Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-05-01

  • On Shifting Toward Agility With Learning Technologies – D’Arcy Norman
    The Taylor Institute acts as a testbed for new technologies that will be evaluated by the campus community, and the community will also help to decide which technologies should be implemented across the university (and which should be discontinued, and which should be left as DIY). We now have several committees and working groups that will lead these efforts (including the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee, General Faculties Council Teaching & Learning Committee, and the TI Classrooms Working Group).

  • Is Grammarly a Keylogger? What Can You Do About It?
    But why would a grammar app need accessibility permissions? It turns out that accessibility permissions are like the Holy Grail of permission entitlements. Accessibility permissions allow approved apps to fully control the entire computer as if they were sitting next to you, watching your screen, and holding their hand on top of yours while you typed on the keyboard and moved the mouse.

    Based on my brief usage of the app, in practice, this means: capturing the user-editable text inside any application brought to the foreground by the user and augmenting/manipulating the UI of the app in focus.1

    Once this permission is granted, Grammarly can now capture text and send it back to its servers without any further user interaction. No other permissions or extensions are needed.

  • The Real Reason International Chips Have More Interesting Flavors – Eater
    The search for the most broadly acceptable flavor is how chip development is done everywhere. However, what is considered “broadly acceptable” changes from country to country. “You can build a generally acceptable targeted product in a more ethnically homogeneous country,” says Cohen. The U.S. is huge, diverse, and has tons of regional differences. “So when you start doing traditional consumer testing, it’s about the lowest common denominator.” In France the lowest common denominator gets you a poulet roti chip, and in China a spicy crayfish chip, and in Kazakhstan pickles and dill. Here, we get endless riffs on cheese and onions.

    –apply to all the things you want

  • Headless Form Submission With the WordPress REST API | CSS-Tricks – CSS-Tricks
  • Extracting geoJSON Data From Leaflet Maps with shot-scraper – OUseful.Info, the blog…
    The shot-scraper package is a crazy piece of command-line magic from Simon Willison that, among other things, lets you grab a web page, and all its attendant Javascript state, into a headless browser, inject a bit of scraper JavaScript into it, and return the result.

  • shot-scraper: automated screenshots for documentation, built on Playwright
    shot-scaper is a new tool that I’ve built to help automate the process of keeping screenshots up-to-date in my documentation. It also doubles as a scraping tool—hence the name—which I picked as a complement to my git scraping and help scraping techniques.

  • Text Inflator – Expand your block of writing
    Although this tool will make your essay, paragraph, or paper longer, it may make it worse. It is not recommended that this be used for a formal, graded assignment, except possibly in the most extreme of circumstances with a low desperation setting and additional editing on your part. We are not responsible for lower grades or demoralizing remarks from your teachers or professors.

  • ExtractTable – convert image to excel, extract tables from PDF
    Extract tabular data from images