February 2011 Archives
Thursday, 24th February 2011
A new National Endowment of the Arts study has looked back into the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Expanding the definition from "benchmark" activities (like going to the opera) to the creation and viewing of art or art-related content digitally has yielded a radically different picture of American's relationship…
Manage Contacts With a Social Twist Using ContactZilla
Teams that need to manage a large number of contacts will want to consider taking a look at ContactZilla, a relatively new contact management tool comparable to Gist. ContactZilla allows you to import contacts from Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, as well as manually enter information about people one-by-one.
Syrian Bloggers Arrested: This Week in Online Tyranny
Syria cracks down on bloggers. As the Jasmine Uprisings go on in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and elsewhere, Syria has gone in the other direction, arresting bloggers. In the last month, Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir and Firaz Akram Mahmoud have been arrested and Tal Al-Mallouhi was sentenced to five years for her imaginary spying. A host of other Syrian bloggers…
What Data-Mining Apple, Google and Microsoft's PR Reveals
What topics are the big three software giants focused on? Their press releases show what areas of their business they want the media to cover, so I thought analyzing them in bulk might reveal some of their priorities. I started off by downloading every press release that Apple, Google and Microsoft have released in 2011, and then built word…
Work with Hadoop and NoSQL Databases with Toad for Cloud
Toad for Cloud Databases is a version of Quest's popular Toad tool specially designed for next-generation databases. So far it supports AWS SimpleDB; Microsoft Azure; Table services; Apache HBase; Microsoft SQL Azure; Apache Cassandra or any ODBC-enabled relational database. It can be downloaded here.