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January 2009


From Putting People First

At the beginning of last year, we at Experientia worked with a Belgian regional authority on developing the concept for a new design centre, called the Transformation Factory (read more about it in this paper). Now also Business…


From Putting People First

Why products fail

Why products fail

Computerworld columnist Mike Elgan argues that most gadget and software makers don’t understand what users want most: control. Both users and product designers alike talk about user interface (UI) consistency, usability and simplicity…


From Putting People First

Focus on what we should be doing, not just what we can

Focus on what we should be doing, not just what we can

John Maeda, the new president of RISD, wrote some smart words in Esquire (where he was profiled as one of 75 most influential people): “Technological advances have always been driven more by a mind-set of “I can” than “I should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Affluent E-Commerce Sales

Affluent E-Commerce Sales

From Evan Schuman, an analysis of E-Commerce sales by the affluent this holiday season.


From Wild WebMink

Today's links, January 3rd

Today's links, January 3rd

  • Unusual disk latencyDon't shout at your hard disks; it upsets them. (Watch the video - yes, it's been everywhere, but it was on my Twitter feed first)
  • The 2008 Chutzpah in IT Marketing AwardsNot sure I really understand these,…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Math on the Web

    Math on the Web

    I was just reminded of Wolfram's MathWorld ... The Web's most extensive math resource ... " . Consider for example their coverage of the Pythagorean Theorem, and the famous misstatement of it by the scarecrow in the 1939 Wizard…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Vinyl Record Sales Double

    Vinyl Record Sales Double

    Sometimes technologies that seem to have gone away can come back.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Project Information Literacy

    Project Information Literacy

    Via Eileen Clegg of Visual Insight:" ... a new study by Alison J. Head about how undergraduates conduct research in the digital age. Alison is PI of Project Information Literacy, based at University of Washington's Information…


    From CSDiary

    CCC Council Seeks New Members

    CCC Council Seeks New Members

    The Council of the Computing Community Consortium, aka the CCC Council, is seeking nominations for new members. Nominations (including self-nominations) are due on January 14, 2009 and can be emailed to Eric Grimson, Sarita Adve…


    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Favorite posts for 2008

    Favorite posts for 2008

    I wrote about 300 blog posts this year. Here are some of my favorites:

    Do you think because you write, or write because you think? Good research: invent new problems or explain mysteries How to solve hard problems To improve…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Secrets of Social Media Marketing

    Secrets of Social Media Marketing

    Paul Gillin's book: The Secrets of Social Media Marketing, has a web site.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Brands Finding Value on Twitter

    Brands Finding Value on Twitter

    Some case studies of the use of Twitter for marketing, in Clickz: " ... It's been called a tech-geek fad, a business flop-to-be, and a waste of time for most marketers, but the fact is big name brands are on Twitter. While detractors…


    From insideHPC

    Acceleware Closes $410k in Private

    Acceleware Closes $410k in Private

    Acceleware Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AXE) is pleased to announce that it has completed a non-brokered private placement of 8,200,000 common shares at a price of $0.05 per common share for gross proceeds of $410,000 (the “Offering”).…


    From Wild WebMink

    The First Links of 2009

    The First Links of 2009

  • Profile: Terry PratchettThat's SIR Terry Pratchett from now on. I wonder which town he'll pick as his "of"? Great choice for a knighthood, combining genius, philanthropy and an adoring public.
  • Pioneer of cyberspace honoured Congratulations…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

    Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

    Deadline: January 14, 2009. What questions shape our intellectual future? What attracts the best and brightest minds of a new generation? What are the next big computing ideas


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Photography

    Photography

    Cameraworks: A nice site with advice about digital photography with some useful deep dives.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Success on Linkedin

    Success on Linkedin

    I have been a member of the professional social network Linkedin for a couple of years now. My profile there. Many of my colleagues, retired or back at the firm are also members. Have made a number of interesting and profitable…


    From Wild WebMink

    Tidying away the last links from 2008

    Tidying away the last links from 2008

  • OOoCon 2009 - Call for Location Want to host the next OpenOffice.org conference? the 2008 event was in Beijing so I'd have to guess a location in Europe would stand a good chance this year...
  • Dan Gilbert researches happiness Just…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Japan and the Space Elevator

    Japan and the Space Elevator

    Japan hopes to fund the Space Elevator..


    From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

    Congratulations, Dame Wendy Hall!

    Congratulations, Dame Wendy Hall!

    ACM President Wendy Hall has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Announcement of this honor was made by Buckingham Palace as part of the 2009 New Year Honours list, and…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Word Origins

    Word Origins

    A bit off this track, but I was pointed to Word Origins recently, which is worth a look. As a blogger, reader of feeds in many areas it is surprising how often this comes up. As a science/engineering major I still have a soft…

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