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January 2009


From insideHPC

NPS Supercomputer

NPS Supercomputer

From the desk of Richard Hickey:

I had the pleasure of attending the dedication for the new HPC at the Naval Postgraduate school today.

NPS High Performance Computing Center Sun Microsystems Blade Supercomputer


From The Eponymous Pickle

Product Placement and Memory

Product Placement and Memory

Can a product placement delete your product from a consumer's memory? Martin Lindstrom video.


From Putting People First

35 Picnic conference videos

35 Picnic conference videos

On Vimeo you can find no less than 35 videos of the Picnic conference. They are great. My personal favourites (quite a few): Jim Stolze: The virtual happiness project “Virtual Happiness” is a research project that aims to provide…


From Putting People First

Dopplr designer Matt Jones on bionic noticing

Dopplr designer Matt Jones on bionic noticing

Reporting on PSFK’s Good Ideas Salon yesterday in London, Guardian writer Jemima Kiss highlights the presentation by Dopplr designer Matt Jones: He sees mobile as something of a super power device and described something he calls…


From Putting People First

W3C workshop on the future of social networking

W3C workshop on the future of social networking

A few weeks ago, W3C, the body in charge of global web standards directed by Tim Berners-Lee, organised a Workshop on the Future of Social Networking in Barcelona, with a high level goal of bringing together the world experts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kiss Me in 3D

Kiss Me in 3D

The huge startup of 3D media has begun. I picked up a strip of Intel 3-D glasses at the grocery store today, in front of a beer display. Just because they are Intel does not mean they are high tech. It is the same thing I…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Buy's CMO on Social Technology

Best Buy's CMO on Social Technology

Best Buy's CMO, Barry Judge, on video about how they plan to use social technologies. Also his personal site. And his Twitter feed.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Universities and the recession

Universities and the recession

Andre Vellino pointed me to this article: Will the recession affect higher education? Short answer: yes. Interesting bites:

If you think education has historically had a hard time competing for public dollars with health care…


From CERIAS Blog

Unsecured Economies, and Overly-secured Reports

Unsecured Economies, and Overly-secured Reports

The Report

Over the last few months, CERIAS faculty members Jackie Rees and Karthik Kannan have been busy analyzing data collected from IT executives around the world, and have been interviewing a variety of experts in cybercrime…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How to ask for a scholarship

How to ask for a scholarship

I have had some experience reviewing scholarship requests from graduate students. Here are a few pointers:

For God sake! Know why you are going to graduate school! Boring reasons include: learning more about your favorite field…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming: NeuroConnections in Cracow

Upcoming: NeuroConnections in Cracow

Site and blog: Neuro connections. Next week I am off to the Neuroconnections conference in Cracow, Poland. Will cover aspects of neuromarketing and beyond. I will be heading the Panel/Debate: Hopes & Threats of New Technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Side to Software Engineering

Human Side to Software Engineering

A Human side to software engineering?


From insideHPC

Download Rocks for Solaris10

Download Rocks for Solaris10

InsideHPC broke the news last October that the Rocks Cluster Toolkit guys were working on a port to the Solaris10 platform.


From insideHPC

Intel to discuss eight core Xeon at

Intel to discuss eight core Xeon at

Multicoreinfo.com points us to the folks at Macworld, who did a little digging in the International Solid-State Circuits Conference program, and finds news thatIntel will be talking about its 8 core chips Intel plans to detail…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Easy Word Clouds

Easy Word Clouds

Wordle is a free online system by Jonathan Feinberg that lets you generate word clouds from text sources. The cloud above is one generated from recent posts to this blog. The package has lots of interesting generation and…


From insideHPC

Cooling CPUs with

Cooling CPUs with

Multicoreinfo.com points us to a Computerworld piece on nano-fridges for cooling your chips With heat sinks and fans not up to the task of cooling the 100-degree-Celsius and greater chips, makers stopped trying to raise processor…


From insideHPC

Sun CEO says Rock on track for this

Sun CEO says Rock on track for this

Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Register reports this week on news that Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz is (publicly) confident that the company’s new Rock processor will finally appear this year. Sun confirmed in February of last year…


From insideHPC

QLogic announces Q3, posts

QLogic announces Q3, posts

And speaking of vendors and quarterly announcements, QLogic announced this week. Highlights from their release

Third Quarter Highlights Net revenue increased 4% from the comparable quarter last year to $163.7 million. Net income…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games

Serious Games

A toolkit for serious games.


From insideHPC

Mellanox announces Q4 and FY2008, posts

Mellanox announces Q4 and FY2008, posts

InfiniBand vendor Mellanox announced its Q4 and 2008 annual results this week. Their press release provides a handy list so that yours truly doesn’t have to do any, you know, thinking

Revenues were $25.2 million for Q4


From insideHPC

Looking inside Sun

Looking inside Sun

I do not own any significant Sun gear at all, other than in my archive storage system, so I think I’m pretty unbiased when I say that one thing I really appreciate about them is the fact that so much of the company blogs. It’s…


From insideHPC

QLogic builds support for IB channel partners in

QLogic builds support for IB channel partners in

Earlier this month QLogic announced a new program targeted at capitalizing on the increasing adoption of InfiniBand in HPC installations: The new SignatureHPC program is an extension of the company’s enterprise-class and award…


From CERIAS Blog

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

Yesterday and today I was reading repeated news stories about the pending bailout—much of it intended to prop up companies with failed business models and incompetent management. Also distressing are the stories of extravagant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Branding Only Works on Cattle

Branding Only Works on Cattle

Have now read Jonathan Salem Baskin's book: Branding Only Works on Cattle: The New Way to Get Known (and drive your competitors crazy). He also has a supporting blog called Dim Bulb.First of all, although I have existed in the…


From insideHPC

BOXXTech Releases Monster

BOXXTech Releases Monster

BOXX Technologies, proprietors of high-end graphics workstations and servers, have announced the release of their latest high end workstation series, the 4850 Extreme.


From Putting People First

An experience designer at a technology company

An experience designer at a technology company

Clive Grinyer wrote a highly honest, yet optimistic post about his experience of working in a hardcore technology company (Cisco) as a user experience designer. It starts off with a very recognisable problem description: “In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solar Goose

Solar Goose

Tom Chorman, colleague of mine at Procter & Gamble has a new start-up called Solar Goose. He is marketing a whole group of solar powered rechargeable lighting and charging devices. See the Solar Goose beta site.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biggest Kludges of Copyright Law

Biggest Kludges of Copyright Law

Lots of interesting information like this at the Plagiarism Today blog.


From Wild WebMink

Open Source Drives The New Sun

Open Source Drives The New Sun

The Register article reporting Ian Murdock's move to Sun's new cloud computing group seems to have irritated Ian and it does indeed seem to be an attempt to gather as many half-understood-half-facts as possible and sensationalize…


From Putting People First

Laurent Haug, an entrepreneur based in Geneva, Switzerland and founder of the LIFT conference, launches a new concept: publicy. “What happens with social networks is they publish information about you to the world. Two kinds…

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