Short Tuesday Morning Buzz, January 27th, 2015

Do you have a Twitter account? Then you’re a poet and you don’t know it! A new tool makes poetry out of your tweets. I asked it to make me a poem and it took a long time but I got two lovely poems out of it. Hold your mouse over the lines to see where they come from; this is handy as I was racking my brains to figure out when I’d written “Muppet strut.”

The University of Virginia Medical Artifacts Collection is now online with over 350 items.

I have trouble just managing one! From David Lee King: Tools for managing multiple Instagram accounts. This was actually written from the perspective of managing a library Instagram.

Bing is now translating Twitter’s tweets (again).

Recently Google released information on security vulnerabilities in Windows. Now it’s released them about OS X.

FamilySearch has done a really big records add: “Notable collection updates include the 24,405,544 indexed records and 1,244,622 images from the US, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 801,893 images from the Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 collection; and the 38,322 indexed records and 687,456 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 collection.”

Now online: an archive of TV broadcast videos from Louisiana. There are about 1500 videos on the site so far. Good morning, Internet…

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Monday Morning Buzz, January 26th, 2015

Delicious is planning some upgrades to its APIs. The announcement was made on 21 January but no details yet (and no new entries in the blog.)

Amit never runs out of fun ideas: How to find all your “egg followers” on Twitter.

I know you’ve been wanting to turn your Instagram photos into temporary tattoos. Here ya go.

Elegant Themes has a roundup of 15 apps for holding Webinars. All the usual suspects are here (Google Hangouts, etc.) but also several I’d never heard of.

Pinterest is now personalizing search results depending on whether you’re male or female. I suppose this could work if you were searching for clothes, but the screenshots in this article for two different searches of party were disconcerting.

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet!) alpha 2 is now available.

Twitter is apparently asking Twitter power users to stop using Instagram so much. Uh, okay. “Twitter, which is older than Instagram, has struggled to keep up with the young gun in the media department. Twitter has released countless updates to the web product and the mobile apps to try to bring more attention to images and videos. It added a tab under user profiles to view media only, and put more focus on images that are used on profiles, like the addition of the Facebook-style header image and the now-larger profile photos.” Interesting notes in the comments about posting Instagram pictures on Twitter… using IFTTT.

Social network Ello has launched the ability to share music and video clips in its feed. And if you’re both a sensitive flower and a fan of Ello, don’t read this article. I didn’t know so much Ello-slagging could fit in so few words.

GigaOm is reporting that Snapchat is hiring journalists. Wait, what? “The company will produce high quality video, images, and text for people to view in the Discover tab. … As previously reported, the company is working with CNN, Vice, Buzzfeed, and a whole host of others to help them tailor content for its upcoming Discover section.” I have never used Snapchat, but … isn’t it kind of ephemeral? Isn’t that its thing?

Adobe has released an emergency Flash patch. Unfortunately that may not be enough: “While Flash users should definitely update as soon as possible, there are indications that this fix may not plug all of the holes in Flash for which attackers have developed exploits. In a statement released along with the Flash update today, Adobe said its patch addresses a newly discovered vulnerability that is being actively exploited, but that there appears to be another active attack this patch doesn’t address.”

Kim Dotcom has finally launched Skype competitor MegaChat. “MegaChat is targeted at people who are wary of Skype’s security (and its browser-based model is also a swipe at Microsoft’s plans to integrate Skype into Internet Explorer so people don’t have to download its desktop app). As with all services that offer end-to-end encryption, however, it still pays to be careful. The Register notes that a security researcher was able to steal passwords from Mega’s file-sharing service back in 2013. Kim Dotcom is seeking to allay similar concerns about MegaChat by offering a bounty to anyone who finds a security bug.”

Kirk McElhearn put up a potentially-useful article: how to add subtitles to DVDs ripped with Handbrake.

Amazon has launched a tool for making Kindle textbooks. “It’s straightforwardly titled the Kindle Textbook Creator, and it makes it easy to transform PDFs into an e-book format. Plain PDFs are pretty static learning materials, but Amazon says its Textbook Creator offers a simple (and free) way to organize an array of educational materials — graphs, equations, charts or anything else you might find in a textbook.” Good morning, Internet…

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Short Friday Afternoon Buzz, January 23rd, 2015

Apparently there are rumors going around that Google might buy Twitter. That actually kind of works, in my mind. But Venture Beat says no… at least not yet. “Here’s the reality. Twitter’s stock may be down to $39.07 from its 52-week high of $62.07. But the company is still valued at a steep $24.43 billion. Google’s largest acquisition to date was Motorola for $12.4 billion, and it promptly sold that company to Lenovo less than two years later.”

Language wonk? Check out this analysis of Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. “Schmidt ana­lyzed the lan­guage of Obama’s pres­i­den­tial address—and that of every SOTU speech dating back to 1790—using Book­worm, a simple and pow­erful way to visu­alize trends in dig­i­tized texts. He and a Har­vard col­league cre­ated the plat­form for text analysis in 2011, and have since used it to examine the lan­guage used in every­thing from news­paper arti­cles to more than 500 episodes of The Simp­sons.”

Los Angeles County (CA) will get an online database for municipal stats and records. “The website would be a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on budgets, crime stats, welfare and the like that could be used and redistributed without any legal, social or technological limitations, according to county officials.”

Researchers are doing EVERYTHING with Twitter. The latest? using it to predict rates of coronary heart disease. “Previous studies have identified many factors that contribute to the risk of heart disease: traditional ones, like low income or smoking but also psychological ones, like stress. The Penn researchers demonstrated that Twitter can capture more information about heart disease risk than many traditional factors combined, as it also characterizes the psychological atmosphere of a community. They found that expressions of negative emotions such as anger, stress and fatigue in a county’s tweets were associated with higher heart disease risk. On the other hand, positive emotions like excitement and optimism were associated with lower risk.”

Windows has a roundup on Windows 10, which will apparently be a free upgrade.

Want to see the Super Bowl ads online as soon as they hit the Super Bowl? Check out Tumblr. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Short Wednesday Evening Buzz, January 21st, 2015

Apparently search engines are now the most trusted new source. Not sure how that works, since the news indexed by search engines is often from “traditional” sources…

SplashData has released its annual “Worst Passwords” list (PRESS RELEASE). 123456? Really?

Google has invested one billion dollars in SpaceX. “Although SpaceX was extremely vague about what this investment would mean, reports from earlier this week indicated that it would be used to help build a satellite-based Internet service that would help connect billions of people to the web who today lack Internet access.”

Is the Pirate Bay going to come back? “With only 10 days remaining on its countdown clock, The Pirate Bay has redesigned its home page today to more closely resemble the look it had before it went down last month. First spotted by TorrentFreak, the black waving pirate flag that had filled the screen in recent weeks has now been reduced to a smaller box in the center. The search box and categories are back under the flag. However, these are not active yet.”

The Gambia National Library will be digitized. “The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that efforts are on track for the digitalisation of the archival materials of the said Library.”

A big Java patch has just been released – if you still have Java on your machine better get updating. Good evening, Internet…

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Are You Missing Bloglines? Here’s a Possible Fix

I’ve been getting periodic e-mails asking what happened to Bloglines, and I unfortunately have not been able to provide any answers because I couldn’t find anything either!

I got a Tweet about it today and I still didn’t know anything, so I got mad and went rummaging around on Google, and I found something! Twitter user @FuturePersp tried it and said it worked.

What I found was a note from a gentleman named Matt Lueck. he’s apparently getting his Bloglines stuff via NetVibes.

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Here’s the text if you need to cut and paste anything:

“This was my solution. Log into netvibes using your bloglines info. Click Dashboard then manage. On the left under Dashboards click backup data. Select Bloglines from the dropdown. that will export an XML file from to your computer with everything you were following in bloglines. Now add that to netvibes by clicking add on your page and then import the xml in the menu on the right. Now you can read things in netvibes.”

Those instructions came from a Facebook comment left at http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/bloglines.com.html . I can’t try it because I don’t use Bloglines, but two followup comments left there and FuturePersp seems to indicate this is a way to get your Bloglines stuff. If you try it, could you please let me know in the comments if it works for you?