Friday links – 26/08/2016

Rounding up the top few links I’ve read this week that have really piqued my interest.

A range of tech, development and science for your reading pleasure:

I Never Want To Be Near A Nosulus Rift Again

Niels Broekhuijsen writes about his experience with a VR attachment that emits the aromatic flavours of flatulence. It sounds nauseating, but I do wonder how the technology might evolve to cover sweet smells.

Architect Your iOS App for Easy Backend Replacement – Part II: Currying and Partial Application

This article talks about ways of developing your app so that swapping backends doesn’t result in a complete rewrite. I like the approach. Even when developing smaller applications (as I am at the moment) I think it’s important to think modular.

NASA just made all the scientific research it funds available for free

Loads of research, publicly accessible, no pay-wall. This feels like the way space research should be, as far as possible, available for all of humanity.

Networks all the way down

This blog post from 2014 discusses how so much of modern technology is actually general purpose computing and networks configured to behave as if they were discrete objects.

As someone in his early 30’s, I wonder how younger generations perceive this side of things. My generation definitely had a lot of discrete hardware, but it feels like we were probably the last. Perhaps this explains some of the fetishisation of hardware for things like audio synthesis in recent years.

Facebook’s video editor is embarrassingly old

TechCrunch writes about how out of date Facebook’s video editor is, with a particular focus on how Apple could out-innovate them in this field.

I agree, I feel like Apple’s offering with iMovie is also fairly out of date now. I’ve mooted developing my own video editor recently, and the potential for being ‘sherlocked’ in this space feels really very strong. In any case, it would be nice to see fresher video editing options from the big guys all around.


That’s all for this week – have a great weekend!