Archive for October, 2006

Gone phishing: new browsers, new privacy decisions

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

One phish, two phish, red phishing-shield, green phishing-shield Microsoft and Mozilla have released their new browsers Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 which include anti-phishing features that warn end users about web sites which suspected or known to pose as trusted parties for the purpose of stealing sensitive information such as ...

This just in: Get Real for Free

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Obstacles to getting real keep dropping: 37Signals now offers a free online version of their book Getting Real. Cool.

Telus gets it?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Most of us remember Telus taking a huge misstep on the network neutrality issue by blocking access to its union website. In an amazing about face Telus seems to have done some homework, obviously doing a bit of soul searching to figure out its role in the information economy. CEO Darren ...

Another cool visualization

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Concerned about your air quality? Crime rates? Thinking of moving perhaps? Neighboroo provides a cool heatmap style mashup of geographic data and Google maps, designed to let you research the key characteristics of neighbourhoods which matter to you. I would like to see something similar for Canada. Via the fabulous Infosthetics.

Roll your own web application startup – an entreprenneur’s Code

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Choose a problem which frustrates you on a daily basis that you think you can solve. You shouldn't have to look far. Passion is key, make sure you can get worked up about it. Hone your powers of concentration. They are your brain's "killer app." Learn to communicate succinctly. Design efficiently and effectively. Embrace ...

Getting real about security

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Adam (crypto nerd extraordinaire, former evil-genius at Zero Knowledge) from the Emergent Chaos "jazz combo" throws us a reference and ties it in with an amusing story about misguided security concepts. The Emporer's New Computer Affixing a Mac logo to my PC was, after all, motivated by a combination of personal amusement ...

Gettin’ Real Yo

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Last week I attended the 37Signals "Getting Real" workshop where they indoctrinated the attendees on their parsimonious approach to building and running web applications. Getting Real is an exciting approach to software development currently largely practiced by Mac-toting revolutionaries. But rumours of folks building really useful applications and economically sustainable ...

More music madness – Songbird, a time-lapse mashup and other music miscellany

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

40 years of pop music summaried in 37 minutes Before I get to one of the more interesting pieces of music aware software I have seen lately, I need to credit Alex Gelfand with another interesting music nerd article in Wired: DuBois...has developed a technique he calls "time-lapse phonography." ... DuBois devised ...