March 13, 2013

Microsoft reverses IE10's Flash blocking in Windows 8, RT
Rather than block all sites using Flash except those handpicked by Microsoft -- a "whitelist" strategy -- the company will revert to a "blacklist" that bars only some sites. All others with Flash will be rendered by the browser in Windows 8's Modern user interface (UI) -- still called "Metro" by many -- as well as Windows RT's Modern and desktop UIs.

Singapore Swings Ahead in 2013 Trends
Singapore has been uniquely placed to take advantage of the data surge. The new data stimulants of cloud services, mobile content, personal content, social media and the big data demands of MNC-driven sectors are set to take us to new data consumption highs in 2013. We spotlight the key themes facing the Singapore market.

Techniques for Mobile-friendly ASP.NET MVC 4.0 web sites
In this article, we will not attempt to create a new user interface for mobile devices in this article. In many cases if you have a complex web application it will make more sense to create an entirely different user interface with a different UI flow. However if you have a simple web application, a few minor changes will make a big difference in terms of usability for users on mobile devices without rewriting the UI completely.

iOS will surrender top tablet spot to Android in 2013, says IDC
The iPad Mini won't keep Apple in the driver's seat this year, Mainelli said. "The trend has been there, but this will be the first time Android overtakes iOS in the market," he said, citing his team's forecast for 2013-2017. For the year, Android-powered tablets will account for 48.8% of all devices shipped, edging iOS' 46%. During 2012, IDC pegged Android's share at 42.7%, iOS' at 53.8%.

SQL Encroaches on Big Data Turf
A few weeks ago GigaOM explored the subject with an article titled "SQL is what's next for Hadoop: Here's who's doing it," and just yesterday a PluralSight course on the topic was announced, described as "An investigation into the convergence of relational SQL database technologies from several vendors and Big Data technologies like Apache Hadoop." And there are plenty more similar things going on out there. So rest easy, SQL data developers, your future is still bright.

NIST, Stanford Team to Rescue Early Tetris From Digital Oblivion
In this 18-month project, NSRL will copy and dissect a software library of 15,000 titles from the Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of Microcomputing, held by the Stanford University Library. Considered to be one of the largest collections of obsolete software, this collection came into Stanford's possession in 1998 as part of its ongoing effort to preserve digital materials for research purposes.

Leadership and the Art of Struggle: 5 Things You Can Do
Struggle is a part of any human endeavor and leadership is no different. The problem is we view struggle as a negative. But struggle is how we grow. Without them we can’t reach our full potential as leaders. We like to think of our leaders as flawless. We like to be perceived as flawless—or at least we like people to think we have everything under control. But as Joe Badaracco has pointed out, “leadership is a struggle by flawed human beings to make some important human values real and effective in the world as it is.”

Get Microsoft "Data Explorer" Preview for Excel today
"Data Explorer" supports a wide range of data sources, including relational databases (SQL Server, Windows Azure SQL databases, Access, Oracle, IBM DB2, etc.), file formats (Text/Csv, Excel, XML, amongst others) and some other non-traditional data sources like Web (HTML tables, XML/JSON APIs, etc.), Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), OData feeds, Active Directory, Facebook, etc. In addition, "Data Explorer" also provides Online Search capabilities over millions of Wikipedia tables ...

Cloud services can save you money -- if you're careful
Sounds like many of the other IT projects you've shepherded, right? But it turns out it's incredibly complex to determine whether a move to the cloud will pay off for a given application. When done in haste, that analysis can lead companies to adopt the cloud for the wrong reasons, leaving them with higher costs or an inferior product when compared to an on-premises installation.

The Principles of Java Application Performance Tuning
In this fifth article I will explain about the principles of Java application performance tuning. Specifically, I will explain what is required in order to tune the performance of Java application, the steps you need to perform to identify whether your application needs tuning. I will also explain the problems you may encounter during performance tuning. The article will be finalized with the recommendations you need to follow to make better decisions when tuning Java applications.

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"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills" -- Chinese saying