Gamoid writes: I wrote a short history of Minesweeper, as told by the Product Manager in charge of it back in the nineties. This includes a harrowing tale of Bill Gates' Minesweeper addiction, and how it gave him an existential crisis about the future of humanity (and I'm only half-joking).
Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came to the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.
Gamoid writes: Microsoft has joined up with the likes of Docker, CoreOS, VMware, Red Hat, Google, and Amazon for the Open Container Project — a non-profit for a container standard, housed under the Linux Foundation. Times, they are a-changin'.
Gamoid writes: I looked into the state of Google Go and Apple Swift, looking at what the two languages have in common — and why tech companies would bother involving themselves in the programming language holy wars.
Gamoid writes: Microsoft quietly confirmed that Windows 10 will in fact launch this summer — and it's encouraging users to put the technical preview on Xiaomi tablets. Oh, plus, Cortana will get a Mandarin localization.
Gamoid writes: I talked to a hospital that's delivering restraining orders to victims of domestic abuse via teleconferencing, helping to protect them in their most vulnerable time. It's not even a drop in the ocean, but it's a really cool story about how technology can be used to help people — and how the legal system still needs to catch up with technological progress.
Gamoid writes: Silicon Valley says that we need more H-1B visas because there aren't enough developers and software engineers in the United States. But there's an increasing body of evidence to suggest that the real issue is that Silicon Valley companies aren't hiring the many, many talented people here in the US.
Gamoid writes: In the wake of Uber's latest scandal, where an executive commented that he'd like to doxx journalists who investigate the startup, we have to ask ourselves: Is Silicon Valley really building the future we want?