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February 2009


From Putting People First

Open source and mobile banking

Open source and mobile banking

After coming home from the Mobile World Congress, Mark Pickens, a microfinance analyst with CGAP


From Putting People First

The three layers of handhelds user experience

The three layers of handhelds user experience

Christian Lindholm, a partner and director at Fjord, argues that there are three layers in handhelds user experience: “The highest level I call Bling (this is because, it caters to the visual senses) it contains the visuals,…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

If you could only write one more research paper

If you could only write one more research paper

Many years ago, I read the following piece of wisdom:

If you had only one year left to live, what would you do differently? What are you waiting for to make these changes, now?

Let me propose a variant for researchers:

If…


From CSDiary

Art and Code

Art and Code

I was planning to wait another week before blogging about this, but it looks like things are starting to fill up, so… On March 7-9, Carnegie Mellon will be hosting the ART AND CODE symposium, which is described as “a symposium…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Where Are All the High School Computer Science Students?

Where Are All the High School Computer Science Students?

I recently had a discussion with a professor from Virginia Tech on why can't we recruit more students for Computer Science majors at the university level, why can't we get women or minority students, and what can be done to turn…


From insideHPC

The Inquirer Interviews Khronos

The Inquirer Interviews Khronos

The Inquirer has posted a quick interview with the Khronos Group president, Neil Trevett.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engineering Education

Engineering Education

Gary Wnek points out that David E Goldberg has posted an excellent detailed slide show: What Engineers Don't Learn and Why They Don't Learn it. Part of the Ifoundry project, a project for innovation in engineering education.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmenting Reality : Cellphones and Models

Augmenting Reality : Cellphones and Models

The NYTimes has an article: The Cellphone, Navigating Our Lives talks about the concept of augmenting reality. Specifically about new cellphone interfaces that can paint data on top of images around them ... Linking together…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Private Label Winning

Private Label Winning

In AdAge: Private Label Winning Battle of BrandsMarketers Face Moment of Truth As Retailers' Lines Soar to Historic Sales High ... Package-goods brands face their greatest crisis and strongest threat from private label since…


From Wild WebMink

"Because our copyrights are worth more than your human rights"

"Because our copyrights are worth more than your human rights"

Monday is the last day of the internet blackout campaign organised and in support of it I have blacked out my avatars on Twitter and Facebook as well as on this page. Why? It's to appeal a very badly thought-out law that's been…


From insideHPC

CTR

CTR

Computer Technology Review published its list of the top 5 trends it expects in HPC throughout 2009. Here is the (abbreviated) list

HPC is becoming more mainstream. Green IT initiatives are getting real. Cloud computing/software…


From CSDiary

Thinking About Computational Thinking

Thinking About Computational Thinking

What is “computational thinking”? I think I first heard Jeannette Wing use the term back around the time that the Internet bubble burst, and of course we’ve become accustomed to using it ever since. A couple of years ago, the…


From insideHPC

Feldman revisits the memory wall, takes family

Feldman revisits the memory wall, takes family

Last week HPCwire’s editor Michael Feldman commented on the memory wall, and what may lie on the horizon for HPC The Nehalem processors, though, should provide some relief — if temporarily. The soon-to-be-released quad-core EP…


From insideHPC

AMD demos working Istanbul 6-socket

AMD demos working Istanbul 6-socket

Report at The Tech Report from Friday detailing a preview of working silicon for AMD’s new six-core Opteron, the chip that AMD hopes will stave off Intel’s forthcoming Nehalem Xeons. The chip is codenamed “Istanbul” Istanbul…


From insideHPC

HyperTransport group

HyperTransport group

Last week HPCwire ran this press release from the Hypertransport Group, released during their annual pow wow. Pretty standard stuff, except for the way this one reads Believing that the economic downturn makes computing technology…


From insideHPC

Intel aims tweaked servers at cloud

Intel aims tweaked servers at cloud

From a story at the UK’s TechWorld we learned last week that Intel is tweaking its Nehalem implementation to be more attractive to “cloud” installations Intel is developing a new motherboard, designed for servers used in cloud…


From Putting People First

Nokia Siemens Network going for

Nokia Siemens Network going for

The Nokia Siemens Network website and its forum site “Unite” contain a wealth of valuable articles and background papers:

A huge amount of articles and whitepapers on basic internet access for the ‘next billion’ customers (see…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sketchory

Sketchory

For bloggers and others that might need sketched images: Sketchory. Here described in more detail. 250,000 images available under creative commons license. You can copy or embed, even for commercial purposes. Even includes…


From Wild WebMink

Spot On

Spot On

Best summary of the New Zealand Blackout that I've seen:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Advertising

Future of Advertising

Good post covering advertising and marketing futures. In particular this covers aspects of how social networks will change the marketing future. Slides and sound are one page down on the post. By John V. Willshire. From the…


From Putting People First

The Internet of Things in 2020

The Internet of Things in 2020

In February 2008, the European Commission and an European industry working group (EPoSS) held a workshop on the Internet of Things, involving more than 80 experts from universities, research centres and private companies such…


From Wild WebMink

Sunday's Link Roundup

Sunday's Link Roundup

Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police US Republicans declare war on DHCP (not sure they realise that, mind you). What's with all these attempts to outlaw normal use of the internet? Where are they coming from? I never…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text to Speech Illegal?

Text to Speech Illegal?

Reading James Boyle's The Public Domain(review) has alerted me to copyright issues. The new Kindle has a text-to-speech capability that reads book text to you. Now the Authors Guild is saying that the reading of a text byillegal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Planning Long-Term Growth

Planning Long-Term Growth

Change and GrowthSure, consumer spending is down and costs are up. But this is a company that is plotting where to build its production plants through 2015, not fretting over oil prices in 2009.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Updating the Library

Updating the Library

I visit our local library about twice a week. To get books I have transferred from branches and to browse. Today I watched as a librarian carefully helped a patron figure out how to use a terminal to access their system, do…


From CSDiary

A Comment on the NY Times

A Comment on the NY Times

Last week, the New York Times published an article by John Markoff, entitled, “Do We Need a New Internet?” I’ve written a brief commentary about this for the CCC blog.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

Last week the New York Times printed an article by John Markoff entitled, Do We Need a New Internet? In the article, Markoff states, “…there is a growing belief among engineers and security experts that Internet security and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Economy Engineering and Design

New Economy Engineering and Design

Am considering the New Economy Engineer. Interesting new site. Also in the same domain: The Entrepreneurial Engineer. Worlds can be engineered as well as designed, a careful balance of both works well. I fear we are swinging…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Looking for Research Participants

Looking for Research Participants

As the chair of CSTA's Professional Development Committee, I recently received a request from Mara Saeli, a PhD student at the University of Eindhoven (in the Netherlands), who is seeking some experienced CS teachers to participate…


From CERIAS Blog

Bad JavaScript, no CVE for you!

Bad JavaScript, no CVE for you!

I'm flabbergasted to see Adobe release an advisory for a critical issue, using everything (BID & a "Vulnerability identifier") but a CVE identifier. I'm not surprised either that JavaScript support in Acrobat was involved in…