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Guide to Your Own Dark Software

Here's Jesse's list of some of the major dark software tools you probably have and don't use. People spent hours and hours (days and years often) designing, developing, testing, and updating it. Then you bought it (even if it was free). All that effort is gone to waste unless you use it. And, by the way, chances are it could make your work and play more enjoyable and more useful. Here's a list of what you probably have by product category (not brand -- the issue transcends brands):

 

  • Work processing: Styles and stylesheets to avoid formatting individual letters, words, and paragraphs (often inconsistently).
  • Databases: Relationships and normalization.
  • Spreadsheets: Worksheets or multi-table spreadsheets.
  • Web authoring: Cascading style sheets (CSS).
  • Presentation software: Styles, backgrounds.

Nest Thermostat Glitch: When Dark Software Goes Wrong

Here's a roundup of some of the recent articles about the problem with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The device and its functionality are great, but as this problem demonstrates, problems can occur over time. Was this a case of Dark Software in action? Jesse's guess is "yes," but we don't know the details (see the Nest link below).

Dark Software: Ian Foster's Paper

A look at the unseen, unknown, unappreeciated (and sometimes troubling or dangerous) world of Dark Software.

Here's the formal citation:

Foster, Ian (2014): Dark software: Addressing the productivity challenges of extreme-scale science on-ramps and off-ramps. figshare. 

https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.899207

Telecommunications: The Next Five Years

Very good article from HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) on the future of telecom. Well thought-out and not a commercial for their products. Worth reading.

https://www.hpematter.com/issue-no-4-spring-2015/content-barons-smart-du...

Introducing SQLite for Mobile Developers - Jesse Feiler/Apress

Introducing SQLite for Mobile Developers

This brief book is a basic introduction to SQLite for iOS, Android, and PHP developers. The book includes a simple introduction to SQL, a discussion of when to use SQLite, and chapters devoted to using SQLite with the most likely development environments: PHP (web on any platform), Swift and Objective-C, on iOS or. Java on Android.

 

What you’ll learn

What You Will Learn:The basics of SQLite

The SQL syntax you need to use SQLite effectively

How to integrate database functionality into your mobile app.

 

Who this book is for

This book is for iOS, Android, or PHP developers who wish to use a lightweight but flexible database for their applications. It assumes some mobile development experience but does not assume any database knowledge.

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Home Automation: Energy Savings and Smart Control on The Roundtable December 15, 2015 11:30 AM

Join Jesse and Joe as they talk about what's new in home automation for smart control and energy savings (there's a lot!). After several years of almost-readyness, it looks as if we're starting to see results. They range from the evolution of smart bulbs and lighting controls in the home, to integration and smart hubs along with more offerings in the energy saving and monitoring department. There are lots of controllers in the $100 vicinity (just under to just over and into the 200s). Devices are more available than ever and there are more of them.

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