Why I Sold Zappos

7/06/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

Linkorama : Why I Sold Zappos - Tony Hsieh built his online shoe retailer into an e-commerce powerhouse. But with credit tightening and investors eyeing the exits, Hsieh was forced to ask: Was selling Zappos really the only way to save it?

nelson : Why I sold Zappos - Detailed piece by Hsieh about managing a company with a specific cultural goal

Rod Begbie : Why I Sold Zappos - Tony Hsieh tells his tale. Of course, his humble version is of evil VCs forcing the hand of the handsome founder with an amazing (and still unproven) vision. Reminds me of Philip Greenspun's one-sided tales of ArsDigita post collapse. Second bubble, sa #

How Etsy does deploys

21/05/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Andy Baio : How Etsy does deploys - save the princess!

Rod Begbie : Quantum of Deployment - Etsy's site deployment process. Slide's is a bit more complex and a smidge more manual (since we have multiple product teams, and several branches in QA at any given time), but we can still go from git commit to live site in under 10 minutes, and did 20 [via#

nelson : Etsy deployment - They push 20 code changes to their servers a day, here's part of how

Understanding node.js

18/05/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Understanding node.js - Understanding node.js. A king providing orders to his army of servants is a much better analogy than my hyperactive squid.

Jeremy Zawodny : Understanding node.js - Understanding node.js: a good analogy

nelson : Understanding node.js - Good explanation of the interesting server-side javascript thing

xkcd color survey

4/05/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

nelson : xkcd color survey - Funny and useful all at once

Andy Baio : xkcd's Color Survey Results - most popular colors unique to women, "dusty teal" and "blush pink"; for men, "penis" and "gay"

Simon Willison : Color Survey Results - Color Survey Results. XKCD asked anonymous netizens to provide names for random colours. The results (collated from 222,500 user sessions that named over 5 million colours) are fascinating.

Apple //t, Twitter display for the Apple II

27/04/2010 @ 02:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Apple //t, Twitter display for the Apple II - everyone's favorite tweeting cat makes a cameo at 1:46 in the video  [via]

nelson : Apple //t - Great hack project, displaying Twitter messages on an old Apple //e

Rod Begbie : Apple //t - Top notch hack -- Wiring up an Apple //e to display messages (and avatars) from Twitter. Tempts me to break out a ZX Spectrum emulator… [via#

Redis tutorial, April 2010 - by Simon Willison

26/04/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Redis tutorial, April 2010 - by Simon Willison - Redis tutorial, April 2010 - by Simon Willison: Simon put together an excellent tutorial on Redis

Rod Begbie : Redis tutorial, April 2010 - by Simon Willison - A detailed dig into redis. I'd been meaning to look at Redis for a while, and this was a great kickstart. [via#

bmilleare : Redis tutorial, April 2010 - The excellent Redis tutorial as given by Simon Willison at NoSQL Europe in April 2010.

HTML game toolkit

21/04/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

nelson : HTML game toolkit - Akihabara, Javascript libraries for sprites, animations, pathing, etc

Andy Baio : Akihabara, open-source HTML5 pixel game toolkit - the demos are an impressive range of genres and all work on iPad/iPhone

Eric Meyer : Akihabara - The temptation to remake Seven Cities of Gold is strong. So very, very strong. [via John] [via]

Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas

11/04/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas - Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas. This looks pretty awesome—Illustrator CS5 and Flash CS5 can export to a new “FXG? format, and Adobe are providing a JavaScript library to load that format via Ajax and render the contents (including Flash ani

Andy Baio : Flash CS5 to support limited HTML5 canvas export - outputs in Adobe's SVG-like FXG format, with a JS library to display in a canvas element  [via]

Greg Storey : Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas. - Is this enough to save Flash? #

Creepy Robots

1/04/2010 @ 05:00 UTC

Matthew M. Boedicker : Creepy Robots

joshua : Creepy Robots - where i've been keeping my creepy robot videos

Andy Baio : Creepy Robots - "It's only a matter of time before one of these kills somebody."

uWSGI

31/03/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

deusx : uWSGI - "uWSGI is a fast (pure C), self-healing, developer-friendly WSGI server, aimed for professional python webapps deployment and development. Over time it has evolved in a complete stack for networked/clustered python applications, implementing message/

Matthew M. Boedicker : uWSGI

joshua : uWSGI

Future of social gaming

20/03/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

nelson : Future of social gaming - Soren Johnson's musings on the impact Facebook has had on traditional game developers

Andy Baio : Soren Johnson's "Fear and Loathing in Farmville," notes from GDC 2010 - best summary of the turmoil social gaming's causing in the gaming industry  [via]

Simon Willison : Fear and Loathing in Farmville - Fear and Loathing in Farmville. “At multiple times during the conference, [Daniel] James expressed his serious ethical qualms over the path social gaming was laying for the industry. So many of the methods for making money are thinly-veiled scams that

The MessagePack Project

19/03/2010 @ 10:00 UTC

joshua : The MessagePack Project - MessagePack is a binary-based efficient object serialization library. It enables to exchange structured objects between many languages like JSON. But unlike JSON, it is very fast and small.

Jeremy Zawodny : The MessagePack Project - The MessagePack Project: Extremely efficient object serialization library. It's like JSON, but very fast and small.

Simon Willison : The MessagePack Project - The MessagePack Project. A cross-language efficient binary-based serialization library—“It’s like JSON, but very fast and small?. Claims to outperform protocol buffers for at least some benchmarks.

Vagrant

11/03/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Vagrant - Vagrant: Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing virtualized development environments.

joshua : Vagrant - Welcome

nelson : Vagrant - Virtual development environments made easy

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

8/03/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

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

Unit Testing Achievements

28/02/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Unit Testing Achievements - Unit Testing Achievements. A plugin for Python’s nose test runner that adds achievements—“Night Shift: Make a failing suite pass between 12am and 5am.?

Rod Begbie : Nose Achievements - Fabulous! Xbox-style achievements for your Python unit tests. "Heisenbug: Make a passing suite fail without changing anything."  [via#

Andy Baio : Unit Testing Achievements - I'm still waiting for a ticket tracker with game mechanics  [via]

Sushi Cat

24/02/2010 @ 03:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Sushi Cat - Cute fun flashgame. Sort of Peggle meets Plinko, with a sushi-eating cat. [via#

Andy Baio : Sushi Cat - damn you, Cal  [via]

nelson : Sushi cat - Silly pachinko-like game featuring sushi-eating longcat

Jesse Schell's DICE talk about Facebook, reality, and the future of pervasive gaming

20/02/2010 @ 04:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Jesse Schell's DICE talk about Facebook, reality, and the future of pervasive gaming - from the author of The Art of Game Design  [via]

Milo Vermeulen : DICE 2010 Video: Jesse Schnell dives into a world of game development which will emerge from the popular "Facebook Games" era - DICE 2010 Video: Jesse Schnell dives into a world of game development which will emerge from the popular "Facebook Games" era [via]

WillPate : DICE 2010: "Design Outside the Box" Presentation Videos

Older women

17/02/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

nelson : Older women - OKCupid drops another incredible statistics-packed blog post about their dating population

Andy Baio : OK Cupid covers the effects of age on dating and attractiveness - as always, some incredible dataporn mined from their community  [via]

Simon Willison : The Case For An Older Woman - The Case For An Older Woman. OK Cupid’s fascinating statistics blog uses cleverly plotted aggregate data from the dating site to illustrate the difference in age tastes between the genders (men try to date younger women) and show why that might not be

MicroSD problems

17/02/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

nelson : MicroSD problems - One of the world's most famous reverse engineering hackers delves deep into 2GB flash cards

Andy Baio : Bunnie Huang's forensic research into irregular MicroSD cards - "Kingston is revealed as simply a vendor that re-marks other people's chips in its own packaging"  [via]

Milo Vermeulen : On MicroSD Problems - interesting forensic investigation by Chumby hardware developer Bunnie [via]

Django Advent

16/02/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django Advent - Django Advent. I can’t believe I haven’t linked to this already—Django Advent is “a series of articles about upcoming releases of the Django web framework?. Seven have been posted so far, covering topics from 1.2 including multi-db, messages,

joshua : Django Advent

philgyford : Django Advent - Finally finished reading this. Are there other sites that have this kind of writing about Django regularly?

Plupload

10/02/2010 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Plupload - Plupload. Fantastic new open source project from the team behind TinyMCE. Plupload offers a cross-browser JavaScript File uploading API that handles multiple file uploads, client-side progress meters, type filtering and even client-side image resizing a [via]

Jeremy Zawodny : Plupload - A tool for uploading files using Flash, Silverlight, Google Gears, HTML5 or Browserplus - Plupload - A tool for uploading files using Flash, Silverlight, Google Gears, HTML5 or Browserplus: finally what appears to be a good solution to photo uploads from the browser!

philgyford : Plupload - A tool for uploading files using Flash, Silverlight, Google Gears, HTML5 or Browserplus - From the developers of TmyMCE. (via Simon Willison)

Anil Dash on geek attention on the iPad vs. tonight's State of the Union

28/01/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on geek attention on the iPad vs. tonight's State of the Union - a little perspective

Anil : Free Publicity: Who do we help? - I'm not a Democrat; I don't much care about the scorekeeping of who has more seats in any given chamber of Congress. But I do think there are things that need fixing in this country, and one of the most important is acknowledging when things are going the

Jeremy Zawodny : Free Publicity: Who do we help? - Free Publicity: Who do we help?: my personal reckoning has just shown me that a bunch of libertarian-leaning geeks in Silicon Valley who refuse to engage with government and civic society at all are never going to make an impact on most of the things that

Jilion - SublimeVideo

26/01/2010 @ 21:00 UTC

wearehugh : Jilion - SublimeVideo

Simon Willison : SublimeVideo - HTML5 Video Player - SublimeVideo—HTML5 Video Player. Still a fair way to go (no Firefox support yet, and they plan to add a Flash fallback for IE) but in Safari this is pretty extraordinary. Smooth video, beautiful UI, full window mode and full screen mode in the latest

philgyford : Jilion - SublimeVideo - That lovely HTML5 video player which I keep seeing and then forgetting the URL of.

Benlog » Don’t Hash Secrets

22/01/2010 @ 03:00 UTC

deusx : Benlog » Don’t Hash Secrets - "So the next time you’re using a hash function on anything, ask yourself: is any of the stuff I’m hashing supposed to stay secret? If so, don’t hash. Instead, use HMAC."

Simon Willison : Don't Hash Secrets - Don’t Hash Secrets. A well written explanation from 2008 of why you must use hmac instead of raw SHA-1 when hashing against a secret.

Jeremy Zawodny : Don’t Hash Secrets - Don’t Hash Secrets: thoughts on when HMAC-SHA1 is better than just SHA1

Zeldman on posthumous hosting and the fragility of the creative web

22/01/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Zeldman on posthumous hosting and the fragility of the creative web - maybe a nonprofit focused on archiving individual authors? Archive.org's wonderful, but it's darkweb

philgyford : Posthumous Hosting and Digital Culture – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report - I've been pondering the same things, wondering about some kind of foundation you pay who will archive a static copy of your sites after your death. (via Waxy)

cobra libre : Posthumous Hosting and Digital Culture - "But there's gold among the dross, and there are web publications that we would do well to preserve for historical purposes. We are not clairvoyants, so we cannot say which fledgling, presently little-read web publications will matter to future historians #

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