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Links for Monday, January 14, 2013

  • NYC Resistor: Vector Display Introduction – “Vector displays are now mostly historical oddities — old arcade games like Asteroids or Tempest, or ancient FAA radar displays — which gives them a certain charm. Unlike modern raster displays, the electron beam in the CRT is not swept left to right and top to bottom for each row in the image. Instead the beam is steered to a point and traces the lines of the displayed image.
  • Jan Monschke: Genetic Algorithms – “A problem-solving technique that works like natural evolution. Literally!
  • National Park Service: Visiting the Hoh Rain Forest – “The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park’s most popular destinations.
  • Tim O’Reilly: It’s Not About You: The Truth About Social Media Marketing – “n short, the secret of promotion in the age of social media isn’t to promote yourself. It’s to promote others. Success comes when your success depends on the success of your customers, your suppliers, your end-users, and when you spend more of your time thinking about them than about yourself. You can even promote your competitors. In the early 90s, we distributed to booksellers a bibliography of all the best books on Unix – our competitors’ as well as our own. Our theory was that if we helped booksellers to buy the best books, the sales of the entire category would grow.
  • Engadget: Arduino Micro Shrinks Your Favorite DIY Platform Down to Ridiculous Proportions – “With the Arduino Leonardo, everyone’s favorite hackable microcontroller turned a new page. Now it’s time to bring that simplified design and slightly expanded feature set to the rest of the family, including the itty-bitty Arduino Micro. The tiny, embed-friendly board was designed with help from Adafruit Industries, one of the biggest players in the DIY market.