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December 2012


From Apophenia

Dear Media, Back The F*** Off Newtown

Dear Media, Back The F*** Off Newtown

In late May – or maybe early June – of 1999, I ended up at a rave in a field on the outskirts of Denver. I was driving cross-country and I wasn’t thinking about our geography. Like many raves at the time, it was a mix of folks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Second Search

Google's Second Search

A telling view in Xconomy with considerable background information concerning Google's knowledge graph work.   Positioning it as a 'second brain', to avoid coming up empty in the context of a search.   Getting closer to at least…


From updated sporadically at best

Yes, I am a Minimalist.

Yes, I am a Minimalist.

My friends laugh at my “minimalism.” And I do not blame them.I like things. When I was younger, I aspired to own a Nalgene in every color. I have lost count of how many computers I have. Until recently, teenage girls loved…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Excellence Weekly

Innovation Excellence Weekly

Always some interesting posts, that they are now also publishing in a weekly format.   I have rarely contributed, and read it often.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decline of Manufacturing

Decline of Manufacturing

M J Perry on the decline of global manufacturing.  Is it something we should be concerned about?   I see his point, but there are things that will have to be manufactured to support our needs.


From Wild WebMink

The Princess And The Pea

The Princess And The Pea

The Princess And The Pea, originally uploaded by webmink. Because the internet is still for sharing cat pictures. And no, she could not tell if there was a pea or not – the other cat could though, which is why it wasn’t her sitting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First IBM Portable Advertisement

First IBM Portable Advertisement

Just two years after this computer was brought out, in 1979, we used the IBM 5120 with our CEO to test the idea of an executive information system.  The system delivered focused sales data and visualizations that helped planthe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics

In Computing Now:   An overview of what Microsoft is doing in the enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics,  its connection to Windows 8, interfaces and all of their enterprise offerings.  A look at the overall infrastructure and the investments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kurzweil Joins Google

Kurzweil Joins Google

The futurist proposer of the approach of an inevitable people-machine singularity, Ray Kurzweil, has joined Google as an employee.   In GigaOM.   Apparently to work on machine learning and language processing.      Given thethe…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant PVC Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant PVC Squid

Neat art project. Another link.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

An Update on Tracking My Time

An Update on Tracking My Time

You may recall back in September that I was bringing back time sheets to help myself manage my time between looking after my baby girl and doing schoolwork.  Now that a semester has passed, I can reflect on how that actuallyDon't…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

International Enrollment in US Computer Science Colleges

International Enrollment in US Computer Science Colleges

Are international students brilliant innovators that should catch a ride on the STEM and CS train in U.S. colleges?

I am Computer Science teacher in an American school in Latin America whose mission is to prepare students for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Persistence of Association

Persistence of Association

An interesting interaction between odor and sound in sleep.  Non conscious interaction between senses and the brain in contexts.    " ... Sleep appears to play a key role in helping the brain consolidate the memories it forms…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Engineers Search for Ways to Keep Microcircuits Cool

Computer Engineers Search for Ways to Keep Microcircuits Cool

A recent article in Nature, highlights a major challenge that computer engineers are facing. As the size of microcircuits decreases, the higher their temperature rises. They must now find new ways to keep the computer parts cool…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphones for Checkout Lines

Smartphones for Checkout Lines

QThru, another example of aisle checkout, here is described in Geekwire.   Another example of this general play, described here previously, is AisleBuyer.  Store check out line wait, often sited by shoppers as a problem,  and…


From Schneier on Security

Book Review: <i>Against Security</i>

Book Review: <i>Against Security</i>

Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger, by Harvey Molotch, Princeton University Press, 278 pages, $35

Security is both a feeling and a reality, and the two are different things…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engage With Superfans

Engage With Superfans

In Adage:    What seem like some good advice.  Engage with your super fans and help them go viral with two way communications.  Engage mavens and communicators.


From Apophenia

ICWSM-13, run by Emre Kiciman

ICWSM-13, run by Emre Kiciman

I’m pleased to announce that the CFP for ICWSM-13 is now live. In late October, it was announced that Ethan Zuckerman and I were running the conference. Due to communication failures and organizational disagreements, we stepped…


From Putting People First

Are the older generation getting tech-savvy?

Are the older generation getting tech-savvy?

BBC News has published a 5 minute video feature on Cambridge University’s Design Centre where they test how elderly people use technology. Must-have modern gadgets are designed by young people with young people in mind – that…


From Putting People First

McKinsey’s iConsumer Global Research Initiative

McKinsey’s iConsumer Global Research Initiative

Recent reports from McKinsey’s iConsumer Global Research Initiative: Moving from “mobile first” to “touch first” December 2012 (published on the EconomistGroup site) Already, more than a third of the time people spend web browsing…


From Schneier on Security

The History of Security Economics

The History of Security Economics

Ross Anderson recalls the history of security economics (presentation and paper.)


From Wild WebMink

MariaDB Foundation

MariaDB Foundation

I interviewed Monty Widenius and Andrew Katz about the new MariaDB Foundation. There’s more in my column for InfoWorld today.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Calling all US High School CS Teachers: Please give us your thoughts!

Calling all US High School CS Teachers: Please give us your thoughts!

You may be seeing this announcement on other blogs or websites. If so I apologize for the repetition. But I do believe this is an important project.

An important announcement from Baker Franke:

Right now a lot of importantI'm…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

When Less Is More

Claiming less may be a good idea Robert Browning was an English poet of world renown in the Victorian age. His fame rests mostly on his dramatic monologues, in which characters reveal indirectly much about themselves. Here you…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bar Code Inventor Dies

Bar Code Inventor Dies

I worked with identification technology technologies for years.  Bar codes were a simple solution to a simple problem with wide ranging, complex applications ... They are still of much value ...A colleague - correspondent writes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

App Economy

App Economy

Some fascinating statistics regarding the 'App Economy' and how it varies regionally.  Working with startups it is frequently the complaint that we could better programming and technology skills on the coasts rather than in Ohio…


From Wild WebMink

Dawn Tree

Dawn Tree

Dawn Tree, originally uploaded by webmink. One of the advantages of the irregular sleep patterns I’ve been experiencing lately post-travel is I get to see the early dawn sometimes. This was the view from the bedroom window this…


From Schneier on Security

The Internet in North Korea

The Internet in North Korea

How Internet censorship works in North Korea.


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP CFO on the Evolving Role of the CFO

SAP CFO on the Evolving Role of the CFO

At the recent CFO Dimensions conference in Chicago I was invited to interview a number of CFO participants for the CFO Intellectual Exchange Network (IXN). There I met Thack Brown, SVP and CFO of SAP Latin America.  He had participated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DunnHumby and BzzAgent Pulse

DunnHumby and BzzAgent Pulse

In AdAge:    Kroger and Unilever are among the pleased users.  Some good detail here:  " ... Pulse draws data not just from the million BzzAgents, but also from the Dunnhumby Continuous Panel, a group of 6 million households…

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