Maine Winter

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Overlooking Casco Bay, some late November snow.

Maine Snow

A New Blog

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I’ve finally set up a new blog. Like the old one, it’s still based on Jekyll and it still uses Octopress, however, it’s now a new, original design. The old blog was essentially a copy of the Octopress 2.0 developer’s blog (as intended) using my content. Octopress, in version 3.0, has evolved from a framework for Jekyll to a “toolkit for writing and deploying Jekyll blogs.”

The content for this new blog is essentially the same as the old one. A few changes have been made to take advantage of additional features and enhanced content presentation styling.

How Much Does Google Know About You?

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Google began life as a search engine. But over the years it’s acquired over 150 companies, all of which collect data that you, often unknowingly, provide them. Google’s main business is to sell advertising based on the data it collects about you. If you’re concerned that so much of your personal data is collected and stored by one company, my advice would be to stop using so many Google products and services.

The following Infographic shows some of the many ways Google collects data on you.

How Much Does Google Really Know About You? #infographic

You can also find more infographics at Visualistan

Happy New Year - 2015

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It’s hard to believe that we’re 14 years into the 21st century. Or is it 13 years because 2001 was the 1st year of the 21st century? You know, that Year Zero thing. Anyway…

I’ve spent quite a lot of time working on Jekyll and my Jekyll demo sites. See Jekyll Sites for more info.

Once again I’ll try to make a genuine effort to blog more often. There will be more reading lists, updated info of the Jekyll demo sites, and more stuff that interests me and may, hopefully, be of interest to you.

Reading List - Oct

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Ok, it’s long past October but this list is what I was planning to post back then.

  • Polyfills and products - Jeremy Keith (Adactio) discusses Polyfills: …a piece of code that provides the technology …you expect the browser to provide natively… and the strategy for using them for client work.
  • A Color Thesaurus - Ingrid Sundberg, a writer and illustrator, created an interestring color guide infographic.
  • Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day - October 14 celebrates not only Ada Lovelace, the 19th century mathematician and the woman who wrote the first computer program, but all women in tech, past and present.
  • On Telling Time - “A piece of technology will tell you the hour – but that is not the same as truly knowing the time.”
  • Homer’s Last Theorem - “A look into the deep, dark, strangely complicated world of Simpsons mathematics.” Did Homer solve Fermat’s last theorem?
  • A Fundamental Disconnect - Web designer Aaron Gustafson “explains the fundamental disconnect with the role of JavaScript in the Modern Web, specifically regarding the lack of control over where code is executed.”