November 22, 2012

Modern Programming Languages
It's probably a sign of insanity, but for those of us who studied in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the obsession du jour was to come up with the next awesome programming language or operating system.

Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras of Late 2012
These cameras each share a common bond in that they have no mirrored viewfinder, yet they boast a very DLSR-like interchangeable lens system. Some of them have cropped sensors that match that of their larger entry-level DSLR cousins, but others simply act as a step up from the world of point-and-shoot compacts.

Microsoft reportedly allows pirates to activate unlicensed installations of Windows 8 Pro
The relatively simple technique that essentially allows users to get Windows 8 Pro for free was described late Tuesday on Reddit by a user named "noveleven" who claims to have successfully tried it out. At least one other Reddit user confirmed that it works in the same discussion thread.

Why Jakob Nielsen's Windows 8 critique is old-school thinking
For its part, Microsoft said it conducted usability tests in more than 127 countries, refining the operating system to one where users can find the information most relevant to them. And in a recent video reported by longtime Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, Jensen Harris, director of program management for the Windows User Experience Team, acknowledged the need for a significant shift.

4 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process to Help Retain Employees
Employers often waste countless amounts of time and money through unproductive hiring processes. They either end up missing out completely on highly qualified candidates or let under-qualified candidates make it too far into the hiring process.

This Week in Cybercrime: What Threats Will Computer Users Face in 2013?
Websense Security labs told Business Standard thattraditional tools used to thwart attacks will no longer get the job done because attackers’ techniques and targets are evolving. For instance, cybercriminals are already working out how to sidestep virtual machine defenses such as sandboxes.

Coaching Employees is Job #1
Whether you’re a team leader, a supervisor, or contact center manager, coaching—giving feedback to your employees—is one of the most important thing you do leader. As a leader, your job is to set goals, and guide your team toward those goals as you inspire them toward new heights.

Unhackable telecom networks come a step closer
Researchers have come up with a way of protecting telecoms networks using quantum cryptography without the need for expensive dedicated optical fibre links. The technique, developed by Toshiba's European research laboratory in Britain and Cambridge University engineers, is a step towards perfect security for everything from credit card transactions to private health records.

4 Tips to Manage Your Online Reputation
An effective social media presence involves a lot more than whether or not you have a Facebook or a Twitter account. Like any type of public interaction, it demands a thoughtful and strategic approach to make it work for you and your organization.

Data Challenges for FATCA Compliance
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was signed into U.S law in March 2010 and is coming into effect on January 1, 2014. In this video, Peter Ku, director of solution marketing, Global Financial Services, Informatica, discusses the data challenges associated with FATCA compliance.

Quote for the day:

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." - Helen Keller

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