What I’m Reading on 10/31/2014

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud | Reuters “Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China’s consumer…

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W3C 20th Anniversary: Memories

Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an organization. Luminaries and participants in the open standards effort will be gathering in Santa Clara, CA, this afternoon for a Future of the Web Symposium and then a Gala Dinner. I’m in New York, unfortunately, but I’ll…

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What I’m Reading on 09/16/2014

IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses | TechCrunch “Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating and…

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What I’m Reading on 07/24/2014

Apple’s alliance with IBM counters BYOD ‘nightmare’ for companies adopting iPhone “As many as 6 out of every 10 employees at one Wall Street firm have gone back to carrying a corporate BlackBerry alongside their personal iPhone thanks to “Bring Your Own Device” trouble, underscoring Apple‘s teething problems in the…

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What I’m Reading on 07/15/2014

Deploy a WordPress Application on IBM Bluemix – BlueMix Dev “WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is completely customizable…

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What I’m Reading on 07/13/2014

IBM News room – 2014-07-07 IBM Research Launches Project “Green Horizon” to Help China Deliver on Ambitious Energy and Environmental Goals – United States “Dubbed “Green Horizon”, the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy…

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For the Love of Big Data: What is Big Data?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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For the Love of Big Data: Why do data scientists want more data, rather than less?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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For the Love of Big Data: What issues can analytics present?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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For the Love of Big Data: Approach to policy can determine outcomes

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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What I’m Reading on 03/19/2014

IBM’s Watson, New York Genome Center partner on brain cancer treatment – The Washington Post “The two will collaborate on a computing prototype that could suggest treatment options for patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Watson would analyze an individual patient’s genome, and compare it to large volumes of…

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What I’m Reading on 02/25/2014

IBM News room – 2014-02-24 IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development – United States “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily…

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What I’m Reading on 02/24/2014

IBM Accessibility – Improving the User Experience by Standardizing on EPUB “To help consumers easily read documents and educational materials, IBM is standardizing on EPUB as its primary packaged portable document format, making its documentation and content more accessible on any mobile device. This allows any user – including people…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 13.10

This post is a great example of why you should never say that you are starting a new series of blog entries. In February of 2010, I wrote a blog post called Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone opensim on Ubuntu 9.10 saying As a complement to my Life with Linux…

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What I’m Reading on 02/06/2014

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory “Today no one dies from standard wars, not that you’d know it from Internet comments. But years, millions of dollars, and endless arguments are spent arguing about standards. The reason for our fights aren’t any different from those that drove Edison and Westinghouse:…

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What I’m Reading on 01/25/2014

How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Stephen Wolfram and Google’s Peter Norvig Weigh In – Digits – WSJ “In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated, futuristic film “Her,” computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously, and even fall in love. But what appears to be…

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What I’m Reading on 01/17/2014

Red Hat | Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation “This collaboration strengthens Red Hat‘s proven business model by extending the Red Hat open source development ecosystem. Red Hat anticipates that taking a role as a catalyst within the CentOS community will enable it…

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My annotated programming language history

I’ve been coding, a.k.a programming, since I was 15 years old. Since then I’ve used many programming languages. Some of them have been for work, some have been for fun. I mean, really, who hasn’t done some programing while on vacation? Somewhat chronologically, here are many of the languages I’ve…

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What I’m Reading on 12/10/2013

Goodbye athlete’s foot: IBM researchers craft nanomedicine to kill fungi where other meds fail | VentureBeat | Health | by Dean Takahashi “IBM researchers and a team in Singapore have taken common plastic and engineered it into a nanomedicine that is 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand and…

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What I’m Reading on 12/07/2013

Restaurant on Google Glasser: Man-child stinking up the joint | Technically Incorrect – CNET News “A Seattle restaurant, the latest to ban Google Glass, tells those who insist on wearing the high-tech specs to “just shut up and get out.”” tags: restaurant google IBM will be bringing KVM Linux virtualization…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2013

Mashery Gets Into The Hackathon Business – ReadWrite “Mashery, which Intel acquired back in April, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs—bits of code that allow apps to communicate with cloud services and one another. Hacker League founder Mike Swift (aka Swift) announced the transaction in a round of…

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What I’m Reading on 11/15/2013

Amazon WorkSpaces delivers Windows desktops on demand | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld “WorkSpaces provides cloud-hosted Windows 7 desktops in four virtual machine configurations, but current VDI solutions may still have an edge in terms of flexibility” tags: windows amazon desktops IBM News room – 2013-11-14 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling…

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What I’m Reading on 10/31/2013

Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals – Computerworld “Seven years later, complacency has diluted that innovative spirit, and Google Apps now trails competing suites from IBM, Cisco and Microsoft in areas like enterprise social networking (ESN) and unified communications (UC).” tags: google google apps Posted from…

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My scale of cognitive computing

Last week I hosted a strategy session for my group at IBM Research and I used the following as a scale of how cognitive certain types of computing are: Bob’s Scale of Cognitive Computing Sentient “we can do without the humans” systems Learning, reasoning, inferencing systems Cognitive-enough systems Most analytics…

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What I’m Reading on 10/04/2013

UNIX tips: Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits “When you use a system often, you tend to fall into set usage patterns. Sometimes, you do not start the habit of doing things in the best possible way. Sometimes, you even pick up bad practices that lead to clutter and clumsiness.…

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What I’m Reading on 08/08/2013

IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain – Forbes “Two years ago this month, IBM announced that it had developed a cognitive computer chip, inspired by human neural architecture. That chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a long term goal of building a…

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What I’m Reading on 08/06/2013

IBM’s Irv Lustig on Taking CAP Exam – YouTube “IBM‘s Irv Lustig was one of the first INFORMS members to take the new INFORMS CAP (Certified Analytics Professional) exam. In this interview recorded at the 2013 INFORMS Analytics Conference in San Antonio, Irv shares his view on taking the exam,…

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What I’m Reading on 08/05/2013

Quantum Machine Learning for Big Data “In a nutshell, Lloyd’s q-app (pronounced “quapp”) encodes Google-like queries with q-bits that enable quantum computers to not only perform real-time searches through even the most gigantic databases, but which also insures their absolute privacy, since attempts to eavesdrop on the query by the…

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What I’m Reading on 08/03/2013

IBM, Open Source Robotics Foundation Partner for DARPA’s Cloud-Based Robotics Challenge | ExecutiveBiz “Open Source Robotics Foundation has picked an IBM company, SoftLayer Technologies, to co-host the first cloud-based robotics challenge  for the development of software that allows a simulated robot to perform first responder tasks.” tags: ibm open source…

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What We Do When We Do Analytics Research

In May of 2013 I was asked to contribute an article to ProVISION, an IBM magazine published in Japan for current and potential customers and clients. That piece was translated into Japanese and published at the end of July. Below is the original article I wrote in English describing some…

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What I’m Reading on 07/29/2013

Cognitive Computing and the Quest to Build a Silicon Brain | DiscoverMagazine.com “An engineer’s revolutionary new chip, inspired by how our own brains work, could turn computing on its head.” tags: ibm cognitive computing Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act “Technological advances are allowing scientists to begin building a cognitive…

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Math and Analytics at IBM Research: 50+ Years

Soon after I arrived back in IBM Research last July after 13 years away in the Software Group and Corporate, I was shown a 2003 edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development that was dedicated to the Mathematical Sciences group at 40. From that, I and others assumed…

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Social Media and the Professional: Enterprise Social Media

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding enterprise social media. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social…

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Daily links for 03/05/2013

IBM, OpenStack, and the cloud IBM Makes a Big Bet on OpenStack in the Cloud – Arik Hesseldahl – News – AllThingsD “The open source software for running cloud computing installations just got a big new name in its camp: IBM.” tags: openstack cloud ibm IBM Launches OpenStack-Based SmartCloud Orchestrator…

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IBM, standards, and the cloud

I just figured out that I’ve been involved with standards for almost one-third of my life, since the mid-1990s. During that time, I’ve been employed by IBM but I’ve also worked collaboratively with other people in the IT industry on standards efforts in groups like the W3C and OASIS. I…

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Social Media and the Professional: Facebook

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding Facebook. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social media services,…

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Social Media and the Professional: Twitter

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding Twitter. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social media services,…

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Symbolic computation in the small: Math on mobile

What are the main considerations when designing a math system or library that can do symbolic computation on mobile devices? I’ve written several times about math apps on mobile devices but, inspired by a blog post by Ismael Ghalimi, I want to comment a bit about how one might do…

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Analytics: Interacting systems make things tricky

Every year around holiday times, millions of people take to the roads, the skies, and the rails to visit friends and families. Sometimes everything works perfectly: the traffic isn’t too heavy, there are no accidents, schedules are met, lines are short, and the weather cooperates. In my experience, that tends…

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