My technology week in review ending 2010.06.06

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

  • SQL and DB2
  • Data Visualization
  • Collaboration software
  • Software development
  • Podcasts
  • TED talks

And for those of you on Twitter, the stories relate to: @evgenymorozov @lorifisher @rashmi

(As always, most of the text is lifted directly from the related websites and isn't my own text.)

SQL and DB2

Links related to SQL or more specifically IBM DB2, as well as other database systems including NoSQL.

IBM developerWorks: Wikis - Information Management - IBM Virtual Appliances

Experience the power of DB2 by using the provided DB2 Express-C 9.7 FP1 (32 and 64 bit) VMware® Virtual Appliances. These Open Virtualization Format (OVF) images are designed to run in all VMware products.

Delicious tags: IBM DB2 LUW VMware express-c SQL database

Creating MySQL Stored Routines for Non-DBAs - Part One | Help Desk Geek

A walk through, with screen captures, of creating a MySQL Stored Routine in phpMyAdmin

Delicious tags: sql database MySQL phpMyAdmin

Data Visualization

The art and science of representing data in graphs and charts, and beyond. Telling the story behind the numbers.
Social Visualization Software Review: Tableau Public | information aesthetics
A quick run through of the online visualization product, Tableau Public. Provides a summary of its features, and a discussion of how it can be used.

Delicious tags: visualization Data webapp

Collaboration software

With the success of Web 2.0, collaboration software has become a hot topic. Whether it is publig systems, like Google Wave, or systems designed for within the enterprise, like Louts Connections:
Social Networking and the Information Developer: How to get started
As Information Development managers, we need to be familiar with various social networking mechanisms currently in use and how they may be influencing our customers' expectations of the information experience we provide. Further, we need to begin integrating "community" experiences into our information deliverables and leveraging these to improve customer satisfaction with our content. Community technologies can enrich the customer experience with our online product documentation and other related external customer services.

Delicious tags: SocialMedia introduction collaboration
Associated Twitter users: @lorifisher

Software development

Programs and processes used to streamline and self-document the development of software. Agile, Object-Oriented, Online, etc...:
jQTouch - jQuery plugin for mobile web development
A jQuery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and other forward-thinking devices.

Delicious tags: iphone jquery javascript development webkit library ui framework mobile iPodTouch

The Big Idea: How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution - Harvard Business Review IdeaCast 196
An interview with Daniel J. Isenberg about the power of a successful, vibrant, entrepreneurial environment - from Rwanda to Chile, Israel, and Iceland.

Delicious tags: entrepreneurship business development economy harvard HBR podcast


The various podcasts I listened to this week
Alec Ross, Advisor to US Secretary of State - The Diplomacy of Technology | Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner
Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State and Co-founder of global non-profit One Economy, discusses in detail innovation policy and how it can change national diplomacy. In addition, Ross offers advice to global innovators, stressing quality time management, effective hiring practices, the mutual benefits of mentoring, and assertive risk practices.

Delicious tags: Stanford podcast Ross technology state

When Women Ask for Raises | HBR IdeaCast 174
Whitney Johnson, founding partner of Rose Park Advisors and author of the blog post Can "Nice Girls" Negotiate? The successes and drawbacks women face ensuring they are paid a fair wage in corporate america.

Delicious tags: HBR podcast women right salary raise Johnson

Managing the Productivity Paradox | HBR IdeaCast 197

Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project and author of The Way We're Working Isn't Working. He is also the author of the HBR article The Productivity Paradox: How Sony Pictures Gets More Out of People by Demanding Less. He writes "Once people understand how their supply of available energy is influenced by the choices they make, they can learn new strategies that increase the fuel in their tanks and boost their productivity. "

Delicious tags: HBR podcast productivity time regenerate Schwartz Energy-Project book

micro RNA with Kleanthis Xanthopolous | Tech Nation
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with the President of Regulus Therapeutics, Kleanthis Xanthopolous, about his companies work in the field of micro RNA, it's role in disease and how it may provide an opportunity for treatment.

Delicious tags: technation podcast RNA medical health microbiology Xanthopolous Regulus

The Routes of Man - Ted Conover | Tech Nation

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author, Ted Conover, about the importance of roads in the evolution of human history, from the ancient Romans and Incas to modern day Israel and Palestine.

Delicious tags: technation podcast roads conover power book

In Pursuit of Silence - George Prochnik | Tech Nation

Dr. Moira Gunn visits with author, George Prochnik, to talk about his new book, In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, where he examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet.

Delicious tags: technation podcast silence noise Prochnik book

The Big Idea: How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution - Harvard Business Review IdeaCast 196
An interview with Daniel J. Isenberg about the power of a successful, vibrant, entrepreneurial environment - from Rwanda to Chile, Israel, and Iceland.

Delicious tags: entrepreneurship business development economy harvard HBR podcast

How Iconoclasts Think | Harvard Business Review IdeaCast 195

A discussion with Gregory Berns, the Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University and author of Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently. From the summary of his book: "No organization can survive without iconoclasts -- innovators who single-handedly upturn conventional wisdom and manage to achieve what so many others deem impossible. Though indispensable, true iconoclasts are few and far between. In Iconoclast, neuroscientist Gregory Berns explains why. He explores the constraints the human brain places on innovative thinking, including fear of failure, the urge to conform, and the tendency to interpret sensory information in familiar ways."

Delicious tags: brain creativity harvard podcast HBR iconoclast

Famous Tumors | WNYC - Radiolab

An unflinching look at the good, bad…and ugly side of tumors. Robert tries to touch–literally touch–the tumor that killed President Ulysses S. Grant. And we get to know the woman who unknowingly held the key to unlocking modern medical advancements (from polio vaccines to chemotherapy drugs) in her tumor cells.

Delicious tags: Radiolab podcast science health cancer tumor

Environmentally sustainable plastic - Jeremy Abbate, Yali Friedman | Tech Nation
Dr. Moria Gunn talks with Jeremy Abbate and his partner, Yali Friedman about a new report published by Scientific American Worldview on the creation of the worlds first environmentally sustainable plastic.

Delicious tags: technation podcast Abbate Friedman plastic

John Hagel, author of 'The Power of Pull' | Tech Nation

Dr. Moira Gunn interviews author and Director of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, John Hagel, about his new book, The Power of Pull, which the Harvard Business Review calls an exhilarating read as the authors sublimely reinvent the world of enterprise.

Delicious tags: technation podcast Deloitte Hagel Pull

SlideShare - Sharing a Measure of Success | Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner
Jonathan Boutelle and Rashmi Sinha, founders of the presentation-sharing site SlideShare, describe the entrepreneurial process as a series of pivots. Boutelle explains it's not just a jump, but an evolving growth of stages that leads to an idea that can start a business. From there, Sinha says that focused execution keeps the vision moving forward. By continually measuring the activity, they both believe that entrepreneurs can better recognize the growth stages of their company. See their site at

Delicious tags: Stanford podcast SlideShare Boutelle Sinha
Associated Twitter users: @rashmi

John Hennessy - Innovation as the Crux of Entrepreneurship | Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner
In academia and the private sector, innovation is the most elusive element. And, adds Stanford University President John Hennessy, it's also needed to solve crucial local and global issues. In this address that launches the University's prestigious Entrepreneurship Week event, Hennessy discusses the evolving interplay between higher learning and commercial progress.

Delicious tags: entrepreneurship Stanford podcast unniversity Hennessy

Smart electrical Grids | McKinsey on high tech podcast
A wide ranging introduction to the technology and players in the upcoming, and on-going 'Smart Grid'.

Delicious tags: McKinsey electric powermeter podcast

TED talks

The TED talks I watched this week. They are all highly recommended
Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships | Video on
TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.

Delicious tags: ted video internet china Morozov
Associated Twitter users: @evgenymorozov

Taryn Simon photographs secret sites | Video on
Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography -- to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit. See her website at

Delicious tags: TED photo secret photography documentary video Simon