Daily blogging and different interests (December 25, 2013, 2) - I’ve been thinking about different approaches to learning. Some people are specialists, going deep in one topic before moving on to the next. Some people are generalists, learning about many topics and gradually bringing them together. This reminded me of two computer science algorithms: depth-first search and breadth-first search. (See this animation, or the Wikipedia
Insightful Slashdot comment on Linux migration (November 11, 2004, 0) -
For a large shop:
- count on a migration period of about five years.
Train the admins, make them your friends.
- Transition back-office stuff first, so that admins cut their teeth
away from users prying eyes.
- For the desktops, try an easy one first, like firefox.
Let simmer for a year or two.
- wean people slowly off of desktop
CleverCS (February 6, 2004, 0) - From Amir on Orkut:
CleverCS is a forum for clever computer science ideas, particularly in more applied areas. The emphasis is on ideas that most people would understand without much technical expertise in the area. The ideas may come from recent publications or may merely be speculative discussions on possibly interesting new research directions.
The url is:
Ethics in research (November 11, 2005, 0) - I attended a seminar on ethics given by the department. All graduate
students are required to take this seminar in their first year.
It was a fascinating seminar. One scenario: A presentation gives you
an absolutely fantastic idea. Do you
a) Offer your suggestion freely
b) Privately talk about collaboration
c) Talk to your research supervisor
d) Work on it yourself