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About Andrew Emmott

Son of the great legend.
Also well-educated in Literature, Film, Media and Computer Science and tries to offer his expertise there.

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Anti-Buzz: Metadata

November 16, 2013

In case you missed it: This Antibuzz was first publiched in July: The Buzz: Data The Anti-Buzz: Meta So we got a new buzzword while I was gone: Metadata. Here are two links to get you up to speed if you don’t know what I’m talking about. It might be fair to call “metadata” an anti-buzz […]

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Anti-Buzz: Streisand Effect

October 26, 2013

My father has frequently posted on the issue of negative online reviews and what to do, (or not), about them. The matter is a complicated one. You have businesses suing Yelp, Yelp suing businesses, businesses suing reviewers, and, of course, disaster. The general advice has consistently been to avoid overreacting, or even to simply ignore […]

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Anti-Buzz: Mac vs. Windows (Again), Part 3

October 12, 2013

So I will wrap up talking about the Macintosh brand by discussing what I think the appeal is to the average user. Since last week I found this article detailing why developers might prefer a Mac, and I think it is very good read. A lot of what I have already said is in there, […]

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Anti-Buzz: Mac vs. Windows (Again), Part 2

October 5, 2013

I’ve decided to extend last week’s discussion. We received some comments about the Mac/Windows price jump, and it’s true enough that many Mac fans don’t believe it is as large as it is. Just this week I engaged in this discussion with a friend of mine and he flatly did not believe the price gap […]

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Anti-Buzz: Mac vs. Windows (Again)

September 28, 2013

So, as it happens, Apple computers are still pretty hip, but when I started this gig so long ago addressing that hipness and taking the edge of it was a top priority. There was an element of dishonesty in spouting my opinion about Macintosh computers because I hadn’t really used them for any length of […]

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Anti-Buzz: The Presentation

September 14, 2013

In recent months I’ve given some presentations and talks that I myself wouldn’t have been able to understand two years ago. In the past two years I’ve read scientific papers, written scientific papers, and sat through talks and presentations of scientific research, and one of the important lessons I’ve learned is that it’s okay to […]

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Anti-Buzz: Probable Beliefs

September 7, 2013

I normally avoid discussing potentially divisive material, (especially if it is tech-irrelevant), and I normally avoid going into the nerdy details about math and science and statistics, but this week you are getting a little of both. I was at lunch with friends. A woman begins an anecdote by describing her manager as someone who […]

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Anti-Buzz: The Death of the Expert

August 17, 2013

The Buzz: Data analysts are going to replace domain experts The Anti-Buzz: Data analysts are going to help experts ask the right questions I hit you with the provocative title “The Death of the Expert” because that is precisely the title I was faced with earlier this week. I don’t normally go into too many […]

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Anti-Buzz: Data Mining

July 6, 2013

Antibuzz has been running as a weekly column (more or less) for three years. We have decided to give Andrew a few weeks off and run some “best of” columns from the past. This column was published originally in 2012 and has some basic info that is still relevant especially in light of the recent […]

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The Anti-Buzz: Brand Loyalty

June 29, 2013

Antibuzz has been running as a weekly column (more or less) for three years. We have decided to give Andrew a few weeks off and run some “best of” columns from the past. This column was published originally in May of 2012 and has some basic info that is still relevant and that I often see at […]

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The Anti-Buzz: Databases

June 15, 2013

Antibuzz has been running as a weekly column (more or less) for three years. We have decided to give Andrew a few weeks off and run some “best of” columns from the past. This column was published originally in 2011 and has some basic info that is still relevant.   The Buzz: A database is […]

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The Anti-Buzz: Computers Are (Not) Smarter Than Us

June 1, 2013

Antibuzz has been running as a weekly column (more or less) for three years. We have decided to give Andrew a few weeks off and run some “best of” columns from the past. This column was published originally in August of 2010 and introduces a common Anti Buzz theme.   The Buzz: Computers are taking over […]

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Anti-Buzz: Big Data

May 25, 2013

As we all know I am apt to tie my work together with your from time to time. This is one of those times. Last week I pointed out that as dentists you enjoy freedom the complexities of facile information. You are masters of a rare skill and that expertise can’t ‘go viral,’ spread across […]

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Anti-Buzz: App-Stores

May 4, 2013

I’m in a bolder mood this year and I was going to come at you with another tech prediction this week, (albeit a strange one – wait until next week), but instead I’m going to have to backpeddle and address the state of a tech prediction I already made. Big news this week was that several […]

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Anti-Buzz: Windows 8, Part 2

April 29, 2013

Last week I provided and overview of Windows 8. This week I dive more into my personal experience actually trying the software. Obtaining the Software: I have the privilege of trying Windows 8 for free, however it should be noted that the price of the Windows OS, (In the $100-$200 range), has come down from […]

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Anti-Buzz: Windows 8, Part 1

April 20, 2013

Windows 8 has been widely available for some months now and has existed in preview form for even longer, but I’m only just trying it for the first time now. When I first saw screenshots of the new operating system I was excited for two reasons. Microsoft was, (apparently), going for a post-WIMP interface. (windows, icons, […]

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Anti-Buzz: The End of the Metaphor

March 16, 2013

I’m going to come right out and predict an upcoming trend: The End of the Metaphor. It’s a broad yet a subtle trend. With the foundation of pop-computing well and truly built, there is going to be a sea change in how software is designed for your average user, this does include you, and (eventually), your […]

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Anti-Buzz: Spreadsheets

March 2, 2013

  Spreadsheet use is a valuable technical skill, can teach you to think smarter and constitutes “real” computer programming. Time for a reversal. I’m going to praise spreadsheet users. I’ve never spoken ill of the technology mind you, and history is on the spread sheet’s side, as it is oft cited as the killer app that […]

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Anti-Buzz: Don’t Panic

February 23, 2013

Welcome to my new time slot! After some discussion we’ve decided that pushing me to the weekend was a good call. We’ll see how it goes. Last week I gave you a heady piece about online society. I sort of stepped around some salient points about the relationship between businesses and social media, and decided […]

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Anti-Buzz: Groundhog Day

January 15, 2013

I promised a tech prediction last week. My first prediction, in simplest terms, is that 2013 will be Groundhog Day for television. After this year we’ll know whether we face a prosperous spring of on-demand television, or another few years of broadcast winter. An either/or prediction? No – plainly, I think 2013 is the year […]

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