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March 2009


From CERIAS Blog

This time, the Senate

This time, the Senate

On March 19, I had an opportunity to testify before the Senate Committee on on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The hearing was entitled Cybersecurity – Assessing Our Vulnerabilities and Developing An Effective Defense.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inside the Mind of the Shopper

Inside the Mind of the Shopper

Herb Sorensen has a book coming out in May: Inside the Mind of the Shopper: The Science of Retailing, from Wharton School Publishing. I am now reading it in preprint. Very good so far, covers lots of the domain we worked with…


From Putting People First

Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface

Jack Schofield of The Guardian has published a nice short story about the user experience of interacting with the Microsoft surface: “Microsoft was using a shallow pool as the “attract mode”, and the screen image looks and behaves…


From Putting People First

Seeing Tomorrow

Seeing Tomorrow

Adaptive Path organised a panel on service design yesterday. Panellists were Shelley Evenson (CMU), Robert Glushko (UC Berkeley), and Christi Zuber (Kaiser Permanente). No matter where the economy heads, one thing is certain:…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Mystic Arts of Emergency Informatics

The Mystic Arts of Emergency Informatics

Rescue Robots at the Cologne Germany Building Collapse I finished The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston just before the City Archives collapsed in Cologne, Germany, on March 3. I soon found myself at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ThinkVine Named Cool Vendor

ThinkVine Named Cool Vendor

Thinkvine, a local advanced analytics vendor that I have met with a number of times:Gartner Names ThinkVine 1 of 4


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Research productivity: some paths less travelled

Research productivity: some paths less travelled

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From Putting People First

Sensing context in mobile design

Sensing context in mobile design

Gabriel White, interaction design director at Punchcut in San Francisco, affirmed context as king in the design of mobile and location-aware computing at Australia’s 4 day Web Directions South conference in September last year…


From Putting People First

Tish Shute interviews Mike Kuniavsky on things as services

Tish Shute interviews Mike Kuniavsky on things as services

Tish Shute’s UgoTrade website is quickly becoming one of the prime sites in the field. In the last months she interviewed Andy Stanford-Clark (IBM Master Inventor), Robert Rice (CEO of Neogence), Usman Haque (architect and director…


From Putting People First

The future of shopping

The future of shopping

The monthly business magazine Cond


From Putting People First

The Economist on the end of the

The Economist on the end of the

The Economist argues that the demise of a popular but unsustainable business model now seems inevitable: The idea that you can give things away online, and hope that advertising revenue will somehow materialise later on, undoubtedly…


From Putting People First

Phone designers to improve reality

Phone designers to improve reality

Rik Myslewski of The Register reports on augmented reality on mobile devices: Future phones will recognize buildings and people by sight and replace reality with something better. They’ll also have roll-out HD displays. Or projectors…


From Putting People First

Good design at Metropolis

Good design at Metropolis

The March issue of Metropolis is focused on products with the theme of Good Design. Several articles are fitting quite well with the topic of this blog: What is good design? By Peter Hall The 20th-century definition of


From Putting People First

Google

Google

In a Q&A, user experience director Irene Au explains to Business Week how Google can manage design and consistency in its traditionally bottoms-up culture “As Google products proliferate beyond search, design decisions become…


From Putting People First

Social networking

Social networking

Two-thirds of the world


From Putting People First

Mobile phones: the silver bullet to bridge the digital divide?

Mobile phones: the silver bullet to bridge the digital divide?

In a long post Roxanna Samii reports on her blog on the role of the mobile phone in developing countries, and more in particular on the Gash Barka region in Eritrea. Read full story


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Educating NITRD

Educating NITRD

As far as obscure government acronyms go, NITRD is a pretty good one. It stands for the National Information Technology Research and Development program. This program cuts across numerous federal agencies to carry out and coordinate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Visualization Reinventing Online Storytelling

Data Visualization Reinventing Online Storytelling

Nice AdAge piece about the topic. I think that this can be taken further than just making data accessible, but also making it more valuable by making it interactive. Some Business Intelligence vendors are helping, but moreData…


From insideHPC

You

You

Hello everyone. We’ve been busy as beavers here at insideHPC HQ, and we’ve got a lot of things coming for you in the next few months. A facelift, some new content features, and other tweaks that I hope will make you rely on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and WPP Fund Neuromarketing Work

Google and WPP Fund Neuromarketing Work

The post includes other links and brings up ethical concerns. They have been working on eyetracking for years. Have seen impressive presentations on that work. " ... Among the research efforts given funds are projects that…


From BLOG@CACM

The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses

The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses

Why not teach introductory courses without programming?  Here are three good reasons to use programming to introduce computing.


From insideHPC

Fault tolerance workshop getting underway

Fault tolerance workshop getting underway

Dan Katz at Louisiana State University sent me a note this morning letting us know that the TeraGrid’s 2009 Fault Tolerance Workshop, “Fault Tolerance for Extreme-Scale Computing” started this morning in Albuquerque. From the…


From insideHPC

Sun sells new systems in Australia, billed as southern hemisphere

Sun sells new systems in Australia, billed as southern hemisphere

insideHPC’s man down under sent us a note today letting us know that winner in the competition for new supers at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian National University has been announced. From Australian…


From insideHPC

Platform Computing Announces New Cluster Management

Platform Computing Announces New Cluster Management

Platform Computing has announced the latest addition to its cluster management tool chain.


From insideHPC

University of Manitoba Announces HPC

University of Manitoba Announces HPC

The University of Manitoba has announced that they will build a new high performance computing facility.


From insideHPC

Rackable ready to run hot, innovates on power

Rackable ready to run hot, innovates on power

Rackable has announced a new scale out computing solution that runs at temps up to 104 degrees F, and moves to per-cabinet (instead of per-server or per-blade) power supplies. The CloudRack 2


From The Eponymous Pickle

Outline of Predictably Irrational

Outline of Predictably Irrational

An outline of Dan Ariely's book: Predictably Irrational, which I previously reviewed. Via the Noisy Channel. Nicely done.


From insideHPC

SC09 announces suite of focus

SC09 announces suite of focus

This week SC09 announced (warning, PDF) the focus areas for its technical program. This year the conference is placing special emphasis on biocomputing, sustainability, and the 3D internet


From insideHPC

Cray launches new XT5m midrange

Cray launches new XT5m midrange

At a workshop today co-hosted by Cray and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Cray announced a new midrange line of supercomputers based on its flagship petascale machine “The new Cray XT5m product…


From CSDiary

What Makes a Top-10 CS Department?

What Makes a Top-10 CS Department?

I’ve just returned from a visit to KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in Daejeon, South Korea. As far as “big government bets” go, KAIST has been an unabashed success. KAIST alumni dominate the upper…

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