Interview with an Adware Author

14/01/2009 @ 04:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Interview with an Adware Author - Interview with an Adware Author: heh

Andy Baio : Interview with a former adware programmer - the lengths they went to avoid detection was pretty incredible

nelson : Adware Anatomy - fascinating article about how evil malware works

Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

12/01/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

Linkorama : Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and commu

deusx : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - "I think I've managed to balance things out through a few simple techniques that I've been refining for years. I still sometimes feel frazzled and info-whelmed, but that's rare. Most of the time, I'm on top of my workload and my m

wearehugh : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

jcgregorio : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - "As a co-parenting new father..." Great article, just sad that we have to have a new word to inject into the language to describe what should really be the default.

NYT launches Congress API

8/01/2009 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : NYT launches Congress API - I really hope there's a contingency plan to keep this amazing work online in case things go bad

joshua : Announcing the Congress API - Open Blog - NYTimes.com

cobra libre : NYT: Announcing the Congress API - I expect to begin development of johncornyncanblowme.com as soon as humanly possible. #

Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America

8/01/2009 @ 03:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America - Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America: that is awesome and scary at the same time

gleuschk : Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America - can you say metastasis? i knew you could

Douglas Bowman : Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America - Beautiful (and scary at the same time) visualization of the growth of Walmart from 1962 through 2007. It’s like a virus that spreads across our country. Compare the Walmart viz with another Nathan just posted for Target today. From Nathan’s po

Weak Password Brings 'Happiness' to Twitter Hacker

7/01/2009 @ 07:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Weak Password Brings 'Happiness' to Twitter Hacker - Full details on yesterday's Twitter hack. Twitter's admin interface was available offsite to all their admin users, one of whom has a weak password, plus their monitoring didn't notice a dictionary attack going on. Oops. [via#

Simon Willison : Weak Password Brings "Happiness" to Twitter Hacker - Weak Password Brings “Happiness? to Twitter Hacker. The full story on the Twitter admin account hack. I bet there are a LOT of web applications out there that don’t track and rate-limit failed password attempts.

Andy Baio : Twitter hacker explains how he compromised celebrity accounts - just like yesterday's MacRumorsLive hack, a weak dictionary password was to blame

Trailer for Objectified

6/01/2009 @ 17:00 UTC

Cameron Moll : Trailer for Objectified - It's all over the internets by now, but I've not been able to post until today: Trailer for Objectified, a new documentary by Gary Hustwit on industrial design, in the same vein as Gary's previous film on graphic design, Helvetica. Looking forward to new

Andy Baio : Trailer for Objectified, a documentary about modern industrial design - Gary Hustwit's followup to Helvetica  [via]

wearehugh : Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit - Must. See. This.

ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse

2/01/2009 @ 19:00 UTC

deusx : ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - "A terrible thing happened recently. You might have missed it. AOL Hometown, which itself was actually a combination of a bunch of previously acquired websites, shut down. It shut down on October 31 of this year. If you try to go to a site that used

Andy Baio : Jason Scott on the closure of AOL's online communities - like physical evictions, there need to be laws protecting community data in the event of closure

Simon Willison : Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse. Jason Scott on AOL’s closure of Hometown, their hosting service. In related news, Lycos just announced they are closing Tripod, which has been providing free hosting for 13 years.

philgyford : ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - Catching up on stuff... AOL Hometown shut down and wiped all its users' sites with four weeks' notice. It's bad enough when chunks of the web disappear, but worse like this. (via Simon Willison)

Television Tropes & Idioms

29/12/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

joshua : Television Tropes & Idioms - wjw

Rod Begbie : Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction." Tell your Checkov's Gun from your Deus Ex Machina. [via#

philgyford : Television Tropes & Idioms - Home Page - Big wiki cataloging "devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations". Big, big time sink.

deusx : Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content. "

Left 4k Dead

23/12/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

nelson : Left 4k Dead - Like Left4Dead, only in 4k of Java code

deusx : Left 4k Dead - "The game is inspired by Left 4 Dead by Valve Software."

Andy Baio : Left 4k Dead - lo-fi zombie shooter in 4k of Java  [via]

Envy Code R preview #7 (scalable coding font)

23/12/2008 @ 00:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Envy Code R preview #7 (scalable coding font) - Envy Code R preview #7 (scalable coding font): this is a pretty good coding font

joshua : Envy Code R preview #7 (scalable coding font) » DamienG

Rod Begbie : Envy Code R preview #7 (scalable coding font) - New monospaced coding font. Giving it a spin, but I'm still partial to Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. [via#

Achievement Unlocked

20/12/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Achievement Unlocked - meta-game where unlocking achievements is the goal  [via]

nelson : Achievement Unlocked - Clever little game

Rod Begbie : Achievement Unlocked | Armor Games - The game where unlocking achievements is the only point of the game. Hint: Clicking the Hint link gets you a "Cheater" achievement. [via#

joshua : Achievement Unlocked

Flickr designer George Oates on her insane layoff from Yahoo!

16/12/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Flickr designer George Oates on her insane layoff from Yahoo! - she was in Taipei when she got the call; her last Flickr blog post about The Commons was just posted yesterday  [via]

deusx : kewlchops: Not quite what I had in mind. - ""I'll just get straight to the point. You've been affected by the layoffs." ... I watched as my access to various parts of the guts of Flickr fell away. I noticed how naturally I searched for any and all bits I could think of, ju

Rod Begbie : Not quite what I had in mind. - George Oates's tale of being laid-off from Flickr, whilst half-way around the world, speaking on Flickr's behalf. [via#

gridr buildrrr

15/12/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

jonhicks : gridr buildrrr - Awful name, great utility

Cameron Moll : Gridr Buildrrr - Gridr Buildrrr, with defaults based on the unstoppable 960. Seems to be solely a visual tool, might be nice if there were export options (e.g. PSD).

Greg Storey : Gridr Buildrrr. - I'd like to buy an 'E' and sell a few 'R's.

Image Evolution, evolve your own image with Javascript

10/12/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Image Evolution, evolve your own image with Javascript - a Canvas-based reimplementation of the Mona Lisa genetic programming hack

deusx : Image evolution - "The goal is to get an image represented as a collection of overlapping polygons of various colors and transparencies. We start from random 50 polygons that are invisible. In each optimization step we randomly modify one parameter (like color compon

gleuschk : Image evolution with javascript and <canvas> - really dang cool

Anil Dash on his night sleeping in the Guggenheim

9/12/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on his night sleeping in the Guggenheim - ever since I read Basil E. Frankweiler, I've wanted to do this

Greg Storey : Anil and his night at the museum. - "The continental breakfast served in the morning was serviceable, but our room didn't even have a television!" Brilliant.

Anil : A Night at the Museum - A few weeks ago, as a surprise gift for our anniversary, my wife got us a night's stay at the Revolving Hotel Room, part of theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim. Created by Carsten Höller, the room is a remarkable art installation that also

Spock Proxy

9/12/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

joshua : Spock Proxy - Spock Proxy supports range-based horizontal paritioning of a large MySQL database. The proxy intercepts SQL queries from the client, sends queries to the correct databases based on how the database is partitioned, then aggregates the results from each dat

deusx : Spock Proxy - "Spock Proxy supports range-based horizontal paritioning of a large MySQL database. The proxy intercepts SQL queries from the client, sends queries to the correct databases based on how the database is partitioned, then aggregates the results from ea

Simon Willison : Spock Proxy - Spock Proxy. A MySQL Proxy fork (no Lua) that concentrates solely on sharding, by parsing incoming SQL statements and redirecting them across multiple databases. There are some limitations on the SQL that can be handled (no nested queries, joins across

Rod Begbie : Spock Proxy - Proxy for transparent(-ish) sharding of MySQL databases. [via#

"Prop 8 - The Musical"

3/12/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : "Prop 8 - The Musical" - "Prop 8 - The Musical": heh... funny

Andy Baio : Prop 8: The Musical - starring John C. Reilly, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, and Jack Black as Jesus

Rod Begbie : Prop 8 - The Musical - Massive amounts of awesomeness abound. Three solid minutes of musical greatness. [via#

What Your Computer Does While You Wait

2/12/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : What Your Computer Does While You Wait - What Your Computer Does While You Wait: this is good but kinda makes me sad too

nelson : Computer speeds - Great details of how CPU, cache, RAM, and bus interact for different latencies.

Rod Begbie : What Your Computer Does While You Wait : Gustavo Duarte - The latencies of the modern computer laid bare. "Waiting for a hard drive seek is like leaving the building to roam the earth for one year and three months." [via#

Mark Boulton, one of the smartest web designers around, has written a book.

1/12/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Greg Storey : Mark Boulton, one of the smartest web designers around, has written a book. - Available for twelve Monopoly dollars sometime next February.

jonhicks : Five Simple Steps | Books - This looks like a MUST HAVE.

Cameron Moll : Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton available Feb 2009 - Mark Boulton has announced his self-published Designing for the Web will be available February 2, 2009. I recall Mark and I chatting in London a couple years ago about self-publishing, as both of us were kicking around the idea at the time. Good to see hi

Douglas Bowman : Boulton’s Designing for the Web now available - The practical, down-to-earth, and beautifully-designed book, A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web, written and self-published by Mark Boulton, is available for purchase and download (as PDF) as of today. -archive link-

Magic/Replace

1/12/2008 @ 02:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Magic/Replace - Magic/Replace. More inspirational magic from the team at Dabble DB. Be sure to watch the (short) demo video.

Andy Baio : Magic/Replace - spreadsheet manipulation built on the underrated DabbleDB; don't miss the demo  [via]

43folders : Magic/Replace - Data Cleanup for Everyone from Dabble DB - Remarkable web app lets you normalize, reformat, and otherwise rejigger tabular data via a friendly GUI. This would have saved hours of my youth. via: http://flowingdata.com/2008/12/12/magically-reformat-data-to-get-it-how-you-need-it/

Helvetireader, a minimal interface theme for Google Reader

27/11/2008 @ 00:00 UTC

Cameron Moll : Helvetireader, a minimal interface theme for Google Reader - If you use Google Reader for RSS feeds, have a look at Helvetireader by Jon Hicks. "I was going for minimal, inspired partly by Times, a newspaper style RSS reader, and the postcards that came with the (Deluxe!) Helvetica Film DVD." More about it on Jon's

Rod Begbie : Helvetireader - Rather gorgeous minimalistic skin for Google Reader, by Jon Hicks. Had to tweak it to get my all-important "Mark All as Read" button, but apart from that, perfet. [via#

Andy Baio : Helvetireader, minimal Google Reader redesign with Greasemonkey - very sexy, though maybe a bit too minimal

veen : Helvetireader - A minimal interface theme for Google Reader.

Google to shut down Lively next month

20/11/2008 @ 04:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Google to shut down Lively next month - the most baffling of all Google products, this one is closing after less than six months

nelson : Google Deadly - Only product Google has launched that made me completely think WTF? Guess it's not a success.

jcgregorio : Official Google Blog: Lively no more - Lively goes away.

Interactive augmented reality demo in Flash with Papervision

20/11/2008 @ 02:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Interactive augmented reality demo in Flash with Papervision - very quick with my iSight, I get much higher FPS than in the video  [via]

deusx : Boffswana » Blog Archive » Papervision - Augmented Reality - "Using a webcam and flash, we’ve taken our Papervision character from the desktop to the desk. A new and exciting way to interact with your flash content. The possibilities are wide open."

Rod Begbie : Papervision - Augmented Reality - If you have a webcam/iSight, you *must* try this. Print out a symbol and make a 3D friend appear in your life! [via#

Mena Trott responds to Valleywag article about their Disneyland vacation

18/11/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Mena Trott responds to Valleywag article about their Disneyland vacation - my favorite was Space Mountain Snob

deusx : Dollarshort: The Definition of a Slow News Day - "I could go all defensive about this piece on Valleywag about our extravagant Disneyland trip, but I won't. Instead, I'll be gracious and help Owen during these troubled times for Valleywag. Here's a couple of story ideas based on a fe

Simon Willison : Dollarshort: The Definition of a Slow News Day - Dollarshort: The Definition of a Slow News Day. How to deal with Valleyway.

The End of Wall Street's Boom - National Business News - Portfolio.com

12/11/2008 @ 14:00 UTC

wearehugh : The End of Wall Street's Boom - National Business News - Portfolio.com

Jeremy Zawodny : The End of Wall Street's Boom - The End of Wall Street's Boom: an excellent piece by Michael Lews on the mortgage crisis and wall street... it's a must-read

Linkorama : The End of Wall Street's Boom - The era that defined Wall Street is finally, officially over. Michael Lewis, who chronicled its excess in Liar’s Poker, returns to his old haunt to figure out what went wrong.

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