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    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools by SAP Web 2.0

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    Very cool integration of Twitter and PowerPoint – good way to have interactive presentations…could see this being used in classes with students.

    Here’s a view of WorldWide Telescope tweets

     

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    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools

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    Ever wanted to make presentations a more interactive, Web 2.0 experience?

    The PowerPoint Twitter Tools prototypes are now available. Created using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius (but requiring only PowerPoint for Windows and Adobe Flash to run), the twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.

    There are currently eight tools – you can easily cut and paste them into your own powerpoint decks:

    • PowerPoint Twitter feedback slides
    • PowerPoint Twitter ticker bar
    • PowerPoint Twitter voting — bar charts and pie chart
    • PowerPoint Mood meter
    • PowerPoint Crowd meter
    • PowerPoint Zoom text
    • PowerPoint Twitter update bar
    • PowerPoint AutoTweet

    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | SAP Web 2.0

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    First Annual U.S. Computer Science Education Week

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    The United States House of Representatives has designated December 6–12 as National Computer Science Education Week, in honor of Grace Hopper.  Microsoft in conjunction with ACM and other partners are helping to promote the importance of CS education.

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    Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, 2009,National Computer Science Education Week recognizes that computing:
    • Touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in society
    • Drives innovation and economic growth
    • Provides rewarding job opportunities
    • Prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century

     

    U.S. Computer Science Education Week - Microsoft Research

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    TAU – perf tuning for HPC

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    TAU, the performance tuning OSS software for HPC on Linux has been successfully made available to support Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008.  Please see release note section 5.

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    Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

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    Now what computational scientist wouldn’t want one of these under their desk.  I like the tagline, “putting ‘work’ back into workstation”Cray CX1 System.

    Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

    by Michael Feldman, HPCwire Editor


    If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft's latest OS is about to show up in Cray's newest CX1 deskside supercomputer that puts a Windows workstation and a Windows HPC Server cluster into a single box. Called the CX1-iWS (for integrated workstation), the machines are to be sold exclusively through Dell and will range in price from $39K to $55K.

    The idea behind the iWS is to retain the interactive experience of a personal workstation, but extend its computational power to that of a small HPC cluster. It's generally aimed at technical computing users who have simply run out of compute headroom on their two-socket machines, but are loathe to give up the intimacy of the workstation environment. A generic CX1 can be configured to provide the equivalent capabilities, but the iWS is preconfigured to deliver this experience right out of the box.

    Since Windows 7 and Windows HPC Server 2008 form a natural client-server relationship, cluster administration and job management becomes relatively seamless. In addition, since there is disk storage shared between the workstation and the cluster, data management becomes much more straightforward. As long as your data set fits in 4 TB, no data transfers back and forth between client and server will be necessary.

    HPCwire: Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

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    The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

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    Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book - The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  This is based on Jim Gray’s insights captured via his final public talk to the National Research Council on Jan 11, 2007. This is truly a legacy of his work.

    The book is available from the web and is released under a Creative Commons license.

    Earth and EnvironmentPart 1: Earth and Environment Scientific InfrastructurePart 3: Scientific Infrastructure
    Health and WellbeingPart 2: Health and Wellbeing Scholarly CommunicationsPart 4: Scholarly Communication

    I feel fortune to have been able to contribute the introduction to the Earth and Environment section -  I had many discussions with Jim on need for balance between data and computations, and the need to make scientific exploration through the use of computing technologies much easier for scientists.  I had also “borrowed” many of Jim’s slides to discuss the change to the upcoming fourth paradigm, he made the points so succinctly – there was no need for marketing fluff.

    The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

    Presenting the first broad look at the rapidly emerging field of data-intensive science

    The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific DiscoveryIncreasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help researchers manipulate and explore massive datasets.

    The speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies.

    In The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, the collection of essays expands on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray for a new, fourth paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science and offers insights into how it can be fully realized.

    Praise for The Fourth Paradigm

    “The impact of Jim Gray’s thinking is continuing to get people to think in a new way about how data and software are redefining what it means to do science."

    Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

    The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery - Microsoft Research

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    Amazon Web Services support Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

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    Now that AWS is supporting SDSS, there is probably useful integration between the Worldwide Telescope and the SDSS datasets that can be leveraged, beyond what is currently supported - such as seeing the all the known galaxies in a 3D view – seeing the lattice structure of the universe.  image

    Search and Browse data from the Virtual Observatory and plot data over imagery: WorldWide Telescope delivers one-click contextual access to distributed Web information and data sources and Interoperates through SAMP and other popular tools like TopCat, Aladin, SAOImage DS9 and many more.

    Data derived from researchers using the AWS datasets can integrate imagery and catalog data directly into WorldWide Telescope using the WWT Developer Kit.  

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    • Virtual Observatory Cone search/registry look up and SIMBAD search
    • Load and Adjust basic FITS images and AVM files
    • SIAP with footprint preview
    • Connect your Telescope to WWT
    • Multi-monitor cluster rendering
    • Visualization of large scale structure
    • SAMP Inter-application communication
    • Full dome projection

    New Public Data Set: Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

    The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, or SDSS, is now available as a Public Data Set.

    Weighing in at 180 GB, the SDSS is the most ambitious astronomical survey ever undertaken. The researchers have used a 2.5 meter, 120 megapixel telescope located in Apache Point, New Mexico to capture images of over one quarter of the sky, or about 230 million celestial objects. They have also created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and 120,000 quasars.

    Amazon Web Services Blog: New Public Data Set: Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

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    Achieving Climate Sustainability – Article in American Meteorological Society

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    Bill Gail has written a thoroughly thought provoking piece Achieving Climate Sustainability in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  One of the things I really like about Bill is that he understands the challenge of climate sustainability and the intersection of the Earth system’s three fundamental components: physical, ecosystem, and human. Right now most definitions of sustainability only applies to climate as a physical system and thus overlooks the interactions of the physical system with both ecosystems and humans. 

    Achieving Climate Sustainability

    William B. Gail

    It is often assumed that climate change policies, including the Kyoto Protocol and the follow-on Copenhagen agreement now being negotiated, align well with sustainability's tenets. A closer look reveals this is not the case. First, they treat climate change as a one-time problem - anthropogenic greenhouse gases - with a one-time solution. In contrast, research has begun to reveal that human-caused climate change is far from monolithic. Moreover, the clear trend is for societal climate influence to increase and diversify, not decline and simplify. Second, they fail to address the impact of natural climate change on ecosystems and society, an area that is less-well understood than the public commonly believes. A sustainable framework that guides human interaction with Earth's climate system must encompass the broader aspects of climate change and reconcile the reality of ongoing human influence. This includes the highly-controversial use of overt human influence to benefit society and ecosystems.

    Achieving climate sustainability will be far from straightforward, if we even choose to proceed. The concept unearths deeply-held philosophical and religious conflicts, stretches our scientific capabilities, and forces us to address a considerable spectrum of practical concerns. Should we not choose to embrace it, we will find that our policies become less and less effective with time as climate problems expand beyond society's ability to avoid or eliminate them individually. This article elaborates on the need to include sustainability within the climate dialogue and explores the complex considerations that will quickly become part of the public debate.

    CAPSULE SUMMARY

    As humans and nature become increasingly interconnected, there is a need for public dialogue about sustainability as a framework for addressing climate change.

    AMS Online Journals - Achieving Climate Sustainability

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    Project Gemini – Videos available

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    I previously posted about using Project Gemini as a tool for scientific analysis – as a quick way to learn about them and see them in action, take a look at the one minute Gemini videos by Donald Farmer.  One of the latest videos is about using Reports as data sources and highlights the orange button for getting data sets.  This is a perfect way for scientists to publish data and easily make the feeds available for others to consume.  It could even be included in papers to easily enable research reproducibility. 

    Thanks to Robert Bruckner's Advanced Reporting Services Blog : Reports As Data Feeds for Gemini

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    TIME - WorldWideTelescope one of 50 Best Websites 2009

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    TIME magazine has the WorldWide Telescope WebClient (Silverlight) on their list of 50 Best Websites for 2009.  That puts WWT in with sites like Flickr, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Amazon, and even PhotoSynth – not bad for the very small team we have on it :-)

    WorldWideTelescope

    Like Google Earth for the heavens, WWT aggregates terabytes of astronomical data from the world's biggest telescopes to create a single virtual scope that anyone can look through. WWT is not a model of the known universe, but rather a centralized repository for just about everything known about the universe. The idea is to democratize the science of astronomy with a single tool that can be used by students and scientists. Who knows, when everyone has access to the same data, maybe the next big discovery in astronomy will be made by an amateur? There are hundreds of terabytes of digitized sky — enough data for everyone

    WorldWideTelescope - 50 Best Websites 2009 - TIME

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    Science Analytics – look to use Project “Gemini”

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    When I first saw and heard details about Project “Gemini”, I was blown away by the technology and innovation created by SQL and Excel teams and that held up when I was able to test it out on my own.  It will be especially useful for scientists that want to not only analyze large amounts of data in Excel, but also aggregate different datasets. This upcoming Excel 2010 add-in removes the storage limits of Excel by adding the in-memory database and brings the power of SQL Server and SQL Analysis Services into the hands of mere mortals.  Scientists that utilize Excel for viewing/analyzing data will find this add-in extremely helpful.

    Project Gemini Blog – Check out the videos -

    Project "Gemini": Build powerful analytical applications


    Need to make timely business decisions without having to use complicated and sluggish analytical applications? Love to use Excel? Project Gemini is an Excel 2010 add-in that allows you to create powerful analyses by quickly manipulating millions of rows of data into a single Excel workbook and utilize Microsoft Office 2010 to share and collaborate on your insights with your team.
    Project "Gemini": Build powerful analytical applications

    You can combine native Excel 2010 functionality with Gemini’s in-memory engine to allow users to interactively explore and perform calculations on large data sets. In addition, you can easily streamline the process of integrating data from multiple sources – including corporate databases, spreadsheets, reports, and data feeds.

    Share and collaborate with confidence by easily publishing your analysis to SharePoint 2010 and have other users enjoy the same slicer and fast-query capabilities when working on your Excel Services reports.

    Are you part of Office 2010 Tech Preview? Register and then Download and learn about Project Gemini now! (Note: You need to have Office 2010 before you can use Gemini.)

    Introducing Microsoft Office 2010 for Business

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    Mysterious object being built in garage

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    Deep in one of the garages on campus – I ran across this project being built…a modern Stonehenge? maybe the spinal tap version of Stonehenge?

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    Instant Search - The Real Live Search Bing API experiment

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    If you’d like to see instant results while you’re typing in your search query try out “The Real Live Search” from Long Zheng from istartedsomething – it uses the fast Bing AJAX APIs and the JSON results to give you information as you type.  It’s really neat to see – here’s an example doing a WorldWide Telescope search  The image doesn’t do it justice – try it out yourself.

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    I wonder if it could be integrated with the Windows 7 via the Federated Search support – much like Long was able to do with the Flickr Search Connector for Windows 7

    The Real Live Search – Bing API experiment - istartedsomething

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    SciScope app and code available for download

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    sciscope-logoEarlier today the code behind the SciScope site was made available at SciScope.CodePlex.com.  This enables others to make their datasets/repositories available and allow others to discover, download and utilize their data in a simple to use website.     Also the semantic support is quite useful in finding related data.

    SciScope Project Description

    SciScope (see it live) is a prototype web application that allows data discovery from across multiple distributed heterogeneous data repositories. It leverages Bing Maps (formerly Microsoft Virtual Earth) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to support queries involving spatial, temporal and thematic constraints over an index of sensors operated by agencies such as USGS, EPA and NOAA as well as user provided data. SciScope leverages taxonomies stored as triples in SQL Server to provide search suggestions and for dealing with semantic heterogeneity between different data repositories.

    SciScope Web Application User Interface Screenshot
    SciScope screenshots (discovering/downloading insecticide data, browsing ecoregions left to right) for video tutorials click here
    This CodePlex release includes some desktop tools to simplify data publishing and content crawling for SciScope namely Catalog Publisher and Catalog Updater.

    SciScope - Home

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    Project Tuva: Richard Feynman is now available to all.

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    Project Tuva's Feynman Lectures: Gates' gift to lifelong learning

    Project Tuva, an enhanced video player showcasing Richard Feynman’s “Messenger” lectures is available for all to try out.  It’s the way I’d like to view talks and related information – check it out.  Not only does it allow for web links, images, but it also integrates with the WorldWide Telescope control to help augment the example Feynman uses in the gravitational talk.  Currently only the first lecture in the series “Law of Gravitation – an Example of Physical Law” utilizes all the annotations/links, but the do all have the transcripts, so you can search on something like “particles” and see where it is mentioned in all the different videos, and then jump directly to the location.

    Microsoft Research and Bill Gates Bring Historic Physics Lectures to Web

    Lecture series by celebrated physics professor Richard Feynman is now available to all.

    REDMOND, Wash. — July 14, 2009 — Microsoft Research, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, today launched a Web site that makes an acclaimed lecture series by the iconic physicist Richard Feynman freely available to the general public for the first time. The lectures, which Feynman originally delivered at Cornell University in 1964, have been hugely influential for many people, including Gates. Gates privately purchased the rights to the seven lectures in the series, called “The Character of Physical Law,” to make them widely available to the public for free with the hope that they will help get kids excited about physics and science.

    The historic lectures and related content can be seen at http://research.microsoft.com/tuva. The name “Tuva” was chosen because of Feynman’s lifelong fascination with the small Russian republic of Tuva, located in the heart of Asia.

    Feynman was one of the most popular scientists of the 20th century, equally regarded for his scientific insights as well as his ability to convey his enthusiasm for science through his lectures and writings. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and was also known for his quirky sense of humor and eccentric and wide-ranging interests.

    “No one was more adept at making science fun and interesting than Richard Feynman,” said Gates. “More than 20 years after first seeing them, these are still some of the best science lectures I’ve heard. Feynman worked hard during his life to popularize science, so I’m sure he’d be thrilled that now anyone, anywhere in the world, can just click a button and experience his lectures.”

    Curtis Wong, a principal researcher with Microsoft Research, enhanced the experience of viewing the lectures by integrating the historic video with a Microsoft Silverlight-based video player that allows viewers to search the lectures for references to particular subjects, take notes that are synchronized to the video, and click on hyperlinks to related Web content, among other customized operations.

    “There is a lot of public interest in building innovative educational resources online,” Wong said. “This is an opportunity to take some existing educational content and utilize software and the wealth of resources available on the Web to create a richer learning experience. And because people can annotate the lectures with their own comments and links to related resources, I expect this experience to become richer and richer over time.”

    Microsoft Research has been exploring video annotation for many years and chose to publish the Feynman “Messenger” lectures with a new enhanced video player. Neither Microsoft nor the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were involved in the acquisition of the rights to the lectures.

    Microsoft Research and Bill Gates Bring Historic Physics Lectures to Web: Lecture series by celebrated physics professor Richard Feynman is now available to all.

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    Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench available for download

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    Project Trident CTP is now available for download.  Project Trident is a scientific workflow workbench MSR External Research has been working on for the past few years, which allows scientists to analyze large, diverse datasets.  It’s built on Windows Workflow and utilizes SQL Server (Express or Server).  Download it and try it out…

    Project Trident

    Built on the Windows Workflow Foundation, this scientific workflow workbench allows users to:

    • Automate analysis and then visualize and explore data
    • Compose, run, and catalog experiments as workflows
    • Capture provenance for each experiment
    • Create a domain-specific workflow library to extend the functionality of the workflow workbench
    • Use existing services, such as provenance and fault tolerance, or add new services
    • Schedule workflows over HPC clusters or cloud computing resources

     

    Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench - Microsoft Research

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    Environment and Energy Workshop at Faculty Summit 2009

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    For the past two days at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, we hare hosted a Environment and Energy Workshop to look at areas where computing and IT can help solve some of these grand challenges.  Output from the workshop will be posted on the site in the next few weeks.

    Faculty Summit 2009 - Microsoft Research

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    Michael Jackson Memorial Concert Live in HD on the Web

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    Just heard that the Michael Jackson Memorial concert will be broadcast live in HD over the Web.  They will be using IIS Smooth Streaming and Silverlight, the technology that delivered on-demand video for the 2008 Sumer Olympics on NBCOlympics.com.

    Michael Jackson Memorial Concert | Sympatico / MSN inMusic

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    Preview the upcoming Eclipse of the Sun in WWT

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    On July 22nd there will be a total eclipse of the Sun that will last for over 6 mins that is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth.  One of the best regions to see it will be China and the organizers have published a WorldWide Telescope tour previewing the Eclipse.

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    See the trailer (below) for the project, "Multi-site Federated Live Broadcast of Solar Eclipse on July 22, International Year of Astronomy 2009"

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    eScience Workshop 2009 – Call for Papers

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    The 2009 eScience Workshop will be held at the Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA,  October 15-17, 2009.  The call for papers closes on July 31, 2009.

    eScience Workshop 2009

    Call for Papers

    We invite contributions from all areas of eScience and e-Research including:

    • Computational support for scientific research in life sciences, biomedical computing, environment, energy, and other scientific grand challenges
    • Knowledge discovery and merging datasets
    • Large-scale scientific data analysis, mining, and visualization
    • High-performance computing applied to solving problems in a variety of scientific disciplines
    • Dissemination of scientific literature/results and the discovery, curation, and sharing of data
    • Scientific sensors, data-gathering tools and technologies
    • Collaboration/workflow tools and technologies
    • Data-intensive science
    • Emerging multidisciplinary fields such as Digital Heritage and eEconomy
    • Research implications of computational thinking
    • How strategies for semantics and ontology formulation enable scientific discovery

    eScience Workshop 2009

    The eScience Workshop, to be held October 15-17, 2009, will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques, and influence the domain of scientific computing. Scientists and researchers will explore the evolution, challenges and potential of computing in scientific research, including how the latest tools, Web services and database technologies are being applied to scientific computing.

    Workshop Theme
    Facilitating Scientific Discovery through Data-Intensive Computing

    Hosting and Location
    Co-hosted by Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, this workshop will take place in the Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

    eScience Workshop 2009 - Microsoft Research

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    A “Search Taste Test” – do you really know the difference?

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    imageMichael Kordahi created a way to see how Bing search results compare to the other big search players - it gives you 3 columns of results and you can vote which one has the best results.  If you’re using IE you can also add BlindSearch as a IE search provider.

     

    The “Search Taste Test” – do you really know the difference?Bing Logo

    So there is plenty of talk about Google being the best search engine out there, but with some pretty amazing improvements recently made to Live Search, and now particularly the launch of Bing, our new “decision” engine, it’s really time to see if Google really is the best – for you personally. One fun way of doing this is to use this fun little utility that Michael Kordahi wrote (a teammate of mine) called Blind Search.

    Basically, you head over to http://blindsearch.fejus.com, enter your search term, and click the search button. The tool goes off and searches for your terms at Google, Bing and Yahoo. You get the three sets of results back – all formatted anonymously so you don’t know which column of results was returned by which search engine. Then you can either “vote” for the search engine that gives you the best, most appropriate results for you personally, or you can simply click on one of the results themselves and head off on your way like you would if you were using the actual search engine.

    One really cool thing is that if you’ve been using Google and want to try out Bing, but aren’t quite ready to make the switch (personally I now use Bing as my favoured search provider but hey, you never know), you can actually use Blind Search as your default search provider.

    The odd ramblings of a geek pretending to not be "all grown up" : The “Search Taste Test” – do you really know the difference?

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    Adding quarters to the innovation machine

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    I really enjoyed Dan Reed’s latest posting - HPC: Making a Small Fortune - and the need for real innovation in this space, especially with the rise of new quarters.jpgtechnologies – that’s part of the reason we looked at at combining HPC and Databases via the GrayWulf Project

    HPC: Making a Small Fortune

    N.B. I also write for the Communications of the ACM (CACM). The following essay recently appeared on the CACM blog.

    There is an old joke in the high-performance computing community that begins with a question, "How do you make a small fortune in high-performance computing?" There are several variations on the joke, but they all end with the same punch line, "Start with a large fortune and ship at least one generation of product. You will be left with a small fortune." Forty years of experience, with companies large and small, has confirmed the sad truth of this statement.

    Reed's Ruminations: A Blog by Dan Reed: HPC: Making a Small Fortune

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    New drop of NodeXL available

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    NodeXL_LogoThere’s a new drop (v 1.0.1.86) of NodeXL Excel template available. 

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    Bing Trucks

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    I’ve been seeing the Bing Trucks around town – take a look if you haven’t seen them

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    Citizen Science Impact: Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Galaxy Zoo

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    If you ever wonder what how normal citizens can have an impact in science – take a listen to the latest Podcast from 365 Days of Astronomy and how a mild manner school teacher from the Netherlands found a strange object while participating in Galaxy Zoo.  Now with the Hubble servicing mission complete – we’ll hopefully see future pictures of the Hanny’s Voorwerp.

    Check it out on WorldWide Telescope with the tour I made after I first heard about it. hannysvoorwerp_wht_big[1]

    May 21st Podcast: Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Galaxy Zoo
    In 2007 Dutch school teacher Hanny van Arkel discovered a unique deep space object never before described... from the comfort of her computer chair! Learn about how her love of music led her down a path of astronomical discovery.

    May 21st: Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Galaxy Zoo

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    From the Dr’s office: Windows 7—A Healthy Choice

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    Sometimes you need doctors to give human consumable descriptions – and Bill Crounse’s post on Windows 7 – summed up my experiences with Windows 7 much more eloquent then I could :-)

    I especially love the DirectAccess feature – which let’s me have access to all my corporate resources (web sites, SharePoint, file shares, etc) while working from home or on the road - no need to VPN/RAS into corporate.

    Windows 7—A Healthy Choice

    Let me be perfectly honest.  At some level, an operating system is just an operating system.  image_2[1]Whether you hang out in the C-suite, in the IT department, on the ward, or in the operating room; you just want your  computer to work.  Having said that, I think anyone who truly enjoys computing as I do and how the personal computer helps us do our work (communicate, collaborate, locate the information we need, improve clinical practice, patient safety and the quality of patient care) will simply love working with Windows 7.  Why?

    HealthBlog : Windows 7—A Healthy Choice

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