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Links on the Art of Techology

tycho garen
14 December 2009

I have a collection of links that I'd like to share with you. I hope you enjoy and find them as enlightening as I have. Some of these are dated but, I've been milling through them for a while and I feel like they're worth sharing. In three parts:

Computer Programming and Hacking

Academia, Anthropology, Literature

The Industry of Technology

Two posts here from James Governor of RedMonk that have guided (at least topically) my thinking in a couple of areas recently. This is particularly noticeable if you look over the recent archives. The first addresses Flash and the business of advancing the platform of the web. My trepidation with regards to flash is mostly the same as my trepidation with regards to all web technology. When you get down to it, my grumbling all goes back to the fact that the web is developing into this thing that is all about media rich software, and less about hyper*text*, which is where my heart has always been. My argument keeps going back to "take the applications off of the web as we know it, and use a platform that (like GTK+ or QT) that's designed for applications, and create a hypertext experience that really works." But it's nice to have articles like this one to pull my head out of (or into?) the clouds to remind me (and us?) what's really going on in the industry.

This is an old one from the same source, about the new "patronage economy" which in many ways defines what's going on at RedMonk. I particularly enjoy how Governor contrasts the New Patronage with other popular web 2.0-era business models. I do worry, looking at this in retrospect about the ways in which such patronages are stable even when the economy is in the crapper (as it were.) I'm not sure if there's an answer to that one yet, but we'll see. I guess my questions, at this juncture are: first, does patronage-type-relationships give "start ups" another funding option which is more stable than venture capital. Second, doesn't the kind of organization and work that's funded by these patronages subvert the kind of work that they depend upon (i.e. big high-margin businesses?)

That's all I have at the moment. If you have links or thoughts to share, I'd live to see them!