- "This project was developed in two hackathons (Code for America
and Lesbians Who Tech
) to create an open-source tool to help visa and immigration paperwork. The hope is that other people will build on this and make a viable tool for public use. Right now it's mostly developed on Rails." [via mefi projects
is a unique grid-based art tool for PC and OS X that has garnered some acclaim from game developers for its retro digital aesthetic. See what people
in Hexels, or try it yourself
for free. [more inside]
Having taken pictures of more than 6 million miles’ worth of road, Google is more than doubling the amount of global Street View imagery by adding all of its archive photography. The company’s Google Maps Web application will now include a time machine feature where users can move a slider to see all historical images of a place.
As much as possible, pictures of the same place have been aligned so they have the same perspective as one another.
John Quincy St. Clair has a considerable body of patent applications well worth reading. Inventions include the Remote viewing amplifier
, “[an] apparatus which enhances the ability of a person to perform remote viewing by connecting the human spiritual eye to the tetrahedral geometry of subspace”, and the Walking through walls training system
, a “training system which enables a human being to acquire sufficient hyperspace energy in order to pull the body out of dimension so that the person can walk through solid objects such as wooden doors.” [more inside]
lets you make anaglyphs and stereo animated gifs, like these
. (You can control the point of focus with your mouse in the flash versions.) Instructions for making it work on a Mac.
Chirp is an application that allows information such as photos, text or links to be transmitted to devices in earshot
. The "chirp" containing the link to the data may be played from a devices or broadcast over radio or PA systems. Unlike many similar system the technology does not require receiving devices to be pre-paired. For now available only as an iPhone application. Discussion and demonstration
is a site that enables the user to enter transactions and track their bank balance via SMS. People sharing a bank account can also get updates when money is spent from the account by the other person. [more inside]
Want to earn tons of cool badges and prizes while competing with you friends to see who can be the best American?
It's up to you to keep America safe! If you see something suspicious, Snap it! If you see someone who doesn't belong, Snap it! Not sure if someone or something is suspicious? Snap it anyway!
Maciej Ceglowski of Idlewords
has made a new bookmarking service called pinboard. [more inside]
is a large review site for various freeware apps, from desktop organizing tools
to philosophical flash games
. There are literally hundreds of applications reviewed, as well as a few compilations
to get you started. [more inside]
is a useful browser-based tool for geeks. It's a web page that does all sorts of operations on text, e.g. escape/ unescape, hashing, regexp testing.
Susan is currently looking for work. But in this case, instead of asking someone to hire her, Susan is looking to hire a boss
. If you're a boss interested in this opportunity, you can apply here
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Want one of the roughly 7,000 jobs
in Obama's administration? Hope you've got a pencil and some time to spare.
Obama wants any internet "handles" you've used, too, presumably for vetting past snark. But lengthly questionnaires aren't anything new... [more inside]
"As a great architect once said, 'Buildings should look like what they are'." John Jessop became so frustrated with the red tape required for his company to get permission to build a farm shed, he submitted a sarcastic application
. Read his full "Planning Application for Erection of Agricultural Implement Shed" here [pdf, 3 pages]
. No word yet on whether the shed was approved. Via.
I'm not a computer programmer
, but I love the thought
that go into [computer] application design. [more inside]
First there was Nikto
. Then along came Wikto
. Last Saturday at Shmoocon Billy Hoffman introduced
the world to Jitko
, a client-side vulnerability scanner that exploits your browser & turns your PC into a platform for finding holes in computers across the Internet (or behind your firewall). Reactions were mixed
. Does Jikto go too far?
Free, online photo editing tools.
Dapper: The Data Mapper
A recently launched
service that allows users to extract data from any website into XML, and transform or build applications and mashups with that data. Described by it's creators
as a way to, "easily build an API for any website... through a visual and intuitive process". Plagiarism Today, meanwhile, has cause for concern
, "Dapper is a scraper. Nothing more... now the technologically impaired can scrape content from any site... the potential danger [is] very, very real".
The Torn-Up Credit Card Application.
Can you get a credit card with a torn-up application? One citizen puts in the minimal effort to find out.
is 37 Signals' latest offering is free sharable to-do lists. You can keep them to yourself, share them with only specific people, or share them with the world. So now you have no
excuse for forgetting to buy milk on the way home.
Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows
[...]The significance of the development is that Linux and Windows are able to work in parallel on the same computer or server. To[sic] now, the computer world is divided into systems that operate either with Windows or with Linux. [...]
is an elegant application that acts as your web filing cabinet. Store, rate and categorize web clippings with the click of a bookmarklet. Once collected, search, share or publish your links via email or RSS. (via Inter-Alia
- Ian Clarke of Freenet fame has created a distributed, collaborative document editing web application. Much like a wiki, but geared more purely towards polishing and editing documents. Rather than the "build fast" model of the wiki, 3D17 doc modifications are subject a voting process before being applied. [more inside]
is fast, simple and free." Football is quite rubbish, but this is great for us office prisoners.
For the last year or so, I've been messing around with a little app called Blender
. Blender is a piece of 3d rendering and animation software that does quite a bit of what high priced renderers like 3D Studio Max and Ray Dream do [samples
]. The difference is that Blender is free
The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.
is a bookmark manager that allows you to access your favorites list from multiple machines. However, their server does not seem to be responding.
Since I was out of town (and away from my machine) for all of last week, can anyone tell me what the deal is?
This is pretty damn cool: your bookmarks, napsterized
. A new app (windows only, sorry) to let you share your favorite sites with everyone and allow others to search for them. If they add a hotlist, ala napster, this could be one killer app.
Anyone tried Flyswat?
Reads web pages with you and makes hyperlinks for words it recognizes. Very cool hypertext tool...
So, how big
did you say that app needed to be? Radsoft Labs knocks a Windows DNS client down from 3.5MB to 7*KB*. [Via RISKS Digest
Pyra's killer app
, says Michael Sippey in the most recent Stating the Obvious
. The Pyra
maniacs started out to build a robust project-management tool, and got sucked into the swirling vortex that is weblog-world along the way.
"Pyra's killer app isn't Blogger, it's Pyra. Of course, that's mostly semantics, since Blogger's an application built on top of the Pyra framework. Which means that Pyra could not only be your next project management app, but your next content publishing platform as well. An integrated content, template, task, issue, and discussion database? Sounds like a killer app to me. Now they just need to figure out the business model..."
I would have thought the business model was obvious. Isn't it?