How my brain works.....Winter Olympics...Spring....Baseball.... and that got me thinking.....is there anything on developerWorks about baseball?
Sure enough.... check out
Then I found :
- The Future of Baseball : Sabermetrics, understand what it is, and find out how number crunching can help improve a team’s performance.It's
generally defined as the scientific study of baseball. The word SABR
comes from the Society for American Baseball Research, and those are
the real propeller heads who look at the data and who analyze all the
statistics about baseball. (FYI....this site was slow for me to open and then I had to download the video vs view online...it was still worth it and I did enjoy the quotes from Yogi Berra).
Which made me think about what kinds of tools help in all that data analysis ...and those would be
Not a fan of baseball or just need to know more about it: here's a lesson plan on America's Pastime (by IBM...isn't that one a surprise)
A classic tale and one of my favorites : Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody
- This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
- There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
- Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
- Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
- Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
- It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done
I am a big fan of clarity ....must be the project manager training in me.
I always want to know WHO. We use too much "we" and "them" and need to clearly identify the who and ensure that named person knows and commits.
What do you know about making software fully accessible? For software development, accessibility means enabling IT hardware, software and Web
application products so they can be used by more people, either
directly, or in combination with assistive technology products. Are you familiar with :
- Providing aids to navigation for screen reader users such as:
- an invisible link which allows the users to skip navigation links in order to get quickly to the main content of the page
- proper markup for identifying the page title (i.e. an <h1> element)
- Providing text equivalents for images and image map hot spots
- Providing null text equivalents on decorative images
- Identifying row and column headers for data tables
- Programmatically associating labels with form fields
- Using valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional markup language
- Supporting browser settings for enlarging text and user style sheets
- Using consistent navigation mechanisms and style of presentation throughout the site
- Keyboard navigation of web pages
- Identifying the primary natural language of each page
- Accessible HTML alternative versions of Flash content
- Accessibility testing using automated tools and/or manual procedures
We all have a "challenge" .. ..whether physical, mental, cultural, language based or that we blog on My developerWorks. Accessibility removes the barriers that prevent certain groups
of people from accessing information. If you don't know much about it... What every developer should know about accessibility Accessibility in Web development
What's that car noise? .....now ...if we can solve that problem.....that is the technology I want to have...
Great article on Earth2Tech about the Top 15 Connected Car Influencers
On the cusp of a new generation of electric vehicles and the
buildout of a smart grid, connected cars — vehicles linked to the power
grid as well as communication networks — have the potential to give us
a transportation system for the digital age. Smart charging
infrastructure, energy storage tech and devices, telematics, the
vehicles themselves, and even smartphone apps for automotive platforms
, all add up to a sizable market opportunity.
A web of key players is starting to take shape as entrepreneurs and
global corporations race to carve out a piece of the nascent EV market,
as government agencies dole out billions of dollars to jump-start that
opportunity, as big thinkers churn out innovative ideas and business
models based on the intersection of information technology and advanced
vehicles, and as the pressure to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles
grows. Listed alphabetically, not order of importance, here’s
Earth2Tech’s top 15 most influential people in the connected car space.
- Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place
- George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST
- Robin Chase, Founder and CEO of GoLoco.org and Meadow Networks
- Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, DOE
- Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute
- Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, China
- Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan
- Scott Griffith, CEO and Chairman of Zipcar
- Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Jon Lauckner, Vice President of Global Product Planning, General Motors
- Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors
- Fumio Ohtsubo, President of Panasonic Corp.
- Danilo Santini, Senior Economist, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
- Allan Schurr, Vice President of Strategy and Development for Energy & Utilities at IBM
- Jonathan Silver, Director of the DOE green car loan guarantee and loan programs
Want more ....The future of transportation
- if you don't read French...you'll need to use a translate... the pictures are good...and if you read my blog...you know I like good pictures.Automotive 2020: Clarity beyond the chaos.
This article " The mother of all computers no longer looks that old"
makes my heart go pitter patter. I just happen to be a mainframe fan...and I never thought it went out of style. After all, how can something that is reliable, secure and dependable be out of date? If it works, why change?
Do a search on mainframe on developerWorks and you'll find some good info:Did you say mainframe
happens to be my favorite.
How's your home energy usage? As I've mentioned in two of my previous blogs, I can now log into my utility company and see the day to day usage. Another great example of technology that allows me to better manage my life. Ok...manage may be too strong a word....monitor. It is good to know when the temps dip or rise, how much energy we are using. Does it change our behavior? A bit...we do turn off lights and try to keep the heating/cooling at a reasonable level.
So...the guess.....last week we had significantly cooler temperatures than normal. I was very curious to see how winter usage compared to summer. Below is the recent kilowatt usage, cost and temps for our recent cold snap. Friday was a hiccup when we had to run the less efficient heat strips vs the more efficient heat pump.....hiccup...aka user error.
What would you guess...is cooling with A/C during the summer less or more efficient than heating in the winter?
Compare your guess against my earlier numbers: Confession 46: AMEE: Home Energy Monitoring
and Confession 37: Energy Mgmt - it can be personal
What do I read or watch?
Every week developerWorks
publishes new articles, new blog posts appear on My developerWorks daily, and now we can follow microblogging from the HOME page on My developerWorks.
Then there is IBM Research
.....and I tend to watch Zurich
, and Haifa
Lastly, for entertainment and enlightenment, I visit Ted
. There are sooooooooooooooooooooo many ideas worth spreading.
Not sure what this
all about but it does intrigue me. Breakaway Build....interesting name...and so many links to find other links. I just might attend.
A computer system that can simulate the thinking power of a cat's brain.
Notice it says "power" vs the real thinking because as everyone knows, what a cat is thinking beyond food, pet, litter box, play and give me attention is just close to impossible. Of course it is fascinating and with the 1 billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses, at just 4.5 percent of a human brain, the computer can sense, perceive, act, interact and process ideas without consuming a lot energy. Being able to mimic the low-energy, high-processing capability of a brain is something researchers have been striving to achieve in computing for years. But the real thinking? Will the computer want to come sit on my lap? Nah.
By combining the cat-brain-sized computer system with a special algorithm, called Blue Matter, that maps the human brain, the scientists are able to test how brain structure affects function. Eventually, they hope to uncover how the human brain’s circuits can perform small and large computations, and then use that information build a chip that has a brain-like architecture.
Scary and cool.....and am actually glad they started with a cat vs a dog brain. This will go down in both human and feline history. I can hear it now "cat's rule, dog's drool"
Have you seen the new (ok...maybe just new to me) trial download page on developerWorks
What's new? (or still just new to me?) the RSS feeds for product trial downloads!!!
And more...with so many options -- trial downloads, online trials, sandboxes, cloud offers, and betas -- there is now a FAQ to steer us to the best options.
I've recently become a fan of RSS feeds. I used to use them...then they overwhelmed me...and now I am back. Speaking of RSS readers and feeds.... check out this nice blog post
about getting started.
Lastly, for some reason using RSS feeds seems very Smarter Planet
to me? Is it?