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Four short links: 22 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Google Educator MOOCs — online courses for teachers who use Google in their classrooms. Algorithms and Accountability — Thus, the appearance of an autocompletion suggestion during the search process might make people decide to search for this suggestion although they …

Self-Adaptive Is Not The Same As Feedback

By Philipp Janert
November 12, 2013

In a series of posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6), we have introduced the idea of feedback control as a way to keep complex systems on track, even when subject to uncertainty …

Feedback Controllers

By Philipp Janert
October 29, 2013

In the previous parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4), we introduced feedback as a design principle or paradigm, that can help to keep systems “on track”, even in the presence of uncertainty and …

Programming with feedback

By Mike Loukides
October 25, 2013

Everyone knows what feedback is. It’s when sound systems suddenly make loud, painful screeching sounds. And that answer is correct, at least partly. Control theory, the study and application of feedback, is a discipline with a long history. If you’ve …

Why Feedback?

By Philipp Janert
October 16, 2013

In two previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2) we introduced the idea of feedback control. The basic idea is that we can keep a system (any system!) on track, by constantly monitoring its actual behavior, so that we can …

The Feedback Principle

By Philipp Janert
October 8, 2013

In a previous post, we introduced the basic feedback concept. Now it is time to take a closer look at this idea. Feedback is a method to keep systems on track. In other words, feedback is a way to make …

How to Get Fast, Cheap Feedback on Your Product with Tiny Tests

By Laura Klein
June 4, 2013

There’s a lot of advice about how to do great user research. I have some pretty strong opinions about it myself. But, as with exercise, the best kind of research is the kind that you actually DO. So, in the …

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

The hidden language and
By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alistair Croll explained why the information economy is giving way to the feedback economy, Fred Trotter examined the epatient movement, and we looked at the three big stories that will shape the developer world in the months ahead.

The feedback economy

By Alistair Croll
January 4, 2012

We're moving beyond an information economy. The efficiencies and optimizations that come from constant and iterative feedback will soon become the norm for businesses and governments.

The feedback economy

The feedback economy
By Alistair Croll
January 4, 2012

We're moving beyond an information economy. The efficiencies and optimizations that come from constant and iterative feedback will soon become the norm for businesses and governments.

Four short links: 3 November 2011

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...

Four short links: 14 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2011

Digging into Technology's Past -- stories of the amazing work behind the visual 6502 project and how they reconstructed and simulated the legendary 6502 chip. To analyze and then preserve the 6502, James treated it like the site of an excavation. First, he needed to expose the actual chip by removing its packaging of essentially “billiard-ball plastic.” He eroded...

Four short links: 7 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 7, 2011

Commodore 64 PC -- gorgeous retro look with fairly zippy modern internals. (via Rob Passarella) Designing Github for Mac -- a retrospective from the author of the excellent Mac client for github. He talks about what he learned and its origins, design, and development. Remember web development in 2004? When you had to create pixel-perfect comps because every element...

Drop In Anytime... We're Family!

By Gene McCullagh
April 3, 2011

There's something new over at Adobe! A new feedback site has been launched over at photoshop.com! You can get there directly by going to feedback.photoshop.com. It looks to be a great way for users and the Photoshop Family teams to interact and discover new and exciting ideas for future versions of all the Photoshop Family applications. Whether it's Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw, and yes, Lightroom, there is a way to not only offer up your ideas and suggestions but also interact and elaborate on them.

Computers are looking back at us

Computers are looking back at us
By Jenn Webb
March 4, 2011

Tobii Technology is testing prototype laptops that use eye-tracking technology that replaces a mouse — and they think it might just be ready for mass-market consumption.

Four short links: 5 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 5, 2011

Multi-tenant SaaS Checklist -- if you're used to building single-site web apps, this is a simple overview of the differences when building multi-tenanted web apps. Nominally about Java, ending with a plug for its author's product, but ignore all that and it's still useful. (via Abhishek Tiwari on Twitter) Angel Investing: My First Three Years (Paul Buchheit) -- interesting...


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