Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 18, 2015

Hideo Kojima’s Mission Unlocked

For Kojima, the future involves ridding himself of distracting responsibilities. “When working in big companies, especially Japanese companies, every little thing has to be approved beforehand, and you need paperwork to do anything,” he said. “Now that I’m independent, I can do what I want with much more speed. I don’t need to invest time in unnecessary presentations. I shoulder the risk.” He also relishes the chance to speak his mind. “When I was in a company, my personal statements could be taken as the over-all direction of the company. As such, I couldn’t say just anything.”

Godspeed, Hideo.

December 15, 2015

Inside Netflix’s Plan to Boost Streaming Quality and Unclog the Internet

Over the past few months, Netflix has dared some of its employees in its Los Gatos offices with a special kind of challenge: Two TVs mounted side-by-side were playing the same TV show episode. One was coming straight from Netflix’s existing service, the other was based on a new bandwidth-saving technology that the company has been working on for four years. Anyone capable of pointing out the difference could win a bottle of champagne. But in the end, even eagle-eyed employees had to give up, and the prize went unclaimed.

Includes a comparison between The Avengers and My Little Pony. No, I’m not kidding.

December 10, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple TV App Store

Let’s take a closer look at the category make up. A common question is which category is the largest? If you’re thinking games you’re not wrong! The Games category is the single largest category on the Apple TV App Store with 1,002 apps. This means Games make up roughly 38% of all Apple TV apps.

Read as: there are already approximately 900 crappy games for the Apple TV.

The 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

I’ve known to avoid most of these, but I must admit that I’ve been misusing the following for years:

Disinterested means unbiasedand does not mean uninterested.

Nonplussed means stunned, bewildered and does not mean bored, unimpressed.

With regards to the other words in the list, I still prefer using the singular datum over data where possible. I remember once being “corrected” by my upper secondary school teacher because of it.

December 9, 2015

The Hugging Will Continue Until Morale Improves

I know we have our differences, but if we as programmers can’t come together through our collective shared horror over PHP, the Nickelback of programming languages, then clearly I have failed.

I chuckled.

December 8, 2015

The DNA of a London Underground Station

On 1st December 2015 Transport for London (TfL) unveiled its new design bible, the Design Idiom. Though the name may sound grandiose, the goal is simple: create a document that captures the design aesthetic of the Underground, so that good design can help drive decision-making at London Underground.

The document itself can be found here (PDF), and I whole-heartedly recommend reading through every part it. It’s an excellent example of a set of design guidelines that isn’t touchy-feely and alight with cockamamie buzzwords. Instead, it is the product of proper research that provides concrete examples of how to implement each high-level concept. In essence, it explains why the guidelines matter.

The article is great, too.