Archives / 2008 / January

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

Wired has a great infographic detailing the life cycle of a blog post.

You have a blog. You compose a new post. You click Publish and lean back to admire your work. Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, [...]

Review of The Black Swan

I recently finished reading my initial book of the new year, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Though it is still early, I’m willing to bet that this may be the most interesting book I read all year, despite being the first.
As summarized by the front flap [...]

Skyhook Wireless on iPod touch

Last week, after the Macworld festivities, I upgraded my iPod touch to the latest version. Among other things, I wanted to play with the new Maps application. I was amazed.
The latest version of Maps, which is powered by Google Maps, is able to locate your current position. Most mobile phones, lacking GPS [...]

VStudioIDE & XcodeIDE Released

I’ve just released initial, 0.1.0, releases of two Ruby libraries, VStudioIDE and XcodeIDE. VStudioIDE is a parser for Visual Studio solution files, and XcodeIDE parses Xcode project files.
My main motivation for writing these libraries was to get at the build configurations, so convenience methods are provided for reading those. However, a full parse [...]

What is a Web Browser?

In response to my previous post about Apple and their use of site-specific browsers, Joe Clark replied with the following:

They aren’t “browsers” because they aren’t browsing the Web. In specific, the iTunes (Music) Store is not HTML.
Unless of course you are advocating an expansion of the meaning of the term.

Rather than advocating an expansion of [...]