The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (Again) - Doug Hill - The Atlantic
A profile of Norbert Wiener, and how his star was eclipsed by Claude Shannon.
A profile of Norbert Wiener, and how his star was eclipsed by Claude Shannon.
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
This is a terrific write up of this year’s dConstruct, tying together all the emergent themes.
I would love to have a ticker-tape machine for my tweets.
A really terrific piece by George Dyson taking a suitably long-zoom look at information warfare and the Entscheidungsproblem, tracing the lineage of PRISM from the Corona project of the Cold War.
What we have now is the crude equivalent of snatching snippets of film from the sky, in 1960, compared to the panopticon that was to come. The United States has established a coordinated system that links suspect individuals (only foreigners, of course, but that definition becomes fuzzy at times) to dangerous ideas, and, if the links and suspicions are strong enough, our drone fleet, deployed ever more widely, is authorized to execute a strike. This is only a primitive first step toward something else. Why kill possibly dangerous individuals (and the inevitable innocent bystanders) when it will soon become technically irresistible to exterminate the dangerous ideas themselves?
The proposed solution? That we abandon secrecy and conduct our information warfare in the open.
This slipped past me somehow: a review of Huffduffer by Jason Snell for Macworld.
Thanks, Jason! Glad you like it.
This looks like it could be a handy app for synchronising a whole bunch of devices when testing. I’ll have to give it a whirl on the device lab.
Also, it has a perfectly fair one-off price, rather than the Mafia-style protection fee model that Adobe uses for Edge Inspect.
A good overview of making Huffduffer play nicely with podcasting software on iOS.
Huffduffer is a niche tool that, for me, solves a recurring problem. I can now save episodes from any device without having to subscribe to an entire show if I’m just interested in a a single episode.
A nifty little Mac app from Tom: it changes your desktop wallpaper to a satellite view of your current location.
Alas, it requires Lion, an operating system I’ve been trying to avoid installing.
In which twelve drawings of historical drawing machines are drawn by a computer numerical controlled machine.
From Kornel, the genius who gave us ImageOptim, comes another Mac desktop tool for optimising PNGs, this time converting 24-bit PNG to 8-bit with full alpha channel.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
Jonathan has encapsulated his CSS methodology into a short online book. He isn’t presenting this as the “right” way to do things: he’s simply documenting what he does in the hope that it will help others.
Wonderful musings from Matt on meeting the emerging machine intelligence halfway.
This Mac desktop GUI should go some way to making designers less fearful of getting stuck in with GitHub.
A cute little lorem ipusm generator for the mac.
A handy little applescript that takes care of the automation of creating localhost sites on the mac.
Match the MacGuffin to the movie. Like Hangman for films.
This code editor for OS X looks interesting.
A Mac app for creating animations with canvas and video.
Bruce Sterling on Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and the unintended consequences of cypherpunk.
Much like the Umberto Eco piece I linked to recently, Zeynep Tufecki describes how Wikileaks exposed what so many in the media already knew.
Slides from a presentation on machine tags by Aaron Straup Cope. I highly recommend downloading the PDF for the bounty of links listed under "Reading List."
Cute covers for Macbooks to give them that bookish look.
Beautiful artwork in a fun puzzle game.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
A sweet little Skyhook/FireEagle desktop app from Tom. It updates your FireEagle location every five minutes by pinging Skyhook's API to triangulate your position. A small piece, loosely joining two small pieces.
Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.
Bean is a free word processor for OS X. Looks nice and simple.
Garrett's in-depth look at Silverback, the Mac app that we've been cooking up at Clearleft.
A cute little Mac app that exports your address book contacts in multiple formats ...including an HTML file with hCards!
I would kill to get hold of this Steampunk Mac mini, flat panel monitor and brass keyboard.
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
Camino 1.6 is out. Get it while it's hot.
The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.
Oh yes! A plugin for Safari that will detect, display and export hCard and hCalendar data. Caveat: it only works on Leopard so, because I haven't upgraded yet, I haven't had a chance to testdrive this yet myself.
An article about Twitter focusing on one threatened suicide and one averted break-up. Leisa and her excellent phrase "ambient intimacy" are quoted.
Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.
For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.
A clever little periscope-like device that allows you to use your Macbook's iSight facing outwards.
An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.
Tim Lucas is using machine tagging to aggregate Flickr pics from the "I work on the web" meme started by Lisa Herrod.
Peter Merholz takes a trip down memory lane with pictures from the first Mac user manual.
Straight from the horse's mouth, advice for web developers on how the iPhone's browser renders pages. I'm very intrigued to find out how it handles liquid designs with no set min-width.
Use jQuery? Use a mac? Here's a handy dashboard reference.
A very handy little app that sits in your menu bar on OS X and can instantly show you how your screen would look if you were colour blind.
Yes, there is a reason why I'm using this machine tag. Watch the next release of Last.fm for machine tagging goodness on events.
Jason Kottke likes Twitter too.
An absolutely brilliant summation by Leisa Reichelt that nails Twitter's appeal: ambient intimacy.
Machine tags will now be available through the Flickr API (that's triple tags to you and me).
Got Safari? Try resizing this page.
A dashboard widget for Twitter courtesy of Ben Ward.
There's a new Apple reseller in the heart of Brighton. Very handy.
How to set up iChat to use your Gmail address for a Jabber account (useful for Twitter). I set this up a while back but recently a few people have been asking about this.
Apple are chasing companies that use the word "podcast", even though they have no claim to that word. Asshats.
He has decided to prove that he can walk to Cork -- the location of the nearest Apple repair center -- faster than Apple can arrange for the pickup of his broken Mac.
This local artist does great things with mackerel. I think I might have to get a piece to hang in the new flat.
Jon's mock-ups of how microformat detection and display might work in Safari are spot on. It would be so cool if this idea was picked up by browser developers.
Use your Mac laptop's motion sensor to get lightsaber sound effects.
The successor to the iBook is here and it looks sweet.
Best. Help menu. Ever.
Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.
Take a photograph of something big and blur the foreground and background, leaving a narrow strip in focus. The result looks like a macro shot of a model.
Camino 1.0 is out. Come and get it.
Jonathan Ive is getting a CBE.
There's a page on the Apple website devoted to Mac mini mods, including one in a Millennium Falcon casing.
You can skin Adium using just XHTML and CSS. Who knew?
The fascinating story of an application built by ex-employees sneaking into Apple.
Here's how you can set up iChat to work with Google Talk.
This excellent little plug-in allows you to search your Del.icio.us links from Spotlight.
Scroll down to the end - Apple are offering a command line tool for adding chapters to podcasts. You can also add images which will show up in the artwork window of iTunes.
A very handy little preference pane that allows you to toggle Dashboard on Tiger on and off.
A handy little AppleScript by Tantek that turns your iChat buddy list into an XHTML file with an unordered list of hCards.