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Shakespeare’s sonnets in JSON format

JSON version of Shakespeare’s sonnets Continue reading

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For The Messengers

Jude Cowan (who works for ITN Source) has written an excellent book of poems in response to what she’s seen as a video archivist for Reuters: http://www.forthemessengers.co.uk/extracts.htm Continue reading

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The BBC, Glow and jQuery

The BBC’s JavaScript library Glow 2 ‘is no longer in active development. We are currently researching and developing a BBC JavaScript library that uses jQuery for its core DOM manipulation functionality.’ Continue reading

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Additional methods for JavaScript Array

Additions to the JavaScript Array prototype making it easier to work with numeric arrays. Continue reading

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Kenneth Tynan prophesies CGI

Kenneth Tynan, in his diary entry for 20 July 1972, prophesies a form of cinema remarkably like feature-length computer-generated animation. If only he’d lived to see Toy Story! Continue reading

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jQuery debugging tips

Some gotchas to avoid when coding with jQuery. Continue reading

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Brain control interfaces: the Emotiv EPOC headset

I used to think that sooner or later we’d get rid of clunky computer input devices and use ‘thought control’ instead. It seems crazy that we’re still wiggling mice and pecking away at keyboards. Now I’m not so sure. Today … Continue reading

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HTML 5 video — now with tracks

Ian Hickson has added the timed track spec to the draft HTML standard. This will provide a simple, standardised way to add timed auxiliary content to video — such as subtitles and descriptions — but also enables cues for arbitrary timed metadata. Continue reading

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iPad first impressions

The first thing I thought when I tried out the iPad — what if I dropped it? But is this the ‘kitchen’ device? Continue reading

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Why we need better IT teaching for girls

Virtually all tech company directors and executives are men. Continue reading

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Eliza lives!

IKEA’s lovely assistant Anna is a bit like the original Eliza computer program, only Swedish. Continue reading

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Wolfram Alpha: don’t ask the wrong questions

The Wolfram Alpha ‘knowledge engine’ has great potential, but as yet it’s a bit disappointing: US-centric and effective only in specific, limited domains. Continue reading

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Treat Yourself Right

The UK National Health Service resorts to strange 21st century clip art in its new Treat Yourself Right campaign. Continue reading

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Snowpersons of Balham

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20 ways to debug Qt signals and slots

Below are some suggestions for troubleshooting signals and slots in the Qt C++ library. 1. Check for compiler warnings about non-existent signals and/or slots. 2. Use break points or qDebug to check that signal and slot code is definitely reached: – the … Continue reading

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Great Interface Mysteries #1: unresizable dialog boxes

Many dialog boxes should be resizable, but often (especially in Windows) they’re not. Continue reading

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