FastMail supports Roundcube Next development

Originally posted on FastMail Weblog:

FastMail have always been a strong supporter of open source and open standards. We retain customers by providing an excellent, reliable service which is great value for money — not by locking them into our platform.

At The Kolab Summit we had an opportunity to meet like-minded developers from the Roundcube project, the most popular open source webmail client in the world.

FastMail is already investing heavily in open source email with our server-side work on Cyrus IMAPd, currently employing three developers, a writer, and a tester for the project.

We have also been preparing the fully open JMAP protocol to replace our current custom web API, with another two developers working on JMAP client and server code.

To safeguard a future where protocols are open, and interoperability doesn’t mean speaking both the protocol of Vendor A and of Vendor B, the world needs freely available, modern email software…

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Feedly updated with Google Now integration, improved search features, more

Originally posted on 9to5Google:

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Popular feed reader app Feedly has been updated today to version 27 with a handful of new features. First off, the update adds Google Now integration. The app will now push the most interesting stories to Google Now every morning at 7:00AM, allowing you to quickly digest the most important news of the day.

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Piper Pied Imitates HBO’s Silicon Valley And Creates Lossless Compression For Online Images

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Brother and sister team Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly presented Piper Pied, a lossless compression algorithm for online images, at the Disrupt NY Hackathon today. The startup is a “creative spin” on Pied Piper, the company with a similar lossless compression algorithm for everything that appears in HBO’s Silicon Valley, according to Ghaly.

The idea came from a conversation the sibling team had in Ma’s car on the way to Disrupt. “We were just talking about shows we watch and ideas for the Hackathon and Nancy kept saying ‘what about Pied Piper, what about that? Is that possible?’ Then I was like ‘you know that’s not too bad,'” said Ma, who makes his living as a rapid prototype consultant in the Bay Area.

Ma and Ghaly, both super fans of the HBO show, then spent the next 24-hours joking about this “crazy” idea and building a version of a lossless compression…

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Planets in the Fourth Dimension

Originally posted on Azimuth:

You probably that planets go around the sun in elliptical orbits. But do you know why?

In fact, they’re moving in circles in 4 dimensions. But when these circles are projected down to 3-dimensional space, they become ellipses!

This animation by Greg Egan shows the idea:


The plane here represents 2 of the 3 space dimensions we live in. The vertical direction is the mysterious fourth dimension. The planet goes around in a circle in 4-dimensional space. But down here in 3 dimensions, its ‘shadow’ moves in an ellipse!

What’s this fourth dimension I’m talking about here? It’s a lot like time. But it’s not exactly time. It’s the difference between ordinary time and another sort of time, which flows at a rate inversely proportional to the distance between the planet and the sun.

The movie uses this other sort of time. Relative to this other time, the planet…

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Farewell, Sir Terry Pratchett.

Originally posted on Nessbow:

On Friday morning I awoke to the sad news that Sir Terry Pratchett had passed away.  I was heartbroken to hear of the death of one of my all-time favourite authors.  The world seems a little bit duller without the cheeky glint in Sir Terry’s eye.

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Sir Terry’s work has been a part of my life for fifteen years.  I was introduced to his books by a friend at the age of thirteen.  My high school bestie loaned me a well-loved copy of Soul Music to take on holidays.  I quickly fell in love with The Discworld and it’s inhabitants and was eager for more.  I read every Discworld book in the library catalog.  When the film adaptations of several Discworld books were made, I pounced on those and immediately adored seeing my favourite characters come to life on the screen.  In college I discovered two cartoon series based on…

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Fans are petitioning Death to bring back Terry Pratchett

Originally posted on Metro:

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Terry Pratchett fans have begun petitioning Death to bring back the Discworld author.

Pratchett’s death was announced this afternoon with a message from his official Twitter account, which read: ‘Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.’

His publisher, Penguin Random House, wrote that Pratchett ‘enriched the planet like few before him’.

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As friends and fans alike paid tribute to the 66-year-old, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, one fan launched a petition on change.org to ‘reinstate Terry Pratchett’.

In a move that would surely have brought a smile to the late fantasy legend’s face, the petition politely asks Death to bring back the author.

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It cites a quote from Pratchett:…

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The best salute to Spock

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

This is a tw**t from astronaut Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station.  What a great tribute to Leonard Nimoy!

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