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No doubt many of you have run across this before, but it had me scratching my head for a bit. I have some client-side JavaScript code that makes an XMLHttpRequest (or the equivalent on IE) and should get back a...
I often write HTML pages or documentation that includes code samples. When the code is presented this way, it's much easier to follow if it features syntax highlighting. I had found a script that could highlight Perl code, and then I realized I needed the same thing for C code as well. I've posted a new script on my web site that inserts HTML markup into source code files to provide colored syntax highlighting.
Most people know PARC as the place that famously turned Steve Jobs on to graphical user interfaces in the 1970s. You may not know that since about the same time PARC has been hosting talks by a diverse range of speakers, which are free of charge and open to the public. If you live in the Bay Area, it's definitely worth keeping an eye on the schedule. Check out A Behind the Scene Look at Google Maps Street View by Luc Vincent an Engineering Director at Google.

Robot Knocking

By Kyle Dent
December 18, 2009 | Comments: 0

Yesterday we had a visit from some good folks from Willow Garage. They brought along one of their Personal Robot 2 machines (this one is named Froto), which is a research platform for creating devices to help humans perform their everyday tasks in environments like the home or office.
Shree Nayar, chair of Computer Science at the Columbia University has created BigShot, a digital camera kit for kids from eight years old and up to construct their own digital cameras. The purpose of the camera is primarily education, and testing indicates that it does a good job at that, but it also takes honest-to-goodness photos just like grown-up, pre-assembled adult versions.
Well duh, that's exactly what sed is designed to do. And nowadays most implementations have the handy -i option that makes changes in place without explicitly using an interim file. Which means that I could reduce the work of typing in the Perl script to a single line at the command prompt...
I've always wondered if obscuring email addresses on web pages does any good, for example writing "bob at example dot com" instead of displaying the actual email address. It turns out it does
The Henry Ford, the museum associated with Henry Ford and his company, will be launching a new web site focusing on recent innovation and the people who make it happen.
Using the referrer URL to detect what brought users to your site can let you help them find what they're looking for. The almost magical asynchronicity of Ajax lets you provide additional content for users from search engines. It requires only minor changes to your site and doesn't affect the experience for others.
Postfix is about to add a new tool to the anti-spam arsenal called "postscreen" for now, but the name is likely to change before it goes into a production release. Among other things postscreen detects when a client starts talking before it's supposed to. It's a daemon that accepts connections ahead of the current SMTP daemon and provides various types of filtering based on the client connection.

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