July 05, 2014

Metadata: More Important Than We Ever Thought
Consider the routine way in which information about online behaviour is collected and analysed commercially. What's usually processed is not the content but the metadata. That means different things to different organisations, but at a simple level it might mean an ISP collecting the date, time, subject and recipient of an email but not the body content. Similarly, phone companies might log the date, time and recipient of a call but not the actual conversation. Why do they do this? The main reason is financial. Analysis of the bulk metadata allows them to infer useful information in order to better target their advertising and design new services that will appeal to their customers.

8 Brilliant Tools For Web Designers
Creating a website that is able to engage people requires creativity, skills and passion. Possessing the right tools can help web designers to shape up their ideas and concepts into lively designs. They can work more smoothly and their productivity will get boosted. Thus they would be able to create top notch designs and get applauded for their efforts. As there are so many tools around, choosing the right ones calls for investing time and effort. But we have made that search quite easy by providing a collection of immensely useful tools. All that designers need to do is to go through them and test these for their usefulness.

As security startups heat up, a reminder that security is not a product or service: it’s a value
The security industry is notorious for amplifying new threats and using scare tactics associated with emerging technologies to sell software, but you’re not being paranoid if someone is really out to get you. There are still plenty of criminals, and as technology changes rapidly security tools that were once useful are not necessarily so. . ... Technologies that were once the building blocks of IT security, such as traditional defense perimeter protections and end point antivirus solutions, are slowly losing relevance, as they are no longer effective in stopping data breaches or even employee misuse of corporate information.

Bangalore To Become Asia's First IoT Innovation Hub
Cisco has announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub in Bangalore. The company believes India’s fast growing Internet penetration will drive this collaboration and help Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and others of electronic city engaged in IoT product development. ...  the demand for electronics hardware in the country is projected to increase to $400 billion by 2020 and this initiative will help address domestic demand, allowing local manufacturers to capture this growing market opportunity and save precious foreign exchange for India.

The 3 Keys to Agile Content Development
Agile means using real-time interactions and behavior monitoring to drive a more agile approach to creating and deploying branded content focused around the consumer. It seems obvious now that any effective approach to content has to put the consumer at the center and must be able to adapt based on cultural trends and consumer insights. Brands have become comfortable with “making the logo smaller,” and marketers and strategists have devised elegant thinking around content creation, often comparing brands to publishers or broadcasters.  It’s certainly safe to say there’s a lot of commentary and strategizing around agile approaches to content creation--much of it, dead on.

Improve scalability with the SessionCache service
SessionCache Service allows session data to be stored in an object grid, so enterprise applications scale easily with better performance and without any of the previously mentioned multiple database server issues. In the Stone Age, application developers implemented session persistence. Today, since session persistence is so common, most application servers allow selection of a persistence target using server configurations. Application developers only interact with HTTP session APIs; the server configurations determine whether to persist and which technology to use for persistence.

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects
A few interesting things emerged for me — how much of organising your smart objects feels like a chore for people. There was lots of discussion about having to become a software engineer to understand the rule-making systems, and some conversation about how you should be able to buy some off the shelf structures like “Crate and Barrel’s Smart Home Ruleset” (I believe that was a Sierra-ism). There were another set of conversations about how hard these things were to set up and how much data and noise people might be expected to deal with. I don’t think I was particularly surprised by any of the particular issues people had with connected objects, but I was definitely surprised by how strongly people felt them.

Understanding and Using Regular Expressions
Damian Conway, a well-known member of the international Perl community, a widely sought-after speaker and teacher, and also the author of several technical books as well as numerous Perl software modules, discusses what regexes really are, how they actually work, and how programmers can make use of their existing software development skills to construct correct and efficient regexes. *Note: We're not able to use our standard split-screen view to show this, but wanted to bring it to you anyway.*

Cloud: The Road to African Innovation
Africa’s developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders have unprecedented opportunities for innovation as a result of the cloud. But to make the most of them – and ensure the sustainability of emerging communities of “disruptors” and entrepreneurs – we need to clearly define what we want the continent’s cloud to be in terms of its accessibility, security, and collaborative potential. The cloud needs to be open – to cross-border and cross-platform development – if it is to be a truly effective platform for innovation. Supporting common standards like OpenStack, a free and open-source system for building clouds, needs to be a priority for both innovators and the organisations that sponsor them.

10 things I miss about old technology
Take a trip down memory lane as Scott Matteson shares some of his favorite memories about technology from way-back-when. ... Since Rob was born in the early 1970's like me, we both played a lot of the same games on the same computer systems. This book, in conjunction with shopping for tech gifts for my family (namely, iPad Minis for the kids), has provoked some nostalgia for the things I enjoyed during the olden days (hereby defined as the 1980s and 1990s) of technology, when I was a kid. Let's take a look at my 10 favorite things!

Quote for the day:

"Being easy-going when you have a goal to reach seldom makes the going easy" -- Frank Tyger