A stub is a short article which rounds up little bits of information that I’ve found throughout the week. These may be web or computer related, or they may be more general things. It’s more a personal log than an actual article, reminding me of things that I may’ve forgotten, but some of it may be of help to someone else!
February is here already and a lot’s happened!
- Popular Twitter powered (and authored) app Vine had embarrassing moment this week when a porn video reached the “Editor’s Pick” section.
- Speaking of Vine, this week’s edition of In Beta was mainly taken up with a discussion which stemmed Vine, and how it’s only available on iOS currently. They commented on how cross-platform is an important factor in creating a mobile app, especially for a large company such as Twitter. They go on to discuss an article which suggests that Android is popular because it’s cheap. 5By5 | In Beta #34: Vine Voyeurism
- Newegg have beaten a “patent troll” who has been suing large companies over small parts of their shopping cart system. A victory for all the large companies being targeted.
- An amusing, bizarre and scary story concerning showing that dating site algorithms can’t weed out the crazy people of the world. Woman Sues Match.com After Date Stabs Her
- My series of articles on refactoring continues, one describing re-writing code in an Object-Oriented way, and another published today, describing good coding practices to be friendly to other developers.
- Steve Ballmer, in another hilarious comment, has called Dropbox a ‘little startup’ with ‘only’ 100 million. I don’t quite see how Microsoft haven’t fired him yet.
- Staying on the topic of Dropbox and other cloud services, a US legislation has been passed which enables US authorities to look at any files stored in US territory without a warrant.
- Another employee has succumbed to getting fired by the company they work for, by mocking them publically.
- I revisited Chrome Experiments and found this rather amazing production using pure standards. Check out ROME.
- We got a little more information about the release date for the new iteration of Android this week, Key Lime Pie.
- The Google Trekker project continues to push Google Maps Street View away from just streets. Now you can visit all 75 miles of the Grand Canyon from the comfort of your own home.
- Another “pay-to-unlock” virus begins to gain momentum.
- Sony ends the production of Mini Disc…after years of the format being forgotten.
- TicketMaster are the first high-profile company to stop the use of CAPTCHAs, instead using a different, more human-friendly method.
- In Beta #33 was mainly focussed on discussing the low moments of agreeing to do voluntary work for small/non-profit companies. Including DNS issues, no end of contract agreement and negativity and high expectations despite your kind gesture of free work. 5By5 | In Beta #33: Internal Resentfulness Meter
- And finally, I implore you to watch this new short from Disney, impressive new animation techniques and a sweet narrative make it doubly watchable.