I've just started reading her articles recently, and I really like what she has to say.
This is a really interesting interview with her about software testing.
A lot of people like to boo Microsoft for their incompetences, and a lot of people like to praise Apple for their sexiness (and often it's the same people who engage in these acts of fanboyism), but I've been noticing that lately, this perception of Microsoft being bad and Apple good is a bit off.
I noticed that there are a lot of things that Microsoft has been doing lately that's fairly non-evil: the announcement of Acid 2 compliance in IE8, their open-source OS project in the Microsoft labs, the ODF support announcement, the progress Moonlight has been making, etc.
And rumor has it that they've been favoring hiring competent professionals for higher-up positions rather than advancing the fresh-out-of-school old-timers.
Apple, on the other hand, has been getting a bit of criticism because of its vendor lock-in platforms (look at the iPhone SDK agreement, for a prime example)
Also, vulnerabilities being found in Apple software aren't exactly harmless enough that you could just put off fixing them indefinitely.
There are also issues with drivers (my BootCamp's battery driver still pegs the CPU at 100% every now and then, for example - and this is Apple's driver running on Apple's hardware). Also, compared to the MSDN and the vast array of Microsoft's Visual-whatever products, Apple's support for Mac software developers is pretty darn lame.
Anyways, that's how I see it, being a developer, a Macbook owner, a techie enthusiast and all: there's no undisputed better choice in the Microsoft vs Apple dispute, they both suck, but for different reasons, and they both rock for different reasons.
Second time I've heard about socially stigmatized minorities striving on the workplace.
The first was a story about a retired senior working as an "office boy" (a term that, in Brazil, means a person who runs mundane work-related errands like depositing cheques or delivering documents to government agencies). He used his preferential service rights to his advantage to cut through what would otherwise be 2-hour line-ups.
Yale usually publishes some really interesting research papers. This one is about risk assessment as it relates to cultural predisposition.
omgroflolmaobbq , I guess. Frankly speaking, I think saying chatspeak "ruins" anything is a bit overboard, though I'll say that it does confuse foreign teenagers about what is socially and/or contextually appropriate language.
What concerns me about 3D in flash is the same thing that has always bugged me about Flash in general: how's the performance?
Powerset seems to allow searching on wikipedia with much more specificity than Wikipedia's built-in search engine (or Google, for that matter). The ability to type in plain english is kinda nice too (although I'm more of the search-only-for-keywords type of person)
It kinda feels like we're getting into the maintenance phase of the Internet, when most of the "coolness" of the web has been developed, and now people need to figure out how to get it to continue running smoothly once their apps get swarmed by the masses.
I've met quite a few religious zealots that like to think evolution is controversial (or a lie, according to some). This article gives a nice brief intro to what are the real controversies currently being debated by the scientific community and how far fetched are the claims of groups like the Discovery Institute.
The sad thing in all this "Intelligent Design" debate is that the children are the ones getting hurt by loud people who don't do any real research.
ALA has a new usability article about zebra-striping (alternating colors in table rows). It seems like it involved a lot of research only to find out that it doesn't make much of a difference after all, but I still prefer hard data over I-think-isms.
Some big names are getting together to overcome the difficulties of today's parallel processing infrastructures. Better start learning erlang or something.