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.


Rita Ora got to tell Gordon Ramsay about the time she got turned away from his restaurant

Posted 8 minutes ago

Twitter Facebook That awkward moment when you're a famous singer but you're too scruffy to eat at Gordon Ramsay's… SEE ALSO: British TV star falls down a hole on stage, but posts the perfect Instagram response Rita Ora and Gordon Ramsay were both on the sofa for The Jonathan Ross Show along with Ed Sheeran, and Ora chose that moment to pick … [Link]

Everything you forgot about 'Stranger Things' Season 1

Posted 9 minutes ago

Twitter Facebook It's almost time for Halloween, and for your pre-Halloween Stranger Things 2 binge so you can dress up as a topical Season 2 reference (we know your plans, Netflix). It's been little over a year since the show's first eight episodes had everyone talking in the summer of 2016 (simpler times), but what do we really remember of this twisty … [Link]


Kaspersky Lab To Open Software To Review, Says Nothing To Hide

Posted 35 minutes ago

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab will ask independent parties to review the security of its anti-virus software, which the U.S. government has said could jeopardize national security, citing concerns over Kremlin influence and hijacking by Russian spies. From a report: Kaspersky, which research firm Gartner ranks as one of the world's top cyber security vendors for consumers, said in a statement that … [Link]

Essential Announces $200 (29%) Discount on Phones — Price Dropped To $499

Posted 3 hours ago

An anonymous reader quote CNET: The heavily hyped, Andy Rubin-backed Essential phone launched late in August. Now, two months later, its price has been cut from $699 to $499. The news was announced in a Sunday blog post by company president Niccolo de Masi. He said the price cut comes in lieu of the company spending money on an expensive … [Link]


What to Consider When Pricing Your API

Posted 22 hours ago

​It’s no secret that the API business is big business. Over $500m was pumped into API-driven firms just last year and that number is only likely to rise. But how do companies make money from an API and how should you price API usage to get the best return? Lindsey Kirchoff over at Nordic APIs tells you everything you need … [Link]

Daily API RoundUp: Airbnb, LIFX,, FormAPI

Posted 47 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]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

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

Posted 4 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 4 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]

New Scientist – News

A world where cameras are always on may make us less human

Posted 3 hours ago

The spread of body cams and smartphones could change who we are by stifling our natural impulse to gossip, misbehave and do really embarrassing stuff [Link]

Google’s quantum computing plans threatened by IBM curveball

Posted 3 days ago

A mathematical leap has let IBM simulate a 56-qubit quantum computer on a traditional machine, the biggest yet on a classical computer [Link]

Geek Culture

Speed bump simulation!

Posted 12 hours ago

What happens when a speeding object meets 100 speed bumps? [Link]

The Princess Bride Book!

Posted 5 days ago

Time for another giveaway! This time it is the gorgeous and deluxe edition of The Princess Bride! You love the movie, now you can super love the book! THE PRINCESS BRIDE DELUXE EDITION, with its aged page treatment and embossed cover; the 50 full page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, vividly illustrated chapter openers and gorgeous, colorful Florin-Guilder map endpapers … [Link]

The Joy of Tech

JoT #2461: They don't make 'em like they used to!

Posted 5 days ago

JoT thumbWhen geeks were geeks! [Link]

JoT #2460: Social media guilt!

Posted 7 days ago

JoT thumbWhat might have been! [Link]

Mac For Translators

XLIFF Editors…

Posted 3 days ago

There are plenty of "XLIFF Editors" that pop up on the Mac App market. A number of them are free, most are not super expensive. But all confuse "XLIFF" with the poor subset that Xcode outputs. And that confuses the people who need XLIFF editors the most: professional translators.XLIFF is an industry standard used in all the localization/translation world. Xcode … [Link]


Posted 3 days ago

This is a follow-up to the "Applescript everywhere" article that I published yesterday.As I mentioned in the update at the end of the article, I had written on this blog, back in November 2007, "I have never found a practical way to use AppleScript in my workflows…"That same year, 8 months earlier, I was talking about OmegaT in Tokyo. It … [Link]

Bad Science

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

Posted 13 weeks 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]

Meaningful Transparency Commitments: the WHO Joint Statement from Trial Funders

Posted 13 weeks ago

By now I hope you all know about the ongoing global scandal of clinical trial results being left unpublished, and of course our AllTrials campaign. Doctors, researchers, and patients cannot make truly informed choices about which treatments work best if they don’t have access to all the trial results. Earlier this year, I helped out […] [Link]

Popular Science

How to fix the most common smartphone problems

Posted 4 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 4 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 11 weeks 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 9 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 7 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 7 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 21 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 21 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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