Wednesday Sep 23, 2009

Community Equity: Facebook for Enterprise

Social capital is the currency of online communities. Those with the most friends, blog readers, or Twitter followers are the richest—enjoying the finest of online perks and delicacies like celebrity, notoriety, and above all influence—while those with only a passing level of participation lay bereft on the outskirts of the social media circle. The more valuable the content you produce is, the higher your personal stock rises; the greater the exchange of ideas, the richer the community becomes.

Peter Reiser is capitalizing on this concept with Community Equity 2.0, a Java-based social value system that measures and evaluates one's online social capital, or equity. Community Equity goes beyond a simple structuring of people and their online content. Community Equity performs complex calculations of one's participation and contribution levels, the ultimate goal being to drive the adoption of content and ideas, providing an ideal platform for corporate communities.

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Wednesday Aug 12, 2009

Sharing is caring (especially when you share good stuff)

Sometimes the best books you read are the ones your friends loan to you. The cover is a little ragged and the pages are dog-eared, evidencing an eager and avid reader who probably spent a few late hours on the couch devouring it. And he wanted you to share it with you so that you, too, could spend your nights tearing through the pages as voraciously as he did. We wanted to do something similar here, and although we don't have a book repository to loan them out to you (because if we did, we totally would because we know you're good for it), what we do have are a few recommendations from the community that you may find worthwhile. If you have a book you'd like to add to the list, join the discussion here.

Andy Paton recommended:
Easy Oracle Jumpstart (Oracle Database Management Concepts and Administration) - A very easy read and had a feeling I would be needing it!

Wayne Horkan wrote:
Here's a few of my favourites off the top of my head...
1) The Mythical Man Month (2nd edition has the essay "no silver bullet") - Fred Brooks
2) Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment - W. Richard Stevens
3) Computer Architecture (A Quantitative Approach) - John Hennessy and David Patterson
4) Building Scalable Web Sites - Cal Henderson
5) Object Thinking - David West

Wayne adds:
I quite like the 'pull out' section in Donald E. Knuth's "Art of Computer Programming Volume 3: Sorting and Searching" comparing search and sort algorithm efficiency too. And I think anyone familiar with Knuth's work would agree that it would be excellent to see him get to the fabled seventh volume in the next few years (only three volumes to go).

John Stanford suggests:
The Art of Systems Architecting by Mark W. Maier

Feel free to add your faves to the discussion board. This is your opportunity to share with others your sophisticated taste in technology literature and spread the word about your favorite published work. So go ahead, tell us what you think we should read today.

Tuesday May 19, 2009

Public Policy and Trust - How Safe is Your Data?

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The hordes of content we consume and transmit electronically every day is a testament to our faith in the security and privacy of certain information. When submitting a search on Google or making a bank transaction, many do so assuming that personal information is protected and safe from being shared with other entities. But is this really the case? Just how protected are we from invasion into our personal data and how can we be more aware of violations of our privacy?

Susan Landau, Distinguished Engineer at Sun, recipient of the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award, co-author of Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, and recently named one of Fast Company's Top 5 Influential Women in Technology (in the Braniac category, no less) joins SVP Global Systems Engineering and host Hal Stern to discuss the issues of privacy, trust, and security in technology and the implications that current trends have at the business, personal, and political levels.

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Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

RESTing on the Cloud with Open APIs

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The benefits of Cloud Computing are as varied as there are nebular formations. Introduced by Amazon and still in its infancy, the technology has been met with some skepticism, but has quickly begun to prove beneficial due to its sheer agility and elasticity, benefiting developers and deployers alike. Like most new waves of technology, cloud computing is starting small and simple...perhaps too simple, you might ask? Tim Bray, Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies--as well as a very pleasant Canadian--doesn't think so. He's been working on a crisp, clear, easy-to-use API for creating and managing network, compute, and storage resources within the Sun Cloud and believes that it's the very simplicity of the technology that makes it so irresistible and loaded with potential, claiming, "you gotta start small...if it works, you don't have to worry about it growing, it'll grow alright...but you gotta start small."

Listen as Sun's Sr. VP Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, interviews Tim to discuss how Sun is open sourcing its APIs and hear why Tim very comfortably states that, "the world is unfolding and it's a fun time to be in this business."

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Friday Mar 27, 2009

Calling all Innovators - Duke Java Awards!

Hey all you innovators out there! Just found out, Duke Java Award submissions are going on RIGHT NOW and today is the last day to submit your Java apps for the 2009 Duke's Choice Awards.

Submit your entries on the JavaOne nomination form.

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