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Making Image Overlays Easy with GGroundOverlay and GGeoXML

30/07/2009 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Making Image Overlays Easy with GGroundOverlay and GGeoXML - Making Image Overlays Easy with GGroundOverlay and GGeoXML. Surprisingly, there doesn’t appear to be a good online tool for helping align an overlay image with a Google Map and exporting the result as a KML file. This is the best I could find—Yahoo! [via]

how to avoid ads in gmail

30/07/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

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.?

Collection: Search Patterns

30/07/2009 @ 13:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Collection: Search Patterns - Collection: Search Patterns. Peter Morville’s enormous collection of screenshots of search engine interfaces.

Today's News and Yahoo!'s Developer Program

30/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Today's News and Yahoo!'s Developer Program - Today’s News and Yahoo!’s Developer Program. “For SearchMonkey and BOSS, we currently do not have anything concrete to tell you? ... “We wanted to let you know that today’s news does not affect these products [YUI, YQL, Pipes]?.

Andy Baio : Yahoo! Developer Network on the Microsoft announcement - BOSS and Searchmonkey up in the air, everything else unaffected (directly)  [via]

Building Rome in a Day

29/07/2009 @ 16:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Building Rome in a Day - Building Rome in a Day. “The ?rst system capable of city-scale reconstruction from unstructured photo collections?—computer vision techniques used to construct 3D models of cities using 10s of thousands of photos from Flickr. Reminiscent of Micr [via]

Andy Baio : Computer vision project reconstructs 3D cities/landmarks in hours using Flickr photos - they generated a skeleton of Rome in 21 hours using 500 compute cores and 150,000 photos  [via]

joshua : Building Rome in a Day

Django: Security updates released

29/07/2009 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django: Security updates released - Django: Security updates released. A fix for a directory traversal attack in the Django development server (the one with the big “never run this in production? warnings in the documentation). Also reminds that the release of 1.1 means that 0.96, rel

Toy Chest: Online or Downloadable Tools for Building Projects

29/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Toy Chest: Online or Downloadable Tools for Building Projects - Toy Chest: Online or Downloadable Tools for Building Projects. “Toy Chest collects online or downloadable software tools/thinking toys that humanities students and others without programming skills (but with basic computer and Internet literacy) can u [via]

Django 1.1 release notes

29/07/2009 @ 09:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django 1.1 release notes - Django 1.1 release notes. Django 1.1 is out! Congratulations everyone who worked on this, it’s a fantastic release. New features include aggregate support in the ORM, proxy models, deferred fields and some really nice admin improvements. Oh, and the t [via]

JSONP Memory Leak

28/07/2009 @ 13:00 UTC

Simon Willison : JSONP Memory Leak - JSONP Memory Leak. Neil Fraser advocates iterating over and deleting every property on a JSONP script DOM node after you removeChild it from the DOM, to protect against memory leaks of “in excess of 15 MB per hour?.

deusx : Neil Fraser: News: JSONP Memory Leak - This is not really new. This is just an example of the same DOM/JS garbage collection issues that have plagued webdev since time immemorial. Don't keep references to DOM nodes in your JS code: they tend to stick around.

Fabric, Django, Git, Apache, mod_wsgi, virtualenv and pip deployment

28/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Fabric, Django, Git, Apache, mod_wsgi, virtualenv and pip deployment - Fabric, Django, Git, Apache, mod_wsgi, virtualenv and pip deployment. I’m slowly working my way through this stack at the moment—next stop, fabric.

jimray : Fabric, Django, Git, Apache, mod_wsgi, virtualenv and pip deployment | Morethanseven

NASA NEBULA Services

28/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : NASA NEBULA Services - NASA NEBULA Services. NASA’s new NEBULA cloud computing platform appears to be built entirely on open source infrastructure, including Python, Django, Fabric, Eucalyptus, RabbitMQ, Trac and Solr.  [via]

Bokode: Imperceptible Visual Tags for Camera Based Interaction from a Distance

28/07/2009 @ 10:00 UTC

Milo Vermeulen : Bokode: Imperceptible Visual Tags for Camera Based Interaction from a Distance [via]

Andy Baio : Bokode - very clever barcode design uses out-of-focus photos shot from a distance  [via]

Simon Willison : Bokode - Bokode. New take on the humble barcode from the MIT Media Lab—Bokodes are 3mm wide but can be read at a distance by a regular digital camera lens using out of focus photography, exploiting the bokeh effect. The way in which the Bokode is read allows b [via]

Aral Balkan - My Sys-Con Nightmare

28/07/2009 @ 02:00 UTC

jcgregorio : Aral Balkan - My Sys-Con Nightmare

Simon Willison : My Sys-Con Nightmare - My Sys-Con Nightmare. This is just ridiculous. Don’t speak at or attend Sys-Con conferences (which include AJAXWorld, the Cloud Computing Expo and Ajax in the Cloud), don’t write for or buy their journals (including AJAXWorld Magazine, JDJ and .NET

deusx : Aral Balkan - My Sys-Con Nightmare - "Fast-forward to July 14th, 2009, when I got a Google Alert on a new Sys-Con article, penned by a certain Yeshim Deniz from Sys-Con, titled "Social Media Marketing Turkish Style" (http://internetvideo.sys-con.com/node/1017038). That article

Learning to compile things from source (on Unix/Linux/OSX)

27/07/2009 @ 16:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Learning to compile things from source (on Unix/Linux/OSX) - Learning to compile things from source (on Unix/Linux/OSX). I asked on serverfault.com for tips on learning how to solve configure/make/install problems on my own, and got some extremely useful replies.

Why we migrated from MySQL to MongoDB

27/07/2009 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Why we migrated from MySQL to MongoDB - Why we migrated from MySQL to MongoDB. Includes some useful information on MongoDB’s limitations—for example, running many different collections can waste disk space and repairing large datasets or bulk deleting many rows can block and lock the data

AdSense for Feeds: What's all the hubbub about PubSubHubbub?

24/07/2009 @ 19:00 UTC

Simon Willison : AdSense for Feeds: What's all the hubbub about PubSubHubbub? - AdSense for Feeds: What’s all the hubbub about PubSubHubbub?. “Today we’re happy to announce initial support in FeedBurner for the PubSubHubbub protocol.?

The pushbutton Web

24/07/2009 @ 17:00 UTC

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_

Install Django, GeoDjango, PostgreSQL and PostGIS on OSX Leopard

24/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Install Django, GeoDjango, PostgreSQL and PostGIS on OSX Leopard - Install Django, GeoDjango, PostgreSQL and PostGIS on OSX Leopard. This tutorial worked perfectly for me.

jimray : Install Django, GeoDjango, PostgreSQL & PostGIS on OSX Leopard - Try with virtualenv...

MoD sticks with insecure browser

24/07/2009 @ 10:00 UTC

Simon Willison : MoD sticks with insecure browser - MoD sticks with insecure browser. Tom Watson MP used parliamentary written answers to find out that the majority of government departments still require their staff to use IE6, and not all of them have upgrade plans to 7 or 8. Not a single department co

xmlwitch

24/07/2009 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : xmlwitch - xmlwitch. An XML building library for Python that doesn’t suck (I love ElementTree for parsing XML, but I’ve never really liked it for generation). Makes smart use of the with statement.

EtherPad

24/07/2009 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : EtherPad - EtherPad. Outstanding implementation of an online real-time collaborative text editor—basically SubEthaEdit in your browser. I can see myself using this a lot.

Webhooks behind the firewall with Reverse HTTP

22/07/2009 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Webhooks behind the firewall with Reverse HTTP - Webhooks behind the firewall with Reverse HTTP. Hookout is a Ruby / rack adapter that lets you serve a web application from behind a firewall, by binding to a Reverse HTTP proxy running on the internet (such as the free one provided by reversehttp.net).

Django 1.1 release candidate available

22/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django 1.1 release candidate available - Django 1.1 release candidate available. If all goes well, the final release will be out next week.

Fancy Fast Food

22/07/2009 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Fancy Fast Food - Fancy Fast Food. “These photographs show extreme makeovers of actual fast food items purchased at popular fast food restaurants.?  [via]

moddims

21/07/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : moddims - moddims. Apache 2 module which exposes ImageMagick as a URL-driven service, allowing you to request an image from a whitelisted host server and resize, thumbnail or alter the quality of it.  [via]

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