Casio FX-880P Personal Computer Teardown

I think CASIO during the 80's exemplified peak design, engineering and quality control. FX-880P is the flagship calculator model with a built in scientific library. Unfortunately, the one I have does not work anymore, but that should not prevent us from taking it apart. Classic 8 … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 8 days ago

Good

Good Design (Dieter Rams, Braun e. al)is innovative makes a product useful is aesthetic makes a product understandable is unobtrusive is honest is long-lasting is thorough down to the last detail is environmentally-friendly is as little design as possible Good Engineeringis inven … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 23 days ago

Hacker News Design Is Ugly

This thing is straight up ugly. It is too simple, useful, pragmatic, dense and practical. Boring. These days the cool things are purple gradients, lots of negative space and loss of contrast. People on HN keep raving about this design thing but boy they are so wrong. Let's fix it … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 1 month ago

On Hacker News Interface

I don't think it deserves the magical word "Design". This thing is straight up ugly. It is too simple and practical. Boring. A portion of the browser viewport as Hacker News plops itself on the canvas looks like this: Eeww....It lacks the following. Targeted advertisement Oh redd … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 2 months ago

The Genius of Reddit

Definition: Application Programming InterfaceReddit is a place that instantly evokes an end-to-end spectrum of society - quantized and discretized in little blocks of interests called sub-reddits. These communities are can be accessed by sending a GET request to https://reddit.co … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 3 months ago

Selling Fonts.zip

I'd like to call this observation part of a larger concept - "Explicit Design". It is best explained perhaps by looking at an example that I recently came across: Nipponia NPR Font ShopNipponia is a type foundry from Japan. Just above the checkout button, there is a little file i … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 6 months ago

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

PANTONE Color of the Year - 19-4052 Classic BlueThese things bother me. It seemsto me that it is a completely arbitary set of people, using arbitary rules tocome out with a "Color of the Year"[https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2020]. P … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 7 months ago

Microsoft Advertisment Inc

Advertisement needs to end. It is insane to think that a piece of software, so fundamental to running computers, an operating system is selling user behavior to advertisers. | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 8 months ago

Creating Diagrams Using PCB Design Software (ECAD)

Earlier last week, I stumbled upon Brandur's blog post about 'AtomicTransactions in PostgreSQL'. It was a fantastic read and I couldn't help butnotice ridiculously beautiful diagrams [https://brandur.org/postgres-atomicity] about database transactions. These monospaced diagrams a … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 10 months ago

Unsung Beauty of Analog Devices Datasheets

Engineers build stuff. They need to put together complex systems, most oftenfrom pieces that others have built. I jokingly talk to my colleagues thatsoftware engineering is similar to plumbing - take various pieces of softwareand link them through an interface (API or in case of … | Continue reading


@neil.computer | 10 months ago