Where's The Data?
April 29th, 2014
The Web is amazing for answering questions. Suppose you want to answer a question like, "what does the .JPG file extension mean", then the answer is just an internet search away. Millions of answers. However, if you stray from the common path just a tiny bit things get hairy. What if you want to get a list of all file extensions? This is harder to find. Occasionally you might find a PDF listing them, but if you are asking for all file extensions then you probably want to do something with that list. This means you want the list in some computable form. A database or at least a JSON file. Now you are in the world of ‘public’ data. You are in a world of pain.
Wolfram Alpha, Mind Explosion
March 18th, 2014
During SXSW this year I had the great fortune to see the keynote given by Stephen Wolfram. If you’ve not heard of him before, he’s the guy who created Mathematica, and more recently Wolfram Alpha, an online cloud brain. He’s an insanely smart guy with the huge ambition to change how we think.
3D Printing Industry Overview
February 7th, 2014
One of the benefits of my job at Nokia is the ability to do indepth research on new technologies. If you follow me on G+ then you know I've been playing with 3D printers for the past few months. As part of my research I prepared a detailed overview of the 3D printing industry that goes into the technologies, the companies involved, and some speculation about what the future holds; as well as a nice glossary of terms. Nokia has kindly let me share my report with the world. Enjoy!
What do you want to see at OSCON?
January 28th, 2014
I'm working on a few submissions for OSCON, due in two days. I've got lots of ideas, but I don't know which ones to submit. Take a look at these and tweet me with your favorite. If you can't make it to OSCON I'll post the presentations and notes here for all to read.
Getting Started with the Printrbot Simple
December 23rd, 2013
I recently got a 3D printer and boy are my arms tired!
Why You Can't Build a Smartphone
December 2nd, 2013
Every day or so I read another blog post (or ranting comments) about how BlackBerry could be rehabilitated, or how Nokia could restart Maemo and build the ultimate smartphone again. Things came to a head after Jolla announced their first phone for sale. Surely this phone with an amazing user interface will vindicate the N9?! Amazing technology plus a killer UI? Marketshare is theirs for the taking!
Lego Is Art: Beautiful Lego
November 27th, 2013
No Starch Press is on a roll with its series of Lego themed books. While most of them are about model ideas or construction techniques, Beautiful Lego is different. This is a Lego art book. In classic coffee table style it is filled with gorgeous photos to thrill the reader. Beautiful Lego does not seek to discuss 'can Lego be art', but takes it as fact. These are works by artists, just artists using the medium of Lego instead of paint or clay, and the results speak for themselves. Stunning.
Old Pi is Still Tasty
November 19th, 2013
Almost since it was first released, fans of the Raspberry Pi have asked when it the hardware will be updated with better components. A faster CPU perhaps? Double the RAM? Built in wifi? The list of components you could upgrade is long. This request was brought up again when the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the sale of the two millionth Pi.
GPU Computing: the Mac Pro and the Raspberry Pi.
November 12th, 2013
Now that Apple has given us final specs and cost for the redesigned Mac Pro I’ve heard complaints that it is underpowered and non-expandable, especially for the price. The Pro comes with reasonably beefy CPUs but they will be out of date in a few years. The buyer can only expand the ram and disk, and not so much on the disk side given the lack of available space. So how can this be worth the $3000 entry price Apple is charging?
Install Node on the Raspberry Pi in 5 minutes
October 23rd, 2013
Don’t follow the old instructions. These new ones work with current Raspian as of May 28th 2015. These instructions will get you node v0.10. I don’t recommend moving to v0.12 just yet as some parts are still in flux
September 25th, 2013
The webOS auction has ended successfully. Every item sold, some for far more than I thought they would. Combined with some anonymous donations we raised over 6000$ for the Hill Family. I am overwhelmed and incredibly grateful. I knew the webOS community was passionate but I had no idea. We couldn’t have done this without your support. Thank you so much!
The webOS Charity Auction is live
September 16th, 2013
My name is Josh Marinacci. I used to be in the webOS Developer Relations team at Palm. I'm auctioning off all of my webOS devices and swag that I've collected over the years, including some very rare items, to help my brother in law fight cancer.
One Last Auction Update
September 12th, 2013
One last update before the auction begins. I'm labeling everything and checking that all the devices charge. No bum-devices here. I can't vouch for the never been opened vintage PalmOS devices but everything that is open will charge.
We have a date, TouchPads, and more surprises
August 31st, 2013
Thank you for helping me Bridge The Gap, a webOS auction to help my brother in law fight cancer. Your support means more to me than I can say. I'm constantly amazed by the passion of the webOS community. I have some new updates to share with you.
August 30th, 2013
I love symbol fonts. My new favorite is Font Awesome, an
open source font with over 300 icons. Symbol fonts are great because
they are pure vectors. They scale with everything else in your page
and look pixel perfect on any DPI display, retina or otherwise.
Bridging the Gap: Auctioning off my webOS Collection to Fight Cancer
August 25th, 2013
Hi. My name is Josh Marinacci. You might remember me from the webOS Developer Relations team. Despite what happened under HP, webOS is still my favorite operating system. It still has the best features of any OS and an amazing group of dedicated, passionate fans. I deeply cherish the two years I spent traveling the world telling everyone about the magic of webOS.
I threw the blog away, again.
August 24th, 2013
After over a year of living with my custom built blog system I'd finally had enough last weekend. Time for something new. Something less buggy. Something extensible. So I took a day and rewrote it from scratch.
Books, Articles, and Presentations
August 23rd, 2013
I have written three books and many articles for online publications, as well as presenting at developer conferences. This is a sample of my work
Me, My Books, and My Code
August 22nd, 2013
I am Josh Marinacci: software engineer, researcher, part-time designer, and general miscreant. I have a passion for great user experiences. I live in Oregon with my wife and toddler.