Next Steps for XRDS
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We received a lot of emails, tweets, andpostsabout the launch issue of XRDS, the first rebranded edition of
this magazine with its new look and new
editorial focus. It’s been overwhelming
and encouraging (see “Inbox,” page 5
for some of the feedback). Thank you
for the kind words and comments!
We’re already using what you liked and
didn’t like to reshape XRDS. You’ll start
to see changes incorporated into this
issue and future ones. Like the volunteer team that runs it, XRDS is organic.
We’re learning and evolving. So keep
reading and sending us comments; it’s
Having now served as editor-in-chief
for a year, I can say that running (and
reinventing) a magazine is remarkably
similar to debugging a large program.
Adding to that complexity is the fact
that it’s a highly parallel process—a
topic you’ll read about in this issue.
There are processes that deadlock on
each other, periods of resource contention where the team is thrashing, and
editors who “malloc” a lot of my memory and never free it. Sometimes, when
we fix a “bug,” new ones appear. It’s a
highly iterative process, and I’m glad
we’ve got a staff of CS-minded people
to help work through the challenges.
WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR XRDS?
Issue 17. 2 Winter 2010
Issue 17. 3 Spring 2011
Banking, Currency, and Commerce
Issue 17.4 Summer 2011
The Green Issue
Visit http://xrds.acm.org to find out
how you can submit to these and other
upcoming editions of the magazine.
Running a magazine
is remarkably similar
to debugging a
large program. ...
we fix a ‘bug,’ new
ones appear. It’s
a highly iterative
process and I’m glad
we’ve got a staff of
to help work through
Overall, I hope you’ll agree that
each subsequent release of XRDS gets
a little better. And we’ve still got some
exciting things in the pipeline.
ACM Student Membership
Some of you might have received a complimentary copy or two of this magazine and may not be members of the
ACM at all. To keep receiving XRDS,
you’ll need to start or make sure you
maintain your ACM student membership (it’s as little as $19 a year). Thus,
we encourage you to check your membership status and make sure your
mailing address is correct.
XRDS is just a small component of a
3,200 digital courses. In this issue’s
Hitting Our Stride
Having wrapped up our second XRDS
issue (the one that’s in your hands or
on your screen right now), we’re finally
hitting our stride. So what’s next?
For the Winter 2010 release, we have
a whopper issue coming together on
human computation with an all-star
author line up. For Spring 2011, we’re
assembling a fascinating group of articles on how technology and computing
are transforming banking, currency,
and commerce. Farthest out, in Summer 2011, we’ll be turning out attention
to green technologies, exploring how
computer science plays an important
role in sustainable efforts, like smart
If we’ve touched on an area of interest to you, please consider writing an
article, opinion piece, or even sending
us a related photo or image for publication. Submissions are welcomed from
students, faculty, and industry (see
cfm for more tips on how and what to
submit). If you have something particular in mind, we suggest pitching it
directly to us first to open a dialogue
about the subject: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then
we can work with you to make sure it’s
a good fit—for you, for us, and for the
rest of the student community.
editor-in-chief, is a
Ph D student in the
Interaction Institute at Carnegie
He completed his
BA and MS in computer science at New
York University in 2005 and is a recipient of a Microsoft Research Ph D Fellowship. Before coming to CMU, he worked
at IBM Research and AT&T Labs. He has
since worked at Microsoft Research and
Disney Imagineering. Currently, he is
investigating how to make small devices “big” through novel sensing technologies and interaction techniques.