|“We in the software community are new to kanban, and it is easy to get a bit too enthusiastic, and unintentionally change the meaning of kanban when we discuss it.”
Henrik Mårtensson, Defining Kanba
Kanban is used by in both lean and agile software development methodologies. Henrik explains that the kanban boards filled with sticky notes used by software developers are work-in-progress (WIP) kanban cards.
Scott Miller says
Each sticker or card represents a task at a small level – design login screen, develop reservation stored procedure, test login (the smaller the task the better). The stickers/cards may also be agile user stories. In addition, there are usually columns for “To Do”, “Active”, “Failed Test”, and “Complete”. There may also be columns for the different teams that are touching the task.
The task is moved along from one column to the next and everyone on the team can see what the status is and what task is due next, without everyone needing a copy of Microsoft Project on their PC’s (not that there’s anything wrong with that…). This also empowers the development team to be a “pull” system. A developer can pull a card from the “To Do” column and work on it. The project manager can see what the status is at any moment.
|CDP is like video and snapshots are like photos.
Lauren Whitehouse, as quoted in How continuous data protection is used today
As a result, CDP minimizes the loss of data in case of a failure. With snapshots, all data between a failure and the latest snapshot is lost.
|Autonomous, intelligent robots are great, but when they look like classic Transformers characters they’re even better.|
The handiwork of Mellon University’s Tekkotsu lab, the Chiara Robot has six independent legs, a claw arm with six degrees of freedom, and a combination of webcam and IR rangefinder for spotting objects and obstacles. Even better, this is no simple lab project: the Chiara Robot will actually be manufactured and sold by RoPro Design.
I admit, Chiara is cool, but I don’t think it’s got the beat when it comes to looking like a classic Transformer character. The WR-07, created by Nakamura san at Himeji Soft Works, is a robot that morphs from car to humanoid and back.
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|Google intern Scott Suiter went to Times Square and asked 50 random people three simple questions:
“What is a browser?”
“Do you know the difference between a browser and a search engine?”
“What browser do you use?”
JayWalking, if you’re not a Tonight Show fan, was a popular man-on-the-street interview segment where former host Jay Leno would stop pedestrians and ask them questions about American history, current events and other things a fifth grader would probably know. The more stupid the answers, the funnier the segment.
It’s pretty clear just from this little micro-survey that people were confused about the difference between a browser and a search engine.
The question is, does it really matter?
I don’t type in “http://” anymore. I rarely type in “www.” What I do instead sets my husband’s teeth right on edge because it’s so lazy. You see, sometimes I’ll search right from my browser window.
If you’re still pulling up the Google home page to begin your search, try skipping that step. Open IE or Firefox and in the browser toolbar where it says “address,” type in your query —
And then imagine a whole generation of kids growing up doing the same thing. They don’t care if they’re using the right window or the right word. Would you be embarrassed because you called a generic bathroom tissue a “Kleenex?” Or feel stupid if you called the HP office machine that copies and collates a “Xerox machine” instead of a photocopier? Nah. And that’s about how important any of this stuff is going to be to the next generation.
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The video ends by saying “Less than 8% of the people who were interviewed on this day knew what a browser was.”
|Hewlett-Packard Co. admitted several years ago to using Web bugs to spy on reporters during an internal investigation of news media leaks by board members.|
There’s some buzz right now about whether or not HTML email is so insecure that it’s never a good idea. That means that Web bugs are back in the news. If you missed the HP story the first time around, a company rep testified in front of a House of Representatives subcommittee about bugging emails to find corporate leaks to the press. They used a service called readnotify.com
ReadNotify’s service makes bugging e-mail a matter of pointing and clicking. The ReadNotify Web page will generate a document with an image. This image, a green check mark, can simply be dragged and dropped into the document that needs to be traced. The check mark becomes transparent after being dropped.
Web bugs aren’t illegal. Marketers use them to track email blasts to see how many emails were actually opened and synchronize browser cookies so a returning visitor gets served relevant ads.
“The video has ignited a longstanding debate within the partner communities of Microsoft and VMware over which company has the better approach to virtualization. In Microsoft’s view, virtualization is a feature of the operating system, while VMware represents an unnecessary — and expensive — extra layer. VMWare counters that Microsoft’s virtualization isn’t sophisticated enough for the needs of enterprises.”Kevin McLaughlin, VMware Apologizes To Microsoft For Hyper-V Bashing
Scott Drummonds, a technical marketing manager at VMware, admitted that he exercised bad judgment in posting the video and said he has removed it from Youtube. “Unfortunately, my intention to stir the pot with eye-poking banter has put my credibility and by association VMware’s credibility in question among some of you. For this I apologize,”
|And now with a huge portion of the COBOL workforce retiring (i.e. baby boomers) there is a sense of panic as the ecosystem is threatened by a looming shortage of staff and a scramble to snatch up those few green screen programmers remaining. So here are my questions: Did nobody see this coming? Was anybody paying attention? And what lessons will we learn from this that we can apply to our own little ecosystems of java, PHP, Ruby, and .NET?
Kristina Podnar, A Call for Application Portfolio Management
|“There are far too many valuable resources, too much valuable capital and especially too much human skill and know-how embedded in America’s manufacturing sector to allow it to go to waste.”
Vice President Biden, speaking in Perrysburg, Ohio
Tuesday, June 23rd, Vice President Biden and the Middle Class Task Force went to Perrysburg, Ohio to promote manufacturing. The Vice President hosted a discussion on the state of manufacturing. From what I could gather reading through the local news feeds,”retooling” and “renewable energy” were the buzzwords-of-the-day. If you’re a discrete manufacturer for automobile parts, for instance, you might want to picture yourself making parts for wind turbines or solar panels instead.
Electronic theorists have been using the wrong pair of variables all these years–voltage and charge. The missing part of electronic theory was that the fundamental pair of variables is flux and charge.Leon Chua as quoted in ‘Missing link’ memristor created: Rewrite the textbooks?
A memristor can be thought of as a resistor that changes its resistance depending on the amount of current that’s sent through it — and the big deal is that it retains its resistance even after the power is turned off. Memristors are in the news again because engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed flexible memristor-like electronic memory chips. It could be big news for consumer electronics because it opens up the possibility that memory chips can be printed just as simply and inexpensively as overhead transparencies.
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