Non Inclusive. Divisive. Discriminatory

I follow (and am a patron of) someone on YouTube who creates content about games.

He’s colour blind.

And he continually makes me think about how shit the world must be to people who… I was going to say: “who are colour blind or not as able bodied as the creators of things”.

But I realised how narrow my thinking is.

What about women in male dominated workforces?
And people of colour?
And everyone else who is not in the exact group as the people who design and build the things that are thrust upon the rest of the world to use?

The Western technology world (Silicon Valley, etc) produces a whole lot of technology “solutions” that are not so much what I would call “discriminatory” as they are just “narrow minded” – because they’re designed from a self-centred ignorance more than from malice.

The solution: Usability testing.

Gather a diverse range of people and ask for feedback.
It doesn’t even have to be a lot of people for high gain. A few dozen people spread across the spectrum.

But that costs money. And may prove the designers wrong.

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless Headphones. Absolute Shit!

I’ve been using Sol Republic Shadow Wireless headphones for two and a half years now.

When I started with them they were great. Good battery life. Good sound. Good microphone. Rugged.


The microphone is shit – people tell me I sound like I’m talking through a long tube or I’m under water. And the earphones keep dying.

I’m on my 6th set and after just 2 months this one is fucked as well. My right earphone just stopped.

I buy my headphones from JB Hi-Fi and they come with a warranty. I even get the extended warranty. Which is a waste of money really because no set has survived the standard warranty yet.

So I’m going to get my replacement under warranty and that’s it. When the next one dies or I run out of warranty I’m changing brands.

It’s a shame because originally the Shadow was the perfect headphone for me. But given how much I use them reliability is more important than brand loyalty.

Explaining “The Cloud”

The “Cloud” is just computers that someone else owns and manage.

They own the hardware, make sure all the infrastructure (hardware and operating software) is kept up-to-date, and other people “rent” those systems to run their specific software applications.

All jokes aside, this explanation from Kitty is one of the best I’ve heard so far.