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Four short links: 21 December 2011 - Be a Data Hound, Secure Traveling, Secure SMS, Mozilla's Wider FocusBy Nat Torkington
December 21, 2011
AntiMap -- open source Android software to gather arbitrary data and visualize it. This enables you to be a 21C Francis Galton, the man who walked the streets of England using a pin to prick holes on a cross of card in his pocket, all to keep track of the relative average beauty of women in different parts of...Alex Howard
December 20, 2011
DistrictBuilder is a web-based redistricting tool that lets citizens draw their own maps, publish them online and submit them to redistricting authorities.
Four short links: 19 December 2011 - Version Control, Web-based ID, Mobile Design, and Node.js ToolsBy Nat Torkington
December 19, 2011
The History of Version Control (Francis Irving) -- concise history of the key advances in managing source code versions. Worth it just for the delicious apposition of "history" and "version control". BrowserID -- Mozilla's authentication solution. BrowserID aims to provide a secure way of proving your identity to servers across the Internet, without having to create separate usernames and...
Developer Week in Review: HP sets webOS free - HP wraps webOS up with a bow, Oracle lands in court, and one lucky coder escapes justice.James Turner
December 16, 2011
This week, we had heartwarming stories of one corporation's generous donation, one corporation fighting a lawsuit alleging extortion, and one company billing time for the man who wasn't there.
White House to open source Data.gov as open government data platform - The new "Data.gov in a box" could empower countries to build their own platforms.Alex Howard
December 5, 2011
A partnership between the United States and India on open government has borne fruit: progress on making the open data platform Data.gov open source. With this step forward, the prospects are brighter for stimulating economic activity, civic utility and accountability under a global open government partnership.
Four short links: 2 December 2011 - Changing Education, Netflix Open Source, LLVM3, and Open Sourced Transcription ToolBy Nat Torkington
December 2, 2011
Challenges in Teaching Biology -- everything that Alison says about teaching biology is true of teaching computer science. Read, learn, evolve. First Open Source Netflix Projects Released -- Curator makes Apache Zookeeper easier to use. (via Ian Kallen) LLVM3 Released -- these are key tools for reliable development of fast systems. I think of it as JVM without the...Andy Oram
December 1, 2011
The closed core model requires businesses to determine where their unique value lies and to be generous in offering the public extra code that supports their infrastructure but does not drive revenue. This model may prove more robust and lasting than open core, which attracts companies occupying minor positions in their industries.
Four short links: 1 December 2011 - DRM Good for Amazon, Arduino Updated, Open Source Foundations, Distributed SearchBy Nat Torkington
December 1, 2011
Cutting Their Own Throats (Charlie Stross) -- DRM on ebooks gives Amazon a great tool for locking ebook customers into the Kindle platform. This essay is gold and so very true. Read, believe. v1.0 of Arduino Out -- this is the dev environment, with language additions and lots of features in the libraries. Glad to see the 1.0 stamp...
Four short links: 29 November 2011 - Reconstructing People, Digital Preservation Costs, Open Source Everything, and Coding EducationBy Nat Torkington
November 29, 2011
Reconstructing My Grandfather (JP Rangaswami) -- this is how libraries will be used in the future, by ordinary people (i.e., not professional researchers) reconstructing their families. See my library essay for more thoughts on this. Physical Conservation vs Digitisation for Preservation (Leeds) -- they chose deliberately compromised paper materials (acid-riddled paper) and found that it still would take 50...Andy Oram
November 23, 2011
The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.
Four short links: 22 November 2011 - Facebook Encircles the Web, Async UIs, SimRedistricting, and Questioning the Flipped SchoolBy Nat Torkington
November 22, 2011
Facebook is Gaslighting the Web (Anil Dash) -- interesting to see the way in which Facebook is attempting to embrace and extend the web, as opposed to AOL's doomed attempt to set itself up in competition and opposition to the web. As Molly's piece eloquently explains, what Facebook is calling "frictionless" sharing is actually placing an extremely high barrier...Andy Oram
November 21, 2011
The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.
Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache - Flex goes FLOSS, some cheap Pi, and brain on a chip.James Turner
November 18, 2011
Adobe just gave away Flex, a new single-board computer might dethrone Arduino as the tool of choice for makers, and researchers bring us a step closer to our robotic overlords.
Four short links: 18 November 2011 - Quantified Learner, Text Extraction, Backup Flickr, and Multitouch UI AwesomenessBy Nat Torkington
November 18, 2011
Learning With Quantified Self -- this CS grad student broke Jeopardy records using an app he built himself to quantify and improve his ability to answer Jeopardy questions in different categories. This is an impressive short talk and well worth watching. Evaluating Text Extraction Algorithms -- The gold standard of both datasets was produced by human annotators. 14 different...
Four short links: 17 November 2011 - University Relevance, Free as in Dom, Patent Trolls, and Facebook TeamsBy Nat Torkington
November 17, 2011
Questioning University -- my take on the issue of whether a university education (particularly CS) is still relevant or whether kids should go straight to startups. So what do I tell my kids? Should I urge them to go to university? Should I tell them to jack it all in and run off and join a startup? This is...
Four short links: 16 November 2011 - Mozilla's World View, USB Power, Farm Automation, and CSS ReferenceBy Nat Torkington
November 16, 2011
Q&A with Rob O'Callahan (ComputerWorld) -- an excellent insight into how Mozilla sees the world. In particular how proprietary mobile ecosystems are the new proprietary desktop ecosystems, and how the risks for the web are the same (writing for one device, not for all). Bikes That Charge USB Devices -- German bicycle maker Silverback has recently launched two bikes...Nat Torkington
November 15, 2011
Cost-Effectiveness of Internet-Based Self-Management Compared with Usual Care in Asthma (PLoSone) -- Internet-based self-management of asthma can be as effective as current asthma care and costs are similar. Apache Lucy -- full-text search engine library written in C and targeted at dynamic languages. It is a "loose C" port of Apache Lucene™, a search engine library for Java. The...
Four short links: 9 November 2011 - Social Graph Dismissed, Anonymous Explained, Resistance Explored, and Android ImprovedBy Nat Torkington
November 9, 2011
The Social Graph is Neither -- Maciej Ceglowski nails it. Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers - that's the social graph. Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party,...
Why developers should enter health IT contests - Developers can make money writing code that makes patients safer.By Fred Trotter
November 4, 2011
Working on software that addresses patient safety issues is one of the few ways that a software developer can impact quality of life rather than convenience of life. Health contests are fun enough that you might even forget that you're changing the world.
Four short links: 4 November 2011 - Science Repository, Dancing Robots, Retro Jobs, and Bluetooth BowBy Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011
Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....
Four short links: 2 November 2011 - Deployment, Image Distribution, Open Source Sharing, and Soulless ProgrammingBy Nat Torkington
November 2, 2011
Thoughts on Web Application Deployment (OmniTI) -- if your web site is your business, this stuff is critical and it's under-taught. Everyone learns it on the job, and there's not a lot of standardization between gigs. Github Enterprise -- GitHub Enterprise is delivered in the industry-standard OVF format, which means you'll be able to run it on virtualization layers...
Four short links: 1 November 2011 - Code Bloat, Chinese Startups, Font Fun, and Businesses Embracing Open SourceBy Nat Torkington
November 1, 2011
Things Turbo Pascal is Smaller Than -- next time you're bragging about your efficient code, spare a thought for the Pascal IDE and compiler that lived in 39,731 bytes. This list of more bloated things is hilarious. The China Startup Report (Slideshare) -- interesting to see the low salary comes with expectation of bonuses but little interest in equity...
Four short links: 31 October 2011 - Solitude and Leadership, Data Repository, Copyright History, and Open Source AudioBy Nat Torkington
October 31, 2011
Solitude and Leadership -- an amazing essay on the value of managing one's information diet. Far more than yet another Carr/Morozov "the Internet is making us dumb!!" hate on short-form content, this is an eloquent exposition of the need for long-form thoughts. I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is...
Four short links: 28 October 2011 - Open Access, Retro Crypto, Open Source Q&A, and Music VisualizationBy Nat Torkington
October 28, 2011
Open Access Week -- a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. The Copiale Cipher -- cracking a historical code with computers. Details in the paper: The book describes the initiation of "DER CANDIDAT" into a secret society, some functions of which are encoded with logograms. (via Discover Magazine) Coordino -- open source...Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011
Four short links: 26 October 2011 - CPAN's Sweet 0x10, Social Reading, Questioning Polls, and 3D ManufacturingBy Nat Torkington
October 26, 2011
CPAN Turns 0x10 -- sixteenth anniversary of the creation of the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. Now holds 480k objects. Subtext -- social bookreading by adding chat, links, etc. to a book. I haven't tried the implementation yet but I've wanted this for years. (Just haven't wanted to jump into the cesspool of rights negotiations enough to actually build it...
Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes - The industry loses a third giant, why the GPL hurts FL/OSS, and Steve Jobs goes to the movies.James Turner
October 26, 2011
One of the earliest language pioneers, John McCarthy, passed last week. Elsewhere, one developer admits he's using the GPL to force companies to pay him, and the creator of the "West Wing" is on the short list to write the film version of Steve Jobs' life.
Four short links: 25 October 2011 - Smart Thermostat, Lamer News, Expensive Meaning, and Hardware KitsBy Nat Torkington
October 25, 2011
Nest Learning Thermostat -- learns how long it takes your house to adjust temperature, so can tell you not just "it's 55 now" but "it'll be 65 in 16 minutes". Looks gorgeous as well as being a good example of embedded intelligence. Data really does make everything better. lamernews (Github) -- an implementation of a Reddit / Hacker News...
Four short links: 24 October 2011 - Interactive Web Goodness, Location Based Security, Referer vs https, and Financial ChartingBy Nat Torkington
October 24, 2011
Four short links: 21 October 2011 - Mozilla's Projects, YouTube Insults, iPhone Ultrasound, RoR IntroBy Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011
What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...Andy Oram
October 21, 2011
Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.Andy Oram
October 21, 2011
Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.
OSEHRA and the future of VA VistA - Veterans Affairs launches its electronic health record system as an open-source project.By Fred Trotter
October 19, 2011
Veterans Affairs is taking the bold step of making governance of the VistA system open source. If you care about healthcare software, the new Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) is worth your involvement.Andy Oram
October 19, 2011
Four teams at Google launched into endeavors that will lead, less than 72 hours from now, to complete books on four open source projects.
Four short links: 18 October 2011 - Search Education, Classic Source, Analyzing Encrypted VoIP, and SQL InjectionBy Nat Torkington
October 18, 2011
Web Search Education (Google) -- lesson plans and materials for teaching people how to use search, from operators to critically evaluating sites. This latter area is the weakest: when I teach innocents about the web, I show them organic vs paid results, discuss why people advertise, how people pay for their sites, noticing domain names and organizations, etc. I...Andy Oram
October 18, 2011
Four free software projects have each sent three to five volunteers to write books about the projects this week. Along the way we'll all learn about the group writing process and the particular use of book sprints to make documentation for free software.Andy Oram
October 16, 2011
BioCurious has officially opened its first lab, with a mission of involving ordinary people off the street in biological experiments, using hands-on learning, and promoting open source hardware and software.
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...
Four short links: 12 October 2011 - Google Platforms, Securing Software, Interactive Design, and Building ProverbsBy Nat Torkington
October 12, 2011
Steve Yegge's Google Platforms Rant -- epic. Read it. (updated with new link) Guidelines for Securing Open Source Software (EFF) -- advice from the team that audited some commonly-used open source libraries. Avoid giving the user options that could compromise security, in the form of modes, dialogs, preferences, or tweaks of any sort. As security expert Ian Grigg puts...
Four short links: 10 October 2011 - Education Startups, Smartphone Robotics, Google SQL, and Deleted TimezonesBy Nat Torkington
October 10, 2011
Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed --This fundamental investment vs. expenditure mindset changes everything. You think of education as fundamentally a quality problem. The average person thinks of education as fundamentally a cost problem. This and many other insights that repay the reading. (via Hacker News) Romo -- smartphone robotics platform Kickstarter project. Google Cloud SQL -- Google offers...Tim O'Reilly
October 7, 2011
Last year, for Ada Lovelace Day, I wrote a post about why I admire Limor Fried, the founder and CEO of Adafruit Industries. This year, I thought I'd talk about Limor again, both because she is such a great example of the engineer/entrepreneur, and because she's working in an emerging area that still isn't being taken as seriously as it...Andy Oram
October 7, 2011
The thinness of detail about the Foundation is probably a good sign, because it means that Rackspace and its partners are seeking input from the community about important parameters.
Four short links: 26 September 2011 - Design and Engineering Culture, Homemade Love, Code Tools, and CyberbullyingBy Nat Torkington
September 26, 2011
BERG London Week 328 -- we're a design company, with a design culture built over 6 years, yet we're having to cultivate a new engineering culture that sits within it and alongside it, and the two have different crystal grains. It's good that they do—engineering through a design process can feel harried and for some projects that does not...
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,...
Four short links: 21 September 2011 - Unregulated Printing, Mobile Data, Open Source ERP, and Future TechnologyBy Nat Torkington
September 21, 2011
Gun Part on Thingiverse -- we're used to thinking of the legal problems caused by cheap and decentralized copies of digital works. Now the problems we had with pipe bombs (designs are free on the net, the parts are cheap) are just as applicable to every type of restricted object (in this case, a gun). The difference between regulating...
Four short links: 12 September 2011 - History Repeats, Fuller Feeds, Open Source Dev, and The Long Sunset of Business ModelsBy Nat Torkington
September 12, 2011
HP Emulates Next (BoingBoing) -- In mid-1993, a few months after CEO Steve Jobs had shuttered the NeXT factory, and was in the process of switching to an all-software company—a path that led to its later acquisition by Apple—the lights were turned back on in its Fremont, Calif., factory. NeXTWorld's rumor columnist, Lt. Sullivan, reported that the U.S. military...
Four short links: 9 September 2011 - Pay for News?, Outages Compendium, CSS Sudoku Solver, and Open Source in the MilitaryBy Nat Torkington
September 9, 2011
A Simple Test For Whether People Will Pay For News -- an excellent thought experiment, one which sends shivers down the spines of editors. Outages.org -- This is as complete a list as possible of links to carrier and other provider network status pages as well as links to network diagnostic tools; user contributions are strongly encouraged. (via Jesse...
Four short links: 2 September 2011 - AutoUpdater, Extrapolation Apocalypse, C Compilers, and AuthenticationBy Nat Torkington
September 2, 2011
Invisible Autoupdater: An App's Best Feature -- Gina Trapani quotes Ben Goodger on Chrome: The idea was to give people a blank window with an autoupdater. If they installed that, over time the blank window would grow into a browser. Crackpot Apocalypse -- analyzing various historical pronouncements of the value of pi, paper author concludes "When πt is 1,...
Government IT's quiet open source evolution - The GOSCON conference shows that open source is making headway in DC.Alex Howard
September 1, 2011
Packed halls at the 2011 Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) confirmed that strong interest in open source runs throughout the federal IT community.
Four short links: 30 August 2011 - Post-PC Numbers, OS X Admin Tool, C Templating, and Real Life Minecraft CubeBy Nat Torkington
August 30, 2011
Data Monday: From PC to Tablet (Luke Wroblewski) -- some great stats here. Sales of Apple's iPad pulled in 30% more than all of Dell's consumer PC business in just the first half of the year. Munki -- munki is a set of tools that, used together with a webserver-based repository of packages and package metadata, can be used...
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