Category: Tech

Google Assistant & Wikipedia

The Google Assistant is essentially a chat bot that you can talk too within the new Allo chat app. The assistant is also baked into some new Google hardware, such as the pixel phones. During a quick test of the assistant, I noticed that if you ask it to “tell me an interesting fact” sometimes…

By addshore October 6, 2016 1

The RevisionSlider

The RevisionSlider is an extension for MediaWiki that has just been deployed on all Wikipedias and other Wikimedia websites as a beta feature. The extension was developed by Wikimedia Germany as part of their focus on technical wishes of the German speaking Wikimedia community. This post will look at the RevisionSliders design, development and use…

By addshore September 18, 2016 0

WMDE: Metrics & Data Gatherings

Below you will find an internal WMDE presentation covering the general area of WMDE Metric & Data Gatherings from 2016. This presentation follows on from the initial introduction to engineering analytics activities. The presentation skims through: WMDE Grafana dashboards The Wikimedia Analytics landscape Grafana & graphite Hadoop, Kafka, Hive & Oozie EventLogging, Mysql replicas &…

By addshore September 6, 2016 0

Add Exif data back to Facebook images

2019 Update: This script now exists with an easy to use GUI 2018 Update: I touched this script again in March 2019 moving it to Github and updating it with Docker support I start this post not by talking about Facebook, but about Google Photos. Google now offers unlimited ‘high resolution’ images within its service where…

By addshore September 4, 2016 8

Geospatial search for Wikidata Query Service

Geospatial search is up and running for the Wikidata Query Service! This allows you to search for items with coordinates that are located within a certain radius or within a bounding box. Along side the the map that can be used to display results for the query service this really is a great tool for…

By addshore May 14, 2016 0

Wikidata Map May 2016 (Belarus & Uganda)

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Wikidata Map

I originally posted about the Wikidata maps back in early 2015 and have followed up with a few posts since looking at interesting developments. This is another one of those posts covering the changes since the last post, so late 2015, to now, May 2016. The new maps look very similar to the naked eye and…

By addshore May 14, 2016 2

Using Chrome Extension Generator for the first time

Chrome Extension Generator by yeoman is an npm package that can be used to very easily scaffold out a Chrome extension. Over the past year I have poked and prodded at a few chrome extensions, and ended up publishing one to display download counts on GitHub. I highly recommend this generator, it creates everything you need out…

By addshore May 7, 2016 0

sMite

sMite stands for ‘simple Mite’, which to most people still means nothing at all. Mite is a time tracking web service, and depending on how companies make use of it things can become more complicated than they should be. smite is how I tried to tackle this complexity in less than 8 hours!

By addshore May 5, 2016 0

Refactoring around WatchedItem in MediaWiki

The refactoring started as part of [RFC] Expiring watch list entries. After an initial draft patch was made touching all of the necessary areas it was decided refactoring first would be a good idea as the change initially spanned many files. It is always good to do things properly ® instead of pushing forward in…

By addshore May 3, 2016 0

T460 & Windows 10

A few weeks ago I was blessed with a new Lenovo ThinkPad T460 to replace my old and very beaten up HP Pavilion DV6-3180EA. This also meant an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 that I have been putting off for some time. Here are my first impressions of both the T460 and Windows 10.

By addshore May 2, 2016 0