Gamoid writes: This kid started a silly hand-gesture app as a way to throw hand signs like rappers do. Instead, he accidentally made something really useful for deaf people — and now, with the help of the United Nations, he's turning it into a real company.
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.