How America became a nation of freelancers

How America became a nation of freelancers: According to the Labor Department, employers often misclassify independent contractors as employees, locking misclassified freelancers out of benefits like tax write-offs for health insurance that they’re already paying for, all by themselves. For freelancers, it’s much, much harder to qualify for a loan, refinance their mortgage or, if… Continue reading How America became a nation of freelancers

Honeywell sues Nest for patent infringement

Honeywell sues Nest for patent infringement: Honeywell makes crappy, ugly thermostats. They’re the market leader, but they’ve been sitting on their asses, not doing much. So thermostat innovation and design has been pretty stagnant for years. Nest’s is by far the most innovative thermostat we’ve seen for a long time, but it looks like they’re… Continue reading Honeywell sues Nest for patent infringement

Decoration is best, except when it isn’t

Decoration is best, except when it isn’t: Decoration and module extension are both viable ways to compose objects in Ruby. Which to use is not a simple black-or-white choice; it depends on the purpose of the composition. For applications where you want to adorn an object with some extra functionality, or modify how it presents… Continue reading Decoration is best, except when it isn’t

Apple Adds High-DPI Versions of Pointers in OS X 10.7.3

Apple Adds High-DPI Versions of Pointers in OS X 10.7.3: Screenshot from FinerThingsIn.com DaringFireball notes several changes in some of the icons found in OS X 10.7.3. Several of our readers had also noticed the small changes in pointer icons in the latest version. It seems the changes run a bit deeper than on first… Continue reading Apple Adds High-DPI Versions of Pointers in OS X 10.7.3