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July 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers

Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers

We always had the delighting rule drummed into us. This recent HBR piece takes a contrarian view and makes some excellent points. ' ... Two critical findings emerged that should affect every company


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Data Viz Tool

Microsoft Data Viz Tool

Something new, about to examine: Microsoft Debuts a Data Visualization toolMicrosoft has released a controller for its Silverlight multimedia software that can present dynamic visual summaries of large data sets in Web browsers…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-07-26

links for 2010-07-26

How Will You Measure Your Life? Worthwhile reading for a Monday from Clayton Christensen. (tags: Business Management Philosophy Zeitgeist) Good-bye, Sun Bryan Cantrill says his farewells but rehosts his blog promisingly at dtrace…


From Schneier on Security

Technology is Making Life Harder for Spies

Technology is Making Life Harder for Spies

An article from The Economist makes a point that I have been thinking about for a while: the modern technology makes life harder for spies, not easier. It used to be the technology favored spycraft -- think James Bond gadgets…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links July 26 2010

Interesting Links July 26 2010

I sure have been traveling a lot lately. I spent the early part of last week at Stevens Institute of Technology talking about user interface design and creating interactive web sites using Expression Web. There were about 30http…


From The Eponymous Pickle

About Apps

About Apps

In Design Mind, a short infographic-style piece on the current world of Apps, their history and current world. Instantly out of date, but some very useful and sometimes surprising (the best kind) of information.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wiki Writing

Wiki Writing

Still very interested in the subject of how knowledge can be effectively and collaboratively shared. There seems to have been less on the topic written lately. See also my posts about Zakta, another collaborative-expert approach…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Call Tomorrow

Cloud Call Tomorrow

Always interesing Jerry Michalski call tomorrow: (this page containing all rich links) ... I plan to be on the call. " ... If you're not fond of the term "Web 2.0," you may be itchy about "cloud computing" as well.The Cloud touches…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Summer Pleasure Reading

Summer Pleasure Reading

Just back from the beach. Part of my reading reading there: How Pleasure Works, The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. by Yale Prof Paul Bloom. The Amazon link has a 'look inside'. Great question for marketing and merchandising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Tests Item-Level RFID

Wal-Mart Tests Item-Level RFID

As early as 2000 we were positioning RFID tags to soon replace barcodes for item level identification. I gave presentations to many hundreds of innovation space visitors that featured this change in 3-5 years. It did not happen…


From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2010: Day 3 Industry Track Keynotes

SIGIR 2010: Day 3 Industry Track Keynotes

When I organized the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track last year, my goal was to meet the standard set by the CIKM 2008 Industry Event: a compelling set of presentations that would give researchers an opportunity to learn about the problems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Facebook Usage

Global Facebook Usage

An interactive Tableau map that represents global Facebook usage. From ReadwriteWeb.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Very Cheap Touch Computing

Very Cheap Touch Computing

Further move toward the commoditization of touch computing, a report of an approximate $35 touchscreen device from India. Like the $100 laptop, the ultimate availability of such systems is unclear. Or what it will include to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Gestural Interaction System

New Gestural Interaction System

In CACM: Note in particular the ability to support multiple users. " ... Fraunhofer FIT has developed a next generation touch system that enables users to interact with objects on a display without making physical contact. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Synthetic Organism Breakthrough

Synthetic Organism Breakthrough

A breakthrough in synthetic organism? The consequences?


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidbillies

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidbillies

Where do these TV shows come from?

Follows the adventures of the Cuylers, an impoverished and dysfunctional family of anthropomorphic, air-breathing, redneck squids who live in a rural Appalachian community in the US state of…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Mental Models: What's In Our Heads?

Mental Models: What's In Our Heads?

Yesterday I saw a video of Bj


From Schneier on Security

<i>The Washington Post</i> on the U.S. Intelligence Industry

<i>The Washington Post</i> on the U.S. Intelligence Industry

The Washington Post has published a phenomenal piece of investigative journalism: a long, detailed, and very interesting expose on the U.S. intelligence industry (overall website; parts 1, 2, and 3; blog; Washington reactions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Useful Science Rules in Context

Useful Science Rules in Context

In Language Log: A couple of 'rules of thumb' are repeated that I had heard of long ago that I have found to be useful. They were promoted by (legitimate) Nobel prize winner Arno Penzias. Note their semi contradictory nature:…


From Putting People First

Taking co-production into the mainstream

Taking co-production into the mainstream

The conventional public services delivery model does not address underlying problems that lead many to rely on public services and thus carries the seeds of its own demise, argue David Boyle, Anna Coote, Chris Sherwood and Julia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs

A light bulb drawn over someone's head signifies creativity. Is it also the case that a light bulb can increase creativity?


From Schneier on Security

Internet Worm Targets SCADA

Internet Worm Targets SCADA

Stuxnet is a new Internet worm that specifically targets Siemens WinCC SCADA systems: used to control production at industrial plants such as oil rigs, refineries, electronics production, and so on. The worm seems to uploads…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone Style Kiosk: Utiqueshop

IPhone Style Kiosk: Utiqueshop

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing a demonstration of an impressive and engaging wall-mounted kiosk from a company called Utiqueshop. Spoke to their CEO and Founder Mara Segal. When I was working in the enterprisea…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Buiness Intelligence Market Study

Buiness Intelligence Market Study

From Information Builders: Howard Dresner's extensive Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study.


From Computational Complexity

CRA Snowbird Part II

Considerable discussion about funding at CRA Snowbird. Ken Gabriel, Deputy Director of DARPA, talked about how DARPA is restructuring its programs to become more university-friendly. They've made great progress though there are…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-07-23

links for 2010-07-23

WS-I Transitions To OASIS In the debate about open standards at the Cloud Summit on Tuesday, one speaker argued powerfully that standards follow innovation rather than delivering it, an observation that those of us with involvement…


From My Biased Coin

"I Understood Your Talk"

"I Understood Your Talk"

Often, after I give a talk, the feedback I hear back is "I understood your whole talk," or something near that.  I take it as a compliment (although I don't think it's always meant that way). When I present a talk to systems…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching to the Test

Teaching to the Test

OK let me be clear upfront that I am not a big fan of the current Advanced Placement Computer Science exam. And it


From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2010: Day 2 Technical Sessions

SIGIR 2010: Day 2 Technical Sessions

On the second day of the SIGIR 2010 conference, I did start shuttling between sessions to attend particular talks. In the morning session, I attended three talks. The first, “Geometric Representations for Multiple Documents”…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Relationship Economy Expedition

Relationship Economy Expedition

Jerry Michalski talks about public and private side of the REXpedition: The relationship economy expedition. See the video. And at the REXpedition site.