Technology & Related Concepts That Need To Die

Joel's Technology Hit List

Monday Morning Rant, 26 March, 2012
  1. Skeumorphism in design
  2. Adobe Flash
  3. Adobe Air
  4. The concept of "write once, deploy everywhere" code (web standards being the exception, of course)
  5. QR codes
  6. Comic Sans and Marker Felt
  7. WPTouch WordPress plugin. Just don't.
  8. Websites serving up a "get our app!" splash page to iOS users prior to serving the requested page
  9. Websites refusing to serve page requests and insisting you get their app
  10. Websites who serve up a mobile version, but when you switch to the "full version" it forwards you to the homepage
  11. Websites serving up mobile versions only to iPads
  12. Using Powerpoint to make documents that should have been made in Word/Pages/Plain Text.
  13. Using Powerpoint to send images as if it were a zip file.
  14. Having www. in front of your domain name. I will add to this list over time. If you have any further suggestions, please let me know.

My Year In Cities 2011

This will be my third year keeping track of this, having done so for both 2009 and 2010 previously. In 2009 I saw Jason Kottke do this and liked it, so I decided to do it too. Once more, one or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days Alexandria, VA*
Wirtz, VA*
Barboursville, VA
Baltimore, MD
Chevy Chase, MD
Toronto, ON, Canada
I'm down from last year's nine cities, back down to six. Still, an improvement over 2009's list of five.