Visual Studio 2012 Launch September 12, 2012

Visual Studio 2012 Launch September 12, 2012 (http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com)

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, with the .NET Framework 4.5 is scheduled to be launched on September 12, 2012. Learn the latest capabilities of .NET Framework 4.5, including enhancements in languages, libraries, and tools for creating modern apps. Take advantage of Visual Studio 2012 to create compelling online experiences and continuous services that run on-premise and in the cloud. Learn about creating apps for Windows platform with Visual Studio 2012 to reach millions of potential customers. (Continue reading at http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com)

My Two Cents: I am excited!! I always love a new version of the Microsoft Visual Studio, I tend to get a new development computer too!! 🙂 I have been testing this 2012 version, and I like it. However with all new development environments I give it a good 6 months of strong end-user testing before launching it in a Live environment. We can’t have any bugs…

Backers raise cash for Tesla museum honoring ‘cult hero’

Backers raise cash for Tesla museum honoring ‘cult hero’ (http://www.cnn.com)

At the dawn of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla wanted to save the world from fuel dependency. Now, an Internet cartoonist wants to save Tesla’s last remaining laboratory as a tribute to the futurist inventor.

“Tesla viewed the Earth as a generator of electricity. He believed that each of the planets resonates,” Alcorn explained. “If you could tap into that resonance, you would be able to tap into the energy that is in the Earth and you could bounce it off the ionosphere to any other place on the globe.” (Continue reading at http://www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: Nikola Tesla is one of my heros. He was way ahead of his time!

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Computer

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Computer (http://news.cnet.com)

The PowerPC RAD750 chip at the heart of the Curiosity Mars rover’s central computer can withstand temperature extremes and massive doses of space radiation without the dreaded ‘blue screen of death.

The radiation-hardened single-card computers, built by BAE Systems in Manassas, Va., are designed to withstand charged ions and protons in interplanetary space or on the surface of Mars that can physically damage integrated circuits or trigger so-called “bit flips” in which the logic of the computer can be temporarily, or even permanently, disrupted.

The RAD750s also meet lifetime dosage standards that are up to a million times more extreme than those considered fatal for a human being. As a result, over a 15-year period, the RAD750 chips aboard Curiosity would not be expected to suffer more than one external event requiring intervention from Earth. (Continue reading at http://news.cnet.com)

My Two Cents: The Mars Rover Curiosity’s Computer seems to be working very well. We will see how it does over time. This is a very exciting step in the exploration of Mars, and landing of heavy equipment there. Good job to NASA and the people that made this happen!

Recent hacking of Mat Honan writer for Wired

Recent hacking of Mat Honan writer for tech Wired (http://www.cnn.com)

The recent hacking of Mat Honan was doubly shocking: he’s a writer for tech Bible Wired, and hackers were able to crack his accounts with non-technical ease.
Here’s the scariest part: Anyone with both an Amazon account and an Apple ID is potentially vulnerable to the same attack. The two companies say they’re working to close the security gaps exposed by Honan’s hack, but they were tight-lipped on Tuesday about the details of what changes they’re making. Honan’s harrowing tale : (Continue reading at http://www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: This is horrible. Again, make sure you have a backup of all your data that is NOT exposed to the internet. If you are using public cloud systems make sure your username and passwords are different for each service. The fact that Apple and Amazon gave the hacker information over the phone, and it was easy to guess, well they need to change the process because it does not work.