Flying the world’s fastest plane: Behind the stick of the SR-71 is an amazing writeup about flying one of the most awesome planes built, ever.
To keep Evernote at your fingertips, Carlos A. Sztoltz has created a fantastic workflow we’ve been using daily alongside Evernote.
Newsweek has found The Face Behind Bitcoin by, shockingly, looking him up.
“I don’t think he’s in any trouble,” I say. “I would like to ask him about Bitcoin. This man is Satoshi Nakamoto.” “What?” The police officer balks. “This is the guy who created Bitcoin? It looks like he’s living a pretty humble life.”
Turns out Satoshi Nakamoto is the guys real name.
If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system. I’ve linked to items like this before, and I will again I’m sure. It’s fascinating to see just how tiny we are in the universe.
A really interesting look at Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface from someone moving from an iPad
Basic things that should really not be complicated are borderline impossible on Windows. For example, how do you create a bootable clone of your hard disk, so that you can boot from an identical external USB hard disk in case the internal disk goes belly-up? On a Mac, you just download Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper17 and run it. In case of emergency, connect the external disk, start the Mac, hit Option, select the external disk, you’re done.
That’s not an isolated example. Finding software for Windows is a nightmare. Windows users sometimes complain that Mac software is expensive. Maybe it is, but on the plus side, it generally tends to work, and typically doesn’t fill your computer with adware and browser toolbars and background processes that install weird buttons in the toolbars of all of your freaking windows.
It’s definitely not a Windows 8 / Surface hate-fest, or an iPad love fest. He finds lots wrong on both sides of the fence, with the conclusions reached fairly interesting.
Sadly open source isn’t invulnerable to security bugs either, even with source code seen by hundreds of eyes. A Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping since 2005:
The bug is the result of commands in a section of the GnuTLS code that verify the authenticity of TLS certificates, which are often known simply as X509 certificates. The coding error, which may have been present in the code since 2005, causes critical verification checks to be terminated, drawing ironic parallels to the extremely critical “goto fail” flaw that for months put users of Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems at risk of surreptitious eavesdropping attacks. Apple developers have since patched the bug.
However, fixes have started rolling out already.
Now that Radio Shack is shutting down, you may want to reminisce by going through an archive of Radio Shack Catalogs from 1939 to current.
Microsoft’s answer to Siri is profiled over at The Verge.
Remember the viral video a couple of years back that was race car driver Jeff Gordon doing crazy test drives on unsuspecting car dealership owners? Well, he’s back for “Test Drive 2″.
I have to blame my boss for passing this on, The Most Insane News Story Of 2014.
I honestly find it hard to believe that this isn’t a parody site.
The internet is fucked is a great opinion piece at The Verge. My favorite quote is this:
(And if anyone tries to tell you that ultra-expensive mobile broadband is somehow competitive with wired service, ask that person to buy you a nice dinner and tell you the story of when they realized dignity had a price. You’re talking to a cable industry lobbyist; they can afford it.)
What happens when some photographers rent a helicopter and go Above San Francisco?
So the new Samsung Galaxy S5 has been revealed to the world.
Best viewed full screen on a big ass monitor, but not for anyone afraid of heights. In fact, I’m not afraid of heights and got a bit queasy in a few places!
Apparently the encryption malware Bitcrypt has been broken. Here’s a fascinating look at the analysis required to figure out the virus and reverse engineer it.
With such factors, we could build a Python script implementing all the cryptographic operations to decipher the encrypted files, and save the precious pictures. Such a Python script is available on our bitbucket repository.
This story of How One Scammer Manipulated Apple’s Top Charts To Earn Tens Of Thousands Daily Using A $10 Template shouldn’t come to a huge surprise to anyone, but it’s still a great read.
Remember how Facebook spent $16 Billion on a messaging service? The Verge has some good thoughts on Why Facebook needed WhatsApp to explain just why such an ungodly sum of money went to it instead of say, feeding the hungry, providing medical for a small town for a year in the US, cancer research, or something more interesting than the acquisition of 450M active monthly users.
DHH Tweeted to say that Jim Weirich, the speaker and legend in the Ruby on Rails world passed away last night. His last github commit of less than a day ago already has almost 700 comments expressing sorrow.
Google says welcome to the new Google Maps as their maps roll out of the preview it’s been in since may.
The full list of free Craft & Vision eBooks is:
- Craft & Vision I - 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography
- Craft & Vision II - More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs
- TEN - Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear
- TEN MORE - Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear
Yea, we’re pretty awesome like that.
Note: #6 is my favorite.
I honestly had no idea that they were quite this crazy.
a guy named Yoppy has already lined up outside Apple’s flagship Japanese store to buy the unannounced ‘iPhone 6’ , a device that isn’t expected to launch for another seven months or so
Other fans of Apple hardware and software, this is the sort of shit that gives us a bad name. Stop it. ok?
Google will block local extensions in Chrome 33 for Windows, disable existing ones not in the Chrome Web Store. I assume this has to do with the current spam issue of legitimate extensions being bought and then “updated” with spyware, ad injection, and so on.
Google today announced it will block local Chrome extensions on Windows as of version 33. As a result, Windows users will only be able to use extensions for the company’s browser that they install from the Chrome Web Store.
Paul Thurrott has a nice Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for those interested.
Bloomberg says Facebook Puts a Downer on Upworthy
Facebook Inc. changed its newsfeed algorithm. You’ll never believe what happened to Upworthy’s traffic next.
So this means either:
1 - My newsfeed will be flooded with all the clone sites looking to capitalize on the way that upworthy worked.
2 - My newsfeed will return to sanity
I honestly don’t know what to say about this.
Yikes. Can this possibly be true? At first blush, this sounds like an incredible overreaction. This report was filed by NBC’s Brian Williams and Richard Engel, not some novice journalist. There’s background assist from Kyle Wilhoit, a Senior Threat Researcher at Trend Micro.
I saw the original video yesterday, and other than the abhorred way that they opened that poor, defenseless MacBook Air box, it just smelled of sensationalism and…. something was off. Glad that some more real information was tracked down.
Love that someone’s been willing to speak out and talk about the show’s weird sexual issues.
The show assembles a harem of attractive women who attempt to woo one man not just with their charm, but their bodies, their insecurity, and their willingness to suppress any part of their personality that might make them seem difficult—in particular, their innate discomfort that this man is availing himself of numerous other women as he speaks to each of them about feeling a “real connection.”
I love that this is more morally pure and acceptable to children than a gay version of the bachelor.
Satya Nadella - Microsoft’s CEO is a great looking page to do the announcement, really nicely done. I don’t know enough about Satya, but I suspect that he’ll be analyzed by the tech press mercilessly over the next few weeks.
Will he be able to steer the ship that is Microsoft? Who knows. Will things change and the company become more “relevant” (to the iPhone, MacBook, Android, ChromeBook touting techies)? No clue. Will Microsoft to an IBM and move over to the enterprise only and leave the consumer space for Apple and Linux? I can only imagine.
It’ll be an interesting year.
How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry is a look at how in app purchases have…. wait for it…. destroyed the industry. Maybe a bit hyperbolic, but if you look at games as a way to have fun, watch the 8 minute video embedded and see how the game doesn’t remotely look fun at all.
The modern-day Dungeon Keeper is not even a game. It’s just a socially engineered scam. And since people don’t remember what real gaming was like in the 90s, they are giving it the highest rating in the app store.
Language is a bit NSFW, but for good purpose. Just a warning.
Racist Revolt As Coca-Cola Airs Multilingual ‘America the Beautiful’ SuperBowl Ad. I know that this isn’t everyone, and I am sure none of my american friends would say anything like that, because they’re not racist, small-minded assholes… of which there are apparently a lot still out there.
Pebble says It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore. The post says that the new app is available in the App Store, but for me I’m only seeing the old version so far. Looking forward to playing though!
Ok, this is a great spoof of a new movie called Obama starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Pretty impressed at the talent they got for the promo:
Typeset In The Future has a great peice for you font and design nerds out there about the typsetting and fonts of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Bill Bailey’s message to Metallica is that he’s got them covered (so to speak) if they need him.
Ok, this commercial for lego Star Wars microfighters is really good.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin writes Why I Hate Coming Home to America:
Like all Americans (and every human being for that matter), I want to be safe. But I can’t help but question the efficacy of our national security policy, including the practice of detaining U.S. citizens because something (never specifically explained) about a name or person’s identity is said to match that of someone somewhere in the world who is deemed to pose a threat to America. How close is the match? What aspects of one’s “profile” are searched for a match? None of that is ever explained.
Read the whole piece… Ahmed is very aware of the “safety” of screening and all that crap, but come on, WTF guys. Why can’t you just say “we’re going to discriminate against brown people because they’re brown… oh, and anyone with a funny terrorist name” and have it out in the open, instead of pretending that they were randomly selected, or a profile match, or whatever excuse that isn’t “you look like the people who attacked the US on 9/11 so we’re going to fuck with you”.
Kudos to the guys behind the Evernote sync engine for re-engineering it for speed. Updating a system of this size is no easy task, and they did a great job.
Yea… so the Apps Status Dashboard over at google is showing that pretty much everything is down. Someone’s not having a good day.
So yea, google+, gmail, blogger, and a host of basically all of google’s properties right now are down. Hopefully not for long.
Only 30 years later, iFixit has a Macintosh 128K Teardown:
Join us as we live the time-traveler’s dream—the deep, lucid, Orwellian vision of hope, fear, and nostalgia that is 1984. Just in time for its 30th anniversary, we laid hands on an ‘84 original: the Macintosh 128K. And, you guessed it—we’re tearing it down like it’s the Berlin Wall.
New York was a very different place in the 1980s. Throughout America, and the world, it had a reputation for being a crime-riddled, dirty metropolis - one much changed from its bustling, mid-twentieth century prime. And nowhere was this more evident than on the city’s subway trains and platforms. Once the pride of Manhattan and the boroughs, the network had become a virtual no-go area both at night and during the day. Indeed, even a cursory glance at crime statistics shows us that in 1985 there were approximately 14,000 underground felonies - a far cry from today’s approximate 2,000.
Chief O’Brien at Work is a hilarious comic about Star Trek TNG Chief engineer O’Brien. Sad and dark and hilarious, all at once. I had seen one of these before, but there are 16 (so far) to enjoy.
A Star Just Exploded ‘Next Door’ And It’s A Huge Deal over on the Discovery blogs.
I’m pimping Super Fantastic Nerd Hour! for a friend, but if you’re on this page, chances are you’ll be interested. Have a look at the preview for episode 1:
It’s the first episode of the Super Fantastic Nerd Hour! We discuss the forces that turned us into super nerds, why we created this show, and break down origin stories from Gilgamesh to Luke Skywalker. We throw Man of Steel’s Clark Kent against Monsters University’s Mike Wazowski in the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER and countdown our top 5 favorite origin stories.
Subscribe now and listen. Do it for the power of Greyskull!
On the Backblaze Blog the question of What Hard Drive Should I Buy? is answered. Backblaze, providing backup services, goes through a lot of drives, and keeps records of failure rates, performance, and so on. Very interesting data, and far more useful than your friend who’s always bought some brand of drive and never has had any problems, so they’re the best.
Suddenly had extra ads, popups, and new search results show up and your virus and spyware scanner reports everything as a-ok? It might be to do with the report from Ars on Adware vendors buying Chrome Extensions and updating them with spyware. Because Chrome extensions update silently, and are out of the scope of spyware and virus scanners, it’s a great new vector to use for scammers and advertisers. Other things:
- Chrome extensions are fairly easy to make, so being offered a few thousand for a couple of hours work that it took to make an extension is a good deal if you’re not clear on what the new owner will do with it.
- Many extensions ask for full access to all your browsing (normally by necessity), making them an attractive target for purchase.
Something to be aware of. If google was smart they’d either add in some sort of spyware checking, or add a notification to the user on either extension ownership change, or a more obvious changelog.