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May 2009


From Putting People First

Vodafone

Vodafone

Stephen Wolak, the brain behind Vodafone’s Betavine community, has launched a new social change community “where we look at how mobile technology and mobile services can bring about positive social change, particularly in developing…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-28

links for 2009-05-28

Fascinating overview of the challenges deciphering ancient languages. At least there's no DRM or obsolete media to overcome.
(tags: Language…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

White House To Try Online Brainstorming for Open Government

White House To Try Online Brainstorming for Open Government

One of the earliest official actions of the Obama Administration was to issue a memorandum requesting a set of recommendations to inform an Open Government Directive. USACM has expressed interest in technical principles and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free vs Good

Free vs Good

Have just become involved in the early setup days of another start up. A virtual start up where many folks will be widely distributed and often traveling. The discussions of what software and services to use are interesting…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Make your research papers easy to skim

Make your research papers easy to skim

Claus Metzner asked us how often we read research papers in detail. He reads fully less than 1% of all research papers he comes across. This must be true of nearly everyone. We read a few titles, fewer abstracts, even fewer introductions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WolframAlpha's Terms of Use

WolframAlpha's Terms of Use

Examining WolframAlpha's terms of service. Its a computational service, not a search engine. So the implications for use are different.


From Putting People First

Nokia

Nokia

Nokia Conversations is reporting on a rare behind-closed-doors Nokia design event dubbed The Inside Story. According to a first post, Alastair Curtis, Head of Design at Nokia, shared the design insight that your mobile is becoming…


From Putting People First

The changing TV experience

The changing TV experience

Consumer Electronics 3.0 is the name Intel has chosen for a new concept of seamless integration of internet and television. The CE 3.0 website is rich in content, but more than that, it exemplifies the relevance of a user-centred…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Education Policy Hill Briefing Highlights Computer Science Education

Education Policy Hill Briefing Highlights Computer Science Education

A Hill briefing co-sponsored by the ACM Education Policy Committee, with the support of the House STEM Education Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus covered the challenges and successes of computer science education at…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-27

links for 2009-05-27

Well worth reading this commentary from the sort of professional Cheney claims to be speaking for.


From The Noisy Channel

Topsy: Tippling the Stream of Conversations

Topsy: Tippling the Stream of Conversations

Cited as “amazing” by the master of hype, TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, it’s…Topsy: “The first index is based exclusively on Twitter statuses and the wonderful people who write them.” Apparently they have been in stealth mode…


From The Noisy Channel

Topsy: Tippling the Stream of Conversations

Topsy: Tippling the Stream of Conversations

Cited as “amazing” by the master of hype, TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, it’s…Topsy: “The first index is based exclusively on Twitter statuses and the wonderful people who write them.” Apparently they have been in stealth mode…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FAST Interns

FAST Interns

In 1997 Pete Blackshaw (Now exec VP at Nielsen) created an internship program call FAST at P&G which provided a means for interns to communicate directly with top executives about the company's strategic needs. At that timeAn…


From Apophenia

when teachers and students connect outside school

when teachers and students connect outside school

In my last entry, I made a comment about the value of "cool" teachers interacting with students on social network sites. I received some push-back from non-educators. Most of the concerns revolved around teachers' ethics and…


From Putting People First

Selling user experience

Selling user experience

Daniel Szuc is a principal consultant at a Apogee Usability Asia Ltd, based in Hong Kong, and previously worked on a usability team for Telstra Australia. When he moved to Hong Kong in 1998, he went about looking for jobs in…


From Putting People First

Is design the preeminent protagonist in user experience?

Is design the preeminent protagonist in user experience?

The latest issue of Ubiquity, a web-based publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), contains a fascinating account by Phillip Tobias on the emerging design principles that will generate a positive user experience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligence Blog

Intelligence Blog

Former compatriot and correspondent, now co-entrepreneur and my small business consultant, Stan Dyck now has a blog. He is a very good researcher and writer. In his first post he tells us about himself, why he decided to leave…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

Hurray! It's over! Another school year in the books. AP and IB testing are complete. Final exams are submitted, printed and ready to administer. It's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy life!

Wait, not so fast you say. …


From The Noisy Channel

NYT Appoints a

NYT Appoints a

What’s a social media editor? I have no idea, but the New York Times now has one! As reported in ReadWriteWeb, paidContent.org, and of course Valleywag, the paper of record has appointed Jennifer Preston, former editor of the…


From The Noisy Channel

NYT Appoints a

NYT Appoints a

What’s a social media editor? I have no idea, but the New York Times now has one! As reported in ReadWriteWeb, paidContent.org, and of course Valleywag, the paper of record has appointed Jennifer Preston, former editor of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing for Nice People

Marketing for Nice People

Pamela Slim writes about Marketing for Nice People. ' ... it is incredibly difficult to strike a perfect balance between sharing information openly, without a tremendous amount of hype, and at the same time, using ethical means…


From Putting People First

President of Icann about the net

President of Icann about the net

Dr Paul Twomey, president of the internet admin body Icann, talks about the net’s potential for change. “The mobile global internet is growing quickly to connect billions of people, devices and things. It offers much greater…


From Putting People First

Hi-tech aims to improve lifestyle

Hi-tech aims to improve lifestyle

BBC technology correspondent Mark Ward reports on a research project that uses Facebook, mobile phones, and energy meters to nudge people into living healthier lives. “The three-year project will see how people react when data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter CIO On Top 50 List

Procter CIO On Top 50 List

Worked with a number of Procter CIOs. It is a near tradition that they make the Informationweek top 50 list. Filippo Passerini is the latest, having now been there for five years now. Besides the usual issues of dealing with…


From Putting People First

You

You

Steve Calde, a principal design consultant at Cooper, writes in Cooper Journal on the implications of designing for first time use. “A person is a first-time user exactly once (and in the case of the infusion pump, because of…


From Putting People First

Reflecting on everyware, the era of ubiquitous computing

Reflecting on everyware, the era of ubiquitous computing

Joe Lamantia, experience architect and strategist at MediaCatalyst, has recently been writing a column for UXmatters. Entitled “Everyware - designing for the ubiquitous experience,


From Putting People First

The lamp posts on Brick Lane

The lamp posts on Brick Lane

Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure and a self-proclaimed proponent of the Slow Movement, is the writer of the latest contribution to Vodafone’s Receiver magazine. In his piece, Honoré argues that in a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Branding Means Better Search?

Branding Means Better Search?

Intriguing article about Microsoft's new search engine, provisionally called 'Bing'. Have not seen it or tried it. Regardless if it is better, they believe that Microsoft cannot beat Google by producing a better search, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Laptop per Child Vision

One Laptop per Child Vision

I see that the article below, from the CACM, is now available in full text. Good update. Followed this from within the enterprise since 2005, hoping we could participate: One Laptop Per Child: Vision vs. Reality The vision is…


From Putting People First

Focusing design solutions on social problems

Focusing design solutions on social problems

Alice Rawsthorn of The New York Times has published an article on social design and service innovation: “When Ritt Bjerregaard became lord mayor of the city of Copenhagen in 2006, she was astonished to discover how many working…