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April 2009


From Putting People First

Videos of presentations by Dan Saffer, Robert Fabricant and John Thackara

Videos of presentations by Dan Saffer, Robert Fabricant and John Thackara

I just posted three videos of the recent Interaction09 conference on Core77: Dan Saffer - Attention Awareness for Interaction Designers 2009 Dan Saffer calls out the Interaction Design community for allowing distracting topics…


From insideHPC

A note about the Rackable/SGI

A note about the Rackable/SGI

Something to note about the Rackable/SGI deal announced this morning. Note that the title of SGI release is Rackable Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire Silicon Graphics Inc. But that farther down in the body of the release…


From insideHPC

Rackable Systems to Acquire Silicon

Rackable Systems to Acquire Silicon

From way out in left field comes a press release this morning jointly from Rackable and Silicon Graphics.


From Putting People First

Bill Buxton on thinking outside the box

Bill Buxton on thinking outside the box

Microsoft Research Principal Scientist Bill Buxton argues that “by thinking outside the parameters imposed by technology, executives and designers can build businesses by creating an experience that truly resonates”. “User-centered…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Generate Your own Tree Clouds!

Generate Your own Tree Clouds!

One of my research interest is tag-cloud drawing. The domain is a natural extension to the classical Graph Drawing problems. However, it is much more open-ended. I keep seeing new types of tag clouds each year! Tree clouds are…


From Putting People First

Lying and the design of new technologies

Lying and the design of new technologies

The Wall Street Journal reports on work done by Intel’s Digital Home Group on people’s tendency to lie online and what the implications of lying are on the design of new technologies. “[Ethnographer Francoise] Bourdonnec, for…


From insideHPC

Wolfgang Gentzsch: when it comes to HPC conferences, smaller can be

Wolfgang Gentzsch: when it comes to HPC conferences, smaller can be

Wolfgang Gentzsch and I were at HPCC in Newport, RI together last week. We exchanged email about his experience at this small annual gathering, and they really resonated with me. He graciously agreed to share his thoughts on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Placing Product Effectively

Placing Product Effectively

This problem has been thought about for over thirty years. I encountered it a number of times in the CPG enterprise. You have an amount of product you would like to place on the store shelf which is based on consumer demand…


From Wild WebMink

JavaOne Bloggers Beer?

JavaOne Bloggers Beer?

Anyone reading this coming to JavaOne and wanting me to arrange the usual Bloggers & Beer evening? Comment below! Oh, and remember early registration ends April 22.


From CSDiary

Testifying on the NITRD Act

Testifying on the NITRD Act

This morning I will be one of four witnesses testifying before the Committee on Science and Technology of the US House of Representatives. The purpose of the hearing is to review proposed changes to the Networking and Information…

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