State of Technology #60



#architectureDataland : MIT’s 70’s Media Room Concept that influenced the MAC


#codeWhy 80 characters is the default choice for optimal code width?


#design*** What UX can learn from Comics –

  1. Part ONE – “A reader’s eye is like a horse: both will roam if left on their own.”
  2. Part TWO – “Left to their own devices, eyes want to travel in a downward slanting direction across pages. This is why ad magazines have “v” shaped layouts.”



#essay**** 11 Compelling Pitch Archetypes with brilliant examples: which one is yours’?


  1. Traction
  2. “X for Y” (e.g., Twitter for video)
  3. Personal Story
  4. Pivot/Offshoot
  5. Evolution Next
  6. Painting the Future
  7. Service at Scale
  8. Wouldn’t if be cool if
  9. Insane Tech
  10.  The Dream Team
  11.  Consumerification


#mobile10 Best Mobile Web Development Frameworks

#saas12 ways to Increase Throughput by 32X

#serviceShould code have an ethics like medicine?

#socialHerman the German Friendship Cake – culinary equivalent of Chain mails (here is a brief Guardian article about what’s taking social scene by storm)


Make your own notebook in 15 minutes


#tweaks n’ hacksWordless Web – Just bring that button to your bookmark bar, click and all words in the page you’re in will VANISH!



#parting_thought ‘I’ve seen $crap as a loop variable, and a colleague tells of overhauling old code with a function called THE_LONE_RANGER_RIDES_AGAIN(). That’s not the type of bad variable name I mean’ – Andy Lester



State of Data #100

#1_read_this_weekPlay with the data on religions, income and number of babies/woman that I use in my last TED video” – Hans Rosling


#analysisThe danger of using average alone in Web Analytics 

–  Desirable qualities in API design                                                                   

#big_dataMapReduce Q&A – Part 1; Part 2

Does value of data depend on volume (pdf)? In communications (e.g., postal mails delivered) it does and the possibility of using a similar model for information.

–  PostGreSQL vs. MongoDB

Data is really just an antidote to Billion-dollar mistakes

The best ways to visualize Twitter data


#visualizationCharting the Facebook IPO


State of Data #99

#1Read_this_WeekFF Chartwell: a Graph-making Font – just type, get graphs! (via O’reilly Radar)


#analysisOsama bin Laden letters analyzed using intelligence analysis tools


“If all these new DBMS technologies are so scalable, why are Oracle and DB2 still on top of TPC-C?”                                                                        


#big_dataBig Data problem for Cyber Security



#contestVAST Challenge 2012 is now open


#Data_ScienceThe future of inter-device data transfer

#DBMSnvl2 is a handy SQL operator


#idea How analytics can reduce injury in very tough contact sports


#learningBig Data University, from IBM



#visualizationA huge cache of Visualization Tutorials

Jaw-dropping video shows world’s roads, flight paths and shipping routes



State of Technology #58



#architectureAchieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services (from Jeff Dean, Google Fellow)

#codeFront-end Performance Case Study at GitHub

#designWhen we design anything, we immediately sign-up for obsolescence. Here’s how today’s 10 Big Websites Looked 15 years ago.


#essayHow Geniuses Think

#mobileUltimate Secret to Fast Mobile Design (from Instagram)

#saasMobile Web vs. Native & How LinkedIn built their iPad app

#serviceUnderstanding Information Architecture, a brilliantly done Prezi-ntation

#socialHow can you make Daily Standup Meetings more productive


History of Key Design – from Assyrian Wooden Rods to Manhattan Keycards


#tweaks n’ hacksPlay the game “Cube” with Google Maps



Who’s got the ball?” When you’re in sports, and the ball is thrown to you, then you’ve got the ball, and you’re now in control of what happens next.  So it’s important to know who’s got the ball. If you’re in a meeting and you’ve had a great conversation and then everybody leaves, who has the ball?” – Shellye Archambeau



State of Data #98

#1Read_this_WeekHow Dan Hon battled Type-2 Diabetes with data #QuantifiedSelf

Why Real-time Analytics (pdf; from InfoChimps)

#architectureFrom Facebook Engineering – Data Diving with Scuba                                                                    

#big_dataData Journalism Handbook released; FREE Online Version.

The math behind Ticket Bargains

#DBMSAmazon now supports SQL Server in RDS 

How Big Data transformed the Dairy Industry

Why we should just embrace UTF-8 everywhere (or, the case against all other Unicode encodings)

#visualizationHow many photos have ever been taken



State of Data #97

#1Read_this_Week Designing Great Data Products

#analysisAs tablet screen size decreases, so does usage


Brilliant write-up on MongoDB Architecture



#big_dataAn interesting view on Big Data (Hat tip: Emily Jaquette)

“The legacy that he (and other old-school direct marketers) gave us is the still-powerful rubric of RFM: recency, frequency, monetary value.

The “F” and the “M” are obvious. You didn’t need any science for that. The “R” part is the most interesting, because it wasn’t obvious that recency, or the time of the last transaction, should even belong in the triumvirate of key measures, much less be first on the list. But it was discovered that customers who did stuff recently, even if they didn’t do a lot, were more valuable than customers who hadn’t been around for a while. That was a big surprise.”

#Data_ScienceA good walkthrough on real-time Twitter analysis

#DBMSTotal cost of (non) ownership of a NoSQL DB Cloud Service (Whitepaper from Amazon)

#idea Price of Height and Light – it costs 1.9% to move up each floor in NYC

#learningDon’t write-off CSV. It gets 3 stars in the 5-star Tim Berners-Lee system for open data classification

Warby Parker Annual Report, 2011 – Just Data Visuals