Bookmarks in September 2013

28th September 2013 – 793 words

In this new monthly section, I want to share links that I found interesting. This is a good way, to clean my bookmark list and maybe there are some interesting bits here and there for you as well.


Data-Science Toolkit

A collection of the best open data sets and open-source tools for data science, wrapped in an easy-to-use REST/JSON API with command line, Python and Javascript interfaces. Available as a self-contained VM. (

Maps Icon

A free collection of maps for every country in the world, available in 11 sizes.


Create own Icon Font by uploading svgs or selecting from a nice collection. Killer-feature compared with Fontawesome: Search over the icons!

Gallery of nasty UI tricks.

A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that appears to have been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

Angular.js screencasts

About 50 screencasts about Angular.js.


One of the most extensive sets of ansible roles/examples, including a vagrant testbox and a setup to quickly run your full-featured and secured personal cloudbox.

Good collection of scripts, which I also used as a basis for my own Ansible projects.


One-click deployment of a personal mail server. Will use some bits for own Ansible script later.

Appgyver Steroids

PhoneGap apps didn’t feel native. That’s why we built Steroids. Steroids builds on top of PhoneGap and finally fixes the performance. We have spent almost 8 man years working hard on the performance issues, and we've finally cracked it. Best of all: Steroids is fully backwards compatible with PhoneGap. PhoneGap plugins work directly with Steroids.

Plover: Thought to Text at 240 WPM

Impressive demonstration of using Steno input system in programming.

Online live editor for creating presentations based on Impress.js, Bespoke or Reveal.js.


A Rake task that helps you find the dead routes and actions for your Rails 3 app.


A lightweight plugin that logs impressions per action or manually per model. Ignoring some bots by default.


Dotenv loads environment variables from .env into ENV.


Pessimize adds version numbers with the pessimistic constraint operator (~>, a.k.a. “spermy” operator) to all gems in your Gemfile.


Static scanner for finding security issues in Rails apps.

  • Gemfile-Scanner (brakeman-Style),
  • Static-analysis in order to find XSS or SQL injection.
  • Notification, when Gems have vulnerabilities

Still free, because beta.

View the full dependency tree for any ruby gem. e.g.: For Active Admin

German stuff

RailsGirls Dresden

Das erfolgreiche RailsGirls Konzept nun auch im November in Dresden. Ins Leben gerufen durch unsere Freunde bei Bitbites.

WDCMdresden Relaunch

Die Kollegen bei Bitbites haben ebenfalls das WDCM-Project in Dresden übernommen und bei einem ersten Stammtisch die Ausrichtung diskutiert.


(Noch) eine Alternative zu MFG, besser-mitfahren, flinc und co. Hierbei liegt der Aspekt eher auf dem Sozialem: Fahrer können ihr Facebook verknüpfen, Photos anzeigen und angeben ob sie eher chatty sind oder schweigend in Ruhe fahren.

Gysi und Sonneborn

Das Kanzlerduell der Herzen. Köstlich!

Ick will kochen

Die Chrissi und der Chris kochen. (Trotz?) Berliner Dialekt unterhaltsam mit ein paar interessanten Rezeptideen.