I went to check out the North Korean news wire earlier today and noticed that they had heavily revised their web site since the last time I looked at it a few months ago. The layout was still kind of bad and the English a bit weird, but there were now buttons for email, shopping, etc. I discovered that the North Korean government is actually letting people sign up for free web based email accounts. Their web page actually claims that they have an advanced IT industry, but somehow after experiencing it's fruit, I am left doubtful. One of the most amazing things about it was the selection of password hint questions, which include gems such as 'How would Korea change after reunification?'
link to Roy's blog entry with more details, and link to North Korea's government website, which informs me that "Korea Is One Homogenous Nation," and that one of the three top-selling books in the northern nation is "Butterfly and Cock."
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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