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Ignite Boston 4 -- Videos Uploaded

By Mike Hendrickson
September 23, 2008

Ignite Boston 4 was an interesting and insightful event. We have many things to take away as we plan our next event for January.

Daniel Suarez: Bot-Mediated Realities

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2008

I enjoy exposure to new world views, the feeling of one's brain being stretched to fit a new frame. For that reason, I enjoyed Daniel Suarez's talk to the Long Now Foundation, entitled "Daemon: Bot-Mediated Realities". You can listen to the talk as I did, or read Paul Saffo's summary. Suarez sees a world in which bots run everything from...

Energy Savings, Strange Attractors, ...

By Jim Stogdill
August 1, 2008

... the Intrinsic Cost of State Change, Orbiting Alien Voyeurs, and 200 Square Kilometers of Solar Panels Somewhere in Texas The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Berkeley National Labs recently published the results of their first Data Center Demonstration Project (pdf). (Disclosure: My colleague Teresa Tung of Accenture R+D labs was the report's principal author). The study follows up on...

Energy Savings, Strange Attractors, ...

By Jim Stogdill
July 31, 2008

Recent report validates estimates in EPA report to Congress on data center energy savings.

An ESB for the Web?

By Jim Stogdill
July 11, 2008

Gnip seems to be to the web what the ESB is for the Enterprise.

What A Tiger Can Do

By Dale Dougherty
June 19, 2008

This past weekend I watched a superhero fall to incredible lows and rise to unbelievable heights. I wasn't watching one of the manufactured Marvel superheroes on the big screen. I was watching Tiger Woods live on TV. I was watching him create one of the most compelling stories ever in sports. Late Saturday afternoon, I began watching Tiger fight his...

Phone in the Toilet?

By Linda Stone
June 18, 2008

My friend Sara sent me an email: "Linda, Sorry that I'm not able to call you back. My phone fell into the toilet." We live in a world where phones can fall into toilets because our phones are following us everywhere. Untethered. Free. Free to fall into the toilet. Last week, a high school sophomore told me that she brings...

WordSpy as Collective Intelligence

By Tim O'Reilly
June 7, 2008

I've long been a fan of WordSpy, Paul McFedries' site that features definitions and first use of new words and phrases. It's a great trendspotting tool. The words we use give surprising insight into popular consciousness. Many of them, like junk sleep, silent disco, free-range kid, or Blackberry prayer illustrate new social trends, while others like phantom load or quake...

Unexpected Pleasures in Gates/Ballmer interview at D Conference

By Tim O'Reilly
June 6, 2008

In the joint interview with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer at D last week, I loved some of the stories about the early Microsoft, especially Ballmer talking about how Gates wouldn't let him hire anyone unless he could prove that they would pay for themselves. Gates was incredibly conservative, and always wanted to have enough cash on hand to...

A Successful Experiment

By Sarah Milstein
April 24, 2008

During Web2Open yesterday, we ran an experiment that turned out to be a big success. Because it felt like a model that could be extended and used by others--but it hasn't been blogged about widely--I'll explain here what we did. We started with the idea that we wanted to hold a conference speed-dating event. But we didn't have a natural...

GSM Cracking: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You via a Web Service

By Jim Stogdill
April 18, 2008

A new web service, based on specialized hardware, will make cracking the GSM A5/1 protocol fast and cheap.

You Become what You Disrupt - (part two)

By Jesse Robbins
April 14, 2008

Google's GrandCentral (Radar coverage) was down over the weekend resulting in missed calls and other phone problems for its users. This is very similar to the the two day Skype outage last year where I said that "You Become what You Disrupt". I've spoken about this issue several times, most recently at the Princeton CITP "Computing in the Cloud" workshop....

The "New Privacy"

By Allison Randal
March 21, 2008

There was a great session on Online Privacy on NPR's Science Friday today, including a guest spot by Emily Vander Veer, the author of O'Reilly's Facebook: The Missing Manual. You can subscribe to the podcast or download today's episode directly....

Trendalyzer view of the banking crisis

By Jesse Robbins
March 20, 2008

The team at "And Still I Persist" has created their own version of Hans Rosling's "Trendalyzer" (see: Radar post) to visualize the current US banking crisis. "First lets look at the top 8 banks and their mortgages that are 90+...

Simplicity

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2008

I got a chuckle out of this comic on app simplicity and usability. So true, so painfully painfully true....

Jill Bolte Taylor's amazing TED talk

By Jimmy Guterman
March 16, 2008

At least three of this year's TED talks were flat-out amazing: Tod Machover's, Benjamin Zander's, and Jill Bolte Taylor's. The first of them has just been posted: Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard neuroanatomist, eavesdropped on her own stroke. As I...

@ETech: Tuesday Morning Keynotes

By Jimmy Guterman
March 6, 2008

Saul Griffith started the day with a sober, but ultimately hopeful, talk about energy literacy. The subtitle of the talk was "know what you can do, do what you can," and the core of his talk (we'll point to the...

@TED: Best of Day 4 and a Wrap-Up

By Jimmy Guterman
March 1, 2008

The last day at TED is a combination of exhaustion, anxiety, and wistfulness: exhaustion because we've been neglecting our sleep, anxiety because we remember how much work awaits us after the event is over, and wistfulness because we realize we...

@TED: Best of Day 3

By Jimmy Guterman
March 1, 2008

The joke among TEDsters is that, around the third day, it becomes an endurance sport. It's one thing to be in a room listening to spectacular insights for a few hours. It's another to be doing so for half a...

@TED: Best of Day 2

By Jimmy Guterman
February 29, 2008

It was a day of extremes at TED, ranging from an extended session examining the pervasiveness of evil to an evening celebration of some of the most life-affirming ideas possible. It also ranged from the sober (how to survive a...

@TED: Best of Day 1

By Jimmy Guterman
February 28, 2008

If nothing else, TED is a trip. The veteran conference has gone through many permutations. Under curator Chris Anderson, TED is still full of technology, entertainment, and design, but it has really lived up to the change-the-world rhetoric that was...

Visualization of names and words used by Presidential candidates

By Jesse Robbins
December 28, 2007

The New York Times has a really interesting Circos/Clusterball style visualization of the names used by US presidential candidates to refer to opponents in the debates preceding the Iowa caucuses. (Link) A graph of common words used by candidates in...

The Other Side of China

By Tim O'Reilly
November 20, 2007

Last week, I wrote about the sense of dynamism and opportunity in China that I felt during our Beijing Foo Camp earlier this month. All of the Chinese I met were wonderful to be with, and there wasn't a single...

Tribute to honor Jim Gray on May 31st, 2008 at UC Berkeley

By Jesse Robbins
November 18, 2007

A tribute to honor Jim Gray will be held on May 31st, 2008 at UC Berkeley. The general session is open to all, followed by a technical session reviewing a small fraction of Jim's lasting contributions. Registration is required to attend the technical session. General Session Program 9:00am - 10:30am, Zellerbach Hall Opening Remarks - Joe Hellerstein A Tribute, Not a Memorial: Understanding Ambiguous Loss - Pauline Boss The Search Effort - Mike Olson Jim's Impact on Berkeley - Mike Harrison Jim as a Mentor: Colleagues - Pat Helland Jim as a Mentor: Faculty and Students - Ed Lazowska Why Jim Got the Turing Award - Mike Stonebraker Jim's Contributions to Industry I - David Vaskevitch Jim's Contributions to Industry II - Rick Rashid Technical Session Program 11:00am - 5:30pm, Wheeler Hall (Registration is required) IBM/Transaction Processing - Bruce Lindsay Tandem/Fault Tolerance - Development & Effect of TPC/A Benchmark - David DeWitt DEC, Architecture, Memex and More - Gordon Bell Writing the Transaction Processing book: "Is There Life After Transaction Processing?"

Tribute to honor Jim Grey will be held on May 31st, 2008 at UC Berkeley

By Jesse Robbins
November 18, 2007

A tribute to honor Jim Grey will be held on May 31st, 2008 at UC Berkeley. The general session is open to all, followed by a technical session reviewing a small fraction of Jim's lasting contributions. Registration is required to attend the technical session. General Session Program 9:00am - 10:30am, Zellerbach Hall Welcome Opening Remarks - Joe Hellerstein A Tribute, Not a Memorial: Understanding Ambiguous Loss - Pauline Boss The Search Effort - Mike Olson Jim's Impact on Berkeley - Mike Harrison Jim as a Mentor: Colleagues - Pat Helland Jim as a Mentor: Faculty and Students - Ed Lazowska Why Jim Got the Turing Award - Mike Stonebraker Jim's Contributions to Industry I - David Vaskevitch Jim's Contributions to Industry II - Rick Rashid Technical Session Program 11:00am - 5:30pm, Wheeler Hall (Registration is required) IBM/Transaction Processing - Bruce Lindsay Tandem/Fault Tolerance - Development & Effect of TPC/A Benchmark - David DeWitt DEC, Architecture, Memex and More - Gordon Bell Writing the Transaction Processing book: "Is There Life After Transaction Processing?"

Questioning functional programming

By Nat Torkington
October 16, 2007

We've been tracking functional programming languages like Haskell and Erlang for a while, most recently watching the release of the Prags' "Programming Erlang and the rapid progress Bryan, John, and Don are making on Real World Haskell. Leon Brocard drew...

The Stickiness of Stories

By Tim O'Reilly
October 15, 2007

From my brother James, whose company, Travelers Tales makes travel guidebooks out of stories: From a Yahoo Finance/BusinessWeek piece today, The Seven Secrets of Inspiring Leaders [by Carmine Gallo]: "Few business leaders appreciate the power of stories to connect with...

Penn and Teller on the FCC

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2007

Someone just put up on YouTube a great Penn and Teller riff about the FCC (looks like it might have actually been around for a while, given the reference to an FCC statement from 2004, but it's new to me),...

Arnold Schwarzenegger and California as Nation State

By Tim O'Reilly
September 28, 2007

I'm a bit behind on getting this post up, but I couldn't help connecting the article published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat this past Monday about Schwarzenegger's address to the UN on climate change with the video released a...

Failure happens

By Artur Bergman
July 25, 2007

What an exciting day, as services for hundreds of thousands of users and millions of readers disappeared from the internet. In a stunning but unsurprising event, a repeated power cycling caused by a blown power station disrupted the 365 Main...

Scott Berkun: "Asshole Driven Development"

By Tim O'Reilly
June 22, 2007

For a humorous but insightful take on the latest real world software development methodologies (never mind theory!), see Scott Berkun's definitions of Asshole Driven Development, or ADD, Cognitive Dissonance Development, or CDD, Cover Your Ass Engineering, or CYAE, Development by...

A Fable For Our Time

By Jimmy Guterman
June 4, 2007

Several months back, my fellow Radarite Allison Randal used this space to tell us five things we may not have known about here. Coming in at #2: "I study a new language every year. This year is Afrikaans." I find...

Scott Guthrie, Silverlight, and the Enthusiasm of the Microsoft Community

By Tim O'Reilly
May 11, 2007

Over on oreillynet.com, O'Reilly windows editor John Osborn did a nice wrapup of his experience at Mix 07. There were two things that were particularly interesting in John's report. The first was the way he described the enthusiasm of the...

Women in Computer Science

By Tim O'Reilly
April 21, 2007

In a recent NY Times article entitled Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold, Cornelia Dean points out that the number of women in computer science has been on the decline since 1985: Women received about 38...

Financial Hacking -- Giving Creative Accounting a Good Name

By Andrew Savikas
April 20, 2007

The subject of the next edition of Release 2.0, available next week, is the collision between Wall Street markets and Web 2.0 markets. The intersection between technology and finance is a busy one, and there might just be some hacker spirit hiding behind those suits.

"remove the web developer and the web gets developed"

By Tim O'Reilly

Nat Torkington wrote on the Radar backchannel: "From my friend Jeff Root, one of the people behind this NZ gig guide": By the end of the week we should have a module that lets people pull listings into their MySpace...

Tending Our Garden

By Tim O'Reilly

My friend Bob Meraz, who runs Basement Hip Hop, a hip hop record store and label in the San Fernando Valley, sent out an open letter to his customers about the shootings at Virginia Tech. I thought it was quite...

TED Wrap-Up

By Jimmy Guterman

The week after TED is always hazy. The event is so compressed, so exhausting, that the return to the real world, where you're not (or, at least, I'm not) surrounded by notables ranging from E.O. Wilson to Goldie Hawn, seems...


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