A panoptic history of the past roughly 200 years in communications, Charles Petzold’s Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software tells the story of man’s need to transmit information through the ages. Petzold beautifully relates Semaphore, Telegraph, and TTY to our modern lives, helping us realize that the thing that’s changed most isn’t how we communicate, but merely the speed of the signals.
Reading is expensive, at least it can be. Through the years, I’ve developed a pecking order for books and other media in order to help defray the costs of heavy consumption.
I was having some difficulty the other day binge watching videos in the youtube app. Some apps don’t expose the WebKit buttons for full screen and picture-in-a-picture video. If you’ve grown accustomed to this like I have and need to have it all the time, use this link to make a couple of bookmarklets in Safari that will help out.