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Four short links: 27 October 2011 - Javascript Coverage, Cheap Tablets, Open Archive, ACTA vs TPP

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011

ScriptCover -- open source Javascript coverage tool. Using the $35 Tablet from India (VentureBeat) -- nice description of the tablet and what it's like to use. What makes the Aakash tablet different is that its creators didn't strive for perfection. Instead, the emphasis was on getting the product into the market quickly so it could be adopted, tinkered with,...

Four short links: 13 October 2011 - Memorable Indexes, Mobile Sensors, Augmented Reality Toys, and Collaborative Editing

By 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...

Four short links: 23 September 2011 - Visualizing Populations, Hardware Futures, Radio Different, and Kooky Javascript

By Nat Torkington
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 Engine

By 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,...

Four short links: 13 September 2011 - Lie with Research, Learning as You Teach, 3D Printing, and Future of Javascript

By Nat Torkington
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...

Four short links: 26 August 2011 - 9/11 Footage, Finland's Schools, Javascript Presentations, and Hollowed-Out Manufacturing

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2011

911 Footage -- the Internet Archive has published a great collection of video from Sep 11 2001. A tremendous boon to researchers. Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? (Smithsonian Magazine) -- not sure if why they're successful is ever definitively anointed, but the article is fascinating reading. deck.js -- Javascript presentation library. Why Amazon Can't Make a Kindle in the...

Four short links: 19 August 2011 - Javascript Scraping, Molecular Visualization, Document Conversion, and Humanities Digitization

By Nat Torkington
August 19, 2011

pjscrape -- Javascript scraping framework. (via Joshua Schachter) CanvasMol -- molecular visualization in HTML5. (via Aimee Whitcroft) Docvert 1.5 -- new version of the code to convert Office files to DocBook and HTML. Seven Important Digitization Projects in the Humanities (BrainPickings) -- check out The Republic of Letters from Stanford, a very nifty visualization of relationships between Enlightenment thinkers....

Four short links: 11 August 2011 - Bad Web Sites, Gold Farming for Evil, Sensing Bicyclists, and Javascript Statistics

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2011

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...

Four short links: 27 July 2011 - Coverflow Javascript, Voice APIs, Liberal Acceptance Ruins Everything, and Mobile HTTP Pipelining

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2011

ContentFlow -- Javascript library to provide CoverFlow-like behaviour. Twilio Client SDK -- 1/4 cent/minute API-to-API calls, embeddable in browser apps. Postel's Principle Reconsidered (ACM) -- The Robustness Principle was formulated in an Internet of cooperators. The world has changed a lot since then. Everything, even services that you may think you control, is suspect. Excellent explanation of how interoperability...

Four short links: 26 July 2011 - Advertising Keywords, Javascript Koans, Etsy Open Source Testing, Wieldy Selections

By Nat Torkington
July 26, 2011

Google Keyword Advertising -- interesting infographic about the most lucrative advertising categories for Google. #20 is an eye-opener! Javascript Koans (GitHub) -- an interactive learning environment that uses failing tests to introduce students to aspects of JavaScript in a logical sequence. (via Javascript Weekly) Etsy AB (GitHub) -- Etsy's framework for A/B testing, feature ramp up, and more. (via...

Four short links: 21 July 2011 - Javascript Helpers, 3D DOM, Hadoop Graph Optimizations, and Future Scenarios

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2011

Sugar -- a Javascript library that fixes inconsistencies in built-in classes (Strings, Arrays, etc.) and extends them with much-needed time-saving functionality (e.g., automatic iterators over regular expressions; Date creation from strings; binding scopes to functions). Tilt -- clever Firefox plugin that lets you view the DOM on your page in 3D. Excellent for visually understanding the structure and layout...

Four short links: 19 July 2011 - Async Javascript, PDF Malware, 2D Games, and Reinventing Textbooks

By Nat Torkington
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 Data

By 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...

Getting started with HTML5 apps - Zachary Kessin on the skills you need to build apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.

Getting started with HTML5 apps - Zachary Kessin on the skills you need to build apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.
By Howard Wen
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.

Four short links: 11 July 2011 - Scammers Banks, DX, Scientific MTurk, and Teaching CS in Javascript

By Nat Torkington
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...

What is Node.js? - Node isn't always the solution, but it does solve some important problems.

What is Node.js? - Node isn't always the solution, but it does solve some important problems.
By Brett McLaughlin
July 6, 2011

Learning Node might take a little effort, but it's going to pay off. Why? Because you're afforded solutions to your web application problems that require only JavaScript to solve.

Four short links: 4 July 2011 - God Games, Digitised History, git Database, and App Framework

By Nat Torkington
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 Analysis

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2011

paper.js -- The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting. MIT-licensed Javascript library that gives great demo. TileMill for Processing -- gorgeous custom maps in Processing. (via FlowingData) Research Assistant Wanted -- working with one of the authors of Mind Hacks on augmenting our existing senses with a form of "remote touch" generated by using artificial distance sensors, such...

Four short links: 30 June 2011 - Buying a Micro, Education Entrepreneurship, Faceted Search, Vector-Graphics Scripting

By 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)...

Radar's top stories: June 20-24, 2011 - HTML5's influence on web development, data and genetic secrets, and how to build big JavaScript apps with big teams

Radar's top stories: June 20-24, 2011 - HTML5's influence on web development, data and genetic secrets, and how to build big JavaScript apps with big teams
By Mac Slocum
June 24, 2011

This week on Radar: We looked at the how HTML5 is shaping web development, scientist Charlie Quinn revealed how open source and big data are advancing life sciences, and Nicholas Zakas explained how big teams can build big JavaScript apps.

Scale your JavaScript, scale your team - The challenges of building big JavaScript apps with big teams.

Scale your JavaScript, scale your team - The challenges of building big JavaScript apps with big teams.
By Audrey Watters
June 23, 2011

"High Performance JavaScript" author Nicholas Zakas discusses the issues that pop up when you build big JavaScript apps with big teams.

How is HTML 5 changing web development? - Remy Sharp on whether HTML is ready for prime-time production.

How is HTML 5 changing web development? - Remy Sharp on whether HTML is ready for prime-time production.
By 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.

Developer Week in Review: Are .NET programmers going extinct? - Microsoft embraces HTML5, selling a startup at 15, and a new version of Java looms.
By 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.

Four short links: 15 June 2011 - Hacker Fun, GameBoy in Javascript, Global Mobile Data Prices, and Shackled Science

By Nat Torkington
June 15, 2011

HackerTyper -- finally, a way to type like they do in the movies. (via Mark Jason Dominus) GameBoy Emulator in Javascript -- I continue to be astonished at what can now be emulated/written in Javascript. GameBoys are classics for retro game programming and there are plenty of toolkits for creating games for desktop systems. I wonder how long until...

Radar's top stories: June 6-10, 2011 - Face recognition is here to stay, why everyone needs to learn JavaScript, and the secrets of Node's success

Radar's top stories: June 6-10, 2011 - Face recognition is here to stay, why everyone needs to learn JavaScript, and the secrets of Node's success
By Mac Slocum
June 10, 2011

This week on Radar: Tim O'Reilly offered a different take on Facebook's face recognition technology, a self-described JavaScript "hater" explained why everyone now needs to learn the language, and the secrets of Node's success were revealed.

JavaScript spread to the edges and became permanent in the process - Node.js expert James Duncan on JavaScript's rise and what lies ahead.

JavaScript spread to the edges and became permanent in the process - Node.js expert James Duncan on JavaScript's rise and what lies ahead.
By James Turner
June 9, 2011

James Duncan, the chief architect at Joyent, is one of the people using JavaScript in surprising ways. In this interview he shares his thoughts on how we came to depend so heavily on the language and where it might be headed.

The secrets of Node's success - Why Node.js has caught on while other server-side JavaScript implementations faltered.

The secrets of Node's success - Why Node.js has caught on while other server-side JavaScript implementations faltered.
By Troy Topnik
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.

Why a JavaScript hater thinks everyone needs to learn JavaScript in the next year - JavaScript is now a necessity.

Why a JavaScript hater thinks everyone needs to learn JavaScript in the next year - JavaScript is now a necessity.
By Mike Loukides
June 7, 2011

JavaScript is everywhere: servers, rich web client libraries, HTML5, databases, even JavaScript-based languages. If you've avoided JavaScript, this is the year to learn it. And if you don't, you risk being left behind.

The state of speed and the quirks of mobile optimization - Steve Souders on browser wars, site speed, and the HTTP Archive.

The state of speed and the quirks of mobile optimization - Steve Souders on browser wars, site speed, and the HTTP Archive.
By 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 Complexity

By 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...

Four short links: 25 May 2011 - DoD Open Source Report, Kinect Javascript, Open Core, and Anti-App Store

By Nat Torkington
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...

Four short links: 23 May 2011 - PC in JS, Musical Visualization, S3 Parallel, and Tech-led Ed

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2011

PC Emulator in Javascript -- days later and it's mindboggling. US Home Prices as Opera (Flowing Data) -- reminded me of Douglas Adams's "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" which has software that turns your company's performance numbers into music. The yearly accounts of most British companies emerged sounding like the Dead March from "Saul", but in Japan they went...

Google I/O 2011: 5 things to keep watching - From Chromebooks to Arduino to bots: Mike Loukides examines I/O's big themes.

Google I/O 2011: 5 things to keep watching - From Chromebooks to Arduino to bots: Mike Loukides examines I/O's big themes.
By 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 Lectures

By 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 --...

Four short links: 9 May 2011 - iPhone Anonymity, Fabbed Souvenirs, Perl+Go=Campher, and Javascript Slides

By Nat Torkington
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...

Four short links: 13 April 2011 - Social Bots, Google Competing with Non-Profits, Open Source EHR, and Javascript Obscurity

By Nat Torkington
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)...

Four short links: 21 March 2011 - Javascript Master Class, Stats for Pythonistas, CAM Floor, and HTML Extraction

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2011

Javascript Trie Performance Analysis (John Resig) -- if you program in Javascript and you're not up to John's skill level (*cough*) then you should read this and follow along. It's a ride-along in the brain of a master. Think Stats -- an introduction to statistics for Python programmers. (via Edd Dumbill) Bolefloor -- they build curvy wooden floors. Instead...

Four Short Links: 16 March 2011 - Javascript Fiddling, Securing Web Traffic, DIY Jumbotron, and Kinect Tesla Fun

By Nat Torkington
March 16, 2011

JS Fiddle -- an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The code can then be shared with others, embedded on a blog, etc. (via Darren Wood) SideStep -- Mac OS X program that automatically routes connections through a secure proxy when you're on an unsecured wifi network. (via Gina Trapani) Junkyard Jumbotron (MIT) -- lets...

Four short links: 10 March 2011 - MTurk Spam, Javascript Secrets, Better Comments, and Full RSS

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2011

Everybody is Spamming Everybody Else on MTurk -- one researcher found >40% of HITs are spammy, but this author posted a Mechanical Turk HIT to supply recommendations for visitors to a non-existent French city and got responses from people expecting that every response would be paid regardless of quality. Javascript Garden -- a growing collection of documentation about the...

Four short links: 8 March 2011 - Open Source at Facebook, Mobile Patterns, Data Vis, and Open vs Crowd Sourcing

By 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...

Four short links: 4 March 2011 - Javascript AR, Android Patterns, Node.js Book, and SMS Platforms

By Nat Torkington
March 4, 2011

JSARToolKit -- Javascript port of the Flash AR Toolkit. I'm intrigued because the iPad2 has rear-facing camera and gyroscopes up the wazoo, and (of course) no Flash. (via Mike Shaver on Twitter) Android Patterns -- set of design patterns for Android apps. (via Josh Clark on Twitter) Preview of Up and Running with Node.js (O'Reilly) -- Tom Hughes-Croucher's new...

Four short links: 1 March 2011 - Controlling Standards, Async Persistence, Javascript Patterns, Social Mechanics

By Nat Torkington
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...

Four short links: 21 February 2011 - Data in Javascript, Artificial Empathy, Gender Comms, and Artificial Scarcity

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2011

Amplify.js -- simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified [Javascript] API for various data sources. Amplify's store component handles persistent client-side storage, using standards like localStorage and sessionStorage, but falling back on non-standard implementations for older browsers. Amplify's request adds some additional features to jQuery's ajax method while abstracting away the underlying data source. Artificial Empathy...

Four short links: 15 February 2011 - New Copyright Laws Proposed, GMail APIs, Internet Book Roundup, and Chrome Farm

By 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...

Four short links: 9 February 2011 - Javascript Library, Devops Speeds, Kindle Sales, and AOL's Master Plan

By Nat Torkington
February 9, 2011

isotope -- dazzling Javascript library. Designs, Lessons, and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems (Slideshare) -- in the words of Matt Webb, through whom I found it, There's a lovely collection of numbers from Jeff Dean at Google, about how long common computer processor and network operations take. [...] What makes this more human is this comparison, which reveals...

Four short links: 7 February 2011 - Printed Toys, Magazines in JS, git push web, Clean Beats More

By Nat Torkington
February 7, 2011

UK Internet Entrepreneurs (Guardian) -- two things stood out for me. (1) A startup focused on 3d printing better dolls for boys and girls. (2) it seems easier to the government to start something new and impose its own vision than it is to understand and integrate with what already exists. TreeSaver.js -- MIT/GPLv2-licensed JavaScript framework for creating magazine-style...

Four short links: 4 February 2011 - Intellectual Property, Javascript Charting, Open Source Advice, and Java-based Machine Learning

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2011

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (MIT Press) -- with essays by knowledgeable folks such as Yochai Benkler, Larry Lessig, and Jo Walsh. Available as open access (free) ebook as well as paper. I love it that we can download these proper intellectuals' intellectual property. (via BoingBoing) AwesomeChartJS -- Apache-licensed Javascript library for charting. (via Hacker...

Four short links: 26 January 2011 - Identifying Communities, Web Principles, Wiring Library, and Instapaper Interview

By 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....

jQuery RC 1 is out, final release by end of Jan

By Matthew David
January 25, 2011

jQuery 1.5 moves closer to release. Today, the latest build is now a Release Candidate.

HTML5 Logo now means HTML5

By Matthew David
January 25, 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium Group gives emerging new technologies a new brand.


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