There is now an online archive of items taken from German World War II concentration camp prisoners. “50,000 documents have been uploaded last week to the center’s website, among them are photos of 3,300 personal items which lay in ITS’s archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany, just waiting for someone to recognize them.” The goal is to get the items back to the owners or their families, but there are other things on the site as well: “Also put online as part of the new archive, were documents concerning the routes of Death Marches and locations of burial sites, and files of the Child Search Branch founded by the UN after the war. Under each item, visitors to the site can leave a comment, and as researchers hope, reveal previously unknown information.”
Firefox is dropping NPAPI plugins by the end of 2016 — except for Flash. “Microsoft dropped NPAPI support in Internet Explorer 5.5, and its Edge browser in Windows 10 also drops support for ActiveX plugins. Google’s Chrome started phasing out NPAPI support in April this year and dropped it entirely in September. Now it’s Firefox’s turn. Netscape’s open source descendent will be removing NPAPI plugin support by the end of 2016. Some variants of the browser, such as 64-bit Firefox for Windows, already lack this plugin support.”
Google Street View has five new collections. “Starting our journey in NorCal, hike through the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve with the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, who work to preserve some of the state’s most beautiful parks and nature refuges. On your Street View stroll, you can see the old growth redwoods—the largest forest stand in Sonoma County open to the public—as well as countless beautiful meadows and vistas.”
The city of Taipei is adding theft crimes to its online database of criminal activity. “The database lists information contained in police reports on house burglaries and automobile and bicycle thefts in areas throughout the city.” The site is in Chinese.
I love me some Wolfram|Alpha: 16 Searches You Can Run on Wolfram Alpha That Don’t Work on Google. In the last couple of years, the antivirus software I use does not give your expiration date for its subscription. It just says something like 149 days from today. I love WA in that I can search for 149 days from today and get that date.
Google stores your voice searches, but also lets you play them back and delete them if you like. I don’t have any, so I can’t tell you how it looks…
Somebody made a new search tool for Reddit. “You can do a few things with the site. You can perform a search and restrict it to a subreddit as well. The month of July is a particularly interesting month for Reddit, because that’s when the entire Victoria / Reddit Blackout occurred. If you do a search with no keyword and type in a subreddit, you can see that subreddit’s entire comment volume history for the month.”