5/8/2014 Article Links

Joke:

I have an idea for a series of humorous decorative figurines. They would feature an old Irish couple, and in each set, the wife will be hitting her husband with some implement (log, frying pan, etc). They will be pure Paddy whack knick knacks.

 

Security stuff:

Phishing scams increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims (Phishing with bait…who would have seen that one coming?)

Flash and Java still as vulnerable as ever, says Microsoft (Of course, part 1)

Malware infections in Windows PCs tripled in late 2013, Microsoft finds (Of course, part 2)

Fishing for Hackers: Analysis of a Linux Server Attack (Now open for hacking)

Antivirus is Dead: Long Live Antivirus! (This sounds very anti-anti-virus)

When a bad day gets worse—getting hacked twice in one day (When the third time is definitely not the charm)

Don’t let the latest zero-day fool you

US Government Begins Rollout Of Its ‘Driver’s License For The Internet’

 

Cloud stuff:

OpenStack now does NoSQL (Wait, isn’t that a double negative?)

SDN secrets of Amazon and Google (Now, slightly less secret)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Dev Q&A: RequireJS’s James Burke on the JavaScript loader’s future (Required reading)

Apple has its own JavaScript accelerator in the works (Why not? Everyone else has)

Joe Belfiore just wrapped up his Reddit AMA, here are the highlights (WinPhone lives)

What Not Dying Looks Like (50% less pasty?)

CSS Shapes 101 (Sadly, all my CSS is just as out-of-shape as I am)

How to Retain Users with Good Design (And if that doesn’t work, alcohol)

AngularJS: Factory vs Service vs Provider (There’s an obtuse joke about angular in here, somewhere, and I’ll bet it’s acute one)

JavaScript Prototypes, Scopes, and Performance: What You Need to Know (…but were always afraid to ask)

 

Other stuff:

GitHub releases free and open Atom code editor (Version 2 will be the Molecule Editor)

A case for keeping primitives in Java (Get in touch with your primitive side)

Dockerfiles in a jiffy (It’s all in the pants)

Is devops killing the developer? (Killing them softly)

Meet Betty, the Siri-Like App That Turns Plain English Into Code (I wonder how it will translate swearing)

Top 12 tech hoaxes of all time (It’s amazing how old some of these are)

Arduino Vs. Raspberry Pi: Which Is The Right DIY Platform For You? (Arduino. Now shut up and eat your Pi.)

The Conflict at the Heart of Open Source (Open-heart surgery by amateurs is a conflict)

A C# 6.0 Language Preview (Peek-a-boo! I C# you!)

Using F# and FAKE to build a SharePoint provider-hosted app (I always knew SharePoint was a fake development platform)

Sculpt Your Code In a REPL – Part One (Great…all my code has gone to pottery)

Pattern Matching – Make the Compiler Work for You (Much better than making it work against you)

Microsoft Language Stack Analogy (Comparing languages to vehicles)

Rust for C++ programmers – part 5: borrowed references (Better steel yourself for this one)

Fostering Healthy Non-Professional Relationships (Step away from the keyboard, and no one will get hurt)

Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award 

Why our startup failed (How things end down)

5/5/2014 Article Links

Joke:

The Irish don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They do celebrate Fifth of Gin.

 

Security stuff:

Data breaches 9% more costly in 2013 than year before (this isn’t helping my feelings of insecurity about the Internet at all)

IBM rolls out new security suite, services as Target CEO’s head rolls (Hmm…bowling with CEO heads…I sense a new game idea)

11 reasons encryption is (almost) dead (It sure smells dead)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Thanks to Tom Wheeler, the end of the open Internet is nigh 

iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors (It’s not a tumor…wait…never mind)

This AI tells you if your website is too cluttered (or you could just have your Mom look at it)

 

Cloud stuff:

Cloud Apps Soar, CIOs Take on New Role (Now with more fluff)

Run your own cloud storage for less, EMC says (…with their help, of course)

 

Microsoft stuff:

Microsoft Is Technology’s Comeback Kid (No kidding?)

Microsoft’s decision to patch Windows XP is a mistake (darned if they do, darned if they don’t)

Microsoft reissues botched Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 (hopefully, this doesn’t bring on another round of botulism)

High-tech Gaming Is Giving K-12 STEM Education A New Way To Play: A First Person Perspective by Corinth CEO Ondrej Homola

Bing Ads Jump Start (Add some bada boom to your bada bing)

Make Windows 8 Games with Construct 2 (Pro Construct advice)

Building Blocks: Initialize() C#, .NET, & JavaScript Dev Skills

Unity 3.5 RTW: Now with more Peace, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Wasn’t there something about drugs and something else in there?)

Twenty C# Questions Explained (Because they don’t feel like answering any more)

 

Other stuff:

Hadoop, Python, and NoSQL lead the pack for big data jobs 

Graphic Design Tips for Game Apps 

Not Your Father’s Java: An Opinionated Guide to Modern Java Development, Part 1 (In other words, check your own opinions at the door)

Experiencing Silicon Valley overload? For help, look inward 

Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands 

79 Percent of IT Administrators Want to Quit Due to Stress (The remaining 21% work for insurance companies)

4/30/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant.

 

Other stuff:

EMC’s Project Liberty could free storage software from hardware 

Google acquires a taste for Power — IBM’s processors, that is (Suddenly, I feel very Blue)

Encryption in the cloud is scarcer than you think (I’ll have my encryption medium rare, please)

Big data hype didn’t speed growth in the BI market, Gartner says (It’s big data. Of course it moves slowly. Duh!)

How Disqus Went Realtime with 165K Messages Per Second and Less than .2 Seconds Latency 

Dear bosses: Grow up or get lost (If you have a boss like this, run. Fast. Now!)

What Facebook May Unveil At F8 (The Fate of Facebook developers? Get it? F8 = Fate?)

Zero-day Flash bug under active attack in Windows threatens OS X, Linux too (Die, Flash, die)

Debugging GPU Code in Microsoft C++ AMP (I’m up to my AMP-pits in GPU bugs, so this will be great)

 

Other tech stuff:

Researchers try new ‘twist’ on smartwatches (You…mean…like…a…dial???)

Whizzy gadgets, IoT devices take the stage at TechStars Boston Demo Day (All kinds of stuff you’ll absolutely have to have, but won’t actually need)

Can cops legally fire “GPS bullets” at fleeing cars to track suspects? (Great idea, until someone figures out a good countermeasure, or there’s an increase in pedestrian injuries from misfires or bad aim)

 

Free stuff from Microsoft:

Free ebooks from Microsoft Press

Defense in Depth: Windows 8.1 Security

Moving to Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure

New Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2014 Now Available

4/10/2014 Article Links

Joke:

A young man in his early twenties drowned earlier in the day at a public swimming pool. Police determined from family members that the man was a computer programmer. They also interviewed several onlookers who seemed to be unaware he was in any trouble. One person’s response was typical. She said, “He just kept yelling F1! F1! No one knew what he meant.”

 

Funny video:

The Expert (The project, place, and people involved may be different, but all developers have been in this meeting)

 

Security stuff:

Low adoption rate of HSTS website security mechanism is worrying, EFF says (What in the world of tech security isn’t worrying, these days?)

Repeat after me: Model your security threats first (Think of it as TFD – Threat First Development)

Researchers disclose vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Cloud Service (Cloudy Java…not good)

Businesses face rising political pressure from data breaches (gee, ya think?)

New Windows Phone security necessary, but not groundbreaking (making WinPhone more enterprise friendly)

 

Web development:

Visual Studio extensions for web developers (lots of stuff for all web developers)

Vaadin switching to C# 

Web developers less concerned about browser-compatibility, more concerned with HTML5

 

Mobile development:

5 things every beginning Android app developer should know (probably applicable to any mobile app developer, too)

Windows Phone comes to the enterprise

App development quicker on Android than OS rivals – survey (of course, it all depends on what you’re trying to do, and how much experience you have…)

Hybrid Web Applications: The Best of All Worlds for Mobile Application Development

Microsoft’s smart strategy to take on Android

Following Famo.us, Ludei takes a swing at PhoneGap too

 

F# stuff:

A C# developer’s take on F#: Discovery to Production

F# Data 2.0.5 (new version)

Domain-Driven Design Using a Functional Language (not just about F#, though)

 

Other stuff:

The Reasons Businesses Use Open Source Are Changing Faster Than You Realize (moving at the speed of greed)

Jasper (Jasper is an open source platform for developing always-on, voice-controlled applications)

Salary Survey 2014 (as always, your mileage may vary)

C# 6: First reactions

Andromeda: Google’s Secret Weapon To Keep Amazon And Microsoft On Their Toes (the new Andromeda Strain?)

Contributions of Individual Programming Languages to Software Development

YourLanguageSucks (see how your favorite programming language fared)

Microsoft’s Trunk Based Development (No, nothing about elephants. Sorry.)

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA’s About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code (Literally a mountain! It is chiseled in stone! Just kidding! That would have been too hard to insert into the punched card reader.)

Don’t want to mix programming languages? You already do!

Zen and the Art of Tech in the Valley (Oh, great. New Age Driven Development…)

4/5/2014 Article Links

Joke:

I sat in on a court session once where the judge and the lawyers all spoke in rhyme. That was the first time I had ever seen poetic justice in action.

 

Cloud stuff:

Amazon, Cisco, Google crowd the cloud — no thanks to NSA or IT

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella puts the cloud front and center

Amazon holds off Google’s cloud charge — for now

The NSA’s spying has in fact hurt U.S. cloud providers

Microsoft Hears Amazon Price Drop, Raises It An Azure Cut

 

Big Data, Big Data!

Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

 

Product info:

Eneter Messaging Framework (cross-platform framework for inter-process communication)

 

Java stuff:

Oracle Announces Most Significant Upgrade to Java Programming Model with Java 8 (this mentions a few details other articles have skipped over)

 

F# stuff:

Xamarin F# – Experience Report

 

Mainframe stuff:

Serving 3270 screens to thin-client web browsers through straight TCP/IP connections (yep, now you can serve up those delicious green screens right on your iPad)

 

Other random stuff:

How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)

WinJS: 5 Things You Need To Know About Microsoft’s New Open-Source JavaScript Library (not just for Windows, apparently)

SQL and NoSQL come together with new MariaDB Enterprise offerings (just like peanut butter and chocolate!)

Analysis Paralysis: Over-thinking and Knowing Too Much to Just CODE

Spring cleaning for your code, thanks to CodeMaid (Visual Studio extension)

A close look at the Agile Manifesto after 13 years

Duktape (an embeddable JavaScript engine for C/C++)

Cortana blows away Siri and Google Now, may bring me back to Windows Phone