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February 2012


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Children

Children

Late last month, Children’s Hospital Boston announced the launch of the CLARITY Challenge


From Putting People First

Interaction 12: Keynote by Anthony Dunne

Interaction 12: Keynote by Anthony Dunne

Ciara Taylor was also at Interaction 12 in Dublin and reports on the keynote talk by Anthony Dunne for Core77. “Interaction design and designing interactions… are they the same concept? Anthony Dunne, partner at Dunne and Raby…


From Putting People First

Interaction 12: Day Three

Interaction 12: Day Three

There was magic in the air on the final day of the Interactions 12 conference in Dublin, as a number of speakers drew the connections between magic and design, whether it be electric faeries, having childhood dreams of being…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 6 February 2012

Interesting Links 6 February 2012

I’m headed to Austin TX  today for the Texas Computer Educators Association (TCEA) conference. Hoping to see some old friends and meet some new friends. If you are at TCEA  I hope you will stop by the Microsoft booth and find…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Model of Human Health Behavior Change

A Model of Human Health Behavior Change

We worked with Stanford  Professor BJ Fogg several times in the enterprise.   I am very late to discover this,  but he has created a new model of human behavior change.  " ... In 2011, the World Economic Forum selected the Fogg…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Gaming for Engagment

Samsung Gaming for Engagment

In the NYT:  Good general piece on gaming for brand engagement.  Mentioning the example of Samsung in some detail.  " ... Samsung is embracing a business trend called gamification, which takes elements from games and applies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM's Watson Changing Careers

IBM's Watson Changing Careers

More indications that artificial intelligence, much promoted in the late 80s, is back again.    Based on the same kinds of rule-based,  certainty quantification methods we used then to prototype AI in the enterprise.  An now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Taps a Join the Dots Panel

Unilever Taps a Join the Dots Panel

Had not heard of this before, but from Research Live: Unilever is recruiting a new panel of shoppers to help 'shape the future' of its family of brands.


From Wild WebMink

? Help OSI Transform

? Help OSI Transform

As I explained at FOSDEM (blog post coming!), the Open Source Initiative is switching to a member-led governance. For that, it will need members. The OSI Board would be very grateful if you would complete the totally anonymous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home Robotics and the Mint Claner

Home Robotics  and the Mint Claner

I was involved with several projects in the enterprise that dealt about how cleaning products could be used in conjunction with home robotics.  We got some early experience with in-office robotics that moved mail around.  IniRobot…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Microsoft Research Unveils

Microsoft Research Unveils

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research and member of the CCC Council, and Peter Lee, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Redmond. On the occasion…


From Putting People First

Information overload is not unique to Digital Age

Information overload is not unique to Digital Age

It is a constant complaint: We’re choking on information. The flood of data on the Web has reached mind boggling proportions, and it shows no signs of stopping. But wait, says Harvard professor Ann Blair in an NPR radio program…


From Putting People First

The human factor in service design

The human factor in service design

McKinsey’s John DeVine, Shyam Lal, and Michael Zea write that businesses ought to focus on the human side of customer service to make it psychologically savvy, economically sound, and easier to scale. “Some organizations are…


From Putting People First

Interactions 12: Day Two

Interactions 12: Day Two

Vicky Teinaki and Louise Taylor continue their coverage of the Interactions conference in Dublin. In this long article, they report on the presentations by Jonas L


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When Just Working Isn

When Just Working Isn

I wrote a tic  tac toe game for my Windows Phone today. It works just fine. I’m just not happy with it. I loaded a screen shot of it to the left. Oh it is obvious that the graphics are not so hot. Graphic design and UI design…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Problem with Students Who Won't Problem Solve

The Problem with Students Who Won't Problem Solve

This semester I am teaching two sections of Web Page Design. This is the third year that I have taught the class at the high school level, but I still struggle with some of the same issues.

The two sections of the class are …


From The Noisy Channel

Social Wisdom in Seattle

Social Wisdom in Seattle


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Analytic Resources

Managing Analytic Resources

Good post on the topic. I find many groups are uncertain about how to manage the process of working with analytics. And they are also unclear about how to deal with the results discovered.


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Size and Complexity of Data

On the Size and Complexity of Data

In the Atlantic: In an edited excerpt from his new book, Too Big to Know, David Weinberger explains how the massive amounts of data necessary to deal with complex phenomena exceed any single brain's ability to grasp, yet networked…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up

DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up

We


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Report Emphasizes Importance of Health IT

Report Emphasizes Importance of Health IT

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report last Friday — Transforming Health Care: The Role of Health IT – emphasizing the critically important role that health information technology plays “in supporting new models of care…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Clothing that Keeps an Exercise Journal

Friday Squid Blogging: Clothing that Keeps an Exercise Journal

It's called Squid.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From Schneier on Security

The Problems of Too Much Information Sharing

The Problems of Too Much Information Sharing

Funny. Fake, but funny.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Practicing for the Super Bowl Ads

Practicing for the Super Bowl Ads

Sands Research sends along an item and commentary pointing to an article in the WSJ on  how Super Bowl ad companies use neuromarketing methods to test modifications of ads to see which work best.   A good example of how neuro…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Performance Management from SAP

Enterprise Performance Management from SAP

Good post by Laura Mikovsky on Enterprise Performance management from SAP.  A classic need for the enterprise.   A typical dashboard BI application.   How are various parts of my enterprise performing, and how do I normalizeMy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Food Lion Shares Demand Data

Food Lion Shares Demand Data

In a move to consumer driven demand, Food Lion shares data:    " ... Food Lion is working on changing the way CPG vendors such as PepsiCo replenish its distribution centers and stores by offering them visibility into current…


From Schneier on Security

VeriSign Hacked, Successfully and Repeatedly, in 2010

VeriSign Hacked, Successfully and Repeatedly, in 2010

Reuters discovered the information:

The VeriSign attacks were revealed in a quarterly U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing in October that followed new guidelines on reporting security breaches to investors. It was…


From Putting People First

Interactions 12: Day One

Interactions 12: Day One

Dublin


From Putting People First

Ethnography of mobile phone use in remote Mexican village

Ethnography of mobile phone use in remote Mexican village

Tricia Wang of UCSD’s Department of Sociology and Barry Brown of the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Center Stockholm presented the paper “Ethnography of the telephone: Changing uses of communication technology in village life” at…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

OSTP Studying Benefits of Video Games

OSTP Studying Benefits of Video Games

USA TODAY is out this week with an interesting article