Javalobby: Search Engine Basics.
If you ever wanted a peek at search engine algorithms, here’s your chance.
cloudkick blog: 4 Months with Cassandra, a love story.
“We initially used PostgreSQL, but as we added billions of rows, the performance quickly degraded.” Some real numbers here.
NY Times: What Apple vs. HTC Could Mean.
“It’s a bad scene right now. The social value of patents was supposed to be to encourage innovation — that’s what society gets out of it [snip] The net effect is that they decrease innovation, and in the end, the public loses out.”
ars technica: Why we tweaked our copyright notice.
Of interest to those concerned about meta-usage.
CNet: Finally: Gmail multitasks more smoothly.
“One example: In a message, clicking the ‘new window’ icon toward the upper left splits that conversation out into a separate window. When you send a reply, the window closes automatically (after a 10-second delay if you have the “undo send” feature enabled in Gmail Labs—a feature I recommend).”
Gizmodo: Apple Sues HTC For Infringing On 20 iPhone Patents.
“Apple’s asking for a permanent injunction, which would bar HTC from importing or selling phones here that use these patents, along with triple damages with maximum interest (read: a lot of money). As you can see, some of the patents are fairly broad, like “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image,” which seems to cover like every touchscreen phone ever.” Here’s to open technologies, kids.
Ahmed Rabieh: 15 Helpful Flash Components to Make Charts and Maps.
Just for future reference.
MikeChambers.com: Relative Performance of Rich Media Content across Browsers and OS’s.
One of his observations: “From these tests, Flash content does not perform consistently worse on Mac than on Windows.” That is my observation, as well.
Miller-McCune: Will The Past Last In The Digital Age?
“Once upon a time, news stories were entombed in newspaper “morgues” and rarely saw the dusty light of day. Now the news never dies. Millions of people can search the archives online — an amazing benefit unless, perhaps, you’re someone who was actually in the news.”
CNet: Facebook eats up patents for the ‘feed’.
“Can I start screaming loudly about patent reform now?” Seems a little late, if you ask me.
CNet: Gmail runs into importing issues Thursday.
I ran into this yesterday. Didn’t get POP3 email for 7 hours. Going in and doing a ‘manual’ retrieve seemed to kickstart everything. Got a lot done without email, however ...
ReadWriteCloud: Backing Up a Wordpress Blog to the Cloud Using Amazon S3.
FlashMobileBlog: Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One.
A side comment: Try running the debugger version of Flash Player sometime. You’ll realize how many sloppy Flash programmers are breaking your video experience. Even large site/services! Rather than bitch to Adobe, you might be better served to nudge the authors of the Flash content to debug their creations. Photographers’ sites are particularly bad about this; Flash is widely used by photographers as a technique to prevent right-click copying.
Creep me out.
New Scientist: Newborns’ blood used to build secret DNA database.
Discover Magazine: Augmented Reality iPhone App Can Identify Strangers on the Street.
Mashable: Google Adds Facebook Pages to Real-time Search. That’s not the bad part; read the last paragraph: “Still, Google’s stream doesn’t include public Facebook profiles, something only rival search engine Bing can access.” A lot of people still can’t figure out Facebook’s privacy settings. Time to walk your friends, relatives and children through it.
ReadWriteWeb: 2 Ways to Sync Google Buzz with Twitter.
I’m not wild about meta-posting across social media (the repeats are a bloody waste of my time), but this might be helpful to some.
Mashable: Scribd Makes Online Documents E-Reader and Smartphone-Friendly.
“Scribd — the online document-hosting service — is announcing a major play for the mobile device document market today: a new send-to-device feature, pending mobile apps, and fresh e-reader and smartphone APIs.”
Wired: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web.
“Even the Bingers confess that, when it comes to the simple task of taking a search term and returning relevant results, Google is still miles ahead.”
COLOURlovers v4 by COLOURlovers.
Photoshop Insider Blog: NAPP Members Invited To Beta Test Next Version of Adobe Photoshop.
“Adobe has recently rolled out a special program to invite some members of NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to become private Beta testers of the next version of Adobe Photoshop, and start working with the future of Photoshop today.”
NY Times: Macmillan’s DynamicBooks Lets Professors Rewrite E-Textbooks.
This will be a problem in the future, IMHO. Lose physical books, how do you warranty that a text is ‘original’? All code can be hacked.
Genuitec: iPhone Emulator for Windows.
“MobiOne is the best iPhone emulator and Palm Pre emulator on the market today and has just updated to the Milestone 7 version, which includes a new drag-n-drop mobile Web visual designer for mockups, mobile HTML code generation, convenient mobile design templates, updated OSS components, screen capture, multi-touch and gesture support and more!” I suppose I’ll download it to my XP laptop, see what it does.
Atlantic, Business: How Far Will Apple Go to Keep Its Secrets?
I think Mr Jobs’ controversial comments are starting to backfire on Apple. These kind of Apple-critique articles are popping up more and more, along with Google-takeovertheworld-privacy articles ...
MacUser: Why I’m dropping Google.
“Google knows more about you than the NSA, and has recently shown that it doesn’t give a hoot about your privacy. The company has gotten too big, and has turned into just another corporation trying to maximize its assets — and those assets are you.” The link to check how much information is connected to your Gmail address is fascinating ... in aggregate, they know significant amounts about me. In fact, more than I ever realized. I thought I’d been parsimonious with my outpourings of info.
Happy Birthday, Adobe Photoshop.
I’m late with this, but I can truly say I wouldn’t be here today without it. I would have died of caffeine overdose, anxiety and sheer impotent frustration in the video studio on 33rd Street.