State of Technology Last Week -#4
March 28, 2011
- Is it a good bargain? CamelCamelCamel tracks Amazon products price for you
- CodeSchool launches cheesy, but aims to be the hands-on learning center for to learn better programming.
#architecture – Adrian Cockcroft of Netflix – after Amazon EBS was blamed for a Reddit outage – explains Elastic Block Store and its difference from EC2.
#code – Speech-to-text transcription on Chrome using HTML5 speech-input API from Google
#design – ‘If I had more time, I would write a shorter letter’ — 40 great examples of minimalist photography
#essay – Ben Horowitz writes about “Titles and Promotions” in context of Technology people and how Andreessen and Zuckerberg try to fix the ‘problem’ from two orthogonal perspectives
#mobile – A great overview of algorithms to extract text from HTML documents (like, Instapaper, Readability)
#saas – Ever wondered what tools do new startups use? Here’s a single page repository of the entire collection of tools used for ‘Feedback and FAQ’ to ‘Contractor Management’ to ‘CDNs’.
#social – Influencers – roughly half the tweets consumed are generated by just about 20K elite “producers” – Yahoo research analyzing about 5B tweets shows ‘only about 15% of tweets are received directly from traditional media’ and tweets about video, music and books are longest lived.
#tool – Snappy is Google’s Open Source Compression Library emphasizing speed over volume reduction
#tweaks n’ hacks – Some ‘Popular Security Architectures’ – Street Lamp (e.g., HTTPS), Gilded Cage, Barn Door, Blame the Victim – Marc Stiegler from HP Labs offers metaphorical teaching
- StackOverflow.com has a unique “Offline for Maintenance” page
- And, 6wunderkinder.com has a unique « about us » page.
- iPad2 simulator built with CSS3, JQuery and HTML5
#parting_thought – ‘There are people who actually like programming. I don’t understand why they like programming.’ — Rasmus Lerdorf, Creator of PHP