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October 2013


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kellogg Mobile Augmented Reality Marketing

Kellogg Mobile Augmented Reality Marketing

A nice example of using augmented reality in marketing by Kellogg.   With music. " .... Kellogg is joining General Mills and Mondelez International in bringing augmented reality to packaging. In Kellogg's case, users with the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Last Chance: Analytics for Executives.

Last Chance: Analytics for Executives.

LAST CHANCE.  Regional interest in the use of Analytics.  Talk from successful professional practitioners.  In particular suitable for executives seeking to understand the practical use of Analytics. TIBCO Spotfire and the Data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Idio Platform

Idio Platform

I noted that longtime  correspondent Damon Ragusa of Thinkvine is now connected with Idio.   Which "... understands your customer’s interests and intent through the content they consume and uses this to deliver personalized and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Discontinuous Innovation

Managing Discontinuous Innovation

Manager at Unisys Posts:  How do we manage disruptive trends?  Some good thoughts here.  Match our own experiences in the enterprise.  Remembering that roughly 20 percent of these efforts fail in private industry.  About 50%"…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Video Games and Learning: My First MOOC Experience

Video Games and Learning: My First MOOC Experience

Way back in the springtime I signed up for a Coursera offering on video games and learning.  I had no idea when the course would actually be offered, and forgot about it until they finally, around the end of September, announced…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 28

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 28

October 29 Markup: (Rescheduled from October 24) The House Homeland Security Committee will review pending legislation, including H.R. 3107, the Cybersecurity Boots-On-The-Ground Act.  This bill would (as currently written) require…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Doing Data Science

Doing Data Science

Now available for order: Doing Data Science Paperback by Cathy O'Neil, Rachel Schutt: I like the general premise,  do not have yet:" ... Each chapter-long lecture features a guest data scientist from a prominent company such…


From Schneier on Security

Understanding the Threats in Cyberspace

Understanding the Threats in Cyberspace

The primary difficulty of cyber security isn't technology -- it's policy. The Internet mirrors real-world society, which makes security policy online as complicated as it is in the real world. Protecting critical infrastructure…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 28 October 2013

Interesting Links 28 October 2013

The first quarter at my school closed last Friday. The year seems to be flying by. I guess it is true what they say about time flying when you are having fun. I hope your year is going well. And now some interesting links toStarting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise and Big Data

Enterprise and Big Data

On Enterprise Big Data:  some good points made here.  There is still relatively little understanding, and thus investment in the techniques.  This is not new, it has operated this way in the whole history of analytics,  but the…


From Putting People First

Book: Speculative Everything

Book: Speculative Everything

Speculative Everything Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming By Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby MIT Press Jan 2014, 200 pages [Amazon link] Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use, sexy, and consumable. In Speculative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Personal History of Blogging

A Personal History of Blogging

According to the Wikipedia, Blogs were invented in 1998.  In 2001 I started an internal enterprise blog that was the most read in our global company.  It connected me to many new people.  A follow up effort sought to connectWikis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tagging Forward

Tagging Forward

This blog started in 2003, replacing an older internal blog. Starting last year I started to tag items in this blog.  All new items are now tagged.  I have also been able to back tag old items using a search script.   Several…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where is the Power of the Crowd?

Where is the Power of the Crowd?

A good thought in Innovation Excellence:  " ... Crowdsourcing may have also benefited from the recent recession with firms finding an inexpensive army of recently unemployed service providers.  In fact, most of the negative stigma…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free BI Apps

Free BI Apps

In an interesting play, Microstrategy has introduced free BI Apps.  A not unsurprising direction to make basic BI capabilities generally available.  Although I have never used Microstrategy,  this will make me take a closer look…


From Schneier on Security

US Government Monitoring Public Internet in Real Time

US Government Monitoring Public Internet in Real Time

Here's a demonstration of the US government's capabilities to monitor the public Internet. Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden was on the Acela train between New York and Washington DC, taking press interviews on the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning Maps into 3D Spaces

Turning Maps into 3D Spaces

From a recent gaming competition.  The use of historical maps that are then mapped into a 3D gaming style world.  Watch the linked-to video.   Will this ultimately mean we can combine 2D maps with pictures and models to make


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interactive Dynamic Map Example

Interactive Dynamic Map Example

MJ Perry points me to this interactive data visualization map that shows the number of living US presidents since 1789.  I like the general design, although the implied drill down really does not have enough data.  It's really…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation at the Tipping Point

Innovation at the Tipping Point

Poses an interesting question:  " ... We all know innovation is important because it is the lifeblood of any business. But compare upcoming digital era to previous industrial era, is innovation becoming more important or less…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reputation Risks from Technology

Reputation Risks from Technology

In CIO Insight:  A low information slide infomercial accounts the means by which corporate reputation can be endangered from new technologies.    Though the information content is low, the statistics that lay out the risk are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decline of the Wikipedia

Decline of the Wikipedia

We followed Wikipedia from the beginning.  We attempted to use the Wiki model to store and retrieve corporate knowledge internally.  Learning much about what worked and does not work using wikis for corporate knowledge.  Youis…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Dynamic Biophotonics in Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Dynamic Biophotonics in Squid

Female squid exhibit sexually dimorphic tunable leucophores and iridocytes. Just so you know.

Here's the story in more accessible language.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: From Mess to Analytical Models

Talk: From Mess to Analytical Models

A few seats left:TIBCO Spotfire and the Data Analytics Foundation personally invite you to the Analytics Value Proposition Series – From Mess, to Models, to Insight Wednesday, October 30th, 10am-1pmHilton Cincinnati Netherland…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FTC to Investigate the Internet of Things

FTC to Investigate the Internet of Things

In GigaOM: It should be regulated. But I have my doubts that governments will do a good job.  Think too of the implication of governments knowing the location, status and interaction of all tagged things. Has to be a stronger…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Teaching Machines to Learn

Facebook Teaching Machines to Learn

In Wired: It is interesting how companies are deciding to play in the machine learning Artificial Intelligence space.   On cursory examination Facebook seems to be the least intelligent user interface and model of interaction…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

A Nine Minute Revolution

A Nine Minute Revolution

Last year I showed my programming students the nine minute version of the video Code.org created and we talked about what they thought and if anything surprised them. It was a fairly productive conversation but I didn't feel …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Twitter Recommendations for CS Educators

Twitter Recommendations for CS Educators

Some time ago I wrote a post on top CS education people to follow on Twitter. It was very objective as I took the people on my CS Educator Twitter list and ranked them all by Klout score. It was an unsatisfying experience because…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobile Apps from Linkedin

New Mobile Apps from Linkedin

Linkedin has done some creative things that leverage their considerable database.  Here are some new Apps.  Back to credibility again.   And emphasizing mobile. " ... LinkedIn Intro could enable a new level of credibility for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Butterflies for IT Management

Butterflies for IT Management

Another old idea come around again.  Can you use it for IT management?  Perhaps in a theoretical sense, but I am skeptical about its predictive power.  " ...  So far so good — but is it enough? Do we have enough of theoretical…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

We need more than spam filters: we need bona fide assistants!

We need more than spam filters: we need bona fide assistants!

I don’t know how other professionals behave, but if you email a researcher at 11pm or even 2am, there is a good chance he will get back to you within two minutes. Many of them are workaholic, at least as far as email goes. According…