November 21, 2012

Etsy become Certified B Corporation
B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The certification provides a framework to measure success for all stakeholders — including employees, community, and environmental interests — not just for shareholders.

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users
Jakob Nielsen, one of the world’s foremost web usability experts, slammed Windows 8 in a lengthy blog post today. He calls out the OS for hiding features, reducing discoverability, low information density in “Modern” apps, overly active live tiles, and overall reduced power using a single-window interface.

Asian companies resisting BYOD due to cost
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives might be more costly than was previously thought, and the extra expenditure is one reason why Asian companies are holding back from embracing the idea of allowing consumer devices into the workplace.

Indian police arrest student for a political Facebook post
After a medical student writes a mild message of protest on the social network, she is arrested for hate speech. She has now become the symbol of the country's intolerance of free speech.

Coordinating the Right Enterprise Architecture Journey
The start point is complicated by the team’s perception of the stakeholders they serve (to whom they deliver value) and the ultimate objectives for their initiative. Not only are the start points and journeys themselves different, but the challenges met on the road also differ. So in a very real sense, working out which mountain you are scaling is just as important as the route to get there and the team required for success.

Hadoop Virtual Panel
Today, Big Data and Hadoop are taking computer industry by storm. Its usage is on the mind of everyone, from CEO, to CIO, to developers. In this virtual panel, InfoQ talks to several Hadoop vendors and users about their views at current and future state of Hadoop and the things that are the most important for Hadoop’s further adoption and success.

How to Ignore Others
Like most leadership skills, ignoring others isn’t universal. But, it may apply to you. Have you heard team members say, “Just leave me alone so I can do my job.” It’s one thing to support, encourage, and enable; it’s another to meddle.

Easily encrypt Gmail
In light of the General Petraeus scandal, and the ease with which the feds can access your email and drafts stored in the cloud, then you may be looking for "keep it simple, stupid" solutions specifically to encrypt Gmail. Here are several Firefox add-ons and Chrome extensions that are free, yet so easy to use that even your technically-challenged friends or family could use them.

Security Metrics: Critical Issues
Knowing what to measure, how to measure it and how to communicate those metrics can help improve security's efficiency, effectiveness and standing in the business world. These in-depth CSO online and CSO Magazine articles will help you get up to speed on state-of-the-art security metrics.

Quotes for the day:

"Delegation requires the willingness to pay for short term failures in order to gain long term competency." -- Dave

"When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. " -- Napoleon Hill

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