23andMe Markets Genome Kits to Researchers Scientists can now buy the direct-to-consumer sequencing product, and research participants can join 23andMe’s database. YOUTUBE, ALEXTHEORGANICDirect-to-consumer genomics firm 23andMe is offering its spit-to-sequence kits to researchers for $199. Study volunteers can then join the company’s ancestry database and receive information on carrier status for diseases. Duke University’s Ahmad Hariri, who has used the product for his research since 2009, gave The Verge a rave review. “It’s allowed us to maintain the highest quality of genotyping research without any need or necessity to have our own laboratory and our own staff,” he said. While the service may ease the handling of the sample and analysis—23andMe can process kits sent directly to study participants and then give researchers raw genotyping data online—some balked at the price.
Criticism and Two Way Streets A post by Jason Fried titled “Give it 5 minutes” reminded me of a great technique I learned about from Bill Buxton. Bill is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft where his main role focuses on designing a company that permits great design to happen. As many have learned to their peril, it’s not simply a case of just dumping talent in a room full of Ikea furniture. In large companies you have to design the process that creates design. One key idea Bill advocates is an emphasis on exploring the solution space before iterating on a solution. However having great designers each producing great solutions to a shared problem can cause conflict, if not managed correctly… Technitai (Agile Game Design) In this article we’ll create a basic Kanban board that can be used for game design or just about any other kind of project. But first… What is Kanban? Kanban is a bit of a complex term. It is both an approach to development, in our case, game development, and it is also literally means “visual card” in japanese. A Kanban board is a visual representation of your design workflow that uses cards or stickies to represent individual features (and sometimes tasks) to be completed.
Getting Started with Google Draw One of the lesser known Google Apps is Google Drawing. Google Drawing is really powerful and easy to use! Use Google Drawing to make your posters and flyers. Screw the Power Users I designed HomeSite and TopStyle for power users. Only power users would want to edit HTML & CSS by hand, so I made sure to cater to them. Those products were filled with features and tool buttons, and their settings dialogs contained dozens of geeky options.
Reproducing Bugs There is no force on earth that can stop a bug coming into existence. Software applications and systems are built by humans and that makes them prone to flaws. We simply cannot guarantee a 100% bug free software in any case whatsoever. Testers within their roles need to understand this delicate situation. As bugs are a threat to the value of the product and finding them before going into customer’s hand is something very challenging, it is also a pressure factor. During these time crunch situations, often time testers come across bugs which they cannot reproduce, but later on the same bug is reported by the client.
All Sites Stack Overflow Stack Overflow Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers What Drives Consumer Adoption Of New Technologies? I'm participating in a panel discussion this morning during the offsite of a major media company. They sent me a list of questions in preparation of the event. One of the questions was the title of this post; "What drives consumer adoption of new technologies?". It's an interesting question and one I've never tried to answer directly in writing. But it's also a question we attempt to answer every day in our firm as we evaluate thousands of new startups every year. Let's take ten of the most popular new consumer technology products in recent years (with a couple of our portfolio companies in the mix): iPhone, Facebook, Wii, Hulu, FlipCam, Rock Band, Mafia Wars, Blogger, Pandora, and Twitter and let's try to describe in one sentence or less why they broke out (feel free to debate the reasons they broke out in the comments):
2012 Auditing the Incident and Problem Management Process The day-to-day running of IT operations generates many user queries and problems that could impact the efficient operation of IT systems and applications if they are not addressed. Incident and problem management often is overlooked from an IT audit perspective because it lacks the appeal of development or specificity of disaster recovery. But without a good understanding of the topic and an audit focus on the process, certain business operations can go off the rails quickly. It is important for internal auditors to understand the difference between an incident and problem: 5 Brainwashing Tricks That Work No Matter How Smart You Are #2. Everyone Has the Same Moral Code, They Just Use It Differently Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images Question: Do you consider yourself morally superior to the people who used to burn witches (and in fact, still do)? I would certainly hope so -- these people are kidnapping innocent men and women and executing them based on a ridiculous superstition.
Rarely say yes to feature requests - Inside Intercom Here’s a simple set of Yes/No questions that you can quickly answer before you add another item to your product roadmap. Saying yes to a feature request – whether it’s a to an existing customer, a product enquiry, a teammate, or a manager – is immediately rewarding. It’s an unspoken transaction where you barter long term product focus in exchange for short term satisfaction. Technology at MSU - MSU IT Council Michigan State’s Information Technology Council (ITC) serves as a primary IT advisory body to senior university leaders integrating IT leadership, planning, and resource allocation to align the decision‐making process across Michigan State University. Read regular updates from IT Council meetings. Updates are intended to keep the MSU community informed about topics being tackled, progress made, and recommendations to MSU administration.
10 Mind-Blowing Theories That Will Change Your Perception of the World Reality is not as obvious and simple as we like to think. Some of the things that we accept as true at face value are notoriously wrong. Scientists and philosophers have made every effort to change our common perceptions of it.