Hans Reiser Namesys The Reiser4 Filesystem on: Google TechTalks The ReiserFS project aims to add support for semi-structured data querying to the filesystem namespace. Reiser4 is the storage layer for this. It stores all files in a dancing (not balanced)tree, and is currently the overall fastest filesystem for traditional filesystem usage patterns.
Haiku: The Operating System on: Google TechTalks This is an introduction to Haiku, an open source operating system designed from the ground up for the desktop, inspired in the concepts and technologies of BeOS. The presentation will cover the concepts and features that make Haiku unique, as well as a hands on demo.
Dan Frankowski University of Minnesota Privacy Risks of Public Mentions on: Google TechTalks It is common to segregate different aspects in different places: you might write opinionated rants about movies in your blog under a pseudonym while participating in a forum or web site for scholarly discussion of medical ethics under your real name. However, it may be possible to link these separate identities, because the movies, journal articles, or authors you mention are from a sparse relation space whose properties (e.g., many items related to by only a few users) allow re- identification.
A Human Story of Computer Animation on: On May 16, four self-described geeks-each with a passion to make animated movies-share how they discovered computer animation, and what obstacles they had to overcome in the process. They will present the entertaining and inspiring tale of how they went from an idea, to a script to the drawing board, to mathematics, to the computer lab...and ultimately to their Oscar acceptance speeches. Come hear their personal experiences with early computers-which had been developed for code breaking and complex computations-and how they were transformed to allow development of some of the most memorable images in pop culture today. This rare union of friends-pioneering artists and scientists-represents a momentous evening in animation history. The movies and innovations of these award-winning pioneers sit at the intersection of technology and art.
Adam Greenfield Keio University Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing on: A video of the talk Adam Greenfield gave at Keio University on July 15, 2006. The topic is Adam's recently published book Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing.
Jim Nickerson APCT Energy Crisis Management - new ultracapacitor technology on: Google TechTalks A new ultracapacitor technology from APCT (US-Ukrainian start-up) provides an efficient, low cost means of managing power delivery for applications ranging from hand held devices to hybrid vehicles and power generating systems of all types. When integrated into battery powered devices, the APCT technology can extend battery life by as much as 400%, lowering the cost of batteries and reducing hazardous waste streams.
Nicholas Negroponte Massachusetts Institute of Technology The future of computing on: TEDtalks Nicholas Negroponte is former Director of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the non-profit, One Laptop Per Child. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 18:21
Marko Grobelnik Josef Stefan Institute Context Sensitivity in Knowledge Rich Systems on: Videolectures.net The main goal of this tutorial is to provide an extensive survey of the past and current work in the area of context related topics. This includes analysis of the past work: (1) defining the notion of context, (2) present logic-based formalisms for dealing with contexts, (3) present probabilistic/fuzzy approaches to model context, (4) demonstrate modelling the context and reasoning with contexts in real-life applications.
Moshe Vardi Rice University Logic in Computer Science on: U. of Washington TV During the past thirty years there has been extensive interaction between logic and computer science. The argument is that logic plays a fundamental role in computer science, similar to that played by calculus in the physical sciences and traditional engineering disciplines.
Esther Derby author Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! on: Google TechTalks Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, authors of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, will introduce you to a framework for effective retrospectives, provide tips and pointers for sustaining interest in retrospectives throughout the project, and suggest ways to maintain the relevance of improvement to the work of your team.
Team Server - Collaborate with Pleasure! Ajax Development with IntelliJ IDEA on: Google TechTalks The first presentation is completely dedicated to our new product Team Server, which has to bring to the whole team the same level of productivity as IDEA does for the individual developer. We will talk about continuous integration, server-side code analysis, peer-to-peer collaboration, and many other interesting things. The second presentation is dedicated to a lot of new and cool stuff in IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 related to Java.
Jen Fitzpatrick Google The Science and Art of User Experience at Google on: Google Video Focus on the user and all else will follow. From its inception, Google has focused on providing the best user experience possible. Jen Fitzpatrick will take you through the art and science behind Google's design process and share examples of how design, usability and engineering come together in Google's unique culture to create great products.
The Origins of Zelenograd: The Amazing Story Of Two U.S. Engineers In Cold War Russia on: Author and BioCentury Publications Senior Editor Steve Usdin tells the fascinating story of two American engineers, Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, who were recruited into espionage by Julius Rosenberg, and, driven by ideology, evaded the FBI and escaped to carry on their work on behalf of the Soviet state. Barr and Sarant rose to the pinnacle of power in the Soviet establishment and managed the building of the postwar modern Soviet military machine and microelectronics industry. Based on new files and a personal friendship with the late Barr, who gave Usdin interviews and letters revealing his entire life story, Usdin shares new stories on computing during the Cold War and how Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley came to be.
Daniel Masys University of California, San Diego Medical Informatics 1: Principles of Database Design on: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Medical Informatics is the science of organizing information to make it useful, to make it retrievable, so people can use it to solve health problems and understand health and disease better. It is the technology for implementing that science, such as databases, communication networks, and other forms of digital tools.
A Dozen Precursors of Fortran on: The history of a subject helps us not only to understand how the important ideas were born but also to appreciate the amount of progress that has been made. The history of programming languages is a striking example, because basic concepts that we now regard as self-evident were by no means obvious a priori; many years of hard work by brilliant and dedicated people were necessary before these basic principles were learned.
Clay Shirky New York University Clay Shirky, Making Digital Durable - Seminars About Long Term Thinking on: Google Video "THIS is what the Internet has been straining to become," said Clay Shirky Monday night, both joking and meaning it. He was referring to a category ("tag") which emerged from users on the photo-sharing site Flickr. The category is "cats in sinks."...Shirky pointed out that "cats in sinks" has none of the limitations of former category systems such as the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress scheme or Yahoo's hierarchical category structure. There is no need for a category "cats" with subcategory "in sinks," nor a category "sinks" with subcategory "cats in".
Pixels and Me on: Computers have revolutionized image media. Richard Lyon, one of the current pioneers of digital cameras, has found that several generations of pioneers in this field have been entangled with the terms picture element and pixel and that studying the history of the terminology is a fruitful approach to the history of the people and technology. Vladimir Zworykin's television research group at RCA popularized the term picture element in the 1930s, while the TV researchers at Bell Labs ignored that term, preferring image element. Fred Billingsley and others at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed computerized image processing and propagated the term pixel in the 1960s, while image processing researchers at Bell Labs ignored that term, preferring pel. In the early 1970s, pixel was spread through computer image processing publications from NASA, USC, IBM, Stanford, University of Missouri, and other places, eventually coming to be applied to elements of image sensor hardware, such as Lyon's optical mouse in 1980 and digital camera sensors more recently. Many of the people involved in this complex history have provided their personal recollections and documents to help piece the story together, and more such inputs will be solicited from the Computer History Museum audience.