John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Geek Culture

Battle for the Net!

Posted 5 days ago

Join the protest to save Net Neutrality! [Link]

Voyager Images from the Odysseys

Posted 13 days ago


New Scientist – News

Hijacked sperm carry chemo drugs to cervical cancer cells

Posted 47 hours ago

There’s a new use for sperm – delivering cancer drugs to tumours of the female reproductive tract. This targeted approach may avoid the side effects of chemo [Link]

Does losing net neutrality really mean the end of the internet?

Posted 47 hours ago

Hyperbole and misinformation followed the US decision to end net neutrality. It's important to know what's really at stake, says Aaron Mak [Link]

Mac For Translators

Automation + Scheduling file and application opening…

Posted 11 days ago

How do you automate the scheduling of a script/application launching (or any kind of file opening)?macOS provides at least two solutions when it comes to scheduling file opening and application launching. One is the "open file alert" thing in Calendar and the other is launchd.If you don't need to automate the creation of open file alerts and have no problem … [Link]

Distraction-free (pseudo) mode in TextEdit

Posted 12 days ago

I like TextEdit because it is a simple RTF editor that yet offers a number of cool word processing features. Only one thing that it doesn't have is one of those "distraction free" modes where not only do you work full screen, but you also have nice margins around the screen.Well, it was trivial enough to emulate that with TextEdit … [Link]

The Joy of Tech

JoT #2475: Santa's new workshop!

Posted 4 days ago

JoT thumbHe’s a miner now! [Link]

JoT #2476: Stay un-spoiled!

Posted 4 days ago

JoT thumbThe spoiler-free Force is strong with this one! [Link]


Jobs Data Shows Java, Python, Javascript Lead in Terms of Required Skills

Posted 3 hours ago

Software development is a dynamic field. New programming languages, frameworks and technologies can emerge, become popular, and then fade away in the course of a few years. Developers need to constantly be learning new skills to stay relevant. At Coding Dojo, we’re continually evaluating which programming languages are in high demand from employers so we can prepare our students to … [Link]

Daily API RoundUp: Starling Bank, ICObench, Estated, UserIQ

Posted 31 hours ago

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]


Power Outage Strands Thousands at US Airport. 600 Flights Cancelled

Posted 3 hours ago

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: A power outage at the world's busiest airport left thousands of passengers stranded in dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac, amid a nationwide ground stop. Incoming and outgoing flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were halted indefinitely as crews worked to restore power, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. Atlanta … [Link]

Google Reveals the Most-Trending Searches of 2017

Posted 4 hours ago

"Google's annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report: This year, you wanted to know more about one of the most powerful storms on record, the devastating Hurricane Irma. But you were also curious about [hip hop artist] Cardi B. and … [Link]

Bad Science

Evidence to House of Commons Sci Tech Select Committee on Research Integrity

Posted 13 days ago

Sorry not to be in regular blogging mode at the moment. Here’s a video of our evidence session to parliament, where they are running an inquiry into research integrity. I think clinical trials are the best possible way to approach this issue. Lots of things in “research integrity” are hard to capture in hard logical […] [Link]

How do the world’s biggest drug companies compare, in their transparency commitments?

Posted 5 months ago

Here’s a paper, and associated website, that we launch today: we have assessed, and then ranked, all the biggest drug companies in the world, to compare their public commitments on trials transparency. Regular readers will be familiar with this ongoing battle. In medicine we use the results of clinical trials to make informed treatments about […] [Link]


Rose McGowan thinks black-clad Golden Globes protesters should find better ways to speak out

Posted 4 hours ago

Twitter FacebookRose McGowan is not interested in your symbolic protests, Hollywood. On Saturday, McGowan turned her attention to Meryl Streep and others who reportedly support a rising push for female actors to attend the upcoming Golden Globes awards show clad in all black. The gesture is intended as a protest of the sexual misconduct that's run rampant through Hollywood for decades. SEE … [Link]

Microsoft surprises a thoughtful 9-year-old who gave up his Xbox to help the homeless

Posted 5 hours ago

Twitter FacebookIn early December, 9-year-old Mikah Frye decided that instead of getting an Xbox One for Christmas, he'd rather use that $300 to donate blankets to the homeless. Microsoft caught wind of Frye's generosity, Fox 8 reported Saturday, and decided to set up a surprise for him: a limited edition Minecraft-themed Xbox One X from none other than Santa himself. SEE ALSO: … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

#Ebook Deal/Day: Building Microservices with ASP.NET Core – $25.49 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 6 months ago

Get "Building Microservices with ASP.NET Core" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-06-26 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

#Ebook Deal/Day: Text Mining with R – $16.99 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 6 months ago

Get "Text Mining with R" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-06-23 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Popular Science

How to fix the most common smartphone problems

Posted 12 weeks ago

Phone problems DIY Totally debugging. Most smartphone problems fall into just a few categories, like dwindling battery life or random crashes. Here's how to solve the worst phone issues. [Link]

There's a serious shortage of military-style meals because the last month has been just awful

Posted 12 weeks ago

MRE Meal Kit Supply Technology Blame Irma. Or Maria. Or… Mother Nature’s one-two punch catalyzed a run on MREs, which is military speak for “Meals, Ready to Eat." Read on. [Link]


Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

Posted 4 months ago

WiFi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other WiFi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the WiFi in your home.Read more… [Link]

How to Protest Safely and Legally

Posted 11 months ago

Hitting the streets to make your voice heard is a fundamental right in the United States, and it’s part of our country’s lifeblood. Whether you’re headed out in support or dissent, you should know what you’re getting into before you go. Even if you think the event is purely peaceful, someone else, another protest…Read more… [Link]


The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption

Posted 9 months ago

The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on EncryptionNow that Pornhub's going HTTPS, your private browsing will be a lot more private. The post The World's Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids

Posted 9 months ago

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With OpioidsResearchers reveal what makes the fang blenny's venom so unique: It's packed with opioid peptides. The post The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

Pogue's Posts

David Pogue, Times Technology Columnist, Leaves for Yahoo

Posted 4 years ago

After writing about personal technology for The Times for 13 years, David Pogue will start a consumer technology Web site at Yahoo. [Link]

Terrific Sound in a Tiny Package

Posted 4 years ago

The Jambox Mini is small enough to fit in a coat pocket and delivers sound that is richer, crisper and louder than the feeble speakers on your phone, tablet or laptop. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News

Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video]

Posted 22 months ago

Which gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to losing weight, exercise or diet? Asapscience breaks it down for you! [AsapSCIENCE] The post Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]

How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video]

Posted 22 months ago

Star Wars and hip hop together as they were meant to be. WIRED’s Eric Steuer demonstrates how to get original trilogy figures doing sick headspins. [Wired] The post How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]


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