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May 2012


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slashdot's Business Intelligence

Slashdot's Business Intelligence

The iconic Slashdot site has opened a new portal: SlashBI  that focuses on business intelligence. " ... SlashBI is designed to offer the latest news and expert commentary on everything related to business intelligence. We encourage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gmail Meter

Gmail Meter

I used Google's Gmail Meter for the first time today.  If you use Gmail for significant quantities  of mail, it is an excellent way to understand your email uses.  It creates a standard business intelligence report and mails…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Health Chain Solutions Wins Innov8

Health Chain Solutions Wins Innov8

I mentioned in a recent post that I had a conversations with Health Chain Solutions LLC:   It was reported today that  " ... they have been selected as the innovative business model in the recent Innov8 For Health 2012 Business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Catalina Acquires Modiv Media

Catalina Acquires Modiv Media

We worked with early forms of Modiv Media in store scanning devices and location oriented processes.   Even provided some design adjustments when it was being delivered by Symbol.  Now they have been acquired by big merchandising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Being an Analytic Entrepreneur

Being an Analytic Entrepreneur

Analytics Entrepreneur.   Vincent Granville is highlighted and interviewed.    An interesting concept that is detailed here. I think it makes sense to think of it that way.  Like any entrepreneur, you need to bring together people…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Simons Foundation Awards UC Berkeley $60M to Launch Theory of Computing Institute

Simons Foundation Awards UC Berkeley $60M to Launch Theory of Computing Institute

This morning, the University of California, Berkeley, announced a $60 million grant from the Simons Foundation – which seeks ”to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences” — to establish the new…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Computing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Computing was among the excitement this past weekend at the 2nd


From Schneier on Security

When Investigation Fails to Prevent Terrorism

When Investigation Fails to Prevent Terrorism

I've long advocated investigation, intelligence, and emergency response as the places where we can most usefully spend our counterterrorism dollars. Here's an example where that didn't work:

Starting in April 1991, three FBI…


From Computational Complexity

Berkeley Wins the Simons

As reported today in the New York Times, the Simons Foundation has chosen U. C. Berkeley to host the new Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, a $6,000,000/year center for studying core theoretical computer science and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

New Podcast Series - The Campus Coder

New Podcast Series - The Campus Coder

Glen Gordon and Ed Donahue have a new podcast series, The Campus Coder. The first podcast is with Chevon Christie

Chevon Christie is a student developer in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York. Chevon…


From Putting People First

To really understand social media, you must also understand online communities

To really understand social media, you must also understand online communities

When we talk about social media we are really only talking about tools that we can use to help us and the people we engage to achieve a task. To make a success in social media we need to understand online communities, argues…


From Putting People First

The demise of the ethnographic monograph

The demise of the ethnographic monograph

As ethnographic practice has spilled out into the broader world of design and policy-making, business strategy and marketing, the monograph has not remained the singular format for presenting ethnographic work. In the design…


From Putting People First

Extending the experience beyond the device

Extending the experience beyond the device

Tim Todish provides some good examples of companies extending the (user) experience beyond the device as a good way to differentiate from the competition. “Most of the time when we think about UX, we are thinking within the confines…


From Putting People First

A retrospective of talks given by ethnographers at Lift Conference since 2006

A retrospective of talks given by ethnographers at Lift Conference since 2006

Of all the conferences that are dedicated to discussions on technology and society, there


From Putting People First

The downside of digital life: disconnection

The downside of digital life: disconnection


From Putting People First

Researching meaning: making sense of behaviour

Researching meaning: making sense of behaviour

In his last article Simon Norris, founder and CEO of Nomensa, outlined a simple model


From Putting People First

Gamification and UX: where users win or lose

Gamification and UX: where users win or lose

In this long article, Peter Steen H


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook and Socially Interactive Health Care

Facebook and Socially Interactive Health Care

In ReadwriteWeb:  Is Facebook poised to revolutionize Health Care?  The idea of socially interactive health care is something I have looked at for some time, and the players mentioned have the assets to make it happen.  The design…

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