Links for February 28th

  • The New Yorker: Worrying About Reagan
    Jane Meyer chronicles concerns about President Reagan's mental health that began in in his second term. Incoming chief of staff Howard Baker started a quiet internal investigation, talking to top White House aides. Quoting the head of that investigation: "They told stories about how inattentive and inept the president was. He was lazy; he wasn’t interested in the job. They said he wouldn’t read the papers they gave him—even short position papers and documents. They said he wouldn’t come over to work—all he wanted to do was to watch movies and television at the residence." Meyer concludes that Reagan probably had good days and bad days, as is found in any Alzheimer patient.
  • TIME: Pocket Paging
    Bell started selling pagers in 1962, under the brand name "Bellboy," after releasing them at that year's Seattle World's Fair. By 1967, thousands were in use commercially, with some simply trigger a beep, but others actually permitting voice to be broadcast to the tiny device. Motorola had taken over the market as a manufacturer, with their "Pageboy" model, at $180/apiece ($1143 today), taking 80% of the market.
  • CSS3 Buttons
    A framework for creating GitHub-style buttons. Now I just want to put buttons all over my websites.

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