Posted in Software

Monkey business — write once, deploy on iOS, Android and Windows with Xamarin

Microsoft and Nokia missed the boat on tablets and smartphones. Microsoft’s Surface RT tablets were priced very high, and there were not many takers, with the result that Microsoft wrote off 900 million dollars as inventory adjustment. Nokia Lumia line with Windows Phone OS has been well received. Microsoft has bought Nokia’s struggling phone business. ... read more

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Blog and more for less than the price of 2 lattes — DigitalOcean

VPS (Virtual private server) hosting that costs less than typical shared-hosting? Sounds too good to be true? I wondered about this and raised this issue a while back on the forum and got replies from the management and comments from others.

It is true. The VPS provider is the relatively newer kid on the block ... read more

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Posted in Security Software

Perils of Unreachable Code — was it deliberate?

There is no substitute for detailed code reviews, more so if the code is related to security. Any changes to such code, however minor, should be reviewed. However, in addition, it also helps if the compiler, tools etc can help in flagging potential errors.

Take the case of the very serious security error in ... read more

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Posted in Google Software

Do some evil

Google’s motto is Do no evil. But they are disingenuous — they do some evil.

Say for e.g. your child has a project on Eiffel tower — and these days all school projects require an internet connection and color printer so that children can cut and paste pictures, articles from the web and print ... read more

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