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Think globally, microblog locally
Thu, 27 Sep 2018

Yes Facebook is using your 2FA phone number to target you with ads – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/27/yes-facebook-is-using-your-2fa-phone-number-to-target-you-with-ads/

Wed, 26 Sep 2018

How bad maps are ruining American broadband - Karl Bode/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/24/17882842/us-internet-broadband-map-isp-fcc-wireless-competition

Is coding becoming obsolete? (Part I) – Zeroqode Blog https://blog.zeroqode.com/is-coding-becoming-obsolete-part-i-4a2cf88f8b48

Manyverse is a social network off the grid https://www.manyver.se/

Mon, 24 Sep 2018

Self-solving Rubik's cube https://media.dmm-make.com/item/4462/

Sun, 23 Sep 2018

Ungoogled Chromium: Modifications to Google Chromium for removing Google integration and enhancing privacy, control, and transparency https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium

Why I’m done with Chrome – Matthew Green https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/09/23/why-im-leaving-chrome/

I will trade a bigger audience for control of my own content. (This post also lives at http://updates.stevenrosenberg.net)

Our React-native experience at Drops (so far) – Mark Szulyovszky – Medium | tl;dr They like it https://medium.com/@itchingpixels/our-react-native-experience-603e3343730

Fri, 21 Sep 2018

Carnegie Mellon is saving old software from oblivion - Mahadev Satyanarayanan/IEEE Spectrum https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/carnegie-mellon-is-saving-old-software-from-oblivion

Wed, 19 Sep 2018

How do you decaffeinate coffee? - Stephen Dowling/BBC http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180917-how-do-you-decaffeinate-coffee

JavaFX 11 is released, and the project now has its own website https://openjfx.io/

10 apps to add features to Windows 10 - TechRepublic https://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/10-apps-to-add-features-to-windows-10/

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Is California a good role model? - Thomas B. Edsall/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/opinion/california-economy-inequality-mobility.html

Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Amazon is stuffing its search results pages with ads - Rani Molla/Recode https://www.recode.net/2018/9/10/17797720/amazon-is-stuffing-its-search-results-pages-with-ads

Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook before it breaks democracy? - Evan Osnos/The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/17/can-mark-zuckerberg-fix-facebook-before-it-breaks-democracy

Fri, 07 Sep 2018

Facts and stories about antique computers - Ed Thelen (an extensive list of links) http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/index.html

Computing Before Computers (1990 book on the history of computing going back to 1600 AD) http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/CBC-Ch-01.pdf

Academy scraps 'Popular Film' Oscars category after industry backlash - @TVAnita/Urban Hollywood 411 https://urbanhollywood411.com/2018/09/06/academy-scraps-popular-film-oscars-category/

Scooter use is rising in major cities. So are trips to the emergency room. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/scooter-use-is-rising-in-major-cities-so-are-trips-to-the-emergency-room/2018/09/06/53d6a8d4-abd6-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html

Introduction To Calculus With Derivatives (a very interesting and accessible take on the subject) http://adit.io/posts/2018-02-18-Introduction-To-Calculus-With-Derivatives.html

Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth's climate. If true, this adds a lot to the current climate-change debate. https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ancient-farmers-glaciers-profoundly-earth.html

Tue, 04 Sep 2018

Hard lessons (thanks, Amazon) breathe new life into retail stores - Michael Corkery/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/business/retail-walmart-amazon-economy.html

Dr. Bronner's Soap is a trendy million company — Simone Stolzoff/Quartzy https://qz.com/quartzy/1374780/dr-bronners-soap-is-a-trendy-120-million-company/

Sun, 02 Sep 2018

More on blogPoster in a GUI: I like apps written in the QT toolkit, and I bet that JavaFX is also pretty good, but these frameworks add a lot of complexity to what is still a fairly simple Ruby console app.

More on blogPoster going GUI: While there are better GUI toolkits than Tk, and languages that haven't abandoned the desktop GUI, Ruby and Tk seems like the most "standard" of pairings, and this project is simple enough that it'll probably work just fine.

While I haven't yet made my Ruby-coded blogPoster app (which is posting this entry) either modular or class-based (I still plan to to do that), I am starting work on the GUI version with Tk and the help of the http://tkdocs.com tutorial.

Warmoth Custom Guitar & Bass Parts offers a dizzying number of options for creating the solidbody guitar you want while avoiding the trouble of woodworking and finishing. Plus all bodies and necks are made in the USA http://www.warmoth.com/

S100 Computers: A web site for S-100 bus computer owners - This is a very deep site on how to make S-100 bus computers work in the 2010s http://www.s100computers.com/index.html

Stop future proofing software – George3d6 https://medium.com/@george3d6/stop-future-proofing-software-c984cbd65e78

The Rails doctrine - David Heinemeier Hansson (2016) https://rubyonrails.org/doctrine/

Sat, 01 Sep 2018

Virgin Mobile is selling Android phones, but they don't put storage or memory in the specs