January 13, 2013

The Soft Underbelly of Technology Services
Shyam Sankar looks into ScanSource's lawsuit and brings out the key lessons to learn.  The lawsuite said a software project estimated to cost $17 million and take 11 months instead mushroomed to $37 million over three years, and ScanSource said it still doesn’t have a Dynamics software up and running. Accenture has estimated it will cost $29 million more to complete the ERP project, according to ScanSource’s lawsuit.

Beyond Voice Recognition: It's The Age Of Intelligent Systems
Expect the current generation of virtual personal assistants to evolve into ubiquitous intelligent systems. These will communicate with people through voice, text, vision, touch and gestures and will factor in ambient information like location or motion to understand context, giving greater relevance of every interaction. Here’s a look at some developments to watch in intelligent systems for 2013

Essential Facebook Programming: Building a Windows Client
In this column Dino Esposito builds a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client app that uses the Facebook API to authenticate users and post updates with pictures. Because the Web is a different environment from the desktop, this column obviously will be different from what I wrote last month. The Facebook API, however, is the same. You can get the Facebook C# SDK via NuGet (see facebookapi.codeplex.com for more details on the Facebook API for C#/.NET developers).

The 12 Critical Questions You Need to Ask When Choosing an AD Bridge Solution
What do you need to know when evaluating AD bridge solutions? This Quest Software white paper helps you understand the questions to ask when choosing the best solution for your company. Don't waste any more time and money with systems that don't coexist! Downloading this white paper requires free registration.

Configuring your JavaScript loggers with JSNLog
Matt Perdeck shows how to configure your JavaScript loggers with JSNLog, a JavaScript logging library that is well integrated with .Net. It lets you configure loggers in your web.config. And it lets you receive log amessages from the client and store them on the server, without any coding.

NXP on route to automotive future
NXP has made automotive a priority, striving to enable all electronic communication to, from and within the vehicle – reliably, securely, and efficiently. Using in-vehicle networks and RF cryptography.

New Specs Ease Connections by Wire or Wireless
The Wi-Fi Alliance demonstrated the emerging Miracast wireless display technology at International CES here Tuesday by sending live computer game animation from a smartphone to a 27-in. television. The new Miracast wireless display technology has just started emerging in mobile devices, said Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director for the industry group.

Microsoft Refreshed .NET Framework 4.5 with Updates
Microsoft has released several updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues while working with Windows Presentation Foundation, Common Language Runtime, Windows Forms, XML, Network Class Library, ASP.NET, Entity Framework, Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation.

Circumventing Windows RT’s Code Integrity Mechanism
It’s taken longer than expected but it has finally happened: unsigned desktop applications run on Windows RT. Ironically, a vulnerability in the Windows kernel that has existed for some time and got ported to ARM just like the rest of Windows made this possible. MSFT’s artificial incompatibility does not work because Windows RT is not in any way reduced in functionality.

Jenkins - An Open Source Continuous Integration Server
Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron. Among those things, current Jenkins focuses on the following two jobs: Building/testing software projects continuously; Monitoring executions of externally-run jobs

Quote for the day:

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you need a team." -- John Wooden

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