Zitat des Tages von Ellen Ullman:
Technology does not run backward. Once a technical capability is out there, it is out there for good.
The condition of my personal workspace is my own business, as I see it.
Has Google appropriated the word 'search?' If so, I find it sad. Search is a deep human yearning, an ancient trope in the recorded history of human life.
When I am writing, and occasionally achieve single focus and presence, I finally feel that is where I'm supposed to be. Everything else is kind of anxiety.
Each new tool we create ends an old relationship with the world and starts a new one. And we're changed by that relationship, inevitably. It changes the way we live, changes our patterns, changes our social organization.
Writing is a very isolating occupation.
I think storytelling in general is how we really deeply know things. It's ancient.
I don't consider myself a Jewish writer.
There is always one more bug to fix.
So many people for so many years have promoted technology as the answer to everything. The economy wasn't growing: technology. Poor people: technology. Illness: technology. As if, somehow, technology in and of itself would be a solution. Yet machine values are not always human values.
Tools are not neutral. The computer is not a neutral tool.
With code, what it means is what it does. It doesn't express, not really. It's a very bounded conversation. And writing is not bounded. That's what's hard about it.
Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.
The world of programmers is not going to change on its own.
I am not intimidated by puerile boys acting like pre-teens.
I fear for the world the Internet is creating.
It is one thing for an artist to experiment on a canvas, but it's entirely different to experiment on a living creature.
Y2K is showing everyone what technical people have been dealing with for years: the complex, muddled, bug-bitten systems we all depend on, and their nasty tendency toward the occasional disaster.
Even simple fixes can bring the whole system down.
What happens to people like myself, who have been involved with computing for a long time, is that you begin to see how many of the 'new' ideas are simply old ones coming back into view on the swing of the pendulum, with new and faster hardware to back it up.
The web is just another stunning point in the two-hundred-thousand-year history of human beings on earth. The taming of fire; the discovery of penicillin; the publication of 'Jane Eyre' - add anything you like.
It had to happen to me sometime: sooner or later, I would have to lose sight of the cutting edge. That moment every technical person fears - the fall into knowledge exhaustion, obsolescence, techno-fuddy-duddyism - there was no reason to think I could escape it forever.
The human mind, as it turns out, is messy.
I won't use Twitter. Twitter posts are thought-farts. I don't care about unconsidered thoughts of the moment.
Truly new inventions take time to play out.
Software and digital devices are imbued with the values of their creators.
All things change, but we always have to think: what are we leaving behind?
Internet voting is surely coming. Though online ballots cannot be made secure, though the problems of voter authentication and privacy will remain unsolvable, I suspect we'll go ahead and do it anyway.
Multitasking, throughput, efficiency - these are excellent machine concepts, useful in the design of computer systems. But are they principles that nurture human thought and imagination?
I like mysteries.
The biggest problem is that people have stopped being critical about the role of the computer in their lives. These machines went from being feared as Big Brother surrogates to being thought of as metaphors for liberty and individual freedom.
Productivity has always been the justification for the prepackaging of programming knowledge. But it is worth asking about the sort of productivity gains that come from the simplifications of click-and-drag.
My mother told me that my birth mother got pregnant by a married man who didn't want to leave his wife.
Computer systems could not work without standards - an agreement among programs and systems about how they will exchange information.
It will not work to keep asking men to change. Many have no real objective to do so. There's no reward for them. Why should they change? They're doing well inside the halls of coding.
I came of technical age with UNIX, where I learned with power-greedy pleasure that you could kill a system right out from under yourself with a single command.