These are the things I've written that are tagged "software"


31 January 2013

“Read the TV and Movies you don’t want to watch,” they say. Storyboard is a package that takes subtitled input videos and creates a PDF of every line and every scene change. I could see using this for a lot of weird/interesting data analysis.


24 August 2012

A sort of counterpoint to, Tent is a truly decentralized social media protocol. It even integrated with Tor to help those in nations that which to stifle free speech. It’s a protocol, like HTTP or email, not just a service. It’s fully open source. This is interesting. I hope that it becomes more friendly […]

Acorn 3

12 April 2011

A great-looking update to the self-described “image editor for humans.” I’ve been using Acorn since version 1, and I spend more time with Acorn and less with Photoshop every week.


07 February 2011

A jQuery plugin that makes reordering rows, sorting, and show/hide look absolutely great. The plugin’s page is itself a perfect demo for the tech. At something like 2kb minified I’m wondering how I lived without it.


27 January 2011

This’ll make it a lot easier to socially tag our window gardens in the favela future: FluidDB is a platform for the web of things, each represented by an openly writable “social” object.

Vanilla Forums 2.0

30 August 2010

The smoothest forum package you’ll find right now hits version 2.0 (finally). I missed this when it happened on July 21st, but better late than never.

Wikipedia Is Broken In

28 May 2010

I’m not sure if this is due to Wikipedia’s new skin (with the “usability” enhancements), some other MediaWiki update, or if the problem is on Apple’s end (Update: It is a problem with Wikipedia’s new skin), but this is another good example of why Apple doesn’t want to rely on third-party vendors for anything. The […]

The Bob Chronicles

29 March 2010

“Save all the money on the manuals and just give me this duck to always be there and tell me what to do.” Looking back on the 15-year anniversary of Microsoft Bob, one of Microsoft’s most famous failures.

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