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Links van 13 november 2015 tot 15 november 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance | Freedom House
"What is being taught today in Saudi public school textbooks about how Muslims should relate to other religious communities will poison the minds of a new generation of Saudis," said Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom and principal author of the report. "Whatever changes have been made in the Saudi educational system, clearly more needs to be done."

Tufte CSS
Tufte CSS provides tools to style web articles using the ideas demonstrated by Edward Tufte’s books and handouts. Tufte’s style is known for its simplicity, extensive use of sidenotes, tight integration of graphics with text, and carefully chosen typography. Tufte CSS was created by Dave Liepmann and is now an Edward Tufte project.

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name
Today’s Apple has eliminated the emphasis on making products understandable and usable, and instead has imposed a Bauhaus minimalist design ethic on its products. Unfortunately, visually simple appearance does not result in ease of use, as the vast literature in academic journals on human-computer interaction and human factors demonstrates.

‘Amandeldrank is een hype: geen superfood en al helemaal gee… – De Standaard
Waarom we zwichten voor de verpakkingen van amandelmelk waar een knapperige noot wordt opengebroken en het sap eruit spat? ‘Omdat we gewoon een nieuwe hype hebben: meer moet je daar niet achter zoeken’, zegt professor Theo Niewold van de faculteit bio-ingenieurswetenschappen aan de KU Leuven. ‘Net zoals we enkele jaren geleden sojamelk “ontdekten”, zien we nu plots amandeldrank in reclames en kookboeken.’

Doing Something About the ‘Impossible Problem’ of Abuse in Online Games | Re/code
As a result of these governance systems changing online cultural norms, incidences of homophobia, sexism and racism in League of Legends have fallen to a combined 2 percent of all games. Verbal abuse has dropped by more than 40 percent, and 91.6 percent of negative players change their act and never commit another offense after just one reported penalty.

Links van 27 december 2014 tot 30 december 2014

Technical Documentation – Copy Protection | Dungeon Master Encyclopaedia
This document describes the copy protection scheme that was used for Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back on Atari ST and Amiga. These games used a very sophisticated copy protection. It took several months after the first release of Dungeon Master before the copy protection was correctly defeated, while most copy protections are defeated in a matter of hours or days by experimented hackers.

World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together – The Daily Beast
Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.

Sir Winston Churchill ’s family feared he might convert to Islam – Telegraph
The discovery of a letter to Sir Winston Churchill from his future sister-in-law has thrown new light on his fascination with Islam and Muslim culture

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"Mind that I had never taken a course in compiler (or interpreter) writing in my life. But my friend Allen Baum had sent me xerox copies of pages of his texts at MIT about the subject so I could claim that I had an MIT education in it, ha ha."

Caspar Henderson – jumping spiders and human memory
The ways in which jumping spiders see and map the world help to illuminate the mystery of human memory

Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So
Netanyahu has stood atop the Israeli political scene for more than half a decade and that after his first term as Prime Minister starting almost twenty years ago. No single leader has so dominated Israeli politics since ben Gurion. The upcoming election in March 2015 is one he himself engineered well in advance of what was required under law, thinking that it would strengthen his hand. And yet, two weeks later, Netanyahu's position seems to deteriorate by the day.

Links van 3 juni 2014 tot 6 juni 2014

Adactio: Journal—Notes from a small website
Postel's Law is alive and well in 2014: afstappen van Twitter en toch niet en toch wel. En zelf controleren wat en hoe.

Steve Wozniak – Founders at Work
I built this whole Basic up and it worked, and that was the hardest project I did. Normally you type a computer program into a computer; that's the only way it's done. You type it into a computer or you feed it in on cards. What I did was I handwrote it on the left side of the pages in my program, in what's called machine language. That's as close as you can get to the ones and zeros. And then I looked at a little card and I translated my program into ones and zeros on the other side. If it said, "Jump ahead," I'd have to count—if it's jumping ahead 19 bytes, I'd have to write 19 in zeros and ones. I would write the zeros and ones myself because I couldn't afford a computer program that did this assembly job. I went down to the absolute lowest level jobs you could do. For the computer itself, I not only designed it on paper (I was the draftsperson, I would draft it on my drafting board), I would hook up all the parts and figure out where to plug them into some boards, and I would solder wires between each one.

24, the Monster, and quantum gravity Think of a prime number other than 2 or…
Think of a prime number other than 2 or 3. Multiply the number by itself and then subtract 1. The result is a multiple of 24. This observation might appear to be a curiosity, but it turns out to be the tip of an iceberg, with far-reaching connections to other areas of mathematics and physics.

N-VA moet in de Federale Regering!
Bart, laat u niet rollen, eis dat premierschap toch gewoon op! 1,4 MILJOEN VLAMINGEN STAAN ACHTER U! Vergeet dat niet, vergeet dat niet…

» Grootste partij uitsluiten is ook democratie
Stel je eens voor dat de regel wél bestond vóór de verkiezingen: “de grootste partij moet in de regering”. Dat zou uiteraard het gedrag van de partijen sterk beïnvloed hebben. Groen zou quasi zeker een kartel vormen met sp.a. CD&V en N-VA zouden ook een kartel vormen; Open VLD zou zich daar willen tussen wringen. Of het zou helemaal anders kunnen uitdraaien. Maar in ieder geval zou er heel wat kartelvorming zijn, en uiteindelijk zouden we wellicht naar een tweepartijen-systeem overgaan.

Links van 30 november 2013 tot 1 december 2013

Mac Menu Bars
The Dock gets all the app attention on Mac OS X. But there's another equally important place where running apps rest: the menu bar, the only constant aspect of the Mac OS X interface. Mac Menu Bars features interesting and unique menu bar configurations from Mac users.

Chris Hates Writing • “Why I Shut Down the Forums” by Steve Pavlina (2011)
Something that’s always surprised me is how often people seem to forget how large the overall 4chan community is outside of their own respective interaction with it. Some simply don’t care, but I think others plain don’t realize they’re just one of millions of people who post and browse 4chan on a monthly basis.

Why are software development estimates regularly off by a factor of 2-3 times? | Startup Answers
Zo is dat. Maar krijg het maar eens uitgelegd.

Powerchair « Hacking SMA
We wanted Alejandro to have a power wheelchair. We wanted him to be able to move through the world by his own volition and it’s clear that the ability to independently explore his environment is important for his cognitive development on multiple levels. We tried going through the typical process of obtaining a power wheelchair but met numerous obstacle. Our best option was to for me to try to build something myself.

It's personal. It's private. And it's no one's business but yours. You may be planning a political campaign, discussing your taxes, or having a secret romance. Or you may be communicating with a political dissident in a repressive country. Whatever it is, you don't want your private electronic mail (email) or confidential documents read by anyone else. There's nothing wrong with asserting your privacy. Privacy is as apple-pie as the Constitution.

Links van 19 november 2013 tot 23 november 2013

The Pop Blog – Why We Chose API First Development
Tiens, wij doen dat ook. "At POP, our site is entirely API driven. We separated our frontend codebase from our backend API in it’s entirety. The two sites are even in separate repositories."

This Massive Robot Could Soon Join Marines on the Battlefield – Defense One
The future doesn't always arrive with a gasp and a boom like Skynet inTerminator. No, sometimes it's more like Office Space.

Sloppy UI
It's all about intellectual honesty, not trolling.

Windows 8 more widely used than OS X, IE still on the rise | Ars Technica
In July, Windows 8 passed Windows Vista in market share. In August, it passed every single version of Apple's OS X combined. Internet Explorer 10 grew sharply, too, as almost one in five Internet users now use the latest version of Microsoft's browser.

Proper Russian: Why Russians Are Not Smiling
When you see people smiling at you in the USA or Germany, it doesn't mean anything other than an overall neutral attitude toward you. A smile is a “level zero” in communication. By contrast, in Russia, no smile is a sign of a neutral politeness, and a smile is always informative. A Russian smile is always personal. When a Russian smiles to you, he or she wants to say that he or she likes you sincerely.

Links voor 4 november 2013

Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless – Roy Murdock
Snapchat’s latest valuation puts it at $4 billion dollars

Media for Thinking the Unthinkable on Vimeo
Presented at the MIT Media Lab on April 4, 2013.

Gmail, Mavericks, and Mail.app apparently suck together – Marco.org
It’s pretty bad that Apple didn’t catch this in beta testing — it is, after all, a pretty big set of new bugs with the system’s email client when configured for one of the world’s most popular email services. That’s on Apple, fair and square. But if you’re a Gmail user and expecting to wedge it into an IMAP client without ever hitting problems, that’s increasingly your problem.

Free “404: File Not Found” Handler for Webmasters to Improve User Experience | Internet Archive Blogs
The Internet Archive today is launching a free service to help webmasters improve their user experience by augmenting their website’s 404 Page Not Found page to link to the Wayback Machine in the case that it has it.    Therefore users trying to get to any pages that might have been on a previous version of your website will now be given the option to go to the Wayback Machine.

Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms | Smart News
From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees stood just a few feet high,” giant spires of life poked from the Earth. “The ancient organism boasted trunks up to 24 feet (8 meters) high and as wide as three feet (one meter),” said National Geographic in 2007.  With the help of a fossil dug up in Saudi Arabia scientists finally figured out what the giant creature was: a fungus. (We think.)

What is the New SEO? — on startups — Medium
Inderdaad, ja. 'You’re probably thinking “Great… ‘New SEO’, just what we need, another meaningless marketing buzzword.”'

James Deen – BrightestYoungThings – DC
A few hours later I received an email from his model coordinator letting me know I was oh-so-adorable and if it wasn’t too last minute could I pop up to New York next weekend to shoot some porn y’all! That’s when I realized we were actually talking about porn here. I went back and forth, listing the usual pros and cons: Pro: Porn! Con: Porn.

Links van 11 augustus 2012 tot 14 augustus 2012

Evolution of the dune ecosystem in Flanders during the Middle Ages : anthropogenic factors versus sea level change theory
The purpose of the present article is to demonstrate that the disruption process of the
original coastal ecosystem of the so-called Older dunes on the Flemish coast only started
during the Great Reclamation Period as a result of anthropogenic factors, until, with the
exception of a small stretch on the West Coast, it was completely destroyed in the 14th and
the beginning of the 15th century.

Clayton Cubitt
You’ll want to be on headphones for this one.

Undisciplined by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Summer 2012
The feds have reached their conclusions, however, without answering the obvious question: Are black students suspended more often because they misbehave more?

IAmA guy who was kidnapped by my dad at age 5, and didn’t meet my birth mom again till I was 26. AMA : IAmA
Beste AMA in eeuwen.

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
“You honestly can get into any email associated with apple,” Phobia claimed in an e-mail. And while it’s work, that seems to be largely true.

Neen, ik ben niet geïnteresseerd in Vlaamse en Hollandse boeken. Echt niet.

Get a clue, iTunes. ’t Is niet omdat ik in België woon dat ik alleen geïnteresseerd ben in boeken “En français”, “In het Nederlands” of “Auf Deutsch”.

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Hoe is dat in ’s hemelsnaam mogelijk, vraag ik mij al jaren af, dat noch Apple, noch Microsoft, noch Sony, noch wie dan ook er in slaagt om te beseffen dat ik tegelijkertijd in een land kan wonen waar taal A gesproken wordt, én dat ik vooral geïnteresseerd ben in inhoud in taal B? 

En dat ik bijvoorbeeld in dit geval wel eens zou willen geïnteresseerd zijn in wat “New & Notable” is in het Engels, maar niet in het Nederlands?


I love the sound of jimmies rustling in the morning

It’s funny ‘cause it’s true:


Ik heb een jaar of twee een TabletPC gehad, tien jaar geleden. Gegeven de beperkingen van 2003-2004 was dat een fantastisch toestel: openklappen en als gewone laptop gebruiken, scherm draaien en weer dichtdoen en het is een scherm waarmee rondgelopen kon worden. 

Niet met vingers maar met een stilus, en ja, dat was enorm handig: Windows, Tablet Edition was en is uitstekend, en OneNote op Tablet… bliss. Beeld u in: Evernote, maar met dicteren en handschriftherkenning, en handschrift in combinatie met opnemen (een vergadering= het geluid opnemen, en dan notities nemen en afspelen wat er gezegd werd in de buurt van welke notitie, machtig).

Ik had in 2007 een droom van een toestel dat een boekje zou zijn: buiten een klein schermpje, en dan open doen en een groot scherm binnen. 

En kijk, toen was er Microsoft’s Courier:

Dat was 2008, twee jaar voor de iPad, maar tegen 2010 was het project opgedoekt — de hoofdreden dat ik dacht dat de nieuwe Windows Phone er ook wel niet zou komen. (Serieus: ik zou nu nog altijd zo’n Courier kopen. Metéén.)

Ondertussen heb ik een stapel Apple-gerief in huis, onder meer ook een paar van die iPads, en ik ben ze hartsgrondig beu. OK, het scherm is fantastisch goed, maar dan hebben we het zowat gehad:

  • Die interface, met die grid van statische iconen zonder informatie, daar zit ondertussen ook redelijk wat sleet op. 
  • Er kan sinds een tijdje ’t een en ’t ander via het net op en af gezet worden, maar de manier waarop het ding samenwerkt met een computer (laat staan een niet-Mac, laat helemaal staan twee verschillende computers) is om te schreien. 
  • Ik weet niet hoe het met u zit, maar zo’n duur toestel: niet iedereen in het hele gezin krijgt er één. En ik zou het fijn vinden dat als ik en spelletje speel en daarna mijn zoon, dat onze progressen niet door elkaar staan. Of dat zowel Zelie als ik onze mail kunnen checken of onze kalender beheren op één toestel. Dat browser histories gescheiden blijven, dat ik bijvoorbeeld Anna kan laten inloggen op de iPad en dat ze niet alle apps ziet die ik zie, of dat Louis een andere manier van apps klasseren heeft. Multi-user, dat ze zeggen. Bakt u een ei, dat Apple zegt.

Enfin bon: van telefoon is de iPhone hier ondertussen al sinds januari afgeschaft en fulltime vervangen door Windows Phone, en ik kijk er enorm hard naar uit om de iPad te vervangen door zo eentje: 

Surface 01

Sinds ik weer meer op Windows werk nu we een bureau hebben thuis, valt dat enorm op, hoe volwassen en stabiel en gewoon degelijk Windows (7) aanvoelt. En hoe OS X voelt zoals iTunes aanvoelt: rommelig, krakkemikkig, oubollig, inconsistent, fragiel

Een plaats voor alles en alles een plaats, en voor mij zal dat Windows (8) zijn en Microsoft Surface. Met vingers én met stilus, zoals het altijd al had moeten zijn. Met hardware waar over nagedacht is — de gasten van Microsoft Hardware zijn altijd al meer dan degelijk geweest.

(Ja, het ding crasht in het begin van de video. Ik zit er niet mee in: het ding komt pas binnen een half jaar uit, het is een nieuw platform, yada yada. Dit is een echte computer, geen speelgoed. Neem mijn geld, Microsoft.)

Dat klavier, jong. Dat klavier.

Een nieuwe iPad (en geen nieuwe Windows-pc, helaas)

Ik weet dat het veel geld is, maar ’t spijt mij, ik ga zo’n nieuwe iPad kopen.

’t Zal ondertussen al meer dan twee derden van mijn leven zijn dat ik zot ben van letters en micro- en macrotypografie. En dat ik, samen met Bill Hill en Jakob Nielsen droom van een display waarop echte typografie mogelijk zou worden.

Bij deze, dus. Als ik per dag gemiddeld een uur of drie lees op mijn huidige iPad, zal het nog weinig zijn. En nu ga ik boeken en comics kunnen lezen (binnen in huis weliswaar, ik weet het) zoals ze ongeveer bedoeld waren om te lezen.

Ongeveer, want we zijn er nog niet helemaal: 300 of zelfs 600 dpi zou helemaal ideaal zijn, maar dat zal wel niet voor onmiddellijk zijn.

En ook nog eens ongeveer, want ik wil eigenlijk helemaal geen iPad kopen. Ik wil een Windows 8-toestel kopen, dat een échte computer is, waar ik niet met handen en voeten vastgebonden ben aan Apple.

Mijn ideale computer, daar kan ik met een stilus op schrijven, en die heeft niet die afgrijselijke user interface van de iPad/iPhone. Ik ben head over heels verliefd op de user interface van Windows 8 voor tablet-achtige computers, en als er een computer zou zijn die qua scherm en qua batterij half in de buurt komt van een iPad 3, dan koop ik die metéén.

Maar voor zover ik weet, bestaat er geen Windows-slate of -tablet met een zelfs maar vergelijkbaar scherm of een zelfs maar vergelijkbaar goede batterij.

En dus koop ik een iPad 3. Met wat spijt, maar met ook enorm veel uitkijken. Want ik moet hem zelfs niet zién om te wéten dat het een dag en een nacht verschil is.

Links van 7 maart 2012 tot 12 maart 2012

Improv Everywhere – Spinning Beach Ball of Death – YouTube
It's rare that two obnoxious phenomena completely jump the shark at the same time.

Striptekenaar Jean Giraud/Moebius overleden – De Standaard
Met de dood van de Franse stripmaker Jean Giraud, die ook publiceerde als Moebius, verliest Europa een van zijn invloedrijkste auteurs.

U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers on E-Book Pricing – WSJ.com
The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Stephen Wolfram Blog : The Personal Analytics of My Life
"One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so now I have what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of personal data. "

How I Helped Destroy Star Wars Galaxies » Medium Difficulty
I couldn’t even bring myself to fight back. I just stood there. I was one of the few true Dark Jedi Masters, and I let him kill me. That very act illustrated perfectly what SOE did wrong. Those of us who had faithfully put in the hours and weeks and months required to earn those lightsabers were spit on and betrayed by the very architects of the game we loved.

Links van 29 februari 2012 tot 2 maart 2012

Hot buttered sloths in pajamas | Grist
What do you do when orphaned baby sloths are afflicted with mange? Shave them, rub them with lard, and wrap them in sloth pajamas.

Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia – Pro Mia Tips
Use more than one finger, and wiggle them a little to “tickle” the gag reflex. i personally use three…makes me feel like i am choking and everything comes up.

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Cat Butts Being Semi-Rhythmically Smacked to the Sound of Joy Division.
Nothing more need be said. Gawk in silence

Start Developing iOS Apps Today: Introduction
Creating iOS apps is fun and rewarding, and if you're a new developer you might be wondering where to begin. This road map provides the perfect starting point for iOS app development. On your Mac computer, you can create iOS apps that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Follow this road map to learn where to get the tools you need, understand the major concepts and best practices, and see where to find more information.

Eurozine – Europe invents the Gypsies – Klaus-Michael Bogdal The dark side of modernity
Social segregation, cultural appropriation: the six-hundred-year history of the European Roma, as recorded in literature and art, represents the underside of the European subject's self-invention as agent of civilising progress in the world, writes Klaus-Michael Bogdal.

Links van 25 februari 2012 tot 28 februari 2012

A Show with Ze Frank by Ze Frank — Kickstarter
In 2006, I launched a show called "The Show With Ze Frank." It was one of the most strange, exciting, difficult, and amazing things I have done so far. I think it is time to do something similar, what with the economy in the crapper and the election coming up. If Newt can do it, so can I. So can we.

Mountain Lion Review: What Happened to Apple’s Innovation?
That's the most surprising thing about Mountain Lion. Not what Apple did, but that it makes clear a startling reality: Microsoft is the new Apple, thinking of ways to make a better, more productive experience for users. Sure, MS might fail, but at least Redmond is breaking new ground and trying to push computing forward.

Think about that for a second: Mountain Lion is conservative and boring—even gaudy at times. Meanwhile Microsoft is pushing the envelope and being innovative and elegant in its approach to user interface.

Hell. It froze.

Sinéad O’Connor: A Mea Culpa < PopMatters
It’s time to apologize to Sinéad O’Connor.

850k Android Daily Activations, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin | TechCrunch
In many ways the mobile platform war feels like the desktop race of the early ’90s. Apple had a huge lead, refused to license and is now about to be overtaken by hordes of nondescript clones. But in this race the main competitor is Google rather than Microsoft and the devices are smartphones instead of beige desktops. It’s just a matter of time until Android overtakes iOS now.

Microsoft offers touch guidance to Windows 8 Metro-app developers – istartedsomething
Since Metro-style applications for Windows 8 should all have a touch-first experience, Microsoft has recently released a brief but useful “Windows 8 Touch Guidance” documentation on how developers should think about touch in their applications. The four-page PDF touches (pun) on some interesting touch characteristics of Windows 8 – including but not limited to drag-down/up for select/deselect, semantic zoom and panning and swipe from edge.

Links van 11 februari 2012 tot 22 februari 2012

If PHP Were British – Added Bytes – Brighton Web Application Development
The first, but maybe the most important, of many changes that will allow PHP to achieve a more elegant feel is to remove that symbol so beloved by the US and replace it with something altogether more refined. More solid. More … sterling.

Freaky (Factual) Tale Friday: If you hear voices in your head, they might actually be real ~ RamblingBeachCat.com
In other words, the United States Army had successfully developed the technology to transmit voices into a person's head.

The Odd Couple: Romney Vs. Gingrich | Politics News | Rolling Stone
If Romney is a scripted automaton who could make it through a year's worth of marital coitus without one spontaneous utterance, Gingrich is his exact opposite – taken prisoner in war, Newt would be blabbing state secrets without torture within minutes, and minutes after that would be calling his guards idiots who lack his nuanced grasp of European history, and minutes after that would be lying to two of his captors about an affair he had with the third.

Creating Triangles in CSS « Jon Rohan’s Web Developer Field Guide

Apple’s File System APIs | Rixstep’s The Technological
Try any of that on a Windows box and Cutler tells you where to get off. But in the world of Apple there is no sanity checking whatsoever: any line of rogue code in any program written by any programmer in the world can contain a bug that hoses the entire system. And that bug can be prevalent or latent and only once in a great while manifest itself. And users can go on for the longest time blissfully unaware.

Links van 22 januari 2012 tot 24 januari 2012

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages via reddit.com
1964 – John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz create BASIC, an unstructured programming language for non-computer scientists.

1965 – Kemeny and Kurtz go to 1964.

Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action | TorrentFreak
While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge.

Loper OS » Why Skin-Deep Correctness — Isn’t, and Foundations Matter.
All you will ever get from Apple is a “Worse Is Better“, taxidermic imitation of orthogonal persistence.

The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer
The Quest of the Historical Jesus. A Critical Study of its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede.

Radiofy – Converteer playlists van op de radio naar Spotify-playlists
Radiofy laat u toe om doorheen de playlists van de VRT-radiozenders te bladeren en de muziek ook meteen te beluisteren via Spotify en/of YouTube.

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