Tom Standage—author of the brilliant book The Victorian Internet—relates a tale of how the Chappe optical telegraph was hacked in 19th century France, thereby making it one of the earliest recorded instances of a cyber attack.
Monday, June 18th, 2018
Friday, March 30th, 2018
A run-down of digital preservation technologies for very, very long-term storage …in space.
Friday, February 9th, 2018
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Friday, September 1st, 2017
An interesting approach to digital preservation: storing digital video in the DNA of bacteria.
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Domains registered with punycode names (and then given TLS certificates) are worryingly indistinguishable from their ASCII counterparts.
Can you spot the difference between the URLs https://adactio.com and https://аdаctіо.com?
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Harry clearly outlines the performance problems of Base64 encoding images in stylesheets. He’s got a follow-up post with sample data.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
A quick drag’n’drop way to base 64 encode your web fonts so you can stick ‘em in local storage.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Some good database character-encoding advice from Mathias.
Monday, July 19th, 2010
A very handy looking API that turns file uploading (and conversion) into a service.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
A handy page for looking up HTML entities.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
A very useful tool for getting character entities (use the "as HTML" option) in one click.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.
Monday, May 7th, 2007
This article is a life-saver for me. I'm constantly having trouble with special characters when I'm backing up databases for local copies of my sites.