Nick Richards

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Commuting

"Woloch hits his stride with a compelling analysis of the four pages or so in The Road to Wigan Pier devoted to a description of the long, gruelling ‘commute’ the miners undertake to and from the coalface. The significance of this, Orwell notes, is something ‘one is always liable to miss’, for the precise reason that it has already been missed: nobody gets paid to commute, even though the time it takes is company time. By Woloch’s account, Orwell can only begin to address that failure by failing himself. ‘The writer’s difficulty in “getting to work” – or of representing the working class – converges on (but is not equated with) the miner’s efforts to get to work, understood as one of the many aspects of labour that are rendered invisible by capitalism.’ "

I Say Damn It Where Are The Beds.

Endless

This blog does seem to be a bit of a 'look! I have a new job!' notifier these days. So, look! I have a new job!

I'm just about to start working as a Product Manager at Endless, working on making devices and software that empowers the other 75% of people in the world. It's going to be fun.

Operators

A text message has flooded in:

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Helpful advice.

Some links from week 41, 2015

A thing I used to do was write blog posts full of links I'd found interesting in the past week or so. Twitter and Pinboard mostly ate that content, but for old times sake I thought I'd go back through some things I'd saved and see if there was anything useful.

There, that was easy.

Klarismo

I'm excited to say that I'm going to be joining Klarismo as a Product Manager. It's a great opportunity to be able to join a company that has already been made fun of in a BuzzFeed listicle. Whilst I'm sad to be leaving Collabora after a year of making the world safe for open source software, this was an opportunity I couldn't refuse. If you'd like to join me, then we're hiring!

Patents

If you read Augmenting a user interface with information and Augmenting a user interface with additional information you'll see that several of the concepts I worked on at Intel have been patented. I have mixed emotions. I am strongly and publicly against the concept of software patents. I don't believe they're useful for the advancement of the software industry; nor do they really give enough information to actually move forward the state of the art. However I can't deny that I did feel a slight sense of satisfaction when I saw the letter. I'm proud of the work we all did on Moblin. We were explicitly trying to do things differently and better than they had been done before, in a way it's nice to see that recognised. But I can't look past the chilling effects that this has on my own practice, and that of my friends. I don't want to live in a world where the only way I can experience software like the Visual Tab Switcher is in an incompetently voiced over video of some beta software.