A Tokyo company is going to digitize a collection of historic globes from France and put them online. “Dai Nippon Printing Co. will digitally copy 55 of the historic terrestrial and celestial globes in the National Library of France’s collection so that people can view them on screen. The globes were handcrafted in Europe and the Middle East from the 11th to the 19th centuries, are extremely valuable, and include a 15th-century copy of the world’s oldest terrestrial globe.”
Hey! IFTTT now has a Pinterest channel. Triggers are either liking a Pin or adding a Pin to your board; its action is adding a Pin to your board. Tons of interesting stuff here. I like tracking Pins on a Google Spreadsheet, or cataloging Pin information to a Dropbox text file.
What a great idea: Google is now offering a wired adapter for its Chromecast. The bad news: it’s already sold out. “The powered accessory plugs into the USB port on your Chromecast. From there, you just need to run an Ethernet cable from your router to the power supply. It’s that simple.”
TIME with a roundup of apps that can help you unsend e-mail. These go way beyond GMail’s unsend but bear this in mind: you can never really be sure you’ve deleted an e-mail after someone’s read it. They can always take a screen shot, no matter how you’ve encrypted or turned the text into an image.
Interesting article from MIT Technology Review: Live Streaming: Social Control from Afar. “…there is something about the dynamics of a remote audience that seems to inspire otherwise reasonable people to cause trouble. This was one of the lessons we learned from an experiment we conducted at the MIT Media Lab in 2001. The setup was that an actor equipped with a camera mounted on her forehead and a backpack full of electronics would do whatever the audience (the “directors,” connected via the Internet) collectively decided she should do. Directors could suggest and vote on actions; every few minutes the highest-rated one would be sent to the actor to carry out. She ended up dancing on the table and eating from other people’s plates. Suggesting something transgressive was irresistible. “
Oooh, another fun find from Peta Pixel. This time it’s an archive of Leica photography magazines. There are 70 issues available and they date back to 1949. The site includes a 52-page PDF index of all uploaded issues which gives a detailed table of contents. Someone put a heck of a lot of work into this. Beautifully done. Pro tip, when you’re using the archive, click on a cover and then click horizontally to browse the issues available. Scroll vertically to browse the PDFs themselves.
Sneaky black hat SEO: Using PDF documents to keyword stuff. “Always refining its search algorithms, Google is constantly on the lookout for new methods that attackers and unscrupulous search engine optimization (SEO) practitioners use to manipulate its system to gain higher search rankings. The practice of ‘cloaking’ to fool Google’s page indexer has been known for a while. It’s a method of serving the Googlebot with content stuffed with keywords to mislead it into thinking a site is relevant to trending search terms.” Apparently with Google focusing so much on HTML-type pages, bad guys are now looking at exploiting PDFs.
The Washington Post has begun encrypting part of their Web site. “The Washington Post will begin encrypting parts of its Web site Tuesday, making it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track the reading habits of people who visit the site. The added security will immediately apply to The Post’s homepage as well as stories on the site’s national security page and the technology policy blog The Switch. The encryption will roll out to the rest of the site over the coming months.”