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March 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Social Networking in Business a Revolution?

Is Social Networking in Business a Revolution?

Social networking in the enterprise.  What exactly is its value there?  Is it way to improve productivity via more transparent communications.  Or is a waste of time?  A good piece from Wharton on the topic that many enterprises…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparing ShopSavvy and RedLaser Barcode Readers

Comparing ShopSavvy and RedLaser Barcode Readers

I just received an update for the ShopSavvy barcode reader for my IPhone 4 Smartphone.  I was able to do a quick comparison with the RedLaser barcode reader on the same phone with a number of books and CPG products.  The newest…


From Computational Complexity

A good article on how science is publicized gets the science wrong

(Guest Post by John Rogers)

I have just been reading the recently published book "Seeing Further". Edited by Bill Bryson, it contains essays commissioned for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. Among the contributors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unusual Uses of QR Codes

Unusual Uses of QR Codes

In the AisleBuyer Blog: Another Type of Barcode: QR Codes and Their Unusual Uses  Also see more about what AisleBuyer does " ... Meet the World


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streetview from a Tricycle

Streetview from a Tricycle

Google uses Tricycles, albeit very unusual ones,  to get a streetview in parks and footpaths.  I like the experience being gathered by gathering data from human sensors.   I guess the accuracy needed means this cannot be crowd…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Great Canadian Appathon

Great Canadian Appathon

Carleton's Game Development Club is one of six host schools for the upcoming Great Canadian Appathon:The Great Canadian Appathon is a chance for post-secondary students across Canada to showcase their skills in developing great…


From Schneier on Security

NIST SHA-3 News

NIST SHA-3 News

NIST has finally published its rationale for selecting the five finalists.


From Wild WebMink

? Corporate Fictions

? Corporate Fictions

BSA: Open standards will ‘increase e-government costs’ I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I am shocked at just how blatantly disdainful BSA are of both their customers and of the government. Asserting that open standards…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Register Now for CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

Register Now for CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

You are cordially invited to attend the 11h annual Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium at Columbia University Faculty House in New York, NY!

July 11, 12, & 13, 2011 Columbia University, New York

July 11:…


From Wild WebMink

? Is Mozilla Open-By-Rule?

? Is Mozilla Open-By-Rule?

Host to the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird mail client among many other projects, the Mozilla Foundation is one of the largest and most significant open source projects. Long-term contributor and employee Gervase Markham…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debate on Patent Reform

Debate on Patent Reform

The debate on US patent reform will begin in the Senate.  My own limited interaction with Patents says we need it.  CW Article.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Congressman Rush Holt beats Watson at Jeopardy!

Congressman Rush Holt beats Watson at Jeopardy!

Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey – the only physicist in Congress, one of the staunchest Congressional supporters of science, recipient of this year’s Philip Hauge Abelson Award from the American Association for the Advancement…


From Putting People First

Discussing ethnography at University College London

Discussing ethnography at University College London

Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken will be giving a talk tomorrow at 6 pm, as a part of the Digital Anthropology MSc course at University College London (UCL). The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Buyology Inc's New Website

Buyology Inc's New Website

I see that neuromarketing company: BuyologyInc has a new website.  I have done consulting work with them in the past.  Much better done and more informative site than the previous one.  Included is more on theirFirst Annual Most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moonlighting Within the Enterprise

Moonlighting Within the Enterprise

Liked this NYT article: Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps  Admittedly it would work best in the technical enterprise, where you can slice off a specific piece of value and develop it.   A kind of crowd-sourcing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gestural Interfaces on the Street

Gestural Interfaces on the Street

An example of gestural interactivity with a screen in store.  We examined early attempts at this kind of interaction on the store shelf.  This appears to be increasing in capability and include smartphone interaction and enabling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AT&T Launches ShopAlerts

AT&T Launches ShopAlerts

It is surprising that this kind of location based promotion service was not launched sooner.   Readwriteweb posts a good overview: ' ... The difference between ShopAlerts and so-called "checkin" apps like Foursquare and Shopkick…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-03-01

links for 2011-03-01

Jono Bacon Defends Ubuntu: An Insider's Perspective


From Schneier on Security

Erasing Data from Flash Drives

Erasing Data from Flash Drives

"Reliably Erasing Data From Flash-Based Solid State Drives," by Michael Wei, Laura M. Grupp, Frederick E. Spada, and Steven Swanson.

Abstract: Reliably erasing data from storage media (sanitizing the media) is a critical component…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Credit Card Project

The Credit Card Project

I


From Wild WebMink

? Memorable Links

? Memorable Links

Looking through the list of domain names I’ve acquired over the years, I realised I had a couple that weren’t well used that could be handy for people who want to mention my web site to others. So I’ve just set forwarding on…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

What's Happening in CS in Other Countries

What's Happening in CS in Other Countries

I am part of the organisation that trains and selects students to represent New Zealand at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). We attract some government funding by circuitous routes for the students to attend, but…

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