Archive for April, 2011

Chris Dixon:

You’ve either started a company or you haven’t. ”Started” doesn’t mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out. It means starting with no money, no help, no one who believes in you (except perhaps your closest friends and family), and building an organization from a borrowed cubicle with credit card debt and nowhere to sleep except the office.

No credit card debt yet (though that upcoming home purchase might wreak some havoc on the finances), but filed for future inspiration nonetheless.

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I laughed at the screenshot, then at the caption, then I wondered why anyone would visit that URL in the first place and nearly choked for breath. A++++ would recommend again ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ rating

(Via Adam Lisagor.)

In case anyone needs to make a video clip wherein “hackers” “hack”.

(Via Mike Rundle on Twitter.)

Code Monkey

April 24, 2011  |  Tags:   |  

Code Monkey by yjsoon

Done with ArtStudio on iPad.

A useful alternative to the probably-dead CSSEdit (“Web 2.0 in style!”):

Live.js will monitor the current page including local CSS and Javascript by sending consecutive HEAD requests to the server. Changes to CSS will be applied dynamically and HTML or Javascript changes will reload the page.

Also, note to self: Turn off analytics tracking code when using this. YOU IDIOT.

DFLL now integrates with Twitter Tools

April 17, 2011  |  Tags:   |  

…or, another edition of “OMG SHUT UP WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR STUPID PLUGIN!!!!1”.

Anyway, I’ve updated the DF Linked List WordPress plugin again:

  • Fixed RSS feed validation. Many thanks to Michael Camilleri for pointing this out and pushing a fix! Getting to discover blogs like his is one of those happy unintended results of having written this plugin.
  • Added Twitter Tools integration. Now you can add a glyph in front of tweets that link to non-linked-list posts, just like how Gruber does it for the DF Twitter account. In addition, you can also add a glyph or text (e.g. “Link:”) in front of linked list item tweets. Thanks to Ben Brooks for the suggestion on this one.

Prof Eric Roberts on how the intro CS courses at Stanford have surpassed even pre-tech bubble numbers. He notes that the students coming in seem different this time round:

The students who are now inflating the ranks of CS106A are, it seems, deciding to take a computer science course as a way of bolstering their credentials before they emerge into a weak economy. Most have majors in other areas but recognize, probably correctly, that having programming skills will likely increase their chances of gaining employment in their own field. A surprising number of those students, however, once they get into our introductory courses fall completely in love with the material and continue on to double the size of the downstream courses in the curriculum.

I didn’t take many CS courses back in the day, but I have great memories of being part of the CS106 course assistant team. After having planned and taught my own intro programming curricula, I’m now even more impressed by how effective CS106 was, with its engaging assignments, well-planned structure and overall strong pedagogy. I’m glad more students are giving this course, and computer science, a shot.

The courses are available online for free, if anyone’s curious.

Intriguing Ars Technica article on 3D printing and piracy:

Though still in its infancy, personal 3D printing technology already shows the same disruptive potential as the original printing press. Just as moveable type spread across Europe and democratized knowledge, the proliferation of 3D printers eventually promises to democratize creation.

and

[…] any technology that allows users to digitize and replicate objects is bound to have some IP implications. And it’s precisely because of its potential as a game changer that 3D printing presents challenging legal questions best addressed before the technology becomes ubiquitous.

Potentially useful for all web designers.

My hands are super grateful for not having to type ‘rails s -p3001’ again and again.

I’ve been using Middleman for a static site. Here’s the config.ru to get it running on Pow:

require 'rubygems'
require 'middleman'
run Middleman::Server