The Unshittification of Technology

Tech news that’s happy!


Kudos to these guys.

I love to poop on Musk, but this is not poopable.


And of course


Cool drone tech with major value for climate research:


I’m writing, and it’s frustrating.

The worst is when sources are just irrelevant, and add nothing.

The best is when they are relevant, and add a lot of useful information, but, of course, I have to jump back and forth through the text to add this information in the appropriate sections.

The most frustrating is when they are fragments of relevant stuff, and I’ll need other sources to complete this, but have to jump about anyway.

The thing is this is … annoying … with a good word processor, but would be practically impossible without.


I remember doing a literature review as a grad student back in about 1978. I had dozens of photocopied references spread out on a conference table at the lab, writing the draft in long hand. Word processors made it so much easier, but I was still using paper journal articles till around 2000. You had to have a good short term memory to keep it all straight, so I’m glad I retired.


Change control systems for vital portolanos:

By 1500 advances in navigation and shipbuilding technology lengthened common trade routes, sending ships farther from the ports and coastlines depicted on their portolanos. Sailors on the open seas turned to celestial navigation and to maps depicting more and more of the globe to find their way. But they continued to rely on new and increasingly accurate portolanos for navigation near land. Sailors were tasked with keeping their home countries up-to-date on their findings to make these innovations possible. Portuguese ships traveling to the Indian ocean, for example, were each given two nautical charts that pilots were expected to correct and return to the Armazém da Guiné, the government body responsible for storing the kingdom’s nautical knowledge.


Worked like Waze on the high seas.

Ain’t nothing new in the world.


The kings, of course, claimed ownership of the result just like Google.


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