Clay Shirky’s latest NEC essay is entitled Situated Software, and it deals with the phenomenon of software written by—and for—a very specific subset of the potential user population. I find that I spend a lot of time writing software, both for my job and for personal projects, which fits this model. I have dozens of software projects which I’ve spent a good deal of time on, yet are far too specific in problem domain (and user group) to even bother trying to release to a wider audience.… Comments Off
More coverage of the DreamHost DDoS downtime from dave peck, and others: Andy Budd; Mike Steinbaugh; and Chad Dickerson, who points out that Feedster is supremely helpful in finding out about this kind of breaking news in the weblog world. In fact, using Feedster at just the right time—that is, in conjunction with an event of particular interest to you—is a very interesting way to discover an ad-hoc community (in this case, concerned DreamHost customers).
Fig. 1. MASTER USING IT AND YOU CAN HAVE THIS.
- Donkey Kong: The best game featuring a plumber rescuing a princess from a big ape pretty much ever.
- Pac-Man: Hel-lo? If you don’t know this game then where have you been?
- The Legend of Zelda: Dude! How classic can you get? The righteous Link whips Ganon and saves Zelda. Link rules!
- Super Mario Bros.: There are pipes and coins and these grody goombas and you just stomp away.
- Excitebike: It’s a rad motocross racing game that lets you rip around a track and kick up dirt and stuff.
- Ice Climber: Like, duh. You climb the ice and whack monsters.
- Xevious: Go to space and shoot stuff with your wicked spaceship.
- Bomberman: Drop bombs on the baddies.
Not only that, but they’re coming out with a “limited edition” Game Boy Advance, with red A/B buttons and black NES stripes on it. Ultimate retro.
Fig. 2. Bitchin’.