Links van 27 november 2014 tot 1 december 2014

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Dan Grover | Chinese Mobile App UI Trends
One day, for the fun of it, I started writing a list in my notebook of all the things that are different between apps here and those I’m accustomed to using and creating back in the US. When I finished, I was surprised by how long the list was, so it seemed fitting to flesh it out into a post.

Is My Startup Burn Rate Normal? | Hacker News
If you're not filling an efficiency gap, and you're not making money, you're not a business. You can fail one of those criteria and be either a parasite or a charity, but you need both to be a business.

A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire – SBNation.com
This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.

Why I don’t like hackathons, by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2 | Infotropism
The result is that people build quick hacks that are cute and flashy, but have little depth. Meh.

What I Wish I’d Known About Emacs
The admission of emacs into the editor war is something of a misrepresentation. That emacs can be used as a text editor is incidental to its nature as a computing environment.

Links van 13 mei 2014 tot 18 mei 2014

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The death of the homepage in one simple graph
So it’s an odd thing when you’ve been saying something for years and nobody believes you, then suddenly, someone publishes one leaked graph, and overnight all the world agrees with you: The homepage is dead. And still they’ve got it wrong.

Gamasutra – The Cabal: Valve’s Design Process For Creating Half-Life
While Half-Life has seen resounding critical and financial success (winning over 50 Game of the Year awards and selling more than a million copies worldwide), few people realize that it didn’t start out a winner — in fact, Valve’s first attempt at the game had to be scrapped. It was mediocre at best, and suffered from the typical problems that plague far too many games. This article is about the teamwork – or "Cabal process" — that turned our initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success.

The Trade of the Century: When George Soros Broke the British Pound
In 1992, George Soros brought the Bank of England to its knees. In the process, he pocketed over a billion dollars. Making a billion dollars is by all accounts pretty cool. But demolishing the monetary system of Great Britain in a single day with an elegantly constructed bet against its currency? That’s the stuff of legends.

SUPERHOT by SUPERHOT Team — Kickstarter
A unique first-person shooter game where time moves only when you move, making each level a deadly puzzle. PC/Mac/Linux.

Metaprogramming for madmen | The ryg blog
Alas, we spent an afternoon looking at different such packages, and none of them actually understood even that much about C/C++ code; they were mostly trying to make do with regular expressions. That wasn’t gonna fly for what we needed. At the end of the day (the Sunday before Easter Sunday, 2004), we hadn’t found anything useful – we had a plan, but no way to make it work. That’s when Chaos decided that, “well, guess I’ll need to write my own C++ parser then”. What, you think I was kidding with the title of this post? Note we had about 3 days total to make this work, and we were going all in by doing this; if this hadn’t worked out, we’d have been screwed.

Cuttings from a Medieval Italian Choirbook | The Public Domain Review
James Freeman, intern in Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section at The British Library, looks at cuttings from a huge 14th-century Italian choirbook and how digital technology is now helping scholars build a picture of the once intact original through virtually reuniting the “diaspora” of fragments.

Links van 30 november 2013 tot 1 december 2013

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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.

www.philzimmermann.com/EN/essays/WhyIWrotePGP.html
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

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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 van 5 november 2013 tot 7 november 2013

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www.gootechnologies.com
Whether you're a designer who likes creative freedom, or a hardcore coder pushing the limits of the web, Goo gives you the tools to create amazing web visuals in your own way and without limitations. Goo Create and Goo Engine are specially designed to make your creation process as simple and smooth as possible without any compromise on performance and functionality.

Your kids’ chances of becoming programmers? ZERO • The Register
We had it all in the 1980s. Here's what went wrong…

Search engine optimization: starter guide
This document first began as an effort to help teams within Google, but we thought it'd be just as useful to webmasters that are new to the topic of search engine optimization and wish to improve their sites' interaction with both users and search engines. Although this guide won't tell you any secrets that'll automatically rank your site first for queries in Google (sorry!), following the best practices outlined below will make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and understand your content.

Pattern Library | MailChimp
Our pattern library is both a learning tool and a compass that corrects our course as we build new things. We share our work here to help others on a similar path.

Terabytes is not big data, petabytes is | OpenLife.cc
Look guys… Terabytes is not Big Data! (And Gigabytes never was big data, even Excel can now take that amount of data :-)

12 bizarre cat-related patents – The Week
To visit Google's patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions — a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents.

coaltrace/
This is a simulation of the basic demographic / genealogical process. Individuals are born and individuals die. This causes lineages to branch and to disappear, and causes the population to share a common ancestor at some time in the past. The coalescent provides a mathematical description of these patterns of ancestry.

KeeperRL
KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper remake in roguelike style. You can build your dungeon in real time, and possessing a minion turns the game into a classic roguelike.

Statistics Done Wrong — Statistics Done Wrong
Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in peer-reviewed journals. Many of the errors are prevalent in vast swathes of the published literature, casting doubt on the findings of thousands of papers. Statistics Done Wrong assumes no prior knowledge of statistics, so you can read it before your first statistics course or after thirty years of scientific practice.

Be Obsessed With Something – collegefeed blog
With the graduating class of 2014 back on campus – with one eye on their classes and the other on what comes next – many are starting to seek out advice on how to start their careers. The question on everyone’s mind, whether graduating or not, is What should I be doing to set myself up for a great career ? Here’s my answer: Be obsessed with something.

Links voor 5 november 2013

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Out of the picture: why the world’s best photo startup is going out of business | The Verge
But as time ran out, hopes diminished. "It succeeded in every possible way," said Jason Eberle, who built the web version of Everpix, "except for the only way that matters."

Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
We’ve been told that our small squat in the vast openness of our open-office layouts, with all its crosstalk and lack of privacy, is actually good for us. It boosts productivity. It leads to a happy utopia of shared ideas and mutual goals. These are the words of imperceptive employers and misguided researchers.

7 Sins of Doomed Teams
Here’s a run down of ways engineers can err. As dreadful as it sounds, rejoice. Salvation is right around the corner. Watch for those signs of trouble and lead the way to redemption.

Cosmic Census Finds Billions of Planets That Could Be Like Earth – NYTimes.com
Somewhere in all of this, there must be a planet where the volcanoes spout chocolate.

such browser so html5
type for great instant compile wow

Links van 29 februari 2012 tot 2 maart 2012

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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 3 juni 2011 tot 4 juni 2011

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Well, What’s the Matter? – The COMPLETE definitive Catwoman origin.
For Bruce Wayne, it took seeing his parents murdered in front of him; Jonathan Crane, a lifetime of ridicule and pain; Harley Quinn, all-consuming obsessive love. All the best heroes and villains in every medium, from literature to film to comic books, have traceable motivations for their behavior. It humanizes them and makes them easier for us, the audience, to understand and sympathize with.

For Selina, there was no one defining moment–at least, not in the way that there was for Bruce Wayne. Instead, it took numerous experiences, some positive and some negative, conspiring to strengthen her, both inside and out. A series of misfortunes, teachers, mistakes to learn from and some very lucky twists of fate to put Selina Kyle in the position for the stars to align just right for her to become the Feline Fatale we all know today.

Chromeography: chrome badges, emblems, logos on cars, cameras, appliances
In praise of the chrome logos and lettering affixed to vintage automobiles and electric appliances — those unsung metal emblems and badges that are overlooked, forgotten, damaged, lost to time or the dump.

typographie
Kurt Weidemann spreekt

Telehack: May the command line live forever
meeeeemories…

The human race is incurably idiotic
wahey!

Phallic Symbols at Denver International Airport
I'm also known as the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

kreayshawn — gucci gucci
Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada Basic bitches wear that shit so I don't even bother

Kindle typography
The Kindle MOBI format implements only a limited subset of HTML and provides no access to the underlying rendering algorithm, so currently we cannot save native ebooks on the device. However, the Kindle 3 ships with a WebKit-based browser, so we can use JavaScript and CSS to dynamically reflow and style web content on the device. This article outlines an approach to implement hyphenation & justification on the Kindle with support for “advanced” features like hanging punctuation and non-rectangular paragraph shapes. We first discuss the Knuth & Plass line breaking algorithm, then how to render the resulting lines using either the word-spacing property or the flexible box model.

Ninety gaffes in ninety years – Home News, UK – The Independent
From Papua New Guinea to Stoke-on-Trent, Prince Philip has left his mark around the world. As his 90th birthday looms, Hannah Ewan recalls the soundbites that could only have come from one man

danwebb.net – It’s About The Hashbangs
After quite a lot of thought and some attention to some of the issues that surround web apps that use hashbang URLs I’ve come to conclusion that it most definitely is about the hashbangs. This technique, on its own, is destructive to the web. The implementation is inappropriate, even as a temporary measure or as a downgrade experience.

E-sales to imprints: Amazon’s ambitious publishing plan
In a series of public moves, Amazon.com has signaled its determination to enter the book publishing business, a move with broad implications for the online retailer as well as the traditional publishing industry.

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