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December 17, 2012
Side note to the previous post: In doing some quick verification of a thing or two, I stumbled upon perhaps the weirdest file format ever created: The .WWF format, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund’s German chapter. Here’s what it is: It’s a PDF file that you can’t print, in an effort to save paper. Because clearly this is an effective way to solve the problem of paper waste. Guess the Google drone thing is another attempt by the WWF to be on top of random technological trends.

Side note to the previous post: In doing some quick verification of a thing or two, I stumbled upon perhaps the weirdest file format ever created: The .WWF format, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund’s German chapter. Here’s what it is: It’s a PDF file that you can’t print, in an effort to save paper. Because clearly this is an effective way to solve the problem of paper waste. Guess the Google drone thing is another attempt by the WWF to be on top of random technological trends.

23:06 // 1 year ago
April 30, 2012
And the award for “Most obscure computer file format” goes to …
Back in the 1970s, floppy disk drives were extremely expensive, typing BASIC programs took time, and it wasn’t like you could drive over to Best Buy to get a compiler. Which made it difficult to distribute software programs. But one format which proved relatively easy to distribute in a magazine was the “Floppy ROM" — literally, a vinyl record flexidisc which computer nerds would put on a record player, record onto a cassette player and play into their computer. The May 1977 issue of "Interface Age" magazine, shown above, actually had one of these rare relics, which you can actually buy on eBay. Next time you use Dropbox to save your homework, think of how far we’ve come.

And the award for “Most obscure computer file format” goes to …

Back in the 1970s, floppy disk drives were extremely expensive, typing BASIC programs took time, and it wasn’t like you could drive over to Best Buy to get a compiler. Which made it difficult to distribute software programs. But one format which proved relatively easy to distribute in a magazine was the “Floppy ROM" — literally, a vinyl record flexidisc which computer nerds would put on a record player, record onto a cassette player and play into their computer. The May 1977 issue of "Interface Age" magazine, shown above, actually had one of these rare relics, which you can actually buy on eBay. Next time you use Dropbox to save your homework, think of how far we’ve come.

23:20 // 2 years ago
September 30, 2010

WebP: Google wants to upgrade, shrink your JPGs for some reason

  • What the heck is this? It’s Google’s attempt to replace the venerable JPEG format on the Web with something else. Nobody supports this format at the moment, so it’s a halfway-between PNG, but you get the idea, right? Think of this as an image-only extension of their already-well-regarded WebM open-source HTML5 video format. We like the idea behind it and think the Web could use an upgrade from JPEG, but these things load very slowly on Chrome right now. source
20:26 // 4 years ago