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At Google I/O, Google made it clear it will go head to head with Amazon. But how do you choose between their clouds?
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You can analyze all public GitHub activity via Google BigQuery! I'm syncing the data every hour, so you can run any analysis you want.. and let me tell you, there is a lot of interesting trends to be discovered there!

As a preview, here's a quick spreadsheet I pulled with a few stats for month of April: http://bit.ly/github-bigquery

- 5.8M events in April
- Most popular languages? Javascript, Java and Ruby.
- Most popular new repo? Prince-of-Persia-Apple-II
- Most watched repo? meteor

Check out the instructions on http://www.githubarchive.org/ to get started!
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The new iPad makes web sites suck

I dropped into the Apple Store yesterday to check out the new display on the iPad, and it became depressingly clear how bad the web looks on it.

The new hi-res Retina display means that every graphic on a web page, particularly those which contain text, looks blurry. This is because they're rendered for lower resolution screens.

Looks like there's a lot of work to do retooling web sites for high DPI screens.

There's more on creating high DPI web sites here from +Scott Hanselman http://www.hanselman.com/blog/SupportingHighdpiPixeldenseRetinaDisplaysLikeIPhonesOrTheIPad3WithCSSOrIMG.aspx

And, for context on how this has been considered over recent years, some thoughts from Dave Hyatt in 2006: http://www.webkit.org/blog/55/high-dpi-web-sites/
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"If Google itself can’t come up with a better experience for its own social network on the latest version of its own mobile operating system, why should any other company be going above and beyond?"
Seemingly taking no chances, Apple didn’t just announce cool features in the new iPad. It also took at dig at Android tablets, to show how the iPad is better than they are. Called on behalf of the pro...
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Digg API updates for Feb 2012

I announced a few updates earlier today to the public webservice API that Digg runs and I mostly look after. Look, RDF :)

http://groups.google.com/group/diggapidev/browse_thread/thread/ac5b5012be42a3cf
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Folks, we've just officially released GIMP 2.8 after 3.5 years of work. It was quite a challenge, and we are very grateful to you for your support and understanding.

The release touches virtually every part of GIMP, from internals to UI, from tools to resources such as brushes. There are also some important API changes for developers.

We expect Windows build to be up really soon, and we hope that Mac builds will follow too.

Have fun with this new version: test it, report bugs, write tutorials or maybe even books, while we are preparing the next great release :)
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Designing great data products

Very excited for the most recent in our series of short ebooks on data. This one from Kaggle's +Jeremy Howard.

In the past few years, we’ve seen many data products based on predictive modeling. These products range from weather forecasting to recommendation engines like Amazon's. Prediction technology can be interesting and mathematically elegant, but we need to take the next step: going from recommendations to products that can produce optimal strategies for meeting concrete business objectives.

We already know how to build these products: they've been in use for the past decade or so, but they're not as common as they should be. This report shows how to take the next step: to go from simple predictions and recommendations to a new generation of data products with the potential to revolutionize entire industries.
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Three reasons to use data marketplaces

1. They provide discoverability and comparison between data sets, along with indicators of quality and scope.

2. They handle cleaning and formatting of data, so it's ready for use. This is often 80% of the work in integrating a new data set.

3. They make data more economically accessible, providing broader access to data than would otherwise be possible with traditional publisher/subscriber relationships.

These reasons work whether you're a publisher or a consumer. For more on data marketplaces, including a comparison of Infochimps, Azure, Factual and DataMarket, check out the article below, which I published on +O'Reilly Radar earlier this week.
Strata chair Edd Dumbill provides an overview of the most mature data markets (Infochimps, Factual, Windows Azure Data Marketplace, DataMarket), and contrasts their different approaches and facilitie...
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Still haven't registered for Strata next week? Time's running out - we're about to sell out!
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iBooks Author makes me sad

I adore content creation tools. I've spent most of my adult life either trying to build content creation tools or in the search for the perfect one. How exciting that Apple are getting behind this!

Yet —

Section 2. B from the T&Cs:

[[ B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:

(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;

(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution. ]]

Write a book, any book, as long as it conforms and you permit us to own your distribution. Oh, except if you're giving it away. In that case, have at it, we love free advertising!

No thanks.
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  • Rackspace
    Senior Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Digg
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2012
  • Yahoo! Inc.
    Software Architect, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Bristol
    2000 - 2005
  • University of Kent at Canterbury
    1990 - 2000
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Bristol, UK - Canterbury, UK - Southampton, UK - Belfast, UK
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British RDF free software open source hacker software architect on tour in USA. Find out more at http://www.dajobe.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/dajobe and http://www.linkedin.com/in/dajobe.
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