Does Microsoft's Surface tablet launch offer anything new?

Microsoft’s tablet finally surfaced yesterday. I was discussing it with my son and he said the whole thing reminded of the movie The Sixth Sense, which Microsoft playing the Bruce Willis part. They’re walking around, wondering what’s going on, trying to solve people’s problems and don’t realize they’re dead. People’s computing problems are directly attributable to them, not being alive and aware of how the world now...

By Arthur Hicken, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Trends.

Useless Software Predictions for 2012

crystal ball © by jerebu

It seems like everyone who is anyone is creating a list of predictions for the software industry for 2012. I decided why not jump on the bandwagon and have some fun. If nothing else, it’s a good chance to rant. So without further ado, here’s my two cents on...

By Arthur Hicken, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

The Ins and Outs of Opting

There has been another rash of security/privacy issues by major internet companies. Actually it’s more of an ongoing issue than it is a recent outbreak. And much of the ongoing trouble is related to a poor understanding of “opt in” vs “opt out” methodologies, and some pretty poor business choices in that area.

By Arthur Hicken, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Security.

Developing Clouds in the Forecast

These days it seems like everyone has their head in the cloud. At least from an interest level that is. When it comes to actually using the cloud, they’re not necessarily ready for a real cloud deployment. The conversation usually goes something like this:

Clouds © by karindalziel

“Do you support cloud?”

“Sure,...

By Arthur Hicken, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Private, VMware.

False Positives and Other Misconceptions in Static Analysis

In ongoing discussions here at the blog and elsewhere, I keep seeing the topic of false positives in static analysis come up. It’s certainly a very important issue when dealing with static analysis, but the strange thing is that people have very different opinions of what a false positive is, and therefore different opinions of what static analysis can do and how to properly use it.

In the simplest sense, a false positives means that the message that a rule was violated is incorrect, or in other words...

By Arthur Hicken, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Monitoring.

An Apple a Day

I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft Windows world. It can be a bit...

By Arthur Hicken, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Hardware, Industry.

My Favourite Open Source Software

I have a love-frustration relationship with open-source software. I could never say I hate it, because I don’t. I am however painfully aware of not only how many bad open-projects are out there, but how many almost-great ones there are that come tantalizingly close to making the grade.

We still haven’t reached the point, for example, where you can put a Linux desktop in the hands of the average consumer without good Sysadmin backup. Contrast that with the millions upon millions of windows systems...

By Arthur Hicken, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Developers, Industry, OpenSource, Trends.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Predictions

[Rant on] Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered about all the rumors and predictions that seem to dominate the technology news stream? I would hazard a guess that more top articles in the technology space are gossip or guesswork than actual reporting.

Part of this trend, perhaps the most annoying part, is the tendency to take the guesses of other people (predictions,forecasts,…) and report them as fact. Recent examples from the news:

“Sorry Android, iPad to Dominate Tablet Sales Until at Least...

By Arthur Hicken, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry.

The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

A Flash in the Page

For those of you who haven’t been following it (IE people without a smartphone), there has been a little tiff between Apple and Adobe for the last couple of years regarding Flash. I’ll discuss it more in detail shortly, but in brief, Apple decided not to include or even allow Flash to run on it’s IOS devices such as iPad and iPhone, based on their assertion of problems with CPU usage, battery life, security, and general UI issues...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Developers, Forecasts, Industry.

Hackers and Do-Gooders

What do hackers and do-gooders have in common? Well the other day when I was looking for detail on some hacking incidents, I ran across this little tidbit – Join me in Hacking Autism. I was intrigued and went to the site Hacking Autism.

What an excellent idea. Instead of hacking for fun (white-hats) or profit (black-hats) here’s developers putting their talent into helping others. Hackers as...

By Arthur Hicken, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry.

SQL Injection – When Will We Learn?

Once again a major web site has been hacked using good old-fashioned SQL injection. Over the weekend Nokia’s developer forum was hacked, resulting in a Homer Simpson face being put up on their web (funny) and the loss of names, email, and other personal for many developers (not funny). This is but the latest in a now very long string of SQL injection attacks, and personally I don’t see much excuse on the part of those attacked.

It might have been possible...

By Arthur Hicken, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Economy, Enterprise, Hacking, Industry, Infrastructure, Private, Security.