20 setembro, 2007

Couple of notes


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From: Thiago Silva
To: raiosoft@googlegroups.com

Acabei de encontrar estas notas de alguem que foi em uma conferencia,
em 1982, e ficou fascinado com a palestra do Alan Kay ("the most
inspiring talk that I ever attended"). Eis as notas que ele fez em seu
bloquinho, durante a apresentacao:

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Humans like fantasy and sharing:
Fantasy fulfills a need for a simpler, more controllable world.

Sharing is important - we're all communication junkies. We have an
incredible bandwidth disparity (easy to take in, hard to give out);
our devices have the reciprocal disparity (hard to take in, easy to
give out)

Computer as medium (like clay or paint)
Computer as vehicle
Computer as musical instrument

Magnetic Fields:
Find a central metaphor that's so good that everything aligns to it.
Design meetings are no longer necessary, it designs itself. The
metaphor should be crisp and fun.

Smalltalk is object-oriented, but it should have been message oriented.

Turn up your nose at good ideas. You must work on great ideas, not good ones.

Appreciate mundanity: after all, a pencil is high technology

One goal: the computer disappears into the environment

The computer shouldn't act like it knows everything.

The whole notion of 'programming language' is wrong.

Better is the enemy of best
Relative judgements have no place in art
Systems programmers are high priests of a low cult
Point of view is worth 80 IQ points
Good ideas don't often scale

Remember, it's all software, it just depends on when you crystallize it.

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Final advice: content over form, go for fun.

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