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December 29 2010

Four short links: 29 December 2010

  1. datastore -- implementation of Google App Engine Datastore in Java, running on hbase and hadoop. (via Hacker News)
  2. Mining of Massive Datasets -- 340 page book from Stanford with the best copyright cautionary coverletter: we expect that you will acknowledge our authorship if you republish parts or all of it. We are sorry to have to mention this point, but we have evidence that other items we have published on the Web have been appropriated and republished under other names. It is easy to detect such misuse, by the way, as you will learn in Chapter 3. (via Delicious)
  3. Wordcram -- generate word clouds in Processing. (via jandot on Twitter)
  4. URL Design -- the why and how of designing your URLs. Must-read. (via kneath on Twitter)

November 23 2010

Four short links: 23 November 2010

  1. Goodbye App Engine -- clear explanation of the reasons why Google AppEngine isn't the right thing to build your startup on. Don't read the comments unless you want to lose faith in humanity. (via Michael Koziarski on Twitter)
  2. Neato Robotics XV-11 Tear-down -- the start of hackable LIDAR, which would enable cheap and easy 3D mapping, via a Roomba-like robovacuum with a LIDAR module in it. (via Chris Anderson on Twitter)
  3. Boilerpipe -- code to remove boilerplate wrappers from a webpage, returning just the text you care about. (via Andy Baio)
  4. Visual Eyes -- web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations. (via Courtney Johnston's Instapaper feed)

September 02 2010

Four short links: 2 Sep 2010

  1. Guardian Science Blogs -- the latest in a series of science blog aggregators. Nobody is too sure what benefits a blog umbrella like Discovery or Nature (or the Guardian) offers bloggers. Regardless of this, the content is fantastic.
  2. v2ex: A Community Running on AppEngine -- no hosting costs, massive scalability.
  3. Raising Money for Vanuatu Arts Center -- a Kickstarter project to fund a 6-hectare/14.8-acre off-the-grid artists retreat, cultural preservation and technological education space in the remote Pacific island of Vanuatu. Kickstarter is incredible. (via BoingBoing)
  4. Orbiter (XKCD) -- names are human artifacts, as every Internet mapping company knows. I'm reminded of how Gracenote, who run CDDB, store every datum submitted to them, and consequently have nearly fifty spellings of Britney Spears.

June 18 2010

Four short links: 18 June 2010

  1. Facebook Changes Crawling Policy (for the better) -- they're implementing their crawling policy in robots.txt and not in additional contractual terms. This is in response to Pete Warden pointing out that robots.txt is industry standard and will avoid confusion such as landed him with large lawyer bills. This change came from Bret Taylor, their CTO, who was product manager for Google Maps and gets working sanely with developers. (via Pete Warden)
  2. Law as Source Code (Sean McGrath) -- there's something important coming together in his series of blog posts about law. What we have here are two communities that work with insanely large, complex corpora of text that must be rigorously managed and changed with the utmost care, precision and transparency of intent. Yet, the software community has a much greater set of tools at its disposal to help out.
  3. AppEngineJS -- a port of the Google Appengine Python SDK to JavaScript [...] JavaScript Web applications powered by Google's infrastructure [...] at client and server side.
  4. Axiis -- Flash-based visualization framework.

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