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October 2009


From Putting People First

Implementing digital TV in Italy: the other side of the digital revolution

Implementing digital TV in Italy: the other side of the digital revolution

Italy is in the process of switching to digital TV, and the implementation is pretty much a disaster, as far as I can tell from the reactions in the region where I live (Piedmont). Many of the problems are technological, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Goods

Virtual Goods

Dave Knox points to a slide presentation at the recent Virtual Worlds conference on Social Gaming and virtual goods: Virtual Goods in Asia. Very useful statistics. Again useful hints about how to provide incentive for complex…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forbes on Neuromarketing

Forbes on Neuromarketing

A good overview article in Forbes on Neuromarketing. ' ... Yahoo, Hyundai, Microsoft and other marketers use EEGs and MRIs to vet commercials, packaging and product design ... ' . Makes a good case for the increasing using of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Web

Semantic Web

Mark Montgomery points me to the Semantic Web site, which I need to put on my feed. They mention the WolframAlpha IPhone App there, which I also noticed here. More of a site that covers semantic Web news. In particular also an…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designers and Engineers

Designers and Engineers

A piece on the relationship of statistical/engineering approaches versus design. Was also discussed in the NYTimes. As an engineer/scientist I know more about that approach, but there is clearly a need to mix the two. My concern…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-10-31

links for 2009-10-31

It may be an advertising stunt, but the videos are great and it embodies the idea central to open source that people contribute readily to thinks they get a kick out of.
(tags: Motivation…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science Curriculum in our High Schools

Computer Science Curriculum in our High Schools

While attending the recent Southern Business Education Association Convention in Huntsville, Alabama, I was struck by the lack of emphasis on computer science and information technology curriculum in our high schools. There…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid in Canada

Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid in Canada

They're washing ashore on Vancouver Island.

Scientists have begun attaching tracking devices to squid off the coast of Vancouver Island to find out why the marine animals have wandered so far from their traditional territory…


From Schneier on Security

Article on Me

Article on Me

Article on me from a Luxembourg magazine.


From Putting People First

Nov-Dec 2009 edition of Interactions magazine online

Nov-Dec 2009 edition of Interactions magazine online

The November-December edition of Interactions Magazine is online and some articles are available without subscription. Unfortunately, the main menu page doesn’t say which articles are publicly available (although without images)…


From Putting People First

Experientia partner Michele Visciola on people-centred innovation as culture evolution

Experientia partner Michele Visciola on people-centred innovation as culture evolution

My business partner Michele Visciola, who is also the president of Experientia, has written an article entitled “People-centered innovation or culture evolution?” that got published in the November-December edition of Interactions…


From Putting People First

The golden age of infinite music

The golden age of infinite music

John Harris has written an excellent article on the BBC News site on the social and cultural consequences of music being always available online in free and seemingly unlimited quantities: “Not long ago, if you wanted music,…


From Putting People First

Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels speaks at IxD Fall Summit

Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels speaks at IxD Fall Summit

On 6 November Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels will be speaking at the IxD Fall Summit 2009 organised by the Ume


From Schneier on Security

Attacking U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Attacking U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Squirrel terrorists.

We have a cognitive bias to exaggerate risks caused by other humans, and downplay risks caused by animals (and, even more, by natural phenomena.)

 


From Return 42;

Sindain

Sindain

Introducing Sindain - A JavaScript project template.Working with Rails is nice. Not only is Rails already setting up a nearly complete environment for you, the community has created many great additions. A quite popular example…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scent Marketing

Scent Marketing

Roger Dooley on recent scent dimension work in marketing. A frequent topic here. Most recently we talked to Whiff! about establishing scent laboratories. Scent has always been a powerful dimension, but it has been problematical…


From Putting People First

Videos of keynote speeches at Seoul design research conference

Videos of keynote speeches at Seoul design research conference

Last week, the IASDR 2009 conference (International Association of Societies of Design Research) took place in Seoul, South Korea, and all videos of the keynote speeches are already available. Donald A. Norman: Science and Design…


From Schneier on Security

Report on Chinese Cyberwarfare Capability

Report on Chinese Cyberwarfare Capability

"Capability of the People's Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation," prepared for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Northrop Grumman Corporation, October 9, 2009.

I have…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-10-30

links for 2009-10-30

Carlo Piana (Europe's answer to Eben Moglen) once again delivers a clear analysis, this time showing how Amazon's announcement of hosted MySQL in the cloud punches a hole in Stallman's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media in Asia

Social Media in Asia

Another case study, here for for big CPG in Asia, Unilever is using a number of methods, especially in beauty brands using Facebook based activities and engaging bloggers.


From BLOG@CACM

Innovation = Good Idea + Implementation + Measurement

Innovation = Good Idea + Implementation + Measurement

We aspire to be innovative, but unless we are wiling to implement it and measure it its just another good idea.


From Computational Complexity

FOCS News

Last month I suggested that students should go to FOCS even if they didn't have a paper there. I doubt my post had much to do with it, but I heard FOCS did attract many students this year. However there seemed to be fewer of

Some…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Top 25 Canadian Universities by Research Funding (2009)

Top 25 Canadian Universities by Research Funding (2009)

University of Toronto (where I got my B.Sc. and M.Sc.) University of Alberta University of British Columbia Universit


From The Eponymous Pickle

Challenge of New Media: Ken Lowe Podcast

Challenge of New Media: Ken Lowe Podcast

[ The start of the podcast is from a video and has poor quality, the keynote address starts at about 10:00 ]From the 2nd Annual UC Marketing Summit: The Challenge of new media.If you missed it, you still have a chance to hear…


From Wild WebMink

? Reptiles

? Reptiles

Several years ago, we had the chance to visit a crocodile farm in Queensland, Australia. There were several highlights, not least the chance for the children to hold a crocodile - a very small one, of course, with its jaws taped…


From Schneier on Security

DDNI for Collection Press Conference

DDNI for Collection Press Conference

The U.S. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection gives a press conference on the new Utah data collection facility: video and transcript.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forrester Groundswell Awards

Forrester Groundswell Awards

Josh Bernoff provides an overview of the recent Forrester Groundswell Awards: Why Anyone Can Create a Successful Social Application. Case studies like these are good, but I would like to see more details, with more complete and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Analytics Updates

Google Analytics Updates

A number of useful updates in Google Analytics. I am reviewing.-


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Software Survey

Simulation Software Survey

OR/MS Today has published its yearly Simulation software survey. Always surprised that people who want to create useful virtual analyses don't know about this analytical resource.


From The Noisy Channel

Tuning in to Google Music Search

Tuning in to Google Music Search

With all of the activity around e-books last week, you might think that the online world wasn’t paying attention to the media category most transformed by the Internet music. But a week is a lifetime in the ADD-addled technology…

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