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Four short links: 6 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 6, 2014

Repo Surveillance Network — An automated reader attached to the spotter car takes a picture of every ­license plate it passes and sends it to a company in Texas that already has more than 1.8 billion plate scans from vehicles …

Four short links: 11 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 11, 2014

China’s $122BB Boom in Shadow Banking is Happening on Phones (Quartz) — Tencent’s recently launched online money market fund (MMF), Licai Tong, drew in 10 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) in just six days in the last week of January. The …

Introducing Animal Warrior

By Edie Freedman
January 6, 2014

Animal Warrior* has all of the elements of a great video game: a perilous task, bad guys, all kinds of obstacles to overcome and puzzles to solve, exotic settings, high-tech weaponry, and general mayhem.   Well, it could have all …

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Four short links: 2 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 2, 2013

CalTech Machine Learning Video Library — a pile of video introductions to different machine learning concepts. Awesome Pokemon Hack — each inventory item has a number associated with it, they are kept at a particular memory location, and there’s a …

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 …

Four short links: 31 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2013

Insect-Inspired Collision-Resistant Robot — clever hack to make it stable despite bouncing off things. The Battle for Power on the Internet (Bruce Schneier) — the state of cyberspace. [M]ost of the time, a new technology benefits the nimble first. [...] …

Four short links: 25 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2013

Seagate Kinetic Storage — In the words of Geoff Arnold: The physical interconnect to the disk drive is now Ethernet. The interface is a simple key-value object oriented access scheme, implemented using Google Protocol Buffers. It supports key-based CRUD (create, …

data and human-centered design

By Ann Spencer
October 20, 2013

During a trip to Chicago for a conference on R, I had a chance to cowork at the Datascope Analytics (DsA) office. While I had worked with co-founders Mike and Dean before, this was my first time coworking at their …

Four short links: 8 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2013

Lightworks — open source non-linear video editing software, with quite a history. Puzzlescript — open source puzzle game engine for HTML5. pudb — full-screen (text-mode) Python debugger. Freelan — free, open-source, multi-platform, highly-configurable and peer-to-peer VPN software.

Four short links: 11 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2013

Sifted — 7 minute animation set in a point cloud world, using photogrammetry in film-making. My brilliant cousin Ben wrote the software behind it. See this newspaper article and tv report for more. Vehicle Tech Out of Sync with Drivers’ …

Four short links: 2 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2013

How to Make Help Microvideos For Your Site (Alex Holovaty) — Instead of one monolithic video, we decided to make dozens of tiny, five-second videos separately demonstrating features. How Google is Killing Organic Search — 13% of the real estate …

The Power of a Private HTTP Archive Instance: Finding a Representative Performance Baseline

By Barbara Bermes
June 13, 2013

Be honest, have you ever wanted to play Steve Souders for a day and pull some revealing stats or trends about some web sites of your choice? Or maybe dig around the HTTP archive? You can do that and more …

Four short links: 22 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2013

Meshlab — open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. HTML5 Video on iOS (Steve Souders) — While it’s true that Mobile Safari on iOS doesn’t buffer any video data as a …

Four short links: 16 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 16, 2013

Triage — iPhone app to quickly triage your email in your downtime. See also the backstory. Awesome UI. Webcam Pulse Detector — I was wondering how long it would take someone to do the Eulerian video magnification in real code. …

Four short links: 5 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2013

Eulerian Video Magnification — papers and the MatLab source code for that amazing effect of exaggerating small changes in file. (*This work is patent pending) CopyrightX — MOOC on current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that …

Android offers a standard platform for health care apps

By Andy Oram
February 25, 2013

Video systems can streamline hospital care in all sorts of ways from displaying messages (“Quiet time is 1 to 2 PM today”) to taking patient surveys, showing patients their X-Rays, and helping patients view their records from their beds. But …

A Kindle developer’s 2013 wishlist

By Sanders Kleinfeld
December 2, 2012

2012 was a good year for Kindle developers. With the unveiling of the first-generation Fire tablet in late 2011 and the release of the KF8 Mobi format in early 2012, designing beautiful ebooks for the Kindle platform became a reality. …

Four short links: 15 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2012

Atkinson Dithering in Real Time — a Processing app that renders what the video camera sees, as though it were an original Mac black and white image. Patching Binaries — a patch for a crashing bug during import of account …

Do citizens have a ‘right to record’ in the digital age?

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

When Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and I talked this summer about his proposal for a digital Bill of Rights, I followed up by asking him about whether it might be more productive to focus on the rights that we already …

Four short links: 4 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 4, 2012

How To Be An Explorer of the World (Amazon) -- I want to take this course on design anthropology but this book, the assigned text, looks like an excellent second best. StuxNet Was American-Made Cyberwarfare Tool (NY Times) -- not even the air gap worked for Iran, “It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think...

Top Stories: May 7-11, 2012

Top Stories: May 7-11, 2012
By Mac Slocum
May 11, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how the Velocity Conference site got a big makeover thanks to Velocity practices, Liliana Bounegru offered a brief history of data journalism, and Joe Wikert explained how booksellers can reinvent themselves.

Four short links: 20 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 20, 2012

Tupac Coachella Behind the Technology (CBS) -- interesting to me is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were considering taking Shakur with them on tour. Just as Hobbit, Tintin, etc. are CG-ing characters to look normal, is the future of "live" spectacle to be this kind of CG show? Will new acts be competing against the Rolling Stones forever? Javascript...

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5
By Laurie Petrycki
April 12, 2012

HTML5 author Christopher Schmitt talks with O'Reilly editor Simon St. Laurent about why it's a great time to be a web developer.

Four short links: 20 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 20, 2012

jPlayer -- jQuery plugin for audio and video in HTML5. Dual-licensed MIT and GPL. Tesseract (Github) -- Square has open sourced (Apache license) their Javascript library for filtering large multidimensional datasets in the browser. Tesseract supports extremely fast ( QR Code Madness -- I recently received an MMS (multimedia text message) with a picture to a QR code. First,...

Four short links: 5 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2012

Pirates Adopt H.264 -- no more XViD encoded avi files, now it's x264. I'm impressed by the rigid rules and structure of The Scene. YouTube's ContentID Disputes Are Judged By The Accuser (Andy Baio) -- the last couple years have seen a dramatic rise in Content ID abuse, using it for purposes that it was never intended. Scammers are...

Four short links: 2 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 2, 2012

Interview: Hanno Sander on Robotics (Circuit Cellar) -- this is what Mindstorms wants to be when it grows up. AAA++ for teaching kids. Hanno is a Kiwi Foo Camper. Context Needed: Benchmarks -- Benchmarks fall into a few common traps because of under-reporting in context and lack of detail in results. The typical benchmark report doesn't reveal the benchmark's...

Four short links: 2 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 2, 2012

Beautiful Buttons for Bootstrap -- cute little button creator, with sliders for hue, saturation, and "puffiness". CMU iPad Course -- iTunes U has the video lectures for a CMU intro to iPad programming. Inspiring Matter -- the conference aims to bring together designers, scientists, artists and humanities people working with materials research and innovation to talk about how they...

"The President of the United States is on the phone. Would you like to Hangout on Google+?"

By Alex Howard
January 24, 2012

President Obama will join the first presidential Hangout on Google+ on January 30, 2012, as part of the White House's commitment "to creating a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration."

Harvard's Berkman Center hosts star-studded forum on media and the "vast wasteland"

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2011

May 9, 1961 marked the first public appearance of Newt Minow as FCC chairman, where he achieved immortality by raising the claim that television was a "vast wasteland." The phrase entered American life so thoroughly that citing it has become almost reflexive in media commentary over the intervening fifty years. Last night, the Berkman Center held a gala event re-examining media, and the main guest of honor was...Newt Minow!

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...

Four short links: 30 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2011

Electric Dreams - The 1980s 'The Micro Home Computer Of 1982' (YouTube) -- from a reality show where a gadget-using family are forced to relive 30 years of technology invention, one year each day. This clip is where they're forced to choose a microcomputer from the rush of early hobbyist machines in the 80s: Spectrum, Dragon-32, etc. (via Skud)...

Checking in on HTML5 video

Checking in on HTML5 video
By Jenn Webb
June 3, 2011

HTML5 video still needs work, but YouTube's Greg Schechter says it's heading in a good direction. In this interview, Schechter explains how HTML5 video introduces new architectural needs and new opportunities.

Four short links: 24 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2011

Delivereads -- genius idea, a mailing list for Kindles. Yes, if you can send email then you can be a Kindle publisher. (via Sacha Judd) Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- We measure abnormal returns for more than 16,000 common stock transactions made by approximately 300 House delegates from...

Four short links: 11 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2011

webshell -- command-line tool for debugging/exploring APIs, open sourced (Apache v2) and written in node.js. (via Sean Coates) sample -- command-line filter for random sampling of input. Useful when you've got heaps of data and want to run your algorithms on a random sample of it. (via Scott Vokes) Yale Offers Open Access To PD Materials in Collections --...

Four short links: 8 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2011

A Practical Guide to Varnish -- Varnish is the http accelerator used by the discerning devops. Ferrofluid Sculptures (New Scientist) -- hypnotic video of an iron-based fluid that is moulded by magnetic fields, which I include for no good reason than it is pretty pretty science. (via Courtney Johnston) Twisted Highscores List -- clever leaderboard for tickets, reviews, commits,...

Pride and prejudice and book trailers

Pride and prejudice and book trailers
By Jenn Webb
April 7, 2011

The literati may despise them, but book trailers can be effective marketing tools when done right. Brett Cohen, vice president of Quirk Books, discusses the production and tracking efforts behind his company's trailers.

Pride and prejudice and book trailers

By Jenn Webb
April 7, 2011

The literati may despise them, but book trailers can be effective marketing tools when done right. Brett Cohen, vice president of Quirk Books, discusses the production and tracking efforts behind his company's trailers.

Four short links: 6 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 6, 2011

Timeline Setter -- ProPublica-released open source tool for building timelines from spreadsheets of event data. See their post for more information. (via Laurel Ruma) Return to Shenzhen Part 1 -- Nate from SparkFun makes a trip to component capital of the world. It's like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for geeks. a special market that dealt exclusively with bulk...

Granicus opens government with streaming video

Granicus opens government with streaming video
By Alex Howard
February 2, 2011

Over the past decade -- and long before "open government" was a popular topic -- Granicus built a sustainable business as a cloud-based platform for streaming government video.

Four short links: 21 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 21, 2011

Proof-of-Concept Android Trojan Captures Spoken Credit-Card Numbers -- Soundminer sits in the background and waits for a call to be placed [...] the application listens out for the user entering credit card information or a PIN and silently records the information, performing the necessary analysis to turn it from a sound recording into a number. Very clever use of...

Shoot Video Tutorials Like A Pro

By Jesse Freeman
January 17, 2011

In this post I will highlight a my setup and what you should consider buying to make professional looking video tutorials.

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.

Four short links: 11 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 11, 2011

Dive Into 2010 (Mark Pilgrim) -- Mark wrote a hugely popular guide to HTML5 which was available online and published by O'Reilly. 6% of visitors used some version of Internet Explorer. That is not a typo. The site works fine in Internet Explorer — the site practices what it preaches, and the live examples use a variety of fallbacks...

Four short links: 31 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2010

The Joy of Stats -- Hans Rosling's BBC documentary on statistics, available to watch online. Best Tech Writing of 2010 -- I need a mass "add these to Instapaper" button. (via Hacker News) Google Shared Spaces: Why We Made It (Pamela Fox) -- came out of what people were trying to do with Google Wave. The Great Delicious Exodus...

Never Give a Client Three Choices

By Spencer Critchley
November 24, 2010

In most design fields it's conventional wisdom that you should give a client three versions or "comps" of an idea, so they can choose their favorite, or maybe combine what they like best about two or all three of them....

Ebooks and the threat from "internal constituencies"

By Roger Magoulas
November 2, 2010

Will internal constituencies bias how publishers value print book and ebook business models? Roger Magoulas examines that question and looks at the complementary relationship between print and electronic forms.

Ebooks and the threat from "internal constituencies"

By Roger Magoulas
November 2, 2010

Will internal constituencies bias how publishers value print book and ebook business models? Roger Magoulas examines that question and looks at the complementary relationship between print and electronic forms.

Four short links: 27 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 27, 2010

Google Acquisition Spending Spree (Venturebeat) -- Google is now on track to acquire a new company every two weeks this year. (via azaaza on Twitter) Where Good Ideas Come From (YouTube) -- this perfectly describes Foo. A Taxonomy of Data Science -- great first post on a new blog by data practitioners. Rockbox -- open source (GPL) firmware for...

Four short links: 30 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 30, 2010

Free as in Smokescreen (Mike Shaver) -- H.264, one of the ways video can be delivered in HTML5, is covered by patents. This prevents Mozilla from shipping an H.264 player, which fragments web video. The MPEG LA group who manage the patents for H.264 did a great piece of PR bullshit, saying "this will be permanently royalty-free to consumers"....

Four short links: 23 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2010

5 Reputation Missteps (and how to avoid them) (YouTube) -- a Google Tech Talk from one of the authors of the O'Reilly-published Building Web Reputation Systems. Solr on EC2 Tutorial -- the tutorial shows how to index Wikipedia with Solr. (via Matt Biddulph) clive -- a command line utility for extracting (or downloading) videos from Youtube and other video...

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