« Your Literary Masterpiece Was DeliciousPC Forum »

Introducing Loaf

For the past few days, Joshua Schachter and I have been working on a neat application of Bloom filters, an ancient and underappreciated algorithm from the days when men were men, women were women, and computers read data from perforated stone tablets.

The fruit of our labors is a little social network extension to email we call Loaf. You might say it's a breadfruit.

Configure Loaf on your machine, and suddenly you are attaching your address book to every outgoing message. And through the miracle of 1970's computer science, you're doing it in a way that doesn't completely destroy your privacy.

Loaf tells you whether strangers sending you email are people that your friends know. And it can tell you a little bit about the structure of your own social network. And it can probably be used in cool ways that haven't occurred to us yet.

For the moment, Loaf is just a reference implementation for Unix systems, and we need serious hackers to help us write email plugins and installers for the rest of the world. But a friendlier, happier Loaf should be just around the corner. You can read all about the project and track its progress at loaf.cantbedone.org.

« Your Literary Masterpiece Was DeliciousPC Forum »

Greatest Hits

The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel
The story of America's most awesome infrastructure project.

Argentina on Two Steaks A Day
Eating the happiest cows in the world

Scott and Scurvy
Why did 19th century explorers forget the simple cure for scurvy?

No Evidence of Disease
A cancer story with an unfortunate complication.

Controlled Tango Into Terrain
Trying to learn how to dance in Argentina

Dabblers and Blowhards
Calling out Paul Graham for a silly essay about painting

Attacked By Thugs
Warsaw police hijinks

Dating Without Kundera
Practical alternatives to the Slavic Dave Matthews

A Rocket To Nowhere
A Space Shuttle rant

Best Practices For Time Travelers
The story of John Titor, visitor from the future

100 Years Of Turbulence
The Wright Brothers and the harmful effects of patent law

Every Damn Thing

2020 Mar Apr Jun Aug Sep Oct
2019 May Jun Jul Aug Dec
2018 Oct Nov Dec
2017 Feb Sep
2016 May Oct
2015 May Jul Nov
2014 Jul Aug
2013 Feb Dec
2012 Feb Sep Nov Dec
2011 Aug
2010 Mar May Jun Jul
2009 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
2008 Jan Apr May Aug Nov
2007 Jan Mar Apr May Jul Dec
2006 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
2005 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2004 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Oct Nov Dec
2003 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002 May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Your Host

Maciej Cegłowski


Please ask permission before reprinting full-text posts or I will crush you.