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Ten Good Practices for Writing JavaScript in 2005

Ten good practices for writing JavaScript in 2005
1. Make sure your JavaScript code is in balance with its environment
2. Create accessible JavaScript
3. Create usable JavaScript
4. Create easy applicable JavaScript
5. Create future-proof JavaScript
6. Know JavaScript’s weaknesses, limitations and bugs
7. Often there is more than one good solution
8. Write your own scripts or reuse code from trusted places
9. Optimize your JavaScript code for performance
10. Use tools to optimize your work process

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Confidential information on backup tapes? ENCRYPT.

One of the heavy hitting areas now for identity thieves, seems to be the backup arena. Why? Usually corporations leave the backup duties to a lower ranked employee. This not only creates a procedural problem, but it also allows a huge security risk to go unmaintained. Easiest solution? Encrypt the backup tapes. In case confidential information does get lost, there will be hell for the identify thieves and it will definitely be more worthwhile to them to find some other lacky then to crack your encryption.
Via SecurityFocus

Seeing with sound

Now, there is a technology called vOICe that can allow blinde people to see with sound. The basic technology takes a picture and translates it into a soundscape, which in turn the brain retranslates into a picture. Thus, you get a very lo-resolution picture through the sound translation.

One of the more fascinating elements of the program is the stuff on brain-function, and the new theories being engendered by this about the way that what we think of as the “visual cortex” is actually a general-purpose tool for processing sensory data about one’s surroundings regardless of whether or not it arrives visuallly.

BoingBoing < CBC

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You too, can look like Sailor Moon!

Japanese anime has infiltrated Western culture by storm, with Pokemon, Ghost in the Shell, and the likes of Full Metal Alchemist. It seems like the new fad in Japan is now to turn teenagers into walking manga characters, complete with black contact lenses and makeup inspired by the anime style. You too can be a walking and talking Sailor Moon! Scary, but true.

BoingBoing
< Style

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TigerDirect sues Apple over “Tiger”

TigerDirect sued Apple Computers over it’s new update to OS X “Tiger”. I don’t know the details about the suit but it is very fishy with the suit coming in the day before the update was to be released to the masses.
It’s even more fishy that former employees are actually ranting about TigerDirect’s bad policies/service.
Via Slashdot

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What “Fedora” really means…

Most of you know that Fedora Linux is the free version of RedHat Linux that RedHat is using to beta test new features it might incorporate into its own enterprise products.
I found this little tidbit pretty interesting:
According to Robert Collins The word “Fedora” in Portuguese means “stink” (actually it’s “fedor” but that’s plenty close for me). Being a Debian user myself that actually makes sense.
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How to use Gmail to do spam filtering and mail backup

Here is a clever method of using G-mail as your spam filter and mail backup. Especially with the current scheme of infinity+1 program, there is no reason why people should not be backing up their e-mail with this method. Not only do you have a complete spam-filtered backup, but it’s free!
Thank you G-mail!
This requires you to run your own mail server, and know how to configure the mail server properly to forward via header settings.
Via MBoffin

Digging under the hood of Tiger – the Unix goodies

While it does not have the cool factor of things like Automator and Spotlight, the Unix plumbing in Mac OS X has gotten just as much attention in Mac OS X 10.4, and has as many changes in store for technical users as the user-interface improvements.
Via MacWorld

FYI: LUX taking up new authors

LUX.ET.UMBRA has an invitation out for a couple of authors. LUX will remain the same gadget/tip/opinions type blog, but acquired some more local talent to help out.
Just an informative note to readers that I won’t be the only one populating this blog.
– dm

How to create panoramic photos with a cheap camera

One of the problems with your 35mm camera is that it isn’t able to take great huge panoramic view shots without a fancy lens. But with this short howto by the O’Reilly Digital Photography Hacks, you too can create panoramics on the cheap!
This would require either using Canon’s Photostich software, or the open source utilities such as Panorama Tools Project.
Here is the howto and go at it! Send photos!
Via O’ReillyHacks