September 03, 2012

The Toolbox
A collection of the best time-saving apps, tools, and widgets from around the web


5 Ways to Improve Your Company's Team Presentation Skills
Your staff may be individually brilliant. But unless they're conscious of communicating as a team, you won't achieve the impact you're hoping for. And that means prospects, customers, clients and constituents are going to be let down.


Uninterrupted DBMS operation — an almost-achievable goal
There are no iron-clad assurances of zero downtime; if nothing else, you could crash your whole system yourself via some kind of application bug. Even so, it’s a worthy ideal, and near-zero downtime is a practical goal.

Doing more with nbsp
The gaps are intended to provide a separation between the weekly, quarterly and semi-annual data. Providing a blank for the gap values works if there is only one. But putting two blank values, they get treated as one category value, resulting in one gap.


12 (Really) Controversial Programming Opinions
Code that does not talk directly to the CPU and the OS, but is instead run by some other program that does talk directly to the CPU and the OS, is not a program; it's a script.


The future of Microsoft .Net
With Windows 8, Windows RT, .NET Framework 4.5, and Windows Azure, Microsoft has reached its latest existential moment. Can Microsoft make another big platform leap? Yes, but the odds are long. So much of Microsoft’s future growth and profitability is tied to the success of this platform, and the obstacles to success with Windows 8 and WinRT, and to some degree Windows Azure, are great. This is a shift that Microsoft must get right or face serious constraints on its growth in future year


The Unstructured Information Management Architecture
The Apache UIMA framework is an Apache licensed, open source implementation of the UIMA Architecture, and provides a run-time environment in which developers can plug in and run their UIMA component implementations and with which they can build and deploy UIM applications. Here is a 54 page PDF with overview of UIMA.

 
If you find a good way to put together two things that excel at what they are doing, you’ll most probably get a gold nugget. That’s what I feel when thinking about integrating R and Hadoop.
 

On Lack Of IT Readiness – And Innovators Dilemma. VMware Delivers A Sad Reality
The seeming lack of innovation amongst VMware’s customers is important since it gets to the very heart of corporate IT’s ability (or lack thereof) to deliver what the business, and individual users within the business, need.


10 signs that you aren't cut out for IT
 For anyone considering getting into the world of IT, or for those considering getting out of IT… how do you know? How do you know whether you are really cut out for the career that chews up and spits out its young? Well, I have a handy list of signs that maybe IT isn’t the best fit for you.



Quote for the day:

"In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield." -- Warren Buffett