Archive | January, 2013

12 Critical Questions of employee happiness – First Break all the Rules

1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
3. Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?
4. In the last 7 days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
5. Does my supervisor or someone at work seem to care about me as a person?
6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
7. At work, do my opinions seem to count? (People leave managers, not jobs. What structure do you have in place for your team members to provide their feedback? And do you listen when it’s given?)
8. Does the mission / purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?
9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
10. Do I have a best friend at work?
11. In the last 6 months, has someone talked to me about my progress?
12. This last year, have I had the opportunity at work to learn and grow?

(Full Story: http://www.sharonkaibel.com/2010/10/first-break-all-rules-12-critical.html?m=1 )

Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book

two sellers adjusting their prices in response to each other by factors whose products were greater than 1. And while it might have been more difficult to deconstruct, one can easily see how even more bizarre things could happen when more than two sellers are in the game. And as soon as it was clear what was going on here, I and the people I talked to about this couldn’t help but start thinking about ways to exploit our ability to predict how others would price their books down to the 5th significant digit – especially when they were clearly not paying careful attention to what their algorithms were doing.

(Full Story: http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=358 )

CommonCrawl – an open crawl of the web

Our vision is of a truly open web that allows universal open access to information and enables greater innovation in research, business and education.

(Full Story: http://commoncrawl.org/ )

Technology Radar | www.thoughtworks.com

ThoughtWorkers are passionate about technology. We build it, research it, test it, open source it, write about it, and
constantly aim to improve it – for everyone. Our mission is to champion software excellence and revolutionize IT. We
create and share the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar in support of that mission. The ThoughtWorks Technology Advisory
Board, a group of senior technology leaders in ThoughtWorks, creates the radar. They meet regularly to discuss the
global technology strategy for ThoughtWorks and the technology trends that significantly impact our industry.
The radar captures the output of the Technology Advisory Board’s discussions in a format that provides value to a wide range of
stakeholders, from CIOs to developers. The content is intended as a concise summary. We encourage you to explore these technologies
for more detail. The radar is graphical in nature, grouping items into techniques, tools, platforms, and languages & frameworks. When
radar items could a…

(Full Story: http://www.thoughtworks.com/radar )

Introduction to Cartridge Building | OpenShift by Red Hat

Users interested in creating cartridges or adding fundamental features to OpenShift should read this document. A “fundamental” feature is hard to define but one example would be the difference between PHP and WordPress. WordPress requires PHP to run. It uses the PHP cartridge and in that way, php is a fundamental feature required for wordpress to run. PHP would be a cartridge but wordpress would be an application. WordPress also needs MySQL to run, so in that scenario PHP and MySQL would both be cartridges but WordPress (even if one wanted to package it and provide it to others) would not be a cartridge.

(Full Story: https://openshift.redhat.com/community/wiki/introduction-to-cartridge-building )

Revolve Robotics | Be There

Revolve Robotics is developing Kubi™, a tablet-based robotic platform that enhances video calling with remote control movement enabling consumer grade telepresence. Kubi runs off tablet apps, thus enabling the the app developer community to expand the capabilities.

(Full Story: http://revolverobotics.com/ )

RubyJS – javascript standard library based on Ruby core-lib

RubyJS is a JavaScript implementation of all methods from Ruby classes like Array, String, Numbers, Time and more.

(Full Story: http://rubyjs.org/ )

apiary.io — REST API Tools Company

a REST API tool that makes it easy to create documentation and other tools for your users to use your API. It even includes tools to get the community to create your documentation for you on GitHub.

(Full Story: http://apiary.io/ )

Gild Source – A Technical Recruiting Solution

Growing your engineer team is hard. How do you find developers with the skills and experience you need? And how do you effectively engage technical talent?

Meet Gild Source. Gild Source is a technical recruiting solution the gives hiring teams insights into the coding skills of millions of developers plus the social insights needed to connect with them. With this rich information, you can dramatically improve hiring efficiency by identifying talented developers and reaching out to them on personalized terms.

(Full Story: http://www.gild.com/products/gild-source/ )