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Jul 3 | WordNet Similarity bundle

Image via Andreas Westh After toiling about setting up my own WordNet Similarity system (see link) and realizing that such a good system has not been very active since 2008, I decided to give it a stab and make it easier for other people to do the same. What’s nice about WordNet Similarity is that […]

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Jun 30 | Google Plus bar color changer extension

I made a Chrome extension that lets you change the color of the Google Plus bar because the gray is utterly boring. You can download the code here (or see below for some generic colors that install immediately) The repository is available here. For the lazy There’s a green, pink and a blue version of […]

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Jun 23 | LinkedIn Skills Map

A colleague at IDEO mentioned the new Skills & Expertise feature in LinkedIn and I eagerly checked it out. Turns out it lets people use self-reported labels of skills to discover other people with similar passions. One of the nice aspects is that it also lists “Related Locations”, which by some ranking or another lists […]

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Jun 11 | Setting up the Arduino Pro Mini and Bluetooth Mate on Mac

Jonathan Warren has a great tutorial on setting up the Bluetooth Mate with a Windows machine, but being the owner of a Mac I figured I could share some of the minor changes you need to do. For posterity I’ll list everything you need here, though a lot of it is courtesy of Jonathan. Things […]

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May 29 | Using LibSVM for text categorization on a Mac OS X

There are very few practical tutorials for converting from raw text to classification using LibSVM, and using Weka can be somewhat of a compromise. It also turns out there’s nothing quite frustrating as having to go hunting one dependency after another, so I’ll try to highlight some of my paths in order to make it […]

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Mar 31 | Reinventing the classic search model

As a result of the Podio Hack Day project I had the opportunity to talk to InboxQ’s CEO Joe Fahrner, and I think there’s a lot of opportunities he and his team are tackling that are worthy of discussion here. From a high level perspective, InboxQ identifies questions made on social networks (in particular, Twitter) […]

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Mar 7 | Discerning dated Google results

In one of the classes I am taking this quarter, we are investigating ways in which social norms propagate through the web, particularly with social networks. Social norms are the sort of “standards” that we subconsciously absorb by observing cues like how other people behave. If on a video you see a thread of comments […]

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Feb 27 | A badge for web apps!

In order to make a case for the web apps that run on both iPhones and Androids and other smartphones, I’ve created a badge that I hope will be adopted by web developers around the world as a sign that they have taken the care and time to develop a mobile application that is designed […]

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Feb 17 | EXIF photo extractor in PHP

I did an interesting study online where I tested 75 people for how they searched online and they overwhelmingly clicked on links that were newer and more recent. Sounds obvious, but it’s nice to have analytic data to back me up. I will write on that later. Anyhow, I was looking for an nice handy […]

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Feb 16 | Speek Hackathon Wrapup

It’s a bit on the late side, but better now than never. This past Saturday I participated in Mashery’s Speek API Hackathon in San Francisco. I found it by searching Google for “hackathon”, as I knew I had Saturday free and was contemplating going to the Science Academy for a day of fun. Hackathons always […]

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