March 21, 2014

Google tightens HTTPS protections in Gmail in light of government snooping
"Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email," Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail Security Engineering Lead, wrote in a blog post Thursday. He highlighted the security benefits of having HTTPS permanently on. "Today's change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail's servers -- no matter if you're using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet," Lidzborski wrote

Technology focus in securing BYOD is a mistake, say experts
“Any enterprise cannot apply appropriate controls before it understands how employees are using mobile technology and it does a risk assessment to ascertain if there are any privacy issues,” he said. Many organisations fail to define what they are trying to protect, said Paul Swarbrick, global CISO at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright. “The biggest danger of BYOD is not understanding the risks,” he said. “Security should not be about the technology; it should be about the data and protecting that data wherever it is used, and about educating employees to access data securely," said Swarbrick.

On Handling Dates in SQL
The date fields contain non-negative integer values, constrained by the natural rules for dates using the Common Era calendar. Please note a few things you might not think about if you are not a “data junkie” who stayed up to watch the leap-second one night. There is no year zero. There are no negative years, either. The correct postfix is “CE”, and “BCE” for “Common Era” and “Before Common Era” dates, replacing AD (“Anno Domini ') and BC (“Before Christ). Standard SQL also has an INTERVAL data type. This is a “mixed measurement”, made up of temporal fields, just as we Americans mix feet and inches.

Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e review: Room-based HD video conferencing
Logitech has maximised layout flexibility by connecting everything via a small (9.5cm by 7.4cm by 3.4cm, 50g) powered USB 2.0 hub. You get 5-metre (16-foot) Mini-DIN cables for attaching the camera and the speakerphone, and a 3m (10ft) USB 2.0 cable for connecting to the PC or Mac that's hosting the video conference. If you want to keep the hub and wiring out of the way, you can use the provided mounting kit to attach it to the underside of a desk or table. The CC3000e is officially compatible with a range of UC platforms, including Microsoft's Lync and Skype, Cisco's WebEx and Jabber, Vidyo and the Logitech-owned LifeSize ClearSea.

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps
With Microsoft's release of OneNote for the Mac and iOS , and its announcement that the Windows application is now free as well, the company has taken dead aim at the popular program Evernote. The two applications now both work on the same platforms (including mobile OSes such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone), sync your notes to your devices and include Web-based versions. But they also have some very distinct differences. So which is better?

Unleashing Creativity
The authors of this paper examined eight managerial competencies that have been recognized as promoting creativity and innovation, and measured whether supervisors’ success or failure at implementing these competencies corresponded to organizational outcomes. After providing their demographic information, employment history, and record of management training, a diverse group of 1,337 supervisors from 19 countries took an Internet-based test designed to gauge their abilities to elicit creativity.

The world's unlikely leader in mobile payments: Kenya
"The idea of mobile banking was born in Kenya," said Calestous Juma, the director of the science, technology, and globalization department at Harvard and a recognized authority on technology and development in Africa. "Africans did not invent mobile phones, but they invented a new way of using mobile phones, which is for money transfer." If Africans had waited to invent their own phones, Juma said, they wouldn't have been able to take advantage of this opportunity and create a new market.

Shortage of Project Managers Sends Businesses Scrambling
The problem isn't a lack of project management professionals overall, says Bashrum, but rather it's finding experienced, senior talent. Add to that the larger issues of shortsighted hiring practices, a lack of competency planning, and a reduced focus on training and development, and many companies' business objectives are at risk, according to the study. "Finding and retaining junior project managers is not so much the problem; it is really the mid-level and senior PMs who are so difficult to find," says Bashrum.

Why HR Pros will Turn to Video Conferencing in 2016
The survey also showed that video is becoming more pervasive for Human Resources teams across the globe. When asked to choose their preferred methods of business communication today, HR respondents ranked video conferencing as a top-three tool for communications, placing third (46 per cent) after email (88 per cent) and voice/conference calls (62 per cent). Other methods of business communications these HR executives said they use included Web conferencing, instant messaging and social media.

Offloading Work from Your Application with a Queue
You can always improve your application's response time by doing less. One way of doing less is to move tasks offline for processing later. "Later" in this case might mean "this evening" or even "five seconds later on another computer." The easiest way to do that is to have your application write the necessary information to a Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) and have another application read it and process the information. The queue can even be transactional; should you roll back the transaction, your MSMQ entries will also be backed out.

Quote for the day:

"Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself." -- Richard M. Nixon

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