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Four short links: 17 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 20, 2014

Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing …

Four short links: 17 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 17, 2014

Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing …

Four short links: 17 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 17, 2014

Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing …

To IDE or Not to IDE?

By Brian MacDonald
January 23, 2014

You’ve picked the language you want to learn, and you’ve learned more about the various language paradigms. You want to get started writing some actual code—but what tool do you use? With almost all languages, you can start writing code …

2013 Data Science Salary Survey

By O'Reilly Strata
January 14, 2014

There is no shortage of news about the importance of data or the career opportunities within data. Yet a discussion of modern data tools can help us understand what the current data evolution is all about, and it can also …

Dead Batteries Included

By Dusty Phillips
October 11, 2013

It’s unfortunate that the official About Python page still describes Python’s standard library as having “batteries included.” Sure, some of those old standbys will keep your project going and going, but many of them are leaking acid all over the …

Four short links: 3 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 3, 2013

Hyundia Replacing Cigarette Lighters with USB Ports (Quartz) — sign of the times. (via Julie Starr) Freeseer — free, open source, cross-platform application that captures or streams your desktop—designed for capturing presentations. Would you like freedom with your screencast? Amazon …

Four short links: 30 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Steve Yegge on GROK (YouTube) — The Grok Project is an internal Google initiative to simplify the navigation and querying of very large program source repositories. We have designed and implemented a language-neutral, canonical representation for source code and compiler …

From “Web Development” to the “Web Platform”

By Simon St. Laurent
September 4, 2013

The rise of the phrase “web platform” over the past few years makes me very happy. For years, I’ve been looking for a good term that would cover HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and a few related technologies. The terminology has long …

Shakespeare and the myth of publishing

By Mike Loukides
August 21, 2013

Note: this post started as a Foo Camp 2013 session. A few weeks ago, Tim O’Reilly sent around a link to Who Edited Shakespeare?, which discussed the editor for the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It included a lot …

Nate Silver’s big move, tips for journalists at hackathons, and the limitations of polling Twitter

By Janaya Williams
July 25, 2013

The big news in data journalism this week was Nate Silver’s announcement that he’s leaving the New York Times and taking his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN. The chatteratti immediately weighed in: TIME credits Nate Silver with elevating data journalism to …

Rapid growth, open data, and the three people every data journalism team needs.

By Janaya Williams
July 3, 2013

A flurry of articles are published each week purporting to give us a “progress report” on the state of data journalism. This week, Frederic Filloux of the Guardian and former Financial Times Journalist Tom Forensky debate whether the quality of …

What journalists can learn from gamers, using ‘citizen sensors’, and best hits of a data pioneer

By Janaya Williams
June 20, 2013

As the field grows, and the demands for “data journalists” proliferate, journalists find themselves walking a fine line between embracing technology’s potential in the field, and never losing sight of the crucial role of the journalist — which has traditionally …

Mobile-centric Optimization Requires a Mobile-centric Approach

By Jenn Webb
June 7, 2013

As our always-on society turns more and more to mobile platforms and devices—a recent Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast predicted 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015—mobile app development is becoming more and more important. Developers, however, are finding mobile …

End-to-End JavaScript Quality Analysis

By Ariya Hidayat
May 23, 2013

The rise of single-page web applications means that front-end developers need to pay attention not only to network transport optimization, but also to rendering and computation performance. With applications written in JavaScript, the language tooling itself has not really caught …

An update on in-memory data management

By Ben Lorica
February 21, 2013

By Ben Lorica and Roger Magoulas We wanted to give you a brief update on what we’ve learned so far from our series of interviews with players and practitioners in the in-memory data management space. A few preliminary themes have …

Exploring web standards for high data density visualizations

By Nicolas Garcia Belmonte
January 30, 2013

Strata Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, the Strata Community Site will be providing sneak peeks of upcoming sessions at the Strata Conference in Santa Clara. Nicolas’ sneak peek is the first in this series.  Last year was a …

Speaking as a publishing recruiter and author

By Michael Foy
January 23, 2013

Mining dollars from the digital age. It’s what every publisher is concerned with lately. In my day job as recruiter, as I like to say, I’ve clinically observed publishers struggling with the new realities. By night, as I assume my …

Need speed for big data? Think in-memory data management

By Ben Lorica
January 18, 2013

By Ben Lorica and Roger Magoulas In a forthcoming report we will highlight technologies and solutions that take advantage of the decline in prices of RAM, the popularity of distributed and cloud computing systems, and the need for faster queries …

What tools do you use for information gathering and publishing?

By Mac Slocum
January 16, 2013

Many apps claim to be the pinnacle of content consumption and distribution. Most are a tangle of silly names and bad interfaces, but some of these tools are useful. A few are downright empowering. Finding those good ones is the …

Data journalism: From eccentric to mainstream in five years

By Ron Miller
December 20, 2012

Simon Rogers (@smfrogers), editor of The Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, and a speaker at the upcoming Strata Conference in California, was one of the first data journalists at The Guardian. In the following interview, Rogers discusses the changes he’s seen …

Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world

By Alex Howard
December 20, 2012

When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world. I received emails from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Canada and Italy that featured data visualization, explored …

Photos on the cloud, and your metadata

By Uche Ogbuji
December 13, 2012

There are many tempting offerings for storing and sharing photos in the cloud. But not only should you be wary of combining those two functions, but if you care about your photos metadata, you should be very wary about storing photos with the current crop of popular cloud offerings.

Open source developers combine efforts in the health care field

By Andy Oram
December 13, 2012

I had a chance to listen in a recent meeting of Open Health Tools, a trade association bringing together companies, academics, and standards bodies who create open source software tools for all stages of the health care field. Open Health …

Pricing lessons learned from a publishing startup

By Joe Wikert
July 13, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Demibooks CEO and co-founder Rafiq Ahmed talks about challenges in the ebook tools space and how his startup is handling pricing.

Lean Startup Toolbox

By Kevin Shockey
July 2, 2012

Running a lean startup project requires the coordination of a lot of little pieces. Each little piece, each system, fits together, like wooden studs or metal girders. Together all of the pieces become a structure, what designers call an infra-structure.

Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Four short links: 23 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2012

Tale of Two Pwnies (Chromium Blog) -- So, how does one get full remote code execution in Chrome? In the case of Pinkie Pie’s exploit, it took a chain of six different bugs in order to successfully break out of the Chrome sandbox. Lest you think all attacks come from mouth-breathing script kiddies, this is how the pros do...

Velocity Profile: Nicole Sullivan

By Mac Slocum
May 9, 2012

Nicole Sullivan discusses her favorite CSS tools and who she follows in the web ops & performance world.

Developer Week in Review: Everyone can program?

Developer Week in Review: Everyone can program?
By James Turner
April 13, 2012

Apple is the latest in a long line of entities that want to bring software development to the masses. Here's why that idea, in general, is doomed to fail.

Everyone has a big data problem

By Audrey Watters
February 23, 2012

MetaLayer's Jonathan Gosier talks about the need to democratize data tools because everyone has a big data problem.

Everyone has a big data problem

By Audrey Watters
February 23, 2012

MetaLayer's Jonathan Gosier talks about the need to democratize data tools because everyone has a big data problem.

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

The stories behind a few O'Reilly
By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

Why data visualization matters

By Julie Steele
February 15, 2012

Effective data visualizations go beyond aesthetics; they also allow organizations to make quick and correct decisions from massive amounts of information.

Four short links: 15 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 15, 2012

Namebench (Google Code) -- hunts down the fastest DNS servers for your computer to use. (via Nelson Minar) Primer on Macroeconomics (Jig) -- reading suggestions for introductions to macroeconomics suitable to understand the financial crisis and proposed solutions. (via Tim O'Reilly) Smarter Cameras Plumb Composition -- A new type of smarter camera can take a picture but also assess...

Why data visualization matters

Why data visualization matters
By Julie Steele
February 15, 2012

Effective data visualizations go beyond aesthetics; they also allow organizations to make quick and correct decisions from massive amounts of information.

O'Reilly ebooks now optimized for Kindle Fire

By Adam Witwer
February 9, 2012

If your O'Reilly ebook bundle includes a Mobi file, you can now download a KF8-compliant file. These updated files take advantage of the Kindle Fire's functionality.

O'Reilly ebooks now optimized for Kindle Fire

By Adam Witwer
February 9, 2012

If your O'Reilly ebook bundle includes a Mobi file, you can now download a KF8-compliant file. These updated files take advantage of the Kindle Fire's functionality.

Embracing the chaos of data

Embracing the chaos of data
By Audrey Watters
January 31, 2012

Data scientists, it's time to welcome errors and uncertainty into your data projects. In this interview, Jetpac CTO Pete Warden discusses the advantages of unstructured data.

Embracing the chaos of data

By Audrey Watters
January 31, 2012

Data scientists, it's time to welcome errors and uncertainty into your data projects. In this interview, Jetpac CTO Pete Warden discusses the advantages of unstructured data.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters
By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters

By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Dennis Ritchie's legacy of elegantly useful tools

By Mike Loukides
October 29, 2011

"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity," Dennis Ritchie once said. It's true, and we need more geniuses who share his spirit.

We're in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don't panic)

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Hugh McGuire, co-author of "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto," explains why publishing's digital transformation goes way beyond format shifts. He also reveals nine ways the publishing industry will change over the next five years.

We're in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don't panic)

We're in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don't panic)
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Hugh McGuire, co-author of "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto," explains why publishing's digital transformation goes way beyond format shifts. He also reveals nine ways the publishing industry will change over the next five years.

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality
By Marc Goodman
September 29, 2011

Crowdsourcing began as a way to tap the wisdom of crowds for the betterment of business and science. Crime groups have now repurposed the same tools and techniques for their own variation: "crime-sourcing."

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality

By Marc Goodman
September 29, 2011

Crowdsourcing began as a way to tap the wisdom of crowds for the betterment of business and science. Crime groups have now repurposed the same tools and techniques for their own variation: "crime-sourcing."

Global Adaptation Index enables better data-driven decisions

By Alex Howard
September 15, 2011

Speed, accessibility and open data have come together in the Global Adaptation Index, a new data browser that rates a given country's vulnerability to environmental shifts.


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