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April 2009


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hand Sanitizers

Hand Sanitizers

Johnson & Johnson's hand sanitizer Purell is of course getting a good ride recently. They have special news and related information. Should they be playing other social media as well? None that I can see. Out of stocks an issue…


From insideHPC

InsideTrack: deposits, stalking horses, Bull(s), and parachutes in the SGI Rackable

InsideTrack: deposits, stalking horses, Bull(s), and parachutes in the SGI Rackable

One of the legal documents from the proceeding today in bankruptcy court is making its way out to employees. Rackable CEO Mark Barrenchea filed an affidavit in conjunction with the ruling affirming that Rackable is a “good faith…


From insideHPC

Rackable Featured on CNBC Tech

Rackable Featured on CNBC Tech

Rackable Systems was featured on yesterday’s CNBC Tech Effect news spot.


From insideHPC

InsideTrack: SGI notifying customers that the Rackable acquisition has been

InsideTrack: SGI notifying customers that the Rackable acquisition has been

SGI has begun notifying customers that the judge in its bankruptcy case approved the sale of SGI to Rackable during the hearing today in district court. The deal and the remaining paperwork are set to complete on May 11. Some…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Attracting Young Women and Minorities To Computing

Attracting Young Women and Minorities To Computing

As part of my work on the CSTA Leadership Cohort, a Southern New Jersey Shore Chapter of CSTA has been created. On Tuesday, March 26th Dr. David Klappholz from Stevens Institute of Technology spoke to our chapter at its monthly…


From insideHPC

Bull reports Q1, growth in

Bull reports Q1, growth in

Bull is not listed on any of the American stock exchanges, which means that they have different rules about what news they have to share with investors. In particular I could not find the words “profit” or “loss” in their earnings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lindstrom Among World's Most Influential

Lindstrom Among World's Most Influential

I see that Time Magazine has declared sensory marketing expert Martin Lindstrom, author of the recent best-seller Buyology, is among the world's hundred most influential people. Had a most of the day meeting with him and Buyology…


From Putting People First

NESTA

NESTA

NESTA, the UK Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, just announced that it has undertaken research which leads it to believe the UK is unprepared for ageing. Just under a third of all pensioners live on or close to…


From insideHPC

PSC Debuts Dynamic Science

PSC Debuts Dynamic Science

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has debuted a new dyanmic science teaching tool geared towards high school and undergraduate students.


From insideHPC

Court docket for SGI

Court docket for SGI

SGI is in Judge Martin Glenn’s courtroom this morning. Here is the relevant part of Judge Glenn’s docket today

10 am : Silicon Graphics, Inc. RE: Doc #177; Objection to Motion 10 am: Silicon Graphics, Inc. RE: Doc #245; Notice…


From Putting People First

Bill Moggridge wins Cooper-Hewitt Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Moggridge wins Cooper-Hewitt Lifetime Achievement Award

Today, Cooper-Hewitt Director Paul Warwick Thompson announced the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Design Awards, which recognise excellence across a variety of disciplines. The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award - given…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-04-30

links for 2009-04-30

EU officials clearly not considering the impact on the book industry of their proposed new politically-correct name for the coming plague.
(tags: Flu…


From insideHPC

IBM

IBM

The Register’s Timothy Prickett Morgan has written up a detailed account


From insideHPC

Intel tops EPA green power rankings, IBM, HP, Sun

Intel tops EPA green power rankings, IBM, HP, Sun

Timothy Prickett Morgan has an article at The Register today about the EPA’s latest quarterly ranking of organizations who report their renewable power consumption The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working with an organization…


From insideHPC

More free computational science courses, deadline May

More free computational science courses, deadline May

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (one of the Blue Waters partners) is announcing a May 18 deadline for application to two free computational science courses to be offered this summer by the Virtual School…


From Putting People First

A selection of CHI2009 papers

A selection of CHI2009 papers

Today I spent some time looking through the CHI 2009 papers. Here is a personal selection (and you need an ACM membership to access them): A comparative study of speech and dialed input voice interfaces in rural India Neil Patel…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

President Obama Addresses the National Academies

President Obama Addresses the National Academies

On Monday, President Obama spoke before the National Academies during the National Academy of Sciences' Annual meeting. Both audio and video of the address are available from the Academies, and from the White House. A transcript…


From insideHPC

EnSight CFD

EnSight CFD

This week visualization software provider CEI, maker of EnSight, announced the launch of EnSight CFD This new CFD visualization product has an interface specifically tailored to the needs of CFD engineers, featuring improved…


From insideHPC

Green design can add to costs, but that isn

Green design can add to costs, but that isn

From Enterprise IT Planet’s weekly news roundup, a few items of green news that you can drop at your next center staff meeting

IT hosting company The Planet unveiled a new facility in North Dallas that features a green design…


From insideHPC

Obama sets goal for largest R&D investment in US

Obama sets goal for largest R&D investment in US

Peter Harsha covered this a couple days ago at the CRA’s Policy Blog, but I managed to miss it then. The President used a speech before the members of the National Academy of Sciences today to reiterate his commitment to boosting…


From insideHPC

Sun reports Q3, posts

Sun reports Q3, posts

A lot went wrong for Sun’s business in the third quarter: Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 were $2.614 billion, as compared with $3.266 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2008, and compared with $3.220 billion…


From insideHPC

Behind Blue

Behind Blue

My pal Bill Kramer (who I just interviewed as part of a project I’m doing that I’ll talk more about in a week or so) has center stage in a video NCSA just released about the Blue Waters project. Something I didn’t realize until…


From Putting People First

Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?

Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?

Tim McCoy of Cooper thinks it is, at least as a service offering and a career path. “IDEO


From Putting People First

Social networking sites as building tools

Social networking sites as building tools

anthrodesign is a Yahoo! group of (currently 1693) individuals interested in the role of applied anthropology in the corporate, public sector, and medical contexts. A recent contribution by Russ Nelson of Conifer Research is…


From Putting People First

User-centred design improves workflows in radiology

User-centred design improves workflows in radiology

From an article on eHealthNews: “The software developers at Siemens Healthcare have come up with something special for customers employing Siemens PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and RIS (Radiology Information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quest for Computable Knowledge

Quest for Computable Knowledge

Stephen Wolfram posts a short timeline of a Quest for Computable Knowledge. Certainly some interesting mentions. Includes things like Wolfram's New Kind of Science (NKS). That thick work is intriguing, but I have yet to see…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen on Global Media

Nielsen on Global Media

A very good pdf report on global social media from Nielsen, worth the read.


From CSDiary

Tom Mitchell Named CMU University Professor

Tom Mitchell Named CMU University Professor

An announcement sent out earlier today by Randy Bryant, Dean of the CMU School of Computer Science: I


From insideHPC

Cray reports Q1, posts

Cray reports Q1, posts

Supercomputing stalwart Cray Inc. reported results today for the first fiscal quarter of 2009. From the release Cray Inc. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Revenue for the quarter was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Opens Up

Facebook Opens Up

I see that Facebook has released a largely open API. What this means is that you will start to see many additional parties writing applications for Facebook. This will add some of the additional creativity you see adding to…

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