Chris Roos by Chris Roos

Week 302 - Interesting links

Whatfettle ⁓ One CSV, thirty stories

I’ve really enjoyed following Paul’s posts about digging into some Land Registry data. I particularly like the use of common unix utilities, including sed and awk, to explore the data. CR

“Did you mean?” Experience in Ruby

This looks like it could come in useful: Misspell a method name in Ruby and it’ll suggest some likely alternatives. I’ve had a really quick play with it and it seems to work well. CR

GitHub Pages For The Rest Of Us

I’ve been thinking about using GitHub Pages but editing on GitHub to get a wiki like experience for a while now. It’s somewhat reassuring to read about someone else using it in this way. CR

Why we retired the feedly URL shortener

As part of the feedly web and mobile 24 update, we retired the feedly URL shortener. It felt like the right thing to do for users and makes us a better citizen of the Web.

I can’t imagine this was an easy decision to make but it certainly feels like the right thing to do. CR

New Google+ Share Button

I noticed this new Google Plus share button a couple of days ago and had to do a double take as it looks very similar to a FutureLearn plus (+) icon. CR

Mozilla Science Lab

The bits of academia with which I’ve come into contact didn’t seem to collaborate much on software. Hopefully this can help. Via Tom Hall. JM

Info pages: publishing data about user needs and metrics

It’s brilliant that GOV.UK is opening up data like this. JM


I installed this on my laptop today and successfully used it to generate TOTP codes for our Amazon Web Services account. It’s nice not to have to rely on the Google Authenticator app on my mobile phone. JM

From NAND to Tetris

I’m looking forward to working through this book with other members of the London Computation Club. JM

The Web, Annotated

This is an ambitious-sounding project to develop an open collaborative platform for annotating the web using the excellent Annotator project. JM


This made me laugh. It’s a browser plugin that automatically clicks on all adverts indiscriminantly so that “as the data gathered shows an omnivorous click-stream, user profiling, targeting and surveillance becomes futile”. Via Matt Valentine-House. JM

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