iPhone Tracker

20/04/2011 @ 19:00 UTC

nelson : iPhone Tracker - iPhone records where you've been. Being pitched as a security problem, but I think it's kinda cool

joshua : petewarden/iPhoneTracker @ GitHub

Andy Baio : iPhone Tracker - your minute-by-minute movements are recorded and synced to your PC, but it makes pretty charts!

Access Main Computer File

8/04/2011 @ 21:00 UTC

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

Anil Dash consults an expert on the actual dangers of radiation exposure

29/03/2011 @ 22:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Anil Dash consults an expert on the actual dangers of radiation exposure - "risk of harm is a function of both dose and dose rate"

cobra libre : Anil Dash: TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts #

Anil : TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts - Thirty-two years ago today, I noticed that things were odd at our pre-school. The teachers had drawn the blinds closed in a few rooms and at least one of the other kids had had his mom pick him up in a big wood-sided station wagon before the day was actua


22/03/2011 @ 21:00 UTC

nelson : PhantomJS - A headless WebKit for running Javascript

Andy Baio : PhantomJS - headless Webkit lets you script a browser without display  [via]

joshua : PhantomJS: Headless WebKit with JavaScript API - headless webkit renderer!


28/02/2011 @ 23:00 UTC

cobra libre : placekitten - A simple service that lets you mock up web designs with placeholder images of kittens. #

Rod Begbie : {placekitten} - Better placeholders through kittens. [via#

Andy Baio : placekitten - your source for placeholder images of kittens


28/02/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

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)

Pattern | CLiPS

25/02/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

joshua : Pattern | CLiPS - web mining module

Andy Baio : Pattern, a Python module for mining web data - mining popular services, language parsing, and dataviz in one handy bundle  [via]

philgyford : Pattern, a Python module for mining web data - Lovely looking module for grabbing data from a variety of web sources, analysing it, and displaying results in different ways. (via Waxy)


4/02/2011 @ 19:00 UTC

nelson : DataWrangler - Research tool for turning free text data into something tabular for analysis

joshua : Data Wrangler

Andy Baio : Data Wrangler - web-based tool for cleaning up messy data, similar to Google Refine

Cathode, vintage terminal emulator for OS X

25/01/2011 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Cathode, vintage terminal emulator for OS X - looks great in full screen

Rod Begbie : Cathode - OS X terminal application that emulates old & busted phosphor displays. Pointless and gorgeous. #

Eric Meyer : Secret Geometry: Cathode - I totally want this.

The Blast Shack

23/12/2010 @ 02:00 UTC

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."

Google TCP tweaks

29/11/2010 @ 15:00 UTC

nelson : Google TCP tweaks - Evidence that Google may be running outside TCP spec to make connections faster

Simon Willison : Google and Microsoft Cheat on Slow-Start. Should You? - Google and Microsoft Cheat on Slow-Start. Should You?. Fascinating optimisation tricks by some of the big websites, which violate the RFC governing the TCP slow-start algorithm in order to perform better in the common case.

bmilleare : Google and Microsoft Cheat on Slow-Start. Should You? - Interesting hack by Google and MS on the tcp slow-start algorithm to speed up http responses.

Mashup Breakdown - Girl Talk - All Day

23/11/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Mashup Breakdown - Girl Talk - All Day - Visualization of the samples on the new Girl Talk album. Amazing! [via#

philgyford : Mashup Breakdown - Girl Talk - All Day - This is a wonderful visualisation, as I can never pick apart the samples of mashups, even if I recognise them. More please. (via Cal)

Andy Baio : Mashup Breakdown - a better Girl Talk visualizer with three sources of sample metadata

Facebook ephemera

9/11/2010 @ 00:01 UTC

nelson : Facebook ephemera - Field notes about teenagers who use Facebook in an unusual way, not allowing persistent offline updates

Andy Baio : danah boyd on teens' unorthodox use of Facebook - deactivating accounts or deleting every posting regularly, persistence isn't vital for participation

Eric Meyer : Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook - As usual, those coming up devise sensible working strategies that would never have occurred and may seem alien to their elders.

Up, not North - Automatypewriter

1/11/2010 @ 06:00 UTC

deusx : Up, not North - Automatypewriter - "The Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type by itself: It can also detect what’s being typed on it. It can be used to send text to and/or receive text from a computer via USB. It was designed as a platform for playing interactive fiction g

Andy Baio : Automatypewriter - Arduino typewriter that plays interactive fiction games  [via]

Rod Begbie : Automatypewriter - Old school electric typewriter, rejiggered to automatically type and read your typed input, so you can play Zork.  #


30/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

nelson : MapCrunch - Nice randomized Google Street View images

Andy Baio : MapCrunch - teleport to a random Street View location

philgyford : MapCrunch - Random Google Street View - Really simple idea, everyone's linking to it, and it's still very lovely. Instant momentary holiday.


25/10/2010 @ 09:00 UTC

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


13/10/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Backbone.js - Backbone.js. As should be expected for a DocumentCloud project, Backbone is a concise, elegant and educational take on the JavaScript MVC pattern. Depends on Underscore.js and plays well with jQuery.

philgyford : Backbone.js - What looks like a lovely way to structure large JavaScript projects into an MVC structure. (via Simon Willison)

joshua : Backbone.js

OK Cupid crunches the numbers on the gay vs. straight divide

12/10/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : OK Cupid crunches the numbers on the gay vs. straight divide - debunking stereotypes about both orientations, and confirming some others

cobra libre : OkCupid: Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex: The Data - A few surprises, such as: "The Stuff Straight Men Like: Law Enforcement" #

nelson : OkCupid: Gay vs Straight - Another pop-sociology survey

Why Wesabe Lost to Mint

1/10/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

nelson : Why Wesabe Lost to Mint - Amazing analysis of how a couple of product mistakes at a startup can hurt growth

Rod Begbie : Why Wesabe Lost to Mint - Insightful postmortem on Wesabe. Working out what lessons I need to learn from this. #

Andy Baio : Marc Hedlund on why Wesabe lost to Mint - learning from a startup failure


29/09/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

nelson : Erkie - Play asteroids in your browser!

Andy Baio : Asteroids Bookmarklet - destroy any webpage

Rod Begbie : Webpage Asteroids - Fab bookmarklet that lets you blow the shit out of any webpage. [via#

evercookie - virtually irrevocable persistent cookies

23/09/2010 @ 08:00 UTC

Simon Willison : evercookie - virtually irrevocable persistent cookies - evercookie—virtually irrevocable persistent cookies. Mischievous genius from the chap who created the MySpace worm—evercookie attempts to set an irrevocable cookie using a whole bunch of different methods, including “storing cookies in RGB values  [via]

nelson : evercookie - Javascript library to force data into a browser in a bunch of different places, so it's hard to ever remove

Andy Baio : Evercookie, proof-of-concept undeletable tracking cookie - Ars interviewed the creator, whose name might sound familiar  [via]

Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone

18/09/2010 @ 08:00 UTC

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

Anil Dash on the cultural implications of forking

11/09/2010 @ 05:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on the cultural implications of forking - and Sippey forked his article  [via]

nelson : Forking is a Feature - Great reflection on how git has changed open source development

Anil : Forking is a Feature - While Linus Torvalds is best known as the creator of Linux, it's one of his more geeky creations, and the social implications of its design, that may well end up being his greatest legacy. Because Linus has, in just a few short years, changed the social d


20/08/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

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"

16/08/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

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]