A different kind of standardized testing.
Why the debate over ISO 29119, the proposed international standard for software testing, might matter to you. [more inside]
Georgia Teens Develop App to Document Police Abuse
- Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. [more inside]
The Adobe Illustrator Story
. Watch the Illustrator
story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution
, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide
101 Useful Websites
is "a frequently updated list of lesser-known but wonderful websites and cool web apps. Here are some of the most useful websites on the internet that you may not know about. These web sites, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google." [more inside]
is a production by demoscene programmer Jim Leonard (a.k.a. Trixter) displaying full-motion color video with audio on a 1981 IBM PC 5160
. The production is a followup to a similar 2007 demo, 8088 Corruption
, but with improved graphical fidelity. [more inside]
TrueCrypt is dead
, and in an extremely bizarre way. Discussion on /r/netsec
, Hacker News
and Ars Technica
. A popular theory is that the bizarreness is a warrant canary
Paul Ford on the five works
of the software canon: [more inside]
is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software
. You can play it online via HTML5
, online via Java
or download a version
for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page
. [more inside]
Each week, the Internet Archive's tumblr account
is completely transformed by a digital resident
along a theme of their choosing. [more inside]
is an interactive geometry tool which started as a free clone of Geometer's Sketchpad, but is now also an algebra, statistics and calculus tool. It is available for download
for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, or as a web app
. [more inside]
"I can't choose whether someone is offended by my actions. I can choose whether to care.
. . . While I cannot be responsible for what my ancestors did, I can take responsibility to play what small part I can in cleaning up their mess." By Martin Fowler, author of many books on foundational concepts of modern software engineering.
is a new steganography tool
by Bram Cohen
of BitTorrent fame designed to “vastly simplify the implementation of new steganographic techniques, and allow a universal decoder and encoding of multiple messages to different keys in the same file.” In particular, DissidentX allows encoding multiple plain texts into the same cover text with different keys, so called deniable encryption
Model View Culture
is a new online publication that concerns itself with technology, culture and diversity. [more inside]
Scott Hanselman has updated his much appreciated list of great tools for Windows
. Still don't get Windows 8? Here's the guide and instructional video
you've been waiting for. [more inside]
Vooza is synonymous with bold innovation
. Vooza is making our world a better place
. Vooza engineers run far ahead of the pack
. Vooza lives and dies by its design
. Vooza is uncompromising in its pursuit of integrity
. Learn more about Vooza here
You might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim.
Yahoo urges its employees to switch from using outlook to Yahoo Mail in a bizare internal email
. Meanwhile, as Microsoft abandons
the hated practice of stack ranking
Yahoo adopts it as its own
. But hey, they have Katie Couric
Because of its persistent inability to tally its accounts, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year. -- Reuters journalist Scot J. Paltrow investigates how the US military's bad accounting not only wastes taxpayers money
, but helps ruin the life of ordinary soldiers and veterans
. [more inside]
HCI people discover bugs by receiving a concerned email from their therapist.
Systems people discover bugs by waking up and discovering that their first-born children are missing and “ETIMEDOUT ” has been written in blood on the wall.
The Night Watch - James Mickens
Should software makers be held financially liable for the insecurity of their products?
"The joke goes that only two industries refer to their customers as “users.” But here's the real punch line: Drug users and software users are about equally likely to recover damages for whatever harms those wares cause them." [more inside]
Google Web Designer
is a free and neat little HTML5 animation authoring tool (system requirements
Facebook Software Updates in Real Life: Parody [SYTL 2min 20sec] 'Facebook Updates in Real Life'
illustrates that not all of the mobile user base is happy with the current 'Facebook Home' improvements. [more inside]
"I am a master at sullying my own name and, all things considered, being associated with the worst software on the planet ranks way down the pole.
" John McAfee (previously
) answers questions about his latest shenanigans
After 10 years Adobe is retiring it's Creative Suite, and boxed versions of Photoshop, InDesign and other CS programs along with it. it will be replaced by the subscription only Creative Cloud.
A new software program grades essay answers automatically.
While not the first to do so, the program released by EdX is expected to gain more traction as it will be used to give instant feedback for the non-profit's free online courses
offered by top universities. Critics have already found ways to game the system
This is the story
of an artist who was able to take numerous photos of a sculpture of a horse's head, "Head of a horse of Selene" now found in the British Museum - but originally from near the Acropolis in ancient Greece (circa 438-432 BC) - and who then fed the said photographs (taken from many different perspectives) to a revolutionary (free) software/app called 123D Catch
(by AutoDesk, makers of AutoCAD), which then created the wireframes needed to print out exact replicas (in pieces that must then be assembled) on a 3D printer
. The artist makes it available on Thingiverse
, if you'd like to make one on your own on your
3D printer. If the demo video for 123D Catch
doesn't blow your mind, your mind has probably already been blown. With apologies to Dr. Hook
A life well lived.
On October 4, 1973, Josh Miele (4) was permanently blinded in an acid attack by his neighbor (pdf)
. 40 years later, Dr. Miele has worked for NASA on the Mars Rover project, he's helped develop "WearaBraille
", a virtual Braille keyboard interface, and has a new project launching this month: the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX)
, which will allow "sighted video viewers to seamlessly add audio description to DVDs as they watch.
" [more inside]
predicts the end of traditional retail
Retail chains are a fundamentally implausible economic structure if there’s a viable alternative. You combine the fixed cost of real estate with inventory, and it puts every retailer in a highly leveraged position. Few can survive a decline of 20 to 30 percent in revenues. It just doesn’t make any sense for all this stuff to sit on shelves. There is fundamentally a better model.
Alan Cooper and the Goal Directed Design Process The heart of the problem, he concludes, is that the people responsible for developing software products don’t know precisely what constitutes a good product. It follows that they also do not know what processes lead to a good product. In short, they are operating by trial and error, with outcomes like customer satisfaction achieved by little more than blind luck. By Hugh Dubberly, first published AIGA GAIN Journal, 2001
], eccentric Silicon Valley mogul and creator of a McAfee antivirus software, lowered his taxes by relocating to Belize a few years ago. But his expatriate neighbor Gregory Faull was not a fan
McAfee's dogs, prostitutes and partying. After Faull was shot to death last month Belize police named McAfee a "person of interest" in the case. McAfee went on the lam and invited Vice Magazine
to join him, which must've seemed like a good idea at the time. McAfee was soon arrested and has since been fighting extradition back to Belize from a Guatemalan jail. McAfee said yesterday he just wants to return to a "normal life" in the U.S.
An iOS application developer has come up with an extreme way of fighting software piracy—by auto-posting "confessions" to its users' Twitter accounts.
"...Enfour, the maker of a variety of dictionary apps, is auto-posting tweets to users' accounts to shame them for being pirates. But the auto-tweeting seems to be affecting a huge portion of its paid user base, not just those who actually stole the apps." Follow-up
. A personal account: Can’t spell “pirate” without “-irate”: on DRM and punishing the customer [more inside]
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (a collaborative book by Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost (previously, previously, previously), Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas (of Facade), Casey Reas, Mark Sample and Noah Vawter)
uses a single line of code
as a basis for pontificating on creative computing
and the impact of software in popular culture. 10 PRINT's content is available as a PDF (50 MB)
via Casey Reas' Flickr.
"We worked through every possible disaster situation," Reed said. "We did three actual all-day sessions of destroying everything we had built
Remember that big Red/Blue map
that you kept looking at on election night?
That graphic was really pretty deceptive, and maps were mentioned 117 times in our huge election thread, often because they didn't make sense or were confusing.
Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, has created a neat page
that represents the data from last Tuesday in a more visually accurate manner. [more inside]
is an open-source program that fixes two of the biggest problems users perceive with the newly-released Windows 8: it brings back the Start Menu, and it allows users to log-in directly to the Desktop instead of the Start Screen. (8.4 MB WINDOWS DOWNLOAD)
Until We Win's LordKat, who sounds like Anthony Bourdain, looks back in anger (and fondness) on the Top 10 Hardest Adventure Games
. [more inside]
... Microsoft made an unobtrusive announcement that brings a degree of closure to a seven year long epic battle between some of the largest technology companies in the world. The same saga pitted open source advocates against proprietary vendors, and for the first time brought the importance of technical standards to the attention of millions of people around the world... [more inside]
The underlying problem here is that most software is not very good.
James Kwak writes in The Atlantic
about the economic risks of bad software. Angry mob comments.