My bookmarks

This is a list of Alvin Alexander's bookmarks.

“Testing an HTTP Library can become difficult sometimes. Postbin is fantastic for testing POST requests, but not much else. This exists to cover all kinds of HTTP scenarios. Additional endpoints are being considered. All endpoint responses are JSON-encoded.”

In his book, "Mastery," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart to discover what it takes to achieve excellence. He argues that success is within anyone's reach, if they have discipline, patience, and follow a number of important steps.

From the link: “This User’s Manual was written for admitted Hacker Schoolers to help them navigate and understand Hacker School. We've decided to publish it in the hope that it will give the outside world a clearer picture of what Hacker School is like. You can read more about our motivations on our blog.”

From the article:

But online marketers are increasingly seeking to track users offline, as well, by collecting data about people's offline habits—such as recent purchases, where you live, how many kids you have, and what kind of car you drive.

Tracking people using their real names—often called "onboarding"—is a hot trend in Silicon Valley. In 2012...

An article about how Airbnb uses self-management. I think that when people are good workers, are working on something they're interested in, and have a huge profit incentive, it's pretty easy for everyone to do the right thing.

An article on Cult of Mac about a simple game that achieved great sales success.

“It may sound simple, but it’s the Apple kind of simplicity that actually takes a lot of work,” Denis Mikan says of the game he co-created.

The idea behind Blek is ingeniously straightforward. At its simplest you draw a line on screen, and then this line repeats itself over and over...

Booktype is a free, open source platform that allows organisations and communitites to produce beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader.

An interesting article on how to set up a note-taking system using Evernote and another app named Hazel.

A good article on how to customize your xscreensaver text (on Linux systems).

This is a good series of articles, “Four ways to build mobile apps.” Covers Native iOS, Native Android, HTML/CSS/JavaScript + PhoneGap, and Appcelerator Titanium.

Documentation on using the RPi.GPIO Python module, including the very important:

  # or

initial setting.

Some good notes, comments, and code on getting the Raspberry Pi working with the Si4703 FM Tuner Eval Board.

Source code for an Arduino “radio” project. Per the author, “The base code is from Spark Fun for Si4703 radio hardware. It uses a serial interface to run the radio. I use hardware to run it.” I’m about to do something similar with a Raspberry Pi, and I’m using this code as reference. I saw this code referenced in the comments on...

It is an invisible force that goes by many names. Computerization. Automation. Artificial intelligence. Technology. Innovation. And, everyone's favorite, ROBOTS.

Whatever name you prefer, some form of it has been stoking progress and killing jobs — from seamstresses to paralegals — for centuries. But this time is different: Nearly half of American jobs today could be...

Geoffrey Hinton was in high school when a friend convinced him that the brain worked like a hologram.

To create one of those 3-D holographic images, you record how countless beams of light bounce off an object and then you store these little bits of information across a vast database. While still in high school, back in 1960s Britain, Hinton was fascinated by the idea that the brain...

After eight years at Sony and five years spent elevating Disney Research to one of the premier interaction design labs in the world--Ivan Poupyrev--a Fast Company Most Creative Person 2013--is leaving for Motorola Mobility (owned by Google) where he’ll help develop new products to compete with dominant hardware companies like Apple and Samsung. In other words, Motorola is about to become...

Samsung and Apple collectively reported a 17% rise in their semiconductor demand during 2013.Together the firms saw $53.7bn of semiconductors consumed for the year, up $7.7bn from the previous year, a new Gartner report revealed.

The report also revealed that the top 10 firms outperformed the overall semiconductor buying market by purchasing $114bn worth semiconductors and accounted for...

Papers is an Apple Design Award and Ars Design Award winning solution for managing research literature. Now, it's time for Papers 3 to take your personal library of research to a whole new level. Papers keeps your library organized and portable, automatically downloads full-text content for your articles, shows you related content when reading, and lets you sync your library between home...

Sir Jonathan Ive, the man credited with shaping the iPad and iPhone and whose personal fortune is estimated at $130m, said today that Apple’s guiding principal was nothing to do with its balance sheet, instead it simply wanted to make “great products”.

“Our goal isn’t to make money. Our goal absolutely at Apple is not to make money. This may sound a little...

At OSCON, Phil Dibowitz reminded me how little I understand about large systems – as he puts it, really large systems, systems of systems, with some similarities but with different people controlling parts. His work at Facebook explores the challenges (and opportunities) of creating tools that work across a company’s many networks and computers.

If you deal with such...