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Six Ways to Make Your Peer Code Reviews More Effective

By Emma Jane Westby
July 11, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Emma Jane’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration …

Three years of TOC at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

By Sarah Towle
April 11, 2013

O’Reilly Media took its Tools of Change in Publishing Conference to Italy for the first time in 2011, teaming up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair organizers to focus on opportunities for children’s content in digital publishing. That year the …

Nate Silver confuses cause and effect, ends up defending corruption

By Cathy O'Neil
December 21, 2012

This piece originally appeared on Mathbabe. It’s republished with permission. I just finished reading Nate Silver’s newish book, The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail – but some don’t. The good news First off, let me say this: …

Ebook lending vs. ownership

By Joe Wikert
December 12, 2012

In an earlier article called Free and the medium vs. the message I excerpted liberally from a terrific short ebook by Joshua Gans called Information Wants to Be Shared. (Buy the ebook direct from HBR’s website, use the code ADINFO1 …

Free and the medium vs. the message

By Joe Wikert
November 12, 2012

I wrote a short piece earlier about an interesting ebook from HBR by Joshua Gans. It’s called Information Wants to Be Shared and I’m declaring it the must-read ebook of 2012. If you buy it direct from HBR’s website and …

George Church and the potential of synthetic biology

By Mike Loukides
November 9, 2012

A few weeks ago, I explained why I thought biohacking was one of the most important new trends in technology. If I didn’t convince you, Derek Jacoby’s review (below) of George Church’s new book, Regenesis, will. Church is no stranger …

Information wants to be…shared

By Joe Wikert
October 16, 2012

Joshua Gans is the author of a new ebook from Harvard Business Review called Information Wants to Be Shared. The title is provocative enough but what makes it particularly interesting is that it’s not written by a publishing veteran. Gans is an …

Mining the astronomical literature

By Alasdair Allan
August 15, 2012

There is a huge debate right now about making academic literature freely accessible and moving toward open access. But what would be possible if people stopped talking about it and just dug in and got on with it? NASA’s Astrophysics …

Geotag Photos Pro

By Gene McCullagh
July 21, 2012

A lot of great things have been piling up that I want to tell you about. The first is a great app from the folks at TappyTapps called Geotag Photos Pro. Lightroom 4 has a new Map module which let's you geotag your images. If your camera doesn't capture the GPS data then you need to capture it in some other way. You could buy expensive add ons for your DSLR to track GPS data. Or you could get one of those little GPS trackers you clip to your belt. Either of those, however, are more expensive solutions than Geotag Photos Pro. This is an app that you run on your iPhone (or Android Phone) that turns it into a GPS Tracker! More likely than not you will have your phone with you. I know I've left that small stand alone tracker home many times but I had my phone with me. But this is more than just an app. There is also a website where you can save your logs as well as review them on maps. The site also has a desktop application to let you tag your images. As a Lightroom 4 user you won't need this but it's good to know it's available.

The Russians Are Coming: A First Look At Rosa 2012 Marathon

The Russians Are Coming: A First Look At Rosa 2012 Marathon
By Caitlyn Martin
May 21, 2012

ROSA Labs has forked the Mandriva distribution, creating a distribution that, while still resembling Mandriva 2011 at first glance, actually has gone its own way in many important respects. The first post-Mandriva release, ROSA 2012 Marathon, was officially unveiled last Monday. This is also the first ROSA LTS (long term support) release, offering security and software updates for five years.

Understanding randomness is a double-edged sword

Understanding randomness is a double-edged sword
By Mike Loukides
January 5, 2012

While Leonard Mlodinow's book offers a good introduction to probabilistic thinking, it carries two problems: First, it doesn't uniformly account for skill. Second, when we're talking probability and statistics, we're talking about interchangeable events.

Understanding randomness is a double-edged sword

By Mike Loukides
January 5, 2012

While Leonard Mlodinow's book offers a good introduction to probabilistic thinking, it carries two problems: First, it doesn't uniformly account for skill. Second, when we're talking probability and statistics, we're talking about interchangeable events.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Super Photo Editing Skills Tutorial Available

By Gene McCullagh
March 17, 2011

Rob and Lauren over at Photography Concentrate were excited to send me their latest Lightroom tutorial Super Photo Editing Skills for review. I was happy to oblige having seen and reviewed some of their prior offerings. Before we get to the review, however, I have to say that Rob and Lauren are among the nicest people you will meet out there in cyberspace! The About section of their site says it all... We are two professional photographers who think this is the best job in the universe. We like it so much, in fact, that we want to help other people do it, so they can be super happy too.

PC World review of OST, and my response

PC World review of OST, and my response
By Trish Gray
February 16, 2011

For this blog, I'd like to share with you a recent PC World review of OST by Sharon Machlis, who completed Inroduction to PHP, Perl Programming 1: Introduction to Perl, and PHP/SQL 1: Introduction to Database Programming in 2010 and early 2011. Here is what she has to say, and my response to her:

Log Management Tool Selection Checklist Out

By Anton Chuvakin
November 5, 2010

Knowing how much people love IT-security related checklists, here is one more: a checklist for comparing log management tools. It is being released at the new log management related site, Log Management Central (subscribe to RSS, follow on Twitter). The announcement...

Building a World Class Team - Implementing Code Review in an Agile Environment Part 2

By Tom Barker
October 23, 2010

In the internal housekeeping phase of this journey one of our overall success metrics is drastically lowering our overall bug count. In a past series of articles I talked about creating a new process to prevent the creation of bugs in a tactical way ... in this series I talk about the need to take a more strategic approach to reducing bugs.

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

By Alex Howard
May 14, 2010

In this week's Gov 2.0 review: Open government, open data, moving .gov into the cloud, crisis response, Government 2.0 events and more.

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

By Alex Howard
May 7, 2010

Topics in this week Gov 2.0 Week in Review include: Open 311, OGI, open government, open source, revisiting net neutrality and disaster response 2.0.

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

By Alex Howard
April 30, 2010

In this week's round-up of Gov 2.0 news: Open government assessed, web managers meet, Britain's social media election and Internet Policy 3.0.

Simple Log Review Checklist Released!

By Anton Chuvakin
March 9, 2010

The log cheat sheet presents a checklist for reviewing critical system, network and security logs when responding to a security incident. It can also be used for routine periodic log review. It was authored by Dr. Anton Chuvakin and Lenny Zeltser

Innovation Lessons in "Start-Up Nation"

By Andy Oram
February 15, 2010

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle investigates the social, historical, and psychological traits that produce extraordinarily creative people--and significantly, creative people who can translate their cranial light-bulbs into technologies with the potential to change the world.

Trademarks, trust, and software quality

By Andy Oram
January 29, 2010

Trademark law hasn't caught up to free and open source software. But the issues it needs to address are parallel to quality and trust issues in the technology.

Top Log FAIL

By Anton Chuvakin
October 29, 2009

A recent Wal-Mart intrusion story inspired me to summarize the most egregious, reckless, painful, negligent, sad, idiotic examples of failures with logs and logging - "Top Log FAIL." I am pretty sure that esteemed readers of SysAdmin Blog would never,...

Review: Kerchoonz K-box Portable Speaker

Review: Kerchoonz K-box Portable Speaker
By David Battino
October 6, 2009

Does this iPod-size, battery-powered vibration speaker with the gooey bottom really deliver amazing bass? Gel, yes!

Chapter-by-chapter coverage of Masterminds of Programming

By Andy Oram
September 24, 2009

Programmer Taran Rampersad planned all along to write a review of Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages--but his reading impressed him so much he ended up writing a review for each chapter.

Review: "Scaling Lean & Agile Development", by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde

By Ed Willis
August 18, 2009

I've managed a group that ran software projects using Scrum but also provided Scrum support to the wider R&D organization by developing Scrum templates and procedures, developing and delivering Scrum training and providing coaching and mentoring for groups taking their first steps down the Scrum path. So, to be honest, I pretty much figured I had Scrum licked. Then I read "Scaling Agile & Lean Development" by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. I'd yet to scratch the surface of lean and so the excellent treatment lean gets in this book was expected to be new to me, but it was pretty embarrassing how much I learned about Scrum and agile development along the way. If anything it left me feeling a bit of an agile fraud. In the introduction to "Modern C++ Design" by Andrei Alexandrescu, Herb Sutter talks about how reading Alexandrescu's work made him realize that his understanding of C++ templates was still at the "container of T" level while Alexandrescu's work opened his mind to the vast possibilities offered by C++'s generics. This book leaves me feeling similarly abut agile methods. The book presents a great treatment of agile and lean development methods, places them in the context of queuing theory and lean thinking and provides a road map for configuring the organization in what will be a novel manner for most of us but a manner which has led Toyota and others to remarkable improvements in efficiency, employee satisfaction and responsiveness to market needs. If you're an agile practitioner and proponent, go get this book - you'll be glad you did. Note that a companion volume, "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development" is due out soon also.

Review of "Beautiful Security" Book

By Anton Chuvakin
June 22, 2009

"Beautiful Security" from O'Reilly, which I just finished reading, is truly an awesome book. Now, I will probably have a high opinion of my own chapter ("Beautiful Log Handling") since it took some work (eh... and one near-complete rewrite) to...

O'Reilly Week in Review for June 1st, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for June 1st, 2009
By James Turner
June 3, 2009

This week, we have a chat with John Viega, co-editor of Beautiful Security, the latest book in O'Reilly's "Beautiful" series, about what makes security beautiful, as well as what steps consumers and enterprises need to take to be secure these...

Nikola Tesla--The Man Who Lit Up the World - An Excerpt from The Geek Atlas

Nikola Tesla--The Man Who Lit Up the World - An Excerpt from The Geek Atlas
By Sara Peyton
May 28, 2009

The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. And if you're a traveler who loves science, you'll definitely want to check out at a timely new resource from O'Reilly, The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science & Technology Come Alive ($29.99), by John Graham-Cumming. Arriving just in time for summer vacation planning, this unique travelers' guide covers 128 interesting destinations around the globe where major breakthroughs in science, mathematics, or technology occurred--or are happening now. Read about the Tesla Museum, in Belgrade, Serbia in this excerpt from The Geek Atlas now.

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 25th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 25th, 2009
By James Turner
May 26, 2009

This week, we talk to Damien Stolarz, author of iPhone Hacks, about how hackable the iPhone really is. We also chat with Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene about Beautiful Teams.

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 4th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 4th, 2009
By James Turner
May 6, 2009

This week, we talk to Tim O'Reilly about how Twitter has dealt with the Swine Flu panic, Make publisher Dale Dougherty about the new interest in the Maker culture, and our usual podcast quiz question....

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 20th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 20th, 2009
By James Turner
April 22, 2009

This week, we have an extended conversation with Googler Andy Hertzfeld about his latest Google Labs creation, the News Timeline. And, as usual, the O'Reilly Podquiz, that can win you a free O'Reilly Book....

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 13th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 13th, 2009
By James Turner
April 15, 2009

This week, we have interviews from Yahoo! and MIT, both previewing talks at Where 2.0. There's also a new podquiz, this week dealing with Microsoft's poor sense of direction, literally......

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 6th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for April 6th, 2009
By James Turner
April 8, 2009

This week, we hear from two of the speakers who will be talking at Where 2.0, one on alternative means of sensing our environment, one on telling stories through mobile devices. There's also the answer to last week's quiz, and...

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 29th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 29th, 2009
By James Turner
April 1, 2009

This week, we talk to Eric Gunderson about opening up access to government data, and the mashups you can create once you do. Editor Andy Oram discusses what open Cloud Computing might look like. And, of course, we have last...

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009
By James Turner
March 25, 2009

This week's podcast features a chat with Brady Forrest, who organizes conferences for O'Reilly, about the upcoming Where conference, and what's happening with geo-aware technology in general. Brian Aker, MySQL guy for Sun, talks about the possibility of MySQL becoming...

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 9nd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 9nd, 2009
By James Turner
March 10, 2009

This week's show features a followup with Andrew 'bunnie' Huang about factory conditions in China, the O'Reilly editors talk about jailbreaking iPhones, and this week's podquiz, your chance to win a free O'Reilly book....

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 2nd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 2nd, 2009
By James Turner
March 4, 2009

This time around on Week in Review, the Gang of Editors discusses the shrinking IT salary landscape, we hear an excerpt of an interview about the Terry Childs cybercrime case, and there's a new chance to score a free book...

No Need for Weed. Or, Misadventures in Google Book Search

No Need for Weed. Or, Misadventures in Google Book Search
By Allen Noren
March 3, 2009

We all know that Google is known for their ground breaking software, their keen ability to mine the collective intelligence of users and deep data sets to deliver just the right bit of information one needs at a point in...

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 23rd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 23rd, 2009
By James Turner
February 25, 2009

This week, the O'Reilly editors discuss how the new stimulus package may effect the alternative energy industry, we hear an excerpt of an interview with virologist Dr. Nathan Wolfe, and get a new patent-related podquiz question to puzzle over....

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 16th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 16th, 2009
By James Turner
February 17, 2009

This week's podcast includes a roundtable discussion by the editors of Microsoft's new retail initiative, excerpts of an interview with Andrew "bunnie" Huang about product design in China, as well as the weekly podquiz, your chance to score a free...

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 9th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 9th, 2009
By James Turner
February 11, 2009

This week's podcast features a round table discussion by some of the O'Reilly editors of how the Obama administration is making use of the Internet, an excerpt of an interview with LCD display maven Mary Lou Jepsen, and the weekly...

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 2nd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for February 2nd, 2009
By James Turner
February 4, 2009

This week's podcast features tip on using Mercurial, an update from Matthew Russell on his Building Community book, the answer to last week's quiz and a fresh new FSF-related quiz question....

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 26, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 26, 2009
By James Turner
January 28, 2009

This week's podcast has excerpts from interviews with Craig Newmark of Craigslist and Linux Device Driver Guru Greg-Kroah Hartman. There's also a audio tour of the O'Reilly web site, and a new podquiz that can score you a book from...

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 19, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 19, 2009
By James Turner
January 21, 2009

This week's podcast has interviews with SF writers William Hunt and Lawrence Watt Evans, commentary on the technological thrust of the new Obama administration, and the weekly quiz....

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 12, 2008

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 12, 2008
By James Turner
January 14, 2009

This week's Podcast has tech tips from two O'Reilly authors. You'll learn about a nifty replacement for 'grep', and how to keep Wordpress up to date using Subversion. There's also a new quiz, your chance to win a free O'Reilly...

O'Reilly Week in Review for Jan 5th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for Jan 5th, 2009
By James Turner
January 6, 2009

This week's podcast has a commentary from editor Kurt Cagle on the potential opportunities that this year could bring, a conversation with Tim O'Reilly about ways the SEC could leverage search technology, the answer to last week's quiz and a...

O'Reilly Week in Review for December 22, 2008

O'Reilly Week in Review for December 22, 2008
By James Turner
December 23, 2008

This week's podcast looks back at an interview we ran with physics rapper Katherine McAlpline in the fall, as well as announcing our first podcast quiz winner, and the new quiz question, that can win you your choice of any in print O'Reilly book.


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