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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 3-8-13


by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

5 3 8 13It'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.

If you missed our most recent post, Suddenly Everybody Wants to Follow Apple's Integrated Hardware-Software Model, please check it out. What do Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon all have in common? They are trying to emulate Apple's successful software-hardware integration strategy -- but do these competitors have the chops to pull it off?

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

Cloud haters: You too will be assimilated | ZDNet

In this amusing post, you'll learn no matter how much you hate the cloud and all it stands for, resistance if futile and you will be assimilated.

Apps Reorder the Job Landscape |

Companies are finding an interesting outcome from building apps. Sure, it costs money to hire developers to design and maintain them, but in some instances, it's giving users power to do things themselves that used to require the help of employees -- and that means fewer customer service jobs.

The Missing Docs: For When You're Not There | Mendix Blog

It's bound to happen. You're going to get called away for a family emergency or you're going to finally take that long-planned vacation and you need to document how to keep the department going while you're gone. This piece offers some sound advice on how to create a document for your staff to keep things going in your absence.

This is Not Your Father’s Software Industry |

The software industry is in the midst of a radical shift and companies like Uber and Airbnb are leading the way. This author believes we will begin to see more apps that resemble these companies and less that resemble traditional enterprise software over the next decade.

Five reasons why Windows 8 has failed | ZDNet

Windows 8 desktop sales are dismal so far and there are many reasons including developers don't like it and neither do end users. That's a pretty deadly combination right there and there are three other reasons too.

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