How Not To Sell Software in 2012 →
When Alex Payne talks, I listen. If you aren’t familiar with his work, you need to check out Simple and Alex Payne’s Rules for Computing Happiness.
I get ideas and don't implement them.: Isomorphism... →
joqueneth: cabbagebot: aepokh: I hadn’t thought about it this way before, but apparently there is a one-to-one correspondence between positions in a list and positions in a binary tree. A node at position n has children at 2n + 1 and 2n + 2. Each node’s parent is at floor((n – 1)/2). There are no collisions between… I doubt it, unless you did something fancy with a radix tree (maybe). ...
Foursquare Ditches Google Maps For OpenStreetMaps→ →
Hey makers and start-up geeks: next time you’re looking for a market to disrupt, instead of trawling for ideas by “Asking HN”, just know that the answer to the question is “any market that Google is in”. Obviously it’s not a guaranteed win; you have to have a good product. But the technorati are looking to jump the Google ship at the first chance they get.
"At all times, we report for our readers and... →
A lot of people (especially Fox News viewers) seem to be really confused by the meaning of the word “fair”. These same people tend to give too much weight to the idea that they are entitled to have their own opinions. Just because you are entitled to your opinion doesn’t mean that your opinion is correct. We live in a fact-based reality. And as for fair. Fair does not mean...
Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.– Ron Swanson (via ckck)
Skype beta for Windows Phone arrives, showing the... →
But one major problem has no easy remedy: the program does not function at all in the background. Skype calls can be made and received when it’s running in the foreground, but as soon as you switch away—even mid-conversation—the application goes offline. Want to check a detail in an e-mail so you can tell the person you’re calling? You’ll have to hang up first. Though...
HTC One S official: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display,... →
Eschewing the tired motifs that have characterized HTC design over the past year, the 4.3-inch One S looks bold, distinctive, and extremely slim. I’d love to know where Vlad at The Verge gets his drugs, because they sound awesome and I’ve had a long month. It looks exactly like every single phone they’ve ever made except skinnier. Ridiculous.
Destroy All Software Talks: "Wat"→ →
Tumblr CS IRC Channel
duzour: thedistanceinsidious: Yeah, a few of us were brainstorming starting one for the group of us in this tumblr CS circuit that would use it in situations where conversing via reblog is a pain in the ass. Right now it’s just myself, eccentric-nucleus, foldingcookie, and c1QfXUgcGY0. Server: irc.synirc.net/6667 Channel: #tumblcode Addendum: I’m tagging everyone who might be interested. ...
I wish Windows looked like this→ →
This is not a mockup by Microsoft, but rather a post over at The Verge by user Sputnik8 of his vision for Windows. The mockup reminds me not of Metro, but rather a great deal of Metro’s precursor and the old Zune UI, which I believe was internally referred to as Iris. I have always loved Iris, and I always wished that it had carried over in to more of Microsoft’s products. In...
Minimal Mac: TV Is Broken →
I want to marry this article and have little baby articles with it.
Tyler WM - OSX Tiling Window Manager →
bigweek: An interesting new app for Mac OS X that tries to help organize your windows by intelligently tiling them. This is the kind of app that looks great, but I’d really like to try it before dropping $9.99 on it in the App Store, so I can’t comment about actual use. Worse: the music used in the demo video, intended to be a tongue-in-cheek bit of humor, instead is incredibly obnoxious,...
The Tesla "Brick"
This article has been all over the Internet. Call me pedantic, but the reporting on this is completely wrong sensationalist and I don’t even think there’s a story here, due to one little thing: The surprise. It’s stemming from the fact that the battery is useless if discharged. But this isn’t surprising at all: Electric cars use Lithium Ion battery packs, and any...
The Galaxy Note essentially has everything you’d want in a smartphone: a great dual-core processor, a solid camera, a beautiful display and good build quality, and it runs on AT&T’s new 4G LTE network that delivers incredibly fast downloads speeds. Plus the battery seems actually decent so far, which is a triumph for modern smartphones. Throw all of that right out the window. The...
Ubuntu for Android→ →
Okay, so even I have to admit that this is completely awesome.
Air — "Sonic Armada" →
First, Google ignored Safari’s privacy settings. Turns out they’re doing it to Internet Explorer too. Remember, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.
Making A Case for the A5X Processor
With the announcement of the next generation iPad imminent, the rumor mill has been getting more and more frothy regarding what we can expect from the product announcement. While a double-resolution display has been all but confirmed, one of the more interesting and recent debates has been about what sort of processing unit the new iPad will carry. A great deal of people are insistent upon (and...
MG Siegler on the "Personal Keynote" →
Some nice insight and addition to Gruber’s take on the “personal keynotes” that a handful of press folk got for Mountain Lion.
Apple OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) in-depth preview... →
I wasn’t entirely sure which one of the dozen or so blogs that popped this up I wanted to post to, so I figured I’d just do the one that presents the most information. But wow. I slept in a little bit today because I had a long night, I rolled over and grabbed my phone, and started my morning ritual: emails, Tumblr, RSS. Well, the first thing I saw when I fired up Tumblr was MG...
Adobe Sneak-Peak at Content Aware Move→ →
My brain just exploded. Say what you will about Adobe, you can’t argue with the fact that in the creative space they produce some of the most amazing tech. I wonder if we’ll be seeing that awesome deblurring algorithm in CS6 too.
Leaving Flickr→ →
Stephen Hackett from 512 Pixels is deleting his Flickr account. I’m not sure why any of this happened. Sure, things like Instagram helped drive the stake deeper into Flickr’s heart, but Yahoo’s lack of concern with what is its best product is unsettling at best. Imagine that.
The Flickr Chronicles: An Exciting Conclusion
This post is preceded by part 1 and part 2, describing my recent frustrations with Flickr. Fair warning, when I made the 1st post and started my initial rant on Twitter, I had gone through a very, very long week and the Flickr incident was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. I apologized to the people who ended up helping me. Unbeknownst to me (but also unsurprisingly), Flickr...
Just because you’re offended, doesn’t mean you’re right.– Ricky Gervais (via sirmitchell)
bigweek: I’m really digging Lekton, an open-source monospace font that’s also available for embedding on your website with Google Fonts. The website is elegant but a little confusing, so here’s a direct link to the download page. I love Lekton… so much so that I made the suggestion to Dan that he check it out last night. And now I’m recommending it to you too. Not many nerds...
Hacking TotalTerminal to play nice with Lion...
I’m a huge fan TotalTerminal by BinaryAge for OS X. It allows you to assign a global hotkey that triggers a “visor” overlay with a terminal prompt in it instead of having to open up a terminal window. If you’re a Linux kid, think Guake; it’s named like that because it works like the Console Visor used in many Valve games but originally popularized by id in Quake. ...
The go-to software for evil, wicked, amoral, deplorable DVD ripping hooligans on OS X was, for the longest time, a piece of software called Mac The Ripper, which involved a rather convoluted process to acquire. Triumphantly for those of us with consciences, MTR is no longer maintained. Praise be! But, I’ve heard some rumors that downloading the open-source, cross-platform playback tool...
Ah, to be young again...
Some CS underclassmen are in the same lab I’m in, cussing and panicking over their data structures assignment to implement a linked list in C. I wish linked lists were the extent of my programming worries.
Converting the Octopress Simple Search Field to...
Octopress is configured to run site specific searches using Google’s “site:yourdomain.com” parameters. DuckDuckGo does so effectively the same way, but has a slightly different URL structure for running these searches. This isn’t hard, but it’s not as simple as just changing the simple-search parameter in the YAML. These instructions are based on this post by Pat...