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4 quick links

5 quick links

  • BTSync on Ubuntu 12.04. Interesting, too bad BTSync isn’t open source.
  • Dashing, from Shopify. Framework for attractive dashboards.
  • Gridster. Gridster is a jQuery plugin that allows building intuitive draggable layouts from elements spanning multiple columns
  • Prediction.io PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery.
  • MBox. Mbox is a lightweight sandboxing mechanism that any user can use without special privileges in commodity operating systems.

5 Quick Links

5 Quick Links

Am I being stupid for getting sucked into the RDF wormhole? It’s almost a parallel universe, but is directly relevant both for work and a private project I’m working on. <Sigh>

  • TDB Java API – because the old version of the Jena datastore that ran on a database is now only in maintenance mode.
  • Comparison of Triple Stores [PDF] – a pretty decent comparison. This is telling regarding inference: All the off the shelf reasoners available expect the data to be cached in-memory to perform the reasoning
  • http://decaf.berkeleyvision.org/ - image recognition using deep learning. Pretty impressive. Code is open for non-commercial use. Deep Learning algorithms running on GPUs seem to have been a real breakthough. http://deeplearning.net/tutorial/lenet.html#running-the-code shows benchmarks for the same algorithm on an i7  (380.28m) vs a GeForce GTX 480 (32.52m).
  • Skydb - Sky is an open source database used for flexible, high performance analysis of behavioral data. For certain kinds of data such as clickstream data and log data, it can be several orders of magnitude faster than traditional approaches such as SQL databases or Hadoop.
  • http://build.porteus.org/ - custom build Linux distro, then download it.

5 Quick Links

I’m enjoying doing these links, even if I suspect they are more useful to me than anyone else.

5 quick links

5 quick links

5 quick links

5 quick links

Inspired by Pete Warden, I’m going to try & do 5 quick links on a semi-periodic basis.

Traveling to Hong Kong, I expected to see a mixed audience, half composed of my typical enterprise audience and the other half composed of web scale companies, cloud service providers, and growing end user organizations. According to this expectation, I assumed to see a polarized audience of COTS software adopters and risk adverse large companies side by side with DIY believers and reckless organizations. It was not the case. What I saw is just the latter category, a world where VMware and many other mainstream vendors don’t have a place.

In further interactions with many people on site, my feeling grew significantly. I talked to organizations that show an attitude to risk more common in early stages startups than massive enterprises. These companies look at massive post-IPO web-scale firms like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and how they are rejecting packaged software in an unprecedented way and how they are building entirely homegrown computing stacks to become more efficient, more scalable, more competitive.

Yep. Software eats the world – including “Enterprise IT”

  • Reasonator: Wikidata, rendered nicely. See the Cambridge example. Slowly (SLOWLY!) the semanic web is becoming something. I’d hesitate to say useful, but it possibly isn’t the waste of time and resources it was 5 years ago.