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April 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram and Wearable Data Science

Wolfram and Wearable Data Science

An interview with Stephen Wolfram of Mathematica on reinventing data science for wearables. Not an area I had heard them talk about before.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Practical Virtual Reality for Work

Practical Virtual Reality for Work

We explored many opportunities in this space.  But not with success.  See the tag link on Virtual Reality at the bottom of this post for some examples about that extended experience.  Here in Fast Codesign.  Suggestion that VR


From The Eponymous Pickle

Methods for Dealing with Product Counterfeiting

Methods for Dealing with Product Counterfeiting

An important challenge for the CPG enterprise.  Nothing very new here, but some thoughts about how to address these challenges.  Emphasizing food and beverage issues, but broadly applicable:" ... Counterfeiting of branded goods


From The Eponymous Pickle

Made in the Future

Made in the Future

Tim Brown of IDEO announces: Made in the Future.  Looks to be of interest:Does changing how you make things change the way you live?The answer is “yes,” according to Made in the Future, an experimental project I collaboratedTo


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

My Students Are Not Me

My Students Are Not Me

Sometime in elementary school a teacher taught number bases. I was fascinated. It was interesting. It was fun. It made perfect sense to me. I spent hours converting numbers from one base to another. For some reason base 5 and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blocking the Mobile Augmented Web

Blocking the Mobile Augmented Web

A curious example that I was unaware of.  I had heard of BuildAR through their partnering with AR company Metaio.   Providing AR within standard Web browsers would greatly promote their use. " ... iPhone and iPad users that have


From Computational Complexity

Favorite Theorems: Extended Formulations

The first couple of favorite theorems took place at the beginning of the last decade, but recent years have brought exciting results as well, such as the limitations of using linear programs to solve hard problems.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alfred Yarbus Centenary: Tracking Eye Movement

Alfred Yarbus Centenary: Tracking Eye Movement

An intriguing piece on the history of eye movement tracking technologies, via the work of Alfred Yarbus, written by Tim Holmes:" ... These days, we take the ability to track eye-movements and then use them to gain insight into


From The Eponymous Pickle

Developing Analytic Talent

Developing Analytic Talent

Just received.  A quick look indicated that this is a useful, only mildly technical look at what is being called Data Science.  A guide and handbook for anyone interested into the topic. Will review further and post that here


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flexible Packaging Machines

Flexible Packaging Machines

In AutomationWorld:  "Consumer packaged goods companies are responding to retailers' needs for a wide range of goods by using flexible packaging machines that include sensing and communication technology. "Retailers are requiring


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensors by Apple

Sensors by Apple

What apple is doing with sensors.   An overview of techniques, companies and people involved in sensor systems that could show up in Apple products.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Charting Global Negotation Styles

Charting Global Negotation Styles

Some charted visual examples of cultural negotiation styles ...The charts sometimes seem like caricatures, interesting, but I would not bet on them.     They do perhaps at most demonstrate that countries and  cultures are different


From Schneier on Security

Heartbleed

Heartbleed

Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL: "The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used


From Putting People First

Ethnography in action at Wells Fargo

Ethnography in action at Wells Fargo

Only a few years ago, the corporate view of retirement planning at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank tended to focus on dollars and cents — how much an individual needed to invest, by when and for how many years,” write Julien


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Don’t Just Grab the Wheel, Ask the Driver to Turn

Don’t Just Grab the Wheel, Ask the Driver to Turn

We’re learning about classes and related topics like data hiding and using methods rather than public data in my programming class these days. One of the students asked why we couldn’t just access public data from calling programs


From Putting People First

Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums

Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums

Museums around the world today face the challenge of increasing and maintaining visitor numbers, especially with younger audiences. A fall in visitors is seen by most as a negative outcome, both financially and in terms of wider


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Glass at Work

Google Glass at Work

In GigaOM:  A better market than with consumers?  " ... You might not see many consumers wearing Google Glass just yet but I have a hunch you’ll start seeing people in businesses with the wearable display on their heads. Google


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing the Organizational Leaders

Changing the Organizational Leaders

In McKinsey:   How do you make leaders aware of the need to change themselves in new contexts?  Not easily done.  " ... Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Updates on ChoreMonster

Updates on ChoreMonster

A former colleague's startup, new updates:" ... ChoreMonster, the platform that wants to encourage your kids to do their household tasks by rewarding them for achieving goals, has today released a major update for its Web and


From BLOG@CACM

The Benefits of Working on Research As An Undergraduate Student

The Benefits of Working on Research As An Undergraduate Student

This article presents three practical benefits of working on research as an undergraduate student.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making a Microscope Out of Paper

Making a Microscope Out of Paper

An interesting example of how devices can be redesigned in unexpected ways.   Here a microscope made out of paper.  An example of how remote 3D manufacture might require this kind of innovative design.


From Schneier on Security

"Unbreakable" Encryption Almost Certainly Isn't

"Unbreakable" Encryption Almost Certainly Isn't

This headline is provocative: "Human biology inspires 'unbreakable' encryption." The article is similarly nonsensical: Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Summer Hackers Immersion Program 2014

Summer Hackers Immersion Program 2014

Mike Zamansky announced this program on his blog yesterday. (Announcing SHIP) It sounds amazing. It’s being run at St Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and is for students from all over New York City. Mike and his team are amazing


From Putting People First

[Book] A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

[Book] A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery Rosenfeld Media, 2013 288 pages In their new book, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences, Sarah Horton and Whitney


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger is #3 In InformationWeek

Kroger is #3 In InformationWeek

Via Robert Migliara:  Retailer Kroger is #3 in the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 Winners.   (My former enterprise is #75)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Receipts

Digital Receipts

In Supermarket News: Simple idea.  For loyalty purchases only.  Searchable.  I recall a number of test shoppers asking for this capability. At ShopRite.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science as a School District Marketing Tool

We are seeing many indications these days that administrators are realizing that a strong computer science curriculum for students is a critical aspect of providing high quality education. Now it seems that school district are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Roundtable Replay

Big Data Roundtable Replay

Last week attended my first Spreecast for an IBM Big Data Roundtable.  You can see a replay of the entire event.  An overview of impressions by practitioners, sellers and observers of the evolution of the technology.  Not a introduction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dealing with an Always On IT Culture

Dealing with an Always On IT Culture

In CWorld:  It is clearly a culture.  It is learned in school now, and at home, and utilizes multiple strata of communications and analysis and alerting capabilities.  It blurs the state of business versus personal activity.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook and Advertising

Facebook and Advertising

In AdAge:  Came up in a recent conversation.  How can Facebook drive advertising?  And in particular, how do they appeal to the small and medium sized business?