John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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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

Because it's fun…

Posted 4 days ago


Adam West, pre-Batman

Posted 18 days ago

The commercial that landed him the job as Batman. Farewell old chum. :'-( [Link]

The Joy of Tech

JoT #2433: Ransomware infection!

Posted 3 hours ago

JoT thumbThese kiddies are devious! [Link]

JoT #2432: Job search made easy!

Posted 2 days ago

JoT thumbIt seemed a little too perfect… [Link]


How to Protest Safely and Legally

Posted 5 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]

How to Create an Attractive, Customized Desktop HUD with Rainmeter

Posted 6 months ago

Rainmeter is a powerful tool that lets you create a beautiful, information-rich heads-up display that keeps track of your system status, RSS feeds, and tons of other info. Here’s how to use it to make an awesome, Iron Man-like HUD for your Windows desktop.Read more… [Link]

Mac For Translators

Safari Extensions

Posted 21 months ago

I was trying Omniweb the other day on a very standard page (from the Emacs lisp tutorial by Xah Lee at and I was shocked to see adverts in a box on the right side of the screen. Safari and its extensions had got me used to a web without adverts invasions, without irrelevant contents, and with much less … [Link]

OmegaT small update

Posted 4 years ago

OmegaT 2.0.3_1 was just released, it comes now with a complete Japanese/German/Slovenian UI/tutorial. Mac for Translators, the mailing list… [Link]

New Scientist – News

New ransomware outbreak hits organisations around the world

Posted 14 hours ago

Chocolate company Cadbury’s, Danish shipping giant Maersk and Ukraine’s national bank are among those affected by a new global ransomware outbreak [Link]

Ozone layer recovery will be delayed by chemical leaks

Posted 14 hours ago

Leaks of a common chemical used in paints and for manufacturing are harming the ozone layer and could delay recovery of the ozone hole until 2095 [Link]

Popular Science

Now kids can easily program a complex robot to recognize a smile

Posted 9 hours ago

Cozmo Technology Anki’s cute Cozmo bot is finally programmable by the rest of us. In a sea of coding-for-kids products, an update to Anki’s holiday-shopping darling, Cozmo the robot, may have one of the best chances of success. Read on. [Link]

A dash cam for 48 percent off? I'd buy it.

Posted 10 hours ago

Anker Roav Dash Cam Gadgets Record your trip—for $62 less. A dash cam for 48 percent off? I'd buy it. Record your trip—for $62 less. Read on. [Link]


'Pretty Little Liars' finale gives us a fittingly bonkers ending to one of TV's craziest shows

Posted 120 minutes ago

Twitter FacebookSpoiler warning: This recap contains plot details for the Pretty Little Liars series finale, titled "Til Death Do Us Part." Pretty Little Liars came to a dramatic end Tuesday with an action-packed two-hour series finale. But a PLL series finale that runs double the length of a normal episode? That's a recipe for mind-blowing reveals left and right. Here are the … [Link]

Suspect gives deputy a 'Get out of jail free' Monopoly card while getting arrested

Posted 4 hours ago

Twitter FacebookCan’t fault a guy for trying. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota  arrested a man this past weekend with an outstanding controlled substance warrant. At some point during the arrest, Deputy Vai discovered a "Get out of jail free" card on the man, you know, from Monopoly. Yep, this dude carried around the card "just in case," according to the … [Link]

Bad Science

How many epidemiologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Posted 5 months ago

Robin Ince just asked if I know any epidemiologist lightbulb jokes. I wrote this for him. How many epidemiologists does it take to change a lightbulb? We’ve found 12,000 switches hidden around the house. Some of them turn this lightbulb on, some of them don’t; some of them only work sometimes; and some of them […] [Link]

“Transparency, Beyond Publication Bias”. A video of my super-speedy talk at IJE.

Posted 9 months ago

People often talk about “trials transparency” as if this means “all trials must be published in an academic journal”. In reality, true transparency goes much further than this. We need Clinical Study Reports, and individual patient data, of course. But we also need the consent forms, so we can see what patients were told. We need […] [Link]


Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First

Posted 4 hours ago

Chase Purdy reports via Quartz: The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It's just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek — a company that built its name on plant-based condiments and vegan-friendly cookie doughs — today revealed that, for the last year, it has been secretly developing the technology necessary … [Link]

World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast of Scotland

Posted 5 hours ago

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the deep waters … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

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

Posted 5 days 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 days 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]


Cloudflare Launches Cloudflare Apps Platform

Posted 13 hours ago

Today, Cloudflare launched its new Cloudflare Apps Platform. The platform enables developers to build apps within the Cloudflare ecosystem for distribution through the Cloudflare Apps store. Further, the platform enables website owners to integrate third-party services to internet apps. [Link]

Why Google's RAISR Image "Compression" Tech Changes the Game for Web Developers

Posted 14 hours ago

It is not much of a stretch to say that we are living in the golden age of machine learning. But when it comes to application front-ends — especially those of web apps — that disruption has largely evaded us. The technologies we use on the web have remained largely the same for years — HTML, CSS, Javascript. Neural networks … [Link]


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

Posted 13 weeks 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 13 weeks 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 17 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 17 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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