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Probabilities and Simulation: Shopping in Abundance


Titling this post was a challenge: The Engineer and the Mayonnaise was tempting, but I am reluctant thinking about what Googlers might be thinking if the search engines bring them here.  No matter.  The nameplate says “Tech, Biz and Open Source Brains,” and we will get around to all three here. This post is about […]

Dark Clouds and the Economics of SPAM


New study on SPAM economics crossed my radar screen, same week as the U.S. Postal service is reporting a reduction in volume. Related? Meanwhile from the dark side of the cloud, botnets are vigorous users of utility computing.

Choose Wisely When Using the Cloud


Cloud Computing holds great promise for innovation and advantage in computing and business. Choosing to apply it to some warmed-over application already served well enough will not lead to any breakthrough. Choose something thought impossible or unworthy before. Choose wisely.

Realizing the Bounty of Free Computing


We are awash with a unprecedented abundance of Free* computing capacity and free Web 2.0 applications. We have hardly begun to realize the potential wealth — scientific, social, educational and monetary — that could be unlocked by virtue of exploiting this capacity.

Mining Global Computing Reserves


Millions of networked computers form the internet. Some are servers and tens of thousands of them reside at the large websites such as Google and Amazon. There are explicit business reasons a large company may wish to make spare computing available as Cloud Computing. There are also implicit benefits to providers who dare to offer their spare computing cycles to the rest of us.

It’s not a Cloud. It’s a Mine.


Referring to the tremendous and growing free (at the margin) computing resources available to us as a Cloud, does not do justice to the opportunity. Global Computing Reserves are a resources to be mined!

Welcome to CrustyBytes


Welcome to CrustyBytes, where as the tagline suggests, we focus on the connectedness of technology, business and brains. Brain science is going Open Source, which means it is freely available to you and me. Tech and Biz are well studied, although far from done. CrustyBtyes will look at look at Tech and Biz from a perspective of what we are learning about what goes on in our users’, colleagues’ and own heads.

How Much Energy to Put Into LinkedIn?


Social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and others, take time, attention and energy. Deciding what it is worth is a settling of accounts according to social norms. For most of us, economics have little to do with it.

Return to LinkedIn


A year ago I asked “What are you using it for?’ almost every time someone invited me to join them on LinkedIn, … and got no answer.

Now I get lots of good answers to the same question. This is Part 1 of 2 in exploring the phenomenon.