Archive for November, 2009

bonus time: the dark net

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.

(courtesy Wikipedia)

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?

under construction


What else?

things happening right now on the web that you should know about.

Hell, I hate marketing buzz. Let’s check out ReadWriteWeb’s opinion.

  1. Structured Data
  2. The Real-Time Web
  3. Personalization
  4. Mobile Web & Augmented Reality
  5. 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 codepadUtility 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.

Data visualisation

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.


Well, this ain’t new. The net’s been running on code for a long time. It could be next for you, however. Now code is more powerful than its ever been before, and there are more great tutorials. If you want to do some real fancy tricks online, why not give some more javascript (and jQuery) a burl? Or one of those modern trendy languages, python and ruby?

bonus time: my god, it’s full of fractals. and portfolios. and piecharts.

Dada Visualization I

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).


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