8. February 2012 13:00
How many products of major brands float under your radar, unnoticed and unevaluated? Perhaps Windows Intune is one of them, but if you are Windows system administrator – that’s the one product you should know about, whether you’re using it or not. So this post is about Windows Intune.
29. January 2012 15:00
I am beginning the series of articles about various SaaS solutions offered by various companies – some known and some that you probably haven’t heard about, and since all of them share that characteristic of being the SaaS solution, it is important to describe first what SaaS is.
In the upcoming series I am going to describe multiple SaaS services and focus on the alternative ways to have the same functionality. My goal is to describe each of them so you could understand them without digging into the documentation or waste time trying. More...
25. January 2012 09:30
All of a sudden I decided to spend one hour of this evening to make the second part of PowerShell introduction for Windows system administrators. I just noticed, that the previous part was made in… November, and having quite a few requests to continue I just couldn’t resist! So, this is pure improvisation, although I tried to make it as smooth as possible.
This time we’ll dig further into what system administrators do most – working with large arrays of data, such as files, ACL lists and finding objects by special parameters. You will learn about variables in PowerShell and how you can effectively use them. More...
16. January 2012 22:35
There are many reasons why people decide to host their web projects on notebooks. Either way, the question is not why, but how. Like everywhere else, there are pros and cons in hosting of your web application on notebook hardware, so we are going to discuss here how to do it properly and get most out of it.
Possible reasons to host your web server on a notebook
Usually people think about hosting on notebook, for one or many of these reasons:
- The price of hosting is higher than expected revenue, or no profit is expected.
- There are less than 1000 users expected to use this web project.
- The web application is not consuming much of resources.
- Notebook is powerful enough.
- You can’t sell this old notebook, but also don’t want to refurbish it, as it is still working as designed. And now you have this web project of yours that needs cheap hosting.
- Your internet connection is fast and reliable and you see no reason or have no resources to acquire new hardware and data center (DC) allocation.
- You want to host the web application on-site but want to keep your electricity bill at minimum.
- You have to make your server mobile.
14. January 2012 08:31
This article is about the product placement of Apple in the recent movie by Stieg Larsson’s “The girl with the dragon tattoo”.
I didn’t know, until today, that Apple notebooks suck so much. I mean – they should be the worst notebooks created by human kind. According to the movie, of course, as that was one of my impressions as I left the cinema.
I don’t know how much Apple paid for product placement in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – a new movie by David Fincher, featuring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara with beautiful soundtrack by Trent Reznor, but turns out that was the worst product placement I’ve ever seen. More...
13. January 2012 13:45
I thought about what some of my readers and other people said about the new feature of Google, called “Your World”, and all the concerns they had about it. The move was so smart, that it looks like Google outsmarted themselves. If to rephrase the saying “kill two hares with one shot”, the Google managed to kill the whole population of them.
And you know, I hate myself for what I am about to write, because for some reason I think it will be the first shot at the Black SEO frontier of the Battle for Relevance, but hopefully I am exaggerating the problem and it’s only in my mind. I was thinking so when I was writing the first post, too. More...
5. January 2012 01:10
This is part 4 of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 for Developers walkthrough. Last time we were speaking about the unit tests, and that was useful, but very basic foundation of what you can do in terms of Test Driven Development. However, we can conventionally separate testing in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server to 3 levels. So today we are going to talk about the second level – Advanced Testing techniques, such as Test Impact Analysis, Coded UI Tests and Load Tests.
If that’s only the middle layer of complex testing in Visual Studio 2010, what’s in the last one, you might ask? There will be test automation using Hyper-V virtualization with Virtual Machine Manager and yes, we will discuss it later as well.
But today we’ll begin with Test Impact Analysis. More...
1. January 2012 08:00
2011 was a year of great changes. For example, the SEO changed so much, that applying principles which were effective long time ago, would bring your website down. But surprisingly, the same we can say about the social networking. This post is about the dramatic changes I foresee in social networking in the year 2012.
27. December 2011 22:50
This is the 3rd post in a series of articles about Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 for developers. And this time it is about test driven development. Previous one is available here.
Test Driven Development is the concept, which dictates creating unit tests before actually writing the code. To help you to understand this, let’s assume that you are writing the calculator program. And that whole calculation process is done by a separate class named Calculator with functions such as “Addition”, “Subtraction”, “Multiplication” and “Division”.
Now, according to Test Driven Development process, you should first create the test project, and write your tests for each of these functions. Since you know what result should be given for what input (like – “2 + 2 = 4”) you can make your tests to assert, that if you are running the Addition function with parameters of 2 and 2, the result is 4. If the result is different or exception occurs – the test is failed. More...
23. December 2011 21:37
Bold title for an article, as it implies that I am not going to analyze the advantages of the subject but to prove right from the start why it is what I think it is. But the truth is – the question about e-Learning usually sounds exactly like that – why e-Learning is better, not “is it better at all” – people need an answer and they need it fast. So – here it is.
For about 3 years I’ve been working as senior mentor at New Horizons training center. I was training different kinds of people – established IT professionals and students, people coming to IT from other areas and even few ex-schoolboys. The training experience was the most precious part of that job. More...