Turing Fellowship works to fill New York’s engineering pipeline

New York’s got an abundance of most everything but engineers are increasingly a precious commodity. But the NYC Turing Fellows Program is revving up in its second year to really take on the problem and start feeding more tech talent to the exploding start-up scene.

How Codecademy got so hot, so fast

Codecademy, which teaches users how to program for free with an interactive and social web application, has garnered more than 1 million users in less than five months. We talked to co-founder and CEO Zach Sims about how Codecademy started and where it’s going.

Today in Cleantech

Time for demand response to prove itself. Summer heat waves are bringing the country to record-high peak power usage rates, and that means utilities are cranking up backup generators, planning for rolling blackouts — and leaning hard on their demand response providers. Earlier this week, mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM said it had already exceeded its summer peak forecast by 1.5 gigawatts, and was expecting air conditioners and refrigeration power demands to press it hard through August. Michael Bloomberg is urging New Yorkers to keep their ACs in the 80s to forestall a power crisis. Nearly half of a utility’s power costs can be tied up with peak generation, which requires infrastructure for use only a few hundred hours per year. Enter demand response — turning down power use to cushion those spikes and avoid building new power plants. Utilities and DR providers such as EnerNOC, Comverge, Constellation New Energy and others are managing about 50 gigawatts of power-down capacity today, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that figure could be more than tripled by 2020 if the right incentives and technologies are in place.

Green Campaign Watch: McCain Visits Oil Rig, Bloomberg Says Candidates “Pandering” & Schwarzenegger Inflates His Tires

With oil and gas prices dropping, some think energy might become a less pressing issue for the remainder of the campaign. But McCain took time to fly to an oil rig this week to continue pushing for offshore drilling. Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took time in a speech to blast the presidential candidates for “pandering” on energy. On the other coast, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger talked sense and agrees with Obama that properly inflated tires could save Americans a lot of oil. Seems like energy is still pretty important.

McCain Stands For and On Offshore Drilling: McCain, standing astride the physical manifestation of his oily energy plan, reiterated his call for more offshore drilling. McCain’s original photo opp atop an oil rig was canceled because Hurricane Dolly was barreling across the ocean at the time. But Tuesday, under sunny skies, McCain told reporters helicoptered out to the rig: “It is time for America to get serious about energy independence, and that means we need to start drilling offshore at advanced oil rigs like this.”
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TV by the Numbers: More Olympics Platforms Mean More Viewing

Written by Robert Seidman.

It’s not often that the peacocks at NBC have much to puff their feathers out about. Other than The Today Show and The Tonight Show, NBC has consistently been the fourth-place network (behind FOX, CBS and ABC) when it comes to primetime programming. But the summer has been good to NBC. It has the season’s biggest hit with America’s Got Talent, as well as the Beijing Olympics, the rights for which it paid a reported $894 million. Given the fabulous ratings for the Olympics so far, not to mention the advertising revenue, which is expected to top $1 billion, it’s a good time to be at NBC.

The network, much to my delight, has also just rolled out the TAMi (Total Audience Measurement Index), which seeks to measure viewing across all of the available platforms – television (broadcast, cable, DVR and on-demand), online, and mobile. The free flow of data is good, and while NBC clearly isn’t looking to use TAMi as a way to sell advertising, it is looking to use it as a way to maximize television, video-on-demand, mobile and online viewing. It is a test-and-learn platform for NBC, for which I think the network should be applauded.

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Where’s the Vista Capable sticker for the Q1?

Vista_advisor_3 Can you run Vista on a Samsung Q1? I haven’t had time to install it yet, so I downloaded and ran the Microsoft Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor beta application. Considering that the Q1 has an Intel Celeron 900 MHz ULV processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 40 GB drive and integrated Intel 915 graphics chipset, I expect it to run Vista, although not with the Aero Glass and Media Center features. Sure enough, the Q1 passes the test according to the advisory software.

The only expected warnings was the suggested upgrade to a WDDM graphics driver, which according to the Advisor: "Your current graphics card does not support this." I won’t know for sure how well Vista works on the Q1 until I actually install it, but the "core experiences" look promising.

By the way, I used the Tablet Snipping tool to capture the fullscreen results from the Q1’s native resolution of 800 x 480 to give you an idea of the screen res and clarity at the native setting. Click the pic to get a feel for the native screen res.

-kct