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Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Computer book publisher, conference producer, internet activist.  Involved in open source, open standards, web 2.0, and open government. Current interests: "gov 2.0", sensors and collective intelligence applications based on them, DIY, shaping how people think about emerging technologies. I also spend a lot of time encouraging people to work on stuff that matters.


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About 13 weeks ago Celebrating amazing women that made siginifican contributions to science.

#sciencesunday   #womeninstem   #womeninscience   #scienceeveryday  

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About 3 weeks ago St Patrick's Day was not a spring day in Washington DC.
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About 2 weeks ago Anger in GitHub Commit Messages
Source: http://geeksta.net/geeklog/exploring-expressions-emotions-github-commit-messages/
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About 13 weeks ago I am somewhat appalled by the sloppy thinking of many of the Internet's latter-day critics. For example, in Joe Nocera's glowing review of Jaron Lanier's book, Who Owns The Future, I read:

"There are two additional components to Lanier’s thesis. The first is that the digital economy has done as much as any single thing to hollow out the middle class. (When I asked him about the effect of globalization, he said that globalization was “just one form of network efficiency.” See what I mean about a universal theory?) His great example here is Kodak and Instagram. At its height, writes Lanier 'Kodak employed more than 140,000 people.' Yes, Kodak made plenty of mistakes, but look at what is replacing it: 'When Instagram was sold to Facebook for a billion dollars in 2012, it employed only 13 people.'”

Think about it for a minute. Was it really Instagram that replaced Kodak? Wasn't it actually Apple, Samsung, and the other smartphone makers who have replaced
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About 2 weeks ago Google+ and LinkedIn Social Referral Traffic = More Engaged
(vs. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest): http://tnw.co/1iSbhvn
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About 14 weeks ago I read Brad Stone's history of Amazon, The Everything Store,  over the holidays, and recommend it highly.  To be sure, it is incomplete and doubtless has many inaccuracies, but it gives insight into the mind of a remarkable man and the company he has built - a company with profound influence on the present and future shape of our society.

I had heard scuttlebutt that the book was hostile to Amazon.  I didn't find that to be the case at all. In fact, it increased my admiration for Jeff and what he and his team have accomplished.

After Steve Jobs died, everyone was saying "Will we ever see his like again?"  I would always respond, "What do you mean?  He's already here, and his name is Jeff Bezos.  He's the only other tech entrepreneur I know who has transformed multiple industries, and shown the ability to work his magic not once but many times.  He's been the misunderstood underdog who came out on top because of vision, passion, and persistence."
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About 2 weeks ago I wrote a long piece on LinkedIn reflecting on Steven Brill's excellent Time Magazine cover story "Code Red_", about the rescue of healthcare.gov by a small team of volunteer techies from Silicon Valley. My conclusions:   

Hats off to the rescue team.  They did a great service, while also demonstrating that yes, a small team with the right skills can do more than disorganized, mismanaged teams of contractors charging the government hundreds of millions of dollars.  But if we think that bringing Silicon Valley to the rescue is that simple, we're missing the big opportunity, which is to change the way we design and manage these projects. 

The lesson of the Code Red exercise wasn't that you can just sprinkle some Silicon Valley fairy dust and go back to business as usual.  The "emergency measures" of the rescue need to lead us to a profound rethinking of how government creates IT projects.

At the same time, this is a long process, and we do need fo
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About 2 weeks ago The Makani team had a busy winter, focused on improving wing design and control systems to enable better energy capture. 

The most recent set of flight tests introduced an upgraded Wing 7, the newest model 30 kilowatt prototype. We’ve extended the length of the fuselage cowling, the carbon fiber casing that smoothes airflow between the wing and tail joint, and modified the control flaps to redistribute load during flight. These upgrades resulted in increased aerodynamic efficiency and overall performance, including an expected 7% increase in power generation.

This week we also launched an updated website, which you can see at: www.google.com/makani . 



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About 5 weeks ago Great afternoon light a few days ago in DC.
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About 6 weeks ago My thoughts on free software, open source, and open data, in response to Eric Raymond's excellent short essay, "The Myth of the Fall."