William Kofod

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A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

Rowhammer.js Is the Most Ingenious Hack I've Ever Seen

This JavaScript exploit lets your browser mess with computer memory in a way that shouldn’t be possible.<p>Software exploits have become routine. People's private data gets stolen, it makes the news for a bit, a company releases a software patch that just barely fixes the problem, rinse, repeat. But …

JavaScript

When I decided to design and build a remotely controlled lawn mower, there were two main requirements that had to be met before the project moved forward. It must be safe to operate while being environmentally friendly. Using 12 Volt DC motors would address...

When I decided to design and build a remotely controlled lawn mower, there were two main requirements that had to be met before the project moved …

20 best JavaScript charting libraries

<i>A quick note before we start: I have covered top 20 libraries below. It might get little confusing when you try to pick one for your project as there are many factors to consider. So here is something for help – a small guide on factors to consider while choosing a JavaScript chart library from the</i> …

DIY Plans: Flip-Top Work Bench Plans

The woodworking plans in this section are brought to you in association with our friends at FurniturePlans.com.<p>It is a downloadable plan, in PDF …

Coding by the Book: The 7 Books Every Software Developer Should Read

Just like programming trends and languages, programming books come and go. But these seven classics have stood the test of time. Some are newer than …

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education.<p>It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition.<p>And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an …

Game Development

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

DIY

Turning Sublime Text Into a Lightweight Python IDE — training.codefellows 1.0 documentation

Useful Plugins¶<p>Here are the plugins I’ve installed to achieve the requirements above.<p>Autocompletion¶<p>By default, Sublime Text will index symbols in …

Python Programming

I Hate Big Data

I hate big data. That is, I hate the term, mainly because it implies that size is the interesting aspect of big data. Data volume has been exploding for decades. Big data has many interesting aspects, but bigness isn’t one of them. I’d like to highlight two of the more interesting big data problems …

Big Data

Introduction to Text Analysis with Python and the Natural Language Toolkit

<p>The Python programming language is famously 'human-readable', which makes using it straightforward, even for humanists with no prior programming …

Better than 'Destiny': Studios now make massive games in just months

It usually takes millions of dollars, a decade and hundreds of developers to create a single massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. This is the standard in the gaming industry. Smaller studios generally don't have the resources to create huge, persistent games, and larger ones have shut down and …

Solar Panel System Monitoring Device Using Arduino

[Carl] recently upgraded his home with a solar panel system. This system compliments the electricity he gets from the grid by filling up a battery …

Arduino

They wanted to make a phenomenon. They made $10 million. The story of Crossy Road. | Polygon

"Crossy Road, I think, feels a lot like a premium game, in a weird way."<p>"That's way, way, way, way, way more than we thought we would get."<p>"I was a nervous wreck."

Valve's new 'Source 2' game engine has the low price of $0

<i>Half-Life 2</i>. <i>Counterstrike: Source</i>. <i>Team Fortress 2</i>. <i>Left 4 Dead</i>. <i>Portal</i>. Besides being developed by Valve, what else do those games share? They all run on the company's Source Engine that's been used since the first two released 11 years ago. Well, Valve has a new engine coming, officially, and it's …

This company has an ambitious plan to help indie game studios make MMOs

A team of a half-dozen game designers could make the next great massive online video game — with a little help from a squad of inspired technologists.<p>The aptly named Improbable, a London-based studio, is creating a platform that it believes will power seamless, persistent online worlds for …

Game Development

Unity officially releases its new game engine: Unity 5

Unity has released the latest version of its cross-platform game engine. At the 2015 Game Developers Conference, CEO John Riccitiello announced a final version of Unity 5, which is now available on the company's site. Unity 5 was announced in mid-2014 and released in beta last October, and it …

Game Development

Google Launches New Gaming Analytics and Native Ads Tools

Appropriately announced at today’s Game Developer Conference 2015, Google unveiled updates for developers on its Google Play Games platform, with a focus on more effective audience targeting.<p>Coming to Google Play Developer Console in a few weeks, the new Player Analytics tool is designed to give …

Epic is letting anyone build games with Unreal Engine 4, for free

A year ago, Epic Games decided to cut the amount of revenue it collected from developers who used its Unreal Engine platform and game development tools in an effort to attract smaller developers. But at GDC 2015, Epic is taking things a step further and making Unreal Engine 4 (as well as any future …

Game Development

Device Charging with a Multi-turbine (on faucet, wind, bike, while sporting and etc.)

I love every green energy gadgets and devices but they are specialized only for one electricity generator like a solar cell or a wind turbine. the …

Renewable Energy

DIY Solar Cell From Scratch

Introduction: DIY Solar Cell From Scratch<p>View Contest<p>Third Prize in the<br>Explore Science Contest<p>View Contest<p>Hello! In this instructable I will be …

Clean Energy

What Color is Your Function?

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me going in the morning quite like a good old fashioned programming language rant. It stirs the blood to see …

JavaScript

Happy Birthday to the Raspberry Pi!

The Raspberry Pi is three years old today and in those three years over five million have been sold, and amazingly—thanks to the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 2—ten percent of these have been in the last three weeks. From humble beginnings on Eben and Liz Upton’s kitchen table the Pi has travelled …

Overview

<i>NOTE: This tutorial has been updated to work with IRLib 2.x which is significantly different from previous versions.</i><p>Most consumer electronic devices …

25 Highly Useful AngularJS Tools for Web Developers

Share Email Comments<p>AngularJS is one of various new frameworks which plan to make improvement of JavaScript less demanding and quicker. AngularJS …

The Beginner’s Dilemma: Your First 100 Hours of Code

What happens when you ask for advice on learning to code?<p>"Try Python. At first you'll be just fooling around, but then in 15 minutes you'll be …

Stack Overflow

This startup can run apps on Amazon’s cloud for 1/10th of the regular price

The engineers at startup ClusterK know a heck of a lot about an often overlooked part of popular cloud provider Amazon Web Services called Spot Instances, where you can name your price for using slices of servers in the Amazon cloud. ClusterK has figured out a way to run complex applications on …