Obsolete Technology in Unicode

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Screenshot of the Unicode standard. The page shows symbols for Telephone Receivers, Pagers, and Fax Machines.

A short meander through some of the more obscure miscellany within Unicode. Languages hang around far longer than there are native speakers, and symbols get reused and repurposed (🍆). Here are some of the delightfully old-fashioned symbols hidden in your thoroughly modern smartphone. Tapes Long before solid-state drives, we used to record data on long… Continue reading →

An Animation of Every Emoji

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A friendly looking chicken stares at you

The Video EVERY EMOJI! pic.twitter.com/2fCUqwu67c — Terence Eden (@edent) October 24, 2017 Download the WEBM version (19MB). The Process Mostly notes to myself, but I thought you lot might be interested 🙂 Get Every Emoji from Twemoji Twitter maintain the Twemoji Project - it contains high quality SVGs of every emoji. They generously make them… Continue reading →

Where do these arrows point?

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This is a blog post about user interfaces. I was wandering along the beach one day, when I noticed some clever chap had drawn some arrows in the sand. Can you guess where they led? The more astute of you will have realised that these are not human drawn arrows. They are, of course, footprints… Continue reading →

Making a Twitter Collage

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This is a lazy way of making a collage of Tweets. I was originally going to use this method: No idea about getting urls, but this may or may not be useful (cmd is also in image alt-text) pic.twitter.com/Jh3YH4yKI0 — Mike (@6byNine) October 29, 2016 but, sadly, gnome-web-photo crashed repeatedly when I tried to use… Continue reading →

How to type Emoji in Ubuntu

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New tech site Gadgette has a great article on how to type Emoji on Mac and Windows - but they (understandably) didn't cover Ubuntu. So here I am to show you how. Get The Fonts If your computer doesn't have the requite font, install the latest version of Symbola. Simply open up the .zip file,… Continue reading →

How Gmail lets spammers grab your attention with emoji

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What could be worse than email spam? Animated gifs in the subject line of email spam! This is a trend I've recently started to see on Gmail - here's what it looks like and how it works. So, what's going on here? How have they got an animated image into the subject line? Here's the… Continue reading →