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Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator

13/06/2011 @ 22:00 UTC

philgyford : Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator - Telehack sounds amazing. I always wanted to play a Spectrum game (I forget the name) that simulated hacking, never mind something this huge.

nelson : Telehack interview - Andy gets an interview with the anonymous creator of the retro Internet site

Andy Baio : Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator - Telehack is the most interesting game I've played in the last year... a game that most users won't realize is a game at all. It's a tour de force hack — an interactive pastiche of 1980s computer history, tying together public archives of Usenet new

cobra libre : Andy Baio interviews the creator of Telehack [via#

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

D3

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)

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."

Firesheep

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

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

Polymaps

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]

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

HTML history: IMG tag

3/11/2009 @ 03:00 UTC

nelson : HTML history: IMG tag - Great little trip down 16 year old mailing list discussions

Andy Baio : Mark Pilgrim's history of the IMG element - told through annotated conversations from 1993  [via]

Milo Vermeulen : Why do we have an IMG element? [dive into mark] [via]

philgyford : Why do we have an IMG element? [dive into mark] - The history of the image element in HTML. A great bit of documenting internet history. (via Waxy)

A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database

25/10/2009 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database - authoritative source for arcane timezone trivia

joshua : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database « Jon Udell

Kellan : A literary appreciation of the Olson/Zoneinfo/tz database - I’m a card carrying member of the Olson fan club, but it’s still great reading see Jon’s love note. ADO has a posse. (actually I only have 5 posts tagged olson, while I have 7 posts tagged [udell]http://laughingmeme.org/tag/udell/) #

nelson : timezone appreciation - Nice examples of erudition in the time zone database

How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of

6/09/2009 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of. Filed for future reference.

Andy Baio : Designing a Popularity Algorithm - with examples from Hacker News, Reddit, del.icio.us, and StumbleUpon  [via]

Jeremy Zawodny : How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of: I should read this in more detail later.

philgyford : Linkiblog | How to Build a Popularity Algorithm You can be Proud of - What it says. (via Yoz)

In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek

4/09/2009 @ 11:00 UTC

Milo Vermeulen : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek [via]

deusx : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek - "Corridors make science-fiction believable, because they're so utilitarian by nature - really they're just a conduit to get from one (often overblown) set to another. So if any thought or love is put into one, if the production designer is

Andy Baio : Extensive photo study of corridors in sci-fi movies - apparently myself  [via]

philgyford : In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek - Wonderful essay about science fiction movie corridors, with lots of pictures. The internet gives generously. (via @moleitau)

tr.im shutting down

10/08/2009 @ 03:00 UTC

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

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.?

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_

Shaun Inman releases Fever, an elegantly designed feedreader

17/06/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Shaun Inman releases Fever, an elegantly designed feedreader - PHP/MySQL app, it recommends stories in your feeds based on link popularity

Greg Storey : No matter how many times I asked, Shaun never gave me a access to Fever beta. - Despite his small error in judgement, Fever is awesome and will undoubtedly breathe new life into feeds.

Cameron Moll : Fever, a new feed reader from Shaun Inman - Fever°, a new feed reader from Shaun Inman, is "your slice of the web" mixed with Twitter Trending Topic-like personalization. "Fever reads your feeds and picks out the most frequently talked about links from a customizable time period. Unlike traditi

philgyford : Fever° Red hot. Well read. - Self-hosted, pay-for feed reader. Looks like a lovely interface and an interesting way of organising feeds and posts. (via Daring Fireball)

Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames

10/06/2009 @ 22:00 UTC

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

In Bb 2.0, a collaborative music and spoken word project

6/05/2009 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : In Bb 2.0, a collaborative music and spoken word project - each person submitted a video performing in B flat major, which can be mixed at whim

nelson : In Bb 2.0 - Neat video reimagining of classic minimalism

Rod Begbie : in Bb 2.0 - a collaborative music/spoken word project - Each video has a soundtrack in B♭. Start and stop them to create a musical tapestry. [via#

Milo Vermeulen : in Bb 2.0 - a collaborative music/spoken word project [via]

on url shorteners

3/04/2009 @ 23:00 UTC

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

14/03/2009 @ 20:00 UTC

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."

The Comics Archetype Times Table

11/03/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

Andy Baio : The Comics Archetype Times Table - reminds me of the dessert taxonomy

Milo Vermeulen : The Official Creebobby Comics Archetype Times Table [via]

Rod Begbie : The Official Creebobby Comics Archetype Times Table - Tell your Zombie/Lincoln from your Ninja/T-Rex [via#

joshua : the official comics archetype times table

NYT's Article Skimmer prototype

16/02/2009 @ 02:00 UTC

Andy Baio : NYT's Article Skimmer prototype - I find this much more usable than the homepage  [via]

Cameron Moll : NYT Article Skimmer - Admittedly, I have hard time getting past the NYTimes.com home page. It's too dense for casual reading. However, over the weekend they released what they're temporarily calling Article Skimmer. This might be exactly what I need to engage more fully with N [via]

philgyford : Article Skimmer - NY Time's prototype news viewer. Nice idea but it equalises the importance of all but one of the stories. I want a newspaper to tell me what it thinks is important (even if it's wrong). Otherwise it's not a newspaper, it's a database.

Linkorama : Article Skimmer by The New York Times

David After Dentist [video]

3/02/2009 @ 17:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : David After Dentist [video] - David After Dentist [video]: "This is my 7 year old son who had an extra tooth removed last summer, 2008. I had the camera because he was so nervous before I wanted him to see before and after. " Holy Shit, that's funny!

Andy Baio : David After Dentist, a 7-year-old's first drug trip - "I feel funny. I can't see anything. I don't feel tired. Is this real life?"  [via]

Rod Begbie : YouTube - David After Dentist - A tripping 7-year-old. "Is this gonna be forever?" [via#

Greg Storey : Where was this video during the War on Drugs campaign in the 80s? - "Why is this happening to me?!"

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)

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