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News Wire Stories for August 2013

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3D game design tech, a guitar that does email, what wi-fi would look like if we could see it, golf ball technology, women in tech, and other stories from the past month or so from around the internet.

Crowdsourcing a Time Machine to Revisit Climate Past

Help create a database with climate data from maritime logs dating back to the 1800s. This could be a great project for teachers to introduce their students to data projects. And for people interested to help out.

This Is What Wi-Fi Would Look Like, If We Could See It

Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm wanted to know: what would Wi-Fi look like if we could see those waves pulsing the network to our computers?

Say Goodbye to the Tech Sounds You'll Never Hear Again

Sadly, you can date yourself by whether or not you’ve heard some of these sounds, like modems or blowing on a Nintendo cartridge or using a payphone.

AgentCubes-in-a-Box: Introduce Computing Through Game Design

Downloadable NCWIT curriculum, helps teachers bring 3D game design to their K-12 STEM students. AgentCubes is a programming environment for 3D video games and simulations. As part of the Scalable Game Design research, AgentCubes technology has been evaluated and tested by educators at the University of Colorado with over 10,000 K-12 students.

The Guitar That Can Type An Email Makes Email Interesting Again

These Stunning Maps were made Entirely from Geotagged Tweets

Wonderfully delicate spider maps from around the world. Comments are fun to read, too.

Tech May Be Whistled Language’s Demise

A Rare Peek At The Guidelines That Dictate Google's Graphic Design

WhiteHat Finds Website Security Has Drastically Improved

Happy Birthday, Baby"”The 65th Anniversary of Computer Software

One of the joys of travel overseas is discovering other countries discovered technologies way before any other country, including yours. In this case, apparently Baby (aka the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine) pre-dated anything us Yanks came up with.

There Are Plenty of Women in Tech, You Just Haven’t Noticed

Matches my experiences in Corporate America: lots of women contribute in tech roles. There could (and should) be more, of course. I hear there’s to be a follow up article highlighting women in technology.,2817,2422200,00.asp

Cross Section Photos of Golf Balls Reveal the Diverse Beauty Within

How to design and build the perfect golf ball is a technology problem, and often uses computers.

Also In The August 2013 Issue

An Interview with Troy Hunt

Troy Hunt is a software architect and Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) focusing on security concepts and process improvement in a Fortune 50 company. He's based in Australia.

1Password, LastPass, RoboForm

If you use a password you created that is less than eight characters, your password is vulnerable to hacking. Here are three ways to create and use secure passwords online.

How to Write Secure Code

Coding securely doesn't have to kill the joy of programming. In fact, learning how to code securely provides insights into languages and computing.

How to Code HTML Email

How to code an HTML email like the ones you open every day turns out to be an offbeat software coding challenge.

What is an SSL Certificate?

How to tell if a web page is secure is one of the most basic yet least obvious ways to protect your data online.

Where to Find Command Line Interface Software

One key computing skill is the ability to use command line interface (CLI) software to enter commands to control a computer. Here are some options.


Lua is a comparatively simple programming language used in a wide range of places, from digital TVs to video games to phone applications. It's also designed to be simple to use and lightweight.


Here is how three programming languages handle a common problem: how do you organize and keep track of useful data?

Linux Command List for Command Line Interfaces

Some of the most common commands you'll need for a command line interface (CLI), in a Linux command list.

Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter.

News Wire Stories for October 2013

Must read stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for September 2013.

Learn More Links for October 2013

Links from the bottom of all the October 2013 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.