Posts Tagged ‘Guide’

Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

November 10th, 2012 11:15 admin View Comments


New submitter speedlaw writes “Rovi has just announced that they are stopping the TV Guide OnScreen service as of April 13th, 2013. This was announced via the service itself. This is an on-air listing service that provides listings over the air, as part of an OTA TV signal. Many devices, notably the Sony HDD 250 and 500 Digital Video Recorders, will no longer function without the clock-set data this stream provides. When other companies decide to stop supporting something, they don’t make older systems useless. Worse, Sony never came out with another DVR in the U.S. market. Why do we have to rent them? How do we get Sony or Rovi to provide at least a software patch to set the clock so the DVR can at least retain 1980s VCR functionality? Sony admits there is no fix. A thread on AVS forums has a bunch of information on TV Guide OnScreen. The TV stations who broadcast the data have been ordered by Rovi to disconnect the data inserters and ship them back. I have a TiVo, and yes, I know all about HTPC, but this data stream was ‘lifetime listings’ like TiVo has ‘lifetime listings’ — now that Rovi is looking to cut service, my two DVR units are about to become useless.”

Source: Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

Author Claims Apple Won’t Carry Her ebook Because It Mentions Amazon

July 29th, 2012 07:30 admin View Comments


martiniturbide writes “Author Holly Lisle tried to publish her guide How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market at Apple’s iBooks store. She says it was reject first by Apple because it had ‘live links’ to Amazon. After she removed the links, it was rejected again because according to her: ‘The problem is the CONTENT. You can’t mention Amazon in your lesson.’”

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Book Review: UP and To the RIGHT

July 20th, 2012 07:46 admin View Comments


benrothke writes “Anyone who has worked in information technology knows of Gartner. They are one of the leading information technology research and advisory firms. Most of their clients are CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, high-tech and telecom enterprises. Gartner is huge with over 5,000 associates, over 1, 200 research analysts and consultants and clients in 85 countries. Their revenue in 2011 was nearly $1.5 billion. While Gartner is the world’s largest, there are over 650 independent analyst firms worldwide. Barbara French’s Directory of Analysts provides a comprehensive list. With all that, very few people understand how Gartner works and what makes them tick. In UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence: A complete guide to analyst influence, ex-Gartner analyst Richard Stiennon takes the mystery out of Gartner. In particular, a good part of the book deals with Gartner’s vaunted Magic Quadrant.” Read below for the rest of Ben’s review.

UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence: A complete guide to analyst influence
author Richard Stiennon
pages 186
publisher IT-Harvest Press
rating 9/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 0985460709
summary Definitive guide on Gartner and their Magic Quadrant

Source: Book Review: UP and To the RIGHT

Apple Releases IOS Security Guide

May 31st, 2012 05:07 admin View Comments


Trailrunner7 writes in with a story about a iOS security guide released by Apple. “Apple has released a detailed security guide for its iOS operating system, an unprecedented move for a company known for not discussing the technical details of its products, let alone the security architecture. The document lays out the system architecture, data protection capabilities and network security features in iOS, most of which had been known before but hadn’t been publicly discussed by Apple. The iOS Security guide, released within the last week, represents Apple’s first real public documentation of the security architecture and feature set in iOS, the operating system that runs on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Security researchers have been doing there best to reverse engineer the operating system for several years and much of what’s in the new Apple guide has been discussed in presentations and talks by researchers. ‘Apple doesn’t really talk about their security mechanisms in detail. When they introduced ASLR, they didn’t tell anybody. They didn’t ever explain how codesigning worked,’ security researcher Charlie Miller said.”

Source: Apple Releases IOS Security Guide

Book Review: The CERT Guide To Insider Threats

April 18th, 2012 04:28 admin View Comments


benrothke writes “While Julius Caesar likely never said ‘Et tu, Brute?’ the saying associated with his final minutes has come to symbolize the ultimate insider betrayal. In The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes, authors Dawn Cappelli, Andrew Moore and Randall Trzeciak of the CERT Insider Threat Center provide incontrovertible data and an abundance of empirical evidence, which creates an important resource on the topic of insider threats. There are thousands of companies that have uttered modern day versions of Et tu, Brute due to insidious insider attacks and the book documents many of them.” Read on for the rest of Ben’s review.

The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes
author Dawn Cappelli, Andrew Moore, Randall Trzeciak
pages 432
publisher Addison-Wesley Professional
rating 10/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 978-0321812575
summary Definitive resource on insider threats

Source: Book Review: The CERT Guide To Insider Threats

Chrome Team Releases Field Guide to Web Applications

February 15th, 2012 02:01 admin View Comments

web-app-field-guide.pngThe Chrome folks have put together a Field Guide for Web Applications that is almost as notable for its design as the content itself. The field guide is a short resource with four chapters on Web apps, and one devoted to “Bert Appward” – the fictitious author of the guide.

The guide is laid out as a book, and works as an offline application. For example, you can give the app permission to store itself on your mobile device and read it even if you’re away from a data connection.

Google’s Pete LaPage says that the guide uses AppCache for offline use and the HTML5 History API maintain page state. The entire “app” is a single HTML page.


If you’re just getting started with creating Web applications, this makes a good overview. The guide provides a number of links to resources and tutorials that will help developers with things like using Webfonts, CSS3 keyframe animations, and so on. The guide would also serve as a good executive summary for other folks outside the developer team that might need to learn a bit more about what a Web app should be.

The design of the app is great, and it looks good in Chrome and Mobile Safari. The fonts look a bit fuzzy in Firefox Aurora, though. However, the book design gets a bit old after about five minutes. The information is worthwhile, but slogging through a “book” app gets tiresome.

Despite that, it’s worth checking out if you’re new to creating Web apps or just want to see what Google recommends as best practices. Have any other resources that developers ought to check out? I’d love to hear about them.

Source: Chrome Team Releases Field Guide to Web Applications

Why Microsoft Developers Need a Style Guide

February 12th, 2012 02:30 admin View Comments


snydeq writes “What your interface communicates to users can be just as important as what your software does, writes Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister in discussing the latest edition of the ‘Microsoft Manual of Style’, a style guide aimed at designers and developers who create Microsoft software, as well as those who write about it. ‘The gist of much of Microsoft’s advice is that a user’s relationship with computer software is a unique one, and it’s important to craft the language of software UIs accordingly,’ McAllister writes. ‘Occasionally, Microsoft’s recommendations verge on the absurd. For example, you might not think it necessary to admonish developers to “not use slang that may be considered profane or derogatory, such as ‘pimp’ or ‘bitch,’” but apparently it is.’”

Source: Why Microsoft Developers Need a Style Guide

KDE Publishes a Book For Beginner Developers

February 7th, 2012 02:09 admin View Comments


jrepin writes “During a recent 5 day sprint, four KDE contributors planned and produced a handbook for beginning KDE developers. The guide is recommended for every new contributor to KDE development. It outlines technical aspects of contributing to KDE and is a valuable first point of contact for new developers. The guide offers insights into KDE from the developer’s point of view, and explains how to check out existing code, modify it and submit patches. Currently the guide only focuses on the coding aspects of KDE. Contributors are welcome (encouraged) to expand the guide to cover other aspects of the KDE Community as well as enhance the existing content in the book. We are currently working on how to release subsequent versions.”

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Book Review: The Tangled Web

January 25th, 2012 01:22 admin View Comments


brothke writes “In the classic poem Inferno, Dante passes through the gates of Hell, which has the inscription abandon all hope, ye who enter here above the entrance. After reading The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications, one gets the feeling the writing secure web code is akin to Dante’s experience.” Read below for Ben’s review.

The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications
author Michal Zalewski
pages 320
publisher No Starch Press
rating 10/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 1593273886
summary Incredibly good and highly technical book on browser security coding

Source: Book Review: The Tangled Web

Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers

January 12th, 2012 01:45 admin View Comments


mspohr writes “On Thursday, Google launched Android Design, a website created specifically to help aid developers in the creation of applications for ICS. The site offers a comprehensive visual to third-party application developers, giving suggestions on everything from how to implement different visual elements to overall back-end patterns for the OS itself. In theory, it will help developers better understand just how the Android team thinks about layout and implementation, while simultaneously giving suggestions to interaction designers on how to maintain visual integrity. Basically, it will help both first-time developers and Android veterans make apps look less crappy. ‘We haven’t really had a style guide,’ Duarte says. ‘We haven’t really given you a lot of guidance on how to migrate your application from a phone, perhaps, to a tablet. We’ve done so only by example.’”

Source: Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers