Bookmarks for 12th January 2013

These are my saved Pinboard links for 12th January 2013:

  • Getting Started with HTML5 Video – Treehouse Blog – Until fairly recently web developers have been largely dependent on plugins like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight when adding video content to their web pages. Whilst these plugins meet the requirements of the task at hand, the approach of having to rely on a plugin for things like video is flawed.

    Why can’t the browser just handle playing video? When YouTube was founded in 2005, native video playback just simply wasn’t an option but today there is a solution and it’s called HTML5 video.

    In this blog post you are going to learn how to add native video to your web pages using technologies introduced in HTML5.

  • Building Ribbit in Rails | Nettuts+ – Welcome to the next installment in our Twitter clone series! In this tutorial, we’ll build Ribbit from scratch, not using PHP, but with Ruby on Rails. Let’s get started!
  • Use your RaspberryPi to power a company dashboard – alexba.in – Here are five steps to follow if you want to start using a RaspberryPi to power a company dashboard. I’ve just finished putting this together at my office.
  • Masala Mushrooms Bhuna – If you are are looking for a friday night dish that tastes like it was cooked on a slow, relaxed sunday with loads of attention and affection, I think that you will agree my Masala Mushroom Bhuna, or flash cooked spicy mushrooms might do the trick. The term Bhuna is a reference of slow sauteeing of the spice base or masala, until it reaches a well balanced carmelized perfection. All of these conjure images of long well attended cooking, these mushrooms evoke and bring to your table all of these, except that they are cooked in a relatively short period of time.
    Technically, today marks the begining of my short summer vacation. I have to confess, it has been a well earned one. I have worked extremely hard the past couple of months at work, on the book and at home (since the husband fell sick). I have not even had time to think through the visit to Yellowstone, but the kids are happy and excited.
    I wrapped up most things at work with the exception of getting my out of office mail organized and came home. Made a last ditch trip to pick up a few essentials and then had to fix dinner. Friday night dinners for me are rather tricky. I am usually rather tired and ready to wrap up the week and recharge for the weekend. I have usually done away with going out on Friday’s, but then the husband usually expects something weekend like (I know, the man is spoilt and does not know it).
    Ever so often however you get lucky with your kitchen exploits. What makes this dish special are the full flavored summer tomatoes, that have been cheering me with their beautiful, brightly colored beauty and filling the table with with their vivids hues. On the other hand, yes, the tomatoes help, but what really seals this dish is the fact that it is a dish that is a friday kind of dish in terms of cooking time and efforts but almost convinces you that it is a Sunday afternoon kind of flavor.
  • Vegetable Biriyani with Toasted Coconut Yoghurt | Total Greek Yoghurt – Paul Merrett's recipe for Vegetable Biriyani is his 'desert island dish'. A wonderfully fragrant curry of scented rice and vegetables, a biriyani can be difficult to make but this one has been kept simple.
  • Fast Remote Desktop on the Raspberry Pi – Tao of Mac – I love network computing, so I decided to improve it with a slice of Pi.
    Given that I’m very familiar with RDP and use it routinely (I’m prone to set up sessions across the Atlantic Ocean to this Linode, where I keep a copy of the Android SDK and a few extra things that I can access from my iPad), I’ve been searching for a way to use it properly on the Raspberry Pi — i.e., speedily and with the minimum amount of hassle.
    Raspbian includes rdesktop and a couple of other clients, but they all require X11 — which at this point in time lacks hardware acceleration and is more of a hindrance than help.
    However, FreeRDP includes a DirectFB client that is almost completely functional and that is vastly more performant than anything using X11 on the Pi — and considering that RDP updates are essentially highly optimized bitmap transfers, accessing the frame buffer directly is probably faster than trying to run those updates by the GPU.
    So even though it would be nice to have accelerated X, it likely won’t be as fast as DirectFB. The only thing that’s likely to be somewhat faster is a fully native OpenGL ES implementation, but I haven’t found one yet (I’d love to be proven wrong on this, though, for the sake of completeness).
  • CodeKit Kickoff – I use CodeKit daily and do a lot of prototyping with several libraries that provide me a lot of efficiency. As such, I have been working on developing a kickoff project to easily get up and running with this base application whenever I want to get a prototype to hit the ground running. While I understand that CodeKit provides a Framework concept, much of what I do is hand files off to others who may or may not be using CodeKit. The following kickoff project allows me to build a project easily in a modular way that can allow another developer to either choose to use the CodeKit compiling engine or I can choose to only supply the primary "/html" and "/app" directories and the project will just "fire up" without the need for CodeKit. For me, this is currently ideal.

    With all of that in mind, CodeKit is obviously a dependency to this project. While you could likely untangle the web with not a lot of effort, the purpose of this project is to be used with CodeKit.

  • The 20 best free web fonts for designers | Typography | Creative Bloq – Web fonts have exploded in popularity in recent years, with any web designer worth their salt looking to break from the shackles of dull standard system fonts and add that extra something to their sites.
  • Egg Slice Masala – Egg Recipes – South Indian Food » All Recipes Indian Curry Recipes Indian Egg Recipes South Indian Recipes Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu’s Kitchen – You will find many egg recipes on the blog since I keep trying out different varieties of egg curries (away from the routine) as a side with rice or rotis. Last week, I prepared an egg curry with a twist. Egg Slice Masala is a gravy based dish where hard boiled eggs are sliced, shallow fried and simmered in a spicy, tangy and fragrant onion-tomato base. It is a slightly labor intensive dish since there is a bit of preparation work going into it. But worth the effort for all those egg lover’s out there.

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