Saturday, August 25, 2012

Windows Azure and Office 365, Office 2013, SharePoint 2013

Windows Azure and Office 365 - ScottGu's Blog

Standard ASP.NET (Web Forms or MVC) can be used for extending Office and SharePoint 2013.

Windows 8: Who moved my cheese

An excellent introduction to new Windows 8 navigation...

Windows 8 productivity: Who moved my cheese? Oh, there it is. - Scott Hanselman

Windows 8 does need a brief "users guide".

Use "Windows Key" to move to "Start Tiles" view
"Just start typing" in tiles view to find a tool or app,
Ctrl/Alt/Del to logout or shutdown.
"Windows-Key" + "X" to bring admin menu.

There is also "move mouse to corners of the screen",
and that is only message while installing OS,
but it is not very practical: moving mouse to very corner of screen is too much compared to "old style" Windows navigation...

Windows 8 UX (User Experience) is two steps forward, one step back...

Windows 8 Developer Camp - Redmond | Channel 9

Windows 8 Developer Camp - Redmond | Channel 9

Recorded full-day Microsoft "Developer Camp" event about Windows 8 platform,
recorded in Redmond, August 3, 2012, available in variety of formats...

It would be even better if there was an option to "speed up" videos, and if content was available faster for download...

One of "big new" features of Silverlight 5 is ability to "speed up" media content, but apparently this requires a web site that embeds Silverlight content to enable such feature?

Microsoft DevCamps

A year of Apple

Tim Cook Completes First Year as Apple CEO | PCWorld Business Center

Current Apple's stock price is $663.22, compared to $372.12 a year ago

And it is a company with highest market value in US.

Imagine if all "smart" retirement (or other) investment are put in Apple's stock a year ago...

Most of other technology (and other) companies are directly or indirectly trying to imitate Apple...

Climate Change Prediction Charts

The Carbon Capture Conundrum - Technology Review

No action to reduce greenhouse gases could produce temperature increase of 6C (=13F) by 2050...

From the chart it appears that China is already producing almost twice more CO2 than USA...

In a Fast World, Think Slowly

In a Fast World, Think Slowly - HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review:

An interview with Frank Partnoy, professor of law and finance at the University of San Diego 
and author of "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay."

Even in automated stock market trading, fast sometimes can be too fast.

... idea that what you really want to maximize... time that you get before you have to make the decision

SQLite for Windows 8 apps

UPDATED HOWTO: SQLite with Windows 8 apps:

WinRT core of Windows 8 does not support any embedded database tool.
The expectation is that data are used as a service.

SQLite open source embedded database is packaged in Android and iOS,
as well as Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers, HTML5 web storage,
Skype, Adobe Reader and many other tools.

SQLite is also ported for Windows 8 (but not included in Windows install).
The security restrictions required code changes done by SQLite developers.  
The database is also available as pre-compiled DLL
that can be used from C++, .NET and JavaScript.