Saint Mary’s Student School, Vancouver Buildings, Video Games, More: Sunday Buzz, September 24, 2017


Digital NC: Saint Mary’s Student School Newspaper now online. “The Saint Mary’s School student newspaper, The Belles, is now online, from its origins as ‘The Grapevine’ in 1936 through 1995. The Belles continues to be published in an electronic form to this day. The paper gives a good look into the viewpoint of North Carolina teen women over a 60 year period.”

Westender (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada): Vancouver Archives Puts Thousands Of Heritage Photos Online. “Vancouver heritage junkies, local history buffs and nosy neighbours, your cries have been heard. In an ambitious undertaking, staff at the City of Vancouver Archives have been busy digitizing nearly 7,000 black-and-white 35mm negatives — taken in 1978 and 1986 as part of two separate heritage surveys — for the public to access, ogle and explore online.”

Motherboard: This Guy Is Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games. “In the 80s and 90s, video game companies and trade magazines made [VHS] tapes to accompany popular titles or new issues with bonus material or promotional footage, giving a glimpse into how marketing for games was done in the industry’s early days. [Chris] Scullion has 18 tapes to upload so far, and plans to provide accompanying commentary as well as the raw video as they go up on his YouTube channel.”

New-to-me, from The Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations. “Wrapal is an online platform that connects filmmakers searching for film locations with property owners willing to rent their properties to filmmakers. There are more than 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial properties in Los Angeles and about 215 properties in New York City listed on Wrapal, Tan said.”


Hongkiat: How to Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive on Windows for Free . “Many people have multiple Google Drive accounts – say, for work and personal use – but Google doesn’t let you run two instances of Google Backup and Sync app on a single PC. Therefore, users have been paying for third-party apps just to sync multiple Google Drive accounts simultaneously. However, in my view, paying for a feature that should have been offered by Google years ago (like Dropbox) doesn’t feel right. And so, after many experiments, I have managed to come up with simple solutions that allow you to sync multiple accounts simultaneously without using a third-party app. Let’s get straight to it.”

Digital Trends: Think Your ISP Is Cheating You? The Best Internet Speed Tests Help You Find Out. “Internet service providers like to make a lot of claims about upload and download speeds when you sign up, but do you ever wonder how those numbers compare to the speeds you’re actually getting once your connection is set up? These alternative browser-based speed tests will help you determine your upload and download speeds, as well as identify other issues with your network, such as packet loss, latency issues, or physical connection problems. Here are several of our favorite internet speed tests, each of which is dependent on the kind of data and interface you’re looking for.”


Artnet: Italy Is Launching an Expansive New Caravaggio Research Institute Thanks to a Surprise Supporter. “Rome’s Galleria Borghese, with support form Italian luxury brand Fendi, is launching a new institute dedicated to preserving and disseminating the legacy and works of Italian master painter Caravaggio. The institute, slated to open in three years’ time, will consist of a center for studies, diagnostics, and art-historical research. It will also launch a complete online database with information about the artist and his works, as well as an international exhibition program.”

Mental Floss: The Library of Congress Wants Your Help Identifying World War I-Era Political Cartoons. “The Library of Congress just debuted its new digital innovation lab, an initiative that aims to improve upon its massive archives and use them in creative ways. Its first project is Beyond Words, a digitization effort designed to make the research library’s historical newspaper collection more search-friendly. It aims to classify and tag historical images from World War I-era newspapers, identifying political cartoons, comics, illustrations, and photos within old news archives. The images come from newspapers included in Chronicling America, the library’s existing newspaper digitization project.”


Ars Technica: CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared. “The recent CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it initially appeared, according to newly unearthed evidence. That evidence shows that the CCleaner malware infected at least 20 computers from a carefully selected list of high-profile technology companies with a mysterious payload.”

Wired: How Malware Keeps Sneaking Past Google Play’s Defenses. “THE STANDARD ADVICE for Android users to avoid downloading malicious apps is simple: Only get apps from the official Google Play Store. Unlike third-party app stores that are generally difficult to vet and validate, Google Play has built-in mechanisms to screen every app for malware, ransomware, and assorted sketchiness. So why, then, has so much malware slipped through lately?”

Bleeping Computer: Google Experiment Tests Top 5 Browsers, Finds Safari Riddled With Security Bugs. “The Project Zero team at Google has created a new tool for testing browser DOM engines and has unleashed it on today’s top five browsers, finding most bugs in Apple’s Safari. The tool — named Domato — is a fuzzer, a security testing toolkit that feeds a software application with random data and analyzes the output for abnormalities. Google engineer Ivan Fratric created Domato with the goal of fuzzing DOM engines, the browser components that read HTML code and organize it into the DOM (Document Object Model), which is then ‘painted’ and displayed inside the browser window that human users view on their screens.” Just keep in mind that the test was run by Google.


Eos: A New Tool for Deep-Down Data Mining . “The primary goal of our U.S. National Science Foundation EarthCube building block project, GeoDeepDive, is to facilitate the creation and augmentation of literature-derived databases and to leverage published knowledge and past investments in data acquisition. The project combines library science (the aggregation and curation of digital documents and bibliographic metadata), geoscience (the generation of research questions and labeling of terms in externally managed scientific ontologies), and computer science (the use of high-throughput computing infrastructure and machine reading systems to parse and extract data from millions of documents). Here we report on the status of this project and describe how the GeoDeepDive infrastructure can be used in scientific research and education applications.” Good morning, Internet…

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