My daily readings 09/03/2013

    • “And most importantly: Don’t be ashamed to build 100% JavaScript applications. You may get some incensed priests vituperating you in their blogs. But there will be an army of users (like me) who will fall in love with using your app.”

      This statement needs a huge, HUGE caveat that you should only be building 100% JavaScript apps in situations where doing so makes sense. For example, I find the new Blogger “web app” infuriating. I shouldn’t have to stare at a loading screen to read a half-dozen paragraphs of text, that’s just stupid. Just serve the HTML. No one is going to “fall in love” with your app if your app shouldn’t exist in the first place because the old-school solution provided a superior experience.

    • Statistics about how much time medieval peasants spent working can be misleading, because a lot of what they spent their time on when they weren’t doing fieldwork was still work, e.g. tending their own gardens, making implements and furniture, working on their houses. They had to make most of the things they used themselves. So when “work” was over they didn’t go home and watch TV.

      It’s hard to be sure exactly what life was like for preindustrial agricultural workers, but the most convincing evidence that it was very hard was that early mines and factories were easily able to recruit all the workers they needed, despite working conditions we know to have been harsh.

    • The question of the degree to which enclosure was responsible for the supply of factory workers is one people have debated for a century. The idea that it was was as you can imagine very popular with Marxist historians. Which doesn’t make it false of course. But it does have the same neatness that drives urban legends, and in a place like HN we should be wary of this.

      There were in practice a bunch of forces that drove people to work in factories. The rise of international trade, which depressed agricultural prices in comparatively unproductive Europe, was another huge one.

      • It is an insight.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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