If you enjoyed the Petzold thing earlier...
This may also be your kinda thing.
Ellen Ullman’s 1998 two part series “The Dumbing-Down of Programming” from Salon archives.
Rebelling against Microsoft, “My Computer” and easy-to-use Wizards, an engineer rediscovers the joys of difficult computing.
Returning to the Source. Once knowledge disappears into code, how do we retrieve it?
Via Joey deVilla over at The Farm.
I’d forgotten how readable Ellen Ullman was (especially for techies of “a certain age”). I read a novel of her’s, Close To The Machine, this time last year. Worth checking out, as is this interview with her, also in Salon.
This week is becoming one of those weeks where I’m constantly reminded about my age (it started with me discovering that my Dad can now get cheaper car insurance if he includes me on it with him!) and just how long I’ve been in this business…