Daily Tech Digest - July 30, 2022

Google Drive vs OneDrive: Which cloud solution is right for you?

Google Drive is host to the majority of the cloud storage features that individuals have come to expect. Even with the free plan, users get access to a web interface, a mobile app, and sharing settings that can be adjusted at the admin level. Microsoft OneDrive users will enjoy similar functionality, including automatic syncing, where users indicate the files and folders they want to be backed up, so they are automatically synced with copies in the cloud. One of the biggest divides facing users when determining whether Google Drive or OneDrive is the best fit for them concerns their operating system of choice. ... Fans of Word, Excel, and the like, can still use Google Drive but may have to convert documents into Docs, Sheets, and other Google-made alternatives. That’s not a major issue but might affect how you perceive the performance of each cloud solution. Although there’s not much to choose from in terms of performance, it’s worth pointing out that Microsoft Office, which is usually employed as an offline tool, will take up more storage space than Google Workspace, which can be accessed via your web client. If storage is a major concern for you, this might be worth keeping in mind.

XaaS isn’t everything — and it isn’t serviceable

BPOs and XaaS do share a characteristic that might, in some situations, be a benefit but in most cases is a limitation, namely, the need to commoditize. This requirement isn’t a matter of IT’s preference for simplification, either. It’s driven by business architecture’s decision-makers’ preference for standardizing processes and practices across the board. This might not seem to be an onerous choice, but it can be. Providing a service that operates the same way to all comers no matter their specific and unique needs might cut immediate costs but can be, in the long run, crippling. Imagine, for example, that Human Resources embraces the Business Services Oriented Architecture approach, offering up Human Resources as a Service to its internal customers. As part of HRaaS it provides Recruiting as a Service (RaaS). And to make the case for this transformation it extols the virtues of process standardization to reduce costs. Imagine, then, that you’re responsible for Store Operations for a highly seasonal retailer, one that has to ramp up its in-store staffing from Black Friday through Boxing Day. 

Myth Busting: 5 Misconceptions About FinOps

“FinOps is an evolving cloud financial management discipline and cultural practice that enables organizations to get maximum business value by helping engineering, finance, technology and business teams to collaborate on data-driven spending decisions.” ... With traditional procurement models, central teams retained visibility and control over expenditures. While this would add layers of time and effort to purchases, this was accepted as a worthwhile tradeoff. Part of the reason for FinOps has come into existence is that it enables teams to break away from the rigid, centrally controlled procurement models that used to be the norm. Rather than having a finance team that acts as a central gatekeeper and bottleneck, FinOps enables teams to fully leverage opportunities available for automation in the cloud. Compared to rigid, monthly, or quarterly budget cycles—and being blindsided by cost overruns long after the fact—teams move to continuous optimization. Real-time reporting and just-in-time processes are two of the core principles of FinOps. 

Selenium vs Cypress: Does Cypress Replace Selenium?

Cypress test framework captures snapshots during test execution. It enables QAs or software developers to hover over a precise command in the Command Log to notice exactly what happened at that specific phase. One does not require adding implicit or explicit wait commands in testing scripts, unlike Selenium. It waits for assertions and commands automatically. QAs or Developers can use Stubs, Clocks, and Spies to validate and control the behavior of server responses, timers, or functions. The automatic scrolling operation makes sure that the component is in view prior to performing any activity (for instance Clicking on a button). Previously Cypress supported only Google Chrome tests but, with current updates, Cypress now offers support for Mozilla Firefox as well as Microsoft Edge browsers. As the developers or programmer writes commands, this tool executes them in real-time, giving visual feedback as they run. It also carries brilliant documentation. Test execution for a local Se Grid can be ported to function with a cloud-based Selenium Grid with the least effort.

5 Advanced Robotics And Industrial Automation Technologies

One of the most critical advances in robotics and industrial automation technologies is the development of autonomous vehicles. These vehicles can drive themselves, making them safer and more efficient than traditional vehicles. Autonomous vehicles can be used in a variety of ways. For example, they can be used to transport goods around a factory. They can also be used to help people search for objects or people. In all cases, autonomous vehicles are much safer than traditional vehicles. As autonomous vehicles become more common, they will significantly impact the automotive industry. They will reduce the time people need to spend driving cars. They will also reduce the number of accidents that happen on the road. ... One of the most critical safety features of advanced robotics and industrial automation technologies is their danger detection systems. These systems help to protect workers from dangerous situations. One type of danger detection system is the automatic emergency braking system. This system uses cameras and sensors to detect obstacles on the road and brake automatically if necessary.

How to use the Command pattern in Java

The Command pattern is one of the 23 design patterns introduced with the Gang of Four design patterns. Command is a behavioral design pattern, meaning that it aims to execute an action in a specific code pattern. When it was first introduced, the Command pattern was sometimes explained as callbacks for Java. While it started out as an object-oriented design pattern, Java 8 introduced lambda expressions, allowing for an object-functional implementation of the Command pattern. This article includes an example using a lambda expression in the Command pattern. As with all design patterns, it's very important to know when to apply the Command pattern, and when another pattern might be better. Using the wrong design pattern for a use case can make your code more complicated, not less. We can find many examples of the Command pattern in the Java Development Kit, and in the Java ecosystem. One popular example is using the Runnable functional interface with the Thread class. Another is handling events with an ActionListener.

Singleton Design Pattern in C# .NET Core – Creational Design Pattern

The default constructor of the Singleton class is private, by making the constructor private the client code has been restricted from directly creating the instance of the Singleton class. In absence of the public constructor, the only way to get the object of the Singleton class is to use the global method to request an object i.e. the static GetInstance() method in the Singleton class should be used to get the object of the class. The GetInstance() method creates the object of the Singleton class when it is called for the first time and returns that instance. All the subsequent requests for objects to the GetInstance() method will get the same instance of the Singleton class which was already created during the first request. This standard implementation is also known as lazy instantiation as the object of the singleton class is created when it is required i.e. when there is a request for the object to the GetInstance() method. The main problem with the standard implementation is that it is not thread-safe. Consider a scenario where 2 different requests hit the GetInstances() method at the same time so in that case, there is a possibility that two different objects might get created by both the requests.

Here’s when to use data visualization tools, and why they’re helpful

Successful data visualization tools will help you understand your audience, set up a clear framework to interpret data and draw conclusions, and tell a visual story that might not come off as clean and concise with raw data points. Data visualization tools—when used properly—will help to better tell a given story and make it possible to better pull information, see trending patterns, and draw conclusions from large data sets. Data visualization tools also lean into a more aesthetically pleasing approach to mapping and tracking data. It goes beyond simply pasting information onto a pie chart and instead uses design know-how, color theory, and other practices to ensure information is presented in an interesting but easy-to-understand manner. Although data visualization tools have always been popular in the design space, the right data visualization tools can aid just about any field of work or personal interest. For example, data visualization tools can help journalists and editors track trending news stories to better understand reader interest.

9 Tips for Modernizing Aging IT Systems

Once you’ve identified where the failures are in aging systems, compute the costs in fixes, patches, upgrades, and add-ons to bring the system up to modern requirements. Now add any additional costs likely to be incurred in the near future to keep this system going. Compare the total to other available options, including a new or newer system. “While this isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, the last 2.5 years have proven just how quickly priorities can change,” says Brian Haines, chief strategy officer for FM:Systems, an integrated workspace management system software provider. “Rather than investing in point solutions that may serve the specific needs of the organization today, a workplace tech solution that offers the ability to add or even remove certain functions later to the same system means organizations can more efficiently respond to ever-changing business, employee, workplace, visitor and even asset needs going forward.” “This also helps IT teams drastically reduce the time needed to shop for, invest in, and deploy a separate solution that may or may not be compatible,” Haines adds.

CISA Post-Quantum Cryptography Initiative: Too Little, Too Late?

Mike Parkin, senior technical engineer at Vulcan Cyber, a provider of SaaS for enterprise cyber risk remediation, agreed that the move comes a little late, but said CISA’s initiative is still a good step. “People have been saying for years that the development of quantum computing would lead to the end of cryptography as we know it,” he said. “With developments in the field bringing us closer to a usable quantum computer, it’s past time to think about how to deal with the future of cryptography.” He pointed out the modern internet relies heavily on cryptography across the board, and quantum computing has the potential to break a lot of that encryption, rendering it effectively useless. “That, in turn, would effectively break many of the internet services we’ve all come to rely on,” Parkin said. “Quantum computing is not yet to the point of rendering conventional encryption useless—at least that we know of—but it is heading that way.” He said he believes the government is in the position to set encryption standards and expectations for normal use and can work closely with industry to make sure the standards are both effective and practical.

Quote for the day:

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -- Herman Melville

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