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Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator

63 month ago

philgyford : Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator - Telehack sounds amazing. I always wanted to play a Spectrum game (I forget the name) that simulated hacking, never mind something this huge.

nelson : Telehack interview - Andy gets an interview with the anonymous creator of the retro Internet site

Andy Baio : Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator - Telehack is the most interesting game I've played in the last year... a game that most users won't realize is a game at all. It's a tour de force hack — an interactive pastiche of 1980s computer history, tying together public archives of Usenet new

cobra libre : Andy Baio interviews the creator of Telehack [via#

Access Main Computer File

66 month ago

joshua : Access Main Computer File

Andy Baio : Access Main Computer File - a Tumblr of fake GUIs in film

cobra libre : Access Main Computer File - "A visual study of computer GUI in cinema." [via#

nelson : Access Main Computer File - Images from movie computer interfaces

D3

67 month ago

nelson : D3 - Mike Bostock of Protovis and Polymaps fame has a new Javascript library. It's sort of like jQuery, but good at SVG too

Andy Baio : d3.js, Javascript library for manipulating data-driven documents - some of the examples are jaw-dropping

joshua : d3.js - D3.js is a small, free JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.

philgyford : d3.js, Javascript library for manipulating data-driven documents - Looks like a very flexible javascript thing for turning data into different kinds of diagram, chart, map, etc. (via Waxy)

The Blast Shack

69 month ago

Linkorama : The Blast Shack

Andy Baio : Bruce Sterling on Wikileaks - long, brilliant

philgyford : The Blast Shack - Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks, Cablegate and Julian Assange. Worth a read, especially if you can do so with Sterling's weary drawl as your interior voice.

nelson : The Blast Shack - Absolute must-read on WikiLeaks, the cypherpunks history

Eric Meyer : The Blast Shack - "Here it is; a planetary hack."

Firesheep

71 month ago

Rod Begbie : Firesheep - This is A Big Deal. Makes stealing session cookies from other computers on your local network as easy as clicking a button. Will be interesting to see how big sites respond. Are we finally going to see HTTPS deployed on all pages? [via#

Simon Willison : Firesheep - Firesheep. Oh wow. A Firefox extension that makes sniffing for insecured (non-HTTPS) cookie requests on your current WiFi network and logging in as that person a case of clicking a couple of buttons. Always possible of course, but it’s never been made [via]

cobra libre : firesheep - A proof-of-concept tool that makes HTTP session hijacking over a local network quite easy. E.g., you can use this to steal another person's Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, or Flickr account. I used it to discover that I'm the only one at the office not worki #

Andy Baio : Firesheep, simple session hijacking on public networks for Firefox - the ethics of making it easy for non-techies to spoof Twitter/Facebook/etc accounts is being hotly debated

Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone

72 month ago

Andy Baio : Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone - a blind user's emotional response to Apple; also, he switched from Linux to Mac last week

Rod Begbie : My First Week with the iPhone - A blind user describes the power of using an iPhone with VoiceOver. "I can safely say that the iPhone represents the most revolutionary thing to happen to the blind for at least the last ten years." [via#

nelson : iPhone as a blind user - He loves it; didn't know Apple had bothered to build voice navigation

philgyford : My First Week with the iPhoneBehind the Curtain | Behind the Curtain - I've seen this ecstatic report by a blind person about their new iPhone linked to from a few places. Forget your iPhone-fatigue and skip to the last few paragraphs where he describes using an app (Color ID) which speaks the colours the device's

Simon Willison : My First Week with the iPhone - My First Week with the iPhone. A blind user describes the experience of using VoiceOver on the iPhone, including the joy of discovering the Color Identifier app which speaks the names of colours picked up by the iPhone’s camera. “ I used color cues

Polymaps

73 month ago

joshua : Polymaps

Simon Willison : Polymaps - Polymaps. Absurdly hot: “a JavaScript library for image- and vector-tiled maps using SVG”. It can pull in image tiles from sources such as OpenStreetMap, then overlay SVG paths specified using GeoJSON. The demos make use of GeoJSON tiles for US stat

nelson : Polymaps - Overlay vector data on tile based maps on web pages.

Andy Baio : Polymaps - Stamen and SimpleGeo's JS library for gorgeous vector visualizations on map tiles  [via]

"Hallowed Ground"

73 month ago

cobra libre : "Hallowed Ground" - "Look at the photos. This neighborhood is not hallowed. The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the ci #

Eric Meyer : "Hallowed Ground" - Fits right in with my perception of NYC and what a difference a couple of blocks can make. [via John] [via]

Rod Begbie : "Hallowed Ground" - "A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the 'Ground Zero Mosque'" The whole thing would be funny if it wasn't so frustratingly based on unashamed bigotry. [via#

Andy Baio : Hallowed Ground - photos of stuff the same distance from the WTC as the "Ground Zero Mosque"  [via]

Maciej Ceglowski on the discovery, loss, and rediscovery of the cure for scurvy

79 month ago

Andy Baio : Maciej Ceglowski on the discovery, loss, and rediscovery of the cure for scurvy - fascinating story of bad science and the unintended effects of new information

Simon Willison : Scott and Scurvy - Scott and Scurvy. Did you know that Scott’s 1911 expedition to the south pole was plagued by scurvy, despite the British navy having discovered an effective cure way back in the 18th century? A fascinating tale of how scientific advances can lead to

cobra libre : Idle Words: Scott and Scurvy #

nelson : The second coming of scurvy - Essay about a 19th century failure of science

Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python

81 month ago

Simon Willison : Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python - Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python. A comparison of eight different asynchronous networking frameworks in Python. Tornado comes out on top in most of the benchmarks, but the post is most interesting for the direct comparison of simple co

Jeremy Zawodny : Nicholas Piël » Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python - Nicholas Piël » Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python: an interesting comparison of async server libs in python

nelson : Python async servers - Nice comparison of a bunch of event-driven server frameworks

joshua : Socket Benchmark of Asynchronous Servers in Python

HTML history: IMG tag

83 month ago

nelson : HTML history: IMG tag - Great little trip down 16 year old mailing list discussions

Andy Baio : Mark Pilgrim's history of the IMG element - told through annotated conversations from 1993  [via]

Milo Vermeulen : Why do we have an IMG element? [dive into mark] [via]

philgyford : Why do we have an IMG element? [dive into mark] - The history of the image element in HTML. A great bit of documenting internet history. (via Waxy)

Hacking with Style: TrueType VT220 Font

83 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : Hacking with Style: TrueType VT220 Font - Hacking with Style: TrueType VT220 Font: that is crazy yet brilliant at the same time... I love it

nelson : vt220.ttf - Someone makes a TrueType font that looks like an old VT220 terminal

Rod Begbie : Hacking with Style: TrueType VT220 Font - I can think of no better use for my new 30" monitor at work than to use this font based on original VT220 terminals at a large size. [via#

joshua : Hacking with Style: TrueType VT220 Font

Underscore.js

83 month ago

Simon Willison : Underscore.js - Underscore.js. A new library of functional programming primitives for JavaScript—each, map, all, any, inject, detect etc. Unlike some similar libraries this one doesn’t extend the built-in objects, instead opting to bind the new functions to the und

deusx : Underscore.js - "Underscore is a utility-belt library for Javascript that provides a lot of the functional programming support that you would expect in Prototype.js (or Ruby), but without extending any of the built-in Javascript objects. It's the tie to go alon

nelson : Underscore.js - Functional programming library for Javascript. "It's the tie to go along with jQuery's tux."

joshua : Underscore.js - Underscore is a utility-belt library for JavaScript that provides a lot of the functional programming support that you would expect in Prototype.js (or Ruby), but without extending any of the built-in JavaScript objects. It's the tie to go along with

A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database

83 month ago

Andy Baio : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database - authoritative source for arcane timezone trivia

joshua : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database « Jon Udell

Kellan : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database - I’m a card carrying member of the Olson fan club, but it’s still great reading see Jon’s love note. ADO has a posse. (actually I only have 5 posts tagged olson, while I have 7 posts tagged [udell]http://laughingmeme.org/tag/udell/) #

nelson : timezone appreciation - Nice examples of erudition in the time zone database

How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of

85 month ago

Simon Willison : How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of. Filed for future reference.

Andy Baio : Designing a Popularity Algorithm - with examples from Hacker News, Reddit, del.icio.us, and StumbleUpon  [via]

Jeremy Zawodny : How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of: I should read this in more detail later.

philgyford : Linkiblog | How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - What it says. (via Yoz)

In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek

85 month ago

Milo Vermeulen : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek [via]

deusx : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek - "Corridors make science-fiction believable, because they're so utilitarian by nature - really they're just a conduit to get from one (often overblown) set to another. So if any thought or love is put into one, if the production designer is

Andy Baio : Extensive photo study of corridors in sci-fi movies - apparently myself  [via]

philgyford : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek - Wonderful essay about science fiction movie corridors, with lots of pictures. The internet gives generously. (via @moleitau)

Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage

85 month ago

bmilleare : Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage - 67 terabyte 4U servers for $7,867 = Awesome.

Jeremy Zawodny : Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage - Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage: that totally kicks ass... needs ZFS though. :-)

nelson : Backblaze disk pods - Great article about how to build large, cheap systems

Simon Willison : Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage - Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage. Explains how Backblaze can operate an unlimited backup service for five dollars a month—their custom storage hardware stores 67 terabytes for $7,867.

Brian Warren is moving to Philly.

86 month ago

Greg Storey : Brian Warren is moving to Philly. - The family just got another creepy beard guy, but his references check out. #

Greg Storey : Brian Warren is moving to Philly. - The family just got another creepy beard guy, but his references check out. #

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tr.im shutting down

86 month ago

nelson : tr.im shutting down - First big URL shortener to go away; what happens to the links?

Rod Begbie : tr.im R.I.P. - Another URL shortener gets shuttered. As it turns out, unless you slap frames and shite over the links you bounce users to, there's no business model. Another example of why I run rdbgb.us: I am solely responsible for keeping the links in my Twitter post [via#

jcgregorio : tr.im URLs | tr.im R.I.P. - One down, all the rest to go.

Andy Baio : Tr.im shuts down, breaking millions of shortened links by year's end - we were warned; someone should call Archive Team

Simon Willison : tr.im is "discontinuing service" - tr.im is “discontinuing service?. “However, all tr.im links will continue to redirect, and will do so until at least December 31, 2009.Your tweets with tr.im URLs in them will not be affected.?—these statements seem to contradict themselves. W

how to avoid ads in gmail

86 month ago

wearehugh : how to avoid ads in gmail - "you need 1 catastrophic event or tragedy for every 167 words"

nelson : Avoiding gmail ads - Simply make sure tragic words are in every mail

Andy Baio : How to Avoid Ads in Gmail - just add tragic words to your signature  [via]

Simon Willison : How to avoid ads in gmail - How to avoid ads in gmail. “After extensive testing I’ve discovered you need 1 catastrophic event or tragedy for every 167 words in the rest of the email.?

The pushbutton Web

86 month ago

nelson : The pushbutton Web - Anil breaks down some of the recent work around realtime messaging

Simon Willison : The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real. Anil Dash is excited by the potential for PubSubHubBub and Webhooks to make near-real-time scalable event publishing accessible to regular web developers. So am I.

jimray : Anil's thoughts on the "pushbutton web" are really smart - And really well written, to boot. This is the future.

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on the Pushbutton Web - the best articulation of the current real-time web trend I've seen

Greg Storey : Pushbutton. - Forgot to link to this earlier. Go. Read. Now.

Anil : The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - tweetcount_url = 'http://dashes.com/anil/2009/07/the-pushbutton-web-realtime-becomes-real.html#comment-661209'; tweetcount_title = 'The Pushbutton Web, about realtime messaging getting real'; tweetcount_src = 'By @anildash:'; tweetcount_

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