Archive | November, 2008

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  • It took six hours and two minutes to sort 1PB (10 trillion 100-byte records) on 4,000 computers. We're not aware of any other sorting experiment at this scale and are obviously very excited to be able to process so much data so quickly.
    (tags: mapreduce)

links for 2008-11-22

  • We also really ought to find a way for small investors who know what they are doing to place a small bet on a company they really like. And companies like Boxee and Twitter could really benefit from that too.
    (tags: vc)
  • Last week, I started a new Turk experiment to answer two questions: what do these people look like, and how much does it cost for someone to reveal their face?

    Answer #1. This is what Mechanical Turk looks like (click for full-size):

    (tags: aws turk)
  • I blogged about how Microsoft is extending support for jQuery. Over the last few weeks we've been working with the jQuery team to add great jQuery intellisense support within Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express (which is free). This is now available to download and use.
  • Sometimes you want to follow someone on Twitter, but you don't want them to know you're following them. We present to you TweetStalk ‒ the simple way to stalk Twitter users without having to follow them.
    (tags: twitter)

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  • 1. An applicant lacking even basic job skills
    (tags: politics humor)
  • Codename "Cocomo" is a Platform as a Service that allows Flex developers to easily add real-time social capabilities into their RIA (rich Internet applications). Comprised of both Flex-based client components and a hosted services infrastructure, Cocomo allows you to build real-time, multi-user applications with Flex in less time than ever before. And because hosts the service, issues like deployment, maintenance, and scalability are taken care of for you.
  • During the conversion process I found it to be most helpful to load jQuery side by side with Prototype using jQuery’s no-conflict functionality. As I slowly combed through my JavaScript removing Prototype dependencies I would periodically remove Prototype to see if and where I missed any outliers. This also requires you to use the jQuery() syntax as opposed to the traditional $() syntax. In doing so this helps easily identify where Prototype code remains.
  • I haven't had a chance to use the ShopSavvy application yet, but after watching the demo, which is embedded below, I'm ready to get a G1 today! This little program looks to do more on your phone than most full-fledged price comparison sites. Checking the price is as easy as scanning the product's barcode with the built-in camera.
    (tags: g1 barcode)
  • Following through on several of its promises, digital-pen maker Livescribe this week is announcing a Mac version of its desktop software, handwriting recognition software, as well as the ability for digital-pen owners to print special "dot paper" using their own printer.
    (tags: livescribe)
  • A while back, you may remember, I posted about ROXML, a ruby object to xml mapping library. I liked the idea but not the implementation. Soon after, I started playing around with what I have named HappyMapper, a ruby object to xml mapping library.
    (tags: ruby xml)
  • Last week I published a collection of over 50 excellent navigational menus for your design inspiration. Because I found more examples than I used in that post, and because others seemed to share my appreciation for menu design, I’ve decided to put together a second collection.
    (tags: navigation css)