ASCII vs. ANSI

Browserling does it again:

ascii-ansi

For those of you not old enough, here are the ASCII and ANSI Wikipedia pages.  Back in a day we used these for cool art, fancy user interfaces, email signatures, games and more.  Have a look at some cool examples of ASCII art.  Now imagine those “images” colored with the breathtaking variety of 8 colors and you’ve got yourself a true 90’s rainbow explosion.

ansi-color-table

You’d probably be surprised to learn that a lot of these have survived to modern day, and are still used in command line user interfaces.

P.S.: And if you think that this stuff is ancient, have a look at typewriter art example.

Bad project

CommitStrip nails one of the ways of getting into a bad project …

bad project

I remember reading an interview with Matt Mullenweg (though can’t seem to find a reference now), where he said that this sort of thing happened with Automattic.  People were asking them for commercial support, but they didn’t want to do it, so they started with an insane amount of like $5,000 per month and all of a sudden found themselves with a queue of people outside.

And they were not alone, of course.