BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling
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BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling

If you’re going to explore an XML dataset you really need to make the level of readability, ability to update, and ease of access considerably better. This is what a free, open source tool called BaseX does. BaseX “is a scalable and...

03/03/15

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Getting a group of people working on a project to communicate with each other is easy; you just give ‘em all email and stand back … and what you’ll see is chaos. The explosion of messages will be immediate and the struggle to keep...

03/01/15

MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
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MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Is the MIPS Creator CI20 a real challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B? Performance is roughly the same but it also has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in so it's pretty much a price issue ...

03/01/15

10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product
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10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B was recently released and it’s quite a step up from its predecessors. Here's ten reasons why it's a killer upgrade ...

02/22/15

Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need
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Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need

I was impressed with the company’s NomadKey last year (they called it the "ChargeKey" back then) simply because it was so handy to have it on my keychain. In the box I received was not only their latest NomadKeys and their NomadClip...

02/20/15

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

If you’re a small company without developers or maybe a group within a large organization that can’t get any love from the corporate development team and you need a mobile app, where are you going to go? The whole process of...

02/20/15

OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized
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OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized

Even under the best circumstances, document management gets messy and complicated very quickly. Documents get lost, versions get confused, and multiple people try to work on the same document at the same time usually with disastrous ...

02/14/15

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

Once again I find myself pondering how to name the devices connected to my network. For the last few years I’ve used characters from one of my all-time favorite books, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” so I have machines named...

02/13/15

The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house
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The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house

Neato’s PR people recently asked me if I’d like to check out one of the company’s latest robot vacuum cleaners and the answer was, of course, “yes!” (they had me at “robot”). What I received was a Neato Botvac 80, a 9lb,...

02/12/15

Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker
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Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker

I’ve recently been advising a startup and we’ve just managed to launch their new Web site. An interesting part of this launch was that we used a Web service recommended by our developers called Pivotal Tracker, an agile-style project...

02/12/15

Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing
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Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing

Ubi stands for "ubiquitous"; it’s the name for a computer that is always on and voice-activated. At roughly 4.75” square by 1” thick the Ubi and directly into a wall socket but you can also remove the power adapter and connect Ubi to...

01/30/15

MIT researchers show you can be identified by a just few data points
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MIT researchers show you can be identified by a just few data points

If you thought sparse personal metadata - random chunks of data about data - was hard to mine for the purposes of identifying individuals, think again. MIT researchers have just shown that it only requires four data points (the dates...

01/30/15

Sphinx: An outstanding open source documentation platform
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Sphinx: An outstanding open source documentation platform

Sphinx is a free, open source platform written in Python that will (hopefully) make your developers enjoy writing documentation.

01/29/15

 Prelert's Anomaly Detective: Finding Black Swans in Big Data
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Prelert's Anomaly Detective: Finding Black Swans in Big Data

When presented with huge amounts of otherwise indigestible Big Data, Prelert's Anomaly Detective applies analytical and statistical techniques to spot anomalies.

01/24/15

Michael Kors Duracell iPhone Power Case: How cool do I look now?
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Michael Kors Duracell iPhone Power Case: How cool do I look now?

I have tested many, many very practical iPhone cases but I now find myself in a very different aesthetic place because I am now sporting an iPhone case from a whole different dimension: The Blingiverse. Yep, I’ve been toting around a...

01/22/15

Project Exergy: Using cloud computing to heat homes
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Project Exergy: Using cloud computing to heat homes

Project Exergy wants to combine the largest energy consuming end use in our country, heating and cooling, with the fastest growing consumer of energy today, computation. Our goal is to eventually eliminate 2% of US electricity...

01/21/15

New Google Translate includes VR signage, photo and speech
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New Google Translate includes VR signage, photo and speech

If you’ve ever travelled in a country where you don’t speak the language you’ll know how confusing and frustrating it can be to try to make sense of things like signs, particularly when you’re trying to find catch a plane or train....

01/19/15

Premises Automation: Lighting with the Philips Hue system
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Premises Automation: Lighting with the Philips Hue system

The Philips Hue system is, by far, the best premises automation system for lighting I've tested so far

01/17/15

UK PM wants to ban unbreakable encryption! OK but only if ...
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UK PM wants to ban unbreakable encryption! OK but only if ...

If Western governments want that kind of control over their citizens then it has to be symmetrical which would mean that all government activities other than those that could be proved to be truly in the national interest (how to make...

01/17/15

Self-repairing disk arrays: Cheaper and more reliable than RAID 6
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Self-repairing disk arrays: Cheaper and more reliable than RAID 6

A group of researchers have come up with a better storage resiliency solution that gets around maintenance problems by never requiring disks to be replaced and ensuring "five nines" reliability. The authors point out that with...

01/16/15

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