April 04, 2013

On Attitude & Aptitude
There is a difference between attitude in thinking and aptitude in judging. The former is about our perception, or worldview, of a situation and the latter is about our ability to assess a situation. Complacency builds and danger looms when the emotional part of attitude overshadows the logical part of aptitude. This is usually the case for those failed projects that are overdose with optimism. It is important to have dreams, but we still have to wake up someday.

Create your VMware test lab using AutoLab
vExpert Alastair Cooke is the man behind this solution, with some help from Damian Karlson and Veeam, a virtual backup and recovery company. As of this writing, AutoLab version 1.1a is out. In general, AutoLab automates your lab setup. If you have access to VMware Workstation, VMware Player, or ESXi servers/clusters, then you can use AutoLab for free.

California introduces 'right to know' data access bill, and why Silicon Valley will hate it
The new law introduced into the California legislative arena [PDF] would require any business that holds a customer's personal information to disclose it within 30 days of that customer's request. Adding to this, names and contact information of all third parties with which the business has shared that customer's data with during the previous 12 months must also be disclosed.

Google Glass gets competition from China's Baidu
"It's consistent for Chinese tech companies to copy US innovation," said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research. "I mean, Chinese engineering is very good. Top quality. But innovation still lives here in the U.S. The Chinese bring lower price points and push the U.S. companies to innovate faster." Kerravala also said he's not surprised that the challenge is coming from a search giant like Baidu.

Data Quality and the OK Plateau
In his book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering," Joshua Foer explained that “when people first learn to use a keyboard, they improve very quickly from sloppy single-finger pecking to careful two-handed typing, until eventually the fingers move so effortlessly across the keys that the whole process becomes unconscious and the fingers seem to take on a mind of their own.”

Google changes how Android stats are collected
Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

Visualization as Process, Not Output
Roast beef sandwiches and scale models of the Eiffel Tower, in these sentences, are common nouns. Visualization, on the other hand, is a verbal noun. The word visualization encapsulates a process. And it's really that process that's the essential part, not the thing that results. A much more exciting e-mail — one that, sadly, I receive much more rarely — would be just use the verb. Something along the lines of: "Please visualize our data."

JavaScript Open Source Developers To Benefit From Enhanced jQuery
The new version of the popular JavaScript library jQuery may no longer support Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 versions, but will fully support Windows Store applications thanks to recent contributions from experts at appendTo and Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. As Olivier Bloch wrote on the MSDN blog JavaScript developers could now develop apps for Windows 8 using what they already know along with their existing JavaScript code.

What is keeping the CIO up at nights?
Simple, existing technologies, however, have the power to be disruptive. G2 Crowd's co-founder Matt Gorniak agrees that the “acceleration of the disruption” is something that ought to be at the forefront of every CIO's mind. On the flip side of this, Rob May, founder and CEO of Backupify, is concerned with “technology lock-in.” Specifically, that being locked in to a specific technology set will limit an organization's ability to be innovative in a yet-to-be-determined fashion.

The real reason why Google forked WebKit
It seems like Google has given this a lot of thought, and the company believes that it will be able to remove seven build systems and delete more than 7,000 files from its rendering engine compared to WebKit, which means some 4.5 million fewer lines of code. This has already tempted Opera to adopt Blink.

Quote for the day:

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes" -- Peter Drucker

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