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May 2009


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Communications Forum Presentations

New Communications Forum Presentations

A link to presentations from the New Communications Forum meetings. About social media and their implications.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clear Thinking With Digital Data

Clear Thinking With Digital Data

Jonathan Salem Baskin writes about digital data and having a clear vision about how the data is ultimately used. It is about the data, but it is also about the model it is being used for " ... challenge your team to better understand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Advantage

Data Advantage

An article just pointed out to me from Consumer Goods Digital: The Digital Advantage. Good overview piece on using data for category management. Specifically a case study is made of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Namely a discussion…


From The Noisy Channel

Got Hate Tweets?

Got Hate Tweets?

I had the novel experience today of discovering that someone set up a Twitter account for the sole purpose of harassing me personally. I’m not sure what exactly I did to deserve this honor, but I’m amused by the personal attention…


From The Noisy Channel

Got Hate Tweets?

Got Hate Tweets?

I had the novel experience today of discovering that someone set up a Twitter account for the sole purpose of harassing me personally. I’m not sure what exactly I did to deserve this honor, but I’m amused by the personal attention…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hand Scanning at Giant

Hand Scanning at Giant

A short piece in the Washington Post on the use of scanning devices at Giant grocery stores. " ... A total of 250 Giant and Stop & Shop locations carry the scanners, the company said. Giant said it conducts regular audits to…


From insideHPC

COLFAX intros new series of Tesla

COLFAX intros new series of Tesla

Today COLFAX has announced their Tesla cluster offering, following NVIDIA’s announcement yesterday of their Preconfigured Tesla Cluster program. The Colfax CXT6000 series clusters democratizes HPC by providing scientists, engineers…


From CSDiary

Randy Pausch:

Randy Pausch:

In his Last Lecture, Randy Pausch explained that one of his childhood dreams was to be Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk. Well, J.J. Abrams, the director of the new Star Trek movie coming out this week, was impressed enough with…


From insideHPC

The SGI bankruptcy proceeding: do your own deep dive into the original court

The SGI bankruptcy proceeding: do your own deep dive into the original court

Randall over at VizWorld got a reader tip about a substantial number of court documents and case filings from the SGI bankruptcy proceeding being available online at the site of Donlin Recano and Co. Remember my hearing day post…


From insideHPC

AMAX announces new Tesla cluster

AMAX announces new Tesla cluster

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement by NVIDIA of their Preconfigured Tesla Cluster program AMAX has announced their entrant in the category. AMAX is offering two preconfigured options, both with a QDR IB interconnect: the…


From insideHPC

PSSC Labs closes in on 1,000 clusters

PSSC  Labs closes in on 1,000 clusters

PSSC Labs sent us an email this week to let us know they are nearing an interesting milestone: 1,000 clusters shipped. According to the company they are shipping between 20 and 25 clusters a month now. Asked to comment on the…


From Wild WebMink

? Governance, Copyright Bullying and Making Things Work

? Governance, Copyright Bullying and Making Things Work

The most rational and useful summary of the Java-for-Cloud and GAE/J discussion that I've seen so far - nice work by IEEE Tech Talk.
(tags: Java Google…


From insideHPC

Lustre 2.0 Video

Lustre 2.0 Video

Sun HPC Watercooler: The folks within the Lustre group at Sun have posted more videos from the Lustre User Group meeting.


From insideHPC

Going to ISC in June? Share your

Going to ISC in June? Share your

If you are going to ISC in Hamburg this June, your colleagues need your help. We can’t go, but we want to share what happens with insideHPC’s readers around the world. The solution? You! Whether you want to twitter what you hear…


From insideHPC

Introducing the personal supercomputer

Introducing the personal supercomputer

On May 4 NVIDIA announced its latest accessible supercomputing initiative, Tesla Preconfigured Clusters. The clusters bring together Tesla's S1070 rackmount GPU servers with CPUs servers, network, and the cluster software you…


From insideHPC

ScaleMP Announces SLES 11

ScaleMP Announces SLES 11

ScaleMP, today, announced support for Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server version 11 with their vSMP Foundation product.


From The Noisy Channel

Wolfman vs. Googzilla

Wolfman vs. Googzilla

What’s not to love about a good fight? Check out David Talbot’s “Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off” in Technology Review. I don’t come away with a sense that I’ll regularly use either Wolfram Alpha or Google Public Data, but…


From The Noisy Channel

Wolfman vs. Googzilla

Wolfman vs. Googzilla

What’s not to love about a good fight? Check out David Talbot’s “Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off” in Technology Review. I don’t come away with a sense that I’ll regularly use either Wolfram Alpha or Google Public Data, but…


From Putting People First

Taking my community

Taking my community

The latest issue of Vodafone’s Receiver Magazine is entitled “Seizing the Moment”: “Bending and transcending the constraints of time and space has gotten easy for us. With our mobiles and netbooks, we’re about to create a social…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Reputable

Most Reputable

Although I have always been skeptical of 'best' lists of any kind, a new list mentions a number of companies that I have had minimal and extensive experience with on a 'most reputable' list. At least it makes people think about…


From The Noisy Channel

YouTube vs. Unauthorized Advertising

YouTube vs. Unauthorized Advertising

I was intrigued to see a flurry of


From The Noisy Channel

YouTube vs. Unauthorized Advertising

YouTube vs. Unauthorized Advertising

I was intrigued to see a flurry of


From The Noisy Channel

A Topology of Search Concepts

A Topology of Search Concepts

Vegard Sandvold has an interesting post entitled “Help Me Design a Topology of Search Concepts” in which he visualizes assorted search approaches in a two-dimensional space, the two dimensions being the degree of information …


From The Noisy Channel

A Topology of Search Concepts

A Topology of Search Concepts

Vegard Sandvold has an interesting post entitled “Help Me Design a Topology of Search Concepts” in which he visualizes assorted search approaches in a two-dimensional space, the two dimensions being the degree of information …


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Professional Development Opportunities for Computer Science Teachers

Professional Development Opportunities for Computer Science Teachers

I feel very fortunate that I am a member of CSTA. My membership has made me aware of many professional development opportunities. I am been notified via email, CSTA website, and CSTA Voice regarding professional development…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McDonald's McCafe Underway

McDonald's McCafe Underway

A big coffee launch is coming at McDonalds. " ... The master of the McBlitz is about to outdo itself with its long-awaited national campaign for its new coffee line, touted as the biggest launch in its history -- no small feat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Analytics for the Enterprise

Business Analytics for the Enterprise

A good overview of business analytics and optimization for the enterprise by IBM. Helps to understand their definition of this space. Well done.


From Putting People First

As consumers

As consumers

Over the past few months, frog design’s Robert Fabricant has been “busy riling up the design community with a theory that designers are now in the ‘behavior business’”. “Innovation is not just about putting the right new feature…


From insideHPC

Q&A with Intel

Q&A with Intel

ZDNet UK has posted a Q&A with James Reinders, Intel’s head of software development products, that asks some interesting questions about Intel’s development tools directions. You have said developers do not tend to wake up one…


From Putting People First

Crowdsourcing, collaborative innovation and co-creation in the mobile industry

Crowdsourcing, collaborative innovation and co-creation in the mobile industry

Steve Wolak, is the founder and head of the Betavine, Vodafone