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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 ūüėČ 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 Рsearch 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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ ..

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 ūüėČ
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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