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Why Everything Shouldn’t Happen in the Cloud

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Cloud computing shouldn't be an either/or decision. We should definitely make use of the tremendous collaborative possibilities of the Web for some tasks but utilize "the awesome local, graphical power and computing p...

JRuby: The power of Java and Ruby

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Ola Bini works for ThoughtWorks Studios, and recently published the book Practical JRuby on Rails at APress, and is very interested in Artificial Intelligence, Lisp, Ruby and the fuzzy lines between languages.

Teaching Kids To Code

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Learning to code has become both more important and more complicated in the last decade. We need to make it attractive and easy again. Most western countries currently experience a shortage of skilled computing pro...

Inside VMware Fusion

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Join Ben Gertzfield of VMware for a look behind the curtain at virtualization on the Mac, the technology that frees operating systems from their earthly hardware chains. Similar in spirit to the ideals of the micro...

Performance Tuning Best Practices for MySQL

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Learn where to best focus your attention when tuning the performance of your applications and database servers, and how to effectively find the "low hanging fruit" on the tree of bottlenecks.

Ruby on Rails Intensive 1-Day Course (Playlist)

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This is an intensive one-day overview of the fundamental concepts of the Ruby on Rails Web programming framework, presented by the UC Berkeley RAD Lab. The overview consists of six sections of approximately one hour e...

Cory Doctorow: “The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing”

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Doctorow framed the question this way: "Computers are everywhere. They are now something we put our whole bodies into---airplanes, cars---and something we put into our bodies---pacemakers, cochlear implants. They HAVE...

Luis von Ahn Harnesses Brainpower

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Computer scientist Luis von Ahn’s programs harness the human brainpower to solve complex problems. von Ahn invented ReCaptcha, a program that uses squiggly characters that humans easily decipher but blocks spambots – ...

The Xbox 360 Security System and its Weaknesses

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After the disaster of the original Xbox, Microsoft put a lot of effort in designing what is probably the most sophisticated consumer hardware security system to date. We present its design, its implementation, its wea...

The Secret to Apple’s Success

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Apple anticipates where the market will be heading, as opposed to simply reacting to where the market is already going.

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