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example mashups – part II


image by schwarz published under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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?
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hosting, small and large

stair in scaffold

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?

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rich media and the standards wars

Tetris cookies

Has anyone noticed this section of our course guide?

Sound and video for the web: Issues re video and sound delivery on the web. Overview of compression and techniques for archived media, podcasts and real time streaming.

Of all the course notes, that’s the one that I think has dated most since it was written. So, let’s take a quick dive into why that is, and what it might mean.

Let’s start with the most basic requirement of browser-based media. Can anyone think of a  “Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking an external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”?

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Javascript Etude number 3

Ajax Laundry Detergent, 1965
If we have time today, I’d like to talk us all through a quick little exercise in javascript.

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.
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Assessment #3 – Final Web Project

Exam Dreams

Let’s take a moment to refresh ourselves from the course outline: Continue reading ‘Assessment #3 – Final Web Project’

Example mashups – part I

first, make up a "centre" for each income bin

by vingt deux

by vingt deux, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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’

Get me out of here!

Amazing Stories February 1952 Classic Vintage Science Fiction Sci Fi Pulp Book

How to back up or migrate your blog.

The internet is not safe. If you have your data on a webhost, anywhere, it’s probably not safe. If you have a security specialist on your team (and none of us here do), then maybe it’s somewhat safe from malicious attacks, but even then, it’s still vulnerable to plain old hardware failure and general cockups. And the most vulnerable data of all is the data that is hosted on bottom-end hosts like Dreamhost where potentially hundreds of other people are sharing disk space and server resources with you, and as with everywhere on the internet, a sizable proportion of them are guaranteed to be some combination of incompetent and malicious. It’s only a matter of time before one of them accidentally or deliberately brings the server down, accidentally corrupts your files, or breaks in to your filespace and uses it to subsidise their pornography business. It’s happened to me, more than once. Moreover, as I’ve said before, if you are using FTP instead of SFTP, it means that you don’t really care about your data anyway, and pretty much anyone with enough dedication can come along and steal your password and make free with your files if they try hard enough. Continue reading ‘Get me out of here!’


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