What I’m reading online2016-10-13T07:09:36+01:00

What I’m reading online

7Sep 16

88-åringen som snek seg ut på havet og forsvant

Kaptein Anders Jenius Smedsvik bygde seilbåten selv. Alene, med egne hender. Da han slo inn den siste spikeren i skroget hadde det tatt ham over fem år å bli ferdig.

Tegningene var også hans egne, laget etter hukommelsen. Noen sier modellen var en amerikansk redningsskøyte, andre hevder Smedsvik fortalte det var en kopi av en fiskebåt han en gang hadde sett på Newfoundland.

«Ava Helen Pauling» – oppkalt etter kona til den dobbelte nobelprisvinneren Linus Pauling – var 36 fot lang og hadde ingen motor.

Hun var rigget med bermudaseil som skulle gjøre skuta håndterbar for én person – Smedsvik. […]

29Jun 16

Reboot the World

So I found myself in a large conference room with two nervous men who wanted to know exactly how exposed they were by the Ashley Madison leak. They wanted me to look inside the leaked data to see if I could find any traces of their exploits.

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8Dec 15

How to Reblog Good Articles From Pocket to WordPress

Pocket is a handy service for saving articles to read later. It has mobile apps for every platform and its own reader that makes any content easy to read on the go. Once in awhile you read an article that really inspires you. Pocket’s tagging feature makes it possible to share those articles on your own blog, with a little bit of help from the IFTTT (If this, then that) service.

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3Feb 15

Google Earth Pro is now free

Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we’re making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for […]

13Dec 14

The Internet’s Original Sin

Ron Carlson’s short story “What We Wanted To Do” takes the form of an apology from a villager who failed to protect his comrades from marauding Visigoths. It begins:

What we wanted to do was spill boiling oil onto the heads of our enemies as they attempted to bang down the gates of our village. But as everyone now knows, we had some problems, primarily technical problems, that prevented us from doing what we wanted to do the way we had hoped to do it. What we’re asking for today is another chance.

There’s little suspense in the story—the disastrous outcome is obvious […]

18Nov 14

From Android L to Google Fit

All the new products and features from Google I/O

This year’s Google I/O wasn’t as dramatic as the I/Os of yesteryear. Nobody jumped from a blimp with a radical new face computer strapped to his face, and Larry Page neglected to step foot on stage, much less wax poetic about the infinite sadness in the world. But despite the lack of theatrics, this year’s I/O was still pretty exciting, thanks to the glimpse Google offered us into its future. The tech giant unleashed a slew of updates, synergies, and even whole new platforms designed to weave computing into […]

25Sep 14

Want To Work While Traveling The World For A Year?

When 25-year-old Greg Caplan left his job at Groupon recently, he really wanted to spend some time traveling and working remotely, but ran into a few problems.

“I was able to find remote work, but it’s difficult to find friends to travel with,” he says. “The biggest issue is traveling alone. I thought it’d be lonely. I wanna go travel but I wanna do it with a community and in a more structured way.”

This predicament prompted him to launch Remote Year, which offers 100 remote workers an opportunity to travel together to 18 different locations over the course of […]

24Sep 14

Why Every Media Website Redesign Looks the Same

If web design is art, we may be entering its minimalist phase.

Website redesigns from some of the most-visited media destinations on the Internet may be leaving users with a bit of déjà vu since many are sporting the same visual elements.

“It’s sort of the same way that all cars look more or less the same. There’s only so many ways you can design a doorknob to where it’s going to be effective,” said Brad Frost, a web designer that has worked on the websites for TechCrunch and Entertainment Weekly.

Cars and doorknobs serve a purpose under certain constraints, just like websites. […]

23Sep 14

Tim Minchin UWA Address (2013)

A former Perth arts student described as “sublimely talented, witty, smart and unabashedly offensive” in a musical career that has taken the world by storm has been awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia.

Tim Minchin joined 225 graduates receiving their degrees in historic Winthrop Hall, marking one of the highlights of the University’s 2013 Centenary Year celebrations. He delivered the Occasional Address to graduands and was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters for his contribution to the arts.

A transcript of Tim Minchin’s address is available.