State of Technology #84

elsewhere

Architecture

Code

Design

The Language of Ambigram

Essay

Have we stopped thinking big? Are we now just focused on incremental innovation? “We wanted flying cars—instead we got 140 characters

Mobile

Every 24 hrs, more iPhones are sold than babies are born. A good take on Mobile performance

SaaS

Most Dangerous Code in the World: Validating SSL Certs in non-browser Software

Service

Azul C4: Understanding Java Garbage Collection and What You Can Do About It

Social

Last 1 Million Tweet Map

Tool

Top Network Security Tools

Hack

Browser plug-in to strip ALL numbers from Facebook. Friendship is unburdened again!

etc

Parting Thought

“..part of the popularity of Berkshire Hathaway is that we look like people who have found a trick. It’s not brilliance. It’s just avoiding stupidity.” – Charlie Munger

State of Technology #82

elsewhere

·        (FREE) Crash Course on Creativity from Stanford, still signing-up

·        Google Map adds (a) Amber Alert, (b) street-view of Grand Canyon

·        Standup Comedian who is also Twitter CEO

·        How to get flyers pay attention to Air Safety Video?

·        How do they (if) make money?

 

Architecture

Performance Tools you need for your site – most can be run from browser

 

Code

Why Coding Style Matters?  “Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute.”

 

Design

Is it finally time for a “clock-free” design paradigm in chips?

“Software development proceeds from correctness to performance. After software works, we tune its heavily used parts to achieve the desired performance. Performance almost always depends on only a small part of the whole. Compare this to the situation in a clocked hardware design where each and every signal must arrive “on time,” even if it is rarely used. The tyranny of the clock wastes both engineering cost at design time and energy at runtime. What a needless waste!”

 

Essay

Are you solving the right problem? (PDF from HBR)

“In its search for a solution, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute framed the problem as one of “materials viscosity” rather than “oil cleanup” and used language that was not specific to petroleum industry. A chemist in the cement industry was awarded $20,000 for the solution.”

 

Mobile

*** Tablet App Quality Checklist – from Android dev team

 

SaaS

State of Internet 2012

 

Service

CTO’s Decision Tree Flowchart

 

Social

Wikipedia is nearing completion! There is only so much to write about Chartres Cathedral or Prague.

 

Tool

Smart-phone controlled light bulb

 

Hack

Toys from Trash

 

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·        Periodic table of Tech

·        Lego Robot solves Rubik’s Cube  the fastest, another Robot now dances Gangnam Style

 

Parting Thought

“The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.” – No one ever bought anything on an elevator (Seth Godin)

 

State of Data #123

Top Read

Presenter’s Paradox – The ‘average’ mistake you do not know you’re making

“When buyers were presented with an iPod Touch package that contained either an iPod, cover, and one free song download, or just an iPod and cover, they were willing to pay an average of $177 for the package with the download, and $242 for the one without the download. So the addition of the low-value free song download brought down the perceived value of the package by a whopping $65!”

 

Analysis

AWS Costs Cheat Sheet

 

 

Big Data

Princeville, OR has about 10,000 people, but hundreds of thousands servers. Why Oregon hosts the cloud

 

Data Science

What is the most optimal way to find a parking spot for lowest total walk-time vs. finding a space fastest

 

DBMS

CAP theorem about to enter teenage years. How the rules have changed in 12 years.

 

Idea

 

Do machines get more confused with Lots of Data too?


“The winning algorithm was a very complex ensemble of many different approaches — so complex that it was never implemented by Netflix. With three years of effort by some of the world’s best data mining scientists, the average prediction of how a viewer would rate a film improved by less than 0.1 star.”

 

Learning

Implement SQL with Common Unix Utilities

 

Visualization

How a viral photo spreads through Facebook

 

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