In the past, when I had more time to write, I made a nearly yearly event of creating a list of technology predictions for the next year. It’s ironic that as my professional role has taken on more of a leadership component, I’ve stopped doing this as much. However, now that I’m officially responsible for emerging technologies at Verizon, it’s time for me to again publish a list of predictions.
About a week and a half ago I did something that a six months ago would’ve seemed nearly unthinkable. I left IBM, and more specificially, IBM Watson Group. It wasn’t easy, but now that I’m a few weeks past it, I’m know that it was the right move. Perhaps the biggest challenge that I had when I was interviewing for positions was when each interview asked the inevitable question “So, why are you leaving IBM?
There’s a ton of reasons why nearly everyone should consider using a VPN. They allow to get around various region blocks, secure your traffic when on public wifi networks, and generally can keep annoying prying eyes away from your internet traffic. I’m not one of those people who thinks that you should always use a VPN even when at home - I’m not that paranoid — but I recognize there are reasons why you may want to.
Hey world, long time no blog. Last time I wrote an article I had barely moved to Connecticut and IBM Watson Group didn’t even exist yet. Anyway, I’ve taken some time to do two major changes to my website. First, I’ve migrated everything over to Hugo. As I get more content this becomes less and less trivial, but Hugo seems like it’s a great balance between usability and performance. I’ve also refactored my personal website to run my web pages through a series of docker containers.
This marks my fourth attempt at being a technology pundit after previous attempts in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I honestly have no idea what happened to my 2013 predictions or if I ever made them. As usual, these predictions are intended to be concrete and testable, rather than vague things like “the singularity happens” without providing a definition of the Singularity. America finally sees chip and pin credit cards It’s no longer a rarity to find a credit card with a chip on it, but they’re almost always chip and signature cards.
The days are once again getting depressingly short here on the East Coast. It’s barely light out when I enter my office in the morning and it’s completely dark by the time I leave. This means only one thing - the Christmas shopping season is upon us. This year, like it has been since K-Mart first decided to be open on Thanksgiving sometime in the 1990’s, a spattering of retail stores have chosen to open up to consumers on Thanksgiving evening and stay open round the clock until late the next night.
JazzHub is a new project from IBM that provides the power of Rational Team Concert (RTC) in a cloud environment. If you’re working on a public project it’s entirely free. In fact, it’s also free until at least the end of 2013 for private projects too. The obvious question that most people are going to ask is “Why should I use JazzHub if I know how to use GitHub?” This is a perfectly fine question and I don’t fault anyone for asking it.
Last night I, along with a lot of other amazing folks, gave a lightning talk at the Data Science DC meetup. In addition to talks about being a “growth hacker”, random forests, consensus clustering, and “If you give a nerd a number”, there was my humble talk about GitHub, Graph Databases, and gaining insight about the social aspects of your project. In short, I did an exploration of the Julia programming language using my tool, GitMiner, to evaluate the social aspects of the community around the language.
For the last year and a half I’ve been working with Anita Sarma, a professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and her graduate student, Corey Jergensen, to try and understand some of the social dynamics around GitHub. As we began to dig at the ecosystem we realized that we had an opportunity to perform some novel analysis on the community. Specifically, GitHub is a highly networked ecosystem and most of the queries that we were doing were localized around single projects or developers.
On May 1st, 2012 I embarked on an experiment at work — I started signing work emails to my team and friends inside and outside the office with the words “KTHXBYE” or “KTHXBAI”. The goal was to see how long it would take until someone mentioned or asked about it. About two weeks after I started the experiment a friend from Microsoft noticed it and mentioned it to me. Of course, I replied with a meme: