- Errata Security: Confirmed: LinkedIn 6mil password dump is real – The updates on this are particularly interesting, as he writes about the speed of cracking passwords.
Also, I want one of those video cards.
- An Architect’s Guide to Color – Color is beckoning this season, and one architect is heeding the call with a plethora of new hues to tempt your house's palette.
- Review: Sufan Stevens, Son Lux And Serengeti, ‘Beak And Claw’ : NPR – I picked up this album on iTunes and have to say that it's as quirky and cool as this review makes it out to be.
- Linux computer the size of a thumb drive now available for preorder – "[…] the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video."
- Bash One-Liners :: bashoneliners.com – I think this is incredibly cool. A wide variety of geeky tasks here.
- Cruise Ship Didn’t Aid Drifting Boat, Passengers Say : NPR – "One of the other birders on the Star Princess was Judy Meredith from Bend, Ore. She says, "We all watched him for a bit and thought, 'This guy's in distress. He's trying to get our attention. And he doesn't have a motor on his boat.' We could see that."
This week’s internet cruising:
- Questionable Content – Tool reference!
- What does English sound like to foreign ears? – The Blogs at HowStuffWorks – An absolutely amazing song and video by an Italian comedian faking English, plus some adorable animal sounds.
- Why CRUD might be what they want, but may not be what they need – Reading this sent me back to an old client’s site (from almost two years ago), remembering the CRUD-based admin console I developed that was such an incorrect way to go about giving them the functionality they needed. Oy.
- Renaming Many Files At Once with Pattern Matching in Bash | Andy Regan – This proved very handy in renaming about 40 files quickly at work.
Video interlude! This video convinced me to start playing Mass Effect (the first) tonight.
So far, it’s a blast, and not too chock-full of grumpiness. Just enough to be fun.
For two weeks’ worth of links, there aren’t very many. Then again, I do still have 173 unread items in Google Reader.
- glenscott.net » Restore an Eee PC 701 back to factory Xandros from a USB stick with no ASUS Support DVD – This proved quite handy last night in restoring ol' Tammy to defaults for Greg.
- The legend of the superprogrammer – "Caper Jones, in an unpublished 1977 study for IBM, found that the very best developers are much more productive than the worst programmer — when working on small projects. The best developer will complete a 1k line of code (LOC) effort 6 times faster than the lousiest. The productivity delta falls to 2x on a 64k LOC project. Beyond a few hundred thousand LOC both sorts of people perform equally well. Or equally poorly."
- Skepticblog » The Reasonableness of Weird Things – "Many people have quite good reasons for believing in the paranormal. […] In my experience, the top reasons people believe weird things are not only understandable, but identical to the reasons most skeptics believe things: they are persuaded by personal experiences (or by the experiences of a loved one); or, they are persuaded by the sources they have consulted."
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I get so sick of elitist, skeptic douchebags with their holier-than-thou lock on critical thinking that I — despite having the same desires to protect people against fraudulent untruths — won't put the label of "skeptic" on myself. It's a movement that has a rude, pushy face in far too many of the cases I've seen. I hope more folks take articles like this to heart.
- Think Progress » Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism – "For far too long white Americans have been told that diversity is something beneficial to their existence. Statistics prove that the opposite is true."
- Because Blacks are not American | Prometheus 6 – Too bad I didn't teach a "fuzzy" subject like history. Then I could have had the opportunity to really screw with people's heads.
- Buttersafe » The Essence of Being Human – Mmm, cat videos.
- 10 New High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs | Freebies – I always love things like this, even if — for the web — it means slicing and dicing text as images. To that end, if sites could consistently and easily push fonts out to users, would that be a good thing?
- Is It Time To Quit Your Day Job? – One of those nice "get off your butt and do your passion job" articles. 🙂
- High Test Coverage Ratio is a good thing, Anyway! – Patrick Smacchia [MVP C#] – CodeBetter.Com – Stuff you need to Code Better! – Patrick uses the broken window argument to conclude that 100% test coverage from the start will encourage developers to maintain 100% coverage in code as they refactor. I'm not sure I buy that for cases where rapidly-developed prototypes are refactored and developed into deployed applications.
- 70 Unique Examples Of 404 Error Pages For Your Inspiration – These are gorgeous and helpful. And inspiring.
- How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made – Don't know about you, but I can't get enough of Mustafa.
- Rules For Games: Do & Don’t #1 | Rock, Paper, Shotgun – "Don’t: leave diary entries by one person scattered over miles of corridors, buildings and countries. That’s not how a diary works."
- Román Cortés » Pure CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) Coke Can – Courtesy of a colleague; this is pretty awesome.
- Ubuntu 9.04 on Asus Eee PC 701 – Um, yes please. I'm totally doing this tonight or tomorrow. I'm unimpressed with Xandros on Tammy (my 701).
- Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic" | Video on TED.com – I'm going to have to stop posting 90% of the ones I watch, but damn, this guy is good.
- Charles Fleischer insists: All things are Moleeds | Video on TED.com – This guy is hilarious.
- Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole | Video on TED.com – I may just keep posting notable TED.com videos. I hope they aren't all notable…
- Steve Jobs: How to live before you die | Video on TED.com – Excellent talk on how to keep moving forward.
Links for April 18th from 19:48 to 22:10:
- Without a Goal – An interesting look at the variety of goal-related options in games. Must games provide goals? If so, to what extent?
- RPG Thoughts – Campaign Plan – Courtesy of WO, this looks like a great way to plan campaigns. I'm going to try it for our game.
- JKHP:OS-tan/desktops – Very awesome OS-tans of the Linux distros. The Ubuntu lady is my background at work.
- How to cheat good – a thaumaturgical compendium – 'The only people allowed to use the word ?colour? are those with Indian surnames. ?Weight,? you may argue, ?I was bourne and razed in the english countryside.?'
- Top 10 Reasons To Have Sex Tonight, Studies Show Sex Can Help With Your Weight, Your Brain, Your Blood Pressure And More – CBS News – …I like sex.
- 10 Horrible Video Game Cliches – This is marvelously hilarious. I have ideas for games that would poke good fun at many of these.