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September 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bob Herbold's New Book and Blog

Bob Herbold's New Book and Blog

I have noted this before, but my boss at Procter & Gamble, Bob Herbold,  was our SVP and later spent seven years as the Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft.    He has a blog and has just published a book called:  What's Holding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Mining Health Problems

Data Mining Health Problems

As we gather more data about health conditions, it is natural to look at the relationship over time between these sensory readings and conditions.   And also the connection between seemingly unrelated conditions. The basic idea…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphone Based Brain Scanning

Smartphone Based Brain Scanning

Another interesting sensory application: " A team of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have developed a portable EEG system powered by a Nokia N900 smartphone. In addition to the phone, the portable EEG…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

This month’s


From Schneier on Security

Making Fake ATMs Using 3D Printers

Making Fake ATMs Using 3D Printers

One group stole $400K.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When Fish Fly

When Fish Fly

How excited am I about the Partners in Learning Global Forum? I


From Wild WebMink

Think Before You Give!

Think Before You Give!

Should You Donate To Open Source Projects? Donating money to your favourite open source project may not be the first thing you should do. Support the sources of income for the co-developers first. Read more on ComputerWorldUK……


From My Biased Coin

Set Competition

Set Competition

As an applied probability exercise, I had my class compute empirically the probability of a game failing on the nth round for the game of Set.  (See my previous post about this;  here failure means there's no set on the nth round…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Games as a Great Starting Point

Games as a Great Starting Point

I'm always looking for new ways to start off my computer science and robotics classes. It used to be that every intro class started off with a "Hello World" program. It was the quickest way to have students see a result on …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tablets Likely to Come Out After Dark

Tablets Likely to Come Out After Dark

New statistics reported on tablet use.   I would agree, I often use tablets as a 'second screen' as an auxiliary information device for TV or Radio.  Can that fact be used to leverage new methods of marketing?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation by Embracing Failure

Innovation by Embracing Failure

In the WSJ:   A friend sends me a good article on how companies are addressing risk aversion in edgy economic times.  Includes mention of outright rewards for disclosed failure by Gray Advertising and Procter & Gamble's Future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Analytics for Legacy BI

Text Analytics for Legacy BI

Always interesting Doug Lautzenheiser discusses in his business intelligence blog the use of text analytics techniques to search code libraries in enterprises for modernizing their function.  A novel approach that can greatly…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When Fish Fly

When Fish Fly

How excited am I about the Partners in Learning Global Forum? I’m seriously thinking of taking vacation days and paying my own way to Washington DC to see if I can “crash” it. I had a great time and learned a lot judging theInnovative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hotels Becoming More Social

Hotels Becoming More Social

As frequent travelers we participated in brainstorming sessions for several large hotel chains five years ago.   We leveraged our expertise in in-context innovation to help.  Part of what we proposed then was a 'social module'…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Will Gaming and Advertising Overlap?

How Will Gaming and Advertising Overlap?

A response by two young CEOs in FastCompany.  It has become a point of contention recently. My answer:  In a way that they will produce value for companies.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Researchers Among Presidential Early Career Awardees

Computing Researchers Among Presidential Early Career Awardees

Yesterday, the White House named


From Schneier on Security

Problems with Mac OS X Lion Passwords

Problems with Mac OS X Lion Passwords

Seems like some dumb mistakes.

News article.


From Putting People First

Low2No Camp: entrepreneurial ideas to activate Low2No vision

Low2No Camp: entrepreneurial ideas to activate Low2No vision

Article by Experientia collaborator Irene Cassarino, with additional input from Jan-Christoph Zoels.   How do you create community services and business models for a carbon neutral building block before the buildings stand? Thirty…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Robotics @ Home Competition

Robotics @ Home Competition

The Microsoft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots 


From Putting People First

From mass consumerism to mass change: Hope for sustainable consumption

From mass consumerism to mass change: Hope for sustainable consumption

In an article for Shareable, Caren Holzman presents trends that signal “a reversal in the way that consumers value and use products and services”: “A global culture of consumerism has firmly taken hold


From Putting People First

Invigorating education with technology

Invigorating education with technology

Techcrunch reports on a recent set of rapid-fire presentations from Imagine K12, an incubator for education-related startups. On the one hand, the innovation taking place in the educational world is fascinating and possibly greatly…


From Putting People First

The end of motoring

The end of motoring

Highly recommended read in The Guardian on the end of the golden age of motoring (or for non-Brits: car travel): “The most radical change [according to German entrepreneur Stefan Liske] is that “in big societies, there is a huge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interdisciplinary Computing

Interdisciplinary Computing

Lisa C. Kaczmarczyk  writes the Interdisciplinary computing blog.  I have mentioned this effort before,  but have just revisited it before meeting with her.   The concept is important, but often forgotten. She writes" ... I am…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Data Mining for Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge

Data Mining for Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Karsten


From The Eponymous Pickle

My Apps Floweth Over

My Apps Floweth Over

I have noticed it happen.  Every possible publication, newsletter, alert, actual application, search notification, political group, neighborhood group, conference, NGO, charitable group  and game now has its own App.  I downloaded…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics

TDWI report on big data analytics.  " ... Big data analytics is the intersection of two technical entities that have come together. First, there


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brandwashed Review

Brandwashed Review

Good balanced review of Martin Lindstrom's just published Brandwashed book. Emphasizes Lindstrom's insider view of the marketing world.   I have mentioned his book here a number of times, including some example videos.  Good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Launching a New Product on Facebook

Launching a New Product on Facebook

In Mashable:   Good piece on using Facebook commercially.  I have my doubts that it has a great influence specifically  in new product launches.  But where ever millions of people gather, marketers should be there as well.  Certainly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ZuluTime and Shopper Location

ZuluTime and Shopper Location

More on what the location based interaction innovator Zulutime is doing in retail.      I am continuing to follow their work and will post my findings here. " ... The ZuluTime


From Computational Complexity

Moneyball

I saw Moneyball over the weekend. This movie gives a fictionalized account of the how the general manager of the 2002 Oakland A's used the right kind of statistics to build a strong team with a low budget. This article on the…