Published November 6, 2009
Related to this, there are whole thriving communities of hackers out there, striking blows against what they see are as injustice. (say, Chinese hackers, who recently sprang to prominence in the Melbourne Film Festival fiasco ). Or Australian ones:
W O R M S A G A I N S T N U C L E A R K I L L E R S
\__ ____________ _____ ________ ____ ____ __ _____/
\ \ \ /\ / / / /\ \ | \ \ | | | | / / /
\ \ \ / \ / / / /__\ \ | |\ \ | | | |/ / /
\ \ \/ /\ \/ / / ______ \ | | \ \| | | |\ \ /
\_\ /__\ /____/ /______\ \____| |__\ | |____| |_\ \_/
\ Your System Has Been Officially WANKed /
You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war.
If you wan to read about the wank worm, check out Suelette Dreyfuss’s intriguing Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier.
Take home message: It’s a dark and untrustworthy internet out there. Is your email account for sale? Your credit card? Can you verify that your traffic isn’t being stolen? What about when the hacks move into the real world?
Published November 5, 2009
things happening right now on the web that you should know about.
Hell, I hate marketing buzz. Let’s check out ReadWriteWeb’s opinion.
- Structured Data
- The Real-Time Web
- Mobile Web & Augmented Reality
- Internet of Things
I’d add to that list…
Yahoo pipes is the harbinger of a whole ream of useful tools that do clever things by updating live in response to changes in the internet, and could be some of the most important technical plumbing the web sees. Check out codepad, Utility Mill, and Scriptlets for a taste of that.
The Semantic Web
See the W3C for some nice background, and some of the design issues opposed to it, such as The Rule of Least Power. Check out spooky services like “open” calais, and zemanta, and also naysayers, who have my sympathies.
I partially wrote a lecture about that which we didn’t have time for.
the dark net
I partially wrote a lecture about that too which we didn’t have time for either.
Making things over the net is a rapidly expanding project.
Published November 4, 2009
Data visualisation and aesthetics are one of the crazes, or movements, sweeping the net right now. The arguments they make are potent. There’s lots of data out there that visualisation can help us to understand. The net itself, forexample, is hard enough to understand without visualising it, (even our local bit of it).
Published October 24, 2009
Tags: amazon, facebook, wiki
It’s late in the semester, and hopefully everyone’s drunk a fair share of web 2.0 kool-aid. So, let’s supplement the tools and techniques of the course with a bit of context about the problems of using them. This is by no means a complete list. It should be enough to start you thinking.
Where is the public space online?
Public space is generally considered pretty critical to, among other things, a functional civil society. Consider how many governments fall because of mass street protests. Or the curfews that totalitarian regimes impose upon the use of public space. Continue reading ‘The web as a contested landscape’
We can also look at other things – Google Apps for Your Domain (or What Does Google Apps for Your Domain Actually Do?)… BBpress installation as an example alternate app install. It’s up to you.
Now, last time when we left off, the site was in what you’d call a colossal mess. Trashed wordpress install, and still no interesting visualisation. So, how to improve things?
Continue reading ‘example mashups – part II’
One student has asked:
I’m in the process of looking for a webhost and am seemingly overwhelmed with options…
I’ll be hosting a small … portfolio site and am hoping to create custom email accounts. Pretty standard stuff…
Do you have any suggestions for companies that are reliable yet affordable, preferably local?
Continue reading ‘hosting, small and large’
Published October 9, 2009
I’d like to invite you all to consider the Yahoo Pipe that aggregates our course, and how we could be including that in a web page.
first, make up a "centre" for each income bin
I’ve had a number of questions about how to get some different types of data mashed up, and for some worked examples. Good! We didn’t have as much time as I was hoping to cover that, so I’ll whack it in this blog post so that those of you going down a mashup path have some better examples. This isn’t a comprehensive overview, since we’ve already had one of those, but simple and detailed worked examples of what to do. I’ll show some of the false starts that I might make in a mashup project, as well as the successes. Continue reading ‘Example mashups – part I’