The way we publish and read text in our browsers today is not that different from the way Egyptians used scrolls over 3,000 years ago. In the real world, though, the scroll gave way to the codex a long time ago, but on the web, we’re still mostly wedded to the idea of scrolling through text. Opera, the developers of the popular desktop and mobile browser of the same name, just released Opera Reader, a prototype of a concept they call “native pages,” which is meant to bring the ideas of a more book-like publishing layout back to the web. The result, which developers can achieve with just a few lines of codes, looks more like the New York Times Skimmer interface than a regular website.
Last week, Google engineer Steve Yegge mistakenly posted a rant about his life at Amazon and how his currently employer Google doesn’t get platforms. He quickly made that post private again, but as is common on today’s Internet, it was already going viral. Today, Yegge followed up with a slightly shorter and more focused rant about Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos. More importantly, though, he also notes that he is still employed at Google (though people “laughed at [him] a lot] and stresses that his post and the subsequent outfall were neither faked nor staged.