A recent study by the Vouchecrloud.net revealed the ignorance of Americans when it comes to technology. 2400 people were polled on their technology prowess. Common terms such as SEO and USB were some of the acronyms that many Americans had no clue about. For instance, many of the people polled thought that “USB” was an acronym for a country in Europe. Less than a quarter of people correctly identified SEO as Search Engine Optimization. Maybe it because I have been in this industry so long and these terms are played out and old school, but this is a “like duh” moment for Americans everywhere!
The funniest thing – the poll exposed was that people seriously though that a gigabyte was an insect commonly found in South America…really people? Ok I am jaded, but please, no one even calls it a gigabyte…it is simple a gig…like duh! Another funny one is MP3. Many of those polled thought it was the robot from Star Wars…what kind of Star Wars people are these…hello everyone know that the robot is R2-D2, even me, who has never seen the movie. Ok back off…yes I haven’t seen Star Wars…so what!
R2-D2 or MP3…you decide?
I guess I really am surprised my how many people did not recognize terms such as SEO and MP3. These acronyms almost seem antiquated and trite to us techies. But I think we have bigger fish to fry when most Americans do not know all of the states in the union or who the current vice president is. A little peek outside of my bubble reveals to me that what I thought was commonplace is nothing short of rocket science! BTW, I think my parents were part of the 2400 polled…just kidding!
In the world of connected cars Apple has announced their latest addition to the dashboard. At the Geneva Auto Show, Apple reveled CarPlay, the application that will put more apps into the dashboard and connect millions of iPhone users to their cars. This is Apple’s first taste of the car industry and hopefully we will all benefit from this long overdue technology.
CarPlay will not dominate the dashboard however. It will have to share space with the existing auto information platforms. Apple’s CarPlay has 11 automotive partners, including GM, Honda, and Hyundai. All of which have a framework of their own that Apple will have to integrate with. Apple will have to run in tandem with the existing software. Apple will also have to compete with the Android market, as connected cars integrate this technology also.
Apple’s CarPlay Connects your iPhone to your car.
So Apple’s CarPlay has a long road ahead to make it into your car! Buckle up it may be a while before you are texting from your dashboard console or googling while driving. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait!
So, with reports of another ice storm possibly headed our way (we are in TX btw), along with the absolute havoc winter weather has wreaked throughout so much of the U.S. this winter, I’ve been thinking about what a difference a few years can make…
Not all that long ago, a winter storm meant I was dead in the water productivity-wise. I couldn’t get out and see clients. All my systems/info were at my office (which I couldn’t safely get to)! And even if I had the necessary contact with me, you didn’t want to make business calls from your home phone.
Fast forward to earlier this month. Our “Ice Day” was one of the most productive days I’ve had in a long time. I still couldn’t get out, of course; but I had access to everything I needed! I locked myself in my home office, hunkered down, and focused. For like 6 hours!!! This worked because all our systems are virtual. I have access from anywhere with a web connection, which is practically anywhere. And there happens to be a damn good one at my house. (Thanks, AT&T U-verse!) Plus, with VoIP technology, you can call from all sorts of places, from your laptop, smartphone, maybe even your tablet, and it looks like you’re sitting at your desk. Not only that, but enough other people are also using these solutions that you can actually reach someone. Someone who is also probably sitting at home in sweatpants, but creating the illusion that they’re in the office, too. All through the miracle of modern science. And with things like Google Voice, ZoHo, Dropbox, Sugarsync, Google Apps, Office 365, etc. it doesn’t even have to cost an arm and a leg. Heck, some of those are free.
Guess what? This stuff isn’t just good for ice days. It’s 2014. You pretty much have to be productive and effective outside the office. Do you know ANYONE who goes to the office and sits at a desk for 8 hours a day anymore? Yeah, me neither.
A little research and some cheap/free tools can turn you into a remote beast!
Enjoy the weather.
Lenovo recently purchased Motorola from Google. The 2.91 billion dollar transaction may bode well for the 400 employees located the upscale Chicago suburb Libertyville, but right here at home in Fort Worth things a looking a little dismal. The folks in Fort Worth that depend indirectly on Motorola for a paycheck may be a tad nervous. The people working the Moto Xlen assembly line, run by a subcontractor called Flextronics may be in trouble.
On the conference call following the announcement Lenovo was vague about their plans for the Fort Worth manufacturing plant and its employees. The implications were that the relationship with the Fort Worth Flextronics facility may not continue. This announcement certainly leaves employees feeling tenuous about their jobs. However, Flextronics tried to ease their fears, when the CEO claimed that they had a “fabulous relationship” with Lenovo. However these smoking mirrors do not mean that jobs at the Fort Worth assembly line are safe. We are all waiting with bated breath to see if Fort Worth jobs will go down with this deal!
“Project Google Glass (sometimes referred to as “Project Glass“) is one of the most innovative feats the search Giant has undertaken. It is the idea of a wearable accessory (much like glasses) that will allow you to interact with your device and surroundings through augmented reality.” This
See video here.
This cybernetic eye-wear seems to be perfect for cops. The NYPD has already started using the glasses to have the ability to record audio/video during investigations or interactions with suspects or the public. However, this technology comes at a high price… so high the NYPD can only afford a few pairs. The hope is for the NYPD to develop their own glasses to pull up police records, warrants, etc. and distributing it internally.
Of course the civil liberty folks are in an uproar protecting criminals…shocking! Look I want a pair to protect me from everyone… criminals, sick people, mean people and the list continues! Google can you please lower the price so we can all feel protected!
Test driven development is a programming technique that emphasizes writing tests that will check the functionality of the application’s code before you actually write it into the development application. Explicit by the name, we will let the test drive our development. Basically, the idea is that, we write testing code before we start to write the REAL code and the only goal for our REAL code is to make the testing code pass. The basic 3 step process will be as follows:
1). Write a test that specifies a bit of functionality.
2). Ensure the test fails. (You haven’t built the functionality yet!)
3). Write only the code necessary to make the test pass.
So why do Test Driven Development or TDD? What do we gain from using TDD?
Here are 2 points:
1). When our tests pass without errors or failures, we can be certain that our application works just as we want it to—given that we wrote our tests well!
2). Second, by first setting the goal (the testing code) and then implementing it, it will make the coding a lot easier and concise. To understand the idea of TDD is extremely important.
Make sure you understand it, and then let’s start
We love Microsoft’s Entity Framework and the MVC framework. Put together, they make development a lot easier because they take care of a lot of the heavy lifting. As a bonus, they help make applications more structured, more easily testable and more fun to work on. Below are some steps for setting up a Code First entity framework MVC4 project in Visual Studio:
1. Define the model
2. Create the DBcontext
3. Add a connection string
4. Add a data initializer
5. Set the initializer in global.asax.cs
6. Add the DBcontext object to a view order to test
As with all technologies, it takes a while to get comfortable with how to apply these steps in an accurate manner. This is in part because most tutorials focus on the details. They explain how to use a given technology, pattern or framework, however it is often hard to find a practical ‘use case’.
Here is a link to some practical use cases:
2. Unit Testing
3. Paging ans Sorting
To create a file system Website
1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express.
2. On the File menu, click New WebSite.
3. Under Installed Templates, click Visual Basic or C# and then select ASP.NET Web Site.
4. In the Web Location box, select File System, and then enter the name of the folder where you want to keep the pages of your Web site.
5. Click OK.
Here is a link to some free ASP.NET templates
The introduction of the bitcoin, a digital currency may change the way the chips fall! Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. Last week, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino will begin collecting the digital currency that merchants increasingly are starting to accept. The two downtown Vegas properties, which share an owner, will accept the currency at five locations, including their front desks and the D’s Gift Shop. Guests also can use the currency at the D Hotel’s American Coney Island hot dog shop and Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.
The Bitcoin purchases will be processed through BitPay, which allows merchants to accept Bitcoins just as they would Visa, MasterCard or Paypal. Bitpay offers an easy bitcoin shopping solution. Bitcoin has been around for years, but it is slowly gaining traction among mainstream merchants. Last week, online discount retailer Overstock.com began accepting Bitcoins. Will this be the end of cash and chips?