Thursday, May 30, 2013
"Microsoft officials have said they plan to make a public preview of Windows Blue available on the first day of the Microsoft Build 2013 show, on June 26."
Monday, May 27, 2013
Decisive - Heath Brothers
Widen Your Options
- Avoid a Narrow Frame: Make sure you consider other options besides what seems obvious. Instead of whether/not and either/or, try and.
- Multi-track: Try out several good ideas at the same time. Have a Plan B running at the same time as Plan A, that way you aren’t screwed if/when Plan A fails.
- Find Someone Who’s Solved Your Problem: What it says on the tin.
- Consider the Opposite: Get a devil’s advocate to knock some sense into you. You’re probably ignoring important details.
- Zoom Out, Zoom In: 1) You are not a special snowflake, so stop asking experts what they think will happen for you. Ask what usuallyhappens for people like you. 2) Ask people for the gory details they won’t tell you in the job description/want ads/brochures/Google.
- Ooch: Try it out. Run a mini-experiment.
- Overcome Short Term Emotion: Let’s say you did it. How do you feel ten months from now? Ten years? What would you tell your best friend to do?
- Honor Your Core Priorities: Which decision matches your core values? (If you don’t know what those are, you should probably find out.)
- Bookend the Future: Figure out what you need to make back-up plans for, and make back-plans for them. Give yourself some breathing room in case things go horribly wrong (or unexpectedly well).
- Set a Tripwire: Once you’ve made your decision, how will you know when it’s time to turn back and try again?
- Trust in the Process: If you’re making decisions with other people, make sure everybody feels good heard moving forward.
"reveal.js is a framework for easily creating beautiful presentations using HTML. You'll need a browser with support for CSS 3D transforms to see it in its full glory."
Observed on edge.js intro page...
After 20 years, web technology is becoming great.
As it should be :)
More interesting things: slid.es
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Around $6 billion paid in taxes to the U.S. Treasury in the 2012 fiscal year — around $16 million per day — which according to Apple accounts for $1 in every $40 in corporate tax the U.S. collected in 2012
Out of its estimated $145 billion overseas cash pile, Apple would see a 35 percent reduction after paying tax on its repatriation
Apple paid or collected and remitted more than $1.3 billion of U.S. state sales and use taxes
On the other side, if Apple was treated as a person,
it would need to pay the tax for all the money abroad also.
Corporations as using some legal rights as people when convenient,
and when it comes to tax they are treated differently.
Or maybe on this level of income person would form a corporation,
so he or she can get benefit from such status.
So it is recursive: a lot of money means even more money. :)
Thursday, May 23, 2013
"Smart App Challenge 2013" must make use of the Samsung Chord SDK (software development kit). Chord is a software interface for creating wireless connections directly between Samsung smartphones, without the use of an online server or mobile phone network.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A "pure web" based drawing app, similar to Vision.
Free Flowchart Software & Flowchart Examples | Lucidchart
This tool and the demo is PHENOMENAL!
The same app also works as "plugin" to Office 13 (and Office 365),
as well as Google Apps (Docs), and can keep data on Google Drive.
Even more, it allows for online collaboration.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
and on client it is based on Excel 2013 and plug-in tools
Office 2013 | Microsoft BI
""Data Explorer" provides an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources including relational, structured and semi-structured, OData, Web, Hadoop, Azure Marketplace, and more. Data Explorer also provides you with the ability to search for public data from sources such as Wikipedia."
Monday, May 20, 2013
New Xbox is coming tomorrow, and it will likely have Kinect embedded and improved.
That will likely enabled "gesture" interface with TV.
There are also alternatives to Kinect
$79, coming July 22.
This technology is phenomenal.
Like "touch" has changed the way mobile device are used, "gesture" is the next wave.
New Samsung Galaxy S4 also has some kind of "contact-less touch".
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Plugging into a display's HDMI port, the PC can run applications and access files that have been stored remotely. Additionally, it will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
will turn any display into a PC, a basic gaming console or a set-top box
The device will have access to the Google Play Store, giving users access to 800,000 apps and movies, TV and music. Because Android has Netflix and Hulu Plus apps, users can stream films and TV, as well.
"100% tablet, 100% notebook, 100% Android"
Starting at $479.99
10.1" Android Detachable
1080p HD display
"Available August 2013"
This is $200 less that Microsoft Surface,
has a battery in the keyboard, and full HD screen.
Android has become a hedge against Microsoft and Windows
HP Split x2
13.3" Windows 8 Detachable
"Available August 2013"
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A quick search finds the details...
How to Access Metro Style Apps Installation Folder in Windows 8
Why is this a problem?
Because it is easy to turn a trail to a full app, or to remove adds, or to hack apps.
NEVER save any server access code or password to an app, in particular not well encrypted.
This similar to "rooting" a mobile phone or a tablet.
Let's hope that Microsoft will do a better job protecting the apps on Windows 8.1. Keeping "mobile" OS separate from "desktop" would be better. If Microsoft has created WinRT as a virtual machine on "Windows 8 Desktop", upgrade from Windows 7 would be trivial decision (no big changes), and all "goodness" of WinRT Apps would still be there on every desktop... Anyway...
There is a reason why iOS is separate from OS X...
Likely there are some such Androids apps, too.
Windows (8/RT) Store apps are still catching up,
but there are some some success stories like this:
“Windows 8 Brings Me $30,000 a Month,” Says Happy Developer
"WebP is a new image format that provides lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller in size compared to JPEG images at equivalent SSIM index. WebP supports lossless transparency (also known as alpha channel) with just 22% additional bytes. Transparency is also supported with lossy compression and typically provides 3x smaller file sizes compared to PNG when lossy compression is acceptable for the red/green/blue color channels."
WebP (pronounced "weppy") is developed and used by Google on a large scale. So it must be good :)
The primary purpose is for untrathin laptops (ultrabooks), and mini-PCs
price: $60 / 32 GB, $80 / 64 GB, $120 / 128 GB, $200 / 256 GB.
Amazon.com: Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD3: Computers & Accessories
Friday, May 17, 2013
- Develop your COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
- Build your NETWORK
- And take INTELLIGENT RISKS
This famous scientist and naturalist has quoted Confucius:
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
and explained how current education system is wrong
by insisting on learning many details
before doing what one cares about the most.
He would like this changed, to focus on passion first
and training to supports that, not the other way around.
- Android gets its own IDE: Android Studio, based on IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition.
- Google Play Services 3.1 brings game services, location APIs, Google Cloud Messaging enhancements, and Cross-Platform Single Sign On.
- An updated Google Play Developer Console adds a very cool app translation service, revenue graphs, alpha and beta testing and staged rollouts, optimization tips, and referral tracking.
- We showed off a whole new look for Google Maps and Maps APIs, featuring new base map tiles, a new default marker, a new info window style, and a style refresh for controls.
- In Google Cloud Platform news, we announced that Google Compute Engine is now open to everyone and has sub-hour billing, we’ve added aPHP runtime to App Engine, and we introduced Google Cloud Datastore.
- We showed new Google Wallet features: the Instant Buy Android API, which makes buying in native Android apps fast and easy, and the Wallet Objects API, which lets you connect your loyalty programs, offers and more to Google Wallet.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
"We all want to experience pleasure and avoid pain.
But there are really two kinds of pleasure and pain that motivate everything we do.
If you are promotion-focused, you want to advance and avoid missed opportunities.
If you are prevention-focused, you want to minimize losses and keep things working.
And as Tory Higgins has found in his groundbreaking research,
if you understand how people focus, you have the power to motivate yourself and everyone around you."
podcast: The Secret to Effective Motivation @ Harvard Business Review
In "Promotion" focus, pleasure comes from doing making changes, and no changes is a pain.
In "Prevention" focus, pleasure comes from stable, no changes, and a change is a pain.
Knowing this, the point of view can be adjusted to emphasize what is important in given situation.
For example, "if we do not change products, will lose market share".
So change then becomes acceptable in "prevention focus", to keep stable market.
Free for up to 15 users, written in C#, supports Windows, Linux, Mac
podcast @ .NET Rocks
.NET C# USB library for WinUSB, LibUsb-Win32, and libusb-1.0. Using the common device classes, applications work with all operating systems and drivers without modification. Lots of example code.
GPLv2 & LGPLv2 licenses
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
IDEA OF THE WEEK: INEQUALITY AND NEW YORK’S SUBWAY
A recent feature in The New Yorker: INEQUALITY AND NEW YORK’S SUBWAY
using data on median household income, from the U.S. Census Bureau,
for census tracts with subway stations
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ILSpy is the open-source .NET assembly browser and decompiler.
Development started after Red Gate announced that the free version of .NET Reflector would cease to exist by end of February 2011.
ILSpy requires the .NET Framework 4.0.
Unrivaled decompiling power.
Proven 10 times faster.
Free, for everyone, forever.
Monday, May 13, 2013
15 GB now shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos (free)
100 GB: $4.99 / Month
1and1.com unlimited web hosting: $3.99/month
Obviously, this is not the same, no redundancy, tools, etc.
But better price for large storage.
...bad decisions are all too common in business and personal decision making. 40% of senior level hires by companies don’t work out within 18 months, 83% of mergers don’t create value for shareholders, and personally we all make bad investment and relationship choices all the time.
While incomplete information is sometimes to blame, the process used for making the decision is about six times more important. To put it bluntly, our processes for deciding are usually wrong, and they cite four main villains:
- narrow framing,
- confirmation bias,
- short-term decision making, and
- Widen your options
- Reality-test your assumptions
- Attain distance before deciding
- Prepare to Be Wrong
Saturday, May 11, 2013
“This car performs better than anything we’ve ever tested before,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of testing says. “Not just the best electric car, but the best car. It does just about everything really, really well.”
of known, shared, concepts.
SOAP web service have significantly delayed optimization of web services,
and now with REST / "Hypemedia" there are attempts to make service more evolve-able and generic.
Full Hierarchy - schema.org
presentation: Generic Hypermedia and Domain-Specific APIs: RESTing in the ALPS @ InfoQ
In reality, format of MS Office documents is just too complex.
Plain HTML is much better, with styles separated from content.
Getting text and data from Office is difficult.
Is format of Google Docs / Drive better and more "open?"
In fact it is, at least in simple cases.
All formatting is defined as CSS classes, at the start of the document.
So it is a better separation, and cleaner HTML format.
Karl Case — professor emeritus of economics at Wellesley College — and Professor Mayer also spoke to a 34-year-old caller’s concern that home-ownership as an investment goes against the central tenants that guide retirement investing: “diversity” and “reduce fees:”
As usual, this is a "Big Data" question.
And as usual, this is also "social / social" question, since people are not quite rational...
"In 1960, we humans, from all over, took 25 million trips abroad.
Last year? 2012? We took, collectively, one billion foreign trips. "
Tourism "industry" is 11% of economy, with many positive and also many negative "side effects"
Paris alone is making more on tourism than whole of USA.
And that is deliberate, planned, and managed.
New Book Will Open Your Eyes About Travel @ National Geographic Traveler
book: @ Amazon
Two names that are easy to be confused: Riak Versus Redis
Redis is primarily something you’re going to use to move data in and out at crazy fast speeds. (C/C++)
Riak isn’t always the fastest database, but it’ll withstand serious hits and still maintain integrity of data. (Erlang / C)
Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vs HBase vs Couchbase vs Hypertable vs ElasticSearch vs Accumulo vs VoltDB vs Scalaris comparison :: Software architect Kristof Kovacs:
(He also has a list of things before he dies :)
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
"Microsoft has had trouble getting people to use its Windows Phone operating systems, however, it might make as much as $3.4 billion on Android phones.
Where do these profits come from? Patent licenses.
Today, only Motorola Mobility, a division of Google and Huawei, remains free of the Microsoft-Android intellectual-property (IP) tax.
T4 (Text Template Transformation Toolkit) Code Generation - Best Kept Visual Studio Secret @ Hanselman
T4: Almost Complete
Is metaprogramming possible in C#? @ StackOverflow
podcast: Mårten Rånge Takes Advantage of Templates @ DotNetRocks
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Sorting Algorithm Animations
Why is sorting interesting now?
Big Data. Even "medium size" data. Performance, and memory usage.
"Back in 2010 Mark Zuckerberg made a very bad decision. Instead of building separate apps for iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys, Nokia devices, and, yes, even Microsoft phones, he put his engineers to work designing a version of Facebook that could operate on any smartphone. In effect, he was betting that as different operating systems jostled for control of mobile devices, standalone apps would go away and soon we would surf websites on our phones, just as we do on PCs.
Zuckerberg was wrong. Google's Android and Apple's iOS quickly became the dominant mobile operating systems, and Facebook's applications, which were built with its CEO's web-centric worldview in mind, didn't work well on either platform. They were buggy and slow, crashing often. A 2011 update garnered 19,000 one-star reviews in the Apple App Store within the first month. "It's probably one of the biggest mistakes we've ever made," Zuckerberg tells..."
Some web experts disagree with this assessment.
Web technology based mobile apps could be indistinguishable from "native",
but they do require more knowledge and care when dealing with lot of content.
It is a little bit strange that Facebook could afford not to try and compare
many or all options before doing "serious commitments"...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I guess after a while links to other people alone are not sufficient enough
to keep people coming back (and view adds that make money :)
The Most Important Interview Question of All Time - Part 1 | LinkedIn:
"What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?"
Answer ... detailed enough to take 15-20 minutes to complete
Monday, May 06, 2013
"Everything starts with an idea. This is the first of the four jobs – the Thinkers.
Builders convert these ideas into reality. This the second job.
Improvers make this reality better. This is the third job.
Producers do the work over and over again, delivering quality goods and services to the company’s customers in a repeatable manner. This is the fourth job.
... And then the process begins again with new ideas and new ways of doing business being developed as the old ones become stale.
Recognize that every person is comprised of a mix of each work type, with one or two dominant. Likewise for every job..."
Part 2, clarifications
"people grow by first becoming technically proficient at something – the Producer role – then evolve into one or more of the other work types. This is an inside-out progression.
While this categorization may be true in most cases, the best results for "creative workers" come when skills are combined, I think.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
- Web Sites: Visual Studio Tooling updates for Publishing, Management, and for Diagnostics
- Cloud Services: Support for new high memory VM sizes, Faster Cloud Service publishing & Visual Studio Tooling for configuring and viewing diagnostics data
- Storage: Storage Client 2.0 is now included in new projects & Visual Studio Server Explorer now supports working with Storage Tables
- Service Bus: Updated client library with message pump programming model support, support for browsing messages, and auto-deleting idle messaging entities
- PowerShell Automation: Updated support for PowerShell 3.0, and lots of new PowerShell commands for automating Web Sites, Cloud Services, VMs and more."
This is 1/2 of iPad mini price, and has almost the same features.
3x4 screen is better for reading documents, such as PDF files.
This is getting close to real "peoples" tablet.
In fact the only "problem" is Android GUI,
that is too crowded, less intuitive than iOS.
A mahout is a person who rides an elephant.
This is also a "machine learning" tool that works with Hadoop,
a tool that got a name from a toy elephant
podcast interview Episode 193: Apache Mahout | Software Engineering Radio:
"Grant Ingersoll, founder of the Mahout project, talks with Robert about machine learning."
- The Mahout Project
- Mahout in Action (book)
- Grant Ingersoll’s blog
- Data Science Central hub
- Free class on Machine Learning from Stanford University
- Programming Collective Intelligence
- Grant Ingersoll is a co-author of the book, Taming Text
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Next big things:
Announcement: Tesla Unveils Revolutionary New Finance Product - YouTube:
Elon Musk: "How I'm Guaranteeing Tesla Model S Car (resale value higher than Mercedes S class)
John has a very good and popular SPA class on Pluralsight,
and now there is also a bit shorter "free version".
By the way, he also just released a The Art of Public Speaking and Effective Presentations
class @ Pluralsight.