Mon, 07 Mar 2005

From a UI design article.

Newsmap

newsmap is a visualization of Google News. It gives you headlines in color-coded bands by category, sized by how many places are reporting the same story, and shaded by age. This is information pornography of the highest order. It uses flash. It may accomplish what even Strongbad and weebl and bob have so far failed to do -- get me to install Flash on my home computer.

newsmap comes from the same person who wrote social circles, which also looks interesting. I may see if I can put together something similar with Perl and Graphviz.

Time porn.

What time is it? Well, no one knows for sure

Interesting discussion of different timescales (as produced by differing treatments of leap seconds) and possible consequences for the differences.

The case of the 500-mile email

One of my favorite networking tales is The case of the 500-mile email, now happily ensconced at ibiblio.org.

Throwaway Email Addresses

Mailinator seems a nice service for disposable email addresses. Use an @mailinator.com email address, and view the received emails on the web. Note that there is no privacy for received email.

I've used a service like this in the past. It can be useful for situations where you need a single email from someone and don't want your real address being harvested.

Website Code

Just as reference for later perusal:

Weather Porn

NOAA seems to be adding some nice features for Internet-based weather information. I like all the info available from the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, especially the text forecast and hourly short-term forecast grid (also text-based).


Phil! Gold