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March 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Badge Networking

RFID Badge Networking

Wizard Studios CEO C. Russell Brumfield, who we hosted at the innovation center for scent marketing methods,  is marketing a new people communications device for meetings, reunions and even the singles market.  Seetheir site


From Wild WebMink

? Futures

? Futures

Why I Left Rackspace and What About Openstack I’m still a fan of OpenStack but Rick’s evaluation worries me. I hope there’s someone still at NASA or rackspace that understands that the point about trading control for influence…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

US Imagine Cup People

US Imagine Cup People

The Imagine Cup is the premier student technology competition in he world. Yeah, I get excited about it. The US finalists in the Software Design Invitational and the Game Design competition (two categories there) and been selected…


From Schneier on Security

Threats vs. Vulnerabilities

Threats vs. Vulnerabilities

I found this article on the difference between threats and vulnerabilities to be very interesting. I like his taxonomy.


From Putting People First

Experientia partner on EDF Sustainable Design Challenge jury

Experientia partner on EDF Sustainable Design Challenge jury

Experientia partner Mark Vanderbeeken has been invited to be a member of the technical committee for the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge: Changing energy together for better living. The technical committee will analyse the submitted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Latitude Gets Checkin/Out

Google Latitude Gets Checkin/Out

The Google mobile application for the Android and now for the IPhone called Latitude allows you to share information about you and any group on the Web.  Had always thought it would be good for mobile service and work groups. …


From Wild WebMink

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From The Eponymous Pickle

Physics of a Flower's Bloom

Physics of a Flower's Bloom

Mathematicians build a model of flowers' blooming.  An unexpected and magical thing.   I hope this kind of modeling has other applications.  Surely it must have.  " ... Not content to just watch flowers dance in the breeze, Harvard…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Patty Azzarello on Succeeding While Loving Life

Patty Azzarello on Succeeding While Loving Life

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI for short) Board of Advisers meeting last week was really inspirational.  On the morning of the second day, we were treated to a talk by Patty Azzarello based on her newRise…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - December 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 12)

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - December 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 12)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the December issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next.…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Object Oriented Programming is Dead

Object Oriented Programming is Dead

OK perhaps not dead but Robert Harper, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, says(Teaching FP to freshmen) that object oriented programming and design is


From Wild WebMink

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From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Open Networking Foundation Announced

Open Networking Foundation Announced

Nearly two dozen IT companies are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fibonnaci Investments

Fibonnaci Investments

Good piece on the the use of Fibonacci technical analysis in the investment world.  Also a good explanation of Fibonacci numbers and their relationship to concepts like the golden ratio.  I have never used Fibonacci  as an investment…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Calling for Challenges & Visions Sessions

CCC Calling for Challenges & Visions Sessions

As we’ve previously blogged here, the CCC has sponsored three Challenges & Visions Sessions at computing research conferences over the past year, seeking to give time and attention to “wacky ideas” that may not otherwise make…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design Principles for Visual Communications

Design Principles for Visual Communications

In the ACM:  Design Principles for Visual Communication: How to identify, instantiate, and evaluate domain-specific design principles for creating more effective visualizations. Good, detailed exploratory piece.


From The Eponymous Pickle

ScanBuy at Home Depot

ScanBuy at Home Depot

Do it yourself stores have a particular challenge, they often need to train shoppers in the use of many products that they might buy at a store for the first time.  Sometimes called 'extended packaging', the idea is to link a…


From Wild WebMink

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LibreOffice 3.3.2 is now available,


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LibreOffice 3.3.2 is now available,


From Schneier on Security

Folk Models in Home Computer Security

Folk Models in Home Computer Security

This is a really interesting paper: "Folk Models of Home Computer Security," by Rick Wash. It was presented at SOUPS, the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, last year.

Abstract: Home computer systems are frequently …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Projects Using Arrays

Programming Projects Using Arrays

Not long ago someone posted a query to the AP CS list serve looking for projects that use arrays for them to use in their Visual basic programming course. The response was impressive. I decided to collect them all (with attribution…