Friday, 28 August 2015

Flarum – Open Source Forum Software Focus on Simplicity

Flarum is free, open-source forum software with a focus on simplicity. You can use Flarum to easily set up a discussion forum for your website. It’s forum software reimagined. Flarum looks and feels great out of the box. The user interface is streamlined so you can spend less time clicking and more time talking. You […]

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Sponsor: imgix — Real-time Image Resizing as a Service

Looking to take advantage of the srcset attribute or <picture> element, but don't want to store the different versions of each image? Looking to apply blurs to images that don't peg the browser? imgix can help.

imgix is a real-time image resizing service and CDN. Resize, crop, and process images simply by changing their URLs. Mix and match over 90 URL parameters for unlimited different ways to process images.

It's free to sign up, and every new account gets $10 …

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Dremel se lance dans l'imprimante 3D grand public avec l'Idea Builder

Lancée en 2014 aux ztazuni, la Dremel 3D Idea Builder est une petite imprimante 3D qui a apparemment suffisament marché pour arriver dans le commerce en Allemagne par la suite et se faire un chemin jusqu'à chez nous. Le constructeur favoris des bricoleurs annonce qu'elle sera disponible sur Amazon et chez certains revendeurs spécialisés (chez Julio y a tout ce qu'il faut !) dès le 1er septembre... [Tout lire]

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5 open source alternatives to Trello

But most kanban board tools are multi-purpose, and you can also use them to track next actions, someday/maybe lists, or even just what groceries you need to pick up. The killer feature of almost all of them is the ability to share your boards with a team, allowing group collaboration and keeping everyone on the same page. When looking for an open source tool to fit my needs, I came across five great options and wanted to share a little bit from my experience with each.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Four short links: 27 August 2015

The Advanced Persistent Threat You Have: Google Chrome (PDF) — argues that if you can’t detect and classify Google Chrome’s self-updating behavior, you’re not in a position to know when you’re hit by malware that also downloads and executes code …

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Google's been recruiting programmers based on their search habits

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Want a job slinging code for Google? You might already be on the company's radar. According to new Google hire Max Rosett, he never applied for a job at Google -- the company reached out to him after he made a habit of using Google search as a programming resource. One day, a search for "python lambda function list comprehension" returned something unexpected: a secret Google recruitment test.

Seriously. If you search the right terms often enough, Google might interrupt your quest for knowledge with a question: "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?" If you are, you'll get access to, a UNIX-like interface that presents users with programming challenges. led Rosett through six different challenges, each with specific requirements and time limits. When he finished them all, it asked for his contact information -- Google rang him up, ran him through the regular employment rounds and now he works there. Simple as that.

Don't bother searching for though -- the test is invitation only. Finding the page is easy enough, but it won't let you play if you weren't specifically asked to: "To log in, you have to have logged in before," the page reads. Confused visitors are invited to, you guessed it, search Google for answers. It's a slightly creepy recruitment tool, but it's also fun, quirky and refreshing. Try it out. If you can.

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Via: ReCode

Source: The Hustle

Tags: code, employment,, foobar, google, programing, recruitment

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

MillWheel: Fault-Tolerant Stream Processing at Internet Scale

MillWheel: Fault-Tolerant Stream Processing at Internet Scale – Akidau et al. (Google) 2013 Earlier this week we looked at the Google Cloud Dataflow model which is implemented on top of FlumeJava (for batch) and MillWheel (for streaming): We have implemented this model internally in FlumeJava, with MillWheel used as the underlying execution engine for streaming […]

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FilePizza Does Peer-to-Peer File Sharing In Your Web Browser

Peer-to-peer file sharing services like BitTorrent Sync are great ways to share large files without paying for third-party cloud storage, but that still requires you download software. FilePizza shares files using peer-to-peer, but does so right in your browser.


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Eve Aims To Change The Way Programming Works

Lego Officially Revealed Its New WALL•E Set

Lego has officially revealed Pixar animator Angus MacLane’s Lego Ideas WALL•E set.Available starting September 1 for $50, the 677-piece set includes a booklet about MacLane and the Pixar film. Here’s the official description: "Build, display and role play with WALL•E! Construct the LEGO® Ideas version of WALL•E with posable neck, adjustable head and arms, gripping hands, opening trunk and rolling tracks.Build a beautifully detailed LEGO® version of WALL•E—the last robot left on Earth! Created by Angus MacLane, an animator and director at Pixar Animation Studios, and selected by LEGO Ideas members, the development of this model began alongside the making of the lovable animated character for the classic Pixar feature film. It has taken almost a decade to perfect the LEGO version, which incorporates many authentic WALL•E characteristics, including a posable neck, adjustable head, arms that move up and down and side to side, plus gripping hands and rolling tracks. With a trunk that opens and closes, you can tidy up the planet one pile of garbage at a time! This set also includes a booklet about the designer and the animated Pixar movie."(Read...)

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Google Research Leads To Automated Real-Time Pedestrian Detection

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COBOL Comes To Visual Studio 2015

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Xiaomi takes the SoC from an $800 HTC phone and puts it in a $129 device

Xiaomi shocks with the Redmi Note 2 and its eight-core SoC.

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Autodesk's Pixlr* Leveraging Intel RealSense Technology

Today, Intel announced that its Intel® RealSense™ technology is now featured in Autodesk's latest version of its online image editor, Pixlr*. Intel software engineers worked closely with Autodesk to enable Pixlr to capture 3D image data using the Intel RealSense 3D camera, allowing users to seamlessly extract, replace or enhance the foreground and background in real time (no green-screen required). What used to be a multi-step, time-consuming and somewhat technical editing process is now quick and simple for anyone who loves taking and sharing great photos. Intel will be sharing updates on Intel RealSense Technology at the Intel Developer Forum on August 18-20. Comments

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Friday, 21 August 2015

IT support in a nutshell

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Unity Is Working On Metal & DX12, But Not Vulkan Yet

Aras Pranckevičius of Unity Technologies presented this week at SIGGRAPH 2015 on porting the popular Unity Engine to new APIs. While Aras has dealt with Vulkan/glNext, Unity is still monitoring the Vulkan situation and isn't yet committing to supporting it in the near-term within its game engine...

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Wheelman 50cc Gas Skateboard

Coming with a center mounted engine and is supported at each end by a spoke-less wheel into which your feet can be inserted while standing upright. This skateboard’s 2-stroke engine takes a mixture of gas and oil and can hold one liter of fuel at a time. That will give you around a run time of one hour or 30 miles at a speed of up to 25 mph. And You can control the speed with the help of a cable type controller in your hand.  You just have to let off of the throttle for a slow and smooth deceleration whenever you’re willing to slow down.Wheelman 50cc Gas Skateboard, available in here. It seems cool.(Read...)

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Four short links: 11 August 2015

Denver Broncos Testing In-Game Analytics — their newly hired director of analytics working with the coach. With Tanney nearby, Kubiak can receive a quick report on the statistical probabilities of almost any situation. Say that you have fourth-and-3 from the …

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New video series gets you started with Android developer tools

New video series gets you started with Android developer tools

Intel has published a new video series for Android developers, introducing development tools from Intel, most of them available free of charge. The tools are designed to work with all Android devices, not just those using Intel processors. The series provides an overview of:

The videos provide a quick insight into the tools and an opportunity to see them in action, and you can use the links above to find out more and download.

Watch the video series here!

• This blog post is written by Softtalkblog, and is sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone, which helps you to develop, market and sell software and apps for prominent platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel Architecture.

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Microsoft attempts to teach computers how to make a funny


Computers and artificial intelligence systems have long struggled with a human understanding of humor – as anyone who has ever asked Siri to tell a joke well knows. Bloomberg reports that recently, a researcher at Microsoft began working with The New Yorker on a project that aims to teach an AI system what is and what is not "funny."

Dafna Shahaf was able to train an AI to find the funniest choices among similarly-themed captions by feeding it an archive of cartoons and caption contest entries from the back page of The New Yorker. Because computer software is trained to understand photos and not hand-drawn images, the researchers had to manually describe what was seen in each cartoon and its context; Shahaf used crowdsourced input via Amazon's Mechanical Turk for this step, asking workers to sort answers in order of funniest to least funny, and then moved onto ranking the jokes using the answers.

In the end, the AI system was often able to select choices that the cartoon editors agreed with – all of the editor's favorite captions appeared in the AI's top 55.8 percent of choices. Overall the AI was able to eliminate roughly 2,200 of the 5,000 caption entries the publication receives each week, saving editors from having to read through thousands of terrible puns.

These initial steps are incredibly relevant to projects like Skype Translator which makes translations on the fly between users speaking two different languages. Researchers' ultimate goal is to teach computers to make jokes on their own, because apparently getting them to answer Jeopardy questions is passé.

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Source: Bloomberg

Tags: AI, comic, MachineLearning, MechanicalTurk, Microsoft, NewYorker, Siri

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Google brings Vulkan to Android

In order to address some of the sources of CPU overhead and provide developers with more explicit control over rendering, w've been working to bring a new 3D rendering API, Vulkan, to Android. Like OpenGL ES, Vulkan is an open standard for 3D graphics and rendering maintained by Khronos. Vulkan is being designed from the ground up to minimize CPU overhead in the driver, and allow your application to control GPU operation more directly. Vulkan also enables better parallelization by allowing multiple threads to perform work such as command buffer construction at once.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

LinkedIn Makes Hadoop Tools Available as Open Source Project

 ITbusinessEdge: IT organizations often struggle with building applications that run across a Hadoop cluster.

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Hacking a NRF24L01 Radio for Longer Range

[RonM9] wasn’t happy with his 50 foot range on his NRF24L01 project. The RF had to cut through four walls, but with the stock modules, the signal was petering out after two or three walls.  A reasonably simple external dipole antenna managed to increase the range enough to do the job.

[RonM9’s] instructions show where to cut away the existing PCB antenna and empirically tune the 24 gauge wire for best performance. He even includes an Arduino-based test rig so you can perform your own testing if you want.

There’s no doubt an external antenna will make a great improvement …read more

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XKCD Author's New Unpublished Book Becomes Scientific Best-Seller

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Microsoft works on an app that reads the news to you


Microsoft is testing a new app called NewsCast, which makes a playlist of news story summaries and reads them to you, according to Neowin. The publication came across a page on the Microsoft Azure Web Sites domain that had the app for download. In it, the company mentioned that the program was created by the Bing team and is meant to make commutes more productive, since you can listen to playlist even while driving. Unfortunately, the download's no longer available, but Neowin managed to take some screenshots that you can see below the fold.

NewsCast reportedly uses Bing's text-to-speech program to read out blurbs that last 30 seconds each, though the voice isn't as organic as Cortana's. It allows you to save summaries for later and also has a feedback button that launches a three-question survey for testers. Curiously, the app that was on Azure was available only for iOS devices, though it's probably because a lot of Microsoft employees/testers use iPhones and iPads. As you can see, it's not quite identical to the breaking news app Facebook's reportedly developing, as well, but the two could very well be rivals in the future.

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Via: PCWorld

Source: Neowin

Tags: app, ios, iphone, microsoft, mobilepostcross

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Broadcast Your Own FM Radio Station, with a Raspberry Pi


Sick of listening to babbling DJs and want to broadcast your own radio station? Need a quick and easy solution to transmitting MP3s or Internet radio to your archaic in-car stereo system? Yet again, it is the Raspberry Pi will come to your rescue, with its previously unknown ability to broadcast on the FM band. Before proceeding, please understand that this is a proof of concept project. Unless you are equipped with the relevant license, you should not be broadcasting on the FM band and you proceed wholly at your own risk. What You’ll Need for Your Pi FM Project Begin by...

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Pixar’s USD Going Open Source

Pixar is planning to release its Universal Scene Description Software (USD) as an open-source project by summer 2016.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Open Source CMS Built on Node.js and MongoDB

Apostrophe is a design-driven, in-context CMS built on Node.js and MongoDB. It provides the tools to develop both simple and complex content-driven websites through simple templating and modular functionality. The editing experience is designed around the idea that content mangement should be easy, and therefore editors can create and manage their content right on the […]

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Raspberry Pi and Windows 10 IoT Core: A Huge Letdown

Last Spring, Microsoft unveiled their plan for Windows and the Internet of Things. It starts with the Raspberry Pi and Windows 10 IoT Core – a stripped down system with Windows API calls running on an ARM architecture. Yes, Microsoft is finally moving away from the desktop, building a platform for a billion Internet of Things things, or filling the gap left by tens of thousands of POS terminals and ATMs running XP being taken offline. Either one is accurate.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the first public release of Windows 10 IoT Core. This is the review, but here’s …read more

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door


You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at Defcon 2015, and here's how it works. When a victim tries to remotely open their car with a fob, they'll notice it didn't work the first time. It'll appear to work the second time, but at that point, the thief will have stolen a code they can use to open your vehicle at their leisure.

Car makers came up with "rolling code" after thieves figured out how to wirelessly steal codes from early keyless devices. The system works by changing the passkey every time you use a fob, preventing it from being used a second time. In theory, that makes any stolen code useless to an attacker. As with many of his hacks, Kamkar's workaround is simple yet ingenious. Rolljam blocks the remote signal from reaching the vehicle with a pair of radios, then uses a third one to record the wireless code.

My own car is fully susceptible to this attack. I don't think that's right when we know this is solvable.

Naturally, the mark will try to use the fob again, and once again, Rolljam will jam the signal and steal the second code. But this time, Kamkar's device will re-transmit the first code and unlock the car, so the victim thinks everything's alright. Since your vehicle didn't receive the second code, however, it can now be used by a thieves to steal your car anytime they want. If the device is placed in proximity of a car or garage, it can keep stealing and retransmitting codes, ensuring it always has a fresh, working one.

Other researchers have built devices that can hack vehicle locks in a similar way, but Kamkar is the first to automate the method. His prototype works on vehicles from Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen and others, along with numerous brands of garage door openers. Car companies say they've been aware of the issue for awhile, and some have switched to a new system where the codes expire quickly, defeating Kamkar's hack. But he told Wired that he released details of his attack at Defcon to force car and garage companies to upgrade older products as well. "My own car is fully susceptible to this attack. I don't think that's right when we know this is solvable," he said.

[Image credit: Samy Kamkar]

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Via: Wired

Source: Defcon

Tags: car theft, hacking, keyless, samy kamkar, security, unlocking, vehicles

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This Massive 10,000-brick Lego Technic Star Wars 'Sandcrawler'

Lego superfans Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley is designing and creating a Lego Technic replica of the Sandcrawler. It’s an impressive 3-foot long, 28-pound, 10,000-brick behemoth. Harkema and Hartley met at a Lego robotics club and have been friends ever since. They spent over 500 hours creating the mammoth vehicle, and recently revealed it at Chicago’s Brickworld Lego convention. It was nominated for “Best Mechanical Creation.”The idea for the Sandcrawler was born in Hartley’s basement “that is “literally devoted to Lego” with tables, plastic tubs and an entire wall with drawers full of building elements. They chose the Sandcrawler because it provided a lot of interesting challenges when it came to the mechanics. The original building team started out with five, but gradually “whittled itself down to just the two of them,” said Harkema.(Read...)

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Unreal Engine Gamescom 2015 Reel

A demo reel of projects developed with Unreal Engine showcased at the Gamescom 2015 event. These include fighting games, shooters,

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Get Started With ES6 and Babel?

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Bill Murray To Appear In New Ghostbusters Film

I think this is kind of weird, since Bill Murray has practically gone on record that he was done with the franchise. Isn't he the reason why a real Ghostbusters 3 never happened? He also really hated the sequel, but now he'll be appearing in the all-female Ghostbusters, which looks like it'll be even worse. (For the record, I liked Ghostbusters II.) Murray has long been resistant to star in a third Ghostbusters. He told David Letterman earlier this year that his hesitancy stems from Ghostbusters II not having been as well-received as the first one. Feig's film, which is currently shooting, stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. It hits theaters on July 22, 2016. Comments

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Emulating a Hard Drive With The Raspberry Pi

[Chris] recently moved a vintage IBM 5150 – the original PC – into his living room. While this might sound odd to people who are not part of the Hackaday readership, it actually makes a lot of sense; this PC is a great distraction-free writing workstation, vintage gaming machine, and looks really, really cool. It sat unused for a while, simply because [Chris] didn’t want to swap out piles of floppies, and he doesn’t have a hard drive or controller card for this machine. After reviewing what other retrocomputer fans have done in this situation, he emulated a hard drive …read more

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Microsoft's Android-on-Windows project leaks

Ever since Microsoft announced their Bridge technologies at Build 2015 questions about how they work (and how well) have been asked. The tools let developers port over Android apps (Project Astoria), iOS apps (Project Islandwood), web apps (Project Westminster) and classic Win32 apps (Project Centennial) to Windows 10 including phone. This morning, the actual tools for Project Astoria have leaked onto the web and users can freely (and illegally) download Android APKs and sideload them to their Windows Phone running Windows 10 Mobile. This follows yesterday's leak of the documentation for the project. Project Astoria is fascinating. If you look at the leaked documenation, you'll see Microsoft is running (parts of) the Android subsystem and Linux kernel in kernel mode. This should be nice for performance, but at the same time, it doesn't seem like something that'll be good from a security standpoint. The leaked documentation also explains that in Project Astoria, all activities belong to a back stack within a single task. In regular Android, activities can belong to different tasks, with their own back stacks. If I'm reading this right (and please, do correct me if I'm wrong - this isn't exactly my expertise), this should simplify the back button behaviour - and is probably a consequence of Project Astoria only being able to run one process at a time. Another fun part of Astoria: there's a WebKit rendering engine in there. Yes, Windows 10 Mobile will have a WebKit rendering engine. Fascinating.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Four short links: 7 August 2015

Tinder and Hook-Up Culture (Vanity Fair) — “There have been two major transitions” in heterosexual mating “in the last four million years,” he says. “The first was around 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, in the agricultural revolution, when we became …

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Waiting for Android’s inevitable security Armageddon

Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster.

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pcDuino3 single board con Ubuntu e Android

Vi presentiamo pcDuino3, single board ARM disponibile con Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Android e molti altri SO.

pcDuino 3 è una single board ARM che può essere utilizzata ad esempio come un normale personal computer, media center multimediale, controller ecc vista la compatibilità con Arduino. Sviluppata dal team LinkSprite Technologies Inc, pcDuino 3 include interessanti caratteristiche grazie anche a diverse distribuzioni / sistemi operativi supportati come ad esempio Ubuntu, Arch Linux ARM, Android ecc. Basata su processore Dual Core da 1 Ghz, pcDuino3 consente di riprodurre filmati in FullHD a 60fps decoder video e H.264 e MPEG4, possiamo inoltre sviluppare nuovi progetti basati su Arduino.

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Opera About Steve Jobs Coming

Are things so boring in Santa Fe, New Mexico that residents would actually go to the opera to watch a play about Steve Jobs? The complicated personal and professional lives of the late Apple co-founder will be the subject of Bates' new opera, "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," which will have its world premiere in 2017 at Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, the company announced Wednesday. Comments

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How Hiroshima Survivors Are Leaving A Legacy For Science

How Hiroshima Survivors Are Leaving A Legacy For Science

The best data medical researchers have on radiation risk comes from long-term studies of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But they might not be enough.

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Intel's Skylake Architecture Reviewed

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Water Phase Diagram

Vanilla Ice was produced in small quantities for years, but it wasn't until the 90s that experimenters collaborated to produce a sample that could survive at room temperature for several months.

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Codedoodles – New platform for showcasing experiments built with web technologies

1*Z9ZPNKIJ01pb6mdBoCUbvwCreated by FLUUUID, is a new platform for showcasing small creative coding experiments built with web technologies. The aim of these doodles is to exhibit interactive, engaging web experiments which only require a short attention span. No loading bars, no GUI, no 5MB 3D models or audio files, just plain and simple doodles with code. You […]

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