Category Archives: Software

Smaz

Smaz is a simple compression library suitable for compressing very short strings. General purpose compression libraries will build the state needed for compressing data dynamically, in order to be able to compress every kind of data. This is a very good idea, but not for a specific problem: compressing small strings will not work.

Advanced layout made easy with CSS regions

CSS regions are an exciting technology that make it easier than ever to create rich, magazine-like layouts within web content. Regions have been under development in WebKit for a while now, and we’re delighted to tell you that they are available for use in Safari on iOS 7, Safari 7 on Mavericks, and Safari 6.1 on Mountain Lion.

It took a while to wrap my brain around how it works, but this seems really useful.

Upload Pie

An odd name, but a useful service. Upload an image, PDF or text file, get a private URL to share it from and the service will automatically delete the resource when you tell it to.

cmder

Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout. Looking sexy from the start.

(via the venerable One Thing Well)

Winamp closing down on December 20

Initially released in 1997 as a media player by two college students, Winamp gained popularity with the rising trend of MP3 file sharing, but increased competition from newer rivals including online music streaming services — could have ultimately rendered it defunct for today’s Internet and computer users.

End of an era.

Facebook’s Open Academy Program

Facebook Open Academy kicked off in spring 2013 with an ambitious goal to improve the curriculum at a meaningful number of top university computer science departments around the world. Specifically, the aim is to provide a practical, applied software engineering experience as part of a university student’s CS education. This is accomplished through a partnership with open source projects that allows the students to receive academic credit for work pertaining to the open source code base. Mentors and faculty engage with the students on a weekly basis to support progress and positive learning outcomes.

The new version of Facebook Messenger now allows you to chat via people’s phone numbers, even if your contact isn’t on Facebook. This feature could be really devastating to WhatsApp and the like, but how many people are willing to switch from what they’re used to remains to be seen.

Erato

Erato is a beautiful and simple Markdown editor for your Mac. It is fast, extremely easy to use and gets out of your way.