Websites Track You In Real-Time With Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox – @addtips


The add-on can be downloaded and installed via the link provided at the end of this post. After installation, you will find the Lightbeam logo at the bottom-right of your web browser. Click it and you will see a new tab with three visualization options labelled Graph, Clock and List on the left. By producing real-time visualization charts of third-parties that may be collecting and sharing your data, these features may help you avoid visiting those sites.

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Lightbeam for Firefox Graph

The interface of Lightbeam looks simple and user-friendly. The Graph option creates a zoomable, interactive visualization of your Web activities, and assigns triangle and circle icons for every third-party site that’s actively extracting data from the page you visited. You can recognize each site in the triangle via its favicon. These triangles and circles are connected with a drawn line, which means a cookie is involved in the data transfer. The more connections a site shares, the bigger its shape gets.

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Lightbeam for Firefox

The second main feature of Lightbeam is its Clock view mode. This section monitors and displays your online activity data over the previous 24 hours and plots the results accordingly. Leer más “Websites Track You In Real-Time With Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox – @addtips”

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Pon a todos esos usuarios molestos y sus tweets en la “Perrera de Twitter”


 Autor: Lincinews

Si no te gusta el deporte, pero en tu timeline está ese loco por las Olimpiadas, que no hace más que postear pseudo análisis, bromas aburridas y demases que no te interesan… O quizás tienes un amigo que está de vacaciones y no sabe de la existencia de la opción “no publicar check-ins en Twitter”… Puede que sea el momento de ponerlos en Twitter Doghouse (“Perrera de Twitter“).

Así se llama la nueva aplicación que les permite a los usuarios dejar de seguir tweets de X usuarios, por un período de tiempo determinado y no recibir más actualizaciones de eventos Twittercéntricos o no enterarse de todo lo que ve ESE usuario en la televisión.

Twitter Doghouse fue creada por los desarrolladores Elan Dubrofsky y Jure Stern, en respuesta a un desafío posteado en la plataforma de desarrollo de crowdsourcing, CloudSpokes.

Una vez que inicias sesión y autentificas tus credenciales de Twitter, se te presentará una solicitud que deberás rellenar. En ella debes indicar a quién quieres poner y por cuánto tiempo. Puede ser desde sólo un minuto o todo lo que tú quieras.

Dubrofsky codificó la app usando Ruby on Rails y posteó el código en su página de Github, por lo que otros programadores pueden revisarla y sugerir mejoras.

¿Usarías esta herramienta o prefieres dar unfollow directamente?

Conozca a las empresas en las que no existen los jefes



En estas compañías no hay ascensos. Para decidir la remuneración, los empleados evalúan a sus colegas y votan por los que creen que aportan mayor valor

La empresa diseñadora de videojuegos Valve, del estado de Washington, asegura en su sitio web que no tuvo jefes desde su fundación en 1996, tampoco tiene gerentes ni proyectos asignados.

En su lugar, 300 empleados reclutan a sus colegas para que trabajen en iniciativas que creen que valen la pena

Según describe un artículo publicado por The Wall Street Journal, la compañía valora tanto la movilidad laboral que los escritorios de sus empleados están montados sobre ruedas, lo que les permite moverse fácilmente para formar zonas de trabajo donde quieran.

En esta compañía, la jerarquía es plana, los sueldos son determinados a menudo por colegas y la carga de trabajo diaria es determinada por los mismos empleados.

La pregunta es: ¿cómo se completa el trabajo? “Al principio, es menos eficiente”, dice a The Wall Street Journal Terri Kelly, presidenta ejecutiva de W.L. Gore, fabricante de Gore-Tex, una tela usada principalmente en impermeables. Su título es uno de los pocos en la firma de Nueva Jersey.

Pero una vez que el resto de la compañía brinda su apoyo, “la ejecución es rápida”, señala.

Por años, las empresas han estado eliminando capas de gerentes de mediano rango, que pueden entorpecer la productividad, destaca la nota de The Wall Street Journal.

Las pocas que han llevado la idea más allá al prescindir de la mayoría de los jefes, dicen que una jerarquía plana ayuda a motivar a los empleados y los hace más flexibles, incluso si esto significa que algunas tareas, como la toma de decisiones y la contratación de personal, demoren más.

En Valve, no hay ascensos, sólo proyectos nuevos… Leer más “Conozca a las empresas en las que no existen los jefes”

Código abierto del navegador Isis de HP lleva 40,000 descargas

Open webOS se supone que estará disponible en septiembre de este año. Aún así HP ya está liberando cosas para que la gente vaya trabajando en sus proyectos. Uno de los más recientes fue el código fuente de Isis, el navegador de webOS, el cual desde su salida se ha descargado 40,000 veces.

En caso de que estés interesado en Isis, debes descargarlo de la página del proyecto, puedes seguir el blog de HP webOS para noticias, actualizaciones, mientras que apoyo técnico e información se encuentra en el github de Isis.

Link: HP libera el código de su navegador web Isis y cosecha 40.000 descargas (Portaltic)


 

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Hace tiempo HP dijo que su sistema operativo webOS está en proceso para ser código abierto (Open webOS)en busca de que terceros le den vida y forma a un ecosistema digital fallido.

Open webOS se supone que estará disponible en septiembre de este año. Aún así HP ya está liberando cosas para que la gente vaya trabajando en sus proyectos. Uno de los más recientes fue el código fuente de Isis, el navegador  de webOS, el cual desde su salida se ha descargado 40,000 veces.

En caso de que estés interesado en Isis, debes descargarlo de la página del proyecto, puedes seguir el blog de HP webOS para noticias, actualizaciones, mientras que apoyo técnico e información se encuentra en el github de Isis.

Link: HP libera el código de su navegador web Isis y cosecha 40.000 descargas (Portaltic)

 

Polymaps

Polymaps is a free, open-source JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps. It is the result of a collaboration between Stamen Design and SimpleGeo. Founded by Erik Rodenbeck, Stamen is one of the most respected data visualization studios out there. SimpleGeo is a service that provides location infrastructure that makes it easy to add geo-aware features to applications.

Description

Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.

Because Polymaps can load data at a full range of scales, it’s ideal for showing information from country level on down to states, cities, neighborhoods, and individual streets. Because Polymaps uses SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) to display information, you can use familiar, comfortable CSS rules to define the design of your data. And because Polymaps uses the well known spherical mercator tile format for its imagery and its data, publishing information is a snap.


Polymaps is a free, open-source JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps. It is the result of a collaboration between Stamen Design and SimpleGeo. Founded by Erik Rodenbeck, Stamen is one of the most respected data visualization studios out there. SimpleGeo is a service that provides location infrastructure that makes it easy to add geo-aware features to applications.

Description

Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.

Because Polymaps can load data at a full range of scales, it’s ideal for showing information from country level on down to states, cities, neighborhoods, and individual streets. Because Polymaps uses SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) to display information, you can use familiar, comfortable CSS rules to define the design of your data. And because Polymaps uses the well known spherical mercator tile format for its imagery and its data, publishing information is a snap. Leer más “Polymaps”

5 Tips for Aspiring Web App Developers

So, you’re not content with just using the social web; you want to be part of building it, too.

As a budding or beginning web app developer, you’ve got a difficult but rewarding path ahead of you. You have to master (or at least attempt to master) the intricacies of OOP and scripting languages, learn to build web apps the hard way (practice, practice, practice), and network your way into a few job opportunities. You must also decide whether you’d like to work as a solo/consultant/freelancer, a startup employee or founder, or a rank-and-file developer at an established company.

Here are a few tips and words of advice that might make your individual path a bit easier and hopefully a bit shorter. We’ve also compiled a gallery of 140-character tips from veterans at the end of this post.

If you’ve already found success as a front-end web dev, we welcome your suggestions in the comments, as well.


by Jolie O’Dell//mashable.com

So, you’re not content with just using the social web; you want to be part of building it, too.

As a budding or beginning web app developer, you’ve got a difficult but rewarding path ahead of you. You have to master (or at least attempt to master) the intricacies of OOP and scripting languages, learn to build web apps the hard way (practice, practice, practice), and network your way into a few job opportunities. You must also decide whether you’d like to work as a solo/consultant/freelancer, a startup employee or founder, or a rank-and-file developer at an established company.

Here are a few tips and words of advice that might make your individual path a bit easier and hopefully a bit shorter. We’ve also compiled a gallery of 140-character tips from veterans at the end of this post.

If you’ve already found success as a front-end web dev, we welcome your suggestions in the comments, as well.

1. Go Open Source

By far the most oft-repeated words of advice we heard from masters of the web dev trade were these: Put in some time on open-source projects. The hands-on experience will challenge you, educate you and help you build your body of work.

Aside from code for code’s sake, open source projects are a good way to meet other devs and do some networking. You’ll have the opportunity to work with people who are much more skilled and experienced than you are yet; take full advantage of this situation and be a sponge.

SourceForge and GitHub and good places to start looking for open source projects that appeal to you; also, as you follow various blogs around the web and see what projects might need a few extra hands. Sites like Code for America and organizations such as the Mozilla Foundation are always looking for good developers with free time.

Finally, when working on open source apps, not only will you get great practice and be able to learn from some really excellent engineers; you’ll also be giving back to the community. As some would say, creating and sharing free and open-source software is one of the best things you can do to help your neighbors as a developer.

2. Expand Your Web-Browsing Repertoire

“Fish where the fish are” is an old advertising axiom. Its meaning is fairly obvious: If you’re aiming to meet, influence or otherwise “catch” a particular group of people, you have to be seen and heard in the places (real or digital) where they congregate.

If you’re “fishing” for other developers — the people who will teach you, help you, and with any luck, hire you — you’ll need to add a new set of websites to your browsing and bookmarking repertoire.

Hacker News (Hacker News), while it occasionally deviates toward social media/Silicon Valley in-jokes and gossip, can be a wonderful resource for meeting other developers, getting advice and learning about the ecosystem, particularly where startups are concerned. The site is an offshoot of Y Combinator, the well-known startup incubator.

GitHub’s Gist, Forrst, UseTheSource and CodeSnipp.it are four places on the web where you can go to see and post brief code examples. Be open to critique, and don’t be a show off. For UseTheSource, we recommend lurking until you’re ready to post your most stellar hacks, as the site is intended to be a repository for beautiful code.

Other sites to check out include SourceForge, Stack Overflow (Stack Overflow), Google Code and Google Groups (Google Groups). There are literally hundreds of solid online resources for web app developers; which sites you follow and which communities you join really depends on your desired areas of expertise and spheres of professional interest.

Once you’re ready to move into the work force as a web dev, our readers have recommended Dice, ODesk, and even Craigslist (Craigslist) as good spots for job-hunting, particularly for freelance work.

3. Network Your Socks Off

Of course, along with all this new web-browsing activity, you’ll be seeing a horde of new and friendly faces: The developers and designers that make up the web app-building community.

Blogger (blogger), entrepreneur and developer Jesse Stay says, “Network, network, network! Find your future boss on Facebook (Facebook), LinkedIn (LinkedIn) and Twitter (Twitter),” and his advice rings true. If you can locate and befriend a few like-minded, highly skilled professional web devs, they might be able to guide and help you in your career as you broaden and deepen your skill set.

We recommend joining a few Facebook groups and checking out developer-oriented Twitter lists from Twitter users you already follow and respect. Once you’ve located the people you’d like to emulate, go back to Tip 1 and see how you can offer your time and skills to any open source projects those people might be involved in.

The golden rules of networking still apply: Give as much as you’d like to receive, and be a good resource and connector for others, not just a parasite.

4. Show Your Code

Once you’re practicing, networking, reading, working and generating piles of beautifully functional code, you’re going to want to show it off to the world. After all, as one reader said, “GitHub is the new résumé.”

Use a robust, accessible code repository such as GitHub or SourceForge, release your code into the wild. And don’t stop there; be sure to blog about any clever hacks or efficient new ways of doing things that you may discover along the way. Make sure your code samples show good architecture, documentation and versatility.

Showing others your code is equal parts giving back (by open-sourcing it) and self-promotion (if the code is good, that is). If the code you’re posting is worthy, then sharing it is a win-win scenario.

5. Market Yourself

For some devs, bragging is second nature. For others, self-promotion is an uncomfortable stretch. No matter which camp you fit into (and even if you’re somewhere in between), you’ll need to learn how to gracefully and effectively promote yourself as a web applications developer.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to put the full force of your coding skills into building an elegant website. We don’t mean elegant in the general sense of the term; we mean “elegant” as in “the intersection of simplicity and functionality” in form and function. And it goes without saying that the source code for your site should be immaculate, as well.

Focus on creating a good portfolio that shows a breadth of work on a variety of projects. Your apps could be entirely open-source; you could also include client work, if you’ve had the opportunity to develop web apps for others. Make sure this experience is attractively highlighted on your résumé, along with any languages or frameworks you know and your proficiency in each.

Once you have a great website that showcases your skills, make sure you and others link to it frequently in your email signature and from your other online profiles, and don’t be afraid to show your Twitter and Facebook friends when you add a new item to your portfolio or update a section of your website. Whether you use physical or digital business cards, make sure your website is the most prominent link the receiver will see.


Bonus Round: Little Things Mean a Lot


  • If you’re looking for full-time work, be a great developer and a well-rounded candidate with communication skills.
  • Always thoroughly comment your code.
  • Be as good at reading code as you are at writing it.
  • If you’re a developer, learn something about design, UX/UI, business and web economics (especially if you’re going into a startup).
  • Customize your personal growth: If you don’t get a job, ask why and what you can do to improve.
  • Remember the big picture — make sure your code is built with scalability in mind.
  • Commit to perpetual self-education.
  • Don’t give up.