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                          Notes from Defrag 2016

                          The following are my live tweets from Defrag at the Omni Interlocken in Denver, November 16-17, 2016.
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                          Defrag Keynotes

                          My notes from the keynotes at Defrag by Tim Bray, Roger Ehrenberg, and James Altucher.
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                          Clay Loveless: Understanding API Usage

                          I was in a Point-of-View session at Defrag with Laura Merling of Alcatel-Lucent, Brian Mulloy of Apigee, and Clay Loveless of Mashery. Laura and Brian gave interesting talks, but since they went before me, I was too occupied to take notes. I did take notes for Clay's talk, however, since he went after me. :-) Clay gave six tips for making an API work: Test it all. Unit tests are just the beginning, but if you don't have them yet, don't start there. Instead, test what your user's experience with end-to-end black box tests. Replaying your access logs is
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                          David Weinberger: On Knowing

                          Dave Weinberger is speaking about "knowing." He starts by asking if "the 'Net is exceptional in the same way of the printing press?" There are five things that everyone who goes on the Web knows: There an abundance of stuff--good and bad The 'Net is a permission-free zone There is no principle of organization on the 'Net and if there were, it wouldn't be better, it would be worse Realize that we built this and its ours The 'Net is filled with hyperlinks. These are unexpected results. The hyperlink is important because by connecting things, it lets them fall
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                          Dion Hinchcliffe: The Future of Social Analytics

                          Dion Hinxchcliffe is speaking on the future of social analytics. Social analytics is the creation of typed signals by listening to social ecosystems, resulting in the ability to tap into collective intelligence as well as aggregate, mine, and predict outcomes. Observable works - transparency for people's work. Getting value from what's observable. Reminds me of Jon Udell's comments from early blogging days about narrating your work. Social is how we communicate today. As of last July, 850M using social systems vs 800M using email. Most companies are not here yet. I was speaking to Yammer folks at lunch. Kynetx
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                          Scott Porad: How We Filter 20,000 User Generated Submissions per Day

                          Scott Porad is talking about how the "I Can Haz Cheeseburger" network of sites filters 20,000 user submissions a day. Each site has an "upload" tab. Some have a LOL Builder tag that allows people to compose pictures and text. There are about 500,000 submission per month, they publish about 1-2%. The name of the game is "quality content" so how do you find the needle in the haystack? There is a four step process Screening - every submission is screened by an employee. There is a system that shows how submission, who submitted, how it was submitted, etc.
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                          Esther Dyson: On Exploring Yourself

                          Esther Dyson is speaking about exploring the data about yourself. The interesting question is not what you'll die from, but what you'll live with. Our genetics can tell us a lot, but much is still missing or not doable yet. Visualizing and explaining data is critical. In order to live in the modern world you need to understand probability and statistic. Otherwise you're uninformed. New interfaces (like Fitbit) are changing how we work with data about our selves. Most have warts. None of them interact with each other. (As an aside, this is the problem Kynetx is attacking.) Data
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                          Alex Wright: Oral Cultures and Social Networks

                          Alex Wright is opening up Defrag. He's an expert in the history of information and even wrote a book on it: Glut. Counting and money begat writing. Commerce was the birthplace or writing. People are pre-disposed to classify things hierarchicaly. We don't do well with "tag-cloud" style organization. Literacy is fairly recent, so oral traditions are important for how humans have managed information. For example, picture tapestries for teaching religion. The 19th century gave rise to the "literate culture." The growth of large "knowledge bureaucracies" in the 20th entury led to a schism of oral and written cultures. Oral
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                          I'm on YDN Theater

                          While I was at Defrag, I sat down with Jeremy Zawodny for an interview on the Yahoo! Developer Network Theater. You can watch it here: Alternately, you can download it. We talked about a variety of topics, including the idea behind my new startup, Kynetx.
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                          Defrag Closing: Relevance and Information Overload

                          Paul Kedrosky, moderator of the closing panel at Defrag.(click to enlarge) "Everytime I try to get more personalized information, I end up with more celebrity obituaries in my newsfeed. Why is that?" asks Paul Kedrosky, moderator of the closing panel at Defrag. At issue: is information overload real, or is it something that people at Defrag (and other's like us) invent so we can have a problem to solve? Is this a problem a relatively few people care about because only a few people are really all that connected or involved? People are fundamentally lazy. Most people aren't going
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                          Andrew McAfee on the Exploitation of Ties

                          Andrew McAfee of Harvard Business School(click to enlarge) I'm listening to Andrew McAfee's keynote at Defrag. He's talking about how social software can be used inside the enterprise. One of the key tasks facing proponents of social software is to articulate the value. Any worker has relationships of various strengths with co-workers. They might have strong ties to a core group who they work with all the time and weaker ties to others. There are still others who have the potential to provide value through relationship whom the worker doesn't know yet. The prototypical tool for strongly tied teams
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                          Free Markets: Your Choice of Silo

                          Doc is giving his riff on VRM. It's new and different every time. No one does this sort of thing as well as Doc. With respect to VRM, he quotes Whitman: And I know I am solid and sound;\t To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow;\t All are written to me, and I must get what the writing means. I know I am deathless;\t I know this orbit of mine cannot be swept by the carpenter's compass;\t I know I shall not pass like a child's carlacue cut with a burnt stick at night.\t I know
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                          Dick Hardt on Trust

                          Dick Hardt is giving a new talk at Defrag. He's talking about trust; his thesis is that trust defrags identity. Much of what's he's saying is right in line with the reputation work (PDF) my students and I have been working on. He makes a critical link to identity: identifiers bind personas together to increase trust. Intuition doesn't work well online because of the absence of clues and the ability to create false context. Institutions haven't done much better. He brings up another key concept this is largely about accountability. Key point: binding behavior from multiple sites together leads
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                          Defrag: Making Interactions Explicit

                          Eric Nolin is being very explicit about sponsor talks at Defrag. No harm there--in fact, I like it. The sponsor talk is clearly labeled as such and right before lunch. Today, it's Shane Pearson, from BEA. I interviewed him for Technometria (as part of our coverage of Defrag) a few weeks ago. Shane said a couple of things that piqued my interest. One was referring to a McKinsey study on interactions on the workplace. He put of a graph about the evolution of managed assets showing that capital was the earliest and easiest asset to manage. Information was second
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                          Defrag: Web 2.0 and Security

                          I just put a piece on Michael Barrett's (CISO, Paypal) presentation at Defrag. He started by saying that Web 2.0 scares the hell out of him.
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                          Forgetfulness as a Virtue

                          Joshua Schachter, the creator of del.icio.us, just mentioned that one of the key methods we have for dealing with too much information is forgetting. He said it in the context of talking about how every time he finds an interesting blog and adds it to his feed reader, he has one more thing to do. Not adding it right away and only adding it if he remembers and goes back saves that effort. This is a critical survival function in the modern world, I think. We have to be willing to let things fall off our plates--and be more
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                          At Defrag

                          I'm in Denver at Defrag. Eric Nolan, Brad Feld, and Phil Becker have organized it to discuss "the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the "aha" moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, "social" networking, collaboration and business intelligence." I missed Dave Weinberger's keynote. I didn't want to--he's an engaging speaker and this performance must have been great: I walked in as someone commented that she never expected to come to a tech confernce and cry in the first sessions. But to make it I would have
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                          Defrag Registration is Now Open

                          Registration for Defrag is now open. If you look at the agenda, I think you'll agree there are some really interesting speakers and topics. We'll be hosting the audio from Defrag on IT Conversations and doing some pre-conference interviews with keynoters.
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