Four short links: 4 November 2011 - Science Repository, Dancing Robots, Retro Jobs, and Bluetooth Bow

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Developer Week in Review: The hijacking of an insulin pump - Medical devices are remotely hacked, Google Maps get a price tag, and Linus Torvalds really doesn't like a certain language.

Developer Week in Review: The hijacking of an insulin pump - Medical devices are remotely hacked, Google Maps get a price tag, and Linus Torvalds really doesn't like a certain language.
By James Turner
November 3, 2011

If you own an insulin pump, someone out there might have a hack with your name on it. Google decides to make high-volume Maps API users pony up some cash, and the creator of Linux goes after C++.

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product - Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product - Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.
By Audrey Watters
November 3, 2011

Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.

Commerce Weekly: Square upgrades Card Case with geofences - Square's upgrade links location and real-time, and a new survey finds mobile users are shy about buying.

Commerce Weekly: Square upgrades Card Case with geofences - Square's upgrade links location and real-time, and a new survey finds mobile users are shy about buying.
By David Sims
November 3, 2011

Square's Card Case adds geofencing capabilities to allow merchants to tap passers-by. Oracle's new survey finds users are becoming more comfortable about sharing location data, but they're still sheepish about transactions. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

How I automated my writing career - A former author uses data and software to take the tedium out of some kinds of writing.

How I automated my writing career - A former author uses data and software to take the tedium out of some kinds of writing.
By Robbie Allen
November 3, 2011

You scale content businesses by increasing the number of people who create the content ... or so conventional wisdom says. Learn how a former author is using software to simulate and expand human-quality writing.

The number one trait you want in a data scientist - DJ Patil on the traits of data scientists and how data science will evolve within companies.

The number one trait you want in a data scientist - DJ Patil on the traits of data scientists and how data science will evolve within companies.
By Audrey Watters
November 3, 2011

DJ Patil, data scientist in residence at Greylock Partners, discusses the key trait data scientists need and the obstacles data scientists face within organizations.

Four short links: 3 November 2011 - Getting Feedback, Colour Design, Discovering Musicians, Weather Prediction App

By Nat Torkington
November 3, 2011

Feedback Without Frustration (YouTube) -- Scott Berkun at the HIVE conference talks about how feedback fails, and how to get it successfully. He is so good. Americhrome -- history of the official palette of the United States of America. Discovering Talented Musicians with Musical Analysis (Google Research blgo) -- very clever, they do acoustical analysis and then train up...

Five ways to improve publishing conferences - Conferences get stuck in ruts because we treat them like conferences.

Five ways to improve publishing conferences - Conferences get stuck in ruts because we treat them like conferences.
By Peter Meyers
November 2, 2011

Keynotes and panel discussions may not be the best way to program conferences. What if organizers instead structured events more like a great curriculum?

What does privacy mean in an age of big data? - Author Terence Craig on why data transparency trumps anonymization.

What does privacy mean in an age of big data? - Author Terence Craig on why data transparency trumps anonymization.
By Audrey Watters
November 2, 2011

Ironclad digital privacy isn't realistic, argues "Privacy and Big Data" co-author Terence Craig. What we need instead are laws and commitments founded on transparency.

Four short links: 2 November 2011 - Deployment, Image Distribution, Open Source Sharing, and Soulless Programming

By Nat Torkington
November 2, 2011

Thoughts on Web Application Deployment (OmniTI) -- if your web site is your business, this stuff is critical and it's under-taught. Everyone learns it on the job, and there's not a lot of standardization between gigs. Github Enterprise -- GitHub Enterprise is delivered in the industry-standard OVF format, which means you'll be able to run it on virtualization layers...

Demoting Halder: A wild look at social tracking and sentiment analysis - You no longer have control over where a first impression occurs.

By Andy Oram
November 1, 2011

My short story, "Demoting Halder," was supposed to lay out an alternative reality where social tracking and sentiment analysis had taken over society. As the story evolved, I wondered if the reality in the story is something we're living right now.

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - Solon Barocas on data mining's reputation and the ethics of data collection.

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - Solon Barocas on data mining's reputation and the ethics of data collection.
By Audrey Watters
November 1, 2011

Solon Barocas, a doctoral student at New York University, discusses consumer perceptions of data mining and how companies and data scientists can shape data mining's reputation.

Strata Conference 2012 - Strata 2012, February 28-March 1, Santa Clara, Calif.

By Mac Slocum
November 1, 2011

Four short links: 1 November 2011 - Code Bloat, Chinese Startups, Font Fun, and Businesses Embracing Open Source

By Nat Torkington
November 1, 2011

Things Turbo Pascal is Smaller Than -- next time you're bragging about your efficient code, spare a thought for the Pascal IDE and compiler that lived in 39,731 bytes. This list of more bloated things is hilarious. The China Startup Report (Slideshare) -- interesting to see the low salary comes with expectation of bonuses but little interest in equity...

Anthropology extracts the true nature of tech - Genevieve Bell on how fieldwork and observation can guide technology.

By Jenn Webb
October 31, 2011

Genevieve Bell, director of interaction and experience research at Intel, talks about how anthropology can inform business decisions and product design.

Four short links: 31 October 2011 - Solitude and Leadership, Data Repository, Copyright History, and Open Source Audio

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2011

Solitude and Leadership -- an amazing essay on the value of managing one's information diet. Far more than yet another Carr/Morozov "the Internet is making us dumb!!" hate on short-form content, this is an eloquent exposition of the need for long-form thoughts. I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is...

On Dennis Ritchie: A conversation with Brian Kernighan - Brian Kernighan discusses Dennis Ritchie.

By Andy Oram
October 30, 2011

I talked on Friday with Brian Kernighan about Dennis Ritchie, who sadly passed away two weeks ago at the age of 70. To a large extent, Ritchie completed what he started.

Dennis Ritchie's legacy of elegantly useful tools - We need more people who share Dennis Ritchie's spirit.

By Mike Loukides
October 29, 2011

"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity," Dennis Ritchie once said. It's true, and we need more geniuses who share his spirit.

What's New in CFEngine 3: Making System Administration Even More Powerful

By Andy Oram
October 28, 2011

CFEngine is a surprisingly flexible and fast tool for distributed configuration management. A new version was released this week.

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.
By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly called for a Dennis Ritchie Day to honor the computing pioneer, Mark Sigal examined the players and products in the post-PC revolution, and Hugh McGuire discussed the seismic shifts that are reshaping the publishing industry.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing - Tweets and related information from Tim O'Reilly's Silverchair Strategies 2011 presentation.

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility - Amazon launches KF8, The Guardian becomes more engaging, and tablet users don't discriminate between print and digital.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility - Amazon launches KF8, The Guardian becomes more engaging, and tablet users don't discriminate between print and digital.
By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Visualization of the Week: 7 billion humans - One UN population dataset yields two different visualizations.

Visualization of the Week: 7 billion humans - One UN population dataset yields two different visualizations.
By Audrey Watters
October 28, 2011

Two visualizations, one from the United Nations and the other from The Guardian, illustrate world population growth at the global and country level.

Four short links: 28 October 2011 - Open Access, Retro Crypto, Open Source Q&A, and Music Visualization

By Nat Torkington
October 28, 2011

Open Access Week -- a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. The Copiale Cipher -- cracking a historical code with computers. Details in the paper: The book describes the initiation of "DER CANDIDAT" into a secret society, some functions of which are encoded with logograms. (via Discover Magazine) Coordino -- open source...

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud - IBM taps the cloud to make Hadoop easier, Factual cleans geo data, Google gets transparent with gov data requests.

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud - IBM taps the cloud to make Hadoop easier, Factual cleans geo data, Google gets transparent with gov data requests.
By Audrey Watters
October 27, 2011

IBM targets businesses with a cloud-based Hadoop product, Factual tackles incomplete geo records, and Google embraces transparency by publishing and explaining the data requests it gets from governments.

Publishing's tech and edit worlds converge - The Books in Browsers conference is underway.

Publishing's tech and edit worlds converge - The Books in Browsers conference is underway.
By Jenn Webb
October 27, 2011

The Books in Browsers conference kicked off this morning. Keynotes, interviews and presentations are being livestreamed today and tomorrow.

Four short links: 27 October 2011 - Javascript Coverage, Cheap Tablets, Open Archive, ACTA vs TPP

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011

ScriptCover -- open source Javascript coverage tool. Using the $35 Tablet from India (VentureBeat) -- nice description of the tablet and what it's like to use. What makes the Aakash tablet different is that its creators didn't strive for perfection. Instead, the emphasis was on getting the product into the market quickly so it could be adopted, tinkered with,...

Commerce Weekly: Groupon's long and winding road to an IPO - Groupon takes its show on the road, Square targets the mainstream, and contactless payment is coming to airplanes.

Commerce Weekly: Groupon's long and winding road to an IPO - Groupon takes its show on the road, Square targets the mainstream, and contactless payment is coming to airplanes.
By David Sims
October 27, 2011

We take a look at Groupon's bumpy road to an IPO and its slow-but-promising Now product. Also, Square makes a deal with Walmart and WestJet will test tap-and-pay in the skies.

What's on the agenda for Velocity Europe - Steve Souders previews Velocity Europe 2011.

What's on the agenda for Velocity Europe - Steve Souders previews Velocity Europe 2011.
By Steve Souders
October 27, 2011

Velocity co-chair Steve Souders highlights a number of Velocity Europe speakers and sessions that caught his attention.

Happening Now: Books in Browsers 2011

By Mac Slocum
October 27, 2011

Related coverage: If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas" More Books in Browsers interviews

Agile content models better address audience wants and needs - Kristen McLean on Bookigee and why agile is a better model.

Agile content models better address audience wants and needs - Kristen McLean on Bookigee and why agile is a better model.
By Joe Wikert
October 26, 2011

Agile isn't just for software developers — content developers can benefit from the agile model as well. In this podcast, Bookigee's founder and CEO Kristen McLean talks about why agile is the way to go.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on mobile metrics and tablet apps vs phone apps.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on mobile metrics and tablet apps vs phone apps.
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

"Revolution in the Valley," revisited - Andy Hertzfeld on the Macintosh's early days and its long-term legacy.

By Mac Slocum
October 26, 2011

With "Revolution in the Valley" making its paperback debut and the work of Steve Jobs fresh in people's minds, we checked in with Andy Hertzfeld to discuss the legacy of the first Macintosh.

Four short links: 26 October 2011 - CPAN's Sweet 0x10, Social Reading, Questioning Polls, and 3D Manufacturing

By Nat Torkington
October 26, 2011

CPAN Turns 0x10 -- sixteenth anniversary of the creation of the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. Now holds 480k objects. Subtext -- social bookreading by adding chat, links, etc. to a book. I haven't tried the implementation yet but I've wanted this for years. (Just haven't wanted to jump into the cesspool of rights negotiations enough to actually build it...

Dennis Ritchie Day - On 10/30/11 let's remember the contributions of computing pioneer Dennis Ritchie.

Dennis Ritchie Day - On 10/30/11 let's remember the contributions of computing pioneer Dennis Ritchie.
By Tim O'Reilly
October 26, 2011

I don't have the convening power of a governor, but for those of us around the world who care, I hereby declare this Sunday, October 30 to be Dennis Ritchie Day.

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes - The industry loses a third giant, why the GPL hurts FL/OSS, and Steve Jobs goes to the movies.

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes - The industry loses a third giant, why the GPL hurts FL/OSS, and Steve Jobs goes to the movies.
By James Turner
October 26, 2011

One of the earliest language pioneers, John McCarthy, passed last week. Elsewhere, one developer admits he's using the GPL to force companies to pay him, and the creator of the "West Wing" is on the short list to write the film version of Steve Jobs' life.

We're in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don't panic) - Hugh McGuire says the disruption publishing has endured is a mere hint of what's to come.

We're in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don't panic) - Hugh McGuire says the disruption publishing has endured is a mere hint of what's to come.
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Hugh McGuire, co-author of "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto," explains why publishing's digital transformation goes way beyond format shifts. He also reveals nine ways the publishing industry will change over the next five years.

What to watch for in mobile web apps - How WebGL, device APIs, and ample experimentation will shape the future of mobile web apps.

What to watch for in mobile web apps - How WebGL, device APIs, and ample experimentation will shape the future of mobile web apps.
By Jenn Webb
October 25, 2011

Sencha's James Pearce discusses the most promising mobile web app technologies and explains why device APIs could make the web a lot more interesting.

Four short links: 25 October 2011 - Smart Thermostat, Lamer News, Expensive Meaning, and Hardware Kits

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2011

Nest Learning Thermostat -- learns how long it takes your house to adjust temperature, so can tell you not just "it's 55 now" but "it'll be 65 in 16 minutes". Looks gorgeous as well as being a good example of embedded intelligence. Data really does make everything better. lamernews (Github) -- an implementation of a Reddit / Hacker News...

Programming Is Fun Again!

By Paul Barry
October 24, 2011

I've been programming in Erlang just for the heck of it!

Four short links: 24 October 2011 - Interactive Web Goodness, Location Based Security, Referer vs https, and Financial Charting

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2011

Tangle -- open source Javascript library for creating slider-type widgets in web pages, with built-in updating of other web elements. This is fantastic for exploring "what-if" scenarios. Check out the demos. Location-Based Security -- The researchers have created a customized version of Android controlled by a “policy engine” on a server. The Android devices use Bluetooth and near-field communications...

The more you engage, the better the advice - Patrick Brown on the Goodreads recommendation engine and fine-tuning discoverability.

The more you engage, the better the advice - Patrick Brown on the Goodreads recommendation engine and fine-tuning discoverability.
By Joe Wikert
October 24, 2011

The Goodreads recommendation engine has been in development for six years. In this podcast, Patrick Brown, community manager at Goodreads, talks about that development process and how the algorithm works.

A focus on the stuff that matters most - Steve Jobs shifted Apple's motivation to great products, not profit.

By Tim O'Reilly
October 24, 2011

Profit in a business is like gas in a car. You don't want to run out of gas, but neither do you want to think that your road trip is a tour of gas stations.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Velocity Europe 2011

By Tony Quartarolo
October 21, 2011

Why geeks should care about meaningful use and ACOs - How healthcare data reforms and incentive reforms are connected.

By Fred Trotter
October 21, 2011

Clinical people tend to focus on meaningful use incentives as "how do I get paid to install an EHR." But geeks can see the bottom line: healthcare reform is pointless unless we get the measurement issue right.

Visualization of the Week: Occupy George - Infographics printed on $1 bills circulate Occupy Wall Street's message.

Visualization of the Week: Occupy George - Infographics printed on $1 bills circulate Occupy Wall Street's message.
By Audrey Watters
October 21, 2011

Occupy George, an extension of the Occupy Wall Street protests, looks to print infographics on $1 bills so the message floats with the currency.

Four short links: 21 October 2011 - Mozilla's Projects, YouTube Insults, iPhone Ultrasound, RoR Intro

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

FLOSS Manuals books published after three-day sprint

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.

Wrap-up from FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.


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