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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Between the Scenes: Tracing Online Video May 23, 2011

In recent years, video has been blowing up across the Web and on mobile networks, and most of us just watch it without thinking much about what it takes to bring it to our screens.  It’s simple to assume that … Continue reading

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Chrome's version number has been changing so rapidly lately that every time someone opens a Chrome bug on a Stack Exchange site, I have to check my version against theirs just to make sure we're still talking about the same software. And once—I swear I am not making this up—the version incremented while I was checking the version. May 23, 2011

—Jeff Atwood, “The Infinite Version”

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Katie Couric at the Desk May 20, 2011

I like the photo that TVNewser pulled for Katie Couric’s last broadcast. It’s by Heather Wines and comes from CBS News’ coverage of the 2010 midterm elections. [Image Source: The Detroit News]

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Linux in Your Web Browser May 19, 2011

This experiment by Fabrice Bellard is pretty wicked. It uses JavaScript to emulate a 1990s-era PC running Linux on an Intel 486 processor. Note that it only works in Firefox 4 and Chrome 11. You can find the original here. … Continue reading

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"[Netflix] accounts for 29.7 percent of all peak downstream traffic in North America. That is up 44 percent from the previous figure released…just six months ago." May 17, 2011

—Ryan Lawler, “Netflix Traffic Now Bigger Than BitTorrent. Has Hollywood Won?”

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Thanks, Ycombinator… May 15, 2011

…for making me feel unexpectedly popular this weekend.  I really appreciated the tips and feedback, both here and in the Hacker News thread.  You folks made my day.

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Metrics of Care vs. Metrics of Attention May 15, 2011

Via TVNewser, I ran across an interesting survey by a company called Solutions Research Group that, among other things, measures a construct they call “must-keep TV.”  In other words, they set out to discern not which television channels people watch … Continue reading

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Chuck Renewed One Last Time May 13, 2011

The word on the street today is that NBC will be renewing Chuck for a fifth and final season: Natalie Abrams from TV Guide and Stuart Levine from Variety are reporting that season 5 will definitely be Chuck‘s final season, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Learning Emacs May 13, 2011

Emacs, a supremely powerful command line tool, is one of those programs that takes “ten minutes to learn, a lifetime to master.”  For my own part, I greatly enjoy messing around with it and finding out more about how it … Continue reading

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Maddow Fans Show High Engagement May 8, 2011

As Beet.TV summarizes, “the Rachel Maddow Show enjoys the highest degree of engagment, meaning minutes spent per month, among all the NBC News and MSNBC news programs.” This is precisely why I chose their online staff as one of the … Continue reading

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