Mac Slocum

Mac Slocum

Mac Slocum is O'Reilly's Online Managing Editor. He's worked as an online editor/producer/writer at a variety of outlets, and he's taught Web journalism and technology courses at the university level. His fascination with publishing and technology started in college when he put the student newspaper online (fortunately, that early effort has been expunged from the Internet record). Mac holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Richmond and a master's in journalism from Emerson.

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Aereo’s copyright solution: intentional inefficiency

April 03 2013

Aereo, an online service that sends free over-the-air television broadcasts to subscribers, scored a big win in court this week. At first glance, it would seem the service has to violate copyright. Aereo is grabbing TV content without paying for … read more

If you’ve ever wondered where those O’Reilly animal covers come from …

April 02 2013

The exchange often goes like this: Stranger: “Where do you work?” Me: “O’Reilly Media.” Stranger: “O’Reilly …” [Long pause while he or she works through the various "O'Reilly" outlets — the TV guy, the auto parts company.] Me: “You know … read more

The media-marketing merge

March 25 2013

I ran across a program Forbes is running called BrandVoice that gives marketers a place on Forbes’ digital platform. During a brief audio interview with TheMediaBriefing, Forbes European managing director Charles Yardley explained how BrandVoice works: “It’s quite simply a … read more

Why I’m changing my tune on paywalls

March 18 2013

The Pew Research Center is out with its annual “State of the News Media” report. Much of it is what you’d expect: newspapers and local television are struggling, mobile is rising, digital revenue hasn’t — and can’t — replace traditional … read more

What tools do you use for information gathering and publishing?

January 16 2013

Many apps claim to be the pinnacle of content consumption and distribution. Most are a tangle of silly names and bad interfaces, but some of these tools are useful. A few are downright empowering. Finding those good ones is the … read more

Three lessons for the industrial Internet

December 19 2012

The map of the industrial Internet is still being drawn, which means the decisions we’re making about it now will determine the extent to which it shapes our world. With that as a backdrop, Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) used his presentation … read more

When data disrupts health care

September 18 2012

Health care appears immune to disruption. It’s a space where the stakes are high, the incumbents are entrenched, and lessons from other industries don’t always apply. Yet, in a recent conversation between Tim O’Reilly and Roger Magoulas it became evident … read more

“It’s impossible for me to die”

July 19 2012

Julien Smith believes I won’t let him die. The subject came up during our interview at Foo Camp 2012 — part of our ongoing foo interview series — in which Smith argued that our brains and innate responses don’t always … read more

Top Stories: July 9-13, 2012

July 13 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Jim Stogdill said data is getting heavier relative to the networks that carry it around the data center; Simon Phipps revealed open source community strategies relevant to the enterprise; and Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discussed the importance of developer collaboration. read more

From smartphones and continuous data comes the social MRI

July 13 2012

An MIT study that aggregated and examined a continuous stream of smartphone data has evolved into an open source toolkit. In this interview, study leader Dr. Nadav Aharony discusses his "social MRI" project and its potential applications. read more

A lever is always better than a lone coder

July 09 2012

If we accept that software development is a team activity (it is), the importance of collaboration and communication becomes clear. Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discuss the nuances of modern programming in this interview. read more

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

July 06 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk made the case for open-minded criticism of visualizations, Brett Slatkin explained why you still need to own a website, and Greenleaf Book Group CEO Clint Greenleaf discussed the complicated relationship between publishers and Amazon. read more

You still need your own website

July 03 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms. read more

Top Stories: June 25-29, 2012

June 29 2012

This week on O'Reilly: James Turner noted that the corporate dystopia predicted in "Neuromancer" has come to pass, author David Griffith discussed C's continued popularity, and Joe Wikert explained why lightweight ebook DRM isn't viable. read more

Top Stories: June 18-22, 2012

June 22 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Artist Nina Paley explained her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright, Shahid Shah looked at the future of health IT integration, and illustrator Laura Maaske discussed the next generation of digital imagery. read more

Visualization of the Week: The story behind the U.S. power grid

June 22 2012

The PBS TV series "America Revealed" visualizes the creation, use and fragility of the U.S. electric power grid. It's also an example of how data and context should always go together. read more

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

June 18 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior." read more

Top Stories: June 11-15, 2012

June 15 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Josh Marinacci predicted that 90% of computer users will rely on mobile, but 10% will still need desktops; the authors of "Ethics of Big Data" explored data's trickiest issues; and Narrative Science CTO Kris Hammond discussed narrative's role in data analytics. read more

Visualization of the Week: A whole new way to look at the NBA Finals

June 15 2012

The New York Times uses shot selection and completion data to break down the championship matchup between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. read more

Stories over spreadsheets

June 14 2012

Imagine a future where clear language supplants spreadsheets. In a recent interview, Narrative Science CTO Kris Hammond explained how we might get there. read more

Velocity Profile: Schlomo Schapiro

June 12 2012

A profile of web operations and performance expert Schlomo Schapiro, systems architect and open source evangelist at ImmobilienScout24. read more

Velocity Profile: Kate Matsudaira

June 05 2012

A profile of web operations and performance expert Kate Matsudaira, vice president of engineering at read more

Top Stories: May 21-25, 2012

May 25 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how data, privacy and shared services are driving the White House's new digital government plan; Jim Stogdill examined the fine line between obsessive personal tracking and an open-ended approach to motivation; and author John Ferrara discussed gaming's role in cultural transformation. read more

Top Stories: May 14-18, 2012

May 18 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Coding is tied to cultural competence, not just a profession; Jim Stogdill wondered if solution vendors are waiting for broad Hadoop adoption before jumping in; and we learned how Schoolers, Edupunks and Makers are reshaping education. read more

Velocity Profile: Justin Huff

May 16 2012

A profile of web operations and performance expert Justin Huff, software engineer at PicMonkey and formerly of Google/Picnik. read more

Top Stories: May 7-11, 2012

May 11 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how the Velocity Conference site got a big makeover thanks to Velocity practices, Liliana Bounegru offered a brief history of data journalism, and Joe Wikert explained how booksellers can reinvent themselves. read more

You'll be live in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

May 11 2012

The introduction of Google+ Hangouts On Air marks the beginning of live video's disruption. Here's two reasons why this is a big deal. read more

O'Reilly Radar Show 5/10/12: The surprising rise of JavaScript

May 10 2012

Fluent Conference co-chair Peter Cooper explains why and how JavaScript rose to prominence. Also, Steve Souders points the way to web performance tools and techniques. read more

Velocity Profile: Nicole Sullivan

May 09 2012

Nicole Sullivan discusses her favorite CSS tools and who she follows in the web ops & performance world. read more

jQuery took on a common problem and then grew through support

May 08 2012

Rather than accept the deep flaws of cross-browser functionality, John Resig did something about them. In this video interview from Velocity 2011, Resig discusses his initial goals for jQuery, the complexity of mobile, and why JavaScript has become a critical development tool. read more

Top Stories: April 30-May 4, 2012

May 04 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how the U.K. government is facing pressure from all sides as it evaluates open standards, Maximiliano Firtman evaluated two years' worth of mobile web developments, and the utility of functional languages was put in the spotlight. read more

Velocity Profile: Sergey Chernyshev

May 02 2012

A profile of web operations and performance expert Sergey Chernyshev, director of web systems and applications at truTV and organizer of the New York Web Performance Meetup Group. read more

Mobile web development isn't slowing down

April 30 2012

Over the last two years, mobile web development has continued its rapid evolution. In this interview, Fluent speaker and "Programming the Mobile Web" author Maximiliano Firtman discusses the short-term changes that caught his attention. read more

Top Stories: April 23-27, 2012

April 27 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Etsy's Mike Brittain explained how to allow for graceful website failures, the organizers of Big Data Week examined Europe's data scene, and author Max Kanat-Alexander discussed the considerable benefits of simple code. read more

Big data in Europe

April 23 2012

European application of big data is ramping up, but its spread is different from the patterns seen in the U.S. In this interview, Big Data Week organizers Stewart Townsend and Carlos Somohano share the key distinctions and opportunities associated with Europe's data scene. read more

Velocity Profile: Hooman Beheshti

April 18 2012

Hooman Beheshti, the vice president of technology at Strangeloop, talks about how he got into web ops and performance, the biggest problems he's encountered, and the tools he relies on most. read more

Top Stories: April 9-13, 2012

April 13 2012

This week on O'Reilly: How Zipcar's technology is saving big money for U.S. city governments, why scalable clouds need simple parts, and pondering the possibilities of web ops and machine learning. read more

Top Stories: April 2-6, 2012

April 06 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides explained why problems arise when data is taken out of social contexts, Robbie Allen looked at six ways insight can be extracted from datasets, and Mike Hendrickson analyzed the current state of the computer book market. read more

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012

March 30 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We looked at a four-step approach for designing great data products, Andy Oram shared the lessons he's learned about health care, and we learned about a competitive advantage that publishers aren't seizing. read more

Top Stories: March 19-23, 2012

March 23 2012

This week on O'Reilly: StreetEasy's Sebastian Delmont explained why his team left Google Maps behind, we looked at the ins and outs of the Dart programming platform, and Jim Stogdill considered the alternatives to always-on living. read more

Top Stories: March 12-16, 2012

March 16 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Computational linguist Robert Munro explained why location language is far more complex than many realize, we looked at how Kickstarter's crowdfunding is helping game developers, and Joe Wikert explored the major trends shaping ebook prices. read more

O'Reilly Radar Show 3/12/12: Best data interviews from Strata California 2012

March 12 2012

Hadoop creator Doug Cutting discussing the similarities between Linux and the big data world, Max Gadney from After the Flood explains the benefits of video data graphics, Kaggle's Jeremy Howard looks at the difference between big data and analytics. read more

Top Stories: March 5-9, 2012

March 09 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Neuroscientist Bradley Voytek explained why he's fascinated by a car service's data, Edd Dumbill compared four of the most robust data markets, and "Tapworthy" author Josh Clark discussed the future of UI. read more

Top stories: February 27-March 2, 2012

March 02 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides examined the clumsy state of human connections in our tech products, Dale Dougherty made the case for Maker-friendly cities, and we looked at key shifts in publishing's business models. read more

Top stories: February 20-24, 2012

February 24 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alex Howard examined data's civic role, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed health IT and patient empowerment, and Edd Dumbill surveyed big data cloud offerings. read more

Top stories: February 13-17, 2012

February 17 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly looked back on important titles from O'Reilly's history, Pete Warden explained the thoughts and actions behind his latest visualization, and LeVar Burton reminded the TOC 2012 audience why storytelling matters. read more

There's Plan A, and then there's the plan that will become your business

February 13 2012

Drawing from the Lean Startup and other methods, "Running Lean" helps entrepreneurs transform flawed Plan A ideas into viable companies. "Running Lean" author Ash Maurya explains the basics in this interview. read more

O'Reilly Radar Show 2/10/12: The 5 trends that will shape the data world

February 10 2012

Strata chair Edd Dumbill discusses the five trends that will drive the near-term future of data science and big data. Also, Kevin Kelly offers a long-view perspective on the freemium model and digital rights management. read more

Top stories: February 6-10, 2012

February 10 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides surveyed the NoSQL database landscape, the open web scored an important victory in court, and Joe Wikert said it's time to embrace a unified ebook format and abandon DRM. read more

Now available: Best of TOC 2012 anthology

February 09 2012

"Best of TOC 2012" explores the ideas that are shaping the content world, including: the adaptation of publishing, digital's legal issues, new tech and tools, and thoughts from the edge of publishing. read more

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Take the Pain Out of Saving Money
April 01, 2010
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