Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 subscription, both released this week!

Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 subscription, both released this week!” (http://www.microsoft.com)

01/30/2013 – What’s new in Office 2013

The first thing you’ll see when you open Microsoft Office is a clean, new look. But the features you know and use are still there—along with some new ones that are huge time savers. The new Office also works with smartphones, tablets, and in the cloud, even on PCs that don’t have Office installed. So now you can always get to your important files, no matter where you are or what you’re using.

Subscription VS Installed!

Tired of sharing your computer with your whole family? An Office 365 Home Premium subscription lets you install Office on up to five PCs or Macs. That way, everybody in your house can have their own copy of Office, their own files, and their own settings.
Updates are automatic, so you’ll always have the latest version. You get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, so you’ll have your files—from to-do lists to presentations—wherever you go. And you get 60 free Skype world minutes each month so you can call friends or family in over 40 countries, even if they don’t have a Skype account.
You don’t even need to be in front of your own computer to use Office. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, you can use Office on Demand to temporarily stream full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher to PCs running Win 7 (or later). That way, you can create documents or keep working on documents you’ve saved to SkyDrive.

(Continue reading at http://www.microsoft.com)

My Two Cents: Personally I would never use a cloud service for retail software. I can see private cloud services for enterprise systems, but retail software I don’t think so. I mean there are advantages for running office in the cloud, if you trust Microsoft with your files Office 365 subscription would be a good for you. If you don’t then Microsoft Office 2013 is for you. I like that you have options. FYI I wish Microsoft would have given you options for the start menu in Windows 8. That will be a different post. Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 subscription is really up to you the customer.

US warns of Oracle Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability!

US warns of Oracle Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability! (http://www.us-cert.gov)

01/11/2013 – A vulnerability in the way Java 7 restricts the permissions of Java applets could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.

A vulnerability in the Java Security Manager allows a Java applet to grant itself permission to execute arbitrary code. An attacker could use social engineering techniques to entice a user to visit a link to a website hosting a malicious Java applet. An attacker could also compromise a legitimate web site and upload a malicious Java applet (a “drive-by download” attack).

Any web browser using the Java 7 plug-in is affected. The Java Deployment Toolkit plug-in and Java Web Start can also be used as attack vectors.

Reports indicate this vulnerability is being actively exploited, and exploit code is publicly available.

Further technical details are available in Vulnerability Note VU#625617.

Impact

By convincing a user to load a malicious Java applet or Java Network Launching Protocol (JNLP) file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system with the privileges of the Java plug-in process.

Solution

Disable Java in web browsers

This and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered. To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, consider disabling Java in web browsers until adequate updates are available. As with any software, unnecessary features should be disabled or removed as appropriate for your environment.

Starting with Java 7 Update 10, it is possible to disable Java content in web browsers through the Java control panel applet. From Setting the Security Level of the Java Client:

For installations where the highest level of security is required, it is possible to entirely prevent any Java apps (signed or unsigned) from running in a browser by de-selecting Enable Java content in the browser in the Java Control Panel under the Security tab.

If you are unable to update to Java 7 Update 10 please see the solution section of Vulnerability Note VU#636312 for instructions on how to disable Java on a per-browser basis.

(Continue reading at http://www.us-cert.gov)

My Two Cents: Until further notice I recommend to Disable Java in web browsers if that is not possible then you need to disable Java “content” in your web browsers through the Java control panel applet. I have seen some crazy messages from this plugin. I am so happy we do not use this plugin at all for our applications. However we do have customers that provide us VPN plugins that require this, we have disabled Java until its fixed! Be safe everyone!!

Developers offended by Zuckerberg knock on HTML5

Developers offended by Zuckerberg knock on HTML5 (http://www.networkworld.com)

Facebook CEO doesn’t like HTML5, but mobile developers have set out to prove platform can beat native apps.

A team of mobile app developers offended by Facebook czar Mark Zuckerberg dissing HTML5 have created a Facebook app that they say works better than native versions because of the HTML5 coding.

Zuckerberg famously knocked HTML5 in an interview this fall when he said relying too much on it instead of developing native mobile apps was “the biggest mistake we made as a company.” Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook’s mobile strategy relied too much on HTML5, rather than native applications. Not only was this a big mistake with mobile, but Zuckerberg says that its biggest mistake period was the focus on HTML5. This is the first time that the Facebook CEO has openly admitted this, but things are looking good for the new iOS native app.

Sencha developers say they can do better with HTML5 apps, though. One of the biggest advantages for the HMTL5 versions over native apps is their ability to maintain state while toggling between different views, Sencha developers say.
(Continue reading at http://www.networkworld.com)

My Two Cents: HTML coding needs a standard for all browsers, and how they read and layout your site should be the same! Which they are NOT right now. Thus all browsers on computers, mobile phones, ipads, and other devices display the website differently then as the web developer and graphic artist want it to be displayed. Right now we have to make changes to html elements and other tags for different browsers, which takes up a lot of time, or we just do not support certain browsers and mobile divices.

Last year we incorporated HTML5 with our enterprise web systems, and added some very cool new features. BUT some of our end-users had to upgrade their browsers to take advantage of the new HTML features! Most of our clients are huge Utility corporations and it took an act of God in some cases to get their browsers updated. This was a huge pain. But it was nice to hear an enduser say “WOW” that is cool, once they updated their browsers.

Below is what html5 is defined by (http://en.wikipedia.org)

HTML5 is a markup language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web and a core technology of the Internet. It is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997 and, as of December 2012, is a W3C Candidate Recommendation.
Its core aims have been to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices (web browsers, parsers, etc.). HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4, but XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML as well.

HTML5 adds many new syntactic features. These include the new video, audio and canvas elements, as well as the integration of scalable vector graphics (SVG) content (that replaces the uses of generic object tags) and MathML for mathematical formulas. These features are designed to make it easy to include and handle multimedia and graphical content on the web without having to resort to proprietary plugins and APIs. Other new elements, such as section, article, header and nav, are designed to enrich the semantic content of documents.
New attributes have been introduced for the same purpose, while some elements and attributes have been removed. Some elements, such as a, cite and menu have been changed, redefined or standardized. The APIs and document object model (DOM) are no longer afterthoughts, but are fundamental parts of the HTML5 specification HTML5 also defines in some detail the required processing for invalid documents so that syntax errors will be treated uniformly by all conforming browsers and other user agents. – Reference: (http://en.wikipedia.org)

The top 10 tech ‘fails’ of 2012

The top 10 tech ‘fails’ of 2012″ (http://www.cnn.com)

The top 10 tech ‘fails’ of 2012
Behold the top 10 tech “fails” of 2012, with wishes for happier days ahead to all involved.
1) Apple Maps – Landmarks such as the Washington Monument showed up submerged in bodies of water, and big chunks of the globe appeared as roadless wastelands.
2) Facebook’s IPO – Facebook’s stock bottomed out in September, falling below $18.
3) Airtime – “Running a startup is like eating glass,” “You just start to like the taste of your own blood.”
4) Online coupons – “These aren’t your grandma’s coupons!” the digital generation so brashly declared.
5) Nexus Q – Its release date was pushed back and, eventually, Google just gave everybody who pre-ordered a free one.
6) Stop Online Piracy Act – The new law was supposed to be about fighting online piracy. Who’s going to be against that, right?
7) ‘Social discovery’ apps – some users, particularly women, found the apps a little creepy.
8) Color – a photo-sharing mobile app, shut down.
9) Zynga – In October, Zynga announced it was laying off 5% of its employees, shutting down its studio in Boston and proposing the closure of others in Japan and England.
10) Twitter twits – 140-character bursts that brings out the stupid in people.

(Continue reading at http://www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are, it may be nearer when is seems afar. So stick to the fight when your hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you shouldn’t quit.