My technology week in review ending 2009.11.27

My summary of interesting URLs from last week, including stories related to:

And for those of you on Twitter, the stories relate to: @IBMDesign @umairh @drkiki @ethanLP

SQL and DB2

Links related to SQL or more specifically IBM DB2.
DB2 Virtualization | IBM Redbooks
An IBM Redbook that dscribes using IBM DB2 9 with server virtualization, including:
- A general overview of virtualization describing specific server virtualization technologies to highlight how the server virtualization technologies have been implemented.
- Details on the setup, configuration, and managing of DB2 with three leading server virtualization technologies:
IBM Power Systems with PowerVM, VMware, and Hyper-V
-The DB2 features and functions that can take advantage of using server virtualization.
-A list of best practices from the various tests performed while using these virtualization technologies.

Delicious tags: IBM DB2 SQL Virtualization VMware Hyper-V redbook tutorial

MySQL to DB2 Conversion Guide | IBM Redbooks

This draft IBM Redbook is an informative guide that describes how to convert the database system from MySQL 5.1 to DB2 V9.7 on Linux and the steps that are involved in enabling the applications to use DB2 instead of MySQL. It also presents the best practices in conversion strategy and planning, conversion tools, porting steps, and practical conversion examples. It is intended for technical staff that is involved in a MySQL to DB2 conversion project.

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Best Practices: Tuning and Monitoring DB2 Database System Performance | IBM developerWorks
From important principles of initial hardware and software configuration to monitoring techniques that help you understand system performance under both operational and troubleshooting conditions. For troubleshooting performance problems, this paper provide a step-wise, methodical method for determining the problem. See also the Wiki version at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/data/Best+Practice+-+Tuning+and+Monitoring+Database+System+Performance

Delicious tags: IBM DB2 best-practice SQL performance whitepaper LUW wiki

The Singularity

Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, human-robotic interfaces, "our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today".

This Cyborg Life | Gizmodo

A week of stories about the melding of humans and computers including the history, science, technology now available, and the possible future.

Delicious tags: gizmodo future cyborg singularity AI

Steve Mann | Wikipedia
Steve Mann is a Canadian professor teaching at the University of Toronto interests from wearable computers and cyborgs, to computer algorithm's associated with cameras, to musical instruments, to privacy rights.

Delicious tags: Mann Cyborg technology wikipedia research culture media mit stevemann wearable people ontario-tech singularity

Brain Controlled Robot Follows Mental Commands (Video) | Singularity Hub

A video of the robot from Rajesh Rao’s lab at the University of Washington. The little humanoid bot is controlled by the human brain. By measuring electric signals through the surface of the skull (no surgery required), you can command the robot to perform a simple task that it knows how how to accomplish already. You aren't manipulating the robot directly, but telling it "pick up the red block". See Dr. Rajesh P.N. Rao's webpage at http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/rao/

Delicious tags: robotics singularity brain Rao

Brain-Machine Interfaces | Futures in Biotech 49
Guests Dr. Justin Sanchez Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida walks us through the technology of brain machine interfaces. PDF text transcript is at http://www.calnexa.com/transcripts/FIB38.pdf
Dr. Justin Sanchez walks us through the technology of brain machine interfaces.

Delicious tags: Futures-in-Biotech podcast twit biotech singularity future brain Sanchez
Associated Twitter users: @drkiki

Podcasts

The various podcasts I listened to this week

Social Software - IBM Lotus Connections | UXDesignCast Podcast 34

Learn about the design of social software for the enterprise. Joining Karel on this episode are Ethan Perry (Product Designer and UX Team Lead, IBM Lotus Connections) and Marty Moore (Product Designer, IBM Lotus Connections) discussing the design of IBM Lotus Connections 2.5.

For more details, see http://www-01.ibm.com/software/ucd/gallery/connections_software.html

Delicious tags: IBM Design podcast Lotus Connections UX UCD Perry Moore Vredenburg
Associated Twitter users: @IBMDesign @ethanLP

Applying Design Thinking to Your Business | Harvard Business IdeaCast 171

Guest: Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the U. of T. and author of The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage explains the need for a melding of traditional analytic thinking and the traditional creative process. Each side needs to understand and respect the other, and only by working together can innovation and true progress occur.

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Can Good Journalism Also Be Profitable? | Harvard Business IdeaCast 172
Guest Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Lab and author of the Edge Economy blog on at http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/index.phpdiscusses the ways media, newspapers in particular, can re-invent themselves by providing a focused voice on the news they cover. He makes the distinction between soda and wine - newspapers used to be all the same, offering the equivalent of pop, but in the future readers (and advertisers) will demand more focused publications, like the huge range of wine that is available.

Delicious tags: HBR Harvard podcast buisness media newspapers
Associated Twitter users: @umairh

Jono Bacon discussing the Jaunty Jackalope release of Ubuntu | FLOSS weekly 77
A discussion with Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu about their free, community developed, Debian-based Linux operating system.

Delicious tags: FLOSS-weekly Linux Ubuntu podcast Bacon

IBM Research | IBM Research | Lassoing relevant data with semantic search
BM researcher Kavitha Srinivas and her team have developed an allusive search system that uses reasoning instead of simple word matches to aggregate refined search data. This technology is playing an important role in clinical trials – and is slated for use in other data-heavy industries, such as financial services. In this episode of Computer Science Spotlight, Dr. Srinivas gives an overview of her team's semantic search work at IBM.

More details at http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/research.nsf/pages/r.web.innovation.semantic.html

Delicious tags: IBM podcast semanticweb search semantic

x10: Creating the next high-computing programming language | IBM Research

Programming languages are enduring animals. The best ones instruct computers to do complex computations until another language comes along that can handle more complexity, greater concurrency. IBM computer scientist Vijay Saraswat and colleagues Kemel Ebcioglu and Vivek Sarkar have been developing a programming language called x10 that is slated to work on a number of super-fast hardware architectures, including the IBM Power7 chip.

For more details see http://x10-lang.org/

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Brain-Machine Interfaces | Futures in Biotech 49
Guests Dr. Justin Sanchez Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida walks us through the technology of brain machine interfaces. PDF text transcript is at http://www.calnexa.com/transcripts/FIB38.pdf
Dr. Justin Sanchez walks us through the technology of brain machine interfaces.

Delicious tags: Futures-in-Biotech podcast twit biotech singularity future brain Sanchez
Associated Twitter users: @drkiki

TED talks

The TED talks I watched this week. They are all highly recommended
Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when | Video on TED.com
Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Delicious tags: TED video statistics economy future visualization China data asia India

Tom Wujec demos the 13th-century astrolabe | Video on TED.com

Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new. See also his personal web page at: http://www.tomwujec.com/

Delicious tags: TED history video Wujec technology Astrolabe time

Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule | Video on TED.com
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.

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Tim Brown urges designers to think big | Video on TED.com
Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects -- even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking."

Delicious tags: design TED video future innovation Brown

John Lloyd inventories the invisible | Video on TED.com
Nature's mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen. Many great quotes, including "We are here on earth to help others. What others are here for... I have no idea." -- WH Auden.

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