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August 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Psychologist Looks at UX Design

Psychologist Looks at UX Design

I am repeating a link to a post in UX magazine that I did in 2010,  A psychologist's look at UX Design. Because I had cause to refer to this guide again.  A very good, short piece that anyone working on a user interface should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Merging and Divesting Brands

P&G Merging and Divesting Brands

In Adage:  P&G Will Merge or Divest More Than Half of Its Brands ... Marketer Will Continue To Cut Ad Spending ... Which leads to the question of how much SKU simplification will save costs.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailer Carrefour to Test Beacons

Retailer Carrefour to Test Beacons

In RFID Journal:  Another example of a data gathering activity that can lead to better analytics when combined with loyalty and other data.  Good detail in this article." ... Multinational retail chain operator Carrefour is planning…


From Putting People First

The psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy

The psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy

Alex Preston explores the personal, psychological and cultural impact of the end of privacy in today’s Observer: Here lies our greatest risk, one insufficiently appreciated by those who so blithely accept the tentacles of corporation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson is Changing Computing, Why this Time?

Watson is Changing Computing, Why this Time?

Good Fast Company article which covers what IBM hopes that Watson will do.  I do hope so.   But I did see many articles like this one during the last AI explosion in the 90s.  We did some very clever things with the technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Winograd Schemas

Winograd Schemas

Determining intelligence:  (technical point of interest that relates to how people determine intelligence)" ... A Winograd schema is a pair of sentences that differ only in one or two words and that contain a referential ambiguity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

List of Visualization and Data Mining Resources

List of Visualization and Data Mining Resources

Good list of resources regarding big data and analytics.  Nicely done.  Visualization and data mining topics, a number I had not heard of,  worth knowing about.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Lakes Examined

Data Lakes Examined

Have heard the term in passing, but never found the need to actually use it. Confusion about the term.  " ... storage repositories that hold huge amounts of raw data until it’s needed   ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Really Big Signs

On Really Big Signs

We did lots of work using signs in the retail aisle.  Here in Gizmodo, about really big signs, in Times Square.  Along the way you get interesting information about the evolution of big, dynamic, complex signs.  In a places like…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Removing the Underlines

Removing the Underlines

Google removes underlines.  This is late news, but I am reminded of our early work with hypertext, before the browser, before Google.   For a knowledge management project.   Where was the link? At the underlined worlds.


From The Eponymous Pickle

ROI for Social Media

ROI for Social Media

From the earliest days of social media, there was always an argument about their ROI.  The answer was often that they were a cost rather than a measurable value.  Not in general a good answer, but allowable for innovation budget…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seriousness in Being a Digital Organization

Seriousness in Being a Digital Organization

In a conversation with a large enterprise client had a discussion about how their goal was to become a digital organization, I pushed back about how they planned to measure that, and gave my observations about how they were not…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

To Conference or Not to Conference

To Conference or Not to Conference

To Conference or Not To Conference--that's not even a question! Of course you want to conference. I am of course referring to the annual CSTA Conference. This year we were in St. Charles, Illinois, at the wonderful Pheasant Run…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The insanity of research grant proposals

The insanity of research grant proposals

Most people will never have to write a research grant. That is a good thing. How do you write a successful grant application? Your work should follow established methodologies. It should follow closely prior work. Departures…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Science Foundation Appoints New Director for Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

National Science Foundation Appoints New Director for Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

On July 31, 2014, Dr. Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced the appointment of Dr. Lynne Parker as the new Division Director for the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division…


From Schneier on Security

The NSA's Patents

The NSA's Patents

Here are all the NSA's patents, in one searchable database. If you find something good, tell us all in the comments....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moodle for Learning

Moodle for Learning

Touched on the concept of a Moodle in  Wikipedia: " ... a  Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment ...  is a free software e-learning platform, also known as a Learning Management System, or Virtual Learning Environment…

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