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Craigslist, the popular bulletin-board service, has long had a "missed connections" personals section. This is the place were lovestruck singles (or at least, the situationally single) can reach out to the unidentified partner of their dreams, armed only with a description of their fleeting encounter and the hope that the object of their affections is also looking on Craigslist for their missed connection.

Last week, the New York Times published online an interactive tool to explore NFL draft picks, revealing the fact that there's not much relationship between an early pick and the star performers in the season:

by Thomas Dinsmore

On April 26, SAS published on its website an undated Technical Paper entitled Big Data Analytics: Benchmarking SAS, R and Mahout.  In the paper, the authors (Allison J. Ames, Ralph Abbey and Wayne Thompson) describe a recent project to compare model quality, product completeness and ease of use for two SAS products together with open source R and Apache Mahout.

Major retailers like Williams Sonoma use UpStream Software for marketing analytics, including revenue attribution, targeting, and optimization.

Revolution R Enterprise 6.2 is now available, and includes many new features that enhance the performance, scalability and enterprise readiness of R. On May 1, product manager Thomas Dinsmore will give an overview of the new features in a 30-minute webinar.

You probably thought you knew all of these tech tips, but I bet there'll be at least one that you'll find useful. In my case, as someone that always trie to use the keyboard instead of the mouse, I never new you could use shift-space to go back up a page in a browser. Handy!


Here's one I'd add to the list: you can use alt-TAB to switch to a different application (or cmd-TAB on a Mac). I'm always surprised how many people don't know that one.

Enjoy your weekend!

The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you can read the full April edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email.