Malleable Systems Collective
Malleable Software is software that adheres to these principles, according to the Malleable Systems Collective:
- Software must be as easy to change as it is to use it
- All layers, from the user interface through functionality to the data within, must support arbitrary recombination and reuse in new environments
- Tools should strive to be easy to begin working with but still have lots of open-ended potential
- People of all experience levels must be able to retain ownership and control
- Recombined workflows and experiences must be freely sharable with others
- Modifying a system should happen in the context of use, rather than through some separate development toolchain and skill set
- Computing should be a thoughtfully crafted, fun, and empowering experience
Their site lists a collection of software that offers some of these aspects.
Khan Academy’s huge traffic spike and a request for donations
This past weekend, Sal Khan posted a video which then made it onto Reddit about the huge surge in traffic we’ve seen at Khan Academy. I was really thankful to see the huge outpouring of support in the Reddit thread and also on Hacker News.
Cognitive Biases in Software Development
Stanislav Myachenkov wrote a fun read that covers how we fall prey to cognitive biases every day as we build software.
No-sew pleated face masks
Just a handkerchief and hair tie for COVID-19 protection.