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Four short links: 13 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 13, 2013

Bunnie Huang Live (YouTube) — talk given at the Make:Live Stage at Maker Faire NYC, covering his experiences and advice for getting hardware made. (via Makezine) Bill Gates’s Best Books of 2013 — interesting list! The Robots are Here (Tyler …

Four short links: 9 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2013

Android Malware Numbers — (Quartz) less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users, based on Google’s analysis of 1.5B downloads and installs. Facebook Operations Chief …

The makers of hardware innovation

By Dale Dougherty
April 26, 2013

Chris Anderson wrote Makers and went from editor-in-chief of Wired to CEO of 3D Robotics, making his hobby his side job and then making it his main job. A new executive at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, said that …

Four short links: 28 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 28, 2013

What American Startups Can Learn From the Cutthroat Chinese Software Industry — It follows that the idea of “viral” or “organic” growth doesn’t exist in China. “User acquisition is all about media buys. Platform-to-platform in China is war, and it …

Four short links: February 21 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2013

Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of US Trade Secrets (Whitehouse, PDF) — the Chinese attacks on Facebook, NYT, and other large organisations are provoking policy responses. WSJ covers it nicely. What is this starting? (via Alex Howard) BodyMedia FitLink …

Masking the complexity of the machine

By Jon Bruner
February 15, 2013

The Internet has thrived on abstraction and modularity. Web services hide their complexity behind APIs and standardized protocols, and these clean interfaces make it easy to turn them into modules of larger systems that can take advantage of the most …

DIY robotic hands and wells that text (industrial Internet links)

By Jon Bruner
February 7, 2013

Two makers come together to make a robotic hand for a boy in South Africa (TechCrunch) — The maker movement is adjacent to the industrial Internet, and it’s growing fast as a rich source of innovative thinking wherever machines and software meet. …

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 …

Why we spun out Maker Media

By Tim O'Reilly
January 25, 2013

Today, O’Reilly Media announced that we have spun out Maker Media into a separate company. I want to give a bit of background on why we did this, and what we think the opportunity is for the new Maker Media …

The bicycle barometer, SCADA security, the smart city in a disaster (industrial Internet links)

By Jon Bruner
January 24, 2013

The Bicycle Barometer (@richardjpope) — Richard Pope, a project manager at Gov.uk, built what he calls a barometer for his bike commute: it uses weather and transit data to compute a single value that expresses the relative comfort of a bike …

Four short links: 30 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 30, 2012

Kids Use Minecraft to Design School — “Students have been massively enthusiastic, with many turning up early to school to work on their Minecraft designs and they continue to do so at home too.” Also see the school’s blog. Napster, …

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 …

They promised us flying cars

By Alasdair Allan
August 3, 2012

We may be living in the future, but it hasn’t entirely worked out how we were promised. I remember the predictions clearly: the 21st century was supposed to be full of self-driving cars, personal communicators, replicators and private space ships. …

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: 18 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2012

What Facebook Knows (MIT Tech Review) -- Analyzing the 69 billion friend connections among those 721 million people showed that the world is smaller than we thought: four intermediary friends are usually enough to introduce anyone to a random stranger. and our close friends strongly sway which information we share, but overall their impact is dwarfed by the collective...

Four short links: 6 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2012

Why Latency Lags Bandwidth (PDF) -- across disk, memory, and networking we see bandwidth growing faster than latency comes down. This paper covers why and what we can do about it. (via Ryan Dahl) Michael Lewis's Princeton Commencement Speech -- a subtle variation on "work on stuff that matters" that I simply love. Commencement speeches fly around this time...

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: 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...

Four short links: 18 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 18, 2012

Overlapping S-Curves of Various Products (PNG) -- product adoption speed over time. (via Beta Knowledge) High School Makerspaces Q&A with Dale Dougherty (Radioshack) -- Experimentation is one of the things we’re trying to promote. If you do experiments, a number of them fail and you learn from that failure and say, “Gee, I could have done that differently.” It’s...

DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it

DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it
By Marie Bjerede
May 15, 2012

Schoolers, Edupunks and Makers are showing us what's possible when learners, not institutions, own the education that will define their lives.

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design
By Dale Dougherty
May 11, 2012

Being held May 15-16, MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop is an intensive introduction to the business of making and the makers who are creating these businesses.

Announcing Make's Hardware Innovation Workshop

Announcing Make's Hardware Innovation Workshop
By Dale Dougherty
April 6, 2012

We're announcing the Hardware Innovation Workshop, a new business conference being held during the week of Maker Faire.

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?
By Marie Bjerede
March 7, 2012

Making and education clearly go hand in hand, but how do we quantify and share the results of authentic learning without losing its essence? That's the issue educators are currently facing.

Top stories: February 27-March 2, 2012

Top stories: February 27-March 2, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 2, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides examined the clumsy state of human connections in our tech products, Dale Dougherty made the case for Maker-friendly cities, and we looked at key shifts in publishing's business models.

Creating Maker-friendly cities

Creating Maker-friendly cities
By Dale Dougherty
February 27, 2012

Governments, particularly local governments, need to do more to understand and adapt to what might be called DIY citizenship.

Four short links: 27 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 27, 2012

Open Science Requires Open Source (Nature editorial) -- Our view is that we have reached the point that, with some exceptions, anything less than release of actual source code is an indefensible approach for any scientific results that depend on computation, because not releasing such code raises needless, and needlessly confusing, roadblocks to reproducibility. What's Still Wrong With ACTA...

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you

By Brady Forrest
February 3, 2012

The 2012 Where Conference is looking for makers, hackers, developers and do-it-yourselfers who are working in the geolocation and mapping spaces.

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you
By Brady Forrest
February 3, 2012

The 2012 Where Conference is looking for makers, hackers, developers and do-it-yourselfers who are working in the geolocation and mapping spaces.

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Four short links: 25 October 2011

By 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...

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot
By Timothy M. O'Brien
October 20, 2011

If you try to talk to Jason Huggins about Selenium, he'll probably do to you what he did to us. He'll bring his Arduino-based Angry Birds-playing testing robot to your interview and then he'll relate his invention to the larger problems of mobile application testing and cloud-based testing infrastructure.

Four short links: 14 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2011

Theory of Relativity in Words of Four Letters or Less -- this does just what it says, and well too. I like it, as you may too. At the end, you may even know more than you do now. Effective Set Reconciliation Without Prior Context (PDF) -- paper on using Bloom filters to do set union (deduplication) efficiently. Useful...

Looking for the future? Watch the "crackpots"

Looking for the future? Watch the
By Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011

The future of technology will be shaped by the passion of enthusiasts — this was a central point in a recent discussion between Tim O'Reilly and Charlie Rose.

Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C.

By Paul Spinrad
September 9, 2011

President Obama's new jobs plan supports crowdfunded investing and the House Oversight committee will hear crowdfunding testimony next week.

Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C.

By Paul Spinrad
September 9, 2011

President Obama's new jobs plan supports crowdfunded investing and the House Oversight committee will hear crowdfunding testimony next week.

Four short links: 8 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2011

OpenPCR Shipping -- A PCR machine is basically a copy machine for DNA. It is essential for most work with DNA, things like exposing fraud at a sushi restaurant, diagnosing diseases including HIV and H1N1, or exploring your own genome. The guy who discovered the PCR process earned a Nobel Prize in 1993, and OpenPCR is now the first...

The NASA Make Challenge

The NASA Make Challenge
By Dale Dougherty
March 1, 2011

Makers can participate in a new kind of space program, one that expands beyond NASA to include commercial space collaboration.

What lies ahead: DIY and Make

By Mac Slocum
December 30, 2010

Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a number of areas we cover here on Radar. In this section he looks at the link between do-it-yourself enthusiasm and future businesses.

Open sourcing space

Open sourcing space
By Dale Dougherty
November 3, 2010

The space race has been reignited, but in a much different way. With off-the-shelf components and your own initiative, you can now launch a satellite or weather balloon. Dale Dougherty looks at this new wave of roll-your-own exploration.

Innovation, education and Makers

By Dale Dougherty
October 4, 2010

During a recent workshop, Thomas Kalil of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy explored the impact of the DIY mindset on education and industry. The full text of Kalil's talk is included in this post.

Four short links: 30 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 30, 2010

Learn Python The Hard Way -- Zed Shaw's book on programming Python, written as 52 exercises: Each exercise is one or two pages and follows the exact same format. You type each one in (no copy-paste!), make it run, do the extra credit, and then move on. If you get stuck, at least type it in and skip the...

A World's Faire for Makers

A World's Faire for Makers
By Dale Dougherty
September 24, 2010

The first Maker Faire on the east coast takes place this weekend on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the site of the 1964 World's Fair. Here's a preview of talks, events, and performances.

Detroit 2.0: Motor City to Maker City

By Dale Dougherty
July 27, 2010

Maker Faire Detroit opens this coming weekend at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Our goal is to create a fun, family-friendly event and showcase talented makers from Michigan and aroundthe Midwest. I also think the event gives us an opportunity to consider ways that makers can be part of re-inventing Detroit from the ground-up. This Thursday, just before Maker Faire...

Detroit Can Do Camp - July 29

By Dale Dougherty
July 21, 2010

As part of the week leading up to Maker Faire Detroit, we have organized Can Do Camp for Thursday, July 29 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Can Do Camp is an informal day for makers to meet each other and explore the DIY mindset. This mindset is a powerful and positive force for building hands-on communites as well as fostering...

Four short links: 10 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2010

Gallery: Digitizing the Past and Present at the Library of Congress (BoingBoing) -- amazing pictures and stories about preserving and protecting the Library of Congress, it's papery past and its pixellated future. We can't afford any damage to anything," said Eric Hansen, chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division. "Never take a sample; be completely nondestructive. ... We...

Charles Platt on the Basics of Electronics - Make: Electronics and Learning Through Discovery

Charles Platt on the Basics of Electronics - Make: Electronics and Learning Through Discovery
By Mary Rotman
December 10, 2009

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? Author Charles Platt (@charlesplatt) has created a book in which you will explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. I asked him a few questions about Make: Electronics earlier this week so I could understand a little bit more about electronics (and why he wrote this book) for myself.

Four short links: 8 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 8, 2009

Linux Baby Rocker -- inventive use of a CD drive and the eject command ... (via Hacker News) I Like Unicorn Because It's Unix -- forceful rant about the need to rediscover Unix systems programming. Reminds me of the Varnish notes where the author explains that it works better because it uses the operating system instead of recreating it...


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