Category: Core

The core of this blog relates to web development, freelancing, technology, basically anything that has to do with the internet and how it works. You are currently seeing only posts related to those core subjects.


The Other Rosetta

It sometimes feels like we are standing still in our “space age” progress but then you SpaceX / Elon Musk news and you feel we’re finally moving again. Sometimes you even get progress from other sources, like the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft rendezvousing with a comet for the first time. The Rosetta mission will […]

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Hyperlapse

As I start blogging again (!), one of the things I’ll be mentioning regularly are algorithms. Computation is one of the driving force of many changes in society today but the word itself, the creation of, the uses and impacts of algorithms are often hard to grasp. Here’s a “mundane” usage yet extraordinary technically example, […]

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“Impossible” Space Drive

NASA have released a report laying out some research results around an “impossible” microwave thrusters, which might confirm. a major breakthrough in space propulsion. Wired also has a follow up, 10 questions about Nasa’s ‘impossible’ space drive answered. This compares with Nasa’s plans using conventional technology which takes six months just to get there, and requires […]

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Some Ebola Myths

Lots of ebola alarm in the media, one researcher decided do debunk some myths which basically translates to; “don’t panic, especially out of West Africa.” Myth 3 for example: I blame this one on The Hot Zone, which provided graphic descriptions of what could happen with an Ebola infection, including bleeding from every body orifice and […]

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The Monkey Didn’t Do It

A monkey went a bit viral yesterday, in their transparency report the Wikimedia Foundation said they denied a take down request because the photographer didn’t actually own the copyright since the picture in question was taken by the monkey. Multiple media and social media users jumped on it with titles like Wikipedia refuses to delete […]

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Mon & Dad Expectations

Around the tech world recently there’s been a number of articles and debates around expectations from mom CEOs, more specifically the habit of asking them how they manage to balance the demands of being both a mom and a CEO. Seems men never get asked that question. I certainly wont debate that, it’s clear that […]

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Arctic Carbon

If you’ve been paying attention to the environment and climate change news, you know we are already in trouble and very likely some measure of fucked. It’s even easier to absorb and get in your head when a climatologist actually uses the words “We’re fucked.” “Even if a small fraction of the Arctic carbon were […]

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Creative & Social

Part of a small series of articles I wrote for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Across the world many communities share a few of the same problems, I’d like to pick just a couple of those and look at a few solutions currently being experimented with around innovative […]

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“Things That Compute”

Part of a small series of articles I wrote for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Anyone who’s recently sat down on a bus or subway car and looked around knows that smartphones are now in nearly every hand. A typical row of people will often go like this: […]

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Quick Takes, April 4th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Built in obsolescence, un-repairable products, unmodifiable products, obfuscated inner workings, etc. Do you then really own the product you pay for? How about software, when you are fully immersed in a giant’s […]

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Quick Takes, March 28th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Amidst the recent buzz for “Full Stack” Startups, Martin Spindler reminds us that “the stack” is actually made up of multiple layers of infrastructures, all moving at different speeds. Some are “shearing […]

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Quick Takes, March 21st

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. It's one of the most important pieces of news in astrophysics of the last few years, maybe ever: a team of astronomers led by John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for […]

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Quick Takes, March 13th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. “Amazon.com, along with 3DLT announced a partnership in which Amazon will begin, offering for sale, 3D printed items on demand. 3DLT will be the first company to offer 3D printed products on […]

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Quick Takes, March 6th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Buying fewer things, repairing them, planned obsolescence. It’s a discussion that has been going on for a while but this piece by Nick Thorpe on Aeon does a pretty thorough job of […]

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Quick Takes, February 28th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates. Simple, a start-up launched in 2009 and which “seeks to distinguish itself from traditional banks by eschewing fees and offering its customers data-rich analysis of their transactions” was sold to BBVA. The […]

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