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)

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4/18/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Sign outside a florist’s building – “Spring is here! I’m so excited, I wet my plants!”

 

Security stuff:

The plot to kill the password (In theaters now!)

German researchers hack Galaxy S5 fingerprint login (Well, that didn’t take long)

The security of the most popular programming languages (Where’s SafeAndSound.NET?)

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones (Well, it would be bad if they backed pro-theft measures)

Rushed Heartbleed fixes may expose users to new attacks (This is starting to give me heartburn)

 

Other stuff:

Continuous Development: The New Maintenance Reality (Continuous job security?)

Cortana Easter Egg resurrects Clippy as your personal digital assistant (Oh, good, Clippy is resurrected just in time Easter egg)

Microsoft cloud service lets firms tap data from Net-connected gadgets (Be the first kid on your block to connect them all!)

Nashorn: JavaScript made great in Java 8 (JavaScript tries to horn in on Java)

Sessions from Build 2014 (In case your company was too cheap to send you…or didn’t care…or thought it was a home improvement expo…)

Three’s a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9 (Or, multiple paths to other operating systems)

Silicon Valley’s 19 Coolest Places to Work (Those of us who live in the rest of the world can dream on)

Congrats on the new job! Please disregard all the red flags (Frequently, there’s a reason why they have an opening that doesn’t involve someone having just retired or died)

4/11/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Two buddies rent a boat to go fishing. Naturally, they bring along a lot of beer to pass the time, because, who ever really goes fishing just for the fish. Anyway, they hit it big time and catch a lot of fish, while also ingesting a lot of beer. After a while, they both have caught their limit, so they head back in and return the boat. The first guy says, “You know, we really should have done something to remember that spot for next time.” The second guy says, “Oh, I did. I marked a big red ‘X’ inside the boat.” The first guy says, “You dummy! Suppose we don’t get the same boat next time?”

 

Cloud stuff:

Available Now: Preview of Project “Orleans” – Cloud Services at Scale

New Amazon toolset tracks cloud spending

Security could be a casualty of the new Azure portal

 

Mobile development stuff:

Windows Phone 8.1: a lap around the new development features

The decline of the mobile web

HTML5 apps can be just as speedy as native apps with the new Famo.us Javascript framework

 

F# stuff:

DDD and CQRS Using the Functional Language F#

Facilitating Open Contributions for the F# Compiler, Library and Visual F# Tools

 

Other stuff:

First look: MongoDB 2.6, the all-grown-up version

Developer picks: 7 tools for making the most of GitHub

6 ways the Internet of things will transform enterprise security

Dart 1.3 dramatically improves server-side performance

Mono and Roslyn

Software Estimation: How Misperceptions Mean We Almost Always Get It Wrong

Star software designer Greg Christie leaving Apple

4/9/2014 Article Links

Joke:

An old married couple is driving along a long, winding country road. The wife is talking a mile-a-minute as the old gentleman occasionally nods and grunts while keeping his eye straight ahead. At one point, the car hits a nasty bump in the road, the passenger door flings open, and the wife spills out. The man doesn’t even notice and keeps driving. A few minutes later, a cop pulls him over. The officer says, “Sir, we found your wife a few miles back. She’s a little bruised, but otherwise OK.” The old man looks over at the passenger side, then back at the officer and says, “Oh, thank goodness, officer. I thought I had gone deaf!”

 

Read this first:

The Heartbleed Bug

 

Windows stuff:

Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks (Save the date and save the day. Yikes!)

Microsoft should open-source Windows XP, enable 3rd-party support, says legal scholar (This could be taken more seriously if it had been posted on April 1)

The story of the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ desktop theme—and what it looks like today (news from the WABAC machine)

Microsoft removes Windows 8.1 Update from WSUS update servers (oops)

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP (also notes about other patches)

What’s new in Windows 8.1 Update

 

Web development stuff:

easeJS (Classical Object-Oriented JavaScript Framework)

JavaScript OCR 

pixi.js (Super fast HTML 5 2D rendering engine that uses webGL with canvas fallback)

 

Mobile development stuff:

Handy code-free mobile app development resources for small businesses (code free, maybe, but not all are cost free)

Microsoft extends its JavaScript framework to rivals

 

Microsoft news:

Ballmer, Not Nadella, Gave The Go-Ahead To Ship Office For iPad, Which Has Racked Up 12M Downloads (this just highlights the disconnect between software developers and non-software developers)

The most hated browser in the world is finally dead (Now, can everyone just move on?)

Microsoft and open source: True love or casual fling?

Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Build a Cloud-Native App (free virtual class)

Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft

Microsoft adds .Net compiler to open source offerings

 

Other stuff:

Google courts enterprise developers for Glass (Don’t most enterprises already have a glass ceiling?)

MongoDB 2.6: Our Biggest Release Ever (all hail the new king!)

CIOs: Lure Top Tech Talent by Offering Free Lunch (Developers: Beware of overuse of the words “Happy” and “Meal” when the CIO describes what your free lunches will be like)

Beware of NoSQL standards in Oracle’s clothing (woof)

Big data needs software-defined storage (well, what do you know? IBM offers a solution right up this alley)

Controversial Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns

Java Tip: Hibernate validation in a standalone implementation

4/8/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Two C strings walk into a bar. The first one says, “Bartender, I’d like a beer#%%^&&*jk!$dfh123#~”

The second one says, “You’ll have to pardon my friend. He isn’t null-terminated.”

 

Assorted news:

Supreme Court set for landmark decision — good or bad — on software patents

Git smart! 20 essential tips for Git and GitHub users (Git with the program, already!)

The dark side of lambda expressions in Java 8 (insert your own Star Wars joke, here)

Windows on Devices (the next big little thing)

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Allura™ as a Top-Level Project (the Allura of Apache…)

Addressing the Corruption of Agile (absolute corruption corrupts…well, you know…)

Document Liberation Project aims to break vendor lock-in (You never know when you’re going to need all those WordStar files again)

Reversible USB connector will be in products by year end (why didn’t they think of this years ago?)

Millennials Rule the Valley: Enjoy It While It Lasts (sounds like that old hippie slogan – “Don’t trust anyone over 30”. Fine, until you hit 30…then what?)

‘State of the Cloud Report’ proclaims hybrid is king (makes the Cloud more fuel efficient?)

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

4/1/2014 Article Links

Random picture:

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

 

Trivia:

April Fool’s Day History

 

Random stuff:

Facebook tweaks (used to fine tune an iOS app)

Adobe Announces PhoneGap Enterprise for Mobile Development

Windows Phone 8.1 core has finished today

Microsoft to unveil Enterprise Mobility Suite alongside Office for iPad

Survey: 33% of iPhone owners would shell out $300 on contract for a bigger iPhone 6

Apple engineer reveals where the iPhone’s original software came from

Git smart! 20 essential tips for Git and GitHub users 

Farts and f-bombs: see the hidden jokes in Microsoft’s early code (what else would you expect to find in MS-DOS code?)

Why your previous developer was terrible (raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before)

Whatever Happened to Reuse? (It was recycled)

Cloud deniers are the flat earthers of the tech world

Google General Counsel to Arrington Allegation: We Don’t Snoop on Gmail to Find Leakers

Can Microsoft rescue Windows? (wait, I think I’ve heard this one every other release of Windows…)

It takes an open-source village to make commercial software (cue catchy theme music)

Apple says it wants emoji to be more multicultural