Category Archives: Software

April 29, 2015

Just a quick note: both Shortcode and Most Popular Tags have been tested and verified to work with WordPress versions up to 4.2.1. I’ve updated the readmes of both plugins to reflect this.

Apologies for the delay.

Dave Winer’s Podcatch.com

New shows from my friends’ favorite feeds. That’s what I need when I’m rushing to get out of the house and don’t have time to load up my phone with good shows. I’m getting a lot more value for my podcast-listening time. And so can you!

A good curated list.

April 27, 2015

Starting to get a bit sick and tired of the FUD people are spreading about WordPress. Today’s highlight (paraphrased): “WordPress is super insecure and doesn’t even offer automatic updates”. Except a) it’s more secure than other CMSes—especially less popular ones—and b) WP has had auto-updating built in since 3.7.

The promise—and massive challenge—of making games for the Apple Watch

If you’re trying to create a traditional animated sequence for your Apple Watch game, you might also have some trouble. “Normally when you program a game, you do everything algorithmically for moving everything,” Eyes Wide Games’ Griffin explained. “[Here] you have to pre-render everything. You can still do interesting animations, but instead of at run-time dynamically figuring out where you want things to move, you have to organize your game experience to where you already know what all the possible moves are and render them out.”

Companion apps seem like to way to go, at least until a) the SDK is updated or b) Apple Watch apps are allowed to run directly from the device. I’m not holding my breath for the latter to happen any time soon.

April 24, 2015

Father of the emoticon comes out swinging: I think emojis are ugly

In a way, these all descended from the original thing I did, and I’m the father of all these things. But if you ask me, the first emoticon was the exclamation mark, because it was text that conveyed emotion without spelling it out in words. And I wouldn’t say emojis have wiped out emoticons; I mean, there’s the rebel underground. My friends and I who are computer scientists still use the text ones.

April 17, 2015

The first Tizen smartphone isn’t an “Android killer”—it’s a bad Android clone

Tizen is the Highlander of the mobile world. The Linux-based OS is an amalgamation of every other failed or aborted Linux smartphone platform. If it’s Linux-based and not made by Google, there’s a good chance it’s been rolled into Tizen at some point. Tizen’s family tree includes Moblin, Meego, LiMo, and Bada, with large chunks of code written by the Linux Foundation, Intel, Samsung, and even the pre-Microsoft Nokia.

I laughed.

A Bank Website on WordPress

There’s a thread on Quora asking “I am powering a bank’s website using WordPress. What security measures should I take?” The answers have mostly been ignorant junk along the lines of “Oh NOES WP is INSECURE! let me take my money out of that bank”, so I wrote one myself, which I’ve copied below.

Hear, hear. I am so tired of reading the same bullshit about WordPress and security.

April 3, 2015

browser.html

An experimental browser built in HTML.

browser.html is a platform research project closely related to Servo. It’s not a product. We are exploring future UI paradigms strictly only because we are curious what future needs will be on our platform and processes to build our platform, which we want to evolve.