Archive | January, 2012

Quora: Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3? – Quora

Is it the developer’s fault? Is it a management issue? Bad methodology, or lack thereof? Or is it ingrained in the nature of the process?

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Red Hat’s Aeolus to ‘out-Linux’ Rackspace’s cloud

Red Hat’s engineers are building Aeolus, a software suite to spin up, manage and deploy applications from physical and virtual servers to any public or private cloud.

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The Five Stages of Hosting (Pinboard Blog)

1. The Monastery
2. The Dorm Room
3. The Apartment
4. The Condo
5. The Stately Manor

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The Coming Tech-led Boom – WSJ.com

In January 2012, we sit again on the cusp of three grand technological transformations with the potential to rival that of the past century. All find their epicenters in America: big data, smart manufacturing and the wireless revolution.

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Gates Paying Murdoch For System To Track U.S. Kids’ School Progress – Slashdot

The Gates Foundation has ponied up $76.5 million for a controversial student data tracking initiative that’s engaged Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation to ‘build the open software that will allow states to access a shared, performance-driven marketplace of free and premium tools and content.’ If you live in CO, IL, NC, NY, MA, LA, GA, or DE, it’s coming soon to a public school near you.

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Visualized Git best practices for team: branch, merge, rebase

1 – Stop using GUI for git, seriously, it’s not that many commands
2 – Be safe, branch out, commit often, merge often
3 – Git rebase to be used on the current branch
4 – Replace git pull with git pull –rebase

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Support Details – Tech Support Management

Website showing OS, IP address, flash version etc for the visiting computer

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Kaplan’s SAT On-Demand Course Wins 2011 EDDIE Award

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kaplan Test Prep’s SAT On Demand course has been recognized as the top high school “Test Tool Website” in ComputED’s 2011 Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE Awards). The EDDIE Awards, now in its 16th year, recognize innovative programs and websites that augment classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Winners are selected from around the world and judged on academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach and management system.

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Workless – basic HTML5 base template filled with goodies

Workless aims to help you by offering a basic HTML5 base template filled with goodies to get you up and running on every project you do as quickly as possible.

At it’s core Workless is simply a mashup of all the things I like about HTML5 Boilerplate and Twitter Bootstrap with some additional stuff which I tend to use on every project such as PrettyPhoto for lightboxes, Tipsy for tooltips, Prettify for styling and colorizing code and various other bits and pieces.

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Java is dead? 9 million devs disagree | zeroturnaround.com

Java is still pretty darn cool: consider the widespread applicability and excellent engineering behind the JVM platform, the clarity of syntax, the rich ecosystem of tools and libraries and the fact that Oracle says there are over 9 million Java developers out there

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