When the wind of change blows, some build walls, others build windmills
It seems that Nikon is squarely in the wall-building camp. Original batteries for all kinds of stuff are expensive, leading to a thriving market in compatible third-party batteries. But since a modern camera is more computer than camera, (more...)
Negligence: Failure to take the care that a responsible person usually takes : lack of normal care or attention
A worrying number of organizations run outdated, unsupported software.
There might have been a time when you could install software and leave it running unchanged for decades. But your IT infrastructure (more...)
If you are working with JDeveloper 12c (12.1.2), you will probably have experienced quite a few crashes – I had several during my the live demos in my presentations at the UKOUG Tech 2013 conference in Manchester this week.
A few things that help:
- Increase memory (google “JDeveloper (more...)
This Monday, scandal-ridden Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was in the news again. Their computer systems crashed, taking with them the balance on thousands of debit cards. This left irate customers unable to pay for anything with their RBS cards on “Cyber Monday,” which was expected to be a major (more...)
I was just walking out of Security at London Heathrow and passed a small kiosk with the question “What was your experience at Security today?” and four buttons with various smileys. No travelers pressed any buttons, but passing security staff pressed the “I’m very happy” button.
I’m guessing that (more...)
Google are beginning to achieve results from their work on image recognition with neural networks. In effect, the computers have learned to recognize a few objects better than humans can. And interestingly, the humans have only programmed the learning method, but the computers have worked the recognition themselves.
With ever-increasings (more...)
Oracle is regularly putting on virtual conferences called “Virtual Developer Days” with online presentations and the possibility to ask questions in real time. The current one on ADF will be running in European time tomorrow, November 26th from 10am to 1pm Central European Time.
I’ll be presenting “Top 10 tips (more...)
Back in the 60′s and 70′s, news announcers would intone in a serious voice: “It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?”
Awareness is a good thing. And if you are in some way responsible for the servers in your organization, you want to know where your (more...)
According to security researchers, the price of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is down to between three and five dollars per hour – or a week-long attach for just $400.
Here in Denmark, someone wanting to prove a point spent about $10 to knock a piece of (more...)
You are getting a lot of email, and it doesn’t get better. There are limits to what you can do about incoming emails, but you can help others by keeping your own emails short.
Make life easier for the recipients of your emails by keeping them to five sentences or (more...)
A new startup called Coin has just started offering a credit-card sized electronic gizmo that will store any number of credit cards. In theory, you will be using your Coin card just like any other credit card or loyalty card that uses a magnetic stripe.
There are already thousands of (more...)
I heard part of the congressional hearing on the Obamacare debacle, and one commentator made the acidic remark “It was like watching people who could neither read nor write discuss a book.”
If your business does not understand the tradeoffs and complexities in your IT landscape, you need to (more...)
Here is a way you might build a IT system: The users tell you what they want, and you build what they asked for. Sometimes you get it right, especially if you have good communication with end users and an iterative approach. Sometimes you get it wrong, especially if you (more...)
I just needed some content from the Oracle Wiki. As a major enterprise software vendor, Oracle surely has a whole team managing their web presence – but apparently nobody is looking after their Wiki. It has more than a hundred content areas (called “spaces” in Oracle terminology), ranging from whole (more...)
I’m currently reading Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years
by Tom Standage. He draws the line from modern social media and the iPad back through history to roman times.
He makes the interesting point that modern one-to-many mass media is an aberration, and social media (more...)
Why does some software gather rave reviews while functionally equivalent software never takes off?
Because of a relentless focus on good user interface, exemplified in their effort on eliminating “paper cuts”.
A “paper cut” is a little interaction that is in some way annoying or not quite right. It can (more...)
I am often contacted by organizations who wants me to do consulting or architecture work. Some of these inquiries come with a stipulated maximum hourly rate, typically fairly low.
There are two problems here:
- Paying by the hour creates an incentive for the consultant to solve the problem as slowly (more...)
I’ve just read The Exclusive Inside Story of the Boston Bomb Squad’s Defining Day on Wired.
Bomb squad members are trained to use a careful, methodical approach and lots of high-tech gear to disarm explosive devices. But at the Boston Marathon, there were two blasts and they had to contend (more...)
It appears that international credit bureau company Experian was inadvertently selling private information to online criminals posing as “private investigators”. These criminals then used Social Security numbers, birthdays and drivers license records to commit identify theft. Ironically, Experian is also selling protection against identity theft to private customers…
Do you know (more...)
I was flying back from Stockholm after a conference this week, and the SAS computer system was down. But the gate agents initiated their manual boarding procedure and issued me a hand-written boarding pass.
It took longer, but eventually everyone was on board and the plane left.
Do you (more...)