Power Laws, Longtails, and Software


I'm speaking to a couple of classes at UVSC this evening on Power Laws, Longtails, and Software. The message is a combination of some things I've thought lately as I've listened to some of the Software Development Distinguished Speakers Forum at IT Conversations, read Paul Graham, listen to Jason Fried on Building Basecamp, read Peter Denning, listened to Chris Anderson, and talked with friends at Aradyme and Sento. The talk starts with a discussion of why computer are ruled by power-law distributions instead of gaussian distributions, moves into longtail concepts, and then applies those lessons to building software. If it goes well, I'll probably be giving it a few other places as well.