Every Friday I share the five coolest things I’ve found on the web in the last week.
1 - SR-71 Flight Manual
http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/manual/ I ran across this manual via a long chain of web pages which began with a story from a pilot who experienced a mach 3+ break-up while flying an SR-71 Blackbird (an excellent read in itself). I’ve been fascinated with the SR-71 since childhood, so it’s really cool that so much of the information about it has become declassified. Even though I’ll never fly one, it’s interesting to see what’s involved and I love the matter-of-fact tone of documents like this.
2 - Darktable
http://www.darktable.org/ I’ll admit right away that I haven’t spent much time with this piece of software (yet), but I’m always excited to see something in this application space being made for Linux (especially when it’s an open-source piece of software). There’s so much good open-source software for engineers and developers, and there’s even a lot of good “productivity” software, but what I hear keeps a lot of people from switching are things like Photoshop that are just not available on Linux (although alternatives exist). I’m not sure how Darktable compares to other similar products but, when I come across tools like this I try to raise awareness about them so that people who are qualified to compare them are at least know they exist. (via Linux Voice Podcast )
3 - NIO EP9 Supercar sets records without puny human brains
http://jalopnik.com/how-this-electric-supercar-broke-a-track-record-without-1793178665 The main reason I like this article is that it gets into some of the challenges of pushing electric vehicle performance beyond the (admittedly high ) limits of production EV’s. The autonomous part is interesting, but honestly making a car drive itself around a racetrack is not exactly rocket science compared to making it work on the street. That said it’s cool and probably safer to use robot test pilots for this sort of thing. (via Jalopnik )
4 - The ALTAIR Shield
https://hackaday.io/project/20011-altair-8800-front-panel-ardiuno-shield and I’ll post everything new thing I find about the ALTAIR. This board is an Arduino shield that replicates the front panel user interface of the ALTAIR 8800 personal computer. Pop this on your Arduino Due, load the appropriate software and you yourself a pocket-sized personal computer revolution. (via Hackaday )
5 - Sequencing the genes of the things that live inside you
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/03/12/thryveinside-microbiome-reports-and-probiotics/ I don’t know a lot about the application for these things, but it appears that there are a number of companies who are sequencing the genome of the various things that live in your gut. Given how mysterious the digestive system seems to be to doctors, more data from this area can only be a good thing. My only reservation is that I hope they make the data or results something the rest of us can use, and don’t turn it into another piece of private intellectual property. (via Adafruit )