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Grace Hopper Google Doodle

Grace Hopper has been a hero of mine ever since I took a course in COBOL back in the early 80's. "Amazing Grace" Hopper would have been 107 today, and Google pays tribute with a home-page cartoon of the young computer pioneer at work. The Doodle prompts us to celebrate the great woman and mathematician and trailblazing programmer. By writing computer...

Amazing Wind Map

This is a wonderful view of our world that makes the invisible visible. It is also a great example of "Non-Market Production". This is creative people just giving to the world, with out direct financial gain. I love it! The map is the work of Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who come up with new ways to visualize data that help people think about the...

New way to kill IE7: Tax it

From the why-didn't-I-think-of-that department, an Australian retailer has started charging visitors to its website a surcharge for using Internet Explorer version 7. "It appears you or your system administrator has been in a coma for over five years and you are still using IE7," reads the notice displayed for visitors to Kogan.com use the aging browser...

Google: U.S. content removal requests double

One interesting, and scary, aspect of Google having a hand in more and more of the Internet is the type of big picture view it can establish when data is gleaned from all of its properties combined. The company recently released its semi-annual report of content removal requests it received for the most recently tabulated period: the second half of 2011...