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Supercomputing on the cheap with Parallella

By Federico Lucifredi
December 10, 2013

Packing impressive supercomputing power inside a small credit card-sized board running Ubuntu, Adapteva‘s $99 ARM-based Parallella system includes the unique Ephiphany numerical accelerator that promises to unleash industrial strength parallel processing on the desktop at a rock-bottom price. The Massachusetts-based …

Four short links: 1 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2013

Farmbot Wiki — open-source, scalable, automated precision farming machines. Amazon’s Chaotic Storage — photos from inside an Amazon warehouse. At the heart of the operation is a sophisticated database that tracks and monitors every single product that enters/leaves the warehouse …

Four short links: 29 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 29, 2013

Quick Reads of Notable New Zealanders — notable for two reasons: (a) CC-NC-BY licensed, and (b) gorgeous gorgeous web design. Not what one normally associates with Government web sites! svg.js — Javascript library for making and munging SVG images. (via …

Four short links: 9 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2013

On Google’s Ingress Game (ReadWrite Web) — By rolling out Ingress to developers at I/O, Google hopes to show how mobile, location, multi-player and augmented reality functions can be integrated into developer application offerings. In that way, Ingress becomes a …

Glowing Plants

By Mike Loukides
April 26, 2013

I just invested in BioCurious’ Glowing Plants project on Kickstarter. I don’t watch Kickstarter closely, but this is about as fast as I’ve ever seen a project get funded. It went live on Wednesday; in the afternoon, I was backer …

3D printing from your fingertips

By Alasdair Allan
February 21, 2013

The 3Doodler is a 3D printer, but it’s a pen. This takes 3D printing and turns it on its head … In fact the 3Doodler rejects quite a lot of what most people would consider necessary for it to be …

One author’s Kickstarter experience

By Joe Wikert
February 1, 2013

David Lang is working on a book project for O’Reilly called “Zero to Maker: A Re-Skilling Guide for New Makers”. Like some authors these days, David is using Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. I was recently introduced to …

Author (R)evolution Day, the Manifesto (Part II)

By Kristen McLean
November 19, 2012

I’m Kristen McLean, the founder & CEO of Bookigee, and I’m also the co-chair of TOC’s first conference event designed especially for professional authors and content creators. This is the second in a two-part essay that lays out the framework for our new …

Four short links: 16 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2012

Aaron Swartz Defense Fund — American computer systems are under attack every day of the week from foreign governments, and the idiot prosecutor is wasting resources doubling down on this vindictive nonsense. Baghdad Community Hackerspace Workshops (Kickstarter) — Makerspace in …

With new maps and apps, the case for open transit gets stronger

By Alex Howard
August 13, 2012

Earlier this year, the news broke that Apple would be dropping default support for transit in iOS 6. For people (like me) who use the iPhone to check transit routes and times when they travel, that would mean losing a …

Smart notebooks for linking virtual teams across the net

By Andy Oram
August 13, 2012

Who has the gumption to jump into the crowded market for collaboration tools and call for a comprehensive open source implementation? Perhaps just Miles Fidelman, a networking expert whose experience spans time with Bolt, Beranek and Newman, work on military …

On co-creation, contests and crowdsourcing

By Mark Sigal
August 2, 2012

I had decided to update the branding at one of my companies, and that meant re-thinking my logo. Here’s the old logo: The creative exercise started with a logo design contest posting at 99designs, an online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic …

Four short links: 3 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2012

OpenROV Funded in 1 Day (Kickstarter) -- an open source robotic submarine designed to make underwater exploration possible for everyone. (via BoingBoing) McAfee Digital Divide Study (PDF) -- lots of numbers showing parents are unaware of what their kids do. (via Julie Starr) Herdict -- crowdsourced transparency to reveal who is censoring what online. (via Twitter) You Really Really...

Four short links: 2 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2012

Predicting Crime Before It Occurs (SFGate) -- The new program used by LAPD and police in the Northern California city of Santa Cruz is more timely and precise, proponents said. Built on the same model for predicting aftershocks following an earthquake, the software promises to show officers what might be coming based on simple, constantly calibrated data — location,...

Four short links: 27 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2012

Turing Centenary Speech (Bruce Sterling) -- so many thoughtbombs, this repays rereading. We’re okay with certain people who “think different” to the extent of buying Apple iPads. We’re rather hostile toward people who “think so very differently” that their work will make no sense for thirty years — if ever. We’ll test them, and see if we can find...

Kickstarter Stats Page - Project Failure Analysis

By Kevin Shockey
June 23, 2012

In nearly every famous example of project success, it is almost always due to prior preparation. Anyone considering launching a Kickstarter project, remember this: "Nearly every key business indicator of the past must be discarded." Social engagement over the Internet is the only metric that matters. Celebrity and "stardom" is earned, like trust.

Four short links: 22 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 22, 2012

Reality Bytes -- We make things because that’s how we understand. We make things because that’s how we pass them on, and because everything we have was passed on to us as a made object. We make things in digital humanities because that’s how we interpret and conserve our inheritance. Because that’s how we can make it all anew....

Four short links: 24 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2012

Last Saturday My Son Found His People at the Maker Faire -- aww to the power of INFINITY. Dictionaries Linking Words to Concepts (Google Research) -- Wikipedia entries for concepts, text strings from searches and the oppressed workers down the Text Mines, and a count indicating how often the two were related. Magic Wand (Kickstarter) -- I don't want...

Four short links: 16 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 16, 2012

Peter Thiel's Class 4 Notes -- in perfect competition, marginal revenues equal marginal costs. So high margins for big companies suggest that two or more businesses might be combined: a core monopoly business (search, for Google), and then a bunch of other various efforts (robotic cars, TV, etc.). Cash builds up because it turns out that it doesn’t cost...

Four short links: 30 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 30, 2012

TypeConnection -- a game that teaches you how to match fonts and why successful matches work. (via Sacha Judd) Lessons Learned Building Open Source Software (Mitchel Hashimoto) -- the creator of Vagrant talks about the lesson he's learned building a great open source project. Kickstarter Post-Mortem (Ze Frank) -- excellent dig into the details of his campaign, what worked,...

Top Stories: March 12-16, 2012

Top Stories: March 12-16, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 16, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Computational linguist Robert Munro explained why location language is far more complex than many realize, we looked at how Kickstarter's crowdfunding is helping game developers, and Joe Wikert explored the major trends shaping ebook prices.

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter

By James Turner
March 15, 2012

Crowdsourcing is changing how software development gets funded. It's also driving one of the great reference guides of the 20th century out of print.

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter
By James Turner
March 15, 2012

Crowdsourcing is changing how software development gets funded. It's also driving one of the great reference guides of the 20th century out of print.

Four short links: 7 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2012

Government Agencies and Colleges Demand Applicants' Facebook Passwords (MSN) -- "Schools are in the business of educating, not spying," he added. "We don't hire private investigators to follow students wherever they go. If students say stupid things online, they should educate them ... not engage in prior restraint." Hear, hear. Reminded me of danah boyd on teen password sharing....

Four short links: 17 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 17, 2012

5 Is The New 10 -- I have limited sympathy for the "app developers can't predict their fortunes" complaint: creative arts have always been long tail hit-based businesses, possibly because hits have a large random component. Lessons for Kickstarter Creators (Mat Howie) -- great case study of a disastrous KS project. Preparation, research, and comms are what let this...

What publishers can learn from Netflix's problems

What publishers can learn from Netflix's problems
By Jenn Webb
December 8, 2011

In this interview, Wired.com writer Tim Carmody examines the recent missteps of Netflix and he takes a broad look at how technology shapes the reading experience.

What publishers can learn from Netflix's problems

By Jenn Webb
December 8, 2011

In this interview, Wired.com writer Tim Carmody examines the recent missteps of Netflix and he takes a broad look at how technology shapes the reading experience.

Four short links: 28 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2011

Twine (Kickstarter) -- modular sensors with connectivity, programmable in If This Then That style. (via TechCrunch) Small Sample Sizes Lead to High Margins of Error -- a reminder that all the stats in the world won't help you when you don't have enough data to meaningfully analyse. Yahoo! Cocktails -- somehow I missed this announcement of a Javascript front-and-back-end...

Four short links: 18 November 2011

By 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...

Not a self-publisher, far from a traditional publisher

By Joe Wikert
November 14, 2011

In this podcast, Jesse Potash, founder of Pubslush Press, talks about how his company differs from self-publishing platforms — and from Kickstarter — and how he's using it to help eradicate global illiteracy.

Not a self-publisher, far from a traditional publisher

Not a self-publisher, far from a traditional publisher
By Joe Wikert
November 14, 2011

In this podcast, Jesse Potash, founder of Pubslush Press, talks about how his company differs from self-publishing platforms — and from Kickstarter — and how he's using it to help eradicate global illiteracy.

Four short links: 10 October 2011

By 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...

Four short links: 4 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2011

Skate Through NYC With A GoPro -- this is the first I've seen of the GoPro cameras, which are two dimensions of clever. First, it's video instrumentation for activities where we haven't had this before. Second, it's clever specialization of the Flip-style solid-state recording videocameras. (via Infovore) Pulse Sensor -- open source heart rate sensor project on Kickstarter. DIY...

Science hacks chip away at the old barriers to entry

By Audrey Watters
August 1, 2011

How can opening access to scientific data, equipment and lab space spur innovation? BioCurious' Eri Gentry and Ariel Waldman from Spacehack.org share a few ideas.

Science hacks chip away at the old barriers to entry

Science hacks chip away at the old barriers to entry
By Audrey Watters
August 1, 2011

How can opening access to scientific data, equipment and lab space spur innovation? BioCurious' Eri Gentry and Ariel Waldman from Spacehack.org share a few ideas.

Four short links: 29 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2011

SQL Injection Pocket Reference (Google Docs) -- just what it sounds like. (via ModSecurity SQL Injection Challenge: Lessons Learned) isostick: The Optical Drive in a Stick (KickStarter) -- clever! A USB memory stick with drivers that emulate optical drives so you can boot off .iso files you've put on the memory stick. (via Extreme Tech) CrowdDB: Answering Queries with...

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?

By Jenn Webb
June 2, 2011

With the launch of the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform, readers can fund the books they want to read — and the startup launched with some pretty big-name authors. Would you fund the next book from your favorite author?

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?
By Jenn Webb
June 2, 2011

With the launch of the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform, readers can fund the books they want to read — and the startup launched with some pretty big-name authors. Would you fund the next book from your favorite author?

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
April 6, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Google tries to bulk up its patent portfolio, filmmakers are taking a look at the life of an early software pioneer, and researchers decided to turn an April Fool's joke into reality.

DIY fabrication hits a new price point (maybe...)

DIY fabrication hits a new price point (maybe...)
By James Turner
December 9, 2010

The DIY Desktop CNC Machine project on Kickstarter could bring reasonably-priced 3D fabrication technology to the masses.

Musopen sets classical music free

By James Turner
September 14, 2010

The music of Beethoven and Brahms isn't covered by copyright, but performances and sheet music are. With an assist from KickStarter, MusOpen has raised more than enough money to right that wrong by recording and releasing classics into the public domain.

Musopen sets classical music free

Musopen sets classical music free
By James Turner
September 14, 2010

The music of Beethoven and Brahms isn't covered by copyright, but performances and sheet music are. With an assist from KickStarter, MusOpen has raised more than enough money to right that wrong by recording and releasing classics into the public domain.

Four short links: 2 Sep 2010

Four short links: 2 Sep 2010
By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2010

Guardian Science Blogs -- the latest in a series of science blog aggregators. Nobody is too sure what benefits a blog umbrella like Discovery or Nature (or the Guardian) offers bloggers. Regardless of this, the content is fantastic. v2ex: A Community Running on AppEngine -- no hosting costs, massive scalability. Raising Money for Vanuatu Arts Center -- a Kickstarter...

Four short links: 12 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 12, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Rock and Roll (BoingBoing) -- ten rules that should be posted in every workplace as a guide to how to fail poisonously. Snapscouts -- rather creepy sousveillance site. It's up to you to keep America safe! If you see something suspicious, Snap it! If you see someone who doesn't belong, Snap it! Not sure if...


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