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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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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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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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You Are Being Tracked!

By now practically everyone knows about the simple truth that some vendors (Apple, Google) have built in logging that records our every move in their smartphones. With Apple this appears to have started with the release of¬† iOS 4. This file is in CLEAR TEXT on your iPhone/iPad and looks like it’s getting “shipped” off to who knows where. The same is true w/Andriod devices.

There IS a difference between the two tracking setups – Apple’s is recording (it appears) forever… Andriod only has some recient data. They are recording and logging information that would normally require a court order by a judge by law officials. So why are they doing this? Various bloggers/respected writers have their opinions on this. One noted individual (John C. Dvorak) has his own ideas on the subject: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383984,00.asp¬†.. and I agree – It cannot be anything good….

I did see several posts on the net (besides Jon Dvorak’s) where a couple of Capitol Hill lawmakers (Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota and Rep Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts) are asking a LOT of questions about this. It may well lead to a congressional investigation (I hope ūüėČ So far they have been “stone-walled” by Apple and Google.

UPDATE: Just picked this up off the net … posted by the WSJ: Even if you turn off location services – it is still tracking you!¬†http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704123204576283580249161342.html

UPDATE: April 28,2011: Apple has (finally) responded to all the questions about “tracking”. You can see what they have to say and make up your own mind about it:¬†http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/04/27location_qa.html

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