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July 08 2011

Four short links: 8 July 2011

  1. OpenPCR Shipping -- A PCR machine is basically a copy machine for DNA. It is essential for most work with DNA, things like exposing fraud at a sushi restaurant, diagnosing diseases including HIV and H1N1, or exploring your own genome. The guy who discovered the PCR process earned a Nobel Prize in 1993, and OpenPCR is now the first open source PCR machine. The price of a traditional PCR machine is around $3,000. This one is $512 and would go well with Ben Krasnow's Scanning Electron Microscope. Biological tools get closer to hobbyist/hacker prices. (via Gabriella Coleman)
  2. Apple App Store Figures (Fast Company) -- 1 billion apps in a month, 200M iOS users, $2.5B revshare to developers so far (implying a further $5.8B revenue kept by Apple). Another reminder of the astonishing money to be made by riding the mainstreaming of tech: as we move from dumb phones to smart phones, the market for Apple's products and App Store sales will continue to rise. We're not at the fighting-for-market-share stage yet, it's still in the boom. (via Stephen Walli)
  3. Open Hardware Repository -- open source digital hardware projects, such as a tool for generating VHDL/Verilog cores which implement Wishbone bus slaves with certain registers, memory blocks, FIFOs and interrupts. CERN just approved an open license for hardware designs. (via CERN)
  4. Wingu -- SaaS startup to help scientists manage, analyze, and share data. Recently invested by Google, it's one of several startups for scientists, such as Macmillan's Digital Science which is run by Timo Hannay who is one of the convenors of Science Foo Camp. (via Alex Butler)

November 11 2010

Four short links: 11 November 2010

  1. Open Kinect -- less than a week after the bounty for developing an open source driver for Microsoft's Kinect controller was announced, it is claimed. libfreenect is the software.
  2. CCAN -- the Comprehensive C Archive Network.
  3. TextCAPTCHAs -- simple questions, written in English, that are accessible to blind users.
  4. F1 -- Mozilla browser extension for sharing links via Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail. (via Chris Blizzard on Twitter)

March 26 2010

Four short links: 26 March 2010

  1. Chrome Extensions Manager for Firefox -- lets you run Chrome extensions in Firefox. I don't think, though, that people choose Chrome over Firefox for the extensions (quite the opposite, in fact).
  2. Atlassian User Interface -- Javascript HTML UI toolkit, opensourced by Atlassian. (via lachlanhardy on Twitter)
  3. Open Source Ethics and Dead End Derivatives -- open source hardware is dealing with the problem of people changing open source designs but not publishing their modified source. Open source software hasn't found an efficient and reproducible mechanism for dealing with this, though I'd love to be shown one. (via bre on Twitter)
  4. Let's Make Science Metrics More Scientific (Nature) -- excellent paper about the problem of the metrics for measuring scientific performance are based around papers and citations, but fail to take into account teaching, mentoring, communicating, etc. (via dullhunk on Twitter)

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