Entries by Alan Zeichick

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Securely disposing of computers with spinning or solid state drives

Can someone steal the data off your old computer? The short answer is yes. A determined criminal can grab the bits, including documents, images, spreadsheets, and even passwords. If you donate, sell or recycle a computer, whoever gets hold of it can recover the information in its hard drive or solid-state storage (SSD). The platform doesn’t […]

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Oracle’s reputation as community steward of Java EE is mixed

What’s it going to mean for Java? When Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems that was one of the biggest questions on the minds of many software developers, and indeed, the entire industry. In an April 2009 blog post, “Oracle, Sun, Winners, Losers,” written when the deal was announced (it closed in January 2010), I predicted, Winner: Java. Java […]

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Pick up… or click on… the latest issue of Java Magazine

The newest issue of the second-best software development publication is out – and it’s a doozy. You’ll definitely want to read the July/August 2016 issue of Java Magazine. (The #1 publication in this space is my own Software Development Times. Yeah, SD Times rules.) Here is how Andrew Binstock, editor-in-chief of Java Magazine, describes the latest […]

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NetGear blinked – will continue VueZone video cloud service

Thank you, NetGear, for taking care of your valued customers. On July 1, the company announced that it would be shutting down the proprietary back-end cloud services required for its VueZone cameras to work – turning them into expensive camera-shaped paperweights. See “Throwing our IoT investment in the trash thanks to NetGear.” The next day, I […]

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Internet over Carrier Pigeon? There’s a standard for that

There are standards for everything, it seems. And those of us who work on Internet things are often amused (or bemused) by what comes out of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). An oldie but a goodie is a document from 1999, RFC-2549, “IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service.” An RFC, or Request […]

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A response from NetGear regarding the VueZone IoT trashcan story

Thank you, NetGear, for the response to my July 11 opinion essay for NetworkWorld, “Throwing our IoT investment in the trash thanks to NetGear.” In that story, I used the example of our soon-to-be-obsolete VueZone home video monitoring system: At the end of 2017, NetGear is turning off the back-end servers that make VueZone work […]

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Coding in the Fast Lane: The Multi-Threaded Multi-Core World of AMD64

I wrote five contributions for an ebook from AMD Developer Central — and forgot entirely about it! The book, called “Surviving and Thriving in a Multi-Core World: Taking Advantage of Threads and Cores on AMD64,” popped up in this morning’s Google Alerts report. I have no idea why! Here are the pieces that I wrote for the book, […]

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Ten-and-a-half years of my Steelcase Think office chair and I still love it

After more than a decade of near daily use, I still love my Steelcase Think chair. Today is cleaning day at CAHQ (Camden Associates Headquarters). That means dusting/cleaning the furniture, as well as moving piles of papers from one part of the office to another. As part of the gyrations, we flipped my trusty Steelcase Think upside down, […]

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SharePoint 2016 On-Premises – Better than ever with a bright future

Excellent story about SharePoint in ComputerWorld this week. It gives encouragement to those who prefer to run SharePoint in their own data centers (on-premises), rather than in the cloud. In “The Future of SharePoint,” Brian Alderman writes, In case you missed it, on May 4 Microsoft made it loud and clear it has resuscitated SharePoint […]

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Beyond the fatal Tesla crash: Security and connected autonomous cars

Was it a software failure? The recent fatal crash of a Tesla in Autopilot mode is worrisome, but it’s too soon to blame Tesla’s software. According to Tesla on June 30, here’s what happened: What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across […]

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Crash! Down goes Google Calendar — cloud services are not perfect

Cloud services crash. Of course, non-cloud-services crash too — a server in your data center can go down, too. At least there you can do something, or if it’s a critical system you can plan with redundancies and failover. Not so much with cloud services, as this morning’s failure of Google Calendar clearly shows. The photo […]

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MEF LSO Hackathon at Euro16 brings together open source, open standards

The MEF recently conducted its second LSO Hackathon at a Rome event called Euro16. You can read my story about it here in DiarioTi: LSO Hackathons Bring Together Open Standards, Open Source. Alas, my coding skills are too rusty for a Hackathon, unless the objective is to develop a fully buzzword compliant implementation of “Hello World.” […]

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When do we want automated emails? Now!

I can hear the protesters. “What do we want? Faster automated emails! When do we want them? In under 20 nanoseconds!” Some things have to be snappy. A Web page must load fast, or your customers will click away. Moving the mouse has to move the cursor without pauses or hesitations. Streaming video should buffer rarely and […]

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Celebrating Ada Lovelace and doubling the talent pool

Despite some recent progress, women are still woefully underrepresented in technical fields such as software development. There are many academic programs to bring girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at various stages in their education, from grade school to high school to college. Corporations are trying hard. It’s not enough. We all need to […]