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January 2009


From Putting People First

Mike Kuniavsky detangling the meanings around the design of services

Mike Kuniavsky detangling the meanings around the design of services

Mike Kuniavsky (ThingM) is currently writing a ubicomp user experience design book. He just posted a few tidbits on service design: “There are two fundamental ways of looking at a service: from the perspective of the technology…


From Putting People First

Pachube: connecting environments, patching the planet

Pachube: connecting environments, patching the planet

Pachube is a web service that enables you to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world. The key aim is to facilitate interaction between remote environments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Important Things in Social Media

Important Things in Social Media

I see that former (in two enterprises) colleague Krista Neher is now CEO at Marketess Consulting where she just posted an item:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mass Customization

Mass Customization

Will mass customization work better during financial crises?-


From insideHPC

Penguin Names new Sr.VP and General

Penguin Names new Sr.VP and General

Penguin Computing has announced that it has named Tom Coull a senior vice president and general manager.


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Names New Chief

NVIDIA Names New Chief

NVIDIA has announced that it has named a new Chief Scientist/VP of Research.


From insideHPC

Sun

Sun

Sun announced this week that it’s opened a new energy efficient data center in Broomfield, Colorado. Responding to market demand for more energy-efficient datacenters, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA), today announced the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Execs Say Use Fewer Numbers

Marketing Execs Say Use Fewer Numbers

In Adage, This is a dangerous way to fool yourself. The worst cases I have seen of research misapplied is when researchers find what they are looking for, emotionally tainting results. Also known as confirmation bias. With…


From insideHPC

IBM Lays of 2,800, More on the

IBM Lays of 2,800, More on the

Yesterday, IBM announced that they have laid off some 2,800 employees.


From insideHPC

Sun announces Q2, posts

Sun announces Q2, posts

Sun announced its Q2 results for fiscal 2009 this week with both revenues and margin down year over year, but up slightly from Q1 Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 were $3.220 billion, a decrease of 10.9 percent…


From insideHPC

HPCwire comments: AMD

HPCwire comments: AMD

There is lots of news about AMD’s new Shanghai processors (details on AMD’s own site), so in addition to vectoring you that way (for example, The Register) I’ll point you to Michael Feldman’s comments at HPCwire. Michael comments…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence (JETWI)

Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence (JETWI)

The


From insideHPC

IBM opens scientific cloud project in

IBM opens scientific cloud project in

IBM has announced three new efforts that are taking advantage of its cloud computing platform for scientific computations. The first effort is working with universities in Qatar One of the first projects to bring cloud computing…


From insideHPC

New SiCortex in

New SiCortex in

SiCortex has announced that the University of Madgeburg in Germany will install its big boy SC5832 This leading German university will use its new computer to further advance the field of physics in a number of key areas. For…


From insideHPC

Euro grid takes another

Euro grid takes another

As reported at HPCwire, the European Grid Initiative (EGI) has taken another step forward The EGI Blueprint, which details the implementation of the EGI Organization’s activities and the first phases of the development of a sustainable…


From insideHPC

Senate focuses on different priorities in 2009 stimulus than

Senate focuses on different priorities in 2009 stimulus than

The CRA Policy Blog reports that the highlights from the Senate version of the 2009 stimulus bill (reported on earlier) are in. As the post details, the Senate has different priorities from the House, for example giving $2.6B…


From insideHPC

ScaleMP Announces Product

ScaleMP Announces Product

ScaleMP announced today that their vSMP Foundation software will not support larger memory configurations and a new large cluster licensing option.


From Springenwerk Blog

Ruby Script to Inline JavaScript and CSS

MySpace requires that OpenSocial applications don


From insideHPC

REvolution Computes Makes `R` Available for

REvolution Computes Makes `R` Available for

REvolution Computing has announced today that they have made a public version of this REvolution R statistical analysis program available for download.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collaborative Analytics

Collaborative Analytics

Have never head this called called collaborative analytics, but rather a process to deliver analytical methods. Still a good article on the idea. " ... Collaborative analysis builds upon the analysis process by adding activities…


From Putting People First

Interactions Jan/Feb

Interactions Jan/Feb

The entire contents of the January-February 2009 edition of Interactions Magazine are now available online. Enjoy. (via InfoDesign)


From Putting People First

The next digital experience

The next digital experience

The Davos session on the “Next Digital Experience” involving Hamid Akhavan (Deutsche Telekom), Eric K. Clemons (The Wharton School), Chad Hurley (YouTube), Craig Mundie (Microsoft), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe) and Mark Zuckerberg…


From Putting People First

New blog series on media practices in international contexts

New blog series on media practices in international contexts

A new blog series, New Media Practices in International Contexts, looks at the intersection of youth, new media and learning in a range of countries outside of North America and Western Europe. The authors, a group of people…


From Putting People First

User experience deliverables

User experience deliverables

Peter Morville (author of Ambient Findability) and Jeffery Callender (co-author of Search Patterns) are planning a new book (in process) about design for discovery and the future of search. As part of this effort, they have begun…


From Putting People First

Service design is simple. It

Service design is simple. It

“Service design is simple. It’s all about three things,” says Idris Mootee, a business and innovation strategist, “creating compelling user benefits, optimising based on the separability of the service, and making educated trade…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source Text Analytics

Open Source Text Analytics

A look at open source text anaytics by Seth Grimes.


From The Eponymous Pickle

PeaPod joins MyWebGrocer

PeaPod joins MyWebGrocer

I am told that that online grocer Peapod has joined online grocer services provider Mywebgrocer. Press release here. Followed Peapod for some time for its potential for experiments in shopping list 'stickiness'. Even followed…


From insideHPC

10GbE for HPC

10GbE for HPC

Douglas Eadline has announced that he will moderate a wedinar dedicated to laying out the latest developments in 10GbE technology with respect to the HPC market.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Private Information on the Web

Private Information on the Web

Much of this is well known, but it is useful to get a reminder of how much information you thought was private is available out there. Be aware.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing

Completed Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe, who is a well known Wired writer. I did not know that Howe had coined the term crowdsourcing as early as 2006. The book is a…