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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 6-8-12

  
  
  
5 6 8 12It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

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In Enterprise IT Wins in Cloud Pricing Wars, we look at the positive impact of the commoditization of cloud services on IT,

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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Rapid Application Development the Zappos Way | CIO.com

Zappos is well known for having high-quality customer service, and one of the ways they help keep their customers happy is through their application development process, which has a lot of freedom to improvise built into the entire process. Interesting read about an unconventional company.

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." What Would a Siri API Look Like? | Tea for iPhone Blog.

Anyone who has used the first generation of Siri knows she is very good at answering questions at the OS level or that have answers in the linked Wolfram Alpha database, but she can't post a tweet on Twitter or find a score on ESPN. That's because there are no links to third-party apps yet. This post speculates what such an API would like.

Who Knows More About Tech? SMBs or CIOs | CIO Update

It may seem like a rhetorical question, but in reality, the smaller company IT manager has to do it all. The larger one is sitting at a higher level, and while big company CIOs need to understand the inner workings of IT, they don't have to get their hands dirty.

Using the iPad to manage your datacenters | ZDNet

This is the future of IT: With an iPad in your hand you can see the status of your data center from wherever you are. You can drill down to individual locations or servers. You can even access management and control tools, all from highly visual and intuitive touch interface. One company already has this today.

Coping with Consumer Devices in the Enterprise (ebook) | FierceMobileIT

In this eBook, you'll get 5 informative articles on how to deal with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement with practical advice. You'll find articles on what devices you should support, protecting data, and more. It's a free pdf download with registration.

Bonus: Password Strength (cartoon) | xkcd

In it's own inimitable way, xkcd nails the problems with passwords. If they're too easy, they can be hacked and if they're too hard, we forget them. We can't win.

Photo by Tomma Henckel Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.
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