Recently I found myself needing to get most recent content of a single file from a private Github repo. It took me a while to figure out how to make it work using Guzzle, but once I got it, it was pretty simple to use. One of the caveats is that, regardless of the type … Read more
(Note: This article originally appeared on Acceler8or.com on July 31, 2012. It’s republished here for my own archives.) Scientists in Canada have invented a device they claim can print large patches of living tissue. In an article which appears this month in the journal Advanced Materials, Axel Guenther of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and … Read more
Today is the day that much of the internet is going dark to protest the SOPA/PIPA acts in the United States. I wrote a little piece on it for Acceler8or, and I’ve blacked out my logo for the day. Please, take a moment to register your displeasure with legislators. Don’t break the internet.
After having three different requests in the past couple of weeks which required me to strip stop words from a bunch of text, I decided there should be an easy way to do it online really quickly. So I made one. Try it out here: http://www.ianmonroe.com/stopstrip/ Why is it useful? Well, perhaps you’re taking a … Read more
I like tablet form factors, I really do. I’d love to get one, but they don’t quite make my kind yet. I need, need, need for there to be a stylus. I’m a doodler. Handwriting recognition is also a must. I need it to be Android 3.1 or higher An 8″ screen is about optimal, … Read more
Look, I’m a tech guy. I work on a lot of computers. I work on a lot of web sites. I try out new web services and products all the time. I pay my bills online, I bank online, and to a great extent, much of my life and work is preserved online. I have … Read more
ReadWriteWeb reports today on a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The takeaway? According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating … Read more
Well, it only took me 12 months, but I have finally finished the Bibleizer script. It takes arbitrary text as input, and censors every word which doesn’t appear in the King James version of the Holy Bible. Try it yourself now! Click here!
So tomorrow is December 1, which is the deadline for entries into the Knight News Challenge, an annual contest for innovative ideas for the intersection of technology and news, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I (along with my buddy Eric Marden) have an entry in this year’s competition. It’s a … Read more
Here’s a great series of articles about how to structure and present information on news websites. The link will take you to the first of a series of seven posts outlining some pretty advanced thinking about content management, the semantic web, and what makes sense for consumers of web content in terms of navigation, metadata, … Read more