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Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 30 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 30, 2014

Offline First is the New Mobile First — Luke Wroblewski’s notes from John Allsopp’s talk about “Breaking Development” in Nashville. Offline technologies don’t just give us sites that work offline, they improve performance, and security by minimizing the need for …

Four short links: 30 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 30, 2014

Offline First is the New Mobile First — Luke Wroblewski’s notes from John Allsopp’s talk about “Breaking Development” in Nashville. Offline technologies don’t just give us sites that work offline, they improve performance, and security by minimizing the need for …

Four short links: 30 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 30, 2014

Offline First is the New Mobile First — Luke Wroblewski’s notes from John Allsopp’s talk about “Breaking Development” in Nashville. Offline technologies don’t just give us sites that work offline, they improve performance, and security by minimizing the need for …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Four short links: 6 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2014

Ethics and UX Design (Slideshare) –We are the thieves of time. This excellent talk challenges you (via Aristotle) to understand what a good life is, and whether you’re designing to bring it about. (via Keith Bolland) Pepper Personal Robot — …

Four short links: 26 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

Car Alarms and Smoke Alarms (Slideshare) — how to think about and draw the line between sensitivity and specificity. 101 Uses for Content Mining — between the list in the post and the comments from readers, it’s a good introduction …

Applying Design Values to Programming

By Simon St. Laurent
May 23, 2014

For the past two decades, the Web has been a vibrant intersection of design and programming, a place where practices from art and engineering both apply. Though I’ve spent my career on the programming side – you don’t really want …

Four short links: 23 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

How to Educate Users (Luke Wroblewski) — help new users in your app, not in a video. Hardware By The Numbers (Renee DiResta) — slides from her keynote at the Solid conference. The mean success rate across all sectors is …

The automation of design

By Jon Bruner
May 19, 2014

One of the core ideas behind our Solid Conference is that software can replace physical complexity, and that it’s getting easier for it to do so because the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds is becoming more fluid. Input …

Four short links: 19 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2014

Your Coffee Machine is Watching You (Mary Beard) — the future of surveillance isn’t more CCTV cameras, it’s every device ratting you out, all the time. Economics of Apologies — apologies work to restore relationships but are costly for the …

A Solid preview

By Jon Bruner
May 16, 2014

Our new Solid conference is less than a week away. To tide you over, here’s a Solid video from a combined SFIoT, SF Hardware, and Sensored (SF) Meetup. On stage, along with myself, are three Solid people: Rachel Kalmar, data scientist at …

How to get a designer's best work for a logo, website, ad - anything

How to get a designer's best work for a logo, website, ad - anything
0 May 12, 2014

A long time ago, I had to learn from scratch how to manage visual designers, after having started out as a composer and audio producer, with no training in graphic arts -- back then I thought of it as "the blind leading the deaf." Luckily, I found that most of the skills I'd developed while working with sound carried over to other disciplines, too. There's one skill above all that I believe managers need to master in order to get the best work from a designer, or any creative professional: Talk about why, not how.

Four short links: 12 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2014

Questions I Ask When Reviewing a Design (Jason Fried) — a good list of questions to frown and stroke one’s chin while asking. Bro — open source network security monitor/IDS. Seven Deadly Myths of Autonomy (PDF) — it’s easy to …

Four short links: 2 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2014

NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (PDF) — Microsoft Research report about tests of a tool to address needs in community reporting. Burying the URL — makes you suspect that “users interact with the web directly instead of via …

Four short links: 25 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2014

UX of the Internet of Things — a Pinterest board of IoT designs and experience. parallax.js — Javascript library for tilt, shake, etc. interactivity on iPad. NICE demo. Gov.UK Local Government Dashboard Prototype is Live — not glorious, but making …


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