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Blogmarks in May, 2007

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Knight Foundation grant. Adrian’s leaving the Washington Post to found EveryBlock, a startup focusing on local news and information in the style of chicagocrime.org. # 24th May 2007, 4:27 pm

Rapid development serving 500,000 pages/hour (via) Curse Gaming are getting impressive performance out of Django. # 24th May 2007, 4:11 pm

Web Security for Estonia—OpenID. “Every Estonian eID holder (around 80% of Estonian population) has an unique OpenID with the format open.id.ee/[firstname].[lastname](.number)” # 24th May 2007, 3:56 pm

OpenID for all Estonians. 1.37 million Estonians will soon have OpenIDs, secured using smart cards. I’d like to hear more about how the smart cards help tackle phishing. # 24th May 2007, 3:55 pm

Ten Reasons The World Needs Patent Covenants (via) Sun just made their OpenID patent covenant official. Simon Phipps explains why these are a Good Idea. # 22nd May 2007, 5:09 pm

d.Construct 2007 is go! One of my favourite UK events. This year’s theme is “Designing the User Experience”. # 21st May 2007, 12:15 pm

the.british.museum (via) Great URL. # 20th May 2007, 10:12 pm

Arduino. Open source hardware hacking. It’s way easier than you would think. # 17th May 2007, 6:30 pm

Slideshows tagged with xtech2007. I like slideshare a lot. # 17th May 2007, 11:14 am

Packing Prototype. Why Prototype doesn’t ship with an official compressed version. # 17th May 2007, 9:52 am

dojo.query: A CSS Query Engine For Dojo. I incorrectly criticised Dojo for not having a CSS node selection tool in my talk yesterday; not sure how I missed this. # 17th May 2007, 9:40 am

SWFUpload. Fantastic Flash widget for handling multiple file uploads with progress indicators; degrades gracefully to a regular HTML upload field. # 16th May 2007, 4:12 pm

Online and offline development with the YUI and Charles (via) Stuart Colville shows how the Charles debugging proxy can be used to serve up hosted YUI files while developing offline. # 15th May 2007, 2:41 pm

Encyclopedia of Life. Ambitious, well funded project to create a professionally maintained Wikipedia for species. I really hope they get their URL design right. # 13th May 2007, 10:46 am

Pidgin developers: please get a clue. Lossy abstraction: You can’t tell which protocol people are using, and Pidgin’s developers are ignoring dozens of sensible arguments for why this information matters. # 12th May 2007, 8:48 pm

HBO Exec Wants to Rename DRM. “... until recently nobody had complained that the term ’Digital Rights Management’ was insufficiently Orwellian.” # 11th May 2007, 3:47 pm

Wikimedia Grid Report. Wikipedia’s Ganglia monitoring page. # 11th May 2007, 11:36 am

Wikipedia internals (PDF) (via) A gold mine of scaling tips. # 11th May 2007, 11:35 am

Test stubbing httplib2. Nice demonstration of monkey-patching as part of unit testing in Python. # 10th May 2007, 11:24 pm

Six Months Later: The New HTML Working Group. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Kevin Yank summarises some of the key discussions in the new HTML working group. # 10th May 2007, 11:23 pm

Poly9 FreeEarth (via) Seriously sexy embedable 3D Flash globe, with a JavaScript API. # 10th May 2007, 9:17 pm

Guardian Unlimited’s new look: Some background on templating. Nik Silver describes some of the challenges involved in building a complex new homepage using CSS and Velocity. # 10th May 2007, 12:26 pm

VirtualBox. GPL licensed virtualization software; they recently released an OS X version. # 8th May 2007, 9:35 pm

A whole new experience for Google Analytics. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the new interface. Maybe I’ll finally be able to find the search referrals page! # 8th May 2007, 9:09 pm

=drummond XRDS. Bookmarked so I can remember how to easily resolve someone’s i-name. # 8th May 2007, 8:27 pm

Using YUI with the Yahoo! Maps AJAX API. I got bitten by this today—if you’re using both YUI and a Yahoo! map on the same page you need to take a few precautions to avoid library version conflicts. # 8th May 2007, 4:07 pm

The YUI Team Is Hiring an Engineer To Work on Firebug. “... we’re opening a search for a full-time developer to work with Joe on advancing the Firebug roadmap.” # 7th May 2007, 10:40 pm

hackdiary: ApacheCon Europe 2007 keynote. Matt Biddulph’s ApacheCon keynote, which is basically about having fun with cheap hardware prototyping and starting to build spimes in both physical and virtual worlds. # 7th May 2007, 9:33 pm

Oakland crime maps VI: public, indexed data. Rather than serve content dynamically for his Oaxland Crime site, Michal Migurski plans to serve up various static indexes and have smart clients use them to quickly navigate the data. # 7th May 2007, 8:26 pm

Sun Microsystems Announces OpenID Program (via) “In order to explore the boundaries of OpenID as a trust system, Sun is offering an OpenID Provider service to its 34,000 employees.” # 7th May 2007, 8:23 pm