Anil Dash’s Favorites

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I've had a bunch of tabs and bookmarks open for things I really should oughta read, and I figure they're worth sharing. :) * NANOG: Meeting Presentation Archive, a whole library of presentations related to the world of networking. Some of these topics are highly specialized, and some of them are really fascinating. Like this tutorial: How to Accurately Interpret Traceroute Results, which is seriously a must-read if you ever deal with traceroutes. And, a little more advanced, is Datacenter Rack Switch Redundancy Models. (I'm firmly on the side of the top-of-rack switch. :) * What is Cassandra Good For?.... Continue »
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While poking around Google Reader I thought I'd review my Starred Items, and found some gems. Continue »
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Now that we've had a chance to catch our breath from the launch of Expert Labs, it's a good time to take a quick look at how this new initiative has been received. Here are a few early reports on... Continue »
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Blog: Expert Labs
Now that we've had a chance to catch our breath from the launch of Expert Labs, it's a good time to take a quick look at how this new initiative has been received. Here are a few early reports on our effort from across the web: Wired: "Crowdsourcing Social Networks to Inform Public Policy" Dash said the goal of the Expert Labs incubator is not create a new social network, but to “us[e] open web technologies [to] make it easy for policy makers and scientists to connect with one another using the web sites and programs they’re already familiar with”... Continue »
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Just logged into my Amazon.com account to see if I could access my entire account history and find my very first order. Looks like it was on August 8, 1997 and it contained this book. When was your first Amazon.com... Continue »
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There's no fighting in Shea Stadium among Mets fans. We may fight with fans of the other guys, but when you cut to the core, a guy wearing a Mets hat is family. There's a deep bond we share. It... Continue »
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I am thankful for blogs! Serious Eats: "Here at Serious Eats HQ we have lots to give thanks for: a fantastic, supportive community; the opportunity to share our discoveries with all of you; and the chance to eavesdrop and participate... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
I found this great blog post by Chris Dixon via Twitter. The core services built on top of the internet – the web (HTTP), email (SMTP), subscription messaging (RSS) – were made similarly open and therefore distributible across institutions. This... Continue »
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This is the "banh mi du maison" from Ma Peche ("Momofuku Midtown") in New York. I want it. In local news, I had a banh mi last week from a spot called Grab 'n Go. It was pork + chiles... Continue »
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"This is the promise they all made in November," to contribute to change by getting more involved in the political process, he said. "I can't wait to pull that trigger on them." The good news is that my dear friend,... Continue »
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Admit it: You've always wanted a TypePad blog. Now you can have one for FREE. Typepad has created TypePad Micro, a new free version. The layout is intended for content that's somewhere between the 140 characters of Twitter and the... Continue »
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I was parking my bike in an alleyway near work today when I noticed a new sign across the street: Now, this alleyway only extends half a block and then ends at a fence. If you're in a car driving down this street trying to find parking, you have to turn around when you get to the end. This driveway is as much a 'drive' as a comb-over looks like a full head of hair: And, it also happens to be a sidewalk and thus, public property. What exactly are these people trying to prevent? Tire marks on the sidewalk?... Continue »
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This isn't a funny matter so I'll respond to this in all seriousness. Yes, your parents can read your text messages. In fact, when they bought you your phone there was an option to send a copy of all your text messages (and the message you receive) to a central database. That database is accessible to anyone who has the username and password, including your parents, grandparents and teachers. However, there is a good news: a few parents opt out of this database option. The database option often goes by the name "family plan." If you're concerned, you should ask... Continue »
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Blog: Dollarshort
"This is the promise they all made in November," to contribute to change by getting more involved in the political process, he said. "I can't wait to pull that trigger on them." The good news is that my dear friend,... Continue »
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Expert Labs will borrow developers from the hallways of Google in Silicon Valley or start-ups like Foursquare and Kickstarter in New York to build government applications and social media tools in exchange for grants—and the chance to connect with some of the most powerful people in the country. via www.observer.com Anil Dash, co-founder of SixApart, is heading to DC to lead a new venture called Expert Labs. Very cool to see. Continue »
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via www.fastcompany.com Congrats, Anil, on the launch of Expert Labs. You're the perfect person to bridge media, tech, politics and democracy. Even if you have to wear a tie once or twice a year. PS. Beware the cufflinks. :) Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Jason Kottke, on his weblog. Before reading this interview, I didn't know much about [Cormac] McCarthy -- he's a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute? -- but now I think I need to read The Road. If this truly is... Continue »