I want a blog circle (remember web rings?) that only allows the members to post AND read. No public access. For example, a company or student group. Some things are more free-form than todo lists, calendars, agendas, and roadmaps.
There needs to be a private place for ideas.
With the advent of BitCoin (and *cough* some online marketplaces), it’s clear to me that in the future, these kinds of things might be more common.
When most homes still had dial-up, YouTube beat everyone by predicting that broadband become the norm. They built a video streaming service before most people could even use it.
Besides illegal things, what else would be made easier by using anonymous transactions? What can we build?
I can recall being with my family in southern ohio on a pontoon boat, on a lake in the woods. There was a strict “no technology” policy enforced ruthlessly by my parents. Of course I hated it, and the next best thing I was allowed to do was bring my programming books with me.
“Teach yourself java in 21 days” was an incredibly well-written book. I read this book so much and so often that the flimsy paper cover lost its plastic and ended its life with a barely recognizable cover in the ACM office at UIUC. I believe it’s still there.
I remember fuzzy things about my Java learning experience. I first read an antiquated Java 1.1 book that probably cost $3 on the bargain shelf at border’s, and then finally acquired the 21-days java 2 book. I remember the first time I understood what GridBagLayout meant, and I absolutely remember the first time the “interface” idea caught on, with respect to java’s class ideology. Class inheritance? Lightbulb moment. How event handlers worked? Done.
All of these lightbulb moments occurred many miles away from the nearest computer. That fact hasn’t detracted from my ability to acquire new programming skills and understand different ways of thinking about code. I’m certainly not saying it’s helped, but I suspect it has.
It’s been so long since I “learned” how to program that these memories are starting to surface.