Friday, July 18, 2014
Time to review some of my bookmarks ...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ever since Windows got rid of it's Start button, the world was starting to get confused. Or so I've read.
But then, a friend of mine asked me to solve something on her Win 8 laptop, knowing that I'm a guru... ha.
And so, I couldn't but to realize that the world was right. It was confusing!
And now I'm reading that Microsoft is returning it's.... let's call it launcher?
Linux desktop world has launchers with these minimum requirements:
- launch button.
- move it wherever on your side screen, horizontally or vertically.
- resize it, allow for larger icons etc.
- show the running apps, but also allow me to move them freely on the launcher.
- add the systray, clock time whatever else.
When looking at the mobile world (yes, for now Android), we also have launchers. Bit different than desktop, but I see two common points:
- Start somewhere on the screen!
- Allow user to change things, allow flexibility.
So, Linux Desktop moved on, mobile world moved on, maybe it's time for Windows to move on?
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
4 years later, here are some thoughts:
~ I've performed one upgrade, from 10.04 to 12.04 LTS (I don't remember the details ... ha)
~ as much as all my apps (including some internal ones) are working fine on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the same is not true for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. At this moment, I'm NOT ready to move upwards.
~ I'm also looking strange to Ubuntu future: Desktop / Tablets / Mobile. meh ...
~ Both Microsoft and Ubuntu should reconsider: there's no such thing as one size fits all. Give us the base OS, come up with visualization / features / usability on top, for each device. I know it's tough, but that should be the strategy. So far, on my account, both failed. But again, I might be biased, haven't bought a Win 8 mobile device, they look alien :) As for Ubuntu mobile, Mark, would you please give us back the desktop ?
Above list leads me to the current status quo: I'm stuck :) I cannot move upwards for Ubuntu 14.04, I cannot switch to Fedora (another meh ...), I won't go back to Windows. 7, of course :)
Adding another item to make things worse: the wonderful Cinnamon desktop (which I currently use under Ubuntu 12.04) lost it's apt repo, which means no more updates for me.
I'll probably reconsider Ubuntu 14.04 when I'll get my hand on another TP, so that I will not break everything .... careful with that axe Eugene ...
Edit: time to celebrate my 200th post to the blog ! let's get a beer ...
Friday, June 27, 2014
I'm refraining from making too much comments, I'm drafting several points coupled with my own experiences working in governmental engagements.
- when stakeholders say everything is ok, it usually is not.
- when stakeholders saw things crumbling down, they wanted to get things back on track within one week (sigh....). It took 5 months. With the team working 24/7 or something, having synergies in place and pumping adrenaline within the team.
- having a cache added to drop response time from 8 to 2 seconds looks familiar. This point alone really shows lack of architectural decisions in the first place.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
I added a Twitter widget to this blog, from my timeline. I find myself ranting on Twitter faster.
Also, interesting enough for me, this is the first post on the blog written from the mobile app Blogger (by Google), which I discovered a while back. So possibly my blog entries will get shorter. Or not...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
No matter what IBM's product you were faced to learn/master, you'd have to know what Infocenter means. It's almost a brand, they should keep it :)
The good news is that the new Knowledge Center seems faster: http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter
About the content quality and breadth ... we'll have to see, I maintain my confidence in the power of community contributing to DevWorks and Portal wikis
Saturday, February 08, 2014
After the install ( Eclipse Juno and WL 6.1 plugins ) I started to look around and here's the picture I've got:
a) Eclipse Juno, WL 6.1, WAS LP 8.5.x, IBM's JDK 1.6 forms the local environment which allows one developer to do the work.
Then the developer discovers Google's ADT, ADB and wonders how the heck can he build the Android .apk for the Worklight application
b) Enter ADT plugin for Eclipse, which brings in Adroid SDKs and Android Virtual Devices, with it's tooling. But these require (Sun) Oracle JDK.
So the dilemma here is: how can one developer keep Eclipse Juno with IBM's JDK, while building the Android app with Oracle JDK.
One solution might be creating two Eclipse Juno environments, one with WL 6.1 Studio, another with ADT plugin, both loading the same project. I am yet to test this.
The frustrating thing for Linux Eclipse Juno users (where I discovered the solution in a forum) is that eclipse.ini has to specify Oracle's JDK this form, and this form only [notice the lack of java binary]
Monday, July 22, 2013
First factor - something you know - your password
Second factor - something you have - the phone or a dongle or a piece of paper. Or an application, as we'll see.
Right ? That we know.
A carefully crafted two-factor authentication which I've only started to use yesterday, being forced to do so ( ha ... ) gives you these options:
1. the mobile phone - receive SMS with the codes.
2. an app on the mobile phone. Google Authenticator. This generates the codes on your mobile, and it's the missing link between the site and you, because it won't involve your mobile operator delivering the SMS messages in due time. They tend to delay SMS messages, specifically when they're overloaded (on Christmas, for example)
3. backup codes. This is the piece of paper on which you write the access keys.
4. backup mobile phone ! You can add your wife's, or your second mobile, should you lose the main device. This looks like you can have the backup dongle receiving the SMS codes.
As a user, I now have:
- the dongle: my first mobile device
- at least one second dongle: my wife's device
- the application running on the first mobile device
- the piece of paper
So yes, they've implemented this geeky method in a smart way.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
However, someone else have to be joking me, they're suggesting how to actually disable the search "All Mails and Archives", they even did a video on it !
Really, you're kidding ! Why would I want to do to that ? Recall 2009, when Radu's started to get frustrated on the exact same issue, being an early adopter and mocking upfront with this beautiful platform
So ... no no no, I'll not disable it, on contrary, I'll use it more often now !
Process for new kids on the block, I keep seeing bad usage, here's how to correct:
1. Have your local mail replicas -- NEVER use the server one, NEVER ! -- if you don't know what a Notes local replica is .... saint Google's here to help, search for "Lotus Notes local mail replicas" :)
2. Setup your archival process. Usually nowadays one archive will be enough. I still see people making one archive per year ... neah, those days are gone now !
3. Use the menu's top right hand side "All Mails and Archives" as you see in above video, just make sure you DON'T disable it ... ha
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