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Four short links: 20 December 2011 - Maximum MySQL, Digital News, Unbiased Mining, and Congressional Clue

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2011

How Twitter Stores 250M Tweets a Day Using MySQL (High Scalability) -- notes from a talk at the MySQL conference on how Twitter built a high-volume MySQL store. How The Atlantic Got Profitable With Digital First (Mashable) -- Lauf says his team has focused on putting together premium advertising experiences that span print, digital, events and (increasingly) mobile. Data...

The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.

The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.
By Mark Sigal
December 20, 2011

From the moment he got sick in 2003 to when he died in October of this year, Steve Jobs was never fully healthy again. Yet, Jobs led his team to a series of triumphs that have no equal in the annals of business. Mark Sigal explores what this says about Jobs as a leader and the price that greatness demands.

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the "paperless book."

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the
By Mac Slocum
December 2, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Author Clay Johnson explained why information consumption, not overload, is what needs to be managed. Also, Alistair Croll looked at the relationship between business intelligence and big data, and Todd Sattersten made a case for the paperless book.

Four short links: 24 November 2011 - Libraries and the Internet, Cheap Multicore, Online Exceeds Print, Perpetuating Ignorance

By Nat Torkington
November 24, 2011

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong -- I was asked to provocatively help focus librarians on the opportunities offered to libraries in the Internet age. If I ask you to talk about your collections, I know that you will glow as you describe the amazing treasures you have. When you go for money for digitization projects, you talk up...

Four short links: 21 November 2011 - Early Jobs, Personal Computing Sticks, Short-Sighted Profits, and Ford's Software Business

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2011

Steve Jobs in Early NeXT Days (YouTube) -- documentary footage of the early retreats at NeXT, where Jobs talks about plans and priorities. Very interesting to watch this knowing how the story ends. I'm astonished by how well Jobs spoke, even then, and delighted by the glimpses of impatience and dismissiveness. I wonder where the raw footage went. (via...

Four short links: 17 November 2011 - University Relevance, Free as in Dom, Patent Trolls, and Facebook Teams

By Nat Torkington
November 17, 2011

Questioning University -- my take on the issue of whether a university education (particularly CS) is still relevant or whether kids should go straight to startups. So what do I tell my kids? Should I urge them to go to university? Should I tell them to jack it all in and run off and join a startup? This is...

Four short links: 10 November 2011 - Access Over Ownership, Retro Programming, Replaying Writing, and Wearable Sensors

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

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...

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.

Four short links: 17 October 2011 - From Reddit to Movie, Google Audited, Web Delays, and Sugared CSS

By Nat Torkington
October 17, 2011

Story Written in Reddit -- historical scifi based on the question "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?" Movie rights were just acquired by Warners. (via BoingBoing) Auditing Google -- the comically complex games played to move profits to...

Four short links: 26 September 2011 - Design and Engineering Culture, Homemade Love, Code Tools, and Cyberbullying

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2011

BERG London Week 328 -- we're a design company, with a design culture built over 6 years, yet we're having to cultivate a new engineering culture that sits within it and alongside it, and the two have different crystal grains. It's good that they do—engineering through a design process can feel harried and for some projects that does not...

Four short links: 12 September 2011 - History Repeats, Fuller Feeds, Open Source Dev, and The Long Sunset of Business Models

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2011

HP Emulates Next (BoingBoing) -- In mid-1993, a few months after CEO Steve Jobs had shuttered the NeXT factory, and was in the process of switching to an all-software company—a path that led to its later acquisition by Apple—the lights were turned back on in its Fremont, Calif., factory. NeXTWorld's rumor columnist, Lt. Sullivan, reported that the U.S. military...

Four short links: 9 September 2011 - Pay for News?, Outages Compendium, CSS Sudoku Solver, and Open Source in the Military

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2011

A Simple Test For Whether People Will Pay For News -- an excellent thought experiment, one which sends shivers down the spines of editors. Outages.org -- This is as complete a list as possible of links to carrier and other provider network status pages as well as links to network diagnostic tools; user contributions are strongly encouraged. (via Jesse...

Why the finance world should care about big data and data science - Roger Magoulas on data's potential to improve finance systems and create new businesses.

Why the finance world should care about big data and data science - Roger Magoulas on data's potential to improve finance systems and create new businesses.
By Mac Slocum
August 31, 2011

O'Reilly director of market research Roger Magoulas discusses the intersection of big data and finance, and the opportunities this pairing creates for financial experts.

Four short links: 26 August 2011 - 9/11 Footage, Finland's Schools, Javascript Presentations, and Hollowed-Out Manufacturing

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2011

911 Footage -- the Internet Archive has published a great collection of video from Sep 11 2001. A tremendous boon to researchers. Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? (Smithsonian Magazine) -- not sure if why they're successful is ever definitively anointed, but the article is fascinating reading. deck.js -- Javascript presentation library. Why Amazon Can't Make a Kindle in the...

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism - A new media startup tries to mine the social web for stories.
By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side - Android in the enterprise requires improvements in security, management and app stores.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side - Android in the enterprise requires improvements in security, management and app stores.
By Marko Gargenta
August 25, 2011

Android has the foundation to support enterprise use, but there's a handful of missing pieces that need to be addressed if it's going to fully catch on in the corporate world.

T-Mobile challenges churn with data - T-Mobile's architecture helps it put data to use across the business.

T-Mobile challenges churn with data - T-Mobile's architecture helps it put data to use across the business.
By Brett Sheppard
August 10, 2011

Mobile service provider T-Mobile uses a federated architecture and virtual data zones to empower innovations in regional marketing, churn management and customer care.

Four short links: 3 August 2011 - Library Licensing, Mac Graphics, Coal Computing, and Human Augmentation

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2011

Just Say No To Freegal -- an interesting view from the inside, speaking out against a music licensing system called Freegal which is selling to libraries. Libraries typically buy one copy of something, and then lend it out to multiple users sequentially, in order to get a good return on investment. Participating in a product like Freegal means that...

Four short links: 1 August 2011 - Visual Illusion, Newspaper Economics, Native Web Apps, and Document Store Query Language

By Nat Torkington
August 1, 2011

The Flashed Face Effect Video -- your brain is not perfect, and it reduces faces to key details. When they flash by in the periphery of your vision, you perceive them as gross and freakish. I like to start the week by reminding myself how fallible I am. Good preparation for the rest of the week... (via BERG London)...

Four short links: 22 July 2011 - Data Businesses, Multitouch Charting, 3D-Printing Glass, and Synthetic Biology

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2011

Competitive Advantage Through Data -- the applications and business models for erecting barriers around proprietary data assets. Sees data businesses in these four categories: contributory data sourcing, offering cleaner data, data generated from service you offer, and viz/ux. The author does not yet appear to be considering when open or communal data is better than proprietary data, and how...

Four short links: 18 July 2011 - Organisational Warfare, RTFM, Timezone Shapefile, Microsoft Adventure

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2011

Organisational Warfare (Simon Wardley) -- notes on the commoditisation of software, with interesting analyses of the positions of some large players. On closer inspection, Salesforce seems to be doing more than just commoditisation with an ILC pattern, as can be clearly seen from Radian's 6 acquisition. They also seem to be operating a tower and moat strategy, i.e. creating...

Four short links: 8 July 2011 - DIY Bio Hardware, App Store Numbers, Open Hardware Repository, and Science Startups

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2011

OpenPCR Shipping -- A PCR machine is basically a copy machine for DNA. It is essential for most work with DNA, things like exposing fraud at a sushi restaurant, diagnosing diseases including HIV and H1N1, or exploring your own genome. The guy who discovered the PCR process earned a Nobel Prize in 1993, and OpenPCR is now the first...

Four short links: 22 June 2011 - DOM Snitch, Hadoop in Scala, Pregel in Hadoop in Scala, Reflections on the Company

By Nat Torkington
June 22, 2011

DOM Snitch -- an experimental Chrome extension that enables developers and testers to identify insecure practices commonly found in client-side code. See also the introductory post. (via Hacker News) Spark -- Hadoop-alike in Scala. Spark was initially developed for two applications where keeping data in memory helps: iterative algorithms, which are common in machine learning, and interactive data mining....

Four short links: 21 June 2011 - Terminal Tool, Gamifying Education, Exponential Shortcut, and Kindle Spam

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2011

tmux -- GNU Screen-alike, with vertical splits and other goodies. (via Hacker News) Gamifying Education (Escapist) -- a more thoughtful and reasoned approach than crude badgification, but I'd still feel happier meddling with kids' minds if there was research to show efficacy and distribution of results. (via Ed Yong) Rule of 72 (Terry Jones) -- common piece of financial...

Four short links: 17 June 2011 - Gamification Critique, BitCoin Trojan, App Store Abandonment, and SSD Rant

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2011

Don't Play Games With Me -- slides from an excellent talk about games and gamification. (via Andy Baio) All Your Bitcoins Are Ours (Symantec) -- a trojan in the wild that targets the wallet.dat file and transfers your bitcoins out. If you use Bitcoins, you have the option to encrypt your wallet and we recommend that you choose a...

Four short links: 16 June 2011 - Solar Wireless Sensors, CSS Lint, Options Explained, and Web Hacks

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2011

Solar Powered Wireless Sensor Network -- Chris is building wireless sensor networks using open source software and hardware that could be used in a variety of applications like air quality or home energy monitoring. It looks like he was inspired by Tweetawatt and is using xBee and ASUS wifi for communication in conjunction with Pachube for data display. (via...

An ethical bargain - Transparency, relationships and other things corporations could learn from a small bookstore.

An ethical bargain - Transparency, relationships and other things corporations could learn from a small bookstore.
By Jim Stogdill
June 1, 2011

Most of the relationships you build with corporations are like icebergs — essentially hidden from view. But what if we could interact with "human" corporations? What would that look like? How would it work?

Four short links: 27 May 2011 - Twitter DB, Data Reliance, Open Source Architectures, and Short-Form Bullying

By Nat Torkington
May 27, 2011

flockdb (Github) -- Twitter's open source scalable fault-tolerant distributed key-value database. (via Twitter's open source projects page) How to Kill Innovation in Five Easy Steps (Tech Republic) -- point four is interesting, Rely too heavily on data and dashboards. It's good to be reminded of the contra side to the big-data-can-be-mined-for-all-truths attitudes flying around. Architecture of Open Source Applications...

Want to know where to build a new store? Check your human density data - Skyhook's Ted Morgan on the applications of human density data.

Want to know where to build a new store? Check your human density data - Skyhook's Ted Morgan on the applications of human density data.
By Jenn Webb
May 25, 2011

Ted Morgan, Skyhook co-founder and CEO, discusses the value of human density data and why it will help drive marketing, business and development decisions.

Four short links: 25 May 2011 - DoD Open Source Report, Kinect Javascript, Open Core, and Anti-App Store

By Nat Torkington
May 25, 2011

OTD Lessons Learned v1 (PDF) -- Dept of Defense report on use of open technologies. Advocates against forking open source projects, and provides specific guidance for groups looking to use OSS so they can navigate the military's producement policies and procedures in a way that'll deliver the best chance of success for the project. Imagine if only the manufacturer...

Improving the landscape for organic startups - A congressional committee will hear a "crowdfunding exemption" proposal next week.

By Paul Spinrad
May 6, 2011

Next week, Sherwood Neiss will testify in favor of a small offerings exemption for investments, which could spark a revolution in grassroots entrepreneurship.

Four short links: 6 May 2011 - In-Line Computing, What Price All The Books?, Android SIM Toolkit, and Small Manufacturing Grows

By Nat Torkington
May 6, 2011

Raspberry Pi -- the creator of the game Elite has made an inline computer the size of a thumb drive--it plugs into an HDMI cable on one end and USB on the other. 700MHz CPU, OpenGL, 1080p-capable, running Ubuntu. Pricetag: $25. The mission is to supply them to schools. A Budget for Babel (Tim Carmody) -- What would you...

Four short links: 29 April 2011 - Gamification's Failures, Crowdsourced Clinical Study, Traceability, and Faster Web

By Nat Torkington
April 29, 2011

Kathy Sierra Nails Gamification -- I rarely link to things on O'Reilly sites, and have never before linked to something on Radar, but the comments here from Kathy Sierra are fantastic. She nails what makes me queasy about shallow gamification behaviours: replacing innate rewards with artificial ones papers over shitty products/experiences instead of fixing them, and don't get people...

Four short links: 28 April 2011 - Mobile Gambling, Science Copyright, Failure of Advertising, and Data Businesses

By Nat Torkington
April 28, 2011

Mobile Gaming Device -- Cantor Gaming (division of Wall St's Cantor Fitzgerald) has released a Windows Mobile device to make live bets during a game. Real-time isn't just for trading, it's also for sports gambling too. Copyright Isn't Just Hurting Creativity, It's Killing Science (Video) -- Larry Lessig tackles science. I've been grappling with technology transfer and the commercialization...

Four short links: 27 April 2011 - Ignorance, Crowdsourcing, Click Fraud, and Trolls

By Nat Torkington
April 27, 2011

Aaargh! Physicists! --the dangers of venturing outside your area of expertise is that someone will mercilessly point out your overconfident missteps, as happens here. Unless, of course, your new field is social media, in which case there are hundreds of thousands of sycophantic circlejerkers ready to retweet, link back, and Like your misbegotten ill-conceived content-free mindless dribblings. Crowdsourcing to...

Why speed matters - "Faster is better" applies almost everywhere, not just in the tech domain.

Why speed matters -
By Joshua-Michéle Ross
April 26, 2011

We live in an ever-accelerating world and the competitive terms of business are built upon achieving speed for many reasons. Here's a look at how speed shapes a variety of domains and experiences.

Four short links: 26 April 2011 - Android Nook, Market Failure, Social Spread Analysis, and Chinese eBooks

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2011

Barnes and Noble Nook Color Gets Android Upgrade (Wired) -- was an e-reader, but now Barnes and Noble are offering an upgrade to turn it into a fully-fledged Android tablet. The only thing you won't be able to do is download apps from the Google marketplace. The Nook retails for $250. (via Glyn Moody) Anime Site Treats Piracy as...

Four short links: 7 April 2011 - Android Strategy, Fad Books, Ubiquitous Product Design, and Android Headers Apology

By Nat Torkington
April 7, 2011

The Freight Train That is Android -- Google’s aim is defensive not offensive. They are not trying to make a profit on Android or Chrome. They want to take any layer that lives between themselves and the consumer and make it free (or even less than free). [...] In essence, they are not just building a moat; Google is...

Publishing News: Week in Review - Amazon launched Cloud Drive, the Google Books settlement might get complicated, and good data leads to good business.

Publishing News: Week in Review - Amazon launched Cloud Drive, the Google Books settlement might get complicated, and good data leads to good business.
By Jenn Webb
April 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Amazon extended its reach into the cloud, Dana Newman looked at overlapping issues between the Google Book settlement and Golan v. Holder, and what publishers need to do with all that data.

Process management blurs the line between IT and business - IT must fill the void when insufficient attention is being paid to business process optimization.

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 29, 2011

Technology forces organizations to better understand and agree on processes — and that's often well before the subject of supporting technology is even relevant to the conversation.

Four short links: 18 March 2011 - Job Titles, Android Copyright, Error Hosting, and Drizzle Ships

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2011

Titles and Promotions (Ben Horowitz) -- Andreessen argues that people ask for many things from a company: salary, bonus, stock options, span of control, and titles. Of those, title is by far the cheapest, so it makes sense to give the highest titles possible. The hierarchy should have Presidents, Chiefs, and Senior Executive Vice Presidents. If it makes people...

7 emergent themes from Webstock reveal a framework - Agility, simplicity, and curiosity will define the next generation of apps and devices.

7 emergent themes from Webstock reveal a framework - Agility, simplicity, and curiosity will define the next generation of apps and devices.
By Roger Magoulas
March 17, 2011

The speakers at the recent Webstock conference in New Zealand gravitated toward many of the same themes. Taken together, these themes create a framework for building the next generation of services, applications and devices.

Four short links: 17 March 2011 - Data Manual, Data Processing, Piracy Report, and Fragile Free

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2011

The Open Data Manual -- a HOWTO for organisations wanting to open up data. This report discusses legal, social and technical aspects of open data. The manual can be used by anyone but is especially designed for those seeking to open up data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data — why to go open, what...

A new focus on user-friendly data analysis - Developers and investors look to close the gap between data analysis and user experience.

A new focus on user-friendly data analysis - Developers and investors look to close the gap between data analysis and user experience.
By Jenn Webb
March 11, 2011

The data analysis learning curve makes it largely inaccessible to the average business user, but a host of user-centric companies are looking to change that.

Four short links: 2 March 2011 - Python Unicode, Cognitive Enhancement, Journal Balk, Engineering SaaS

By Nat Torkington
March 2, 2011

Unicode in Python, Completely Demystified -- a good introduction to Unicode in Python, which helped me with some code. (via Hacker News) A Ban on Brain-Boosting Drugs (Chronicle of Higher Education) -- Simply calling the use of study drugs "unfair" tells us nothing about why colleges should ban them. If such drugs really do improve academic performance among healthy...

The Responsibility of Running a Business

By Tim O'Reilly
February 26, 2011

I love Warren Buffett's sense of the social responsibility inherent in running a business. In his annual report he discusses the particular responsibilities of owning a railroad.

Four short links: 25 February 2011 - Banshee Bucks, Log Mining, Visualization Secrets, and Repression Tools

By Nat Torkington
February 25, 2011

Canonical's New Plan for Banshee -- Canonical prepare the Linux distribution Ubuntu. They will distribute the popular iTunes-alike Banshee, but instead of the standard Amazon store plugin (which generates much $ in affiliate revenue for the GNOME Foundation) they will have Canonical's own Amazon store plugin and keep 75% of the revenue (25% going to the GNOME Foundation). They're...

Four short links: 22 February 2011 - Node.JS Cluster, Experience Culture, Robots in Education, and Homebrew Printer

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2011

Cluster (github) -- Node.JS multi-core server manager with plugins support. Hot restarts, and other goodness. (via The Change Log via Javascript Weekly) Nokia Culture Will Out (Adam Greenfield) -- Except that, as realized by Nokia, this is precisely what failed to happen. I experienced, in fact, neither a frisson of elegant futurism nor a blasé presentiment of everyday life...

Four short links: 21 February 2011 - Data in Javascript, Artificial Empathy, Gender Comms, and Artificial Scarcity

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2011

Amplify.js -- simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified [Javascript] API for various data sources. Amplify's store component handles persistent client-side storage, using standards like localStorage and sessionStorage, but falling back on non-standard implementations for older browsers. Amplify's request adds some additional features to jQuery's ajax method while abstracting away the underlying data source. Artificial Empathy...


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