February 20, 2013

There have been many advances in technology in the last few years in the data center - all in an effort to handle the demands of today’s business environment. There’s more data to process and more storage needed to keep it all. When it’s time to figure out how to plan for your future needs, there are numerous variables to juggle and take into account. Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Data Centers talks about the capacity planning dilemma.

REMux: An Experimental Approach to Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is important in a world of increasingly diverse device sizes and capabilities, but there's no one, correct way to design responsive sites. Dirk Lüth offers one very interesting technique that uses common media queries, but then alters the rendering based on rem units and font-size based proportionally on the viewport. It's a unique approach, and you'll find lots of interesting ideas here.

Mozilla debuts in-browser PDF, patches 13 Firefox bugs
Firefox's PDF viewer came out of a Mozilla Labs project initially dubbed "PDF.js," the "js" for JavaScript, which along with HTML5 APIs (application programming interfaces), was used to build the browser's viewer. With the move, Mozilla follows in Google's footsteps: The search giant baked a PDF viewer into Chrome more than two years ago. But unlike Chrome's PDF viewer, which operates inside the browser's anti-exploit sandbox, Firefox's does not sport similar defenses. And that matters, as PDF documents are often rigged with malicious code.

Wave Outlines Windows 8 Mobile Device Management Alternative
To hear Wave tell it, the Windows 7 or Windows 8 device itself can act as a security token. The Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a chip soldered into the device's motherboard, stores user credential information. Mobile device users enter a single PIN to connect to corporate network resources, which avoids having to enter multiple passwords for access. On the back end, Microsoft's Active Directory can be used to manage the security certificates and even disable a device remotely should it get lost.

How we hacked Facebook with OAuth2 and Chrome bugs
Egor Homakov and @isciurus chained several different bugs in Facebook, OAuth2 and Google Chrome to craft an interesting exploit. MalloryPage can obtain your signed_request, code and access token for any client_id you previously authorized on Facebook. The flow is quite complicated so let me explain the bugs we used.

Project Management, Cloud Computing Style
The truly portable office is not only possible, but is quickly becoming the norm for many businesses. Handheld devices were a big step toward the reality of working anywhere, and now cloud computing has removed the final barrier. With project management software hosted in the cloud, you can have everything you need at your fingertips, anywhere you happen to be. Of course, every technology has its advantages and drawbacks. In this article, we'll take a look at how companies can move their project management into the cloud, who can benefit, and what pitfalls still remain for this lofty software solution.

Who’s the best cloud storage provider? Microsoft, says Nasuni; but it still likes Amazon
So here’s an interesting tidbit. Nasuni, which manages cloud storage for small and midsized businesses, ran a set of exhaustive tests to assess the performance, availability and scalability of five major cloud storage providers. And the winner? Microsoft Windows Azure. Yup. Not Amazon S3, but Azure Blob storage.

Silicon Labs and SIGFOX Collaborate to Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things
“The collaboration between Silicon Labs and SIGFOX provides a solid wireless platform for M2M communication and cloud connectivity,” said Diwakar Vishakhadatta, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ Embedded Systems business. “The integration of SIGFOX’s breakthrough UNB technology further strengthens Silicon Labs’ position as a leading supplier of mixed-signal solutions for smart energy, connected home, and other monitoring and control applications for the Internet of Things.”

Shuttleworth's one device: The smartphone is the tablet and the PC
In a video posted to YouTube this week, a very Bono-like Shuttleworth, channelling his inner Jony Ive and Steve Jobs, spoke at length about the mobile version of the company's open-source and Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu for tablets. The OS will be entering a preview release shortly that will be installable on selected Android hardware, such as Google's Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus phone.

Quote for the day:

"When I've heard all I need to make a decision, I don't take a vote. I make a decision." -- Ronald Reagan