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Gamasutra: C Bel's Blog - 3D engine entirely made of MS Excel formulae : Enjoy this Doom.xls file !
2018-02-13, by C Bel,

"This article is on how I could write a 3D engine using only excel formula, including following functionalities :
- infinite procedural generated maze map
- real time ray tracer rendering
- occlusion calculation
- basic illumination rendering
- illumination and compute shader
- natural displacement engine
- No macro at all used by the 3D engine,
* to enjoy the game using key press, some macro trigger the displacements, using just one simple copy instruction. (...)

A computer science teacher once told us "a given computation can be achieved with any programming language, even spreadsheet formula".

At first, as wise at it could have been, including Excel in the comparison sounded definitively stupid ...

Thereafter, while studying Turing machine, it then sounded correct, yet not very fulfilling.

Several years of experience with Excel, we will mostly remind Excel formula only are definitively limited with the lack of input/outputs.
But, the set of problems that can be simply solved with formula only remain impressive.

Anyway, this work is not just some kind of performance ... There is was a good reason for me to do it. (...)

This is how I came to write this game : an applied demonstration, that macro was not necessary at first, even for some of the most complex problems.

To be more precise, I found only 2 cases when VBA is required :

Adding specifics input or output (as I did here to get key events), while formula is always limited to change on the cell itself
Some complex problems (like optimization, try-and-check problems), those in which the computation time is too long, and/or taking too much space. But theses problems are quite rare in real business life. (...)"
creative  programming  technology  excel  spreadsheet  3d  game 
8 weeks ago by eric.brechemier
'New Zealand wants you': the problem with tech at the edge of the world | World news | The Guardian
2018-06-25, by Eleanor Ainge Roy

"(...) “If you want to make a positive global impact,” pleads a video for the government’s global impact visa. “New Zealand wants you.”

Despite employing a mere 120,000 people (23% of whom are women), the tech and innovation sector is already the third-largest contributor to the country’s economy and, by 2025, the government aims to make it the second-largest earner.

Despite the bold talk – including the slogan “this is the place of the possible” – investment still lags astronomically far behind the two biggest earners of agriculture and tourism. (...)"
nz  technology  software  job  startup  economics 
june 2018 by eric.brechemier
Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany | World news | The Guardian

Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor’s hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth’s era, when he ruled over what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

“This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance,” the lead archaeologist, Michael Schirren, told national news agency DPA.

The oldest coin is a Damascus dirham dating to 714 while the most recent is a penny dating to 983. (...)

Bluetooth’s lasting legacy is found today in smartphones and laptops – the wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two runes spelling out his initials RB."
history  danemark  technology 
april 2018 by eric.brechemier
Could RFID technology mean the end of lost golf balls?
2017-02-09, by Gary McCormick

"If you’ve been to a Topgolf facility or one of the other, similar high-tech golf range/entertainment complex, you may have wondered how the driving range-cum-pinball-machine layout tallies up the flight data on your shots. Well, as you might expect, it’s a tricky problem with a high-tech solution: RFID.

RFID stands for “Radio Frequency Identification," and it is achieved by means of an electronic chip that’s buried in the center of every range ball in use at these facilities. A far cry from the beat-up range pills at your usual low-tech driving range, these electronically equipped units trigger sensors in the dispenser at the hitting bay and in the range targets, gathering the data that is used to measure ball flight and post scores."

"A Dutch firm called Prazza, which is a player in the field of commercial-vehicle tracking—think of it as Lo-Jack for keeping truck drivers honest— made a chip-equipped ball and a finder unit a few years back, but eventually gave up on the idea. The cost of the finder unit was in the $300-plus range, and a sleeve of three golf balls was $30, or about two-and-a-half times the cost of a premium ball like the Titleist Pro V1.

The Prazza ball had a detection range of about 100 meters and worked by sending a signal to the detector, which produced a beeping noise that allowed the player to home in on their ball. The beeping sound was annoying to other golfers, by all accounts, and the finder had no volume control. Prazza tried to license their technology to ball manufacturers with no success because you wouldn't buy as many golf balls if you could find your lousy shots more often."

"Currently there is one manufacturer offering an RFID-equipped ball and matching finder, a UK company called RF-Golf. Their system consists of two three-ball sleeves of their chip-equipped balls and the finder unit; this basic kit sells for £199.99 in the United Kingdom and £219.99 outside the U.K., with additional sleeves available for £21.99/£28.99 per sleeve, or £38.99/£46.99 for two sleeves.

The RF-Golf system’s ball is activated by impact with the club head and stays active for 25-40 minutes. Pressing the “Locate” button on the finder unit activates a silent meter which indicates signal strength – the closer you are to the ball the higher the meter reading. Once you have found your ball, placing the finder unit close to the ball (within 1 centimeter, or a bit less than half an inch) deactivates the chip and you are ready for your next shot."
golf  ball  rfid  technology  review 
february 2018 by eric.brechemier
How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak | News | The Guardian
2018-01-23, by Jordan Kisner,

"Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate?"
voice  technology  human  communication 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
"We are a non-profit long-term research group in the spirit of Doug Engelbart and Xerox PARC. We are inventing a new computational medium where people work together with real objects in the real world, not alone with virtual objects on screens. We are building a community
workspace in the heart of Oakland, CA. The entire building is the computer."

"Our mission is to incubate a humane dynamic medium whose full power is accessible to all people."

"2014: CDG research lab was co-founded by Alan Kay and Bret Victor to reinvent computing for the 21st century. The Dynamicland vision and technology emerged from years of exploration, hundreds of working prototypes, and multiple whole-system iterations."

"2018: Founding Dynamicland. We're leaving the lab, and building the first full-scale realization of the vision. The community space will be the hub, with satellite installations in libraries, classrooms, science labs, and arts venues."
computer  software  programming  learning  education  creative  technology  architecture  future  research  philosophy 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Online Arts and Technology Courses | Kadenze
"Kadenze brings together educators, artists, and engineers from leading universities across the globe to provide world-class education in the fields of art and creative technology."
online  art  creative  technology  education  mooc  platform 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier — Brandur Leach
"I'm @brandur. I'm an engineer at Stripe and previously at Heroku. I talk mostly about bad design. And a few words on APIs, Postgres, software safety and resilience, efficient human interfaces, urban design, running, and metal."
technology  database  api  software  blog 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
The Human Diagnosis Project
"The Human Diagnosis Project (also referred to as "Human Dx" or "the Project") is a worldwide effort created with and led by the global medical community to build an online system that maps the best steps to help any patient. By combining collective intelligence with machine learning, Human Dx intends to enable more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all."
health  technology  machine  learning  data  science 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier –
"My name is Michael Malis. I’m a software engineer in San Francisco working on optimizing the performance of dozens of multi-terabyte Postgres instances at Heap. I’ve found Postgres to be an incredibly complex and fascinating piece of software and decided to start blogging about how Postgres works."
postgresql  database  software  development  technology  blog 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
The Verge
"The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience.

Our original editorial insight was that technology had migrated from the far fringes of the culture to the absolute center as mobile technology created a new generation of digital consumers. Now, we live in a dazzling world of screens that has ushered in revolutions in media, transportation, and science. The future is arriving faster than ever."
technology  news  future  review 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
The Nokia 3310 is back - and it even has Snake | Technology | The Guardian
2017-02-26, by Samuel Gibbs,

"The ‘indestructible’ handset returns, complete with one-month standby time, colour screen and bags of nostalgia"

"(...) The phone has a slightly bigger screen than its namesake, and in colour this time. It also has a camera on the back, which the original did not. It does have a removable back cover and battery, and runs an updated version of the original’s S30 software. The software behaves so much like the original and followups you might think you were caught inside some sort of time loop. The phone will cost about €50 (£42) when released in the second quarter of 2017. The original cost in 2000 was £129.99 on pay as you go.

HMD promises that the new Nokia 3310 will be as durable as the old one, often seen as practically indestructible by the teens of the 2000s. The new 3310 is about half the thickness of the original and has 10 times the talk time, with 22 hours, and twice the standby time: one month – a duration almost unheard-of in 2017. (...)"
nokia  mobile  phone  technology  history  news  retro  hardware 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Welcome | Computer History Museum
"The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age.

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.

The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours and an award-winning education program."
compute  technology  history  museum 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Phantom: high-end wireless speaker - Devialet
"Forget what you think you know. Far more than a connected speaker, plug and play Phantom to trigger an intense emotional experience. Encounter the physical impact of a high-end ultra-dense sound. Instantly. With power, clarity and precision unlike anything you’ve heard before. Revolutionary. Hi-Fi, docks, speakers, home cinema. Wireless, bluetooth, multiroom. Phantom obliterates all existing systems."

"Phantom is the absolute expression of the vision we’re constantly working towards: making the best sound in the world as universal as possible. By combining radical new patented inventions, Phantom consistently shatters expectations. At every step of the sound reproduction chain.

With performances 10 to 1000 times superior to anything previously measured, sound will never be the same. Game changed."

"A Devialet patented technology, ADH® or Analog Digital Hybrid delivers all the sophistication of analog amplification together with all the power and compactness of digital amplification. The best of both worlds. For amplification of unparalleled clarity and transparency. At every turn. Revolutionary, in a word."

"Our ACE® technology is inherent to Phantom’s revolutionary architecture. Driven by the acoustic principle of Olson’s pulsating sphere, Phantom radically optimizes the way sound waves form and travel. Evenly, and in all directions. For perfectly balanced sound and zero surface diffraction. Whatever the listening angle."
audio  hardware  sound  technology  france 
december 2017 by eric.brechemier
AlterConf | Changing the Face of Tech & Gaming
"AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer spaces for everyone.

The conferences go beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference features a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presenting their vision for what our community can be.

We invite you to join us as we work toward a more inclusive future."
diversity  talk  video  conference  women  technology  games 
december 2017 by eric.brechemier
Scott Draves - Software Artist
" Scott Draves is a pioneering software artist best known for creating the Electric Sheep, a collective intelligence consisting of 450,000 computers and people that uses mathematics and genetic algorithms to create an infinite abstract animation.

His work has been shown at LACMA,, Prix Ars Electronica, ZKM, Art Futura, Emoção Art.ficial Bienial and is in collections world-wide including Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, the 21c Museum Hotel, MQS Capital, Google, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and MEIAC. His clients range from Skrillex to the Adler Planetarium. Electric Sheep apps are available for iPad and Android.

Draves Bomb was one of the first interactive software artworks (1994) and also the first Open Source artwork, and the first interactive reaction-diffusion. His Fuse algorithm (1991) was also extremly influential.

In 1990 he received a BS in Mathematics from Brown University and in 1997 a PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University for a thesis on metaprogramming for media processing.

He is currently employed by Two Sigma to develop the Beaker Notebook. (...)"
portfolio  art  design  software  technology  programming 
november 2017 by eric.brechemier
The sKan is James Dyson Award 2017 international winner - James Dyson Award
"A team of medical and bioengineering undergraduates from McMaster University, Canada have been chosen as the international James Dyson Award 2017 winners. Their design solution, the sKan, is a low cost and non-invasive melanoma detection device. (...)

Research shows that cancerous cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal tissue cells. When an area of interest on the skin is rapidly cooled, cancerous tissue will regain heat at a faster rate than non-cancerous tissue. The sKan uses accurate and inexpensive temperature sensors to pinpoint areas of tissue that gain heat quicker than the surrounding area of skin. The results of this are displayed as a heat map and temperature difference time plot on using a regular computer. A medical professional can use the quantitative findings produced by the sKan to indicate whether the patient needs to be referred for further investigation or not. (...)"
health  skin  cancer  technology 
november 2017 by eric.brechemier
Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers | iFixit
2017-11-08, by Julia Bluff,

"We’ve just finished up with our iPhone X teardown (and what a teardown it was)—which means there’s only one item left on our teardown check-list: iPhone X wallpapers.

Every year, we cap off our teardown extravaganza by releasing wallpapers that show off the sweet internals of your iPhone. Apple spent too much effort on the iPhone X’s hardware to cover it up with glass that you can’t even see through. If you’re not interested in peeling up the OLED screen with a Suction Handle, like we do, then a wallpaper of your iPhone X internals is the next-best, less-destructive thing."
iphone  wallpaper  creative  technology 
november 2017 by eric.brechemier
Nike crée une piste de course futuriste pour motiver les sportifs

"À Singapour, Nike a mis au point une piste de course futuriste spécialement conçue pour motiver les sportifs à s’améliorer.

Pas toujours facile quand on pratique la course d’arriver à garder la motivation et la constance. Et si on apportait une touche de technologie à cette pratique sportive ? À Singapour, Nike a collaboré avec l’agence BBH pour mettre au point une véritable piste de course futuriste avec pour mission de motiver les sportifs.

Criblée de capteurs RFID, la course va capter vos performances lors du premier tour. Le second tour, elle va afficher en temps réel votre avatar sur les écrans qui entourent la piste. L’objectif, vous l’avez compris, est de motiver les sportifs à améliorer leurs temps petit à petit. Une initiative surprenante et réellement novatrice qui montre comment la technologie peut contribuer à améliorer les performances sportives."
sport  innovation  creative  marketing  technology  nike 
april 2017 by eric.brechemier
Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak's Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
"(...) While experimenting with a map on the vector display, the team found that a fixed-map viewpoint with a roving on-screen car cursor proved unintuitive while driving. So they switched to a driver-centric viewpoint that turned and moved around a fixed point in the middle of the screen representing a car. We take this for granted in auto navigation systems today, but the team behind the Navigator invented this display method.

That "heading-up" technique reminded Honey of ancient Polynesian navigation concepts that he had read about during his studies of navigation in previous years. The ancient mariners of that region navigated the seas by relying on a series of environmental cues, such as the positions of islands around them, combined with a mental perception of themselves in the center of the conceptual navigational space in their heads. With that in mind, Honey decided to call his new company Etak, which is a Polynesian term for moving navigational reference points. (...)"

"(...) "What we were doing was basically taking advantage of the fact that drivers tend to use roads," says Honey. Etak's algorithms would match the travel path of your car with known road shapes in its database, then visually place the on-screen car cursor in that position on the digital road map. While using the Navigator, the system continuously ironed out accumulated errors over time by comparing actual distances driven and turns made with road shapes on the map. Honey calls the technique "augmented dead reckoning."

That means driving through a long stretch of straight highway could begin to trip up Etak's system, since there were no turns and no distinct roads for the computer to algorithmically seize upon. If that happened, the driver could manually reposition the car cursor onto a location on the map using controls on the display.

Etak's engineers decided it would be too dangerous and distracting to operate the display's controls in a moving vehicle. So they disabled destination entry or car repositioning while the car was in motion—decades before the rest of the world began to worry about the dangers of distracted driving. (...)"

"The Etak Navigator first shipped around July 1985, with the 450 model retailing for $1,395 (about $3,083 when adjusted to 2015 dollars) and the 700 selling for $1,595. Map cassettes cost about $35 each. Only the Bay Area of California was initially available, followed by rollouts for other major metropolitan regions. Local car stereo and cellular telephone dealers installed and calibrated the system, a process that took a couple of hours."

"(...) Etak eventually became a part of TomTom, ensuring that its map data, some of which was first digitized back during the Navigator's development in 1984, would live on to this day."
gps  software  car  creative  map  sensor  technology  history 
february 2017 by eric.brechemier
Who Is Hiring? - The Map With Jobs for Developers, Designers and Management in IT
"(...) The website started around August 2015 with the intention to display Hacker News’ "Who is hiring" thread on the map and allow for sorting and filtering the humongous list of job offers.

After getting it up and running, we put in on Hacker News as a "Show HN" thread (if you're not familiar with the concept you can check what "Show HN" thread is here). To his surprise, the post got a lot of attention along with a plenty of comments and feedback. The response was so motivating that he decided to dedicate more time to the project and see how can it be improved.

Some time ago we stumbled upon 10,000 "Show HN Submissions" and found out that holds 42nd position in “Show HN”s all time ranking!

Today, has evolved quite a bit and has come a long way from what we started with. Even though the Hacker News "Who is Hiring" thread is still there, we also aggregate job offers from another 17+ sources (and more to come). However, the core idea remains the same - to keep everything on the map and make it accessible to everyone.

Along with the consistent addition of sources, strives to make a developer's job hunt a less painful experience. Perhaps the hiring process is not that big of a deal as it is currently portrayed. Maybe it’s all about the visibility?"
technology  job  online  search  map 
january 2017 by eric.brechemier
Babies made from three people approved in UK - BBC News
2016-12-15, by James Gallagher,

"Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK's fertility regulator.

The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases.

Doctors in Newcastle - who developed the advanced form of IVF - are expected to be the first to offer the procedure and have already appealed for donor eggs.

The first such child could be born, at the earliest, by the end of 2017.

Some families have lost multiple children to incurable mitochondrial diseases, which can leave people with insufficient energy to keep their heart beating.

The diseases are passed down from only the mother so a technique using a donor egg as well as the mother's egg and father's sperm has been developed.

The resulting child has a tiny amount of their DNA from the donor, but the procedure is legal and reviews say it is ethical and scientifically ready. (...)

However, the decision is not universally welcome.

Dr David King, from the campaign group Human Genetics Alert, said: "This decision opens the door to the world of genetically-modified designer babies.

"Already, bioethicists have started to argue that allowing mitochondrial replacement means that there is no logical basis for resisting GM babies, which is exactly how slippery slopes work." (...)"
baby  creation  technology  health  science 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
What It Costs to Run Let's Encrypt - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates
2016-09-20, by Josh Aas,

"Let’s Encrypt will require about $2.9M USD to operate in 2017. (...) Staffing is our dominant cost [$2.06M USD]. We currently have eight full time employees, plus two full time staff that are employed by other entities (Mozilla and EFF). This includes five operations/sysadmin staff, three software developers, one communications and fundraising person, and an executive director. Our 2017 budget covers salary and benefits for ten employees. (...)"
software  development  cost  startup  company  encryption  technology  organization  letsencrypt 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
The invention that helped me write again - BBC News
2016-12-07, by The Big Life Fix on BBC Two,

"When Emma Lawton was 29 she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

As a graphic designer, drawing is a huge part of her life but over the past three years the tremor in her hands has grown more pronounced stopping her from writing and drawing straight lines.

Enter Haiyan Zhang and her invention that is changing Emma's life."
graphics  design  writing  health  technology  bbc  news  video 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You | WIRED
2016-11-22, by Andy Greenberg

"(...) It’s no surprise that earbuds can function as microphones in a pinch, as dozens of how-to YouTube videos demonstrate. Just as the speakers in headphones turn electromagnetic signals into sound waves through a membrane’s vibrations, those membranes can also work in reverse, picking up sound vibrations and converting them back to electromagnetic signals. (Plug a pair of mic-less headphones into an audio input jack on your computer to try it.)

But the Ben Gurion researchers took that hack a step further. Their malware uses a little-known feature of RealTek audio codec chips to silently “retask” the computer’s output channel as an input channel, allowing the malware to record audio even when the headphones remain connected into an output-only jack and don’t even have a microphone channel on their plug. The researchers say the RealTek chips are so common that the attack works on practically any desktop computer, whether it runs Windows or MacOS, and most laptops, too. (...)

In their tests, the researchers tried the audio hack with a pair of Sennheiser headphones. They found that they could record from as far as 20 feet away—and even compress the resulting recording and send it over the internet, as a hacker would—and still distinguish the words spoken by a male voice. “It’s very effective,” says Guri. “Your headphones do make a good, quality microphone. (...)"
audio  security  technology 
november 2016 by eric.brechemier
The Compact Font Format Specification - 5176.CFF.pdf
2003-12-04, by Adobe Developer Support,

"This document describes the specification of a font format that is suitable for compactly representing one or more Type 1 or CID-keyed fonts. Unlike previous Type 1 and CID-keyed font
formats, CFF allows multiple fonts to be stored together in a unit called a FontSet. Principal space savings are a result of using a compact binary representation for most of the information, sharing of common data between fonts, and defaulting frequently occurring data.

The CFF format is designed to be used in conjunction with Type 2 charstrings for the character description procedures (see Adobe Technical Note #5177: “The Type 2 Charstring Format”).

The design supports the embedding of PostScript® language code which permits additional flexibility and extensibility of the format when used in printer environments (see Appendix E). (...)"
font  format  standard  reference  adobe  typography  technology 
november 2016 by eric.brechemier
Anaïs Gassin – Violin Maker – France
"Violin maker, specialized in the manufacture of fine violins, violas and cellos (...)"

"Anaïs Gassin’s workshop is located in the South of France, near Montpellier, in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues.

« My work tends toward historical researches, not to imitate the « greats » from the past, but to understand and master the manufacturing processes that made the violin and its family such incredible instruments. »

Since 2013 Anaïs Gassin is the sole representative of the profession invited each year by René Martin to present her creations at La Folle Journée de Nantes.

The instruments made by Anaïs are on sale in Paris, rue de Rome, at Guy Coquoz’s workshop."
violin  maker  france  music  art  technology  history 
august 2016 by eric.brechemier
Robotic building sets for kids and remote controlled car – Kinematics GmbH
"With Tinkerbots kids discover modern robotic technology and explore the dynamics of energy, mechanics and sensorics – all the while having fun and playing! You can’t do anything wrong. Everything you build works! And with our brick adapters you can even combine your robots with your existing LEGO® bricks."
robot  lego  brick  technology 
july 2016 by eric.brechemier
Dans le data center de Facebook, aux abords du cercle polaire
"(...) D’ordinaire, les data centers sont confrontés à un problème complexe : ils dégagent énormément de chaleur, ce qui perturbe le fonctionnement des serveurs. Ils doivent donc construire des systèmes de climatisation puissants, qui dépensent parfois autant d’électricité que les ordinateurs eux-mêmes.

Or, à Lulea, le refroidissement des machines est simplement assuré par le vent polaire. L’étage supérieur du bâtiment est occupé par une batterie de ventilateurs qui aspirent l’air du dehors. Celui-ci est ensuite filtré, puis humidifié, et mélangé avec la chaleur dégagée par les ordinateurs, afin de maintenir la température intérieure entre 20 et 22 °C. Résultat : 90 % de l’électricité consommée ici sert à alimenter les ordinateurs. (...)"
data  center  architecture  technology  bitcoin  facebook 
july 2016 by eric.brechemier
Illustrated Cross-Sections of Major Train Stations in Tokyo by Tomoyuki Tanaka | Spoon & Tamago
2016-06-27, by Johnny Strategy,

"In addition to being an architect, Tomoyuki Tanaka is also a master draftsman. Every project he’s done – from renovations and residential homes to urban planning – has been accompanied by detailed sketches, cross-sections and diagrams, all painstakingly produced by hand. In an age of CAD and computer-generated renderings, Tanaka’s architectural studies stand out as adding a human element to often cold, mechanical renderings of urban architecture. (...)"
tokyo  urban  architecture  japan  drawing  3d  graphics  design  culture  technology 
july 2016 by eric.brechemier
Systers - Anita Borg Institute
"In 1987, computer scientist Anita Borg started a digital community for women in computing. Today, ABI works with women technologists in over 50 countries, and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Founded by Dr. Anita Borg in 1994 as the Institute for Women in Technology, and renamed in her honor in 2003, ABI evolved from Anita’s commitment to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. (...)"
women  technology  community 
may 2016 by eric.brechemier
Polaroid SX-70 Ad - YouTube
"This ad from the 70's describes the Polaroid SX-70, a Land camera with complex optics and advanced features that brought immediate-results photography via the Polaroid system."

"(...) I challenge you to find a better product video than what Land had Charles and Ray Eames produce for the SX-70. (...)

This video has a special place in my heart. It effortlessly moves from a commercial to an instructional video to an impressively coherent discussion of how it works before ultimately explaining that the camera is a tool intended to further increase the true potential of humankind.

You can laugh all you want, but years later I cannot watch this without tearing up." — Pete Forde
polaroid  advertising  history  technology  creative  marketing 
april 2016 by eric.brechemier
Recurrent Net Dreams Up Fake Chinese Characters in Vector Format with TensorFlow | 大トロ
2015-12-28, by hardmaru,

" This is the third post in a series of blog posts logging my experiments with with TensorFlow. For a better understanding, feel free to read the first post on Mixture Density Networks (MDNs), and the second post on Long Short Term Memory networks combined with MDNs to generate fake handwriting examples as in Alex Graves’ legendary sequence-generating paper.

We will be modifying and extending Graves’ approach to get LSTM + MDN to generate fake Chinese characters in vector format. The main difference in approach is to model an addition end of content state in addition to the existing end of stroke state, and applying selective gradient boosting on these less likely pen-states. (...)"

"I’m quite happy with the results. sketch-rnn was able to generate a variety of Kanji that does not exist, but resembles somewhat the way Kanji are supposed to be writen. Many radicals and basic parts of Kanji are placed and configured in locations that makes sense in terms of forming the structure of a Kanji. It seems to resemble a child struggling to pass a Chinese dictation test and trying to wing it by desperately making up answers."
chinese  kanji  machiine  learning  writing  generation  technology  design  svg 
january 2016 by eric.brechemier
A Canvas Made of Pixels
2015-12-27, by Clay Bavor

"A year ago over the holiday break, I created a large-scale digital “canvas” that can reproduce works of fine art – paintings, photographs, lithographs, etc. – in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. (...)

Of course, using a whole iMac just for its display is totally impractical. A custom display with a lightweight, Android-runnning system on a chip to drive it would be much better. The ideal display would be something like a 5:7 aspect ratio 55” 8K OLED panel. (OLED would enable a much higher contrast ratio and better viewing angles.) Wireless power or trickle charging of an onboard battery would avoid unsightly power cords or wall surgery. And a richer set of sensors for doing luminance matching and presence sensing would be nice, too. (...)"
art  digital  display  creative  technology 
january 2016 by eric.brechemier
Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News
2015-08-16, by Jonathan Webb,

"A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials.

The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.

Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through.

In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.

The resulting levels of contamination are similar to US tap water, the researchers say. Tiny amounts of silver or copper also leached into the water, but these were well below safety limits.

The results were presented at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.

Dr Teri Dankovich, a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, developed and tested the technology for the book over several years, working at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia.

"It's directed towards communities in developing countries," Dr Dankovich said, noting that 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water.

"All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water - and dead bacteria as well," she told BBC news.

The bugs absorb silver or copper ions - depending on the nanoparticles used - as they percolate through the page.

"Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes," Dr Dankovich explained.

According to her tests, one page can clean up to 100 litres of water. A book could filter one person's water supply for four years."
book  health  science  creative  technology 
august 2015 by eric.brechemier
Clay-working machinery and brick-making appliances. : C. W. Raymond Company : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
"Publisher C. W. Raymond Co.
Year 1900
Language English
Book contributor MBJ collection
Collection buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary; additional_collections"
brick  decoration  design  technology  book  pd 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier - Talent matching for tech startups
"No Recruiters. No CVs.
Just great opportunities, matched to you"

" began with a conversation between two friends tired of being called by recruiters for work they no longer wanted to do.

Reliance on the traditional artefacts of recruitment - CVs and Job descriptions - means that you always get contacted for the job you did last, not for the one you want to do now.

This is one of the reasons why ‘recruitment is broken’ - we are using the wrong tools to describe work."

"What does work look like?

A question that has always been asked figuratively, but maybe its time to answer it literally. Breaking down a job by the time spent on different tasks within it, we used a radar plot to make a visually representation of the work - the Workshape.

Unlike a CV, your Workshape can be instantly matched to opportunities from great Startups looking to hire, without the need for recruiters to guess about your fit."
technology  visual  job  service 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Animated Bézier Curves - Jason Davies
2012, by Jason Davies,

"These animations illustrate how a parametric Bézier curve is constructed. The parameter t ranges from 0 to 1. In the simplest case, a first-order Bézier curve, the curve is a straight line between the control points.

For a second-order or quadratic Bézier curve, first we find two intermediate points that are t along the lines between the three control points. Then we perform the same interpolation step again and find another point that is t along the line between those two intermediate points. Plotting this last point yields a quadratic Bézier curve. The same steps can be repeated for higher orders.

Written using the D3 visualisation library. Suggested by Mike Bostock and inspired by a similar animation on Wikipedia. (...)"
bezier  drawing  technology  animation  learning 
february 2015 by eric.brechemier
Philadelphia Software Developer
by Gary Sieling,

"I am a Sr. Software Engineer at Wingspan Technology, in Philadelphia, PA. Wingspan provides technology solutions for the life sciences, pharmaceutical and energy industries. I focus on delivering large enterprise applications into complex client environments. In past work, I have worked on data-warehouse backed products, and am proficient in a wide range of tools, including Java, ExtJS, Oracle, and Postgres. I hold a BS in computer science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and am a regular contributor on"
blog  data  analysis  transformation  database  search  programming  technology 
january 2015 by eric.brechemier
Home :: RavenBrick, LLC
"RavenWindow smart windows reduce energy use by automatically transitioning from the clear state to the tinted state to let just the right amount of light and heat in, while views to the outside remain clear."
home  building  technology  window  sun 
january 2015 by eric.brechemier
[fr] REVIATECH - L'entreprise

Créée en 2008, REVIATECH est une Jeune Entreprise Innovante dans le domaine de la Réalité Virtuelle et de la Réalité Augmentée.

Autour de trois activités complémentaires : SSII, éditeur logiciel et organisme de formation, Reviatech développe, forme et maintient pour ses clients des applications sur mesure allant de la simple scène 3D au Serious Game de formation ou à l’environnement virtuel Immersif.

Avec sa technologie Revia™, la société est une des seules à proposer une gamme complète de logiciels 3D dédiés à la conception, à la mise en pratique et au suivi des formations en entreprise.

REVIATECH allie à cette technologie son expertise dans le domaine de la 3D et de la Réalité Virtuelle, son savoir-faire reconnu dans le développement d’outils de formation par la Réalité Virtuelle, et son expérience croissante en management de projet innovant et conduite du changement.

Nous sommes installés à Compiègne, dans l'Oise."
technology  3d  company  compiegne 
january 2014 by eric.brechemier
[fr] QFDN » Quelques Femmes du numérique
"Il était une fois...

...deux passionnés viscérablement optimistes : Olivier Ezratty, consultant renommé dans les médias numériques, et Marie-Anne Magnac, fondatrice de l'agence de photographes For Company qui décidèrent de mettre en lumière le féminin dans le numérique afin d'inciter les jeunes générations à se projeter dans des métiers qui créent de la crois­sance et de la passion !

« Quelques femmes du numérique ! » est un projet photographique qui s'inscrit dans la durée avec pour objectif de :

* contribuer à la construction de rôles-modèles pour casser les stéréotypes, notamment celui de la dimension masculine des métiers techniques

* constituer la base de connaissances la plus étoffée sur les femmes du numérique et la grande diversité des métiers qu'elles exercent

* mettre cette base au service de tous les acteurs engagés dans la valorisation des femmes dans les métiers du numérique, notamment auprès des jeunes.

Le projet réunit ministres, députées, membres de comités exécutifs de grands groupes ou entrepre­neuses, présidentes d'association, associées de fonds d'investissement, actrices de l'écosystème de l'innovation numérique. Ce sont des femmes qui occupent différents postes à tous les niveaux de la société. La diversité de leurs origines, formations, nationalités, parcours, âges, fonctions ou entreprises est une démonstration éclatante des multiples façons de travailler dans cette industrie innovante et en pleine croissance.

Aujourd'hui déjà plus de 300 femmes font partie du projet qui revêt la forme d'une exposition physique et numérique. Nous n'allons pas nous arrêter là !"
woman  digital  technology  france  photography 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Opinions Libres, le blog d'Olivier Ezratty
by Olivier Ezratty,

"J’ai créé ce blog en mai 2006 après mon départ définitif de Microsoft France suivant un congé sabbatique d’un an. (...)

Ce blog tourne autour du thème de l’innovation, avec deux angles : les médias numériques et le monde de l’innovation, en particulier la vie des startups. Côté innovations, je couvre les usages, la technologie (matérielle comme logicielle), les stratégies des entreprises, autant que la macro-économie et comment elle est reliée au politique. Mes activités auprès de nombreuses startups m’ont fait découvrir l’écosystème de l’innovation en France et donné quelques envies d’en découdre pour l’améliorer et aussi de partager un maximum d’informations pour rendre service à la communauté de l’innovation en France. (...)

La charte éditoriale de ce blog s’est créée au fil du temps. Je cherche à fournir un regard complémentaire des médias et blogs traditionnels. Notamment avec une lecture industrielle, économique et chiffrée des débats en cours. Je préserve évidemment la confidentialité des informations relatives aux clients pour qui je suis amené à travailler. (...)"
france  technology  blog  tv  software  digital  media  startup 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
Automated tests of programming skills. Assessment of software developers. Recruitment software. Codility
"Codility saves time
of software talent recruiters
by filtering out
job candidates
who cannot write
correct programs.

Codility administers
short programming tests
and checks whether
solutions are rock solid.

Our customers filter out
up to 90% of candidates.
Less wasted time.
Better hires."
online  tools  programming  test  job  technology 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
OpenTechSchool – OpenTechSchool
"OpenTechSchool is a community initiative offering free programming workshops and meetups to technology enthusiasts of all genders, backgrounds, and experience levels. It supports volunteer coaches in setting up events by taking care of the organizational details, encouraging coaches to create original teaching material. This material is then openly shared online and can be further developed by contributions from the global OTS community. OTS’ main goal is to create a friendly learning environment where no one feels shy about asking any question. Everyone is invited to participate, whether as a coach or a learner, and get in contact to organize OTS events anywhere in the world."
online  education  programming  technology  learning  cc 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier The Mystery of the Spotty Animated GIF
2013-03-21, by Stephen Merity,

"(...) GIF didn't have fancy techniques like spatial image compression or temporal motion compensation like these fancy new video formats. GIF's old. It predates the CD. It predates me! Instead, GIF uses an interesting little hack called Transparency Optimisation to optimise animations.

Uncompressed GIF animations store the full frame for each and every image. As you might guess, that gets pretty large pretty quickly. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just paint the difference between this frame and the last? That's exactly what GIF does. (...)"
gif  picture  animation  compression  knowledge  technology 
may 2013 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Choose your boss - Emploi informatique et recrutement
"Je crée mes critères
Je reçois uniquement les offres qui répondent à mes critères : compétences, salaire, type de société, etc.
Fini les spam incessants pour des annonces non qualifiées !
Je suis enfin maître de ma recherche."

"Je gère ma confidentialité
Les recruteurs n'ont pas accès à mes données sans mon consentement.
Je peux accepter ou décliner les demandes de mise en relation, ainsi ils peuvent entrer en contact direct avec moi."
job  france  technology  online 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents - Businessweek
"(...) About a year ago, Guvench and two friends started 10X Management. The company represents freelance software programmers. It finds them jobs, negotiates their salaries, and keeps track of billing and invoices. “We deal with the necessary evils of being a freelance coder, so they don’t have to,” says Guvench. (...)"

"(...) Today, 10X Management represents about 30 people, including former Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) coders. It takes the standard agent cut—15 percent—for the gigs it finds. The company says it strives to lessen the feast-or-famine nature of freelancing by spreading work among its clients, most of which are startups. “Working with 10x has been the perfect blend of the freedom of freelance and the dependability of regular employment,” crows Ryan Waggoner, an iOS developer, on the company’s website. (...)"
usa  freelance  development  work  business  technology 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
FLOSS Manuals (en)
"FLOSS Manuals English was launched in 2007 to remedy the deficit of good free documentation about Free Software. Our primary strategy since the beginning has been to develop communities to produce high quality free manuals about Free Software in their own language.

Today we have more than 120 books in more than 30 languages and more than 3,000 contributors over 5 independent language communities (French, English, Farsi, Dutch, Finnish).

In 2011 the FLOSS Manuals Foundation (FMF) was created to provide resources and support to all language community groups, start new language communities, and oversee the operations of the FM network in general."
opensource  documentation  learning  software  technology 
january 2013 by eric.brechemier
Products | minteye
a captcha that displays a distorted advertising image; in order to pass the challenge, the user shall use a slider to restore the original (non-distorted) image.

"minteye is one of the first companies to combine CAPTCHA security technology with advertising. minteye offers complete multi-language CAPTCHA solutions to engage the audience with active, natural and powerful advertising encounters with more than 280,000,000 captchas are solved every day around the world. We create profits from internet CAPTCHA security for site owners and developers."
captcha  tools  advertising  creative  technology 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
GRC | How Sub-Pixel Font Rendering Works  
"(...) This is what sub-pixel rendering technology
makes possible on LCD display panels!

By 'borrowing' sub-pixels from adjacent whole pixels, we can fine-tune the placement and width of typeface features with three times more horizontal accuracy then ever before!

Our eyes cooperate by seeing only black and white, since the 'borrowed' sub-pixels are always adjacent to their complementary color pixels, which our eyes mix to form white! (...)"
font  typography  screen  display  technology  lcd  pixel  subpixel  rendering 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
Launch Early, Launch Simple and Test
2012-12-06, by Kathryn Minshew,

"When talking to first-time entrepreneurs, I often ask them: “How do you know that people want your product or service?” As you can expect, the answer is often that they don’t yet, but will know once they launch. And they’re right. That’s why it’s critical to launch as quickly as possible so you can get that feedback. Throw those bells and whistles out the window; you can add them later. Get your product in front of actual, living, breathing strangers. (...)"
startup  business  advice  technology 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Résidence d'entrepreneurs culturels • Résidence Creatis | La Gaîté lyrique
"[CREATIS - résidence d’entrepreneurs culturels] accueille à la Gaîté lyrique 20 entreprises du secteur (start-ups) en privilégiant les candidatures liées au numérique.

La sélection est réalisée sur des critères d’excellence et de partage de valeurs (cf. charte). Le fait d’être accueilli en résidence permet aux porteurs de projet de bénéficier des infrastructures de la Gaité lyrique (10 000 m² d’espace), d’être insérés dans un écosystème vertueux et de bénéficier d’accompagnement, de formation et d’aides financières."
france  startup  art  creative  technology  paris 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
Muddy Colors: 10 Things I Remember...About Tracing
2012-07-25, by Gregory Manchess,

"If I hear another artist talk about being a purist and only drawing from the model, I’m gonna burst. That’s just part of the training. Honestly, get over it. Now, today. If your grandma's hurt because you trace photos, tell her to get over it, too. I do whatever it takes to get the idea to the canvas because it all changes from there. If Leonardo could’ve used today’s technology, you bet your sweet maxilla he would’ve. Sorry, but there’s no “cheating” in the art field. Anybody who says you're cheating, you have my permission to, umm, enlighten them. At this point in mankind’s search for Art, all is fair game."
drawing  learning  art  technology 
july 2012 by eric.brechemier
The Ada Initiative | Supporting women in open technology and culture
"The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation and status of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and other open data, and open social media. Co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora each have ten years of experience in open source software, open culture communities, and women in computing activism. For more on our mission and strategy, see what we do.

The Ada Initiative supports the work of women in open source, open data, and other open technology and culture organizations. The Ada Initiative is not a replacement, competitor, or umbrella organization for these groups, and does not represent the women in open technology movement as a whole. We deeply value the work these groups are doing and will continue to collaborate and partner with them.

The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely acknowledged as the world’s first computer programmer. She is also the world’s first woman open source programmer."
woman  technology  social  community  software  opensource  organization 
july 2012 by eric.brechemier
How to put your logo in a QR code - Hack a Day
2011-08-11, by Brian Benchoff,
"After writing this post on somone hacking QR codes, Hack A Day commenters came out in full force posting some really cool links about modifying QR codes to include a logo. I’ll fully admit I geeked out a little, but in the process I figured out some of the theory behind embedding logos in QR codes.

After getting my hands on the ISO 18004 specification for QR codes, I decided to try embedding the Hack A Day skull & wrenches inside a QR code. The tools I used were Photoshop, this QR code generator, and Microsoft Paint (...)"
qrcode  logo  hack  creative  fun  technology 
may 2012 by eric.brechemier
Co-browse for customer support, e-commerce and sales with GoInstant
"GoInstant allows two or more people to browse the web together. It’s completely interactive: all participants can type, click, browse and scroll together.

Out-of-the-box, GoInstant requires no integration or setup whatsoever. Once you have an account, you’re able to co-browse with anyone. All you and participants need is a supported web browser. No additional plugins or downloads are required. GoInstant doesn’t use Flash or Java either, both of which are commonly used for other co-browse solutions or screen sharing applications.
Remember: GoInstant isn’t Screen Sharing

Inside of a GoInstant session, no one sees anyone else’s screen. In fact, you won’t even see other browser tabs. All you see is the GoInstant browser window.

Think of GoInstant as a “3rd browser in the cloud” where multiple participants connect and browse together."
browser  experience  sharing  navigation  technology  instant 
may 2012 by eric.brechemier
24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed
2012-03-01, by Monty,

"Articles last month revealed that musician Neil Young and Apple's Steve Jobs discussed offering digital music downloads of 'uncompromised studio quality'. Much of the press and user commentary was particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads. 24/192 featured prominently in my own conversations with Mr. Young's group several months ago.

Unfortunately, there is no point to distributing music in 24-bit/192kHz format. Its playback fidelity is slightly inferior to 16/44.1 or 16/48, and it takes up 6 times the space.

There are a few real problems with the audio quality and 'experience' of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of them. While everyone fixates on 24/192 as a magic bullet, we're not going to see any actual improvement. (...)"
audio  music  technology  encoding  reference  digital  media 
march 2012 by eric.brechemier
BBC News - The man who hears colour
"Artist Neil Harbisson is completely colour-blind. Here, he explains how a camera attached to his head allows him to hear colour."
color  sound  visual  mind  psychology  technology  music  art 
february 2012 by eric.brechemier
It’s Not China; It’s Efficiency That Is Killing Our Jobs
2011-10-22, by Dyske Suematsu
"(...) Even big corporations are now struggling because the American consumers are broke. This is because the same corporations laid off these consumers. Through efficiency, they eliminated their jobs to increase profits. Ironically, when they eliminated their employees, they also eliminated their customers.(...)"
economics  technology  politics  finance  psychology 
october 2011 by eric.brechemier
Bitcoin's Value is Decentralization
2011-06-17, by Paul Bohm,
"(...) Now let's go back to discussing the value provided by Bitcoin. Essentially it's a means to make consensus in highly distributed large-scale systems, which would otherwise never be able to reach consensus. The value of this is, that it's now possible to build applications in a decentralized fashion, that we previously thought could not be built without a central authority. The most obvious value of Bitcoin is as a medium of exchange for goods and services that can't be easily bought or sold using cash issued by a central authority. But there's more. Bitcoin also makes it possible to fully decentralize the DNS (Domain Name System). In that case, every Bitcoin Domain Name already comes with a cryptographic key pair. That means it also allows us to solve the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) problem - every name you connect to has an encryption key associated with it that can be verified without trusting a central authority. (...)"
bitcoin  money  technology  business  security 
june 2011 by eric.brechemier
The History of The Discovery of Cinematography --- An Illustrated Chronological History
by Paul Burns,

"An Illustrated Chronological History of the Development of Motion Pictures Covering 2,500 Years Leading to the Discovery of Cinematography in the 1800's."
movie  cinema  history  art  technology 
june 2011 by eric.brechemier
"The Digital Broadcasting Experts Group (DiBEG) was founded in September 1997 to promote ISDB-T, the Japanese Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting System, in the world.
And also, DiBEG promotes exchange of technical information and international cooperation to facilitate common understanding in the world and smooth exchange of programs in digital era."
digital  tv  standard  technology  japan 
may 2011 by eric.brechemier
P2P Web Apps - Brace yourselves, everything is about to change | The Worm Hole
2011-03-07, by Mark Boas,
"The old client-server web model is out of date, it’s on its last legs, it will eventually die. We need to move on, we need to start thinking differently if we are going to create web applications that are robust, independent and fast enough for tomorrow’s generation. We need to decentralise and move to a new distributed architecture. At least that’s the idea that I am exploring in this post. "
web  peer-to-peer  blog  browser  technology 
may 2011 by eric.brechemier
isolani - Javascript: Breaking the Web with hash-bangs
2011-02-08, by Mike Davies,
"(...) The main problem is that LifeHacker URLs now don’t map to actual content. Well, every URL references the LifeHacker homepage. If you are lucky enough to have the JavaScript running successfully, the homepage then triggers off several Ajax requests to render the page, hopefully with the desired content showing up at some point.

Far more complicated than a simple URL, far more error prone, and far brittler.

So, requesting the URL assigned to a piece of content doesn’t result in the requestor receiving that content. It’s broken by design. LifeHacker is deliberately preventing crawlers from following links on the site towards interesting content. Unless you jump through a hoop invented by Google. (...)"
web  url  design  javascript  development  technology  usability  architecture 
may 2011 by eric.brechemier
DEFENDER of the favicon | Mathieu 'p01' Henri | July 2008
"DEFENDER of the favicon is a JavaScript remake of Eugene Jarvis' brilliant arcade game Defender written by Mathieu 'p01' Henri and inspired by Scott Schiller's experiment with generated favicons VU meter. The idea was to push the concept of generated favicons further and pack a thrilling retro shooter in 16×16 pixels using JavaScript, canvas and data: URIs."
interactive  favicon  javascript  video  game  design  creative  pixel  art  technology 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
XHR progress and rich file upload feedback Mozilla Hacks – the Web ...
2009-06-18, by Austin King and Olli Pettay,
"A common limitation on the web today has been a rich file upload widget for web applications. Many sites use Flash or a desktop helper applications to improve the experience of uploading files.

Firefox 3.5 bridges one of these gaps allowing a better progress indicator to be built. Many developers don’t realize that they can use Firefox’s File object (nsIDOMFile) and XMLHttpRequest together to accomplish file uploads. (...)"
javascript  firefox  web  development  technology  file  upload  ajax 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
Where's it Up?
Checks the status and duration of requests to a server, including redirects, and depicts results in a simple manner with colored boxes.
"Where's it Up? is a free service presented by WonderProxy."
tools  creative  technology  server  admin  free  online  http  test 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
CrunchBase, The Free Tech Company Database
"CrunchBase is the free directory of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.

It is developed and maintained by TechCrunch with the support of the tech community and visitors like you. If you have any questions about CrunchBase or the data contained within, please feel free to contact us.

Currently, all additions and edits to CrunchBase go through an approval process before they are pushed live. We are working on ways that will allow users to make immediate changes to the site. Expect to see this type of functionality rolled out soon."
wiki  database  community  technology  company  search  sharing  local  business  knowledge  startup  entrepreneur  freelance  marketing  tools 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
Startup Weekend - Startup Weekend Events Across the Globe
"Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your idea into reality."
startup  entrepreneur  event  learning  business  technology 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
Master Planner: Fred Brooks Shows How to Design Anything | Magazine
2010-07-28, by Kevin Kelly,
an interview with Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month author, for the release of his new book "The Design of Design".
Selected quotes:
"Great design does not come from great processes; it comes from great designers. "
"You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality. "
"The critical thing about the design process is to identify your scarcest resource. Despite what you may think, that very often is not money."
design  project  management  software  history  failure  knowledge  hardware  technology  apple  ibm  computer 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
Revenge of the Nerds
2002-05, by Paul Graham,
"The disadvantage of believing that all programming languages are equivalent is that it's not true. But the advantage is that it makes your life a lot simpler. And I think that's the main reason the idea is so widespread. It is a comfortable idea."
"When it was first developed, Lisp embodied nine new ideas. (...) The nine ideas are, in order of their adoption by the mainstream,
1. Conditionals (...)
2. A function type (...)
3. Recursion (...)
4. Dynamic typing (...)
5. Garbage-collection (...)
6. Programs composed of expressions (...)
7. A symbol type (...)
8. A notation for code using trees of symbols and constants (...)
9. The whole language there all the time (...)"
"So here we have two pieces of information that I think are very valuable. (...)
Number 1, languages vary in power.
Number 2, most managers deliberately ignore this.
Between them, these two facts are literally a recipe for making money. (...)"
code  lisp  software  language  startup  strategy  technology  computer  science  math  programming  history  philosophy  p2pu 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
Passionate about creating
"Have you ever wanted to turn your 3D designs into reality? Enter Shapeways! Just upload your design, we print it and ship it to you - it's easy. Within ten working days you'll hold your own design in your hands.

But that's not all - we're offering you everything you need to meet fellow Shapeways users, share your work and find inspiration.

We're using a technique called '3D Printing' which has proven itself as a high-quality production technique, but up to now has always been very expensive. By creating a large community we are able to produce much cheaper, meaning better prices for you. (...)"
3d  publishing  social  art  community  online  sculpture  modeling  shop  technology  diy  design  company 
august 2010 by eric.brechemier
Lucid Desktop - Web Desktop and WebOS - Open Source
" Lucid is a free, open source web desktop, or webOS that lets you:
Access your media, office documents, and other files anywhere
Stay up to date with Twitter, RSS feeds, and what's happening on the web
Create great web applications in ridiculously short amounts of time"
web  os  linux  opensource  technology  software  development  javascript 
july 2009 by eric.brechemier
Introducing the Google Chrome OS
"(...) Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work. (...)"
google  os  opensource  web  linux  browser  technology  internet 
july 2009 by eric.brechemier
The TTY demystified
"The TTY subsystem is central to the design of Linux, and UNIX in general. Unfortunately, its importance is often overlooked, and it is difficult to find good introductory articles about it. I believe that a basic understanding of TTYs in Linux is essential for the developer and the advanced user.

Beware, though: What you are about to see is not particularly elegant. In fact, the TTY subsystem — while quite functional from a user's point of view — is a twisty little mess of special cases. To understand how this came to be, we have to go back in time."
unix  history  software  architecture  computer  network  technology  terminal  1860s  1970s 
june 2009 by eric.brechemier
Should you go Beyond Relational Databases?
"Relational databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and various commercial products, have served us well for many years. Lately, however, there has been a lot of discussion on whether the relational model is reaching the end of its life-span, and what may come after it.

Should you care? Which database technology should you be using?

Of course the answer is “it depends”, but that’s not very helpful. Let me ask you a few questions to help you figure out which technology is appropriate to your particular application. Then I can give a few pointers so that you can find out more."
database  technology  opensource  software 
june 2009 by eric.brechemier
Stubbornella " Blog Archive " Object Oriented CSS video on YDN
An introduction video to a reusable approach to CSS components for high performance websites and easier maintenance.
css  design  patterns  web  development  optimization  creative  technology  graphic 
june 2009 by eric.brechemier
Opera Unite developer's primer
By Hans S. Tømmerholt, 2009-06-16,
"Opera Unite is, in short, a Web server running inside the Opera Web browser. This Web server allows the user to install services and share these services with their friends and colleagues (or everyone, if they wish). The interaction is all done via a central Opera Unite server (...) An Opera Unite Service is a special kind of Opera Widget, which holds the logic for receiving requests and responding to them. (...) For security and performance reasons, the Web server does not run by default when Opera is started. (...) So now you've put together a cool Opera Unite Service, you not only want to let people use it via your Opera Unite server — you also want to make it available for others to download and install on their Opera Unite servers, right? So how do we do this? The answer is to upload them to — this is the site where Unite Services are distributed. (...)"
opera  browser  web  server  creative  technology  sharing  hosting  application 
june 2009 by eric.brechemier
VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, documents, and videos
"(...) A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies. (...)"
web  tools  media  storytelling  audio  sound  video  voice  collaboration  technology  education  presentation 
june 2009 by eric.brechemier
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