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Why major airports are missing a trick with their lack of free Wi-Fi access | Information Age
Here, the example is in airports: It lets the airport team observe where certain areas might become congested, allowing quicker reaction and reducing the impact on passenger flow. Furthermore, the heatmapping functionality enables them to overlay demographics, which proves particularly useful when examining the use of certain spaces. Airports can ascertain where it would be best to place new shops and restaurants, as well as signage and advertisements effectively. They can also observe how long it takes people on average to move from the restaurants through security to their gates, to inform future tactics and measure KPIs accordingly.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  bigdata  free  wifi  airports  cases  link  tumblr:link 
august 2014 by cote
Google Chromebooks at work in the fragmented PC era
We teamed up with Spiceworks recently to write a report checking in on Google Chromebooks, mostly around their market-share and usage. It was a nice experiment to see how our two pool of data and analysis could be meshed together to investigate how IT is operating in the wild. Spiceworks looked at 71,159 companies worldwide to see what OSes were on their desktops, which gave us some good input on Chromebook usage. Our own ChangeWave surveys have been tracking consumer and corporate buying intentions around Chromebooks (and other end-user device, “PC”, OS selection as well) for sometime, giving us a good mix of data to figure out how Chromebooks are doing. Here’s the 451 Take: When we look at the available data and the value proposition for Chromebooks, it doesn’t seem half bad, and, perhaps, not as far-fetched as a browser-only PC seemed when Google announced Chromebooks in 2011. As on-premises applications continue their slow migration to the cloud, and users continue to glom onto non-Windows platforms like iOS and Android, the end-user device landscape is increasingly fragmenting. Although Chromebooks’ market share is likely less than 5% (if not 3%), the broad, big-name-filled Chromebook ecosystem is nothing to sneeze at, and end users are more open than ever to new PC paradigms. Additionally, there’s an intriguing intersection of interest between Chromebooks and desktop as a service when it comes to supporting corporate Windows applications on new PC platforms. We’ll continue watching Chromebooks carefully, as well as the other end-user device platforms that are finding purchase in the fragmented PC era we’re hurtling toward. Unlike most reports I post here, this one is free for non-clients, so you can read the full report if you’re one of the unlucky ones who’s not a regular 451 readers.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  451Reports  free  451  Google  marketshare  Chromebooks  Spiceworks  PCs  desktops  highlight  link  tumblr:link 
april 2014 by cote
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Dear @LinkedIn: a “free” month where I have to enter my credit card is more like “I forgot to stop renewing and now it’s not free” month. — cote (@cote) March 7, 2014 @cote Feedback heard loud & clear! Here’s a “one-month-Executive-sub-no-credit-card-needed” - have a great day! :) /Kat — LinkedIn Help (@LinkedInHelp) March 7, 2014
CCOS  Twitter  screenshots  LinkedIn  free  PR  customerservice  social  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:text 
march 2014 by cote
Why software development is different now
One of the first pieces I’ve written at the new analyst shop is now free, thrust out beyond the 451 paywall. I’m rebooting the application development coverage at 451 that’s been dormant for around 5 years. Don’t read that wrong, various aspects have been covering it here and there, but there hasn’t been an analyst focused on it. As such, I wanted to layout my “state of the union” of development. Not too long ago, when Web applications dominated the software-development world, a developer’s primary decision was choosing a framework from the multitude of Web frameworks fine-tuned in the 2000s. Three forces have been changing that status quo in recent years: new devices and client delivery mediums, fragmentation of frameworks and platforms, and a renewed focus on design driven by catering to end users – not just IT buyers. If I wanted to really summarize it, I’d say it was fragmented: more frameworks, delivery options, and end-clients than were available when I was a young programmer. It used to be just .Net and Java, desktop and web. Now there’s all sorts of languages, all sorts of ways to deliver software (through public cloud, traditional, as heavy GUIs, etc.), and all sorts of “screens” (as Adobe used to put it). In addition to describing these “three forces,” I also wanted to point to how they might effect various folks in the tech ecosystem, like ISVs, service/cloud providers, and regular old companies inching into the whole “software is eating the world” jag. Anyhow, tell me what you think. I’m hoping to evolve these ideas and explain-out the little nooks and crannies ongoing.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  451  development  appdev  fragmentation  ageoffragmentation  free  link  tumblr:link 
october 2013 by cote
Who’s gonna pay for this stuff? - On The Media
This week, an encore of our special hour on the incredible volume of media available to consumers, and the incredible difficulty of making money for creators. I listened to it twice, really.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  podcasts  free  online  advertising  businessmodels  OnTheMedia  paywall  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Software Development in the 21st Century - Jan 21st, Austin
"Martin [Fowler] will call upon his more than 20 years of software industry experience to talk about how the history of the software also serves as a roadmap for what to expect in the future."
agile  austin  conferences  events  MartinFowler  free  ThoughtWorks  via:email 
january 2010 by cote
Spiceworks Heads Upstream And Abroad With Latest Update - Network Computing
These guys are set to go after medium to large businesses in 2010: multi-site monitoring, now up to 1,000 nodes, SQL Server monitoring, "over 800,000 registered users," help desk improvements (rules for routing and grouping tickets), network topology customizations. Impressive as always.
spiceworks  spiceworks4.5  itmanagement  itmanagementguys  free  austin  monitoring  helpdesk  redmonkclients 
december 2009 by cote
News Corp. Joined by Rivals Weighing Google Block
Man, I love the story here: media fights back! I hope we see a lot more of this cause it's sure more exciting than watching news(papers) sulk in their booze over "free."
google  free  newspapers  newscorp  search  media 
november 2009 by cote
Unity Technologies Launches Version 2.6 of Its Platform and Makes Unity Freely Available
"Since 2005, Unity Technologies has provided the most powerful and easiest to use multi-platform game development suite of products used by more than 10,000 developers worldwide. The Unity platform is currently used in world class games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online by Electronic Arts, the Quest for R2D2 by LEGO® and FusionFall by Cartoon Networks. Earlier this year, Unity for iPhone was released and to date, more than 325 games are using the Unity engine to power their iPhone games, including Zombieville USA, one of the top 10 iPhone games measured by units sold."
pr  mono  iPhone  games  free  Unity  numbers 
november 2009 by cote
GDC Vault
Free talks from an Austin Gaming conferences.
games  presentations  free  recordings  GDC2009  Austin 
october 2009 by cote
Digital Domain - Are the Glory Days Long Gone for I.T.?
I like to frame this idea a different way: IT prices are finally lowering thanks to things like open source and free consumer web services. The market is realizing that it's been bilked for decades to support fat margins for vendors, perhaps justifiably so, but not as often justifiably now-a-days. That's just a theory, though.
it  spending  quotes  via:hackernews  opensource  pricing  free 
august 2009 by cote
Rupert Murdoch plans charge for all news websites by next summer | Media | The Guardian
I'm looking forward to how this Rebellion Against Free works out. Clearly, "free" hasn't been good to journalism as we know it.
free  newspapers  murdoch  web 
august 2009 by cote
The New Free
"The biggest idea I came out of SxSW with this year was that free is dead. Over. Overdone. We killed it. Because so much is free online, we expect it; where’s the value in that?"
free  music  sxsw  pricing 
may 2009 by cote
Unboxed - Verizon’s Experiment in Volunteer Customer Service - NYTimes.com
I'm increasingly starting to think that this kind of thing in unethical: getting free labor, esp. for customer service. I wonder, though, how that meshes with the open source world. With Verizon, here, though, there's no "free" open source software, there seems to be no quid pro quo: Verizon is just getting free labor that it's not paying for. All that said, I'm still not decided if this business behavior is "OK." When does share-cropping becoming slavery?
ethics  free  verizon  community 
may 2009 by cote
The Sun Sets On BusinessWeek, Forbes, And Fortune
Ironic/funny, that's an inflammatory title. While the piece certainly shows that the magazines are in terrible, near-death states, the sun hasn't set yet. Aside from the title, it's a good piece on how the merciless disintermediator of the the 'net is screwing up old ways of getting paid.
via:Techmeme  magazines  print  free  advertising  numbers  disintermediation 
may 2009 by cote
Content Wants to be Ubiquitous
"It’s Say’s Law in reverse: demand creates its own supply. The more popular something is, the more of it exists, and the only “cost” in the whole affair is the “lost revenue” which content sources suddenly claim is their birthright."
content  free  quotes 
april 2009 by cote
Microsoft ups the ante on ITIL by releasing MOF into the public domain | The IT Skeptic
"Consultants, trainers and service providers are now free to create products based on MOF without paying licence tithes and without accreditation."
creativecommons  ITIL  microsoft  process  itmanagement  free  MOF 
september 2008 by cote
Update: VMware to offer low-footprint ESX hypervisor free
"The next version of ESXi, which will come in about two weeks, will be available at no cost, said VMware CEO Paul Maritz."
vmware  virtualization  esxi  hypervisor  free 
july 2008 by cote
GLPI - Gestionnaire libre de parc informatique
It says "free IT and asset management software."
assetmgmt  itmanagement  via:mray  free 
may 2008 by cote
| Afterworld |
There's some cheese-o writing in this, and it's computer animation. But, hey, it's a good enough enough Sci-fi story and the price is right.
tv  via:nytimes  scifi  video  free 
january 2008 by cote
Google Apps lures early adopters with low price, easy setup
Whao! Check it out: my first girlfriend's brother shows up in the news as a Google Apps reference.
googleapps  saas  google  office  free  email 
january 2008 by cote
AnnualCreditReport
The place to get a free copy of your credit report.
creditcards  credit  reports  free 
january 2008 by cote
Alarm Clock 2
Quite nice free alarm clock for OS X. Can play music, snooze, etc.
alarmclocks  osx  free  utils  software 
october 2007 by cote
Thought Leadership Book Promotion - BMC
Some enterprise IT management books (ITIL, CMDB, etc.) from BMC.
bmc  books  free  itil  enterprisey  itmanagement  process  cmdb 
august 2007 by cote
z/OS basic skills information center
Several free, no registration required PDFs on basic z knowledge.
ibm  mainframe  systemz  free  documentation 
june 2007 by cote
MagiCal
Display date and calendar in menu bar. No iCal integration thought.
osx  calendar  utils  menubar  free 
march 2007 by cote
Mindomo - Web-based mind mapping software
Another free, online mind-mapping service. Anyone use it?
mindmaps  hosted  free  saas 
march 2007 by cote
Babblebooks Audiobooks
Several free audio books in podcast form, most of them old, but some new.
free  audio  books  podcasts  via:factoryjoe 
february 2007 by cote
Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux
"Additionally, Linux developers can create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex 2 SDK, Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express."
adobe  redmonkclients  flash  linux  sdk  free  ria 
january 2007 by cote
Just An Online Minute… Stunning Wall Street, Shunning Profits
Is there a Heisenberg-like principal for business that goes, "success is sometimes due to not trying to make money, so once you try to make money, you're unsuccessful."
via:jfairbairn  craigslist  free  advertising  business 
december 2006 by cote
Eastern Standard Tribe » Download for Free
I started reading this over the weekend. It's got some good stuff on the virtual worker front.
books  free  virtual  webworker 
december 2006 by cote
The H. P. Lovecraft Library
Full-text of many Lovecraft stories, HTML and PDF.
lovecraft  books  free 
july 2006 by cote
Introduction to Probability - free text book
I'm never going to read this, but I'll bookmark it so I can make myself pretend like I will. Yay bookmarks!
probability  stats  numbers  match  books  free  via:rosimmon 
july 2006 by cote
Software Wars
Graphic of FOSS software vs. MSFT software. Quite nice.
via:sogrady  microsoft  opensource  free  software  marketing 
june 2006 by cote
Free: Code Review & Inspection Book
Free book mailed to you for free about peer code reviews from Austin's SmartBear. Check it out, order one up, improve code reviews.
free  books  codereview  smartbear  austin  programming  peercodereview  pairprogramming 
june 2006 by cote
Free Vector Clipart and Icon
Several pseudo-cartoon icons/images for computer related things. Free to use for any purpose.
clipart  icons  free  via:rosimmon 
june 2006 by cote
Free Image Hosting at AllYouCanUpload.com
One giant step closer to free bandwidth...
bandwidth  free  pictures 
may 2006 by cote
everystockphoto.com - your source for free photos
Another meta-search for free to use stock photos.
pictures  free  stockphotography 
may 2006 by cote
Yotophoto
Meta-search engine for free to use stock photography.
pictures  free  stockphotography 
may 2006 by cote
Opera browser
I didn't realize Opera was free now. I'll have to (finally) check it out. I guess they make money off OEM and mobile browsers...I'll have to find out.
opera  browsers  free  web  norway 
november 2005 by cote
Power Partner Thermostat
Check out this free thermostat Austin is giving out and installing. They can control it over the power lines, so they can cycle off your AC when there's power problems.
austin  thermostat  free  ac  energy 
june 2005 by cote
del.icio.us/makemagazine
Oooo! Make magazine's del.icio.us account. I wonder if I can fanagle a free subscription somehow. Any ideas?
make  diy  free  magazines 
may 2005 by cote

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