Friday, October 9, 2009

Developer wanted to port our existing Android app to the iPhone and to Blackberry. We’re looking for experienced people deeply familiar with these platforms. Be prepared to advocate and discuss a porting strategy i.e. native apps vs. PhoneGap. Contact for more information.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

About Feola

Christopher J. Feola is President of Nithyananda Solutions, a software company that uses its proprietary, patent-pending data entity ecosystems to create knowledge and understanding out of the chaos of unstructured data. 

Previously, Feola was Executive Vice President/CIO of askSam Systems, the leader in free-form databases since 1985. He designed and built the nextPression systems; and Vice President/Technology for Belo Interactive, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Belo Corporation that specialized in building interactive versions of Belo properties, such as the Dallas Morning News, the Providence Journal and WFAA.

Before that, Feola was the Founding Director of The Media Center at the American Press Institute. He lectures widely on new media, computer-assisted journalism and system design, and has twelve patents granted, allowed and pending for content and business information systems.

Feola has led technology groups to: the 2002 The RealWare Award for Best Enterprise Content Management Application, over IBM and Interwoven, among others; Number 13 on the InfoWorld 100; an Honorable Mention in the 2003 CIO Magazine Enterprise Value Awards, recognizing contribution to business value and results; honoree at the 2002 Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Awards for IT solutions; and the 2002 New Media Award (Newspaper Association of America) recognizing special achievement in creatively solving newspaper production issues

Feola’s technology industry leadership positions include membership on the CIO Magazine Executive Programs Advisory Board; Editor, The Society for Information Management’s SIMNews; member, STARTech Early Ventures Industry Advisor; and chairman, Marketing Committee, SIMPosium 2006.

Feola was named one the 50 most influential people in new media by Online Journalism Review.  He has appeared as a new media expert on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and Talk of the Nation on NPR, and been written up in Business 2.0 and The New York Times.

He has been a featured speaker at Medios Interactivos in Costa Rica; hosted the technology day for Editor & Publisher Interactive Newspapers in Seattle and Atlanta; hosted the technology panels for Connections; addressed a joint session of the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum in Kobe, Japan; and hosted seven Media Center conferences.

He wrote about technology regularly for more than a decade for The Cole Papers, NewsInc, Presstime and the NAA's TechNews magazine.

He was a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Miami, Ohio, Center for Interactive Media, and sat on the Board of Visitors for the New Media Program at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.  He sat on the Newspaper Association of America Technology Committee.

Feola has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the IUPUI School of Journalism, and Miami (Ohio) journalism department, teaching new media and computer-assisted reporting. He has worked at seven papers in 18 states and five countries on a couple of continents, including a two-year stint covering Asia as a foreign correspondent for Stars & Stripes. He has more than 4,000 published articles to his credit.  He lives in Grapevine, Texas with his wife, two daughters, one son and rather more luck than he deserves.

Friday, July 13, 2007's SearchMash

Posted by magnus @ 09:23 PDT under General, Web Search Engines

Google has started a new site called SearchMash which seems to be intended to test out new UI ideas for search results. It’s AJAX-based and currently has web page and image search.

Currently they show images to the right of web page results and the green URLs are clickable menus. When you click on “more web pages” it expands in place, giving you a longer scrollable page instead of a new one, which looks good and is useful.
It appears that they will experiment there so it should be fun to go back every now and then. Nice to see more of AJAX and JavaScript.



What is unstructured data?

This blog is devoted to the study of unstructured data, or semi-structured data, or complex data, or whatever we are this week calling data that hasn’t been sledge hammered into an RDBMS.  I’m working on a position piece on the nomenclature; in the meantime, here are some thoughts from Josh Berkus of Database Soup:

As a database geek, the instance of Silicon Valley linguistic quackery which is my pet peeve du jour is "unstructured data," and its sibling "semi-structured data."  This was brought particularly to my attention last week when I started a data warehouse project which involves the digestion and analysis of a few million web pages, which was classified an "unstructured data archive," a name I quickly changed.  But a quick round of Google searches will reveal quite a buzz in the Valley around these vague terms.

To be perfectly clear: "unstructured data" is an oxymoron.   Unstructured bits, characters, and words are not data, they are gibberish.  Or noise.  Or, to use a data processors' term, garbage.  While the market for garbage processing seems rather confined to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, somehow vendors of "unstructured data processing" have been able to raise millions in venture capital.   So to what, exactly, are these vendors referring?


An Imperfect Equilibrium

An Imperfect Equilibrium

The Nash equilibrium is a kind of optimal strategy for games involving two or more players. If there is a set of strategies for a game with the property that no player can benefit by changing his strategy while the other players keep their strategies unchanged, then that set of strategies and the corresponding payoffs constitute a Nash equilibrium. Players will choose the strategies that form the equilibrium if it is played among completely rational players ...

And therein lies the rub ... (From Wikipedia)