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Good reads in tech, Nov 6th 2012

Recent good reads from around the Web concerning online voting, AI applications in education; the semantics of how Twitter labels things; and interviewing for analytic thinking.

Posted by Tim M on November 6, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.

Why you’re wrong about which Avenger is the greatest

The most influential of all the Avengers is a character who makes no on-screen appearance, yet commands the respect of the most dominant among our heroes.

Posted by Tim M on October 26, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Apache ZooKeeper: Part 2: Introducing ZooKeeper-rw, a command-line interface

In Part 1 of this blog series, I discussed how we are using ZooKeeper to handle distributed applications. ZooKeeper is used to store application configuration, application state and handle workflows using queues. Here I’ll present how we accomplish...

Posted by Brian R on October 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Think your passwords are secure? Think again! (Part 3)

No matter how good a password is, it provides little to no security if it is not stored and managed properly. Unfortunately, many online services have heinously-poor security practices. But that does not mean yours has to. This week wraps …

Posted by Peter R on September 15, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.

Think your passwords are secure? Think again! (Part 2)

Following on from last week’s post, today we will look at how to make better passwords, how to manage them and how to detect potentially insecure Web sites before giving them a password. If you missed the previous post, you …

Posted by Peter R on September 8, 2012 at midnight

Think your passwords are secure? Think again!

What used to be considered a secure password is far from it now. See why and how to improve the situation for yourself, your products and your business.

Posted by Peter R on September 1, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

Showing why bloggers need to know (more than just) a little about semantics

Did you know that the reading level at which you write your blog post (say, 6th grade level versus 11th grade level) can have a lot to do with how much the post is shared on social media?

Posted by Tim M on August 3, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

The Twitter IPA: Let’s get real

I admire Twitter for adopting their new IPA (Intellectual Property Agreement) promising their employees to use patents only for, well...noble causes. I really do admire this move. It's just that it won't work.

Posted by Tim M on July 20, 2012 at 1 p.m.

What was the score 7 years ago? A tech retrospective

Federated Media recently celebrated its 7-year anniversary and, in honor of that, I invite you to look back with me at the world of tech then versus now. A good place to start is CES. CNET’s “Best of Show” awards …

Posted by Tim M on July 3, 2012 at 8:45 p.m.

Conversation Targeting Put Before Experts

Yesterday I presented some facts about Conversation Targeting at the Semantic Technology and Business conference -- a crowd of experts in semantic technology and applications. We had a real breakthrough to talk about, with the stats to back it up.

Posted by Tim M on June 6, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.

HTML5 vs mobile app: Old debate, new platform

Today, Digiday featured an article about the ongoing debate of apps vs. mobile Web. It is not a new issue on the mobile platform and, one could argue, not even a new issue in the tech world. Native apps for …

Posted by Peter R on May 31, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.

Tech Take-Aways from the 2012 CM Summit

While oriented primarily to marketers, much of this year's Conversational Marketing Summit was about the intersection of marketing and technology on the Web. Here are a couple of powerful themes that emerged during the jam-packed 2-day event.

Posted by Tim M on May 17, 2012 at 9:37 p.m.

Open source announcement for cronviz: a tool to visualize your cron jobs

I’m pleased to announce Federated Media Publishing’s first open-source contribution. cronviz: Visualize your cron jobs. It’s 3 AM. Do you know where your cron jobs are? Use case You have a problem: something’s causing performance...

Posted by Daemian M on April 17, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Automatically generating Web page scraper templates

Most Web developers are aware of tools that scrape data from Web pages, including from Search Engine Results Pages (SERP’s), but such tools usually have a big drawback: they require you to painstakingly model the page structure of each target...

Posted by Jim H on March 20, 2012 at 1 p.m.

The art of building AI-powered applications (Part 2)

What's the difference between a gourmet chef and an engineer who tries to cook something for dinner? What's the difference between a Jack-of-all-trades and an AI expert? Read on...

Posted by Tim M on March 16, 2012 at 1 p.m.
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