Christian Heilmann

[open tabs] Flash changes, publish what you learn, tech literacy and nothing to hide?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  • Myth: Those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear talks about the dangers of biometric data collection explaining that if a government tries to oppress its citizens knowledge about them is the ultimate power. It is a bit UK centric, but a good point
  • Collateral Damage is a post by Joa Ebert explaining his unhappiness about the changes in Flash game licensing by Adobe. Unlike other posts, this one doesn’t lament about the money, but the lack of innovation and overdue language enhancements. Come to the HTML5 side, we need folk like you, Joa.
  • As an answer and to make things more clear for the Flash world, Lee Brimelow released An unofficial premium feature FAQ about Flash, debunking some of the fears of people.
  • Tech, not toys by the ever prolific Jeremy Zawodny explains his unhappiness about schools giving iPads to students. Jeremy points out that iPads, whilst being obviously superior to books do not teach kids technology but are just another consumption device. Instead of giving out iPads, schools should teach kids how to tinker with programming and build things, as shown in the Mozilla Hackasaurus program. I agree.
  • Publish what you learn is a nice in-depth explanation of the simple step to start blogging and show up on people’s radar as explained in the Move the Web Forward web site. I find the article wonderful and inspiring but it gets a but overly excited in the end. HTML5 Boilerplate is amazing but not the “most important front-end development project in the Web’s short history” :). Also, the section about commenting forgets that comments over the last years have become tedious to maintain and attract trolls more than real discussion. I agree that people should read a whole article before commenting, but this is not how the web works these days. I turned off comments here for that very reason, it was a waste of my time. There is some great advice in there about updating your posts as a writer, though!
  • Forbes’ “Women in Tech” series asks if Coding And Tech Skills As The Next Need-to-know Skill Sets? and the article confused me more than anything else. I agree that “tech literacy” needs to be higher, but I don’t think an article stating that “programming, coding and tech skills” are important without explaining what the differences between them are (I am confused about that) helps. I am also pretty annoyed that the US government considers San Francisco the place to find tech volunteers and asks entrepreneurs who build foodspotting and self-branding web2.0 sites as experts. Why not people like Coder Dojo, Codecademy or other programs that try to promote “tech literacy”? Why not use the internet to promote tech literacy rather than trying to pry tech talent from the hands of companies that offer 5 figure sign up bonuses as they are desperate to find people in the South Bay already?

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