Jim Stogdill

Jim Stogdill heads up O'Reilly's Radar and Strata businesses. A lifelong technology practitioner he's finding this media thing ridiculously fun. In a previous life he traveled the world with the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately from his vantage point it all looked like the inside of a submarine. He spends his free time hacking silver halides with decidedly low-tech gear. @jstogdill.

Patents, they’re not what they used to be

Software patents, in particular, have become little more than the re-enshrinement of the rentier in law.

When I was about 16, I went to visit my grandfather in Denver, where he’d decided to retire. He moved there after spending 30 years in Midland, Michigan working for Dow Chemical. I guess he went west for the dry air. I don’t know if it was good for his lungs, but it sure didn’t go well with wool…
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A connected world is a better world. Right?

Yes. And no.

We are more connected now than ever: You can chat with your kids when you’re on the road, so can a pedophile. You can access your bank account in your pajamas, so can the RBN. Your healthcare data is always readily at hand, but not just to your hands. You can tell your political representatives what you think; they can whip the “base”…
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Where Innovation Lives

Do minds, money, markets, or manufacturing matter most?

I sat down with Jon Bruner in New York City this week to talk about where innovation happens. Concentration still seems to matter, even in a networked world, but concentration of what? Minds, money, markets, or manufacturing know-how? People we mention in this episode include Brady Forrest, Kipp Bradford and Alistair…
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Talking about in-memory

Analysts use in memory databases for near real-time interaction.

I flew to the West Coast this week to attend Maker Faire with my computer-programming, ham-radio-building, hardware-curious teenage cousin. I’ve attended twice in New York but this was my first trip to the mothership. Wow. So much cool stuff to look at, interact with, talk about … and buy. Both of us bought one of these, among…
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Software and the physical world

After a sojourn into the virtual, Silicon Valley is turning back to the real world.

In this episode of the Radar podcast series, Jon Bruner and I are joined by Mike Loukides as we muse more on software and the physical world. No coffee shop clatter in the background this time around as we were forced by geography and time to talk on the phone, but I still managed to have a good cup…
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When industrial revolutions collide

When information collides with machines.

Jon Bruner and I continued our Radar coffee talk series of conversations at Astro Coffee in Detroit’s Corktown. In the shadow of the abandoned Michigan Central Station we reflected on what we think of as a collision between the second industrial revolution (electric mechanization) and the third (information and networks). Will Google’s driverless…
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IT and Engineers

Cultures coming together

Jon Bruner and I got together last week in Cambridge, MA to have a cup of coffee and talk about the industrial internet. During this conversation we mused on the inevitable collision of cultures when Silicon Valley meets industrial heartland, or, when software people meet hardware people. Of course there have always been relationships between hardware and software, we aren’t…
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Privacy vs. speech

Does your right to be forgotten (or forgettable) trump free speech?

A week or so ago this link made its way through my tweet stream: “Privacy and the right to be forgotten.” Honestly I didn’t really even read it. I just retweeted it with a +1 or some other sign of approval because the notion that my flippant throwaway comments on the interwebs would be searchable forever has always…
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Magic

Is it in the bits or atoms?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke I spent Wednesday at Penn Medicine’s Connected Health event in Philadelphia. We saw an array of technologies that wouldn’t even have been imaginable when I came into this world. Mobile telepresence systems, tele surgery, the ability to remotely detect depression with merely a phone and its analysis, real-time remote…
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Frozen turkeys are thermal batteries

Balancing grid supply and demand one pump and compressor at a time.

I went to San Diego two weeks ago for DistribuTECH as part of our ongoing investigation into the industrial Internet. DistribuTECH is a very large conference for electric utility operators in the U.S. and while I was there ran into Keyvan Cohanim of Enbala Power Networks. We had an interesting conversation, the upshot of which was my…
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