I had an opportunity to audit a computer science class this week at
Washington University, a class that was teaching students how to write iPhone
apps. It was their final presentation, and I got to see a dozen apps that
were very impressive. As I was watching the kids present, I was thinking back
to my college days and the similarities and differences about my education.
Of course, back in my day real programmers wrote in Assembler, and maybe
Fortran. None of this object-oriented stuff had even been invented. We also
had punched cards, which is probably why I never became a programmer. In grad
school, we had video terminals because PCs were still being tinkered around
inside Silicon Valley garages.
In the Wash U class, most of the students had their own Macbooks, some better
than my own. Each was given an iPod touch to use during the semester and thi... (more)
Twitter on Ulitzer
Have we reached the point where email’s influence over our electronic lives
is waning? It is hard to imagine, especially for those of us who grew up in
the minicomputer/PC era. For two generations, email was the killer
application. It delivered information reliably and within a few minutes.
But today the properties that made email so attractive for so long are now a
liabiliity. “A few minutes” for a response is so last year, driven in no
small part by texting and cell phone ubiquity. At the same time this was
happening, wikis, blogs and social networks have begun... (more)
CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as
a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.”
As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we
can find 50 people who can sing the praises of DevOps, it can become a
movement! Trouble is, many software developers are stuck in the past. In a
2012 service virtualization survey of IT executives and managers by analyst
firm voke, only 6% of the group responded they were completely confident that
new IT applications would be delivered to market on time.
But maybe its h... (more)
Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as
many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take
over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical
infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against
Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war,
declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google
doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were
fired doesn’t make it a... (more)
Facebook on Ulitzer
If you have spent any time online using social networks like LinkedIn or
Facebook, you know they can be difficult to grow your network and add
contacts. But even harder is the ability to extract your contacts once you
have built up a reasonably sized network. None of the social networks makes
it very easy to get this information.
Why would you want to do this? Several reasons. First is the peace of mind
that you have control over your own data. Should you decide to leave the
network, or should the network decided to leave you (either for cause or for
lack of... (more)