Posts Tagged ‘Wikipedia’

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Threatens To Encrypt Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales threatened to encrypt traffic to the UK if new tracking laws are implemented: But if we find that UK ISPs are mandated to keep track of every single web page that you read on Wikipedia, I’m almost certain – err, I shouldn’t speak for our technical staff – we would immediately move […]

Common Misconceptions

I’d like to propose that the Wikipedia list of common misconceptions become required reading for all students from grades 5-12. Every so often I browse this list and love it every time. Lots of interesting stuff, and lots of things people constantly seem to insist is fact.

The Rise Of Open Data

There’s lots of talk about open source software in use all over the place. Linux runs everything from servers to cell phones. You can find it powering the entertainment system on your next flight. You can find it anywhere you use technology. We talk much less about open data, but it’s equally interesting. The first […]

Acid2 Featured On Wikipedia

I just noticed that the Acid2 test is today’s featured article on Wikipedia. It is a well done article that even shows a timeline of when browsers became compliant and screenshots of various browsers status. The Acid3 article is also rather good.

Open Video

Just the other day I was complaining that Ogg Theora/Vorbis hasn’t really proven itself and achieved market penetration to the point where people will still care about it in several years. My concern with less popular file formats is that data is lost forever if future computing can’t view it. Popularity, while it may not […]

Wikipedia’s Multimedia Push

Wikipedia is gearing up for a bigger multimedia push. It’s text based data is rather solid as the world knows, but media wise it’s most photos and even in that respect isn’t as well covered as it could be. An even bigger concern is what format should this all be stored in so that this […]

Open Source And Recessions

There’s an interesting blog post on Open Source and recessions worth reading. Essentially the question is this: Does a recession have a negative impact on open source? I’d say the answer is somewhat more complex than a simple yes/no. There are many different types of projects out there with entirely different circumstances. However I suspect […]

Wikipedia Infrastructure

Here’s a great read on Wikipedia’s Infrastructure. Two excellent sets of slides. A lot can be done with a LAMP stack. The common theme: caching and careful optimization. There are some really impressive stats in there.

Underground bunker from 19xx

This is just a scary image. According to the caption it’s: One of five underground bunkers built for the East German Foreign Intelligence Service. Take a guess what year, then click on the image to see the original which has the date on it (I cropped and scaled this one). According to Wikipedia, the image […]

Wikipedia Surfing

Has anyone else noticed you can visit Wikipedia, view an article, and pretty much end up surfing on Wikipedia for hours? I’ve done this several times now. Just reading and “oh, that looks interesting [open in new tab]”, and by the time I read an article, 2+ new tabs are open. After a while I […]