Archive for August 2014

You Are the Problem

The fact that the average investor has been oblivious to this progress shows that the average investor is participating in a game he or she does not understand and doesn’t agree with. That’s unfortunate. But it means there’s a simple answer to all the stories you hear about investors not trusting the market: the market isn’t the problem. You, and your expectations, are the problem. You are your own worst enemy.

via You Are the Problem.

What “coder” means and why it’s bad

One of the big problems in the tech world has been a lack of understanding of how developers work. If you watched a programmer doing his or her work, you might not see much happening. Most of what we do is intellectual, and isn’t visible. It’s thinking work. Reading. Learning. Listening.

A lot of managers think that programming is a menial job, and hire people accordingly. They value subservience. That’s where the word coder comes from, and why it’s so bad. In the world of PHB’s, the thinking is done by non-technical managers, who then tell the coders what to code. They see themselves as Churchill and the coder as a mechanic who translates their words from human language to computer language. This is not what is happening. And it makes it harder for developers to do the real important and difficult work of making systems that work for the people who use them.

One of the reasons software is so often crap is this lack of understanding. Now they want to create a whole generation of coders, automatons who will take orders from PHB’s. This is not a formula for success.

via What “coder” means and why it’s bad.

Android Phones Hit by ‘Ransomware’

“This is, by far, the biggest U.S. targeted threat of ransomware we’ve seen,” said Jeremy Linden, a senior security product manager at Lookout. “In the past month, a single piece of malware has infected as many devices in the U.S., as a quarter of all families of malware in 2013.”

via Android Phones Hit by ‘Ransomware’ – NYTimes.com.

Apple’s iMessage Is Being Taken Over by Spammers

‘IT’S ALMOST LIKE A SPAMMER’S DREAM. WITH FOUR LINES OF CODE, USING APPLE SCRIPTS, YOU CAN TELL YOUR MAC MACHINE TO SEND MESSAGE TO WHOEVER THEY WANT.’

via Apple’s iMessage Is Being Taken Over by Spammers | Enterprise | WIRED.

sigh.. do they need to wreck everything?

‘Dark Tangent’ Talks to TIME

Nothing changed before or after Snowden’s revelations. The security researchers knew that of course that’s what the NSA or any government can do. If you talked to the hackers last year it was like, “Of course you can do that. I’ve been doing that for 10 years.” But now that it’s sunken in at a more policy level you can have the conversation. Before you would say something to your parents and they’d be like, “Oh hahaha. You’re paranoid.” Next thing you know your parents are like, “Oh my God. You were not crazy. You’re not my paranoid son.” Now we’re at a place where people can relate and that’s a much more healthy place for us to be.

via Defcon 2014: High-Profile Hacker ‘Dark Tangent’ Talks to TIME – TIME.

How To Check for Activation Lock Before Buying A Used iPhone

Have the seller reset the device in front of youIf the device wasn’t stolen or else, the seller shouldn’t have any problem agreeing to perform a full restore to the device, ask him to go to Settings—->General—>Reset—-> Erase all content and data. If the seller uses Find My iPhone, he will have to enter his Apple ID password to confirm the erase.Erasing data process will take a few minutes, so relax for awhile.

NOTE: If the seller doesn’t want to reset the device or is making excuses for it, then walk away.

via How To Check for Activation Lock Before Buying A Used iPhone – Redsn0w, Redsnow Jailbreak 7.1 – 7.0.3 – 6.1.3 untethered iPhone 5s iPad.

I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me

This is a problem much bigger than Facebook. It reminded me of what can go wrong in society, and why we now often talk at each other instead of to each other. We set up our political and social filter bubbles and they reinforce themselves—the things we read and watch have become hyper-niche and cater to our specific interests. We go down rabbit holes of special interests until we’re lost in the queen’s garden, cursing everyone above ground.

via I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED.

iOS makes up two-thirds of enterprise market share

Good Technology has published its latest enterprise mobile application adoption numbers, revealing that iOS accounts for two-thirds of the enterprise market with a 67% share. Meanwhile, Android closed the gap on its biggest rival by rising five percentage points to sit at 32% market share.

via iOS makes up two-thirds of enterprise market share.

Android is winning the platform race

You get the idea (and the last two were inserted for snarks sake). According to Gartner, for 2014 thus far (per 1000 devices), the sales look like this:

  • Android: 1,168,282
  • Windows: 333,419
  • iOS/OS X: 271,115
  • Other: 660,112

Gartner also predicts that in 2015, Android will outsell Windows by 3.5 to 1. Let that sink in a moment. Android is outselling Windows. No platform has managed to do that until now… and do it in such a crushing fashion.

Furthermore, this doesn’t include Chromebooks. Why do I even bring the newest kid on the block into the conversation? Because Chromebooks are currently outselling both MacBooks and Windows-powered laptops. That means Google-driven platforms are slowly taking over where Microsoft and Apple once reigned as king and queen of the world. This is a gigantic shift in the ecosystem — a shift toward the cloud and a shift toward user-inspired flexibility. The people are speaking and being heard.

The Third Wave of Photo Sharing

The Third Wave is defined by tools that give people ways to make something more meaningful out of their pile of JPGs.

via The Third Wave of Photo Sharing by Derek Powazek – Exposure.