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April 2013


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Web Site Launched 20 Years Ago

First Web Site Launched 20 Years Ago

CERN published the first Web site twenty years ago.  Seems like a much longer time ago.  CWorld reports on the event.  Consider how much it has changed how we work and play.   And how many people globally are connected.   Very…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century

The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century

According to the Harvard Business Review and reported in the New York Times data science is "the sexiest job in the 21st century." Experts expect that this hot new field promises to revolutionize industries from business to …


From Wild WebMink

Components Becoming Major Source Of CVEs

Components Becoming Major Source Of CVEs

Reblogged from Meshed Insights & Knowledge: Earlier today Sonatype released the results of  their annual survey. The survey looks at the extent to which developers use open source components, with a particular focus on how they…


From Schneier on Security

The Importance of Backups

The Importance of Backups

I've already written about the guy who got a new trial because a virus ate his court records. Here's someone who will have to redo his thesis research because someone stole his only copy of the data. Remember the rule: no one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Problem Framing Through Behavioral Heuristics

Problem Framing Through Behavioral Heuristics

This sounds much like what we tried to do when building simulation systems with agent models.  But it seems different when I read the abstract.  Once you have found reliable and accurate human behavior heuristics, derived from…


From Putting People First

Developing digital books with user-centred design

Developing digital books with user-centred design

Digital books are software. The more interactive the experience, the more complex that software is to develop – and the greater the risk of creating a digital product that alienates. Taking a user-centered design approach to…


From Putting People First

Exploring Problem-framing through Behavioural Heuristics

Exploring Problem-framing through Behavioural Heuristics

Article published in the April 2013 issue of the International Journal of Design By Dan Lockton, David J. Harrison, Rebecca Cain, Neville A. Stanton, & Paul Jennings Design for behaviour change aims to influence user behaviour…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data University

Big Data University

A repository of free course ware on the topic, now in Beta.  Supported by IBM and others.   As they say, at your place and pace.  Many courses now available.  Other places, like Coursera, also have content in this space.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

New Toy–Raspberry Pi

New Toy–Raspberry Pi

It is hard to resist a new technology toy. I’ve been hearing about the Raspberry Pi computer for some time now. A couple of weeks ago I talked to a teacher friend  who was using some to help teach computing and computer science…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Motherhood, Tech, and Leaning In With Marissa Mayer

Motherhood, Tech, and Leaning In With Marissa Mayer

Recently, I happened to start looking at some of the stories featured on the new Lean In website and came across Marissa Mayer's.  For all the interest and controversy she's drummed up in the news lately, I quite liked hearing…


From Schneier on Security

Pinging the Entire Internet

Pinging the Entire Internet

Turns out there's a lot of vulnerable systems out there:

Many of the two terabytes (2,000 gigabytes) worth of replies Moore received from 310 million IPs indicated that they came from devices vulnerable to well-known flaws,On…


From BLOG@CACM

The Role of HyperCard in Today's World

The Role of HyperCard in Today's World

 HyperCard is an end-user programming tool from the 1990's.  A new version that runs on most modern platforms raises the question of the role of end-user programming and the directions in modern programming languages.


From Putting People First

Unpaid internships are harming the design industry

Unpaid internships are harming the design industry

Mark Busse calls on the design industry to set a higher standard (and as a company which has always paid its interns, we endorse this call): ” Employers, especially visible leaders in our community, are obligated to demonstrate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data at The Speed of Business

Big Data at The Speed of Business

I was just informed of this online broadcast, done twice today,  4/30. I plan to attend and tweet.Follow with hashtags #bigdatamgmt and #ibmsmb ....  " ... Today, there are exciting opportuniies to take advantage of all data11AM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flattening of Design

Flattening of Design

A good NYT article which explains this concept which I had heard of, but not understood.  How a number of companies are beginning to use it: " ... “Every so often there is a new fashion that comes about in design for any number…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

New GAO Report on Voting Accessibility

New GAO Report on Voting Accessibility

Almost all polling places had an accessible voting system during the 2008 elections, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). That’s the good news. The bad news: At nearly half of the polling…


From Geeking with Greg

More quick links

More quick links

Again, it has been too long, but here you go, what has caught my attention lately: "Employees who ate at cafeteria tables designed for 12 were more productive than those at tables for four, thanks to more chance conversations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Demand Marketing

On Demand Marketing

McKinsey and on-Demand Marketing.  A new term to me.  " ... Digital marketing is about to enter more challenging territory. Building on the vast increase in consumer power brought on by the digital age, marketing is headed toward…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Owning Social Media in the Enterprise and Beyond

Owning Social Media in the Enterprise and Beyond

Who owns an employee social media account?  In an excellent blog post Debbie Laskey brings up an excellent question that leads me to a number of related questions.  Some years ago our enterprise talked to IBM about how they were…


From Schneier on Security

More Links on the Boston Terrorist Attacks

More Links on the Boston Terrorist Attacks

Max Abrahms has two sensible essays.

Probably the ultimate in security theater: Williams-Sonoma stops selling pressure cookers "out of respect." They say it's temporary. (I bought a Williams-Sonoma pressure cooker last Christmas…


From Putting People First

Documentary examines the end of print books

Documentary examines the end of print books

People have used books as a reliable tool to transmit and preserve information, ideas, and stories for hundreds of years. E-books have enjoyed wide use for only about six years — counting from when Amazon introduced its Kindle…


From Putting People First

Your body does not want to be an interface

Your body does not want to be an interface

Have you heard that Google Glass will let you snap photos by winking? John Pavlus of the MIT Technology Review writes why that’s still going to feel weird. “The assumption driving these kinds of design speculations is that if…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical Thinking about Nanotechnology

Critical Thinking about Nanotechnology

A proposal for a defined structure about the technology, to promote critical thinking.  When we examined how it would be useful in product development and R&D, we quickly discovered there were multiple definitions.  You need…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Look Inside: Massive Open Online Courses

Look Inside: Massive Open Online Courses

The following is a guest post by Justin Herbert, a professional educator and coach who works at Montreat College in Montreat, NC. One of the most popular topics in higher education right now is the idea of Massive Open Online…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robert Scoble Reviews Glass

Robert Scoble Reviews Glass

He says it will come down to price, at least initially.  Not too much about the social implications, just the dazzle of being connected even more than we are now.  I can feel myself resisting.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 29 April 2013

Interesting Links 29 April 2013

Last week was school vacation week and I was away with less than ideal Internet. I’m still not sure if that is better or worse than no Internet at all. In any case I spent a lot less time on the Internet than usual. That doesn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Best Interface is No Interface

The Best Interface is No Interface

Via Jeff Dyck.  He sends along a note from SXSW by Golden Krishna.  The video of the 'Best Interface is no Interface' is here.  A good overall philosophy.   Also his slides and background material.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Interface is no Interface

Best Interface is no Interface

Via Jeff Dyck.  He sends along a note from SXSW by Golden Krishna.  The video of the 'Best Interface is no Interface' is here.  A good overall philosophy.   Also his slides and background material.


From My Biased Coin

Some Recent Books

Some Recent Books

If you've been reading the other computer science blogs, you know that there are some new books out. First is the Golden Ticket, by Lance Fortnow, about the P vs. NP problem.  I got sent a review copy;  I haven't read it yet,…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Happy Birthday, Kurt Gödel

Wang on Gödel, and Gödel on Wang source, with more Wang quotes Hao Wang was a logician who made many important contributions to mathematics and especially logic. His creation of the now famous tiling problem was of great importance…

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