Show Notes – July 20th, 2015

Freecodecamp.com

(- where codeacademy.com does the heavy lifting)

800 Hours of Practice:

800 Hours of  Real World Work Experience:

  • 100-hour Nonprofit Project
  • 200-hour Nonprofit Project #1
  • 200-hour Nonprofit Project #2
  • 300-hour Nonprofit Project

www.w3schools.com

http://sol.gfxile.net/galaxql.html

learn SQL searching – by destroying a galaxy

 

 

How Cats Took Over the Internet hit the Museum of the Moving Image next month. (Image: courtesy Museum of the Moving Image)

http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2015/08/07/detail/how-cats-took-over-the-internet/

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/putting-the-digital-keys-to-unlock-data-out-of-reach-of-authorities/2015/07/18/d6aa7970-2beb-11e5-a250-42bd812efc09_print.html

–> wapo basically says that we need magic encryption that allows the good guys to get full access because this is a rule of law society. kind of crap, but this is going to continue to be what everyone is asking for until (ahahahaha) people start to understand that is not how encryption works.
–> really good article about how the web is closing up, but overly nostalgic
–> article by jessamyn west about the roll of the librarian of congress and the potential role that the next one can have regarding bringing the loc into the current century.
–> great non-AC suggestions for sleeping in the heat, though most work from evaporative cooling, so are of limited utility in nyc, but some can be used in conjunction with AC for when that isn’t quite enough.
–> internetish flea market happening september with an open call for vendors. free to attend. I want to do and already sent you a gcal invite for it

 

 

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Online food delivery ordering is through the roof, and it’s not all pizza and tacos Getting food delivered is easier and faster than ever these days, and it’s not even necessary to utter a word. Phone orders long dominated delivery, but the cultural preference has switched to ordering online, with internet orders on pace to outnumber phone orders soon.
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Five Awesome Features of the Google Play Store You Might Not Be Using The Google Play Store is a handy way to get new apps for your phone, but there are some great features that you might not have noticed if you haven’t explored the service much. Here are some of the best things the Play Store has to offer besides the basics.Get Cutting Edge Apps with Beta CommunitiesWe’ve briefly touched on the idea of app betas in the Google Play Store before, but they’re easily t
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Smithsonian crowdfunds preservation of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit If you’ve ever wanted to lend a hand preserving a piece of US history, now’s your chance. The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to gain support for restoring Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit for display at the Air and Space Museum in Wa…
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Spotify’s New “Discover Weekly” Playlist Knows You So Well It’s Creepy Spotify’s got a new feature called “Discover Weekly,” an automatically generated playlist of music that’s tailored specifically for you. For something made by a computer this playlist is pretty damn good!The new playlists updates every Monday, and it’s generated using the music you’ve been listening to as a foundation. It also takes into account the taste of people who listen to music similar to w
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Pebble Time smartwatch arrives at Best Buy and Target stores If you passed on Pebble Time’s crowdfunding campaign because you wanted to wait for reviews (or just wanted the safety net of a retail purchase), you now have an easy way to pick one up. The color smartwatch is now available at Best Buy and Target st…
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You can now buy the new Pebble Time smartwatch at Best Buy and Pebble.com. You can now buy the new Pebble Time smartwatch at Best Buy and Pebble.com. It still feels like a work in progress… but in some ways, it’s the best smartwatch out there. Just know that the Pebble Time Steel is also on the way. [Pebble Blog] http://gizmodo.com/pebble-time-pr…
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Instagram Adds Search to Web Site Instagram today made it possible to search the desktop version of its web site. People can search for usernames, hashtags, and keywords when using Instagram.com. The web site is still not as full-featured as the Android and iOS mobile apps. Moreover, users need to be signed in in order for the search tool to appear. Instagram is free to use.
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A Simple Magnetic Adapter Gives Your Charging Cables MagSafe Powers A magnetic power connector didn’t seem that revolutionary when first revealed, but over the years the Apple MacBook’s MagSafe connector has proven itself to be an invaluable feature. And as the Znaps magnetic adapter shows, it would be just as useful for your mobile devices too.Using a pair of simple adapters—one that plugs into the Lightning or microUSB port on the bottom of your mobile device, a
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The 10 Highest Rated Reddit Posts Of All Time Hundreds of posts make it onto the front page of Reddit every day, but few will ever rise high enough to sit amongst Reddit’s all-time highest-rated posts. Only the best of the best of /r/all can have that honor. In light of Reddit’s recent community outrage, these all-time highest-rated posts give us insight into what the community as a whole actually cherishes, reminding us that all this drama i
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Affair Site Ashley Madison Hacked, Info Stolen For 37 Million Accounts You won’t find Ashley Madison on any collections of Lifehacker recommendations. However, the site aimed at helping people in existing relationships have an affair has been hacked, with 37 million users’ data stolen. Worse yet, that data’s currently being held for ransom.According to security site Krebs on Security (who previously reported the Home Depot hack), Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid
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Are Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Both Offering a Next-to-Impossible Dream? Image from Flickr by Jonathan Rolande.  Back in December 1998, I spent my 14th birthday money on Nigel Watt’s book Writing a Novel and Getting Published. And for quite a few years, my dream was to be a full-time fiction author. Not everyone has the same writing dream, of course. But perhaps the most common, generic, one looks like this I make a good living writing what I want to write. In many
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8Tracks Suggests Mixes Based On Your Listening, Unveils a New Interface 8Tracks has always been a great place to build and listen to playlists built by DJs and music fans like you, based on genre, mood, or anything else you could tag. Now the service has a new design, with more focus on suggesting playlists to you based on what you like and highlighting the site’s wealth of talent.Long time 8Tracks users will find a lot to love about the new design. The changes aren’t
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What’s The Best Smart Thermostat? We’ve talked about some of the benefits of smart thermostats, and how they can save you money, learn your habits, and keep you comfortable. This week, we want to know which models you think are the best. http://lifehacker.com/what-can-a-sma…Of course, not every smart thermostat needs to be a fancy, internet-connected, Wi-Fi enabled version…although that certainly helps if it’s available. Some
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What’s Bing Rewards, How It Works, And What’s New? Bing has come a long way since its debut in 2009. Multiple interface lifts and backend improvements have turned what was once the butt of many jokes into a competent and capable competitor to Google. I’ve been using Bing as my main search engine for 15 months (as of writing this) and the experience has been surprisingly pleasant. It has come to point where I actually dislike Google’s search engine
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Udacity Now Refunds Half Your Tuition When You Graduate Any Nanodegree Recently, online learning site Udacity offered a brief deal where you could get an Android development education from Google and get a refund for half your tuition when you graduate. Now, the company is making that offer permanent for all of their Nanodegree programs.If you haven’t heard of Udacity’s Nanodegree programs, they’re pretty great: tech companies like Google and Facebook work with Udaci
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UK man accused of hacking spree on US government is arrested (again) A UK man accused of breaking into computer systems operated by the US government has been rearrested on a recently filed extradition request, it has been widely reported. Lauri Love, now 30, was arrested in October 2013 on charges he and associates hacked into networks operated by the US Army, the US Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other US government agenc
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Uber Now Offers Assistance for Elderly and Disabled People If you’ve ever used Uber, you know how convenient it is. Their newly released uberASSIST function aims to ensure their service is just as convenient for passengers with disabilities.Uber announced:uberASSIST is designed to provide additional assistance to members of the senior and people with disabilities. Driver-partners are specifically trained by Open Doors Organization to assist riders into ve
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Roll Your Own Home Security System For $55 It’s not quite as seamless as plugging in a Nest Cam, but this Foscam home security camera can broadcast live to your smartphone, alert you via email when it detects motion, upload images to any FTP server, and store files directly to a hard drive or SD card with no monthly fee. Not bad for $55. [Foscam C1 Indoor HD 720P Wireless Plug and Play IP Camera with Night Vision Up to 26ft, $55 with code
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Firefighters Can’t Save People In Burning Cars Because of a Stupid Drone A giant wildfire currently spreading through Southern California’s Cajon Pass is burning cars on the freeway in what the San Bernardino County Fire Department is calling a “multi-casualty incident.” But the firefighters also issued a report that due to a drone seen flying in the area, they couldn’t get their helicopters to the scene right away.Update: Officials told NBC LA that five drones were in
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Android M finally brings in native visual voicemail At long last Android will have native support for visual voicemail. Android M, the next major release of Google’s mobile OS, will be the first version to offer built-in visual voicemail, according to Android Police. The feature conveniently lists your voicemails in an app so you can listen to or…
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Reddit says it will hide but not ban hate communities Reddit Co-Founder and new CEO Steve Huffman has just laid out a host of changes to the websites content policy. He cites the company’s earlier banning of non-consensual porn (ie revenge porn) as a restriction that improved the community as a whole –…
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Watch this incredible recorder/beatbox performance My War “Freestyle” by Medhat Mamdouh. Amazing. (YouTube)
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You can now prevent viewers from copying, printing files in Google Drive Google has unveiled a new feature in Google Drive for sharing documents, while still maintaining control of the information. Drive’s new Information Rights Management (IRM) gives document owners the ability to prevent people they share with from being able to download, copy or print the information.
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You Now Have No Excuse Not to Email Your Member of Congress When you have to go to three whole separate websites to find the names and email addresses of your representatives, it’s easy to pass on contacting them. But thanks to a new tool made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that job now requires about five clicks (and just a little moral stamina).The EFF’s new website is called Democracy.io, and it’s pretty damn simple: plug in your address, choose
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Italian Court Throws Out TripAdvisor Fine Over Bad Reviews jfruh writes: TripAdvisor had been fined half a million euros in Italy for publishing “misleading” information in its reviews. But now an Italian court has thrown out that punishment, saying that the site clearly states that the reviews are user-submitted and that TripAdvisor can’t confirm all details. In a statement the company said the court’s decision, “confirmed what we always k
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Google Just Banned This Privacy Tool: How to Use Disconnect Google just banned the privacy app Disconnect from the Play Store, again. Disconnect can shield users against invisible tracking tools, while increasing consumer awareness on surreptitious data-collection methods. It also functions to some extent as an anti-malware tool. The Tor Browser’s developers thought enough of Disconnect to make it their default search engine. It’s as secure and private as
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Create Your Own Artificial Fever Dreams with Google’s “DeepDream” If you’ve been on the geeky parts of the Internet lately, you may have noticed some very strange images popping up, connected somehow to Google. They look a little like someone took a lighter to the film stock of time and space. Or like playing “Where’s Waldo” on acid. Or maybe like someone turned John Carpenter’s The Thing loose in a pet store. Regardless, they’re pretty trippy. http://www.makeus
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4 Malicious Browser Extensions That Help Hackers Target Their Victims You might think that browser extensions are all about helping you, the end-user. You’d be wrong. Although certain extensions such as bookmarking tools, ad blockers, and translation add-ons undoubtedly provide a litany of benefits to the user, many seemingly innocent extensions have a much darker side – with the recent scandal around Hola VPN being a case in point. Whether these are extensions that
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“Try” Lets You Try On Clothes Before Buying Them Online Chrome: Shopping for clothes online is convenient, but one drawback is you’re not sure how the item will look until you buy it and it’s delivered. Try.com is a free service that aims to fix that inconvenience.The website works with a number of online clothing retailers (J.Crew, Zara, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few). You sign up via their site, then download the Chrome extension. Once you do,
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Why Are Those Subscription Boxes So Popular? How Did We Get Here? It’s no secret: people seem to really enjoy getting a box of stuff sent to them every month. From seemingly out of nowhere, the monthly subscription box craze has exploded. But why do people like these things so much? What is it that makes us willing to spend money on a box of stuff even if, in some cases, we don’t know exactly what we are going to get? All of these questions and more are answered
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8 Things to Do in an Hour to Wrestle Back Privacy from Facebook We all know that Facebook guzzles as much of your information as it can. But how can you get control of your privacy again? Yes, you could just quit Facebook – but even then, they can track you. If you think getting rid of your profile is still the way to go, make sure you fully delete it, and not just deactivate it for a while. Okay, so how can you tackle seemingly-endless invasions of privacy, n
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PlayStation Now is a tech miracle, but it’s no Netflix for games Sony wants you to want PS Now, its Netflix-like game-streaming service. The problem is, the company doesn’t seem to know how to build that desire. Though the recent app relaunch has seen the service’s user interface improve considerably, the same can…
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Someone Finally Resurrected the Commodore Brand for Something Useful Various entrepreneurs have tried to bring back the legendary Commodore computer brand for years, all of them inevitably ending up bankrupt. Now a couple of Italian designers think they’ve got the silver bullet solution to tapping into 80s nostalgia: a smartphone. It’s too bad they decided to make it look so boring.The soon-to-be-released Commodore PET smartphone looks like a lot of other smartphon
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MS kills critical IE 11 bug after exploit was shopped to Hacking Team Microsoft has killed at least two security bugs linked to the compromised malware developer Hacking Team, including a critical remote-code execution hole that worked against people using the latest version of Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and 8 machines. The IE vulnerability was discovered in an e-mail a security researcher sent to Hacking Team executives, according to a blog post published Tue
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Coal No Longer US’s Most Popular Electricity Source For First Time Ever For the first time ever, coal has been unseated as America’s largest source of fuel to generate electricity. As of April 2015, natural gas is now number 1.A report from SNL Energy shows that 31 percent of America’s electricity was now coming from natural gas. That’s up from just 22 percent in 2010. But even though natural gas has taken the lead, coal is still a formidable force, fulfilling 30 perc
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Reddit loses third female executive in less than a month as chief engineer Bethanye Blount quits The executive turmoil continues at Reddit as vice president of engineering Bethanye Blount has called it quits. The former Facebook staffer was with the company for just two months according to her LinkedIn profile.
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Google Accidentally Reveals Data On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests Colin Castro points out an article from The Guardian, who noticed that Google’s recent transparency report contained more data than intended. When perusing the source code, they found data about who was making requests for Google to take down links under the “right to be forgotten” law. The data they found covers 75% of all requests made so far. Less than 5% of nearly 220,000 individual
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Star Of Viral Catcalling Video Is Reportedly Suing For Compensation Shoshana Roberts, the woman who appeared in a viral video that showed her being subjected to incessant catcalls over the course of 10 hours walking around New York City, is reportedly suing both anti-street-harassment groupHollaback! and video director Rob Bliss, on the grounds that both parties used her likeness to “promote their agenda.” [ more › ]
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Television Academy replaces DVDs with Chromecasts for Emmy voting Emmy voters won’t have to worry about keeping up with the remote for their DVD players for much longer. The Television Academy is teaming up with Google to replace the truckload of physical media sent out each year by giving each eligible member a Ch…
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Connected cattle: how health trackers could change the beef industry If you’ve ever road tripped across the United States, you’ve probably seen one: a feedlot, populated by hundreds (if not thousands) of cows. These animals are the lifeblood of the American beef industry, but caring for them is no small chores. Careta…
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Robots Appear To Raise Productivity Without Causing Total Work Hours To Decline Hallie Siegel writes: We often read about the economic impact of robots on employment, usually accompanied with the assertion that “robots steal jobs”. But to date there has precious little economic analysis of the actual effects that robots are already having on employment and productivity. Georg Graetz (Professor of Economics at Uppsala University) and Guy Michaels (Professor of Econom
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Google Photos continues to backup pictures long after app has been deleted What happens on Google Photos apparently stays on Google Photos, even if you’ve deleted the app from your device. An interesting, and potentially scary, aspect of Google’s Photos app has been discovered that anybody who has ever used the application should be aware of.
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Downloading Apps on Android: Everything You Need to Know So you’re new to Android, and you’re trying to find where you go to download apps? We understand that it can be confusing at first, so we’d like to step you through all your options. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about downloading apps on an Android phone or tablet. This Is Google Play Google Play is the name of the default digital store that likel
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This Locked-Down Prison Tablet Makes iOS Seem Open The nation’s overcrowded prison system is in a sad state, and

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