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Thu, 30 Nov 2017

AWS Cloud9: A cloud-based integrated development environment for writing, running and debugging code in the browser https://aws.amazon.com/cloud9/

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Bacteria found on International Space Station may be alien in origin, says cosmonaut | The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alien-life-bacteria-space-international-station-bacteria-cosmonaut-astronaut-russia-a8080036.html

Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars » Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/11/asking-members-to-support-its-journalism-no-prizes-no-swag-the-guardian-raises-more-reader-revenue-than-ad-dollars/

Reasons not to buy from Amazon -- Richard Stallman https://stallman.org/amazon.html

The number of people who use Netflix to fall asleep has doubled in the last two years http://exstreamist.com/the-number-of-people-who-use-netflix-to-fall-asleep-has-doubled-in-the-last-two-years/

The End of Moore’s Law – Rodney Brooks https://rodneybrooks.com/the-end-of-moores-law/

Introducing Amazon Translate: Real-time language translation | AWS News Blog https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/introducing-amazon-translate-real-time-text-language-translation/

Is Amazon becoming consumed by its desire to own the world? — Quartz https://qz.com/1140428/jeff-bezoss-business-genius-built-amazons-empire-and-could-be-its-downfall/

Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/28/android-apps-third-party-tracker-google-privacy-security-yale-university

Facebook’s New Captcha Test: 'Upload A Clear Photo of Your Face' | WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/facebooks-new-captcha-test-upload-a-clear-photo-of-your-face/

Why Do You Need to Learn Javascript? | ProgrammableWeb https://www.programmableweb.com/news/why-do-you-need-to-learn-javascript/analysis/2017/11/14

Fix for Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.1 root bug - Apple Support https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208315

Ink! Coffee's gentrification sign sparks backlash, calls for boycott in Denver http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/22/ink-coffee-gentrification-joke-denver/

How I dumped cable, saved money and lived to watch plenty of TV - Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-cable-dumping-netflix-showtime-hbo-streaming-amazon-1129-story.html

81-year-old celebrates 60th year at JPL, becomes longest-serving woman in NASA http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/sue-finley-celebrates-her-60-year-anniversary-at-jet-propulsion-laboratory/

Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/28/colorado-colleges-overflowing-computer-science-students/

Welcome back, sneakernet: Why net neutrality repeal will drive us to the edge | ZDNet http://www.zdnet.com/article/welcome-back-sneaker-net-why-neutrality-repeal-will-drive-us-to-the-edge/

HP quietly installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs (Engadget). https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/28/hp-quietly-installs-system-slowing-spyware-on-its-pcs/ Note: The HP Touchpoint Analytics software was installed on my laptop on Nov. 17, 2017.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017

A super-fast history of supercomputers: CDC 6600 to today -- HPE.com https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/a-super-fast-history-of-supercomputers-from-the-cdc-6600-to-the-sunway-taihulight-1711.html

Remembering obsolete technologies makes us feel good https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/11/the-secret-knowledge-of-obsolescence/546902/

Rails 5.2.0 beta: Easier file uploads with Active Storage http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2017/11/27/Rails-5-2-Active-Storage-Redis-Cache-Store-HTTP2-Early-Hints-Credentials/

Cassette tapes make a comeback https://www.marketplace.org/2017/11/22/business/cassette-tapes-make-comeback

Three Days with Sandi Metz on Practical Object-Oriented Design - Sihui Huang http://www.sihui.io/sandi-metz-pood/

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

Bulma: a modern CSS framework based on Flexbox https://bulma.io/

Basscss: Low-Level CSS Toolkit http://basscss.com/

Spectre.css - a Lightweight, Responsive and Modern CSS Framework. https://picturepan2.github.io/spectre/

Skeleton: A dead simple, responsive boilerplate. http://getskeleton.com/

Cutestrap: A sassy, opinionated CSS Framework. A tiny alternative to Bootstrap. https://www.cutestrap.com/

Minimal CSS frameworks for coding demos (via Avdi Grimm's Virtuous Code) -- I am very interested in this. Who wants to code CSS from scratch? http://www.virtuouscode.com/2016/07/10/minimal-css-frameworks-for-coding-demos/

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Hanami is a web framework for Ruby that isn't Rails or Sinatra. Getting started http://hanamirb.org/

The LA Times flirts with unionization, defying its history - Columbia Journalism Review https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/los-angeles-times-union.php

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

The most popular mobile applications built with React Native https://www.qualium-systems.com/blog/useful-it-articles-and-advices/the-most-popular-mobile-applications-built-with-react-native/

Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down » Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/11/here-are-three-tools-that-help-digital-journalists-save-their-work-in-case-a-site-shuts-down/

Review of Robert Sedgwick's Algorithms, Part I https://sumit-ghosh.com/articles/coursera-princeton-algorithms-data-structures-MOOC/

The Watch Guy watch repair blog is a great site http://watchguy.co.uk/

Extensions, API changes and Reader Mode in Firefox 58 https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2017/11/20/extensions-in-firefox-58/

Mon, 20 Nov 2017

Adding Notepad++ to my Windows path allows me to both run it from the Windows command prompt and to call it using the system command in Ruby

The Windows 10 terminal (aka command prompt) is a lot more forgiving than the Windows 7 version, especially when it comes to allowing users to copy/paste into it.

I am upgrading my ancient IBM Thinkpad R32 (circa 2002) from Lubuntu 14.04 to 16.04. When I booted it today, I didn't know what I would find (Xubuntu, Debian, OpenBSD?)

Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Virgin Mobile: You pay the taxes. MetroPCS and Boost Mobile: They pay the taxes

A great Vim cheat sheet http://vimsheet.com/

For the three thousand five hundred and thirty seventh time: Technical interviews are broken https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/three-thousand-five-hundred-thirty-seventh-time-technical-phil-tomson/

Racket is a general-purpose programming language as well as the world first ecosystem for developing and deploying new languages https://racket-lang.org/

The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) vs. How to Design Programs (HTDP) http://www.teach-scheme.org https://cs.brown.edu/~sk/Publications/Papers/Published/fffk-htdp-vs-sicp/paper.pdf #Scheme #FunctionalProgramming

I love Strings by Mail -- they have a great inventory of strings (LOTS of flatwound and classical strings) and offer terrific customer service. Give them a try. https://www.stringsbymail.com/

Sat, 18 Nov 2017

How to count files in a directory using Ruby - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6773413/how-to-get-files-count-in-a-directory-using-ruby

Are comments a code smell? Yes! No? It depends. https://pragtob.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/are-comments-a-code-smell-yes-no-it-depends/

Everything you should know about React: The basics you need to start building https://medium.freecodecamp.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-react-eaedf53238c4

In favor of commenting your code - from npf.io https://npf.io/2017/11/comments/

Fri, 17 Nov 2017

How Vans became the shoes everyone's wearing -- again http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a13446025/vans-shoes/

Not much I want to tweet today

Small functions considered harmful: Cindy Sridharan https://medium.com/@copyconstruct/small-functions-considered-harmful-91035d316c29

Fedora 28 hopes to improve Linux laptop battery life https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Fedora-28-Improve-Battery-Life

One-hand watch: intriguing idea, but marketing makes me throw up in my mouth https://www.slow-watches.com/

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

JavaScript. The Core: 2nd Edition – ds.laboratory http://dmitrysoshnikov.com/ecmascript/javascript-the-core-2nd-edition/

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Who invented the Phillips screw? Henry F. Phillips, 1890-1958 https://jaysteeleblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/henry-f-phillips-1890-1958/

How to pass a programming interview - Triplebyte Blog https://triplebyte.com/blog/how-to-pass-a-programming-interview

Bootcamps vs. College - Triplebyte Blog https://triplebyte.com/blog/bootcamps-vs-college

Triplebyte: "We're a small team of people from various backgrounds who want to make hiring better." https://triplebyte.com/about

Vim Tips Wiki: Word wrap without line breaks http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Word_wrap_without_line_breaks