of processing power. Heroku is one option for those cases, but you can also rent a low-spec VPS for less than £2 a month from many different providers; Low End Box provides links to all sorts of options. — JA
If mobile browsers are becoming more and more capable, why do so many companies insist on making dedicated apps for their products, rather than building a mobile web app? There’s probably a bit of walled garden building going on, not to mention some herd mentality (we’ve got to be on the App Store!), but this very comprehensive article points at a third reason - web apps on mobile phones are slow and will remain slow. — TW