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March 2009


From Springenwerk Blog

WWDC 2009 - Got My Ticket

This year, Apple has waited excruciatingly long to announce the dates for their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Last year they announced the dates on March 13th, 2 weeks earlier. Anyway, yesterday the dates were…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

My Day at the Library of Congress

My Day at the Library of Congress

A contribution from Susan Graham, the Pehong Chen Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and co-chair of the CCC Council: I


From insideHPC

LONI Gains 4.77 Tflops With

LONI Gains 4.77 Tflops With

The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative [LONI], today announced that it has gained an additional 4.77 Tflop of computational capacity with its latest supercomputer install.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Click on Image

Click on Image

An interesting new startup that combines crowdsourcing with the ability to click on pictures within images to order products.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blog Typology Analysis

Blog Typology Analysis

Archetype analyze a blog. This blog is classified as INTJ (Introversion, Intuitive, Thinking, Judgemental), not surprising, a classic Jungian-based Myers-Briggs typology. Though I never heard these called archetypes. In the…


From insideHPC

CERN and Argonne use science clouds for

CERN and Argonne use science clouds for

Their phrase, not mine…here, I’ll prove it. From the release A novel system is enabling high energy physicists at CERN in Switzerland, to make production runs that integrate their existing pool of distributed computers with dynamic…


From insideHPC

9 operating systems that time

9 operating systems that time

Matt Lake, waxes nostalgic at Computerworld and remembers 10 operating systems from the halcyon days of yore (that’s right, I said “yore”). You’re not really supposed to love an operating system. It’s like your car’s hydraulic…


From insideHPC

IBM shifts 5,000 US jobs overseas

IBM shifts 5,000 US jobs overseas

This is reported in several places, but I’ll link you to John Oates at The Register. According to the story IBM is cutting 5,000 jobs today, mostly in the US and mostly from its services division. Big Blue’s services division…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA:

NVIDIA:

At the beginning of March I pointed to a story in which Michael Hara, SVP of Investor Relations for NVIDIA, was quoted saying that it would “make sense” for NVIDIA to start developing its own x86 platform. Odd for an investory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Profile Update

Profile Update

I just updated my Linkedin Profile, including a new recommendation. As part of some of my previous work I maintain a presence in a number of social networking sites, but Linkedin is the only place where I maintain an up-to-date…


From insideHPC

Linux on Wall

Linux on Wall

Doug over at ClusterMonkey has a post today on the upcoming Linux on Wall Street event If you are in the North Jersey/New York/Connecticut (and even Pennsylvania) area put an X on April 6th, 2009. That is when the 7th annual…


From insideHPC

ScalableInformatics intros GPU+Cell

ScalableInformatics intros GPU+Cell

Michigan-based HPC storage and compute provider ScalableInformatics announced today that they are now offering IBM’s Cell in their Tesla-based workstations The Pegasus-GPU+Cell is the first-to-market product offering both GPU…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson

Good NYT mag piece on my long time, very iconoclastic hero, physicist Freeman Dyson. His WP article is also a good summary.


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Version of the Truth in Business Intelligence

One Version of the Truth in Business Intelligence

From eCommerce Times:" ... After spending lots of time and money on business intelligence reporting and analysis, many companies often find themselves with multiple versions of "the truth" and seemingly few ways to tell which…


From Putting People First

Pay by cellphone? Sounds great. So why don

Pay by cellphone? Sounds great. So why don

Fast Company’s Chris Dannen reflects on why Americans don’t use mobile banking. “Obopay is an payment system that works on your cell phone–kind of like a mobile PayPal. The service is cheap, easy to use, and fantastically convenient…


From Putting People First

How networks of trust can unlock innovation

How networks of trust can unlock innovation

Informal networks are the links and exchanges that bind people together, explains Dr Karen Stephenson, a corporate anthropologist and an expert on social networks in business. She describes the challenge of creating a new transparent…


From Putting People First

How Innovations From Developing Nations Trickle-up to the West

How Innovations From Developing Nations Trickle-up to the West

More than a month before Business Week published an article about ‘trickle-up innovation’ (that I reported on earlier this week), Fast Company had already delved into the issue of how innovation now trickles up from emerging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Charmin Social Network: Sit and Squat.

Charmin Social Network: Sit and Squat.

From AdAge. Clever idea. Also interesting is that this is described as a wiki."Charmin social network finds and rates bathroomsSitOrSquat.com, a mobile social-networking utility by Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand, locates…


From Wild WebMink

Document Freedom Day 2009

Document Freedom Day 2009

Today is Document Freedom Day, the second year it's been celebrated. We have a great opportunity in front of us this year. With Microsoft promising to support ODF any day now in their latest office suite (and with the ODF …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Motionx by Fullpower

Motionx by Fullpower

I recently posted about the Fullpower Motionx GPS application. I just took a look at their site and saw this page about a number of applications they are concentrating on for cellphones. A nice set of sensor goals. And much…


From Wild WebMink

Link Catchup on March 25th

Link Catchup on March 25th

Apologies for the break in transmissions; the calendar has been completely full for the last week or so. Obama's Gift To British Prime Minister Rendered Useless By DRM We need many, many more incidents like this to highlightSacramento…


From insideHPC

Site facelift, beware falling

Site facelift, beware falling

Thanks to Joe over at scalability.org, we didn’t have any more site issues this morning. Hopefully, things will stabilize now. But just to maximize chances that they don’t, I’ve just completed development on a tweak of the site…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Why We Need a "Voice"

Why We Need a "Voice"

The CSTA publication is called


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Open Access Policy

MIT Open Access Policy

MIT is backing an open access policy to make all papers authored by its students and faculty free and openly accessible on the Web. They say this will move control of scientific knowledge from publishers to academics. And access…


From insideHPC

Red Bull Employs Platform Computing Technology for 2009 Race

Red Bull Employs Platform Computing Technology for 2009 Race

The Red Bull Racing Formula One team has recently employed the help of Platform Computing to assist in managing its HPC loads for the 2009 race season.


From insideHPC

Novell Ships SLES

Novell Ships SLES

Novell, today, announced the official release of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform version 11.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - March 2008 (Vol. 52, No. 3)

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - March 2008 (Vol. 52, No. 3)

This post will be the first in a monthly series to highlight policy-relevant articles in ACM's flagship publication, Communications of the ACM (CACM). There is a new website for CACM, http://cacm.acm.org, where you can access…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nurturing Good Ideas at Unilever

Nurturing Good Ideas at Unilever

Its not just about finding new ideas, its about nurturing them. It is about connect and develop. An abstract about an article in the HBR about how consumer product giant Unilever does it. I don't yet have the full article.…


From CERIAS Blog

CERIAS Symposium on Twitter

CERIAS Symposium on Twitter

A quick note as we’re getting started: we’ll be live-tweeting events at the 10th Annual CERIAS Information Security Symposium on the @cerias account. If you’ll be tweeting along with us, we encourage you to use the #cerias tag…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Machine Intelligence

Future of Machine Intelligence

A report on the future of machine intelligence. What is now being called AGI ... artificial general intelligence. Contrary to what has been called narrow AI, which seeks to solve specific problems. Narrow AI is out there today…