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March 2009


From insideHPC

Andrews Corner: My Supercomputer Lied to

Andrews Corner: My Supercomputer Lied to

Andrew Jones has once again published his monthly insight into all things HPC on ZDNet UK.


From Putting People First

Microsoft Research publishes interviews with Bill Buxton and danah boyd

Microsoft Research publishes interviews with Bill Buxton and danah boyd

The website of Microsoft Research seemed to have been redesigned recently and contains some nice interviews: Buxton putting design into MIX Bill Buxton of Microsoft Research, who delivered a keynote address in Las Vegas on March…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Social Software

Social Software

A colleague of mine, S


From insideHPC

Twittering at

Twittering at

While I can maintain the pace, I’m going to do live tweets from the HPCC sessions today. Follow the stream at twitter.com/insidehpc. For more related articles visit www.HPCwire.com, the leading source of global news and information…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Sandy's Story - for Ada Lovelace DayGuest Blogger: Annemieke Craig, Deakin University, Australia

Sandy's Story - for Ada Lovelace DayGuest Blogger: Annemieke Craig, Deakin University, Australia

As indicated in Barbara


From BLOG@CACM

What Is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?

What Is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?

Someone may win the one million dollar Netflix Prize soon.  Will the winning algorithm produce movie recommendations that people like?


From insideHPC

Server

Server

We’re having troubles after the move to the new server. A couple times yesterday the website stopped responding, and since I was on airplanes the site typically went several hours down before I could fix it. I’ve got some insideHPC…


From Putting People First

Mobile phones and the BOP in Washington, DC

Mobile phones and the BOP in Washington, DC

The Washington Post reports on how homeless people in Washington DC use mobile phone, blogs and e-mail to stay on top of things. “Today, it’s not unusual for the homeless to whip out Nokia 6085 GoPhones (with optional Bluetooth…


From Putting People First

Award for user-friendly design of wireless multi-room music system

Award for user-friendly design of wireless multi-room music system

A few weeks ago the Sonos Multi-Room Music System, a wireless music system, which allows music-lovers to play all the music they want, was honoured with the international iF product design gold award 2009 because of its people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bloom Concierge Cart Technology

Bloom Concierge Cart Technology

From SupermarketNews, this was a device I looked at a few years ago called the Concierge cart from Springboard Networks. This appears to be the first actual implementation of their smart cart idea. I have followed a number of…


From insideHPC

Mellanox gives to make the world a better

Mellanox gives to make the world a better

Not directly HPC-related, but we support the charitable efforts of those in our community. Found at HPCwire today, news that Mellanox is giving $160,000 to fourteen charities and education programs: The charities include Arazim…


From insideHPC

Secretary Chu makes ready for $1.2B spending spree in

Secretary Chu makes ready for $1.2B spending spree in

Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu has announced plans to spend $1.2B of the $1.6B aimed at the DOE Office of Science by


From insideHPC

Ideas for improving computer science

Ideas for improving computer science

A post last week at the new (I think) ACM blog highlights how some of the ideas from a 2007 PCAST report on NITRD are being used by policy makers today to improve computer science education in the US

We outline four recommendations…


From insideHPC

Nagoya University Goes with

Nagoya University Goes with

Fujitsu Ltd. has announced that they have won a bid to provide the Information Technology Center at Nagoya University with a new supercomputer system.


From insideHPC

More on IBM+Sun from

More on IBM+Sun from

Joe Landman, who always brings a deep perspective to the business analysis of HPC goings on, commented yesterday on the latest news in the Sun/IBM possible merger. You should read the whole thing, but I found that this bit resonated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Site for the City

P&G Site for the City

P&G has launched a recruitment site, both for the company and the City of Cincinnati. Good idea for those out of the way Midwestern cities that I have come to love after a mere 31 years! Longest I have lived anywhere.


From insideHPC

ANSYS Exands HPC Capacity for Enhanced

ANSYS Exands HPC Capacity for Enhanced

ANSYS announced today that they have expanded their in-house HPC systems in order to optimize the product development process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Phone to Become Universal Remote

Smart Phone to Become Universal Remote

In the NYT: The Universal Remote Dormant in Your Smartphone . In the 80s I recall seeing people having stacks of remotes on their couch arms. Then these were replaced by the universal remote, still to be found in most stores…


From Springenwerk Blog

Passenger and Ruby Enterprise Edition on Solaris 10

I recently had the pleasure of setting up REE and Passenger on Solaris 10. I set the server up using the ibm_db gem for the IBM DB/2 database. I'm not covering this part in this tutorial and I also haven't replaced it with instructions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Primates on Facebook

Primates on Facebook

Somwhat dated from the Economist, just brought to our attention: " ... That Facebook, Twitter and other online social networks will increase the size of human social groups is an obvious hypothesis, given that they reduce a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Middle Way

The Middle Way

Colleague Barb Didrichsen has a blog called the Middle Way. She is an excellent writer.


From insideHPC

Can

Can

This just in from Cisco reader Jeff Squyres (hi Jeff!), news that the OpenFabrics Alliance will host the fifth-annual International Sonoma Workshop next week from March 22-25. See here for more info (PDF), or here to register…


From BLOG@CACM

Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows

Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows

The wavicle nature of our social existence provides a lens for understanding social filtering and its successes.  Still, this doesn't quite get us to truly effective information flow for the person.


From The Eponymous Pickle

J&J Marketing Unleashed

J&J Marketing Unleashed

I was just reminded of J&J Global VP Gary Bembridge's Marketing Unleashed Blog, still very active and interesting. He also has a Twitter presence.


From Putting People First

Experientia office on Google Street View

Experientia office on Google Street View


From insideHPC

IBM Scouring Sun Micro

IBM Scouring Sun Micro

Following our post last Wednesday on the rumor that IBM is holding talks to buy Sun Microsystems, the Wall Street Journal [print edition] has further confirmed the rumor.


From Putting People First

Dotmocracy: crowdsourcing, mashups, and social change [eBook]

Dotmocracy: crowdsourcing, mashups, and social change [eBook]

Dotmocracy: Crowdsourcing, Mashups, and Social Change by Lisa Campbell Free download As San Francisco braces itself to be the first major American city to not have a daily newspaper, the canary has sung as the death of print…


From insideHPC

Cisco

Cisco

Michael Feldman and I co-authored a piece last week at HPCwire on Cisco’s new Unified Computing Solution. A lot has been written about UCS in the trade press, and so Michael and I touch only briefly on the stuff everyone else…


From The Eponymous Pickle

PC in 2019: What's Next?

PC in 2019: What's Next?

I recent posted about the Sixth Sense projector plus gesture interface. Computerworld writes about this and what other things we might expect to develop in the next ten years. One interesting quote: " ..the PC of 2019 won't…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tribalization of Business

Tribalization of Business

Tribalization site and study. " ... Online communities are proliferating as companies look to harness the collective wisdom and ideas of their employees, customers, and other constituents in order to innovate faster, reduce…