Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides is an editor for O'Reilly Media, Inc.. He is the author of System Performance Tuning and UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers. Mike's interests are system administration, networking, programming languages, and computer architecture. His academic background includes degrees in electrical engineering (B.S.) and English literature (Ph.D.).

Building a Solid World Building a Solid World
by Jon Bruner, Mike Loukides
February 2014
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How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care
by Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides, Julie Steele, Colin Hill
August 2012
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What is DevOps? What is DevOps?
by Mike Loukides
June 2012
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The Evolution of Data Products The Evolution of Data Products
by Mike Loukides
September 2011
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Unix Power Tools Unix Power Tools
by Shelley Powers, Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Third Edition October 2002
Print: $74.99
Ebook: $62.99

UNIX Power Tools UNIX Power Tools
by Jerry Peek, Mike Loukides, Tim O'Reilly, et al.
October 2002

System Performance Tuning System Performance Tuning
by Gian-Paolo D. Musumeci, Mike Loukides
Second Edition February 2002
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $35.99

UNIX  PowerTools UNIX PowerTools
by Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Second Edition August 1997

Programming with GNU Software Programming with GNU Software
by Andy Oram, Mike Loukides
December 1996
Print: $39.95

System Performance Tuning System Performance Tuning
by Mike Loukides
November 1990

UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers
by Mike Loukides
August 1990

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Beyond the stack

May 21 2014

The shape of software development has changed radically in the last two decades. We’ve seen many changes: the Internet, the web, virtualization, and cloud computing. All of these changes point toward a fundamental new reality: all computing has become distributed … read more

Life, death, and autonomous vehicles

May 15 2014

There’s a steadily increasing drumbeat of articles and Tweets about the ethics of autonomous vehicles: if an autonomous vehicle is going to crash, should it kill the passenger in the left seat or the right seat? (I won’t say “driver’s … read more

Heartbleed’s lessons

April 28 2014

In the wake of Heartbleed, there’s been a chorus of “you can’t trust open source! We knew it all along.” It’s amazing how short memories are. They’ve already forgotten Apple’s GOTO FAIL bug, and their sloppy rollout of patches. They’ve also … read more

Robots in the lab

April 23 2014

In the new issue of BioCoder, Peter Sand writes about Hacking Lab Equipment. It’s well worth a read: it gives a number of hints about how standard equipment can be modified so that it can be controlled by a program. This … read more

Toward an open Internet of Things

April 21 2014

In a couple of posts and articles, we’ve nibbled around the notion of standards, interoperability, and the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet, or whatever you want to call it). It’s time to say … read more

Biomimicry in the real world

April 17 2014

A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo’s robotic bird. It was amazing. I’ve seen things that looked more or less like a bird, and that flew, but clearly weren’t flying like a bird. … read more

Announcing BioCoder issue 3

April 15 2014

We’re excited about the third issue of BioCoder, O’Reilly’s newsletter about the revolution in biology and biotechnology. In the first article of our new issue, Ryan Bethencourt asks the question “What does Biotechnology Want?” Playing with Kevin Kelly’s ideas about how technological development drives … read more

Distributed science

April 11 2014

In my post on biohacking and bioterrorism, I briefly mentioned the possibility of vaccines and other treatments developed outside of institutional research. That may be far-fetched, and I certainly hope we’re never in a situation where DIY treatments are the only … read more

Full-stack developers

April 10 2014

Since Facebook’s Carlos Bueno wrote the canonical article about the full stack, there has been no shortage of posts trying to define it. For a time, Facebook allegedly only hired “full-stack developers.” That probably wasn’t quite true, even if they thought … read more

Biohacking and the problem of bioterrorism

April 08 2014

You don’t get very far discussing synthetic biology and biohacking before someone asks about bioterrorism. So, let’s meet the monster head-on. I won’t downplay the possibility of a bioterror attack. It’s already happened. The Anthrax-contaminated letters that were sent to political figures … read more

The backlash against big data, continued

April 08 2014

Yawn. Yet another article trashing “big data,” this time an op-ed in the Times. This one is better than most, and ends with the truism that data isn’t a silver bullet. It certainly isn’t. I’ll spare you all the links (most of … read more

Wearing the future

March 17 2014

In an interview at SXSW, Google’s Sundar Pichai said something about wearables that I’ve been waiting to hear. Wearables aren’t about Google Glass; they aren’t about smart watches; they’re much, much more, and these technologies are only scratching the surface. I’ve tweaked … read more

Academic biology and its discontents

February 06 2014

When we started BioCoder, we assumed that we were addressing the DIYbio community: interested amateur hobbyists and experimenters without much formal background in biology, who were learning and working in independent hackerspaces. A couple of conversations have made me question that … read more

Bluetooth Low Energy: what do we do with you?

February 04 2014

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” as Jeff Hammerbacher said. And it’s not just data analysts: it’s creeping into every aspect of technology, including hardware. One of the more exciting developments … read more

Cheese, art, and synthetic biology

January 29 2014

We’ve published the second issue of BioCoder! In this interview excerpt from the new edition, Christina Agapakis talks with Katherine Liu about the intersection of art and science, and the changes in how we think about biotechnology. It’s one of … read more

The reason everyone should learn to code

January 21 2014

Why do we want everyone to learn to code? It’s certainly not to produce a nation of coders. I have no delusions about everyone learning to code: it’s not going to happen, and may not even be desirable. But the … read more

Is Valve’s SteamBox a contender for the next developer workstation?

January 08 2014

A scenario started playing through my head the other day. In the late 1990s, Apple looked dead. Then they released OS X, plus very cool shiny hardware. That put Apple back in the game and gave them the life they … read more

The return of local retail?

January 06 2014

About a month ago, IBM published its five tech predictions for the next few years. They’re mostly the sort of unexceptional things one predicts in this sort of article — except for one: the return of local retail. This is a fascinating … read more

Robots will remain forever in the future

December 18 2013

(Note: this post first appeared on Forbes; this lightly edited version is re-posted here with permission.) We’ve watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions, continued with the … read more

The birdie and the shark

December 13 2013

While I’ve been skeptical of Twitter’s direction ever since they decided they no longer cared about the developer ecosystem they created, I have to admit that I was impressed by the speed at which they rolled back an unfortunate change to their … read more

The software of regret

December 09 2013

At a recent meeting, Tim O’Reilly, referring to the work of Tristan Harris and Joe Edelman, talked about “software of regret.” It’s a wonderfully poetic phrase that deserves exploring. For software developers, the software of regret has some very clear meanings. … read more

Mediated Visions

December 02 2013

ImpactLab has posted a nice pair of photos contrasting 2005 and 2013 in St. Peter’s Square. 2005 looks pretty much as you’d expect: lots of people in a crowd. In 2013, though, everyone is holding up a tablet, either photographing or perhaps … read more

Pranking Black Friday

November 26 2013

This time last year, Cathy O’Neil and I traded emails about the US’s annual orgy of consumerism. I promised her an article for her Mathbabe blog, which I still owe her, and we wondered how to raise consciousness about the silliness … read more

Craig Venter on moving at the speed of light

November 08 2013

Last week I had the privilege of speaking with J. Craig Venter at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Dr. Venter is a pioneer in biotech, from sequencing the Human Genome to creating a synthetic … read more

Power over USB

October 25 2013

I’ve been reading about enhancements to the USB 3.0 standard that would allow a USB cable to provide up to 100 watts of power, nicely summarized in The Economist. 100 watts is more than enough to charge a laptop, and certainly … read more

Programming with feedback

October 25 2013

Everyone knows what feedback is. It’s when sound systems suddenly make loud, painful screeching sounds. And that answer is correct, at least partly. Control theory, the study and application of feedback, is a discipline with a long history. If you’ve … read more

The first two weeks of BioCoder

October 25 2013

We’ve been having a great time — more than 6,000 downloads, almost 13,000 visits to the landing page, and we don’t know how many people have shared it. Ryan Bethencourt observed that our readers are the largest group of DIY … read more

Mining the social web, again

October 22 2013

When we first published Mining the Social Web, I thought it was one of the most important books I worked on that year. Now that we’re publishing a second edition (which I didn’t work on), I find that I agree with … read more

Announcing BioCoder

October 16 2013

We’re pleased to announce BioCoder, a newsletter on the rapidly expanding field of biology. We’re focusing on DIY bio and synthetic biology, but we’re open to anything that’s interesting. Why biology? Why now? Biology is currently going through a revolution as … read more

Genetically modified foods: asking the right questions

September 10 2013

A while ago, I read an article in Mother Jones: GM Crops Are Killing Monarch Butterflies, After All. Given the current concerns about genetically modified foods, it was predictable — and wrong, in a way that’s important. If you read … read more

What is an enterprise, anyway?

September 03 2013

This post was co-authored by Mike Loukides and Bill Higgins. Bill Higgins of IBM and I have been working on an article about DevOps in the enterprise. DevOps is mostly closely associated with Internet giants and web startups, but increasingly … read more

Shakespeare and the myth of publishing

August 21 2013

Note: this post started as a Foo Camp 2013 session. A few weeks ago, Tim O’Reilly sent around a link to Who Edited Shakespeare?, which discussed the editor for the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It included a lot … read more

Data Science for Business

August 19 2013

A couple of years ago, Claudia Perlich introduced me to Foster Provost, her PhD adviser. Foster showed me the book he was writing with Tom Fawcett, and using in his teaching at NYU. Foster and Tom have a long history … read more

The web performance I want

August 08 2013

There’s been a lot said and written about web performance since the Velocity conference. And steps both forward and back — is the web getting faster? Are developers using increased performance to add more useless gunk to their pages, taking … read more

On Batteries and Innovation

July 31 2013

Lately there’s been a spate of articles about breakthroughs in battery technology. Better batteries are important, for any of a number of reasons: electric cars, smoothing out variations in the power grid, cell phones, and laptops that don’t need to … read more

Networked Things?

June 14 2013

Well over a decade ago, Bill Joy was mocked for talking about a future that included network-enabled refrigerators. That was both unfair and unproductive, and since then, I’ve been interested in a related game: take the most unlikely household product … read more

Phishing in Facebook’s Pond

June 05 2013

A recent blog post inquired about the incidence of Facebook-based spear phishing: the author suddenly started receiving email that appeared to be from friends (though it wasn’t posted from their usual email addresses), making the usual kinds of offers and … read more

Really Understanding Computation

June 04 2013

It’s great to see that Tom Stuart’s Understanding Computation has made it out. I’ve been excited about this book ever since we signed it. Understanding Computation started from Tom’s talk Programming with Nothing, which he presented at Ruby Manor in … read more

Understanding skepticism

May 31 2013

I’d like to correct the impression, given by Derrick Harris on GigaOm, that I’m part of a backlash against “big data.” I’m not skeptical about data or the power of data, but you don’t have to look very far or … read more

Burning the silos

May 23 2013

If I’ve seen any theme come up repeatedly over the past year, it’s getting product cycle times down. It’s not the sexiest or most interesting theme, but it’s everywhere: if it’s not on the front burner, it’s always simmering in … read more

Yet another Kickstarter: Otherlabs’ Home Milling Machine

May 09 2013

If you have a good memory, you know that I’ve written about 3D printers. Technically, I grew up with the laser printer; my first computer industry job (part-time while getting an English PhD) was with Imagen, a startup that built … read more

Another Serving of Data Skepticism

May 06 2013

I was thrilled to receive an invitation to a new meetup: the NYC Data Skeptics Meetup. If you’re in the New York area, and you’re interested in seeing data used honestly, stop by! That announcement pushed me to write another … read more

Leading Indicators

April 30 2013

In a conversation with Q Ethan McCallum (who should be credited as co-author), we wondered how to evaluate data science groups. If you’re looking at an organization’s data science group from the outside, possibly as a potential employee, what can … read more

Google Glass and the Future

April 29 2013

I just read a Forbes article about Glass, talking about the split between those who are “sure that it is the future of technology, and others who think society will push back against the technology.” I don’t see this as … read more

Glowing Plants

April 26 2013

I just invested in BioCurious’ Glowing Plants project on Kickstarter. I don’t watch Kickstarter closely, but this is about as fast as I’ve ever seen a project get funded. It went live on Wednesday; in the afternoon, I was backer … read more

Data skepticism

April 11 2013

A couple of months ago, I wrote that “big data” is heading toward the trough of a hype curve as a result of oversized hype and promises. That’s certainly true. I see more expressions of skepticism about the value of … read more

The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service

March 21 2013

Om Malik’s brief post on the demise of Google Reader raises a good point: If we can’t trust Google to keep successful applications around, why should we bother trying to use their new applications, such as Google Keep? Given the … read more

Rethinking games

March 20 2013

At a recent board games night hosted by Greg Brown (@practicingruby), we played a game called “Pandemic” that made me rethink the meaning of games. I won’t bother you with a detailed description; it’s enough to say that there are … read more

Big data is dead, long live big data: Thoughts heading to Strata

February 25 2013

A recent VentureBeat article argues that “Big Data” is dead. It’s been killed by marketers. That’s an understandable frustration (and a little ironic to read about it in that particular venue). As I said sarcastically the other day, “Put your … read more

Investigating the growth and influence of professional Makers

February 21 2013

The growth of the Maker movement has been nothing if not amazing. We’ve had more than 100,000 people at Maker Faire in San Francisco, and more than 50,000 at the New York event, with mini-Maker Faires in many other cities. … read more

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