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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 8-23-13


By Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

The number five spelled out. Blue on a white backgroundIt'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, Building a mobile strategy should be Job One for every company, please check it out. Nearly every company understands the need to go mobile, but too few have a comprehensive mobile strategy in place and that has to be Job One before you create a single app. 

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

Pros and Cons to the Steve Jobs School of Project Management | Smartbear blog

Steve Jobs might have been a visionary, but he wasn't the nicest guy in the world, and he tended to browbeat his employees to get the best out of them. While the end result was great, the management style left something to be desired. What can you learn from him about managing your projects?

World's biggest PC maker disses Microsoft, adds real Start menu and app store to Windows 8 | Computerworld

Lenovo listens to its customers even if Microsoft doesn't. The customers said they wanted a Start button, a real one, not the one that just takes you back to the tile interface --Lenovo gave it to them. The app called Poki gives the people what they want, and if you're inclined to buy a Windows 8 machine, maybe this will steer you toward Lenovo. Well played, Leonvo. Well played. 

How to build a Windows Phone app in less than 10 minutes | CITEworld

So it might not be the most sophisticated app in the world, but you can put together an app in four easy steps and it's an actual working app. If nothing else, it's a proof of concept and if you want to build a Windows app quickly, the tools are there to do it.

Is the End of the Password finally nigh | CSC Engage

We've always known a password is the weakest form of security. They're too hard to remember and too easy to steal. That's why something unique like your fingerprint might be better and we might see fingerprint recognition on the next iPhone (or so the rumor mill suggests).

WGBH Turns to Cloud to Spur End-User Adoption | Enterprise Efficiency

Have you ever considered that your users aren't using your expensive enterprise systems because they're awful? That's what WGBH concluded and when they switched to SaaS services with more intuitive user interfaces--surprise, surprise--adoption went up.

Photo by Ron Miller Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.

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