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What’s wrong with Cloud Computing?


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(blocking me from doing any work – I need that spreadsheet, and thanks to Cloud, it’s impossible. Any other system – source / revision control, local files, file servers, etc – would have a quick, easy way for me to get at it. It’s only Cloud that fails … opaquely :( )

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Kickstarter projects – visualized (2013)

In the past, I’ve found Thomas’s Kickstarter analysis for game-projects very useful. Today I found something that complements them: an excellent visualization of Kickstarter projects.

It takes a little thought to understand how to use it, so here’s some ultra-quick example analysis…


GamesThatTeach: “Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Geometry”

Excellent game for practicing circle/line/compass/ruler construction (as loved by junior-school maths exam writers): The regular polygons have been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude/tte to construct the regular polygons with nothing but a virtual compass and straightedge?

“It’s a Compass and Straightedge tool/puzzle game written in JavaScript. I’ve always thought Geometric Construction felt like a puzzle, so to me this pairing was quite natural. Compass and Straight edge is a technique for constructing shapes out of circles, straight lines, and their intersection points. You can read the wikipedia here – but watch out, some of the gifs are spoilers for the game.” –

The exciting thing here is that it shows how to create “perfect” polygons – not estimated, not relying on a pre-made protractor / angle measurer, but 100% accurate, using rules of geometrical construction. For instance, here’s how to draw a perfect pentagon, without any tools beyond the compass/pencil/straight edge:

fixing your desktop

Firefox won’t save/open PDF files any more

What is it with Firefox’s developers these days? Every other release of Firefox seems to overwrite at least one existing setting … with a broken feature.

Firefox version 22.0 disables your PDF viewer and replaces it with a non-working proprietary viewer from Mozilla

Cure is quick:

Note: this works because “always ask” is less annoying than it sounds. It merely means “let me open it or save it”, and it will use whichever viewer you last used. On OS X that – out of the box! – means the system PDF viewer. Which works perfectly on everything except bizarro-interactive-secure-encrypted Adobe docs/em>