The Blast Shack

48 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."

Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone

51 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

tr.im shutting down

65 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

The pushbutton Web

65 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_

Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames

67 month ago

Anil : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - The whole world A small number of super-geeky obsessives is abuzz over the upcoming launch of Facebook Usernames, an exciting new feature that will let you put some parts of your name into a web address. Since its announcement yesterday, there's been a l

Eric Meyer : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil lays it all out for you in clear, simple terms.

Rod Begbie : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash - Anil Dash predicts the future of Facebook vanity URLs. Who's going to be the first to register "mikearrington", I wonder. [via#

Milo Vermeulen : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on the future of Facebook usernames - frighteningly realistic predictions

on url shorteners

69 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : on url shorteners - on url shorteners: they are fail

nelson : URL shorteners bad - Thoughtful essay on how tinyurl, etc are bad for the Web

deusx : joshua's blog: on url shorteners - "So there are clear benefits for both the service (low cost of entry, potentially easy profit) and the linker (the quick rush of popularity). But URL shorteners are bad for the rest of us.I feel that shorteners are bad for the ecosystem as a whole. B

Andy Baio : Joshua Schachter on the dangers of URL shorteners - interesting that Archive Team is already working on crawling the TinyURL db

cobra libre : joshua schachter on url shorteners - Besides, there are plenty of services that are intended to be used for publicly pointing to links -- unlike Twitter. #

Clay Shirky on the death of newspapers and reinvention of journalism

69 month ago

Andy Baio : Clay Shirky on the death of newspapers and reinvention of journalism - the single best essay on the topic I've read

nelson : Journalism revolution - Well reasoned, calm essay about the coming end of newspaper journalism and how to approach replacing it

jcgregorio : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky - Shirky nails it.

Eric Meyer : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - Everyone else is linking to it, so I might as well. Besides, it's incredibly insightful and intelligent stuff.

joshua : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - clay sighting

carlfish : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - Clay Shirky on the ongoing demise of print media, and why we can't point at anything specific that can replace it: "The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place."

How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data

70 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data - How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data: interesting approach that uses MySQL as more of a glorified column store, since writing "normal" relational queries becomes difficult. But it does scale and that's what matters.

Simon Willison : How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data - How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data. The pain of altering/ adding indexes to tables with 250 million rows was killing their ability to try out new features, so they’ve moved to storing pickled Python objects and manually creating the i

nelson : FriendFeed datastore - Using MySQL just to store python dicts

joshua : How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data - Bret Taylor's blog - this is very much like the datastore i wanted to build for delicious. instead they built the usual crap.

jcgregorio : How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data - Bret Taylor's blog

Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org

75 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org - Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org: very cool work by Andy and Joshua

deusx : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org - "While most political blogs are extremely partisan, their biases aren't immediately obvious to outsiders like me. I wanted to see, at a glance, how conservative or liberal the blogs were without clicking through to every article. With the help

nelson : Political link colouring - Interesting hack: categorize blogs by conservative / liberal, then colour links accordingly

joshua : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - I did the heavy lifting on the math side

wearehugh : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org

Greg Storey : Visualizing political bias with Greasemonkey. - Waxy is the Bill Nye of the Internet.

Andy Baio : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage. My drug of choice? Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme, which constantly surfaces the most controversial stori

Nintendo's Wario Land meta-ad destroys YouTube UI

75 month ago

Andy Baio : Nintendo's Wario Land meta-ad destroys YouTube UI - watch until the 15 second mark; inspired by the HEMA ad?

nelson : YouTube / Wii - Clever video ad

deusx : YouTube - experiencewii's Channel - "Sweet gameplay footage from the new Wii release “Wario Land: Shake It!?"

Rod Begbie : Wario Land - Shake It! YouTube ad - Brilliantly-done ad for the new Wario game for Wii. Seems dull to start, but worth continuing with! [via#

Simon Willison : Wario Land: Shake It - Amazing footage! - Wario Land: Shake It—Amazing footage!. Some virals really do deserve linking to.

The Big Picture on CERN's Large Hadron Collider

77 month ago

Andy Baio : The Big Picture on CERN's Large Hadron Collider - The Economist explains the LHC's importance for the layman

nelson : Large Hadron Collider - Great pictures

Simon Willison : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - The Big Picture - Large Hadron Collider nearly ready—The Big Picture. Stunningly beautiful set of photographs of the LHC. I love Big Science.

jonhicks : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - Beautiful photos of the device that will swallow us all up in a black hole

Rod Begbie : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - The Big Picture - I'm bored of "beauty in nature" -- Hurrah for The Big Picture covering beauty in science! Enjoy these photos before they turn the collider on, and we all get sucked into black hole. #

Greg Storey : If for some reason the Earth gets sucked into a black hole this weekend... - here's why.

Handwritten Typographers

78 month ago

Cameron Moll : Handwritten Typographers - "The handwriting of typographers intrigues me because it raises so many questions, big and small: Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don't? ... So, to satisfy my own curiosity I asked a number of prominent typograp

veen : Handwritten Typographers - "So, to satisfy my own curiosity I asked a number of prominent typographers to send me a scan of their handwriting. This is the result."

Andy Baio : Handwritten Typographers - comparing type designers' handwriting to the typefaces they created

Milo Vermeulen : Handwritten Typographers [via]

Eric Meyer : Handwritten Typographers - Very interesting. Especially for someone like me, whose handwriting isn't very attractive.

Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

79 month ago

Simon Willison : Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library. Pragmatic advice from Yahoo! on encouraging community participation.  [via]

joshua : Reputation Design Patterns

43folders : Reputation Parent - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - via Waxy

Andy Baio : Design Patterns for Reputation - nicely summarized research on feedback and incentives in online communities  [via]

veen : Reputation - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - "A person participating in a social structure expects to develop a reputation and hopes for insight into the reputations of others, but each designed model of participation and reputation embodies its own set of biases and incentive structures. Balan

Guitar Hero is dead.

79 month ago

Greg Storey : Guitar Hero is dead. - I would have been more impressed if they tried to bring back the Nintendo Power Glove.

Andy Baio : Trailer for Guitar Hero: World Tour on the Nintendo DS - a terrible use of the license, Activision should be embarrassed

nelson : Guitar Hero DS - Corporate committee makes a video "hip" to the "kids"

deusx : Guitar Hero: On Tour: R.I.P. Guitar Hero (2005-2008) - "Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle - Yeah!"

Rod Begbie : Guitar Hero: On Tour: R.I.P. Guitar Hero (2005-2008) - Activision stares down that delicate "So bad it's good" line, before pissing all over it. "Wiggle wiggle wiggle YEAH!" [via#

Google Doctype - Google Code

80 month ago

wearehugh : Google Doctype - Google Code

jcgregorio : Google Doctype - Google Code - Google Doctype is an open encyclopedia and reference library. Written by web developers, for web developers. It includes articles on web security, JavaScript DOM manipulation, CSS tips and tricks, and more. The reference section includes a growing library

dbow : Google Doctype - Google Doctype is an open encyclopedia and reference library. Written by web developers, for web developers. It includes articles on web security, JavaScript DOM manipulation, CSS tips and tricks, and more. The reference section includes a growing library

Simon Willison : Google Doctype - Google Doctype. So now we know what Mark Pilgrim’s been doing at Google... heading up a project to create an encyclopaedia of web development. The JavaScript UI for browsing it is a bit weird (though you do at least get real pages if you disable JavaS

joshua : Doctype - documenting the use of html and associated tech

Eric Meyer : Google Doctype - I always like to see a site that says it's all about open standards and then lists proprietary elements and properties with no indication that they're, you know, proprietary. There's a lot of promise here, but the initial deployment undermines itself.

Yahoo! Internet Location Platform

80 month ago

joshua : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - nice -- yahoo opens the Where On Earth dataset. what's with the goofy url syntax tho?

Andy Baio : Yahoo! opens its geo location database to the world - I'm stunned and thrilled they finally opened it up; this powers Flickr and Upcoming's geo features

Simon Willison : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - Yahoo! Internet Location Platform. As an ex-Yahoo! this is really exciting—WhereOnEarth (a London company acquired by Yahoo! in 2005) provide the incredibly detailed geographical data used by Flickr, Upcoming and FireEagle—and now it’s available a

nelson : Free geocoding - Yahoo makes their geodatabase available for free, 50,000 queries / day

bmilleare : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - YDN

Processing.js

80 month ago

nelson : Processing.js - A heroic project, the design Java framework ported to run in Javascript

Andy Baio : John Resig ported Processing to Javascript, using the Canvas element - one of the most amazing hacks I've ever seen; don't miss the demos further down the page

Rod Begbie : Processing.js - John Resig has ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the tag. John is officially one of the most scary-smart people I know. [via#

Simon Willison : Processing.js - Processing.js. John Resig’s outstanding port of the Processing visualisation language to JavaScript and Canvas. Runs amazingly well in Firefox 3. One hell of a hack.

jcgregorio : John Resig - Processing.js - "I've ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the Canvas element." Whoa.

Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org

80 month ago

deusx : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - "From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989."

wearehugh : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - holy fucking shit!

Andy Baio : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documen

cobra libre : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - "From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the 'Infocom Drive' -- a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documenting [via#

Rod Begbie : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - Andy Baio has the scoop on the great text-adventure sequel that never was. Fascinating stuff. #

New Royal Mint Designs

81 month ago

jonhicks : New Royal Mint Designs - Gaze upon our lovely new coins!

Rod Begbie : The Royal Mint: The New Designs Revealed - The new UK coinage is wicked cool -- the individual coins are part of a larger picture. [via#

Cameron Moll : New UK coins unveiled - New UK coins unveiled, designed by 26-year-old Matthew Dent. These not only look really sharp but also function as one design when pieced together. "The Shield of the Royal Arms has been given a contemporary treatment and its whole has been cleverly split [via]

Simon Willison : The Royal Mint: The New Designs Revealed - The Royal Mint: The New Designs Revealed. Matthew Dent’s design for the new UK coinage is inspired—absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to get my hands on some of these.

Richard Rutter : New British coinage designs - They’re very European, slightly conservative, but I likes em.

Mail Trends, IMAP-based email analysis and visualization

81 month ago

Andy Baio : Mail Trends, IMAP-based email analysis and visualization - works great with Gmail; for a sample dataset, Mihai used the Enron email archive  [via]

joshua : mail-trends - analyze and visualize your email as extracted from an IMAP server

Rod Begbie : mail-trends - Analyzes your email corpus and displays nice graphs. Currently only works with GMail, but support for all IMAP servers is planned. [via#

philgyford : Mail-trends - Google Code - "Mail Trends lets you analyze and visualize your email (as extracted from an IMAP server)" Haven't tried it, but it looks purty. (via Haddock)

Jeremy Zawodny : mail-trends - mail-trends: "Mail Trends lets you analyze and visualize your email (as extracted from an IMAP server)."

Niall's technique for sniffing browser history to customize pages

83 month ago

Andy Baio : Niall's technique for sniffing browser history to customize pages - very clever; instead of showing 50 bookmarking site buttons, only show the ones they actually use

43folders : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - That sound you just heard? That's a couple million people scurrying to hit "Clear History." Terrific work, though, Niall -- totally clever!

Rod Begbie : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - Clever hack -- sniff a user's browser history, work out what blogreading/bookmarking/OpenID sites they use, and reduce clutter by only display options for those sites. [via#

factoryjoe : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - The social web has filled our websites with too much third-party clutter as we figure out the best way to integrate content with the favorite sites and preferences of our visitors. Intelligent websites should tune-in to the content prefe

deusx : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - "In this post I will teach you how to mine the rich treasure trove of personalization data sitting inside your visitor's browser history for deep personalization experiences."

Dan & Kathryn's Apple //c unboxing

83 month ago

Andy Baio : Dan & Kathryn's Apple //c unboxing - related: another vintage computer fan who bid for the same auction

deusx : Apple //c - a photoset on Flickr - "It's never been opened. Ever. It hasn't seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988."

Matthew M. Boedicker : unboxing a never opened Apple //c - (via del.icio.us/popular) [via]

veen : Apple //c unboxing - "It's never been opened. Ever. It hasn't seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988."

Khoi Vinh : Opening an Untouched, Sealed Apple IIc for the First Time - “It’s never been opened. Ever. It hasn’t seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988.”

Eventually Consistent

84 month ago

Simon Willison : Eventually Consistent - Eventually Consistent. Werner Vogels explains the trade-offs involved in building scalable, highly-available data stores such as Amazon’s SimpleDB.

jcgregorio : Eventually Consistent - All Things Distributed

joshua : Werner Vogels on Eventually Consistency - design considerations for distributed databases

nelson : Eventually Consistent - Werner breaks down some distributed system design choices

Jeremy Zawodny : Eventually Consistent - Eventually Consistent: somehow I missed this the first time around... Werner does a good job of discussing Amazon's "eventually consistent" model

Fluid

85 month ago

jonhicks : Fluid - An app for creating a Site Specific Browser (such as a GMail app for email) with webkit. Works brilliantly!

joshua : Fluid - Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard

Cameron Moll : Fluid: Site-specific browser & dock icons for web apps - Fluid. Give your favorite web apps a site-specific browser and home on your Mac OS X Leopard dock.

Simon Willison : Fluid - Fluid. Another site-specific browser toolkit for OS X (Leopard only), from Todd Ditchendorf. Again, it’s not clear if this does the Right Thing and creates separate cookie jars for every application.

deusx : Fluid - Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard - "Using Fluid, you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite webapps as a separate desktop application. "

factoryjoe : Fluid - Wrap web apps in their own OS X browser, complete with Dock icon. Saved By: Chris Messina | View Details | Give Thanks Tags: os x, mac, safari, fluid, web apps, site-specific browser, webkit

Beanstalkd - Software - xph.us

85 month ago

deusx : Beanstalkd - Software - xph.us - "beanstalkd is a fast, distributed, in-memory workqueue service."

factoryjoe : Beanstalkd - Software - xph.us - beanstalkd is a fast, distributed, in-memory workqueue service. Its interface is generic, but is intended for use in reducing the latency of page views in high-volume web applications by running most time-consuming tasks asynchronously.

Simon Willison : Beanstalkd - Beanstalkd. This is the light-weight cross-language queue I’ve been waiting for. Similar to Starling but your workers don’t need to poll for new jobs; you can call the blocking “reserve? call instead.

bmilleare : Beanstalkd - Nice queuing daemon - beats using Amazon SQS IMO

joshua : Beanstalkd - Software - xph.us - beanstalkd is a fast, distributed, in-memory workqueue service. Its interface is generic, but was originally designed for reducing the latency of page views in high-volume web applications by running most time-consuming tasks asynchronously.

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