Make Noise MATHS

The MATHS music synthesizer module is an analog computer designed for musical purposes. It is likely the most popular Eurorack modular synthesizer module due to its seemingly endless and varied functionality.


Duck Duck Go

An excellent search engine that also happens to be deeply dedicated to privacy. It's been my default search for a decade.

Fast software is the best software and almost none of today’s software software is fast.
Lovely RSS reader that shows the full text of articles, even if the full text isn't in the feed.
Now owners are scrambling to save their friend, explain its death to their children, and come to grips with the mortality of a robot designed to bond with them, not to die.
URLRoulette
Pass an URL to the next person who goes to the site. It's a fun way to play "spin the web."
A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report...

The two computers are so heavy that a crane was likely used to move the machines...

At some point in the early 1970s, an IBM engineer working for NASA at the height of the Space Race took home the computers—and the mysterious tape reels...

"Please tell NASA these items were not stolen," the engineer's heir told the scrap dealer, according to the report. "They belonged to IBM Allegheny Center Pittsburgh, PA 15212. During the 1968-1972 timeframe, IBM was getting rid of the items so [redacted engineer] asked if he could have them and was told he could have them.

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Searx.me
Self-hosted meta search engine that allows you to run your own public instances. Also there's no log in so it doesn't personalize results.
43Things
A site for writing down your goals, and sharing them with others. The old 43T site shut down back in 2015, this is a new version.
Lavabit - Wikipedia
For all those unfamiliar with what transpired in 2013. I'd start here, but this isn't where I'd finish.

CoinTent is a subscription that lets you remove ads across the entire web while still supporting sites you love. CoinTent removes ads on every site you go to, and distributes the money from your subscription to the sites you visit based on the time you spend with them.


Finally! I've been saying this is how ad blockers should work for years.
Otter Source
The source code to Otter, the software that runs linkfilter.
Although Duo is available on both iOS and Android, Google's goal is clearly to give Android users a FaceTime-like experience...Google had three priorities when it crafted what it sees as the perfect app for one-to-one videoconferencing: simplicity, speed and "human" features.

The simplicity is apparent as soon as you launch the app. Similar to Snapchat, you're greeted with a view from your phone's camera, although on Duo it's your selfie cam...there's a row of yellow circles that show your most recent calls. In the bottom left is the big, blue call button; tapping it brings up a list of your phone's contacts.

...Duo uses your phone's contact list — not your Gmail contacts. And when you first set up the app, you do so with your phone number and not your Google account...
2/26: The Oral History
From two llamas escaping an Arizona retirement community to fashion’s most notorious optical illusion, February 26, 2015 was the day that everyone — everyone — came together online to cheer, then argue. One year later, the people who accidentally created a phenomenon remember the internet’s perfect storm and what it wrought.

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A tiny but illuminating controversy over collards.

This is a story about how tiny things come to divide us. Fittingly, it begins with a Tweet. Last week, Whole Foods Market sent [it] to its 4.81 million Twitter followers...

Normally, I wouldn’t dwell on what I learned about a Twitter controversy. But this one so perfectly captures one perversity of digital media that it’s worth exploring in full.


By Conor Friedersdorf.

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