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Yours Truly Profiled in The New York Times — Krebs on Security
"...the newly-hired guy in charge of Windows share security at washingtonpost.com had for some oddball reason undone all the security put in place by his predecessor, so all local shares on the network were more or less readable by anyone who had network credentials."

I've had this one a couple of times in past Colleges. Once with Windows shared drive policy suddenly changing so everyone had read/write. And once with Sharepoint where everyone on a 1200 seat system suddenly got the orange edit button in the top right of the Intranet. Managed to sort both before any damage done. Interesting that the *subject of the article* watched his comment *clarifying an aspect of the story* become buried on the newspaper's article. One wonders if the publishers could define 'sticky comments' or similar...
Web  interface  notes 
february 2014 by keithpeter
Fonts
OCR A and B are the OCR standard fonts here redrawn by Matthew Skala.
linux  Web 
february 2014 by keithpeter
But it doesn't mean anything!
Nice page on what computer programs actually do
Web 
february 2014 by keithpeter
The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up • The Register
"There are three truths of cloud – machines will fail, software has bugs, people will make mistakes," --Mike Neil, Windows Azure General Manager
Web 
november 2013 by keithpeter
Say Hello to Offline First
The travails of staying connected while travelling. These very sensible authors point to the need to provide offline capacity to various apps and software used while travelling. Via HN.
Web  interface 
november 2013 by keithpeter
The Performance of Open Source Software | MemShrink
How memory allocation works in Firefox, and the about:memory command. And attempts to reduce memory consumption by a 'divide and rule' method. Excellent stuff. Via HN
linux  Web 
october 2013 by keithpeter
Nanex ~ 20-Sep-2013 ~ Einstein and The Great Fed Robbery
Actually to do with someone releasing price-sensitive news early.
web 
september 2013 by keithpeter
Cassette 50: the interview | pixelatron - website of mark green: web content guy, writer and editor
Excellent! Kid programs BASIC game for spectrum and sells it to a company who release home made games on cassette. Tracked down 25 years later and plays the game with his son.
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september 2013 by keithpeter
NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope | World news | guardian.co.uk
>> "John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform "a second or third hop query" through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations." <<

6 hops would be the whole world! They must have amazing machines.
notes  Web 
july 2013 by keithpeter
BBC News - Voucher scheme would 'water down' ultra-fast net speed plan
"BT and Virgin Media argued that new network would pose unfair competition to their own projects in the area and objected to the fact they had been barred from bidding for the work."

So no fibre to front door for me for a decade. Thanks chaps.
web 
june 2013 by keithpeter
Explain like I’m 5: Kerberos — Lynn Root
Kerberos with examples. I only had to use a kerberos authenticated system once.
web 
june 2013 by keithpeter
An Apology to my European IT Team | Fred Lybrand
I wonder how much foreign business we are going to lose because of the FUD?
web 
june 2013 by keithpeter
History of Lisp
McCarthy paper from 1979 converted to html from LaTeX
notes  web 
june 2013 by keithpeter
The One-Person Product – Marco.org
"...I often served as an idea editor. David would come in with a grand new feature idea, and I'd tell him which parts were infeasible or impossible, which tricky conditions and edge cases we'd need to consider, and which other little niceties and implementation details we should add."

The inevitable double act
notes  web 
may 2013 by keithpeter
Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy — Tech News and Analysis
"So if your phone doesn't move from a single location between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for say a week or so, Facebook can quickly deduce the location of your home. Facebook will be able to pinpoint on a map where your home is, whether you share your personal address with the site or not. It can start to build a bigger and better profile of you on its servers. It can start to correlate all of your relationships, all of the places you shop, all of the restaurants you dine in and other such data. The data from accelerometer inside your phone could tell it if you are walking, running or driving."

Via Daringfireball - imagine the data processing needed to synthesise this data for (say) 3 million facebook users in the UK?
notes  web 
april 2013 by keithpeter
Big Data Could Cripple Facebook | TechCrunch
"Most people already know not to publicize individual things that reflect badly on them; once they realize that the totality of what they post can have serious repercussions, too, they'll clam up. In the end all public online activity will essentially become an endless ongoing job interview. Doesn't that sound great?"

Hadn't thought of this angle.
web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
Lessons Learned from YouTube's $300M Hole - Hank's Tumblr
"Spending more money to produce the same number of minutes of content does not increase viewership. Online video isn’t about how good it looks, it’s about how good it is."

Sounds reasonable given bandwidth constraints in many parts of the world
web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null • The Register
"It currently takes 88 days to migrate a petabyte of data from LTO5-to-LTO6; this assumes 24-7 operation, no drive issues, no media issues and a pair of drives to migrate the data. You will also be loading about 500 tapes and unloading about 500 tapes."

Do we have to keep it all?
web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
Google’s trust problem
"But I'm a heavy user of Gmail. And so I've been buying more space on Google's servers. Recently, I hit 30 gigs — and learned Google won't let me purchase any more room. The service which once swore I'd never have to delete a message now tells me my only option is to delete gigabyte after gigabyte of past e-mails."

30Gb of email is a lot of email, but this all suggests that we return to the 'flat Web' and pay for our own space on iron and run our own applications.
web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
Stock and flow « Snarkmarket
"Flow is the feed. It's the posts and the tweets. It's the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that remind people that you exist.

Stock is the durable stuff. It's the content you produce that's as interesting in two months (or two years) as it is today. It's what people discover via search. It's what spreads slowly but surely, building fans over time."

Robin Sloan
notes  web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
writeLaTeX
LaTeX on a server with a JS front end that allows collaborative editing.
web  interface 
march 2013 by keithpeter
Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense | Hacker News
"Perhaps it's time for an organized "open internet" movement to build protocols and communities that resist the tendency toward centralization of data and control of user experience that's increasingly evident in the services offered by the big players"
Web 
march 2013 by keithpeter
Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites
"Summary: Teens are (over)confident in their web abilities, but they perform worse than adults. Lower reading levels, impatience, and undeveloped research skills reduce teens’ task success and require simple, relatable sites."

Still good content even though the new alertbox site looks like all the others...
web 
february 2013 by keithpeter
Nielsen Norman Group: UX Research, Training, and Consulting
The end of useit.com. Terrible! That leaves just Drudge Report as a reminder of the old web
notes  web 
february 2013 by keithpeter
QArt Coder
Upload a small high contrast photo and make a QR code which includes the photo
web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Link by Link - Fordham Law Students Teach Scalia About Privacy and the Web - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Reidenberg was speaking about the loss of "practical obscurity," that is, the idea that certain personal information may always have been publicly available — down at the courthouse, say — but in reality was very hard to discover and disseminate. "

Useful phrase, practical obscurity. Another example of distributed network computing making something that has always been possible much easier, and changing the landscape in the process
notes  web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Facebook's Bold, Compelling and Scary Engine of Discovery: The Inside Story of Graph Search | Wired Business | Wired.com
It's called Graph Search, and it will eventually allow a billion people to dive into the vast trove of stored information about them and their network of friends. In Zuckerberg's case, it allowed him to type "Friends of Priscilla and me who live around Palo Alto" and promptly receive a list of potential celebrants. "We invited five people over who were obvious dog lovers," he says.
notes  web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Welcome to “Learning by Shipping” « Learning by Shipping
"The title comes from something impressed upon me early in my career, which is that learning as an engineer comes from the process of starting, then finishing, and iterating on products–getting products to market and putting the broad feedback loop to work."

Steven Sinofsky has a blog
web  notes 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Keeping Safari a secret
"Back around 1990, some forward-thinking IT person secured for Apple an entire Class A network of IP addresses. That’s right, Apple has 16,777,216 static IP addresses."

could they put them back into the pool, please?
web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
water « Basic Japanese Characters
Kanji character for water calligraphy by Nao. Creative commons licensed with remix allowed. "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License."
notes  web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Pyblosxom - main site
Blosxom but python based. We'll see how flexible the layouts are.
linux  web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
Getting Started with ikiwiki – part 1
I *think* I can run ikiwiki from a client computer with the git repository on the client computer and the working clone on the client computer. Then just use lftp to upload the html pages and assets to hosted Web server space. We shall see...
linux  web 
january 2013 by keithpeter
obensonne / poole — python based static Web site generator
Almost what I need. Alas, 'build' command regenerates all the pages, even the ones that have not changed. However, it is possible to get lftp to ignore the time tags so all is not lost. Just need to make a recipe to generate a site map page
web  linux 
december 2012 by keithpeter
skx/templer · GitHub
Looks like a promising replacement for my collection of bash scripts!
linux  web 
december 2012 by keithpeter
Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture' : All Tech Considered : NPR
"They're solving local problems. There's one app that brings math and reading help by cellphone to village schools."
notes  web 
december 2012 by keithpeter
Minimalism in an Age of Tremendous Hardware
"You don't know minimalism until you've explored the history of the Forth programming language."

Interesting blog with a simple CSS presentation.
web 
december 2012 by keithpeter
An iPad Lover’s Take On The Surface With Windows RT | TechCrunch
"Explorer regularly and unbelievably there are still rendering issues on many sites. Apparently this is mainly an issue with sites sniffing for IE, thinking they have to render things differently to get them to display correctly (as they had to in older versions of IE). This is 2012, almost 2013; it’s ridiculous."

Force a non-standards compliant Web browser on the world for 15 years and face the consequences.
web 
november 2012 by keithpeter
Publishing Links With Perl by Jeffrey Veen
This works. Just install libxml-xpath-perl package and alter the delicious api string to point at https pinboard and convert your pinboard XML file to html list. Added a line for the extended tag contents ($guts .= $posts->find('@extended') . "</a><br />";)
linux  web 
november 2012 by keithpeter
XML and scripting languages
Simple substitution perl script works fine on the stocks.xml file so see if we can use this to format the pinboard xml export via api.
web 
november 2012 by keithpeter
Smuggling USB Sticks by Terence Eden has a Blog
"What I'm trying to get at, is this. It's quicker to send a 32GB card through the post than it is to download its entire contents. The cards are small enough to hide anywhere."

Sneakernet samizdat
notes  web 
november 2012 by keithpeter
The Magical Tech Behind Paper For iPad's Color-Mixing Perfection | Fast Company
"So why exactly do computers see color so differently than human beings? Below, Petschnigg provides an illustration of very simple color blending in RGB space. The formula here describes a linear blend between a foreground color Ca, background color Cb, a blend factor alpha in the range of 0-1, and the output color, which we’ll call Co."

RGB colour spaces explored using matrix arithmetic in the context of an iPad application
web  maths 
november 2012 by keithpeter
An alternate universe – Marco.org
"Apple’s products say, “You can’t do that because we think it would suck.” Microsoft’s products say, “We’ll let you try to do anything on anything if you really want to, even if it sucks.”"

But Microsoft *are* trying to lock these things down.
notes  web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
What is Windows RT? Redmond, We Have a Problem — www.winsupersite.com — Readability
"Fact is, Microsoft has decided to launch a Windows RT version of its Surface three months before a Windows 8 version. And to do so without effectively communicating what, exactly, it is selling."

"Some of the questions I’m getting are absolutely amazing to me. And these emails, which are almost child-like in their lack of awareness, speaking volumes about the job that Microsoft simply is not doing communicating this product—and its differences with Windows 8—to customers."

The first surface tablets won't run most software that is available for Windows, and will have very few 3rd party apps available for download. Most people have a hazy grasp of what an operating system does, let alone CPU architectures.
web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
Data centers – Google Data centers
inside the googleplex: art photography in the data centres
notes  web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
how to make firefox read stdin - Unix and Linux
Process substitution (answer 1) is really clever but does not work alas
web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
The Setup / Daniel Cook
"I don't bother much with the details of my computers since the only things I've noticed that impacts my output is the size of my screen and having enough memory to keep multiple Illustrator files and prototypes running simultaneously."
web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
The World's Best Photos of design and hex - Flickr Hive Mind
Solves the wallpaper problem nicely on the large monitor
web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
Pearl Crescent Page Saver
Exceptionally useful add on for Firefox by Kathleen Brade and Mark Smith. Can save a png file of the whole page of any website, and can set the default directory to save to and specify a file name such as year-month-day-hour-minute-webaddress.png. And that is just the free version.
notes  web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
Some Depressing Thoughts On The App Store | Not The Internet
"...the role of the App Store is far more in generating iPhone and iPad sales than it is in making money directly."
Web 
october 2012 by keithpeter
Can Microsoft Convince People to Subscribe to Software? | Xconomy
"The consumer version of Office will cost $100 a year per household, which allows all of its applications to run on up to five computers."

£1.20 a week or so. I think I could imagine people paying that one. I'll stick with LibreOffice myself...
Web 
september 2012 by keithpeter
See your site like the rest of the world does. On the Nokia X2-01 - destroy/dstorey
"...the most popular phone was the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic. This is a Portrait QVGA (240×320) device. Six of the top ten were in this configuration, 1 was a landscape QVGA device, and 3 128x160 devices."

Most of the world is using candy bar phones, many running S40. Hence my rather plain Web design.
notes  Web 
september 2012 by keithpeter
Jonah Lehrer plagiarism in Wired.com: An investigation into plagiarism, quotes, and factual inaccuracies. - Slate Magazine
"I'm 10 years older than Lehrer, and unlike him, my contemporaries and I had all of our work scrutinized by layers upon layers of editors, top editors, copy editors, fact checkers and even (heaven help us!) subeditors before a single word got published."

Print newspapers are cutting sub-editors.
notes  web 
september 2012 by keithpeter
The Cooper Journal: The best interface is no interface
About the tendency to slap small poky lcd screens on most things, and to bury functions in menus
Web 
august 2012 by keithpeter
Enrique Gutierrez - Google+ - I can't make this stuff up I'm sitting in a Starbucks…
"I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything."

Strange how these people did not know about Windows laptops and Android tablets BEFORE the famous case.
Web 
august 2012 by keithpeter
Cory D on Facebook 2008
"That’s why I don’t worry about Facebook taking over the Net. As more users flock to it, the chances that the person who precipitates your exodus will find you increase. Once that happens, poof, away you go—and Facebook joins SixDegrees, Friendster, and their pals on the scrapheap of Net.history."

Alas, FB continues to grow
notes  Web 
august 2012 by keithpeter
danah boyd
"My research focuses on how young people use social media aspart of their everyday practices. In recent years, I have studied Twitter, blogging, social network sites (e.g. Friendster, MySpace, Facebook...), tagging, and other forms of social media. I have written papers on a variety of different topics, from digital backchannels to social visualization design, privacy to teen drama."

Plenty of reading in the papers section, most have full text available.
notes  Web 
august 2012 by keithpeter
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Business | Vanity Fair
"Cool is what tech consumers want. Exhibit A: today the iPhone brings in more revenue than the entirety of Microsoft."

Could selling software as product - the empty box with the DVD-ROM - be on the way out?
notes  web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
Is running IT for the Olympics the worst job in the world? • The Register
"Instead each has done deals with LOCOG and the IOC where a mix of money, goods and services are swapped for the chance to show off to a global audience."

Good luck with that
web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
Scott Murray — alignedleft
Nice d3 tutorials but that opening page gets old very quickly...
web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
D3.js - Data-Driven Documents
"D3 is not a new graphical representation. Unlike Processing, Raphaël, or Protovis, the vocabulary of marks comes directly from web standards: HTML, SVG and CSS. For example, you can create SVG elements using D3 and style them with external stylesheets"

The library used in the gear wheel example below
maths  web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
Epicyclic Gearing
I'm just going to have to learn modern JavaScript, the Canvas object and the svg export. Save As over the gear wheels will freeze the animation and the resulting svg file loads into Inkscape but with a solid black fill colour.
web  maths 
july 2012 by keithpeter
notes on "we met on the internet"
"And maybe I am just looking for examples—seeing patterns where there are none—but a few things have appeared that makes me feel like other people are feeling the same way."

What economists call a 'market correction', others call 'small signals' and I'd think of as the Web becoming natural, just one technology among many.

Via daringfireball
notes  web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
Apple bows out of program for environment-minded products | Apple - CNET News
"Apple has decided to stop participating in a major program devoted to the production of environmentally friendly products, reportedly saying that its design direction is no longer in line with the program's requirements."

Via Daringfireball and other blogs. The bonded aluminium and glass referred to in the Retina macbook breakdown.
web  notes 
july 2012 by keithpeter
PHP: The Right Way
PHP is still the most commonly used programming language for Web applications such as Moodle and WordPress.
linux  Web 
july 2012 by keithpeter
Mary to Many - Did I have my hands on a Surface tablet? Yes and here's why it wasn't for longer
"The most common rational question was did I type on the keyboard? Yes, I have pressed keys and produced results on screen. I have not done a full-length live typing test, hence the lack of a detailed discussion of the action of the keyboard."

Why were they not posting from the device? Why the time limit and rush?
notes  web  interface 
june 2012 by keithpeter
The Joy of Dumping » NYC Resistor
"TABLE LINE TABLE SAVE HELP
First vial greater than last vial.
End of table.
Table is full."
web  interface 
june 2012 by keithpeter
BYOD: The great small biz security headache • The Channel
"Company founder Dale Vile says the trend is driven not just by the so-called digital natives, but by more senior staff who have the disposable income to afford cool devices, and the seniority to override rules and use them at work if they want to."

Note to employers: the teenagers I teach can work on anything - Windows XP/7 Mac / Android / Linux desktop. They like to keep their messaging network private as well.
notes  web 
june 2012 by keithpeter
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