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It’s the End of the Web As We Knew It

By Simon St. Laurent
May 29, 2014

For the past 15 years, Google has enforced the classic “HTML as foundation” architecture at the heart of the Web. Content creators and the developers who support them had to present content and link information as part of their pages’ …

Four short links: 2 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2014

NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (PDF) — Microsoft Research report about tests of a tool to address needs in community reporting. Burying the URL — makes you suspect that “users interact with the web directly instead of via …

TechEd 2013: The ASP.NET Team, Surfaces at a Deep Discount, (and Google Glass?)

By Rachel Roumeliotis
June 4, 2013

People weren’t kidding when they told me New Orleans is humid, but the good news is the conference venue has great air conditioning. As expected TechEd is focused mainly on system administrator issues, but I’m feeling that even more so …

Google I/O 2013: Android Studio, Google Play Music: All Access, and New Advances in Search

By Rachel Roumeliotis
May 16, 2013

While there was no skydiving this year to show off Google’s new wearable Glass, there were plenty of attendees wearing them proudly including me. This year hardware, however, didn’t take center stage. The focus was on new tools and upgrades …

Four short links: 12 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 12, 2013

One Tab — turn tabs into lists, easily. (via Andy Baio) Deep Impact: Unintended Consequences of Journal Rank — These data confirm previous suspicions: using journal rank as an assessment tool is bad scientific practice. Moreover, the data lead us …

Four short links: 6 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2013

High Performance Networking in Google Chrome — far more than you ever wanted to know about how Chrome is so damn fast. Tactical Chat — how the military uses IRC to wage war. http-console — a REPL loop for HTTP. …

Four short links: 12 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 12, 2013

Your USB Sticks Are Made With Chopsticks (Bunnie Huang) — behind-the-scenes on how USB sticks are made. mutetab — find and kill the Chrome tab making all the damn noise! (via Nelson Minar) Visualization, Modeling, and Surprises (John D Cook) …

Math typesetting

By Adam Hyde
November 26, 2012

Typesetting math in HTML was for a long time one of those ‘I can’t believe that hasn’t been solved by now!’ issues. It seemed a bit wrong – wasn’t the Internet more or less invented by math geeks? Did they give …

Four short links: 19 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2012

Wing Man — Mac app for source control management with git, implements workflow rather than simply being a wrapper for git commandlines. CodeKit — Mac app for web developers, automates (invisibly, thanks to watching filesystem changes) much of the web …

Four short links: 23 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2012

Tale of Two Pwnies (Chromium Blog) -- So, how does one get full remote code execution in Chrome? In the case of Pinkie Pie’s exploit, it took a chain of six different bugs in order to successfully break out of the Chrome sandbox. Lest you think all attacks come from mouth-breathing script kiddies, this is how the pros do...

Developer Week in Review: The mysterious Google I/O machine

Developer Week in Review: The mysterious Google I/O machine
By James Turner
March 22, 2012

While we wait to sign up for two of the major conferences of the year, Google has released a brainteaser, Java suffers another security breach, and a new language prepares for takeoff.

Developer Week in Review: Flash marginalization continues

Developer Week in Review: Flash marginalization continues
By James Turner
February 23, 2012

If you use Linux, either start using Chrome as your browser or get ready to give up Flash. A developer faces execution in Iran because of how someone used software he wrote, and the world gets to see what it's like to build iPads and iPhones.

Four short links: 19 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 19, 2012

Fragmentation is Not The End of Android -- full of trenchant insights, this post considers the many implications of the Android value chain. Only Apple directly profits from being an OS provider in the mobile ecosystem. For Google it is a cost center particularly struck me. Anyone know whether Google offers to (for money) maintain branded carrier- and/or device-specific...

Four short links: 3 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 3, 2012

What the Sumerians Can Teach Us About Data (Pete Warden) -- money quote: Gathering data is not a neutral act, it will alter the power balance, usually in favor of the people collecting the information. I also loved the Sumerian boundary marker covered in the supernatural equivalent of "copying is a federal crime!" pre-roll DVD warnings. 2011 Holiday Shopping...

Four short links: 13 September 2011

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: 2 September 2011

By 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,...

Four short links: 22 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 22, 2011

DOM Snitch -- an experimental Chrome extension that enables developers and testers to identify insecure practices commonly found in client-side code. See also the introductory post. (via Hacker News) Spark -- Hadoop-alike in Scala. Spark was initially developed for two applications where keeping data in memory helps: iterative algorithms, which are common in machine learning, and interactive data mining....

Four short links: 14 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 14, 2011

Chrome Experiment: ArcadeFire -- choreographed windows, interactive flocking, custom rendered maps, real-time compositing, procedural drawing, 3D canvas rendering in HTML5. I have to say that "Built for Google Chrome" at the bottom does turn my stomach, a "this page looks best in Microsoft Internet Explorer" for the 2010s. Resilience Engineering, Part 1 (John Allspaw) -- listing human error as...

Four short links: 25 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 25, 2011

Bruce Sterling at SxSW (YouTube) -- call to arms for "passionate virtuosity". (via Mike Brown) Developer Support Handbook -- Pamela Fox's collected wisdom from years of doing devrel at Google. Wikipedia Beautifier -- Chrome plugin that makes Wikipedia easier on the eyes. -- an open science community. Comment on, recommend and submit papers. Get up-to-date on a research...

Four short links: 15 February 2011

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...

Chrome's lack of support for H.264 is meaningless for the open web

By RJ Owen
January 14, 2011

Yesterday Google announced that future versions of its Chrome browser would not support the H.264 video codec. This codec is seen by many as the only viable alternative to Flash, and support for it in browsers as the default implementation for the <video> tag was thought to be the future of the web. Google's decision to drop H.264 in favor of WebM yesterday has left many feeling upset, decrying the decision as bad for the open web and a sign that Flash Player will not actually die in the near future, but live on. Yet Google's decision is ultimately unimportant to the open web. There is one simple reason for this: Firefox doesn't support H.264 either.

Perspectives on Google Chromium OS

By Andrew Trice
December 13, 2010

Here on, you'll see lots of information regarding trends of web development - perhaps it's related to AJAX, perhaps it's a topic on Flex/Flash, or perhaps it pertains to mobile. All topics point to the "rich internet application" technologies and their practice and implementation in our daily lives. Last week, Google started distributing development laptops featuring the new Chromium operating system, which has the potential to be a stark change in how we interact with our applications, and how we think of the internet.

CodeBummer Goes Chrome

By Jesse Freeman
December 8, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - Packaging Flash Apps for Google Chrome....

Four short links: 26 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 26, 2010

Chrome Extensions Manager for Firefox -- lets you run Chrome extensions in Firefox. I don't think, though, that people choose Chrome over Firefox for the extensions (quite the opposite, in fact). Atlassian User Interface -- Javascript HTML UI toolkit, opensourced by Atlassian. (via lachlanhardy on Twitter) Open Source Ethics and Dead End Derivatives -- open source hardware is dealing...

The importance of ubiquity

By Scott Barnes
October 23, 2009

I've spent a few years studying the behavioral pattern associated with ubiquity, and I'm surprised at what I've learned along the way. Here right now, I'm going to unload my findings, and it's up to you to keep an open...

Google Releases Chrome Frame

By Andrew Trice
September 25, 2009

In an interesting move, Tuesday, Google released the "Chrome Frame", a plug-in that will allow you to run Google Chrome inside of Internet Explorer. This allows you to take advantage of HTML5 elements (including Canvas), and the V8 JavaScript engine.

Google Releases Chrome Experiments

By Andrew Trice
March 19, 2009

Google recently released It's a collection of Javascript-based experiments designed to show off the speed of the Google Chrome browser.

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8
By Kurt Cagle
September 21, 2008

Persistence, performance, rich APIs and increasing broadband connectivity are all likely to make a huge difference for this latest generation of browsers, and the quantum improvement of JavaScript capabilities due to Trace Trees and precompiled JavaScript will likely play a major part in that evolution.

Simplifying your Firefox life with Chrome

By Martin Kelley
September 9, 2008

The big secret about the Google Chrome browser is that it's faster in some tests, slower than other. But guess what? As I wrote in my first review, few of us are going to notice any difference. The best part...

Microsoft Missing the Boat on Mobile?

By Tim O'Reilly
September 6, 2008

Yesterday's Microsoft Watch had an incisive article about Microsoft's failure to compete in the mobile phone marketplace. Echoing my own assertions that Microsoft's obsessive focus on competition with Google in search is a massive distraction, while open mobile is Google's most strategic initiative, Joe Wilcox notes: Microsoft must change its priorities. The company has wasted too much time chasing...

Linux Status Page for Chromium

By M. David Peterson
September 4, 2008

For those of you (such as myself) who have interest in Chromium (The foundation of which Google Chrome is build upon) running on Linux, Seo Sanghyeon has created a status page over on the Google Groups Chromium-Dev site.

Google Chrome: The Comic

By RJ Owen
September 3, 2008

Google chose to launch its Chrome browser with a comic book about the browser, among other things. In this entry I talk about the book itself, its value as a piece of information design, and a little about the book's author, renown comic book artist Scott McCloud.

Reflecting Upon Chrome

By Kurt Cagle
September 3, 2008

Scott McCloud may not have intended to become the icon for Google's most recent efforts, but the choice of the veteran cartoonist (and semiotician) was a master stroke on the part of Google for introducing their new web browser, Chrome. McCloud's spare, clean lines, intellectual positing and delicious manipulation of symbols could not better have captured Google's secret skunkworks project. McCloud was commissioned to create a series of web comic pages that would explain the inner workings of the new Google Chrome browser, intended for release later this month, but a fan of McCloud's work apparently leaked the comic early, forcing Google to announce their latest (and arguably most audacious) project to date. As it turns out, the extra month or so of work probably wouldn't have made that much difference - even in beta, it is likely that Chrome has completely changed the balance of power on the web. Rumors that Google has been working on a web browser have been repeatedly heard for years now, but the assumption has long been that Google's physical proximity to Mozilla's headquarters and its general commitment to server-side technology precluded any real benefit for Google in building a browser of its own. Those assumptions, however, appear now to have been wrong.

Google Enters The Browser Market

By Andrew Trice
September 2, 2008

It's been all over the blog world today... Google's chrome. Well, it is finally out, and it can be downloaded here.

Google Chrome: A new web browser from Google

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 2, 2008

Google is going to release its own open source web browser called, Google Chrome.

Hayward Marsh in Black and White

By Harold Davis
July 15, 2008

Briefly noted: This is a black and white version of my photo of the Hayward Marsh. I prepared the black and white version for an environmental magazine doing a story on marshes created using reclaimed waste water (as is the case with the Hayward Marsh, south of Oakland, California). Hayward Marsh, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger. Some...

Hayward Marsh in Black and White

By Harold Davis
July 15, 2008

Briefly noted: This is a black and white version of my photo of the Hayward Marsh. I prepared the black and white version for an environmental magazine doing a story on marshes created using reclaimed waste water (as is the case with the Hayward Marsh south of Oakland, California). Hayward Marsh, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger. Some...

Hexachrome Color

By Harold Davis
June 21, 2008

The Lithographers Club of Chicago is a printing industry trade group. They selected an image of mine to use for the cover of their May/June 2008 magazine issue (the cover is shown below). Printing was contributed by Komori (they are a large manufacturer of printing presses) and demonstrates the Hexachrome process-color system. I'll explain Hexachrome color later in this story....

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