October 27, 2011
Four short links: 13 October 2011 - Memorable Indexes, Mobile Sensors, Augmented Reality Toys, and Collaborative EditingBy Nat Torkington
October 13, 2011
Memorable Indexes (Futility Closet) -- Carroll's index also includes entries for "Boots for horizontal weather," "Horizontal rain, boots for," "Rain, horizontal, boots for," and "Weather, horizontal, boots for". They're silly and whimsical, but the underlying problem of making multiple accessible entrypoints into a single corpus of content is with us today and only compounded by the vast growth of...
September 23, 2011
How Many Really? -- project by BERG and BBC to help make sense of large numbers of people, in the context of your social network. Clever! (via BERG London) Why the Best Days of Open Hardware Are Yet To Come (Bunnie Huang) -- as Moore’s law decelerates, there is a potential for greater standardization of platforms. A provocative picture...
Four short links: 22 September 2011 - Feedback, Open Source Marketing, Programming in the Browser, and Twitter's Open Source Realtime EngineBy Nat Torkington
September 22, 2011
Implicit and Explicit Feedback -- for preferences and recommendations, implicit signals (what people clicked on and actually listened to) turn out to be strongly correlated with what they would say if you asked. (via Greg Linden) Pivoting to Monetize Mobile Hyperlocal Social Gamification by Going Viral -- Schuyler Erle's stellar talk at the open source geospatial tools conference. Video,...
September 13, 2011
Dan Saffer: How To Lie with Design Research (Google Video) -- Experience shows that, especially with qualitative research like the type designers often do, two researchers can look at the same set of data and draw dramatically different findings from them. As William Blake said, "Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read'st black where I read...
August 26, 2011
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Why Restaurant Web Sites Are So Bad -- The rest of the Web long ago did away with auto-playing music, Flash buttons and menus, and elaborate intro pages, but restaurant sites seem stuck in 1999. North Korean Government Partly Funded by Gold Farming (Gamasutra) -- alleges a special group of hackers built automation software for MMOs and sent part...
July 27, 2011
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July 19, 2011
Tame.js -- async programming library for use with node.js and other V8 projects. (via Hacker News) The Rise of PDF Malware (Symantec) -- detailed whitepaper showing the incident rate, techniques, and evasion techniques of PDF malware. Despite the fact that the number of PDF CVEs [Common Vulnerability/Exposure] are close to Microsoft Office’s numbers, the amount of nonunique PDF attacks...
Four short links: 14 July 2011 - Microchip Archaeology, OSM Map Library, Feedback Loops for Public Expenditure, and Mind-reading Big DataBy Nat Torkington
July 14, 2011
Digging into Technology's Past -- stories of the amazing work behind the visual 6502 project and how they reconstructed and simulated the legendary 6502 chip. To analyze and then preserve the 6502, James treated it like the site of an excavation. First, he needed to expose the actual chip by removing its packaging of essentially “billiard-ball plastic.” He eroded...
July 12, 2011
"Programming HTML5 Applications" author Zachary Kessin discusses the tools, technologies, and knowledge that help developers build HTML5 apps. Plus: Learn the most common app development mistakes and how to avoid them.
July 11, 2011
Which Banks are Enabling Fake AV Scams? -- some nice detective work to reveal the mechanisms and actors who take money from the marks in AV scams. (via BoingBoing) Developer Experience -- new site from ex-Google developer evangelist Pamela Fox, talking about the experience that API- and software-offering companies give to the developers they're wooing. Pros and Cons of...Brett McLaughlin
July 6, 2011
July 4, 2011
Let There Be Smite (Pippin Barr) -- simple diversion for the 4th of July. It won't be easy for God to save America. (via Pippin's blog) Basel Wear -- to answer the question I know was burning on your lips: "what *did* the Swiss wear in 1634?" Impressively detailed pictures from a 1634 book that is now online. One...
Four short links: 1 July 2011 - Vector Graphics, Processing Maps, Augemented Senses, and Graph AnalysisBy Nat Torkington
July 1, 2011
Four short links: 30 June 2011 - Buying a Micro, Education Entrepreneurship, Faceted Search, Vector-Graphics ScriptingBy Nat Torkington
June 30, 2011
Electric Dreams - The 1980s 'The Micro Home Computer Of 1982' (YouTube) -- from a reality show where a gadget-using family are forced to relive 30 years of technology invention, one year each day. This clip is where they're forced to choose a microcomputer from the rush of early hobbyist machines in the 80s: Spectrum, Dragon-32, etc. (via Skud)...
June 24, 2011
June 23, 2011
How is HTML 5 changing web development? - Remy Sharp on whether HTML is ready for prime-time production.Audrey Watters
June 21, 2011
In this interview, OSCON speaker Remy Sharp discusses HTML5's current usage and how it could influence the future of web apps and browsers (hint: in time, we may not notice browsers at all.)
Developer Week in Review: Are .NET programmers going extinct? - Microsoft embraces HTML5, selling a startup at 15, and a new version of Java looms.James Turner
June 15, 2011
For Microsoft programmers, the week brought fear, uncertainty and doubt regarding their future as an elite class of developers. For a lucky teen, it brought a big paycheck. And for fans of Java, it brought a new version of the popular language one step closer to release.
June 15, 2011
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June 8, 2011
What is it about Node.js that makes it interesting to developers? The key factors are performance, timing, and focusing on a real problem that wasn't easily solved with other server-side dynamic languages.
June 7, 2011
The state of speed and the quirks of mobile optimization - Steve Souders on browser wars, site speed, and the HTTP Archive.Jenn Webb
June 1, 2011
In this interview, Google performance evangelist and Velocity co-chair Steve Souders discusses browser competition, the differences between mobile and desktop optimization, and his hopes for the HTTP Archive.
Four short links: 30 May 2011 - Tables to Charts, Crowdsourcing Incentives, Domain Boondoggles, and Conquering ComplexityBy Nat Torkington
May 30, 2011
Chartify -- jQuery plugin to create Google charts from HTML tables. (via Rasmus Sellberg) Designing Incentives for Crowdsourcing Workers (Crowdflower) -- In a tough turn for the sociologists and psychologists, none of the purely social/psychological treatments had any significant effects at all. The gTLD Boondoggle -- ICANN promised back in 1998 that they would bring the world lots of...
May 25, 2011
OTD Lessons Learned v1 (PDF) -- Dept of Defense report on use of open technologies. Advocates against forking open source projects, and provides specific guidance for groups looking to use OSS so they can navigate the military's producement policies and procedures in a way that'll deliver the best chance of success for the project. Imagine if only the manufacturer...Nat Torkington
May 23, 2011
Google I/O 2011: 5 things to keep watching - From Chromebooks to Arduino to bots: Mike Loukides examines I/O's big themes.Mike Loukides
May 16, 2011
Google I/O 2011 was marked by the Android Accessory Development Kit, the Chromebook vision and lots of robots. Mike Loukides examines the big I/O developments and their possible repercussions.
Four short links: 11 May 2011 - API Explorer, Random Sampling, Open Cultural Collections, and Video LecturesBy Nat Torkington
May 11, 2011
webshell -- command-line tool for debugging/exploring APIs, open sourced (Apache v2) and written in node.js. (via Sean Coates) sample -- command-line filter for random sampling of input. Useful when you've got heaps of data and want to run your algorithms on a random sample of it. (via Scott Vokes) Yale Offers Open Access To PD Materials in Collections --...
May 9, 2011
UDID DeAnonymization -- a developer exposed an API that connected UDID to other information such as Facebook ID. The API has been closed, but it remains true that your iPhone has a primary key and darn near every app developer has a database linking your UDID to other details about you. Apple requires this to not be public, but...
April 13, 2011
Web Ecology Project -- Researching quantized social interaction. Most recent work was a competition to write social bots that would be followed/friended on social networks--essentially scoring 51% on the Turing test. There are privacy implications (often social network buddies see profile information that strangers can't). (via The Atlantic) We Need to Stop Google's Exploitation of Open Communities (Mikel Maron)...
March 21, 2011
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Four short links: 8 March 2011 - Open Source at Facebook, Mobile Patterns, Data Vis, and Open vs Crowd SourcingBy Nat Torkington
March 8, 2011
Facebook and Open Source -- David Recordon interview. HipHop really embodies how we create at Facebook. It started as a hackathon project by Haiping Zhao, who was later joined by Iain Proctor and Minghui Yang. Haiping noticed a number of similarities between the syntax of PHP and C++, and wondered if you could programmatically rewrite one into another. Two-and-half...Nat Torkington
March 4, 2011
March 1, 2011
Implementing Open Standards in Open Source (Larry Rosen) -- Companies try to control specifications because they want to control software that implements those specifications. This is often incompatible with the freedom promised by open source principles that allow anyone to create and distribute copies and derivative works without restriction. This article explores ways that are available to compromise that...
February 21, 2011
Four short links: 15 February 2011 - New Copyright Laws Proposed, GMail APIs, Internet Book Roundup, and Chrome FarmBy Nat Torkington
February 15, 2011
White House Will Propose New Digital Copyright Laws (CNet) -- If the Internet were truly empowering citizenry and bringing us this new dawn of digital democracy, the people who run it would be able to stop the oppressive grind of the pro-copyright machinery. There's no detail about what the proposed law would include, except that it will be based...
February 9, 2011
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February 4, 2011
Four short links: 26 January 2011 - Identifying Communities, Web Principles, Wiring Library, and Instapaper InterviewBy Nat Torkington
January 26, 2011
Find Communities -- algorithm for uncovering communities in networks of millions of nodes, for producing identifiable subgroups as in LinkedIn InMaps. (via Matt Biddulph's Delicious links) Seven Ways to Think Like The Web (Jon Udell) -- seven principles that will head off a lot of mistakes. They should be seared into the minds of anyone working in the web....Matthew David
January 25, 2011
jQuery 1.5 moves closer to release. Today, the latest build is now a Release Candidate.Matthew David
January 25, 2011
The World Wide Web Consortium Group gives emerging new technologies a new brand.
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