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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 3-15-13


by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

5 3 15 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, When machines talk...,please check it. Machine to Machine communication was all the rage during my recent visits to Mobile World Congress and CeBIT, and when machines talk, they might actually transform your business. The challenge is figuring out what's important -- and that could be the next big data challenge. 

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

Help Wanted: Developers Who Are Also Janitors | The Coders Lexicon

You might think this title is a bit of stretch, but you can argue that good programmers clean up messes. You find a coding disaster and you deal with like a good janitor would. 

Five ways to save Windows 8 | ZDNet 

Last week we looked at five reasons why Windows 8 has failed. This follow-up piece looks at five ways Microsoft could save Window 8 if it were inclined to listen. For starters, the author suggests dumping the metro interface. Do you agree? Could these moves save Win 8?

If Linux were a dog | ITworld

In this fun piece, the writer breaks down different Linux distros and compares them to different dog breeds. If Ubuntu is a Boston Terrier, what's Red Hat? Read it and find out. 

This man did all his work from a smartphone for one year -- here's what he learned | CITEworld

Hard to believe, but this man pledged to do all his work on his smartphone. Now he chose a Samsung Galaxy Note, which has a lot of screen real estate for a phone, but not relying on a desktop or tablet ever? That's harsh. He did it and says he will never go back now. But there were obstacles.

How to Adjust to the Changing Face of Software Testing -

The most common method of software testing is writing scripts and insisting that testers follow it every time. That will find issues related to the script, but what happens outside the cozy confines of the script. A new methodology is developing that encourages testers to freelance and it could be changing how we think of testing in a fundamental way.


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