Calligrapher monk Robert Palladino, who inspired Mac typography, dies at 83 — Reverend Robert Palladino, whose work as a master calligrapher influenced a young Steve Jobs and subsequently the typography of Apple’s first Mac computers, died on Friday at the age of 83. Father Palladino was a Roman Catholic priest who learned the art of calligraphy as a Trappist monk. He inspired the transformative typefaces used in Apple’s first machines, and by extension the modern personal computer.
App Camp For Girls expands in 2016; deadline to apply is March 16 — App Camp For Girls, a non-profit organization aimed at correcting the gender imbalance in the software industry, is expanding this summer in the US.
Clear a clogged printed queue — There’s a nifty UNIX command that will clear the print queue immediately…
Drumpf Twitterbot trumps Trump — A wacky Twitterbot uses deep learning to out-Trump Trump. DeepDrumpf is a Twitterbot created by a postdoctoral researcher in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab that uses a deep-learning algorithm to make even Trumpier statements than Trump himself. Based on an artificial-intelligence algorithm trained on transcripts of Trump’s victory speeches and debate performances, the bot shows a remarkable proficiency for taking the hyperbole even further.
Online privacy: three ways to ward off cyber criminals and snoops
Keep yourself safe with these online security tips — Our increasingly connected lives make us sitting ducks for bad actors. While there’s no such thing as 100-percent security, there’s still plenty you can do to protect your privacy online.
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2016, which is due later this year — Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2016, the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. The finished version is due in the second quarter of the year. [Thought this software died last decade.]
BMW plans self-driving software overhaul to fend Apple, Google — German automaker BMW is planning a major corporate changes going forward, in an effort to build “the most intelligent car” it can, sensing impending competition from Apple, Google and others in Silicon Valley. [No plans to make a smartphone or tablet, though.]