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Friday, October 4, 2019

In This Edition:
Numb by Dowry, Responsive images, outsourcing software development, destructible websites. database types, uncrackable video game, Dearg Doom Avicci remix and Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution!

Responsive Images

Image: Medium, Elad Shechter

Elad Shechter published a great Complete Guide To Responsive Images on Medium, going into details on all the different ways and options to implement responsive images.

Outsourcing Software Development

Image: Stack Overflow

The Stack Overflow blog published a valuable post on the Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Outsourcing Software Development.

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Destructible Websites

Image: sdnotes.com

SDNotes.com is a hosting service for simple, destructible websites. Everything is public and the site self-destructs after 30 days without a post.

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Database Types

Image: Prisma.io

Prisma.io published a very informative post about the different types of databases from flat files to family columns, describing what they are used for and including links to the top implementations of each.

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The Mysterious Uncrackable Video Game

Image: gamesdatabase.org

On their quest to unearth lost video game coding secrets, researchers John Aycock and Tara Copplestone of the Universities of Calgary and York stumbled accross a piece of code from the 1982 Atari 2600 game Entombed which they could not reverse engineer. The video game archaeologists contacted employees involved in developing the game, and they too recalled not being able to decipher the logic behind a particular data table which was used to generative valid maze structures within the game. While they couldn't contact the developer in question, one of his colleagues remembered that “He told me it came upon him when he was drunk and whacked out of his brain.”. You can read the full story on BBC Future.

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Dearg Doom Avicci Remix

As a Hoslips fan, I was surprised to learn that their legendry Irish anthem Dearg Doom was once remixed by Avicci! Listen to the soundcloud clip here.

Book Review: Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution - Caoimhín De Barra

Image: Currach Books

This week I finished reading Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution by Caoimhín De Barra. The book does an excellent job at describing the many facets of the relationship between Ireland and the Irish language, from ancient history to modern day. De Barra debunks all of the automated responses most of us Irish have inherited about Gaeilge, such as "It's the way it is taught" and "You'd be better off learning Mandarin".

At times the narrative is somewhat repetitive and a bit too reliant on a myriad of population surveys, however despite this, the book is an enlightening read and an important flag in the ground in the quest to reevalutate our relationship with Irish. The author concludes with some recommendations as to how Irish could be revived, if the people and the state were serious about it. Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste. 

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
The first 104 editions were published on Medium before this site was created, check out the archive here.

Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Scotland. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com