Jason Scott needs your help tracking down Apple II software for archiving. “The Summary: Conditions are very, very good right now for easy, top-quality, final ingestion of original commercial Apple II Software and if you know people sitting on a pile of it or even if you have a small handful of boxes, please get in touch with me to arrange the disks to be imaged. ”
NASA has done another software release. “NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees. Available in both hard copy and online, this third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centers on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. A number of software packages are being presented for release for the first time. Each catalog entry is accompanied with a plain language description of what it does.”
ComputerWorld: Facebook releases ‘Prophet’ — its free forecasting tools — for Python and R . “Facebook has open-sourced its Prophet forecasting tool, designed ‘to make it easier for experts and non-experts to make high-quality forecasts,’ according to a blog post by Sean J. Taylor and Ben Letham in the company’s research team.”
Google is working on a desktop client for Allo. “While its texting software for Android has a new name, the AI-powered Allo is coming to a new platform soon. VP Nick Fox teased a desktop web client for the service in a tweet, while saying that it’s ‘still in early development.’ “
GitHub has added a Topics feature . “The new Topics feature lets repo admins add tags to their repositories’ main pages – they’re displayed below the description of each project. You can use as many as you like to label your projects with their purpose, platform, language, community and whatever else you can think of.” Ooooh, I gotta make some time for exploring this.
Lifehacker: Krita Is a Fast, Flexible, and Free Photoshop Alternative Built by Artists. “If you’re on the lookout for a digital painting tool and Photoshop is too expensive, Krita is a fast, free, and open source art tool that was developed by artists looking for something that met their needs without a ton of bloat or overhead. Plus, it’s completely cross-platform.” This looks like a great alternative when I’m working on something that’s too arty/complicated for Picmonkey.
Naked Security: Google pressure on devs to fix security issues bears fruit. “In 2014, Google’s Android team launched Google Play App Security Improvement (ASI) program, with the goal of flagging vulnerable apps and notifying developers that they need to be fixed. At first, the notification was the only real consequence of a discovered vulnerability, but in the past two years the ASI program has grown some real teeth: fix your vulnerable apps by a certain timeline, says the ASI program, or you won’t be able to publish any updates to it until the issues are addressed.”