Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Mow and Go

August 29, 2008

Custom unicycle lawnmower for sale, looks like a pretty sweet ride

Full posting is here

New Recruit

June 19, 2008

MySQL guru, open-source evangelist, prominent tech blogger, and long time Yahoo engineer Jeremy Zawodny has now announced that he will be glidinginto our little Shangri-La as of July 21st.

We’re excited to have him joining our team.

Worth mentioning that the CL tech hiring bit remains set to “1″ for starLAMPerl developers, systems heavyweights, and networking wizards.

Fight Spam, Digitize Books

June 10, 2008

We’re experimenting with CAPTCHA images from the reCAPTCHA project at Carnegie Mellon, here’s an excerpt from the reCAPTCHA wikipedia entry:

“reCAPTCHA supplies subscribing websites with images of words that optical character recognition (OCR) software has been unable to read. The subscribing websites (whose purposes are generally unrelated to the book digitization project) present these images for humans to decipher as CAPTCHA words, as part of their normal validation procedures. They then return the results to the reCAPTCHA service, thereby contributing to the digitization project. The result is that the university receives approximately 3,000 man hours per day of free labor to help in the preservation of books.”

Luis Von Ahn, who originally coined the term CAPTCHA back in 2000, is also the guy behind the reCAPTCHA project, not to mention the ESP Game, and several other “games with a purpose.”


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