DOS, Python, D&AD, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, March 26, 2014

Microsoft has released the source code for early versions of DOS and Word.

Wow! Quartz took a look at the Million Dollar Homepage (remember the Million Dollar Homepage?) and finds that 22% of it has “rotted away” (or 404′d away).

Instagram now has 200 million users.

China has a new search engine, but it appears unlikely it’ll get much traction: “The search engine was built by the IT arm jointly funded by China’s state-run media outlets including four local newspapers, two news agencies, and the state broadcaster China Central Television. People’s Daily and Xinhua are among the founders., though, is unlikely to gain much share in a market that’s already pretty much fossilized.”

Twitter is investigating a bug that is apparently causing missing tweets.

Fun with the Internet Archive. Fun with Python. ALMOST TOO MUCH FUN! Downloading all the items in an Internet Archive collection using Python.

Google has has announced big price drops for its cloud computing services. “Google Compute Engine is seeing a 32 percent reduction in prices across all regions, sizes and classes. App Engine prices are down 30 percent, and the company is also simplifying its price structure.”

More Google: it has been granted a patent for the Panda algorithm.

Design and Art Direction (D&AD) is launching an online archive that will be available via free membership. “At present, the online archive only goes back as far as 1990, but the full archive, dating back to the first D&AD Professional Awards in 1963, is scheduled to available from August 2014.” Good morning, Internet…

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Schema, Twitter, Sanskrit, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, March 25, 2014

Google has integrated Google Custom Search with the standard.

More Google: Google Now is now available for Chrome on desktops.

Ray-Ban Google Glass: you’ll be able to buy more fashionable versions of the tech everybody loves to hate.

Google wants to make the Gmail promotions tab more visual. “To take part in this field trial, you can sign up at and if you’re selected, a new grid view will bring to the top of your inbox key images from deals, offers, and other marketing emails if you have the Promotions tab enabled. Grid view also comes with infinite scrolling, making it easy to quickly scan through your messages and find the ones that look interesting.”

Remember that article about tech company collusion I linked to recently? Turns out Facebook was invited to play and refused.

Now available: a free textbook for learning Sansrkit. “The e-text was developed by Grazia Scotellaro in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Digital Learning Project and Sanskrit lecturer Dr McComas Taylor. Scotellaro says the e-text gives students unprecedented access to their teachers.”

First there was a tool to see your first tweet. Now there’s a tool to discover your first Twitter follower.

More Twitter: This is a slightly scary stat: only 11% of new Twitter accounts from 2012 are still tweeting. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Tumblr, SAS, Quora, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, March 25, 2014

Nice one from MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Make Photo and Movie Slideshows with Music.

The British Library has added its part of the Codex Sinaiticus to its digitized manuscripts collection. “The manuscript itself is now distributed between four institutions: the British Library, the Universitäts-Bibliothek at Leipzig, the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg, and the Monastery of St Catherine at Mt Sinai. … Over the next twelve months, a further 350 Greek manuscripts will be added to Digitised Manuscripts, in a project funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and a range of other donors.”

There’s a zero-day exploit out there targeting Outlook and Word 2010. “To be clear, Microsoft said the exploits it has seen so far attacking this vulnerability have targeted Word 2010 users, but according to Microsoft’s advisory the flaw is also present in Word 2003, 2007, 2013, Word Viewer and Office for Mac 2011.”

Google Now is going to start warning of traffic accidents.

Quora has launched verified profiles starting with Barack Obama. “Being verified doesn’t give users any additional functionality besides a blue check mark next to their questions, answers, and comments. However, it could make other readers more confident they’re getting answers from real experts, not fakers. Quora says it isn’t taking requests to be verified right now and has a long list of people its hoping to get into the system.”

Hey! Tumblr now has two-factor authentication! AND AMAZON STILL DOESN’T! ARGH!

Data wonks: universities will be able to use SAS Analytics for free. “SAS has already teamed up with universities to create graduate degrees in advanced analytics, and the free offering is an expansion of those ongoing efforts.” Good morning, Internet…

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Shakespeare, Glass, Vanishing Planes, More: Monday Buzz, March 24, 2014

Transparency reports are the new black. Here’s one from Time-Warner.

It looks like Twitter is testing showing the number of views your tweet got.

And yet I still don’t know what to do for ResearchBuzz: 20 Ideas for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn Cover Images.

Open Culture has a nifty post on where to read Shakespeare online. I had no idea there were so many versions.

“Well, that was a complete surprise,” said nobody ever: Google Glass spyware. “The stealthy software, designed by 22-year-old Mike Lady and 24-year-old Kim Paterson, takes a photo every ten seconds when Glass’s display is off, uploading the images to a remote server without giving the wearer any sign that his or her vision is being practically livestreamed to a stranger.”

More Google: Google Alerts has added filters for region and language.

Wondering how many planes have vanished since the end of World War II? Here’s a map. Note that this is not a static image and you can hover over one of the dots to get more information about that particular plane.

MIT Technology Review: How your tweets reveal your home location. This is not about geo-tagging. This is about a method developed that can guess home location (city) with an accuracy of almost 70 percent. Good morning, Internet…

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XP, Music, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, March 23, 2014

Lifehacker has a nifty sites that lets you grab videos and images from different services and do various things with them. For example, If I wanted to use “The Pizza Song” as a ringtone, I could go to and I would get links to various tools to download the video, convert it to MP3, etc. (Warning: do not watch the video unless you want a pizza-flavored earworm.)

This is a long, tough read, but man, is it important: “Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.”

Are you going to keep your Windows XP machine despite the fact that security support ends next month? Here are some hints so you can stay as safe as you can. Disclosure: I’m keeping it too because I’ve got some software programs that really run best on XP. But it’s never going on the Internet again!

More good stuff from Hongkiat: 20 (More) Websites To Download Creative Commons Music for Free. Note that all of these are not free commercial use, so check your licenses…

Sunday fun: there’s a Twitter bot that randomly generates a new verse for the song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover every few hours. Note the chances of these making sense are minimal (“Ferret a spud, Bud”.) I think my favorite one is “Seed the calm twitch, Rich.”

I recently mentioned that Yahoo is teaming up with Yelp. Now Yelp is also teaming up with YP (press release). Interesting.

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Google, Fonts, New York City, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 22, 2014

The London borough of Merton is getting a digital photo archive. “Up to 15,000 images covering over a century of local history as part of the Merton Memories project will be launched at Morden library on Saturday, March 22.”

Pinterest is now available in Hindi (it wasn’t before?)

The Vatican Library will digitize its archives and put them online. “Working with the Japanese technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive about 1.5 million pages from the library’s collection of manuscripts, which comprises some 82,000 items and 41 million pages. The initial project will take four years and may be extended.”

If you do too much of this, it’s dithering. But sometimes it really is necessary: Type Connection helps you find matching typefaces. “Start by choosing a typeface to pair. Like a conventional dating website, Type Connection presents you with potential ‘dates’ for each main character–without the misleading profile photos and commitment-phobes. The game features well-known, workhorse typefaces and portrays each as a character searching for love.”

Amit Agarwal continues his reign of grooviness by howing how to schedule Gmail messages with a Google Sheet.

More Google: Google has worked with the NYPD to put together the New York City Crime Map.

More More Google: Google can now solve geometry problems.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added some new features.

This sounds cool: Reddit is planning to offer embeds for breaking news discussions.

Did you know there was a “Pinterest for education”? Learnist is getting a refresh. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, YouTube, Illuminated Manuscripts, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 21, 2014

Twitter has released a tool that lets you see anybody’s first tweet. Mine is really boring. (“Figuring out Twitter,” June 20, 2007)

Duke University has created a library guide to the crisis in Ukraine. Some of these are university-specific but hit all the tabs.

With the huge amount of content that’s uploaded to YouTube every minute, I’m stunned that the site has only 200 “super-flaggers”. “While the site already allows users to report videos containing possibly suspect content, it’s likely the material highlighted by those in the flagger program is fast-tracked to the YouTube team for evaluation. In addition, the Web giant has reportedly set up the system so that the flaggers can highlight content ‘at scale,’ instead of selecting one video at a time.”

So this guy in Sweden developed a Google Maps hack that shows you locations “urban jungle-ized” or maybe “swamp-ized.” This would not run in Linux but I got it to run in Windows. I also discovered to my amusement that if a business interior is available, it’ll “jungle-ize” that too…

Facebook is signaling yet ANOTHER drop in organic page reach. Bad for page owners, certainly, but TERRIBLE for those of us who try to use Facebook as an information service.

The British Library has updated its Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. “Recently updated, CIM (as we like to call it) now boasts a total of 4,277 manuscripts and some 36,163 images. These range from a 4th/5th-century copy of Cyprian’s Epistles, perhaps brought to England by Theodore of Tarsus and Hadrian of Canterbury (Add MS 40165A), to a collection of facsimile manuscript pages produced in 1873 by John Obadiah Westwood, a palaeographer and entomologist (Egerton MS 2263) – with a lot in between.”

Social Media Examiner hipped me to a very sweet looking curation tool called Dragdis – . Haven’t tried it yet. Good afternoon, Internet…

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