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Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

Graph tools forge path to new solutions

By Andy Oram
July 25, 2014

Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary keys and values provided by many NoSQL stores. But …

Graph tools forge path to new solutions

By Andy Oram
July 25, 2014

Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary keys and values provided by many NoSQL stores. But …

Graph tools forge path to new solutions

By Andy Oram
July 25, 2014

Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary keys and values provided by many NoSQL stores. But …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Four short links: 6 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2014

Ethics and UX Design (Slideshare) –We are the thieves of time. This excellent talk challenges you (via Aristotle) to understand what a good life is, and whether you’re designing to bring it about. (via Keith Bolland) Pepper Personal Robot — …

Four short links: 4 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 4, 2014

Swift on GitHub — watch a thousand projects launch. HTTP API Design Guide — extracted from work on the Heroku Platform API. End-to-End PGP in Gmail — Google releases an open source Chrome extension to enable end-to-end OpenPGP on top …

What it really means when people say “Everything in JavaScript is an object”

By Elisabeth Robson
May 30, 2014

When you begin programming with JavaScript you might run across books, tutorials, and people who say “Everything in JavaScript is an object.” While it’s not 100% true (not *everything* is an object), it is *mostly* true. And sometimes this can …

Dos and Don’ts in JavaScript

By Elisabeth Robson
May 20, 2014

  With every programming language, there’s a list of do’s and don’ts and JavaScript is no exception. Some of these best practices are there for your protection (like always always always using semi-colons!); some to make your code more readable …

I just slipped on a banana peel named “this”

By Elisabeth Robson
May 14, 2014

In JavaScript, the special variable this is used to refer an object. But which object this refers too depends on the code you’re executing and how this is used. So, a common problem for those learning JavaScript is keeping track …

Four short links: 12 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2014

Questions I Ask When Reviewing a Design (Jason Fried) — a good list of questions to frown and stroke one’s chin while asking. Bro — open source network security monitor/IDS. Seven Deadly Myths of Autonomy (PDF) — it’s easy to …

What is that upside-down tree doing in my browser?

By Elisabeth Robson
May 7, 2014

The secret to getting your web pages to do your bidding with code is to use JavaScript to manipulate the Document Object Model, or DOM. The DOM is an upside-down tree-like structure that the browser uses to represent your web …

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 …

Wait, where is my variable defined?

By Elisabeth Robson
April 30, 2014

  You may have noticed that Head First JavaScript Programming is released! Now that the book is done, we’ve got a few more Head First JavaScript Programming teasers for you. The book is aimed at those of you who are …

Four short links: 28 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 28, 2014

UK Government to Sell Its Students’ Data (Wired UK) — The National Pupil Database (NPD) contains detailed information about pupils in schools and colleges in England, including test and exam results, progression at each key stage, gender, ethnicity, pupil absence …

Four short links: 22 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2014

PourOver — NYT open source Javascript for very fast in-browser filtering and sorting of large collections. LibreSSL — OpenBSD take on OpenSSL. Unclear how sustainable this effort is, or how well adopted it will be. Competing with OpenSSL is obviously …

Four short links: 4 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 4, 2014

C# Compiler Open Sourced — bit by the bit, the ship of Microsoft turns. The Web’s Declarative Composable Future — this. For the first time since 1993, I feel like the web platform is taking a step towards being a …

Four short links: 3 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 3, 2014

dat — github-like tool for data, still v. early. It’s overdue. (via Nelson Minar) Novena Open Laptop — Bunnie Huang’s laptop goes on sale. Crowd Forecasting (NPR) — How is it possible that a group of average citizens doing Google …

The Web is Eating Software

By Simon St. Laurent
March 19, 2014

A few years ago, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote that “software is eating the world”: Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all …

Four short links: 17 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2014

De-Design the Web — quiz, can you recognise common websites from just their wireframes? For the non-designer (like myself) it’s a potent reminder of the power of design. Design’s front of mind as we chew on the Internet of Affordances. …

Four short links: 12 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 12, 2014

High Volume Web Sites — Tim Berners-Lee answers my question on provisioning a popular web server in 1993. The info.cern.ch server which has the Subject Catalogue gets probably a relatively high usage, about 10k requests a day, or (thinks…) one …

Four short links: 11 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 11, 2014

In-Game Graph Analysis (The Economist) — one MLB team has bought a Cray Ulrika graph-processing appliance for in-game analysis of data. Please hold, boggling. (via Courtney Nash) Disney Bets $1B on Technology (BusinessWeek) — MyMagic+ promises far more radical change. …

Four short links: 28 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2014

Programming Minecraft Pi with Python — an early draft, but shows promise for kids. (via Raspberry Pi) Terasaur — BitTorrent for mad-large files, making it easy for datasets to be saved and exchanged. Bucky — Open-source tool to measure the …

Why polyfills matter

By Brandon Satrom
February 26, 2014

From its nascent days, the growth of the web has been marked by the waxing and waning of technologies, frameworks and ideas. Old ideas and technologies expire and fade away, and new ones arise in their place. Much as the …

Why Polyfills Matter

By Brandon Satrom
February 26, 2014

From its nascent days, the growth of the web has been marked by the waxing and waning of technologies, frameworks and ideas. Old ideas and technologies expire and fade away, and new ones arise in their place. Much as the …

Four short links: 21 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2014

Mapping Twitter Topic Networks (Pew Internet) — Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. …

Four short links: 13 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 13, 2014

The Common Crawl WWW Ranking — open data, open methodology, behind an open ranking of the top sites on the web. Preprint paper available. (via Slashdot) Felton’s Sensors (Quartz) — inside the gadgets Nicholas Felton uses to quantify himself. Myo …

Four short links: 22 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 22, 2014

How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love (Wired) — if he doesn’t end up working for OK Cupid, productising this as a new service, something is wrong with the world. Humin: The App That Uses Context to …


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