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File Transfer Without Wires!

Most of us own a smartphone (w/camera) and/or a tablet (w/camera). So HOW do you transfer all those pictures to your laptop/desktop?

Do you:

A – use a “cloud service” (like dropbox)?

B – Use a memory card?

C – a usb cable

D – ????

I just found a BETTER WAY – WiFi File Transfer by smarterDroid (yep – this is an Android tool 😉 It comes in two “versions”: A FREE one and a paid for one ($1.40 – yes a dollar forty) the free one is limited to 5mb files.

To use it, just download from the play store (look for wifi file) to your droid device(s).. fire it up.. open a browser to the ip address:port specified and have at it.

NOTE: The app is really a web server and you are connectling directly – NOT thru a “cloud service” so your data is protected.

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FireFox 23 will be a Game Changer w/https sites

There’s an option in FF (version 18.0 and up) called:
security.mixed_content.block_active_content

When FF 23 is released (20.0 is the current release) this option will be enabled by default. What this means is ANY “mixed” https page will NOT load non https content.

So if you have constructed a site that has any http links in it and your site is on SSL (https) then users will experience “failures”.

QUES: Is this a good thing?

ANS: YES! Attacks using “bad links” are buried in https sites everywhere. You typically see a popup asking if you want to display the “non-https” content. When you do you take a BIG risk of infecting your system, getting hacked, etc. KUDOS to the FF team for taking this step to block non-https data by default!

I would strongly suggest you test this out NOW to make sure things will work right when FF 23 is released. Using FF 18.0 and up you simply need to:
A – key in about:config in the url/address line
B – search for the key: security.mixed_content.block_active_content
C – change the value to true

 

FYI – Chrome has already made such a change (you get a warning)..

 

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SalesLogix Mobile Web Application 2.0 – A Video

A while back there was a video made/posted by the SalesLogix Training group on the Mobile Web Application (version 1.x). Along with the recent release of SalesLogix Version 8.0 was the release of Mobile 2.0.

2.0 builds on the the original functionality of the 1.x release (specifically 1.2) and gives us a much nicer (mobile) user experience. One of the things I especially like are what are called “List Actions” (I call them “Immediate Actions”). “IA’s” are available on all of the “List Views”. You get to them by simply clicking on the Icon (rather than the text) and they appear  in a new line just below the list item.

For a look at “IA’s” and other things, jump over to uTube and take a look:

 

Oh yes, you do NOT have to upgrade your 7.5.4 SalesLogix to 8.0 to run Mobile 2.0 – BUT there are some features which ONLY work with 8.0 (SData).  I’ll be posting just what these things are in a future blog.

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Finally – One Place for all things Web Development?

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Only time will tell.

On Monday, October 8, 2012 there was an announcement by W3C on the alpha release of Web Platform Docs.  The purpose of this is to establish a single point/place where we all can go for “All Things Web Development”.

Her’s a blog posting by Jean Paoli (President – Microsoft Open Technologies) on the announcement:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/interoperability/archive/2012/10/08/w3c-s-web-platform-docs-your-go-to-for-all-things-web-development.aspx

 

Bear in mind this site is only a few days old but it has names like Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera that are stewards of the project. If they pull this off it will save all of us TONS of time (translate $$$) in development/research as related to web efforts.

Let us wish them the best and contribute to the effort for the common good! So jump over and take a look NOW!

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Is Low Tech the NEW High Tech?.. The Pencil

For those who do not know – March 30 was(is) National Pencil Day…. and stats indicate sales are UP this past year on WOOD pencils and associated accessories (sharpeners, erasers, etc.).

Remember that Number 2 yellow pencil? You first learned to write with one and probably left a few teeth marks on a few as well. ..and NO you do not have “lead poisoning” because “lead pencils” were NEVER made of lead. They were always (and still are) made of graphite.

In my early engineering days we were encouraged to keep a daily journal/notebook. Always writing down little (and large) items during our day. We did this with a (yellow) number 2 pencil. I still keep a spiral bound notebook to the right of my keyboard and jot things down (in pencil ;-). Every morning the first thing that is typically done is to draw a horizontal line.. make note of the day and date.. and to make a time entry with something like “.. Read Email & NG’s..” When I answer the phone I also make a note. At lunch time there is a blocked out time slot noted for lunch. If you were to take a look at my (office) supply/storage closet you would see a pile of 8.5 x 11 spiral bound notebooks filled with data/notes going back YEARS.

The pencil (and paper) is where I start when designing anything. It could be a program to solve a customer’s problem, a bookshelf that I plan to build, even a remodel of a kitchen. The best part is NO BATTERIES REQUIRED.. NO POWER CORD.. all the power required is ME! PLUS it is Mobile 😉

We tend to rely way too much on technology but I believe our best ideas come from just simply putting a Number 2 Yellow Pencil in our hand.. take a piece of paper.. and dream.

Oh yes, my favorite Yellow Number 2 is made by the largest wood pencil maker in the world – Dixon Ticonderoga – over 1.5 BILLION made every year!

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Apple is sitting on 98 BILLION Dollars in “Cash”…

… and does NOT know what to do with it! I have a “few” suggestions…. it starts with give me some 😉 ..

Considering the state of the economy, jobs, etc.. why doesn’t Apple spend some of it building a new state-of-the-art high tech factory right here in the USA to build iPhones and iPads? Think of it.. be able to purchase an iPhone/iPad designed/developed/built in the USA! Also think of the associated jobs that would be created to build/staff/maintain the facility. Add in the logistical related jobs from small and medium sizes business as well.

What does Apple do about the factory in China? Use it to continue to build the devices but NONE of them would be shipped to North/South America or Europe. The USA factory would provide ALL the devices for North/South America and Europe.. China the rest of the world.

Quick update (3/18/2012).. I see that Apple plans to spend $10B on a stock buy-back… not smart… APPLE.. take my idea and CREATE JOBS!

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New iPad… Is it Really New Or Is It Just a Re-Hash?

It is rather interesting that #Apple choose to NOT give the new #iPad a name.. other than “iPad”. Could it be that there is really not a lot there?

Basically, this is what is new:
A – Super resolution Screen.. the highest resolution available and even better than typical PC’s.
B – A new processor. It NEEDs that new processor to “feed” the new screen 😉
C – 4G access on cell nets.

There are other things but the above are the real basic new items. For consumer users, there’s nice stuff here because games are going to look a lot better. For business users.. no big deal. Your iPad 2 (and maybe even “1”) will be just fine.

Maybe the 4G is the big deal?.. and maybe not.. It turns out most people use their iPads on WI-FI! Trust me, WI-FI is faster than the 4G nets.

So, is it really new or a re-hash? Only time will tell.

The REAL BIG DEL HERE IS – iPad 2’s are going to be CHEAPER! In fact, the wi-fi version will be $399 AND it will have 16gb – not 8. SO if you REALLY want an iPad I suggest you purchase the reduced price iPad 2 and skip on the new one.

UPDATE: March 22,2012
It seems we are finding out the new iPad has a few “warts”…. High Temperature issues ( Consumer Reports tests), you “burn thru” your 4g bandwidth allotment VERY quickly (just watch “March Madness” for a couple of hours!), and now it takes (almost) forever to re-charge the battery.

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Sage SalesLogix Mobile Web 1.2 – and why you want it NOW!

As many of you already know, I have decided to focus on three things:
1 – Mobility
2 – Mobility
3 – Mobility

Got the idea 😉

We are definitely in the “Age Of Connected Mobility” with smart-phones and pads/tablets popping up everywhere. I would certainly like to see the stats on just how many new mobility devices will show up in Christmas stockings, etc….

So with “mobility” in mind, it’s now official, the Sage SalesLogix Mobile Web Application version 1.2 is now available! It builds on the 1.0/1.1 releases to bring us some new features:
• Improved usability features including: single-press pick lists and lookups, “Clear” button on text fields, custom keyboard for URLs, e-mail, and phone data entry, and combine hash tags with search text.
For example, Opportunity: “#closed ab” searches for closed opportunities where the name starts with “ab”.

• Calendar contains new week view and month view shows activity count and selected day
details.

• Support for French, German, Italian, Russian and English languages through a single
portal.

NOTE: In order to take advantage of “localization”, you need to make sure you are pointing at the .aspx page not the .html. Otherwise, you will ONLY see English 😉

.. and to add – it installs in just a few (5) minutes.. and existing 1.1 customization(s) (if done using the “module” approach) should NOT break!

What I really like are the Calendar enhancements. week/month view w/activity info and counts!

 

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Sage SalesLogix Mobile Web app – hiding information from users

While in the process of developing an Asset Management application of the new SalesLogix Mobile web app, I ran into an interesting problem… users that should not see “everything” were seeing things they should not.

Specifically, when a user clicked on “Assets” he/she was getting the assets from EVERY Account in the system whether or not he/she had (security) access to that account. This was not good. The problem was traced very quickly to the AccountProduct (a one to many) table not having a SECCODEID (owner) field.

Short lesson: The SECCODEID field is the key to “row level” security in the SalesLogix Data Base. If it is there and has a value, the “system” automatically checks security against the current logged in user (except ADMIN) to see if he/she should have access. If not, the record is NOT returned, if ok then the record is returned.

What is important to point out is that the Account table/entity DOES have a SECCODEID. By adding:
Account/AccountName  to my querySelect
and adding:
queryWhere: ‘Account ne null’
the problem was solved. Account/AccountName in the querySelect forces the system to see the relationship between AccountProduct and Account so the Account SECCODEID “takes over”. Unfortunately I needed to handle a defect this uncovered in SData and add the queryWhere to make sure the records that “failed to pass security” did not cause a problem back in the mobile app. NOTE: Even if there was no error – it was good design/implementation practice to do so anyway.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire – Is the Silk Browser a Major Security Risk?

Amazon has finally release its long awaited “iPad Killer” – Kindle Fire. BUT is the center piece of this new mobile device – the Silk Browser – a major security risk? Here is how it is architectured and why the most significant part of this may be something you want to not touch.

Traditional browsers typically get their data directly from the publishing web site(s). Yes, there is some caching at the web site level and in the browser. However, you really get it “directly”. This takes time and in a lot of cases a LOT of time.

Enter Amazon… What they have done is to re-structure the browser such that it takes advantage of their EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing) computing powerhouse. Amazon is ON the Internet backbone.. it’s (almost) a part of it. BY using their “back-end” computing power and net bandwidth they can really speedup delivery of web pages significantly. So much that it leaves everything else in the dust and delivers a really great user experience (on a $200 device ;-). Over time “it” (the “back-end”) “learns” the user’s browsing habits and even pre-fetches pages/sites before you actually navigate there.

What does this all smack of?… you are being “tracked”.. and all the pages/sites you fetch are being “held” in the big EC2 could (in the sky). In security terms, we call this the “man in the middle”. There is a massive computing resource that sees each and every byte of data you look at.

Is this bad? – depends… depends on just what Amazon does with this info/data and just how you feel about it – or better said, if you are doing company business and running a corporate web based application – say a CRM system – then is confidential information being exposed?

Answer – we really do not know since the Kindle Fire is only available for pre-order and really has not been taken to the test – yet. Only time will tell if Amazon has built a better mouse-trap or a very bad security risk setup.

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