BYU UUG meeting on Thursday.

Jamie K. Cummings jamie at
Tue Sep 19 15:52:19 MDT 2006

Power Laws, Longtails, and Software

If you took statistics and are a Computer Scientist, chances are you
learned about the wrong kinds of distributions.  Hardly anything
about CS is normal...or Gaussian for that matter.  This talk will
explore power law distributions and their relationship to Internet
businesses like and Rhapsody.    Having a tough time
figuring out who to work for?  Power laws can help.

About Phil Windley
Phil Windley is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brigham
Young University where he teaches courses on digital identity,
interoperability, web services, middleware, and programming
languages. Phil is also the Executive Producer of IT Conversations
and writes and speaks on these topics. Phil writes the popular
Technometria blog and is a frequent contributor to InfoWorld and
Between the Lines. He is also the author of the book Digital Identity
from O'Reilly Media.

Prior to joining BYU, Phil spent two years as the Chief Information
Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on the Governor Mike
Leavitt's Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before
entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product
Development and Operations at Excite at Home and Chief Technology
Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early creator of electronic commerce
tools. Still active in business, Phil serves on the Boards of
Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies. Phil
received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. of California,
Davis in 1990.

Join the BYU Unix User Group Thursday, September 21st at 7:30pm, 340
Crabtree Building to hear more. For a map of campus go to

A flier has been attached to this e-mail for your convenience.

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