Dip a toe into coworking with Worldwide Jellyweek

If you’re pondering trying to get out of the office more this year but are unsure if you’re ready to jump into a membership at a coworking space, an event coming up on the calendar may be for you.

What’s next for coworking? Space founders and users weigh in.

Co-working is a growing movement. How can you tell? It has a guide. Andrew Tang and Genevieve DeGuzman spoke to freelancers, startups and space founders for their book Working in the UnOffice: A Guide to Coworking. What did they discover about where the movement headed?

Jelly, Casual Coworking in a City Near You

jellyYesterday I took part in my first Jelly session — and I’ve got to say it was a fun and productive experience that I will be repeating in the future. Jellies are informal, free coworking events that are open to anyone. There were 10 participants at the Jelly I attended, from a range of different backgrounds although they were mainly freelancers, as you might expect. At times, particularly in the morning, the atmosphere was studious and productive, but there was also some interesting chat and opportunities to make new connections.
I always find that a change of scenery does me good, but considering that I was working in a room with 10 other people, sitting around a conference table, and occasionally getting stuck into conversation, I was surprised at the amount of work I got through (and that’s despite the speed of the Wi-Fi connection getting a little slow with 10 people working away).
If you’re feeling a bit isolated at home (or perhaps you just want to brainstorm some ideas) and would like to try out the coworking experience, but perhaps aren’t quite ready to commit to membership of a coworking space, attending a Jelly would be a good first step. Read More about Jelly, Casual Coworking in a City Near You

Programming a Parallel Future

joehellerstein1Things change fast in computer science, but odds are that they will change especially fast in the next few years. Much of this change centers on the shift toward parallel computing. In the short term, parallelism will take hold in massive datasets and analytics, but longer term, the shift to parallelism will impact all software, because most existing systems are ill-equipped to handle this new reality.
Like many changes in computer science, the rapid shift toward parallel computing is a function of technology trends in hardware. Most technology watchers are familiar with Moore’s Law, and the more general notion that computing performance doubles about every 18-24 months. This continues to hold for disk and RAM storage sizes, but a very different story has unfolded for CPUs in recent years, and it is changing the balance of power in computing — probably for good.
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The Co-Working Revolution: Your Office Away From Home

There’s nothing like being able to work from home. But even what so many people strive for can end up being less than ideal. I enjoy the freedom I have to work on my own schedule, however, working from home doesn’t mean you always get more time to do your work. I also find that working from home instead of in an office setting can be isolating. I am not within earshot of peers who I can bounce ideas off of or hear the latest industry developments firsthand.

I’ve been fascinated by businesses popping up around major metropolitan areas that create a shared workspace for independent workers. Imran Ali wrote about the trend of co-working spaces back in April, and I’ll be exploring the trend further as I look to set up a co-working space in my town.

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Vid-Biz: One Billion Viewers, Carl’s Jr., Canada

More Than One Billion Online Video Viewers by 2013; ABI Research says pay TV operators must tread carefully when taking on the rising competition from the web. (release)

Carl’s Jr. Getting Into Original Web Series; burger joint pulling a bud.tv and exploring the notion of launching a branded web comedy series. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Canadian Fight for Net Neutrality; up in arms over Bell Canada’s traffic shaping, Canadians are organizing a rally backed by Google, two political parties and others. (Slashdot)

R.I.P. Broadcast TV? With an abysmal May sweeps, traditional networks could be facing a tipping point in viewer departure. (The LA Times)

Kadokawa Partnering With (Some) YouTube Posters; before sending a takedown notice, Japanese media company will see who posted it and potentially share ad revenue with them. (Variety)

Comcast Adds AnyRoom to On Demand in New England; service lets you start watching VOD program on one TV and finish watching it on another in the same house. (release)

Coworking Evolved

WWD readers are likely familiar with the notion of coworking – low cost collaboration & community space for digital workers – pioneered by the likes of San Francisco’s Hat Factory and Citizen Space. With coworking communities springing up across the globe, the phenomenon is beginning to morph into a new forms to suit the working patterns of web workers, freelancers and mobile employees everywhere…

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