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The Snapchat Leak

By Alasdair Allan
January 2, 2014

While the site crumbled quickly under the weight of so many people trying to get to the leaked data—and has now been suspended—there isn’t really such a thing as putting the genie back in the bottle on the Internet. Just before …

Peer to Peer Reaching the Browser through WebRTC

By Simon St. Laurent
November 27, 2013

WebRTC promises to deliver computer to computer communications with minimal reliance on central servers to manage the conversation. Peer-to-peer systems promise smoother exchanges without the tremendous scale challenges of running video, for example, through central points. The WebRTC Conference and …

Can We Do Better Than XML and JSON?

By Simon St. Laurent
August 7, 2013

Today’s Balisage conference got off to a great start. After years of discussing the pros and cons of XML, HTML, JSON, SGML, and more, it was great to see Michael Kay (creator of the SAXON processor for XSLT and XQuery) …

Do publishers have the right people on the bus?

By Michael Foy
April 25, 2013

I know from talking to many of my clients that most have read Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’. I have also been inspired by his research into what makes great companies great. Many of you will recall an article …

Taking ebooks mainstream…in Germany

By Ruediger Wischenbart
April 10, 2013

Are German ebooks really any different than those in the U.S. or the U.K.? Many strong indicators say yes, they are different. That’s why many ebook debates in the past have not ended with practical guidelines for German publishers and …

WYSIWYG vs WYSI

By Adam Hyde
December 3, 2012

Since HTML is the new paper and the new path to paper online editing environments are becoming much more important for publishing. Dominant until now has been the WYSIWYG editor we all know and…err…love? However the current WYSIWYG paradigm has …

Ebooks as native apps vs. web apps

By Joe Wikert
October 5, 2012

Over the past week I’ve posted excerpts from a very insightful email exchange between Bill McCoy of the IDPF and Sanders Kleinfeld of O’Reilly (first piece here and second piece here). This is the final installment of that thread and …

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM

By Joe Wikert
February 9, 2012

The music industry has shown that you need to offer consumers a universal format and content without rights restrictions. So when will publishers pay attention?

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM

It's time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM
By Joe Wikert
February 9, 2012

The music industry has shown that you need to offer consumers a universal format and content without rights restrictions. So when will publishers pay attention?

Feeding the community fuels advances at Red Hat and JBoss

By Andy Oram
May 8, 2011

Red Hat's usual modus operandi is the precise inverse of most companies based on open source. This drives what I heard at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, solid progress along the lines laid out by Red Hat and JBoss in previous years.

Four short links: 13 April 2011

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)...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 19, 2011

In this edition of Developer Week in Review: there's a new Tomcat in town; Amazon sets app prices; and HTML5 may be a work in progress, but now it's got a logo.

Red Hat Overhauls the Enterprise Software Stack

By Andy Oram
June 24, 2010

Red Hat is openly badgering large, IT-driven organizations to move away from comfortable patterns and to adopt what they believe to be the best virtualization platform, the best cloud API, the best data storage mechanism, and so on.

The Watering Hole - My pad or yours?

The Watering Hole - My pad or yours?
By James Turner
March 26, 2010

Think Walt Mossberg has his iPad yet?

The limits of standards in OOXML and ODF office suites

The limits of standards in OOXML and ODF office suites
By Andy Oram
May 20, 2009

Nobody expected Microsoft to make its proprietary OOXML format really work with products that support ODF. But an office suite has to hook into a huge number of outside pieces in its environment. We're just going to have to live with a fuzz factor.

That Was Fast: Mapme.at Uses Latitude API

By Brady Forrest
May 6, 2009

Yesterday location-sharing startup Mapme.at took advantage of the Latitude API (Radar post) to get their users' location. Now you can share your Latitude-enhanced location with your Mapme friends, track your location and update Yahoo's FireEagle (which in turn can update many other services). To use the new method Mapme users have to enable the Latitude blog badge and then...

Chris Baty on Hobbies, Work, and the Creative Life

By Dan Brodnitz
January 5, 2009

This year I took a crack at November's National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). Didn't get as far as I'd like, I'll admit. But even my little trek was a great reminder of the importance of making something every day. One of the many perks of the NaNoWriMo experience are the email exhortations you get from a variety of guest-authors, as well as from Chris Baty, NaNoWriMo's founder and program director. The last one he sent out at the end of the journey, was a lovely essay on hobbies, work, and living the creative life. I asked his permission to repost it and he graciously assented.

A Creativity Interview with Novelist Dana Reinhardt

A Creativity Interview with Novelist Dana Reinhardt
By Dan Brodnitz
December 16, 2008

For the last year or two I've been interviewing artists about their creative process. A new interview went up this week, with young-adult novelist Dana Reinhardt, and I thought I'd post an abridged version here, including questions about her writing routine, how she pushes through when she isn't not feeling particularly inspired, and why she doesn't use notebooks to capture her thoughts. If you'd like to read a little more, you can find the full interview right here.

Season of Listening

By Bill Cassel
December 8, 2008

A great idea for the holidays--or, really, anytime--from the redoubtable [StoryCorps](http://www.storycorps.net/): Take some time to sit down and interview someone you love.

When in Hollywood...

When in Hollywood...
By David Battino
December 3, 2008

When in Hollywood, as the saying goes, be sure to visit Universal Studios. I just did on an unusually slow day and had a great time exploring how theme-park designers create an immersive experience through clever technology and storytelling.

Creativity Tools NOW

By David Battino
November 19, 2008

BoinxTV is a striking example of how digital creativity tools are changing. As our tools begin to work in real time, they become less tools and more instruments. We begin to PLAY them, and playing is the heart of creativity. Can you think of other examples?

The Creator's Perilous Adventures

By Bill Cassel
November 11, 2008

I've recently watched two films that really ought to be seen by anyone with an interest in creativity.

It's that time of year again

By Bill Cassel
October 30, 2008

NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write a complete 50,000-word novel from scratch in 30 days. Now why on Earth would you want to put yourself through such an ordeal? There's really only one reason.

Creativity and the Creature Editor: An Interview with Spore's Dan Moskowitz

Creativity and the Creature Editor: An Interview with Spore's Dan Moskowitz
By Dan Brodnitz
October 20, 2008

Will Wright's Spore features an unusually rich content-creation and content-sharing component that encourages players to design game creatures, vehicles, and buildings, and then share those art assets around the Spore-o-sphere — unleashing their beasties into other player's games. I was curious what the people behind the game's Creature Editor had learned about how you get people to make stuff, and Senior Software Engineer Dan Moskowitz was nice enough to take a little time to chat about, among other things, the importance of file size, keeping things simple, and the first few clicks.

Freer Than You'll Ever Be

By Bill Cassel
September 22, 2008

So I got to thinking that in this day and age, there ought to be a way to create your own virtual art gallery, and avoid all the tiresome traipsing around to various would capitals.

An Interview with The Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn

By Dan Brodnitz
September 16, 2008

27-year-old Jesse Thorn is a radio show host, a podcast producer, and one of the leading proponents of The New Sincerity. Next summer, he'll be leaping into all-new-terrain by launching MaximumFunCon, a unique weekend event that's sort of a vacation, entertainment, education smoothie. Attendees of MaxFunCon ("a gathering of creative people who wish to be more awesome") will descend on a lovely looking resort in Lake Arrowhead, CA (SoCal) next June. Scheduled entertainment includes a live performance by Jonathan Coulton, the comedy stylings of Maria Bamford, and a keynote from author and "Daily Show" resident expert John Hodgman. Courses range from "Doing Creative Work with Merlin Mann" to classes cooking, cocktails, and improv comedy. Reading about the event this last week left me, yeah, a little suspicious. So I got on the horn to find out what gives.

A Creativity Category Is Born

By Dan Brodnitz
September 15, 2008

You may have noticed we've done a modest amount of redecorating of late. Up there, over my right shoulder where we keep the categories, "Design" has been replaced with "Creativity." This new section still houses all of our blog posts and features aimed at graphic designers, including Deke McClelland's every other weekly, fully fab-tastic dekePod. But we've also added a new stream to the river — the start of an investigation into pure creativity (a close cousin of pure imagination) with a particular focus, as you might expect, on the way tech is changing how we express ourselves, how we share our art with others, and especially how we motivate ourselves to get off the stick and, dareIsay, make something.

An Interview with toonlet.com's Craig Schwartz

By Dan Brodnitz
September 8, 2008

Portland-based toonlet.com is dedicated to making cartoon-creation easy. Launched in December 2007, 10,000 toons have been created so far, with just shy of 2 million comic views around the world. As a test of toonlet’s system, I logged on recently to make a quick sample. In all of 10 minutes, I had created an account and busted out my first toon. Easy, peasy. Back in July I got a chance to sit down with toonlet co-founder and CEO Craig Schwartz to chat about where the idea behind toonlet came from and what he’s learned from the experience.

The Last Thing on the List

By Bill Cassel
August 29, 2008

We all love our technology, and certainly it enables us to do amazing things with music, with pictures, with ideas. But sometimes I think it becomes a bit of a burden. We feel a responsibility to all that technology, all those possibilities. It's important to remember who is working for whom. A good role model in this area is Brian Eno, renowned producer, recording artist, and creative strategist. To spur creative thinking or break artistic logjams, he developed the "Oblique Strategies," a set of cards designed with the artist Peter Schmidt.

Evil GIFs: Partial Same Origin Bypass with Hybrid Files

By Ben Lorica
July 1, 2008

Many web sites allow users to upload different types of files, in particular GIF and other image files. During a recent webinar to promote the upcoming Black Hat briefings in Las Vegas, a group of hackers announced the creation of a hybrid file that can potentially bypass a browser's same origin policy. They created a GIF file that also happens...

Partial Same Origin Bypass with a Hybrid File

By Ben Lorica
July 1, 2008

A lot of web sites allow users to upload many different types of files, in particular GIF and other image files. During a recent webinar to promote the upcoming Black Hat briefings in Las Vegas, a group of hackers announced the creation of a hybrid file that can potentially bypass a browser's same origin policy. They created a GIF file...

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Headset on Mac

By Todd Ogasawara
December 30, 2007

The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 is a reasonably priced (under US$40) USB stereo headset and microphone. Microsoft doesn't provide any Mac drivers so I just plugged it in to a Macbook to see if it worked. You can see from the screen caps here that both Garageband (iLife '08) and Audacity 1.2.5 recognized and worked with the device. You can...


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