Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Video of the Week: My Hands are Bananas

Not new, but still worthy of VOTW status.

Hello from Vegas: StyleFeeder hits KDD 2008

I’m representing StyleFeeder at this year’s KDD conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It might seem odd mixing seductive showgirls and stodgy statisticians, but I think it’s an excellent location choice. Gambling concepts such as probability, expected value and exploration vs. exploitation are core to many concepts in Machine Learning, Data Mining and Statistics. KDD […]

Startup Signage

This isn’t technology related, but every startup on the planet should do what we did for our signage. It’s cost effective and looks great. Check out the photos.

Are there really 46 megabytes of underpants in the world?

Getting data feeds from hundreds of vendors, it’s always surprising how big or small some of them can be.  Sometimes there is a rational explanation, like when they include a separate product entry for every size or color.  Sometimes it’s just astounding how much variety there is in certain product categories that I wouldn’t give […]

Amazon’s new elastic block service

I have a little piece on the wonderful Xconomy site about Amazon’s new EBS service that you should check out.

StyleFeeder’s Funny Video of the Week

If there’s one thing that we have here at StyleFeeder, it’s… well, a lot of data. If there’s another thing, I’d have to say that we all have a healthy sense of humor. Because we basically sit in front of teh intrawebs all day long, we are exposed to many humorous diversions, which we intend […]

Cool File Viewer

As part of our effort around product data feeds, we get a lot of delimited text files of varying size and content delivered on a daily basis.  Previously, we primarily used Calc to view these files, since it has a fairly flexible text import facility and can deal with CSV files pretty well.  For […]

Happy 4th from StyleFeeder engineering

Boston was a key city in the War for Independence, and to celebrate that there is a big fireworks display over the Charles River every year.  This year the Erics of StyleFeeder (Savage and Kilby) were looking for a place to watch the show.  Down by the river was a mass of humanity, even compared […]

Is that server running a bit slow?

top – 12:59:09 up 6 days, 15:51, 4 users, load average: 1050.04, 753.62, 356. Tasks: 150 total, 24 running, 126 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie Cpu(s): 12.2%us, 87.8%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st Mem: 2059260k total, 2049260k used, 10000k free, 2412k buffers Swap: 4208608k total, 523792k used, 3684816k free, 116432k cached *shakes head in […]

LinkShare Golden Link Awards and Symposium

A few weeks ago we got a pointer to the LinkShare developer contest, open to any of their publishers who are using their web services in interesting ways. I wrote up an entry, mailed it in, and didn’t think too much about it for a while. Then a couple of weeks ago we got a […]