- Some researchers at the Univ of Washington have built an impressive web browser that allows you to see how a web page changes over time (make sure you watch the video). The Zoetrope paper was recently presented at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology.
- A new study reveals the economics of email spam. Researchers sent out 350 million e-mail messages (mostly selling fake pharmaceuticals) in one month which resulted in 28 sales. That's a response rate of less than 0.00001%, but it still generated over $100 a day in revenue.
- Turbo Pascal turned 25 this week! I still have fond memories of programming my first stack implementation using Turbo Pascal in my dorm room. Anders Hejlsberg, the original author of Turbo Pascal and author of the C# language, shares his memories of Turbo Pascal version 1.0.
- Who would have thought making cars less noisy would prove to be dangerous? I discovered this problem a few years ago when I was nearly ran over in our church parking lot by a silent Prius.
- Just for fun: Coloralo, a search engine that uses the Yahoo BOSS API to grab images and displays only those that appear to be coloring pages for kids. Superman is well represented.
Friday, November 21, 2008
My pick of the week's top 5 items of interest: