Ernst and Young recently talked to Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard about how Pluralsight is impacting the world and democratizing professional technology training, then created a cool illustration inspired by his words. Check out this video for Skonnard’s full comments and to see how the illustration turned out.
While we were at DevBeat in San Francisco this week, we got the chance to take a tour of GitHub HQ 3.0, and boy were we impressed! Between the design, the amenities and the cool, creative culture and vibe, those that work out of GitHub’s office truly are fortunate. They even have a speakeasy and a room modeled after the Oval Office! Check out some of the photos we took while we were there.
When the spacecraft Voyager 1 lifted off in September 1977, the first Star Wars movie had only been out for four months. Radio Shack had released its first personal computer and the Apple II computer was newly minted. The IBM PC was still four years away. Voyager’s computer doesn’t even have the muscle of today’s average smartphone. Its memory is measured in bytes, not gigabytes, and its storage is 8-track tape. Remember 8-track tape?
With recent structural changes and new product announcements on the horizon, it has become clear that Microsoft is moving in the direction of becoming a devices and services company. But what exactly does that mean? It was all about the software Looking back on the past, Microsoft has always been a software-oriented company, ever since [...]
Need a quick and easy way to brighten up your workspace? These seven plants can help do the trick. No green thumb required. Pothos – This leafy vine is the perfect match for serial plant killers. It can grow to near infinity in the right conditions, but don’t worry; it probably won’t reach more than [...]
Microsoft’s new network capture tool, Message Analyzer, has been officially released. Since first announcing Message Analyzer’s development roughly one year ago, three beta versions have been released, which has allowed Microsoft to test and refine the software that would eventually replace its previous capture tool, Network Monitor. Replacing Network Monitor is a welcome move from Microsoft. [...]
What do Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Santana, REO Speedwagon and Barry Manilow have in common? They all recorded at Sound City in Southern California. Recently I watched a great flick about this shop that was directed by Dave Grohl, leader of one of my favorite [...]
So you think you’re ready to step out of full-time employment into the lucrative world of consulting? There’s no question that with the right skills you can make very good money as a guru for hire. But is it as simple as it seems? After more than 17 years of owning my own consulting firm, [...]
Microsoft’s relationship with developers and IT professionals has started to resemble an Eminem and Rihanna song, with both sides taking shots at each other then falling back into a warm embrace. A few weeks ago, Microsoft enraged developers with a decision to not provide early access to Windows 8.1 RTM. The company reversed its decision [...]
After yesterday’s big news that Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s devices business in a $7+ billion merger, speculation has run rampant on what this will mean to the newly formed company as well as those seemingly left out in the cold, namely other Windows Phone OEMs. Although Microsoft has tried to assure partners and stockholders that [...]
Several weeks ago, Microsoft announced their new Windows Azure SDK 2.1, an announcement which although you may have missed it (I did) includes some very nice new features. Along with relatively minor improvements like a new Emulator Express option and support for stopping and suspending VMs directly within Visual Studio Microsoft also cut loose with a Windows Azure [...]
Looking to throw caution to the wind and upgrade to Team Foundation Server 2013 before it’s officially released? Want to help Microsoft improve their product at the same time? On September 13-15 you’ll be able to get free help from Microsoft experts for issues installing, configuring, and upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013. You’ll need [...]
PC sales have been declining steadily for the past five quarters according to a report from the BBC, falling all the way to circa 76 million units. This steady downward slide has many people ready to declare PCs as dead as the proverbial door nail with mobile devices now grabbing all of the consumer spending [...]
While the REST SDK for C++ has been around for a while on CodePlex, it’s now taking its rightful place as full member of the Visual Studio 2013 installation. Code named “Casablanca”, the REST SDK for C++ includes support for JSON serialization, asynchronous streams, as well as a PPL Task programming model. Designed to enable [...]
Have you watched Pinal Dave’s courses on blogging? Do you think you know all there is to know about blogs? Well we have a fun way to test your blogging knowledge. Check out this crossword puzzle, just in time for Pinal’s birthday! Don’t worry, if you get stuck we have a couple of hints for [...]
With all of the blog posts, tweets, and video walkthroughs of the new features coming in Visual Studio 2013 there is one area that has been intentionally left untouched; the C# and Visual Basic languages. In a recent blog post Visual C# Program Manager Mads Torgersen explains why they have chosen a slower pace of [...]
Microsoft announced today that they’ve completed the acquisition of the InRelease product, team and all from InCycle Software and they’re wasting no time getting the product into the hands of developers. InRelease is a release management product that allows for automated deployments directly from TFS and automated testing of deployed applications and rounds out the [...]
The SQL Server team at Microsoft has just published a new white paper called Best Practices for Virtualizing and Managing SQL Server 2012 which provides guidance and recommendations for companies who want to virtualize their SQL Server implementations. The paper is a wealth of useful information and covers topics such as host clustering, configuring virtual machines, and [...]
As most everyone with Internet access knows by now, a new exploit has been announced for Android that has been described as a “Master Key” which will allow any hacker, anywhere in the world to take complete control of your phone and probably your life. Okay, so it’s not that bad but you certainly wouldn’t [...]
It’s Day 2 here in sunny San Francisco and the Build conference kicked off with a decidedly developer and Azure focused keynote. Along with announcements establishing the general availability of what were preview versions of Azure services like Active Directory and Windows Mobile Services, Microsoft also announced a preview version of Autoscale, a service to allow developers to [...]