Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize

I had the honor of working for and with Dick Jenks for many years in IBM Research. With other computer scientists, he led the development of computer algebra systems like Scratchpad and AXIOM. I’m very pleased to be on the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/29/2011

Watch Out TextMate: Sublime Text 2 Alpha Hits Mac OS X & Linux “For coders or writers looking for a new text editor, Sublime Text 2 is definitely worth checking out. The fact that it runs on Mac OS X, … Continue reading

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A winter escape from New York

This is a not a story about leaving the City for a fun-filled winter vacation. Rather, it details how I managed to get home ahead of the sixth big snowstorm to hit the area this season. This last week I … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/27/2011

Google has forked Android | ZDNet “I like Honeycomb’s new features. They sound great. I just object to Google to turning Android into two separate but unequal platforms Sure, the hardware was never going to be the same, but did … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/22/2011

Mac Maintenance: An OS X Reinstall Checklist: Apple News, Tips and Reviews « “Assuming your reinstall isn’t an emergency from a hard drive failure, make sure you have plenty of time to devote to this task. As I often joke … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/21/2011

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac review – PC Advisor “We prefer to keep our Windows VMs as separate as is machinely possible from the Mac, for the obvious security issues associated with running Windows anywhere.” tags: parallels mac windows virtualization … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/19/2011

How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop with Linux | Linux.com “With just a little preparation, a bit of research, and work you can have Linux on your laptop working like a well-oiled machine. And once you have … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/18/2011

Wolfram education apps raise teaching dilemma | Deep Tech – CNET News “So perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise that the company’s first mobile application to use Alpha was similarly tailored for a refined audience and came with a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/17/2011

EU funds open source language Scala – The H Open Source: News and Features “A functional, object-oriented programming language based on Java and .NET, Scala includes some constructs for parallelisation from the outset. A paper by Odersky states that the … Continue reading

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GNOME Foundation is searching for a new Executive Director

I’m on the search committee for the next Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, and this is a reminder that applications are still being accepted. The announcement details what the Foundation is looking for: The Gnome Foundation is currently recruiting … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/16/2011

Ten smart Linux office apps to try out | Desktop Apps | ZDNet UK “Linux users enjoy a rich choice of applications in every area, but particularly for office tasks. That choice is so extensive that finding apps that meet … Continue reading

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2011 SIIA Information Industry Summit

I’ll be speaking on a panel hosted by John Patrick at the 2011 SIIA Information Industry Summit on Wednesday, January 26 in New York City. The panel is Top Mobile Technology Trends – A Moving Target Mobile devices—iphones and ipads—look … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/15/2011

What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop? – tecosystems “When is Hadoop justified? For a petabyte workloads, certainly. But the versatility of tool makes it appropriate for a variety of workloads beyond quote unquote big data. It’s not going … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/14/2011

Red Hat News | Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Now Available “In November 2010, Red Hat released a new major version of its operating platform with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Though Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is available for customers … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/13/2011

IBM’s Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang? | ZDNet “IBM’s Watson supercomputer won a practice round against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and raised a lot of questions about the capabilities of artificial intelligence.” tags: IBM … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/12/2011

Drupal 7 Launched – Linux and Open Source – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “The worldwide Drupal community, along with the Drupal Association, has announced the availability of Drupal 7, the latest version of the open-source content-management system.” tags: drupal … Continue reading

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What should an iPad/tablet math app look like?

Math apps for tablet devices like the iPad should teach you how to structure a problem and its solution so you become better organized and capable of learning more advanced topics. As I continue to ponder math software for tablet … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/11/2011

At last, iPhone comes to Verizon | Circuit Breaker – CNET News “At a press conference in New York City today, Verizon said it will soon begin selling Apple‘s iPhone. The device will be available on its network starting in early … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/06/2011

Winter Conference “NOFA-NY members are a living tribute to the importance of diversity; from gardeners to farmers, from cut flowers to grass-raised beef, our membership includes commercial producers, homesteaders, backyard gardeners, food justice activists, eaters, and countless others. It’s as … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/05/2011

Google Wins One Against Microsoft – WSJ.com “Google Inc. has won a key ruling in its lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, two months after the Web giant accused the agency of improperly favoring rival Microsoft Corp. in a contract … Continue reading

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Read this: ‘Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right’

Normally I just post links to interesting news or articles on the web, but this piece deserves special attention. Dave Neary has written an article called ‘Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right’ that talks about open … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/04/2011

Firefox Leads in Europe, Firm Says – NYTimes.com “For the first time in a decade, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is no longer the leading Web browser in Europe, ceding the top position to Mozilla’s Firefox, an Irish research firm that tracks … Continue reading

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Thinking about restaurant software and online services

I predict that in the future more restaurants will be managed via online services that not only help with the accounting of revenue and expenses, but assist in predicting what menu items will do well for a given profit. Two … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/02/2011

Predictive Analytics | Claude Penland – Webmaster & Actuary “22 Predictive Analytics Applications That Were Proven Very Effective in 2010″ tags: analytics predictive SIGs/Games/GamesLive – FedoraProject “Fedora Games spin is a custom variant of Fedora targeted at Linux gamers. Fedora … Continue reading

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Daily links for 01/01/2011

Second Life’s New Leader: Rod Humble Becomes CEO of Linden Lab | Linden Lab “Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, today announced that Rod Humble has become the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Humble joins Linden Lab from … Continue reading

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