tecznotes

Michal Migurski's notebook, listening post, and soapbox. Subscribe to this blog. Check out the rest of my site as well.

Nov 6, 2005 2:23pm

polish podcasting

Right now, Polish radio station Tok FM is finishing up an informational broadcast about podcasting and internet radio. It's interesting (to me) that they make an effort to demystify the process - rather than the "for wizards only" take I often hear in American descriptions, they're getting into specific technologies, advantages and drawbacks of various streaming and distribution methods. I think it may be a result of all the English terms ("podcast", "stream") and the need to explain them without relying on existing metaphors.

Neat.

Nov 6, 2005 12:41am

less is crap

What's with the glorified self-balkanization of software?

I'm in Poland, running through my feeds for the first time in a week. Half the stuff I'm reading from Paul Graham, 37 Signals and a million others is undigested "less is more" zen-of-development hoo-hah. It may just be that I'm tired and jetlagged and supposed to be sleeping, but this stuff is majorly rubbing me the wrong way. It's like job #1 for all these guys is gleefully cutting down their workload by proclaiming philosophical opposition to planning, preparation, or listening to their users. I realize this is a great way to get a wee startup out the door, but the approach has no apparent respect for software with more than ten users and developers. Some jobs, like disaster relief or administering a country or designing a car are big by nature. I'll never forget our two visits to BMW's design & engineering center in 2004 and 2003, when I witnessed for the first time a large, highly synchronized operation manned by hyper-competent individuals acting synchronously towards a central goal. It was poetry in motion, a sad counterpoint to the incompetent bumblefuckery of FEMA and other federal agencies botching wars and rescues.

The real problems of the 21st century are worlds-apart from the American business press' sudden obsession with autonomous smallness, agile and open source software. I'm curious to see the focus of small, distributed teams pointed at big problems with inherently big solutions.

December 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
      
     

Recent Entries

  1. How It’s Made: A PlanScore Predictive Model for Partisan Elections
  2. Micromobility Data Policies: A Survey of City Needs
  3. Open Precinct Data
  4. Scoring Pennsylvania
  5. Coming To A Street Near You: Help Remix Create a New Tool for Street Designers
  6. planscore: a project to score gerrymandered district plans
  7. blog all dog-eared pages: human transit
  8. the levity of serverlessness
  9. three open data projects: openstreetmap, openaddresses, and who’s on first
  10. building up redistricting data for North Carolina
  11. district plans by the hundredweight
  12. baby steps towards measuring the efficiency gap
  13. things I’ve recently learned about legislative redistricting
  14. oh no
  15. landsat satellite imagery is easy to use
  16. openstreetmap: robots, crisis, and craft mappers
  17. quoted in the news
  18. dockering address data
  19. blog all dog-eared pages: the best and the brightest
  20. five-minute geocoder for openaddresses

Archives